Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I'd do anything for your dear anything.....

I stole it from
Things you’ve already done: bold

Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band

4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower

6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea

14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning - ha ha ha - so manytimes, myhusband won't let me cook frozen!
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied (brief, but it happened once)
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo’s david in person
41. sung karaoke (umm, hello? ella? sings? any of this ring a bell?)
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa

45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance

47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris

51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.

62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood

65. gone sky diving - one day, right Booster? (been in a balloon)???
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar (and spat it out a la tom hanks in BIG)
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle

79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox

89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person.

96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

You Are the Wind, beneath my wings

My dad, has been reincarnated as a falcon. I am absolutely sure about this. No one else is.

You know how you always see them hovering at the side of the road (you know, staying still, in the air in one place, not using a vacuum), well recently, when I had this realisation, I started seeing them sitting on fences - normally exactly where I get stuck in traffic.

And today - me and Tool were coming home from shopping (heaven help me that was a nightmare), and there he was flying straight towards us as we came of the junction to go home! Hey Dad! Nice to see you!.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The First Cut is the Deepest

Ok, so I had to take the plunge, and call the vet.

Beanie cat has plunged deep into her second season, and is wandering around yowling and pushing her wee bottie up against everything, she is distraught. If we aren't sympathising with her, she is lying prostrate at the top of the stairs, crying her wee meows out.

Beau cat, on the other hand is a bit perturbed by her behaviour, and keeps looking at her bum as if there was something hanging out of it. She is a wee bitty younger in the brain (I believe they are twins), and hasn't shown any signs of coming into season at all.

Problem lies in the fact, that they have been so enjoying running round the garden, chasing the rabbits, and climbing the fence, but I can't risk letting them out now. Heavens we would be in so much trouble.

Si is away up a hill. Tyndrum. I love Tyndrum. If it wasn't for the fact he was with all the Scouts, I would have gone too.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas Time

I don't think there is ever snow in Africa, that won't make any difference to them. Dependent upon which area of Africa you are talking about!!

On to the Business at Hand... Last Weeks Friday 5, Apologies for the delay.

What’s one really cool/useful/nice thing you purchased for yourself this year?
Mmmmm, New Car? I wanted a blue one, and I got one. I think I got that this year?? I'm sure I did. The best thing I ever bought was a Genuine 1940's Swing Coat in Cashmere. It is THE most beautiful thing I have ever owned.

What’s one area of your life you really improved this year?
My health? Ha ha ha No not really, My life is good, everything that happens is a bonus. My kids are the best, I love my husband as much today, as I ever have (and I think he does me)

Who or what was a regular source of encouragement or inspiration to you this year?
my husband is my regular source of encouragement, when I get down. My kids are my inspiration to improve myself beyond what I would aspire tooo,

What’s something nice you did for someone else this year?
Nothing.. I don't think I did anything nice for anyone this year. I'm on permanent Grin Alert, I try to smile at everyone i pass, I do good things in the car. I believe that karma comes back to get you, and in that way, I always try to be on nice behaviour - I don't actively go out of my way to do bad things. oh Oh O h - I know - I made photo albums for each of my nephews and my niece, and created partial family trees for each of them. I wanted to inspire them. I hope I did.

In what way was 2008 better than 2007?
It was an even number. Was it a Leap Year??? Yes, it was. I like even numbers. Next year, like 3 days away, it is 2009. Is this bad? No I don't think it is, because my house number is 9, and i've had nothing but good times since we moved here. 2009 will be good. There was nothing seriously wrong with 2007 either, like I say, I'm really quite satisfied with my lot!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.

Am back in work

Is no bad thing. I think you need a step away from the Christmas festivities and drinking and the like. Am exhausted from food and gifts.

Am loving my new camera. I'll upload photos later, am just coming to grips with taking the photos. Haven't got as far as plugging into the computer yet.

Tooli got a fantastic video camera. A Flip. The quality of the photographs is immense. Can't wait to maybe do a wee video blog to you all.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You Better be Good for Goodness Sake

Is 1149, and I haven't opened a pressie.

I woke with a slight sore head, took a pill, watched the kids rake their stockings.....and then went back to bed.

Boy is away to collect something for his Gran, and then present opening for moi, will commence.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

And Children Listen, to hear, Sleighbells in the Snow.....

I'm home. Work done now, essentially until 5th January, I do have to go in on 26th December, but that isn't a big deal.

I've got a sore head. I'm trying to think what gave me the sore head... I thought it was maybe the BBQ chicken we just had, but I don't think so. I think it is a relief head, from finishing up at work. This has been a messy week and a bit uneven with the sickness, the volleyball and all sorts. Hmmm.

I think I might go and lie down. I think I might.

There is Just One thing I need....

Is 22 December, I'm in work. There are a scattering of Christmas Cards, A Christmas Tree I can't actually see from my desk, and a box of Quality Street in the Kitchen (Which I provided).

This is the least Christmas I have ever felt. I wish I was going to the Bahamas or something. I think I've got all the presents. Si and I will plan a menu tonight, and shop tomorrow. Kids are still at school tomorrow, so I imagine I'll be communicating with Santa at somepoint - - just to clarify a few pointers.

I'm disillusioned, you just wouldn't know it was Christmas. Tooli has the right idea. She watches EVERY single Christmas film in the world that is on TV - I think she has already topped about 10. She has wrapped presents, and written Christmas cards. Is amazing I wish I could drum up some enthusiasm like her. I really really do. But Its just not there.

Perhaps If I wasn't feeling so barfy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

You got to feel you're on solid ground

My Boy Likes to Celebrate, here are some of his happy moments during the games.....

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Shining Star, lights Up Way Up High....

Boy Played for Scotland today.

Am So Proud of him. He plays with all his heart and soul. I wish I had that heart!

Friday 5 ... for this week

the friday 5

What’s your favorite thing about the shoes you’re wearing (or the shoes you were most recently wearing)?
They are comfy, and they have velcro fasteners. Added to which they are Tooli's so that are marginally quite trendy for an old -middle aged mother like me!

What’s your favorite thing about the people you work with (or the people you go to school with)?
There is only a few of us, and it's lovely and friendly... not big and corporate at all.

What’s your favorite thing about the climate where you live?
We can experience every type of weather available in ONE day in ONE place. Don'tyou think that other cliemates can be very boring?

What’s your favorite thing about Friday?
Is the start of the weekend and 2 days off always. I love fridays! i do i do i do. Oh and friday 5 makes it favorite too!!

What’s your favorite thing about the year coming to an end?
This has been a good year, I'll be sorry to see the end of it. My children are coming into their own, my husband and I are finding time to ourselves again. Work is fine, home is fine, everything is fine. Now, the coming year will be even better I think - we're all finding our way inthe world.... the kids are finding it faster than Si and I ever did. My kids are great.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

All Is Calm, All Is Bright.......

How Cute is This Guy?? (Josh Groban, Not Simon Amstell)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Later On We'll Conspire, as We Dream By The Fire

Is Tuesday, and I'm off work still.

I did get up and go in this morning, I felt fine, but the effort of getting up and going in completely finished me. Within 2 minutes of walking in the door I was coughing my lungs up. Oh Dear. What A mess.

So I came home, went to bed, and then coughed til I was sick. I'll keep taking the pencillin and keep sooking on the inhaler, Hopefully it will leave me before Chrissymas.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

From Now On Our Troubles will Be Miles Away....

I'm poopie.

I'm coughing like a 70 a day man, and If it's a sudden outburst, in need of Tenna LadyPads. Not impressed.

Had cold, it went, everyone else in house got it bad, and now I've got it back. Has to be a variant, Si said I should be immune to first batch now. That being said, I think he is getting worse, rather than better.

Enough Said That I didn't get to Guide Camp. When I dropped Tooli off on Friday night, they were all looking at me like I had the Plague. It isn't a pleasant noise when I start whooping. Probably best, because after three or four outbursts, I throw. violently. With everything that I've had.

So Now I'm up, sitting upright in the hope that this will keep the coughing away. Si has gone back to bed - he got up with Boy who was heading to Coltness today 50 miles away. He has already phoned to say he got there safe and sound. I'm thinking that was toooo fast. Considering also that he was going via a farm, on an out of the way road, and then stopping at petrol station to pick someone else up.

Last night, he and his mate went to Beanscene in Ayr, listened to the musician who was on, had a coffee, and then drove to see their mate, who isn't too well. He's so enjoying this driving thing. I hope he stays safe. It's a whole new set of worry for us both.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday 5


When did you last sleep in a bed outside your home?

mmm, not sure. I know that tomorrow I'm going to be sleeping in a bed outside my home. I'm going to be sleeping at the Guide Camp. How Lucky Am I! Oh My Gawd. I am dreading it. I think maybe last time, was at Novotel in Bristol, when we were down watching Boy playing in UK School Games. That was a NICE Hotel.

When did you last drive someone else’s car?
I think it would probably be my mums. No one else allows me to drive their car. Unless you count the two family cars as his and mine... in which case today, cause i am driving his, cause Boy is only insured to drive mine, and he has it! Clocking up the miles like you wouldn't believe.

When did you last cook in someone else’s kitchen?
When did I last cook in MY KITCHEN should be the question. ha ha ha ha. I am rubbish cook. If Si isn't there, we eat out!

When did you last care for children who aren’t yours?
Someone elses' children, i don't think so. It takes me all my time to make sure mine are safe. I couldn't accept the responsibility for someone elses. I'm dreading boy taking others out in the car!

When did you last do someone else’s job?
I'm doing it this week. My co-worker is off for a weeks holiday - she popped in today to pick up her car which she left after a drunken evening on Wednesday, and has only just recovered enough to come in and collect it! ha ha ha I haven't done much of her job - banking, speaking to customers, la la la that's all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Im driving home for christmas



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My tears could melt the snow.....

The Dance was Exhausting, she didn't meet Prince Charming, and her Brother didn't dance with her as much as she would have liked.

But Hey - She Looks Like Angelina Jolie, so no need to look so sad.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Beautiful Sight, We're Happy Tonight.......

My baby has her School Dance tonight.

How totally beautiful is she?

She is beside herself with happiness. I could cry

But the Very Next Day, You Gave it Away


I have been out of sorts.

Too much alcohol at the weekend.

Too much staying up late.

But I did Watch "Amazing Grace". A film about William Wilborforce which was very very nice. And I love Amazing Grace. Is my favourite song of all time.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I just want you for my own .....


Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday 5... COming Soon

The Friday 5........ Wee-devil............ None of your Beeswax

read and enjoy.... above...

When did you last have a mid-day nap?

On Sunday. After getting up at 7.30, I had a nap at 9.30, 11.30, and then 2.30. Again at 5.00 and then went to my bed at 9. I can't do Saturday night drinking any more! Once I had a nap in my office at work. I have the ability to shut my eyes anywhere. I tipped the door shut. and closed my eyes on my hands, and 45 minutes later, came to with a start when someone came in. Luckily they thought I had just been concentrating and had got a fright, not that I was just waking up! ha ha

When did you last have milk and cookies?
On Monday last week. I was off work, stuffed up with the cold, and the only thing to make me feel better was Toffee Apple Crumble Biscuits (cookies to you yanks), and a lovely fresh glass of milk, time 5.

When did you last have a bubble bath?

i can't remember. I'm sure it wasn't that long ago - but I do the whole hog - Candles, Wine, Bubbles. Lovely.

When did you last jump on the furniture?
Jumping on Furniture? Have you seen me? If I jumped on Furniture I'd break it. Big Time! I lounge, yes, I definitely Lounge on furniture. And as for "Ella B's Version of Jumping on Furniture".... mmm. I rubbed my husbands buttocks last night, and Boy freaked. Husband had a quick squeeze of "his" assets the other night, and Daughter caught that! We are in the naughty corner now. If I was to start Jumping on the Furniture with himi, there would be no hope for me and my husband!

When did you last play in the mud?
I'm not a Mud Lover! I'm thinking very very hard about this one! Ella is able to remember dates exactly, but she is MUCH younger than me, and not going geriatric. Mud Mud Mud...... it would probably be in Shuna, in the Summer. I don't think too much about the mud there, because we are always ready for it - Wellies and the like!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Are you Hanging Up Your Stockings on the Wall?

What a weird day at work!

It started with a 14 minute discussion about the whys and wherefores of access cards.

It was awful. I was pulling faces at everyone trying to understand why we were spending so long discussing the pointless and meaninglessness of it all. It was very distressing. It left a poor energy in the office and it was exhausting all day.

I wandered at lunchtime, to get a bit of air, and some nice energy. It worked. Well the air worked, or perhaps it was the packet of pickled onion monster munches.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

There is Just One Thing I need.......

Heavens, first post of December, it scares me how time is running away with itself.

It is the count down to Christmas, and Si and I have started panick buying. Gone are the days when the Sprogs had a list ready to hand for us. Truth be told they have everything they need, they are well provided for kids, I don't like to think Spoilt, they don't have things that aren't necessary I don't think.....That's probably not true, they don't need Wiis' or Gameboys, or DS's but That is what Christmas is about, and that's when they appeared.

Oaft. It makes writing difficult now, because I want to say what I've been buying / doing but I can't.

On another note, there are changes afoot at work, which I'm not overly excited about. However this is my first Quarter End all on my own with out the Lovely Accountant over seeing me. I'm very excited about that, and feel satisfied with my first attempts!