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Oct. 14th, 2009

Change of LJ

Hello chaps.

Not been on Lj for absolutely ages.  I have decided to start posting to my other LJ account bookses_and_tea   This is basically just so I can have a bit more privavcy when I blog, and am not breaching any confidentiality by mentioning anything under my name.

I have gone through and re-invited the folks who have accepted me as friends on this LJ blog, so if you still have any interest in my ramblings do please add me again. 

Hope you are all well!


Apr. 27th, 2009

What's Your Personality Type?

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. You break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused

Feb. 12th, 2009

95 Random Things

Can't remember how to do a cut so it is here in all its fullness!

1. First thing you wash in the shower? Body
2. What colour is your favorite hoodie? Grey
3. Do you like coffee? Yes to the point of shakieness
5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? bit bored
6. What’s the last letter of your crush’s name? x
7. Do you say aim or a-i-m? I have never used it
8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having: I was told one of my cats had dies and I remember crying and crying
9. Could you eat your favourite food everyday for a month and not get sick of it? I henestly think i culd
10. What are you craving? Food - I'm hungry
11. Do you floss? No
12. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Sludge - although I actually quite like it
16. Have you ever counted to 1,000? no
17. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Bit of both
18. Do you use smileys? Yes
19. How many bedrooms are in your house? 2
20. Have you ever met a celebrity? A couple - no-one very interesting
21. Do you like cottage cheese? yes
22. What’s the last song you had stuck in your head? Its a long, long way to Tipparary
23. How many countries have you visited? 6 not including the British Isles
24. Are your parents strict? Ridiculously unstrict - it was embarassing as a teenager
25. Would you go sky diving? Probably although i am scared of heights
26. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? No-it would be an absolute waste of my time and I would get very upset and frustrated
28. Is there anything sparkly in the room you’re in? Yes. My cardigan and my Christmas headbands
30. Do you rent movies? Yes
31. Who sits in front of you in your math class? I can't remember.
35. Where are you going to be Saturday night? Bowling with friends and then who knows???
36. Brown or white eggs? Not botherered as long as they are Free Range
37. Like rap music? No
38. Ever taken a train? Of course!
39. Experienced the twin towers falling in New York? Saw it on TV after work.
41. What day of the week is it? Thursday
40. What was your Lunch? I am just about to go out and buy something - I don't know what as yet
43. What is your best friend doing tomorrow? I have no idea - one working and the other packing of New Zealand maybe?
46. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? No, the DVD sat on the shelf and then i gave it abck
47. So, how about them Yankees? I believe they do a sport....?
51. Is your hair curly? Wavy
52. Last time you cried? Umm. During Obama's inauguation I think?
53. Ever walked into a wall? Probably
55. Have you ever bought anything from PacSun? I have no idea what this is
56. Favorite season? Autumn
61. The next person you’ll hold hands with? Alexei I presume
62. Do you sleep with the TV on? No. Only silence for sleep!
63. Have you ever drank alcohol straight from the bottle? Yes
64. Do you think you’re old? Sometimes I feel ancient but i am told this a sign of how young one is
65. Are you afraid of the dark? Not really
66. Do you like your life right now? yeah - touching wood
67. When’s the last time you chose a bath over a shower? whenever I have time - hotel last Sunday morning.
68. Do you knock on wood? Yes
69. Do you have good vision? Nope
70. Can you hula hoop? Yes
71. Where are your parents? Mum is probably at home and dad is a great mystery
72. Have you ever kissed in an elevator? I don't know
73. What is the next CD you will buy? not sure
74. What brands are you wearing? umm. Next, Marks, and some catalogue stuff. I don't do brands
76. Have you ever crawled through a window? Yes
77. Can you handle the truth? better to face up to things really
78. What was the most recent thing you bought? Toiletries
79. How often do you talk on the phone? A lot. Its part of my job
80. Are you in a complicated relationship? I don't think our relationship is particularly complicated
81. Do you hate more than 3 people? No. I can't think of anyone I hate. Its bad for you.
82. Have you ever tripped someone? I don't think so so you never know
86. Do you use chap stick? I have a little green tin from Superdrug - basially Vaseline with Aloe vera added.
87. Are you too forgiving? Depends on whether you see forgiveness as a bad thing. I don't. However i find it hard to draw boundaries on people who are bad for me.
88. Do you own something from Hot Topic? Don't know it
89. Do you own a gun? Are you insane?????
90. Have you made a prank phone call? I don't think so
91. Have you ever been in a castle? Yes
92. Do you like your hair? Yeah - its alright
93. Do you like yourself? I try to
94. Are you closer to your mother or father? Difficult one, especially with one deceased
95. Do you chat on AIM often? I use MSN occasionally

Feb. 11th, 2009

The Day I Nearly Died

Yes.  Today was that day.  The day when I could have been made deaded.  I do perhaps exagerate slightly, but it felt like that day.  Off I broomed to work this morning, after almost 12 hours of sleep, a refreshing shower and time to do hair and put on some makeup this morning.  Feeling quite pleased with one's self was I.  Then I lost control of the car on the ice....

It was on a corner.   I hadn't realised the ice was as bad as it was, so I was in the normal third gear I take the corner on.  Then the car goes its own way.  Left then right. I swerved into the oncoming lane and missed the car driving along there by about an inch! It was terrifying!  I was shaking. 

I've never nearly crashed before.  I mean, If I had crashed, and everyone had been alright, whose fault would it have been?  Its not my fault that the road is icy and the road wasn't gritted but it was ne who skidded.  What happens? Do we exchange numbers, or insurance details?  Then what does one do?  Its all very confusing.

Other than my near death experience, all has been quiet.  Very, very tired last night.  Managed to stay awake to watch the repeat of 'Who do you think you are?' then retired to bed.  It is wonderful to wake up feeling so much better tha I did yesterday!  Like I mentioned, I had time to be organised this morning and still feel like I had had a long lie.

SLOC want to go bowling for his birthday, on Saturday so I booked it yesterday.  It was for 13 and I had to pay in advance so I hope everyone pays up alright!  Also, SLOC's brother and his friend want to some so I need to phone today and book them in as well. 

Got Woodies tonight and we are without a plan as what we had planned has fallen through. It would be nice to get them out but it might be a bit cold. 

I have been thinking, I should get back into my knitting.  The never ending jumper has put me off, but if I put that away, and start on something small, like socks, then i can reinterest myself in them again.  I also have an idea of starting a log cabin quilt, but I may leave that till next winter to do.  I don't know if my sewing machine would manage quilting though - i have a suspicion you need special gadgets...

Feb. 6th, 2009

Snow mentalism this morning

It seems to have stopped snowing for the moment but this morning was mental.  I was driving to work in first mainly and still sliding on the road.  Most of the buses seem to have been cancelled.  I am getting a little worried as I am planning on driving to Surrey tomorrow from Oxfordshire, but not sure how feasible that is going to be.  Well, we will just have to walk the 70miles if we can't drive as SLOC's mum has treated us to a hotel room.  They7 have been in a hotel themselves for the last month as there house got flooded whern the boiler burst in the big freeze after Xmas. poor things - they were supposed to get into a rented house this week but the snow has temporarily ground that to a halt.  they must be going stir crazy in a hotel for all that length of time.

Apart from the weather madness, nothing much to report.  I am contemplating starting knitting some socks on circular needles, but just realised that my 2 sets of circular needles are different lengths which may be a problem so may have wait till I can get to the knitting shop.  Boo! 

Victorian Farm  was good last night.  Poor old farmers - if they had had last summers' weather in Victorian times I think they would all have gone out of business and we would have starved.  I guess it can't be that easy for modern day farmers either.  Those maggots were hideous though.  I have a real aversion to maggots, and I'm not that keen on bees either so I had a few skin crawling moments during last nights episode!

Feb. 5th, 2009


Anyone know how to manage twitter?  I have just joined.  I am booksesandtea user name.  Only two people I know seem to be on it.  That won't keep me very busy!!!


Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  At last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oxford has snow and it is thick and lying.  I was up at 7am this morning and out building a snow man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This from the woman who has struggled to get up before 8.30 for the last month.  Said snow man is called Arthur and he is a snow monster, and if it is still there when I go home I will make him a snow monster family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The fact I am nearly 30 does not come into the equation AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!

On a more serious note, all my thoughts and prayers for</span>.  It was only a year ago I was in the same position, and I can relate very much to how she must be feeling.

On a slightly happier note, I am allowed home at 3.30 today due to our British panic at the snowflakes.  Wouldn't happen in Scotland, but hey, I no longer live in Scotland and if everyone wants to panic over snow then who am I to disagree?

Had Woodies last night.  Did some meditation with them and then played at levitation, and the Trust game.  They are ridiculously confident young people - they all managed to fall backwards in the end!  It may all sound very organised but actually it was totally on the hoof as our previous plans had fallen through. 

Thats about it for now.  I'm off to do some work so  can get home early with my conciense intact!

Feb. 3rd, 2009

Notes fron non-snowy Oxfordia

Well, I got up and have been really grumpy all day, mainly I think because I started thinking about the situation in my previous post and I felt like hitting my head against a brick wall!

I was supposed to go to Dressmaking last night but gave it a miss as I was worried about ice on the roads on the way back.  We has a telly night instead.  University Challenge where I got 14 to SLOC's 11 1/2 - however I think we may have cheated a bit as I got a point for shout 'Ark, umm - the holy box thing' when the answer was the Ark of the Covanant!

We then watched The Book Quiz on BBC 4 (not seen this before - I liked it although it is 'solid' as we say in Glasgow), where I surprised myself and SLOC by getting 3 answers right!!!  I was particularly impressed by myself for know A. J. Ayers wrote one of the quotes - A Level Philosophy had to come in useful somewhere! 

After that 'Who do you think you Are'  - really glad this is on again, and then while SLOC played some online game called Guild Wars (I think) that is likely to take him the next 60 years to complete as you seem to play in different times as well as countries, I went up to bed and caught up on the episode of The Victorian Farm I missed last week.  And now I want to run away and live like the olden days - I could even bring myself eat Brawn!

So all in all, a really pleasant, quiet evening.  Shame I woke in such a foul mood this morning really.  I completely gave up on the diet last night and bought us in pizza.  However I am determined that from today I will stick to diet and find healthy diet friendly alternatives to my junk food cravings!

Plans for the rest of the week include Woodies on Wednesday (must remember to fillout my new CRB form), SLOC out to London on friday night and I am going to a friends to watch a DVD.  the wekkend I am not sure about.  It is SLOC's birthday next Monday adn origianlly we were getting a hotle in londaon for the weekned but we have decided we can't afford it, but I don't know what he wants to do instead.  I am only concerned because if he does want to do anything then it could all blow up in his face as he has left it too late to organise anything.  Also I am off on Monday so that will be good no matter what we decide to do!

On a final note - I am terribly disappointed by Oxford's abysmal effort in the snow stakes.  I didn't even get enough for a snow man!!!!

Jan. 14th, 2009

Book a Week Challenge 2008

The Book a Week Challenge books for 2008.  I did reread some books as well, but I didn't take note of them so this is my 2008 reading list basically.

1/52 How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, Francis Wheen
2/52 If Only my Father Loved me, Rosie Thomas
3/52 The Adventure of English - A Biography of a Language, Melvin Bragg
4/52 Mary Lou and the Chalet school
5/52 News from Thrush Green - Miss Read
6/52 Celebrations at Thrush Green-Miss read
7/52 School at Thrush Green-Miss Read
8/52 The year at Thrush Green-Miss Read
9/52 Winter at Thrush Green-Miss Read
10/52 Friends at Thrush Green-Miss Read
11/52 The Hunting season - Elizabeth Rigby
12/52 My Family and other Animals - Gerald durrell
13/52 Birds, beasts and Relatives - Gerald Durell
14/52 The Garden of the Gods - Gerald Durrell
15/52 The River - Phillipa Forester
16/52 The Olive Route - Carol Drinkwater
17/52 The Girl who stopped swimming - Joshylin Jackson
18/52 English Correspondence - Janet Davies
19/52 The Fat Girl's Guide to Life - Wendy Shaker
20/52 The Language of God: A Scientist presents evifence for belief - Francis S. Collins
21/52 A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natrual Magic
22/52 When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chodron
23/52 Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-discipline - Cheri Huber
24/52 The Book of Idle Pleasures - Tom Hodgkinson
25/52 Death du Jour - Kathie Reichs
26/52 The Body Farm - Patricia Cornwell
27/52 Head over heels in the Dales - Gervase Phinn
28/52 Dead Heat - Dick and Felix Francis
29/52 Intrigue in the Village - Rebecca Shaw
30/52 To The Baltic with Bob - Griff Rhys Jones
31/52 Thrush Green - Miss Read
32/52 Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
33/52 The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
34/52 Sweet Danger - Margery Allingham
35/52 Cross Bones - Kathy Reichs
36/52 Break No Bones - Kathy Reichs
37/52 The Chalet School and Richenda - E.M.Brent-Dyer
38/52 Trials for the Chalet School - E. M. Brent-Dyer
39/52 Joey and Co. in Tyrol - E. M. Brent-Dyer
40/52 Bones to Ashes - Kathy Reichs
41/52 Adrienne and the Chalet School - E. M. Brent-Dyer
42/52 New Mistress at the Chalet School
43/52 The Listening Eye - Patricia Wentworth
44/52 The Case of the Late Pig - Margery Allingham
45/52 More Work for the Undertaker - Margery Allingham
46/52 An Unholy Alliance - Susanna Gregory
47/52 A Plague on Both your Houses - Susanna Gregory
48/52 The Careful Use of Compliments - Alexander McCall Smith
49/52 Monday Mourning - Kathy Reichs
50/52 Deadly Decisions - Kathy Reichs
51/52 Cruel and Unusual - Patricia Cornwell
52/52 Mystery Mile - Margery Allingham
53/52 Where did it all go right? Growing up normal in the 1970's - Andrew Collins
54/52 The English - Jeremy Paxman - I forgot about this one

Sleepy bunny...

Feeling tired today. Yawwwwwwwwwnnnnnn.  I was out last night for our Woodie planning meeting and didn't get in till 11, however I went straight to bed so should have had enough sleep.  I think a lot of it is just a process of getting reacclimatised after a longish period off. 

I have an interview at work this afternoon, and then Woodies after work, and then off to the cinema after that, so it will be another late night.  However no plans for tomorrow evening so lots of time to relax then.

The last ever episode of Stargate Atlantis is on this week , i think t probably aired last night and will be repested tonight but I will miss it.  I hope its repeated again soon.  Apart from the travesty that it is the last ever episode, I am very excited about it because 'very exciting things' happened in the last episode.

Thats about all for today.  Not got a huge amount to say.

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