Thursday, 28 February 2008

And the winners are..

My work don't really socialise. Its understandable, we spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week together and I don't think most of us actually like each other that much...But they're not really a bad crowd - Honest. ;) So, when a charity quiz night was organised it was quite a surprise that some of us were willing to go. Five of us from my team initially got tickets, one had to pull out on the day, but that's still not a bad turnout really. Teams of 6 were permitted, so with DaBMan seeing his sister off at the airport, I called upon the "universal knowledge" that is Gurn to maximise our chances of actually getting a question right (although when asked what his specialist subject might be by my work colleagues the best I could come up with was "Comics?").

Little did I know what I was letting myself in for... I now know things about this man I would have never even thought of...These include: -

1. That he is a secret Cliff Richard fan
2. That he knows a little too much about cross stitch that a man really should
3. Just because he has visited a place on holiday doesn't actually mean he knows where it is

Overall we did pretty well, coming second out of about 9 teams (only about 3 points behind the winning team) This will be a point rubbed in at work tomorrow, believe me!

Best answer of the night came from our team too, on the very first question...

Q. Where would you be if you were at Ronaldsway Airport?
A. In a plane

Geography... not a strong point...

With the accent over the E....

It doesn't happen often, in fact its only been since I moved to my current location and job that its happened at all...People keep mistaking me for having an Australian accent. I have what I consider to be a fairly middle English stereotypical accent with a hint of London, usually most people do have problems pinpointing the region I come from, but that fair, they get that I'm English if nothing else. For some reason however several people now have phoned my work and asked "to speak to the Australian lady" (We don't have any) but then have given my name. Oh this is of course except for Gurn who thinks I sound South African! - He just doesn't have very good hearing methinks!

Maybe I have that brain disorder that makes you start speaking in different languages when you didn't know how to before... If so can I place my order for fluent Japanese now please?

Sunday, 24 February 2008

More movies and minty wine

I actually managed to have an industrious day yesterday! I managed to dye my hair back to its normal colour rather than black with dodgy blonde roots, and style it so it looked how the hairdresser did it (Miracle! I've usually given up by now) Then I bottled a total of 14 bottles of my signature mint wine. Its been ready to bottle for months but due to the house move last year I didn't have any empties so I have been working very hard on making some - I have been using every excuse possible to drink copious amounts of wine! I finally realised that I should stop being lazy and get the stuff bottled else everyone who I have promised a bottle to would nag me.

Mint I know is a very unusual flavour for wine, but most people who try it adore it (Except Gurn who last night nearly spat a whole mouthful across his living room) It a tiring exercise as I only have a hand-corker which is probably akin to giving birth as you have to force a swollen cork through a much smaller hole into a bottle, It takes a fair amount of effort, one day I'll buy an automated one...or start using plastic corks.

Next up is Nettle, but I have to clean all my equipment out first again (which is why my wine takes so long to make, I hate the cleaning bit!) I'm not even sure if I will like it, but its worth a shot, If I hate it I will just give it to someone who doesn't!

By 7:30 last night I was knackered and realised that the single bowl of cornflakes I had eaten would not keep me alive forever. As I put some food in the oven, Gurn pings up at me to request my company, I gladly toddled over as it meant I wasn't sat in front of my PC buying things online.

I actually think that the movies are getting worse.... Last night we even turned one off at about halfway through. It should have indicated an early night, but we sat and chatted for the next x hours and I only managed to get home at half past 3. Its all my fault because I can talk for Britain once I'm started, and we got on to the subject of tattoos, which being a love for both of us is a disaster for getting any sleep... I might have finally settled on my latest additions though... maybe.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Sometimes I prefer...

OK... Another weekend of the flat to myself, DaBman is away boozin it up with "da boyz" so poor lil' me has been left to entertain myself again. No scissor worries this week as I had nearly all my hair chopped off on Thurday (well about 4 or 5 inches of it anyway!) so I know I not going on a trim fest - phew!

So, Gurn came to the rescue again to watch a movie and generally blether. After a while of chat he finally picked a classic movie from my collection... Company of Wolves...He wasn't most impressed but he will rip it to shreds himself, I'm sure. I still maintain its classic status!

One very large glass of wine later and a yum yum and I'm considering sleep... the washing up can survive until tomorrow!

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The hard part...

A few weeks back when I was pondering whether or not I was going to start this I was talking to Gurn about it. His only comment was that I should if I had something to say. (helpful huh? ;) ) Today quite randomly I remembered being given a diary as a kid and not knowing what to fill it with I wrote in almost every day "got up, went to school, had tea, nothing else happened"

I promise if I do that here I will cut off a body part each time!

Anyhooo, With me and Dabman sharing a flat we have both inherited more pets, He has to put up with my two hoity cats and I have his rats to play with - I think I probably get the best deal out if this one! We had the rats out to play on the sofa last night and one of them actually posed for a photo! (total miracle! most photos of the rats turn out as large white blurs on the screen)

Cutie huh?

Monday, 18 February 2008

Barbie suffers a wardrobe malfunction

My office hates bras!! It must do, it seems that every time I step into the place something bad happens in an attempt to free my "boys". One day it might work and I'll end up flashing some poor unsuspecting colleague...In the last six months I have had three mishaps of this sort and its never ever happened before, serves me right for running for the bus this morning I guess!

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Book reporting

Gurn tags everybody, so here's my case on random book reporting. The rules: -

1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to page 123.
3. Go to the 5th sentence.
4. Type in the following 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.

My closest book is The Wayward Mind by Guy Claxton, unfortunatley he has a thing for long sentences so...

"For Aristotle, more the cool observer than the riteous moralist or amateur dietitian, dreams reflected residual reverberations of the day's sense impressions, sometimes clear, when the mind is very clam and these faint traces are able to be seen, and sometimes distorted by other aspects of temperament of emotion - melancholy, fever, intoxication - so that 'the visions appear confused and monstrous', like images broken on the surface of ruffled water. If dreams appear prophetic, Aristotle councels suspicion of any supernatural interpretation. His rational mind sees two alternative possibilities."

I dont know 5 people so anyone who sees this can consider themselves tagged.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Bad movies and a new PC

I got a "new" PC today, I've been given it because my flatmate got a new one and his old machine was still better than what I had before, so its new-to-me. I'm pretty chuffed, even though I will probably spend the next few weeks reinstalling stuff and finding out what I've lost!

I have the flat to myself again tonight, so instead of letting my boredom levels hit scissor areas again Gurn came on over to watch a couple of movies. I enjoy switching my brain off to watch the worst films I can lay my hands on, but tonights selection were truely the worst. I'm sure he will review them tomorrow!

Now i'm going to sit up the rest of the night playing with my new machine like the geek I secretly am...

I'd better do one I suppose

You're really upset. Who is the first person you call to vent?
Its not a common occurence, but Dabman

If you had to choose, would you rather be an alcoholic or a pothead?

Who is the last person you hung out with?
Dabman, same flat - makes it inevitable

How did you meet this person?
Through mutual acquaintances

Do you get along with guys or girls better?
Guys, definitley guys. Girls are far too bitchy and insecure

Have you ever fallen asleep upside down?
Yes, whilst hanging off a sofa-I can fall asleep anywhere!

Do you like shows like Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries?
A bit, more the unsolved mysteries than the forensics though

Do you prefer to take showers at night or in the morning?
Morning I feel groggy all day otherwise

List 3 people you were best friends with in 6th grade:
Ummm, Claire Marshall & Kerry Marshall everyone else hated me

Who is the best person to cheer you up?
Dabman - theres a reason for him being here

When you see people, do you critique how they look or act?
No, unless theyre being completely stupid and/or offensive

Who is the last person you added to your contacts list in your phone?
My Boss

When is the last time you had pizza?
About two weeks ago

How do you think you look right this moment?
Like a state, its the towel round the head bit that just not appealing

If you had the chance to have your face put on a quarter, would you
Why would anyone want to put me on money? But if they insisted.. of course

Heard any really great quotes lately?
"Are you the third stripper?...Nice poncho"

Do you think you have made a difference in anyone's life?
Most definitley... whether it was for good or bad is a whole other question

What is the last movie you saw in a theater?

Do you remember the name of your first school you ever went to?
Frettenham First School

What do you think of people who have their name tattooed on them?
I'd wonder if they couldn't come up with something more imaginitive

Is there a song that is driving you crazy because you dont know who sings it?
Nah, I dont usually care who sings it

What is the name of your siblings best friend?

What is the last spoken words you heard?
"See you later"

Last awkward moment?
It was so long ago I dont remember

Who do you find yourself crushing on currently?

Ever found more than a dollar in a random place?
Yup, I found a tenner outside a cathedral once

Name 1 thing that everyone knows about you.
I have large "Boys" (and I love them)

When a friend walks out of your life, do you go after them or let them go?
Let them go, true friends will always find their way back

Has anyone ever been more important to you than a family member?

Last time you smiled?
About 5 minutes ago

Would life be the same without alcohol?
Pretty much, except I might remember getting home after nights out

Would you go a month without washing your hair to save a loved one?
I'd likely do it anyway, loved one or not

Would you cry if you found out you were pregnant?
Probably, but probably not as much as the father...

Do you think your current pets will be alive ten years from now?
Doubtful, one of them might but she would be 16 by then and thats pretty damn old for a cat.

When was your last bubble bath?

Do you know anyone by the name of Dennis?
Only one, and he's 84

Where is your pet(s) right now?
Theyre all in the living room, unless one has snuck into my wardrobe for a nap

Name five things you did yesterday?
Talked non stop

What color phone do you have?
Gunmetal greyish

How many kids do you want to have?
I'm not convinced about kids yet, but probably either none at all or dozens of them

What outfit do you have on at this exact moment?
A dressing gown and a towel

What color are your eyes?

What are you doing tomorrow?

Do you know someone who likes you?
I can probably find one

Does a heartbreak feel as bad as it sounds?

What color is your hair?
Black, but its not natural

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

What is the closest blue object to you?
A feather

Have you eaten popcorn in the past 48 hours?
Yes, but only 3 pieces because they had defiled it with salt

Do you have a lot of guy friends?
Yes - nearly all of them, women hate me

When's the last time you were in handcuffs?
Due to business or pleasure?

Friday, 15 February 2008

"Girlie" Night

Ok, I am not a "Girlie" Girl, I'm generally a bit of a Ladette in fact. Tonight however I'm on my own with no agenda and nothing to keep me entertained... These nights often end in turmoil when boredom kicks in and I take scissors to my hair (much to the complete horror of my hairdresser even though I only visit once a year) In order to stave off the want to cut my locks I'm going to do all the horrid girlie things I only do occassionally. My list of "chores" for the night are:

Wash my hair
Use a face mask
Choose random colours to paint my nails
Paint fingernails
Epilate entire body

For anyone who hasn't encountered an epilator, its a machine which acts like many many pairs of tweezers and rips hairs our of any body part you apply it to. Its fairly painful (Thankfully I have a majorly high pain threshold) but works wonders. If you want to see just how scary this contraption is...heres a video -

And women (probably some men too) put themselves through this??!


Ok, I have been "promising" myself a blog for years but never actually had the time/boredom level to get my ass round to actually bothering with it. I'm probably not going to tell anyone this exists for a little while anyway either, in case I get bored with it and stop.

Anyway, Thats the hardest part over with eh?