Monday, 31 January 2011

The bosses birthday

Today is father-in-law's birthday. At work there was a big sponge cake covered with colourful sprinkles and sweets and this evening the whole lot of us went to the Chinese restaurant in Ballymena, the Go Sun.

It was a really lovely night and we all chatted and giggled and laughed. 

They're all nuts.

My fortune cookie. 

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Lazy Sunday music videos

I found this video, but wouldn't have if I hadn't clicked here first. These girls are weird...
But I love this song:
~CocoRosie~ Lemonade

I remember taping this music video off the telly when I was around eighteen. I loved this:
~Veruca Salt~ Shutterbug

And this was on the same video tape. I wish I knew what happened to it...

~Nick Cave & PJ Harvey~ Henry Lee

This makes me happy:

~Heather Nova~ London Rain

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Unnecessary purchases

After work yesterday, just as I was settling down with my netbook and some Regina Spektor, Kerri poked her head through the door and asked if I was joining her and her mom for a wee shopping trip at the Fairhill Centre. Since Lee and Stephen were so engrossed in their game on the XBox, I decided to go along.

Our last stop was H&M. As we were walking through the baby clothes section* of the shop on our way out, this t-shirt caught my eye. I had to buy it, of course.
H&M 4-6 month Doors t-shirt

I'm a big fan of the Doors.

Photo taken last September at Spring & Airbrake - Doors Alive Tribute Band

*You have to walk past the baby clothes section on your way to the exit. There's no news here...

Friday, 28 January 2011

Singing the songs

The last Friday in January and in all, so far I’m pretty unimpressed with two thousand and eleven. I suppose last year was such a good year, that in comparison anything else would be a bit of a disappointment.’s still early enough in the year to be proved here’s hoping...(better shape up 2011)

Since we’re doing very little else this year but saving, I think it’s a pretty good excuse for me to read lots. I’ve just started reading ‘Half Broke Horses’ by Jeannette Wells and although I’m only a few pages in I think I’m really going to enjoy it! Thanks Yvonne for sending it over!

I'm loving this song. It's on the Fiat 500 Twinair ad on the telly (I kind of like the car too) and although it's been around for some time, I'd not heard it (that I can remember). I'm making up for it now...

It's seems like so long since I've been excited about music and books. I want to get that enthusiasm back again

Monday, 24 January 2011

Buckinghamshire in a blur

Leanne picked us up at Luton on Friday. She took us to Stony Stratford to the Indian restaurant ‘Naidni’, which is very creatively ‘Indian’ spelled backwards’, and then a drink at the Crown with her friends Rachel, Chris and Stacey. We stayed up late sitting on Leanne’s couch drinking tea, chatting, catching up and playing with the cats.

Clockwise from top left: Leanne and Willow, the teddy bear outside of the toy shop in Olney,
Caroline and James in Woburn, and me and Lea.
Craig and Caroline picked us up in the afternoon and drove us to Woburn, which is so pretty and I wished I’d had a chance to explore some more and take some pictures. I was there before, in 2003 for the Oyster Festival, but then too, the town was so packed that I couldn't get pictures. We lunched on fish at Loch Fyne.
Clockwise from top left: mini keg of Olney ale, Olney, dinner at Craigs, and Cruga, the South African
shop in Milton Keynes.
Saturday evening was spent at their home in Olney, which is also so beautiful. Craig had a huge spread of buffet food prepared for us as well as a mini keg of ale from the brewery near Olney. The evening was passed with an intense game of chess and fierce competition on the Xbox Kinect. 

I'm so not competitive.

Which is just as well, 'cos I'm crap at anything that requires coordination. Or concentration. 

Sunday, 16 January 2011


We were hanging about the house waiting for the shops to open so that I could drop off my first roll of film from my Oktomat. I still had a few pictures to take to finish the film so Lee drove us over to Slemish. I've been wanting to go for a while, and today was the first day in a long time that the sun has been shining. It was a lovely surprise :-)

It was easier going up than coming down. It's been raining for the past few days and the path was more of a river. I had to go down part of the way on my bum amongst the sheep droppings*.

On our way back home, we stopped in at The Thatch in Broughshane for a half pint of Guinness next to the fire.
Slemish from the car on our way back to the town.
The walk half way up Slemish made up for the disappointment of the Oktomat pictures not coming out. The girl at the photo counter at Boots held up a blank film for me. I was at least prepared for it with all the bad reviews I'd read, but it didn't completely make up for the let down. 

*Walking around the Fairhill Centre waiting for my (blank) film to be developed Lee says 'I smell poo. I think it's us'.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Last night

I read this when I was in primary school. It must have been a set book for our standard, because I remember reading it in class. It made quite an impression, 'cos I often thought about it years afterwards. So I added it to my Amazon wish list* and got it for Christmas. 

I finished reading it last night. I'd forgotten a lot of it and found myself sobbing through the last few pages. Then I fell asleep until Lee came up looking for me.

*It's newly birthday's coming up (in six months).

At the lough

We took the doggies to the lough shore in Antrim this afternoon. It was a rainy, grey and dull day but we'd wrapped up warm and we managed to stay dry too. Mother-in-law and I walked along the path as the water was up high and over the small 'beach' and the dogs walked along behind us.

At the end of our walk we stopped in at the cafe and drank some tea and ate some lemon meringue pie and continued to chatter away to each other.

It's been lovely.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

January days

It doesn’t say a lot about my week when the highlight was my dentist appointment this morning. The rest of it has felt like one long day, with very little changing throughout its length. January is a dismal month with no extra spending money and dark and wet days and nights. Our evenings have been spent on the couch wrapped in the crocheted blanket my ma made for me, watching boring telly and dunking left over from Christmas chocolate biscuits in my cups of tea.
The blanket my mom crocheted for me.
Church Street, Ballymena
Mother-in-law took me to my dentist appointment this morning, which was uneventful and afterwards we had tea and a tea cake at McKillens. 

Saturday, 8 January 2011

For the birds

Mother-in-law and I took the dogs for walk again today in the People's Park. We stopped a while to feed the ducks and swans and pigeons.
I took my Oktomat with to use up the first roll of film. I'm dying to see how they turn out after reading so many bad reviews online. I'm not filled with hope, but you never know.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

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Today's the first day back to work in the new year, and although it's good to get into routine again, I'm feeling some separation anxiety. I'd gotten rather used to having Lee around all the time and lazing in front of the telly with him. And sleeping in late, and having greasy breakfasts and taking our time wandering around the town.

Yesterday we slept in until just before eleven. Lee dressed and went downstairs and I continued on in bed with 'Rebecca'...

I finished the last half of the book after starting it months ago. What an excellent story. Now I can start on the other pile of my Christmas books, stacked up next to my bed.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

In 2011 I resolve...

I threatened to produce some resolutions, so now I must deliver.

I really want to read more books. Most of the time, I get so sucked in to what's going on on Facebook and my Google Reader that my book sits next to me on the coffee table, unopened. I started reading Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca' while we were honeymooning in the Maldives, and I'm only half way through it...and it's a new year and decade now. And that's just not on.

I want to learn more about photography. I love photos, taking them, looking at them and being in them. I want to be better at taking them.

Every Tuesday evening, I will accompany mother-in-law to aerobics class. It's once a week for an hour, how lazy would I be if I didn't even do that?

I'm going to get my picture taken, fill in the forms and convert my South African driving licence to a Northern Irish one. And while I'm at it, I'm going to get all my paper work in order and find a more efficient filing system. At the moment, everything is put in piles and shoved into Lee's underwear drawer, the back of my wardrobe, on the coffee table, under the coffee table...

I'll spend less time over analysing everything and everyone. It's tiring and it takes up so much time. And I always come to the wrong conclusions to the detriment of myself. So I'm going to chill out. 

I'm going to spend less time on Facebook! I will!!

I'll be super thrifty and save up loads so we can buy our first house.

And I'm going to wear more hats.

So twenty eleven is going to be a big and exciting it shall.

The first of the 2011 blogs

 Happy twenty eleven!
Carri-Ann went all out with the balloons and the party food and the bubbly...and the karaoke. The poor neighbours. I'm also fearful for the video Aidan has been threatening to put up on Facebook.

This made me laugh a lot.

The next moment, after the party poppers and bubbly, Lee and Aidan had the broom and the mop out.
 Lunch. Aidan prepared the nicest meal of beef, yorkshire puddings, gravy, veggies and roast potatoes. 

Happy new year!