Just taking a break from tossing all those pancakes.
OK, it's only been 2 so far... but still.
Maple syrup to hand, etc.
Think I will have a savoury one later... ah pancakes soooo many possibilities!
Not much to report today, had a so-so day at work, really need to get on with one particular project and have just been hampered all day.
Anyhoo, hope to make some headway tomorrow. Bag watch should officially start tomorrow I think.
Finished The History of Love today. After a rocky start until about half way through things started really coming together it was quite a spectacular read towards the end and it blotted out all of the difficulties initially getting into it. I wouldn't say it's the most amazing read of my life or the year, but it has certainly left me thinking, and going over and over events in the book in my mind. I think it's just one of those books that leaves you with closure and then no closure at the same time.
I am toying with a chicklit foray with the newest Rachel Gibson or I might read one of my Erich Kästners that I have in German, if so it's probably Die Verschwundene Miniatur.
You've probably never heard of Erich Kästner, well if you've seen Baron von Munchhausen, he wrote that, if you've heard of Emil and the Detectives, he wrote that, if you've seen the Parent Trap, that was based on his book... He was both the Rhold Dahl of German literature and a very entertaining writer of books for older audiences. My favourite so far has been Drei Männer im Schnee - I had to do a presentaiton on that at uni, but it's the only foreign language book I've started on an evening and read right the way through to the small hours until I finished it.
Right off for some more pancakes and to dig out my Kästners - ooer!
Great news to start off my work day, boss rang from Vietnam to say she and the in-laws had hit the market where the Kipling and Merrell stalls are for one last time and managed to procure 5 bags that were within my wishlist ideal bag criteria... She read out the colours and they were all the same style - alas no pastels available today - so I chose the Fushia pink one (as predicted by ma-in-law), no idea what the style will be, but for £3 you cannot go wrong, so my bag has been packed in the in-laws suitcase and will be winging it's way back to the UK tomorrow.
Boss will be putting the rest in freight as they are soon to relocate from Vietnam to colder climbs.
However, I couldn't leave it at that, and I was still after a pastel bag to match my pink trainers and my new Merrell powder blue shoes in a travel/shopping/casual/crop capacity, so I weakened and bought one for £35 incl. postage from QVC in exactly the right size and petal pink with Irene the monkey, my grandma's namesake - it was obviously meant to be! lol
Should have really asked my boss what the name of the Fushia monkey was! lol
Anyhoo, this is the Europa Medium bag off QVC - mine will be petal pink with a petal pink monkey.
Turns out the Merrells were an even better buy, although made in Vietnam they are still expensive over there compared to the local economic market. Definitely aimed at westerners, as they are still £20+ a pair - if you think of the price for a Kipling bag vs. its mark-up on the Western market. But still a bargain in Vietnam and in Makro! ;o)
...are there not to ski? Well my experiences in 98 haven't really tempted me back to the slopes! Except if there is a chance of getting good photos for all my winter papers now that I am armed with a decent digi camera! So wish that'd been the case back in 98!
Anyway, so since getting back from macro I have been a dutiful team member and combined this weekend's ode to snow with the Kewl Kat challenge...
So here is Ski School - another from my Year Abroad.
Alternatively known as "Alas poor Cederic".
I'll bore you with the journaling, since you asked! :oP
One of the perks of studying in Grenoble, in the heart of the Alps was that for £40 or so you could become a card-carrying member of the GUC university ski club. This price covered your bus transport, insurance and ski passes for the season - how neat! And you got a discount on ski hire. So obviously after our fervoured excitement to join and having spent £100 of salopettes and ski gloves we were chomping at the bit to hit the slopes. The Sunday Ski Bunnies were thrown into action on our first outing to Les Deux Alpes, a few hours drive from campus. As total beginners we were assigned to the lovely Cederic, a ski instructor with the GUC, our group who mostly comprised Brit and Irish novices (was it a sign??) was taken up to the top of the baby slope in the most atrocious conditions, grey sky, sleet, fog… lovely and not at all ominous! It was hard enough disengaging from the ski pull lift thing and remaining upright, but upright we remained and huddled at the top awaiting instructions from Cederic. After a brief intro he grabbed the first victim and gave them a helpful push to get them going down the mountain, OK slope! But from the top, it really did look like a mountain! His eyes then fell upon me, under any other circumstance I would have been flattered and the beating of my heart would have been a pleasant accompaniment to this little scenario. But when standing at the top of a mountain with a hunky Frenchman, even one named Cederic, my heart was pounding for another reason - pure fear. Cederic grabbed my hands pulled me along and then made the mistake of letting me go! And I skied, oh yes I skied. Somehow I'd managed to lose my balance, tip back and I skied right between Cederic's legs on my back and whacked my head. As my vision cleared, Cederic's concerned visage appeared before mine.
Cederic: "Ça va??" Me: "Oh yes I'm fine, just great in fact! Couldn't be better." [nervous laugh]
Cue pounding pain against my skull from the impact of head on icy snow.
Cederic: "Can you get up?" Me: "Oh, um, yes I'm sure I can… but that's alright you just go back to the next victim, I mean student, the next student… I'll just have a rest here for a minute…"
Internal voice: "Yes, please leave me here so I can just sink into the snow and die with embarrassment!"
Cederic was having none of it, and rather ungracefully I was returned to an upright position and given a little shove to get me going. Well this time I did mange to stay upright, however I still hadn't mastered the criss-cross whooshing style of skiing, so instead I hurtled down the slope missile like at what felt like a few 100 km/hour. As my cheeks started receding back to my ears. I could make out the bottom of the slope through the fog and to my shock there was a crowd of people gathered; "Get out of the way! Get out of the way!" I chanted. The crowd drew closer, there was nothing for it, I had to employ some form of slowing down motion. I started criss-crossing the slope narrowly avoiding those pesky 4 year-olds who were skiing sans poles and at break-neck speeds and laughing gaily - what were they so happy about?? To my amazement and that of my knees, this action worked somewhat, but I was still hurtling down too fast, as the crowd came into focus, I employed the manoeuvre I'd seen many a time on Ski Sunday, the grand "coming-to-a-stop-by-performing-a-sharp-turn" manoeuvre.
Jenny: "Wow Nat! Are you sure you've never done this before? You looked really professional coming down there, all that criss-crossing, and that turn at the end, I'm soooo impressed!" Me: … [lying prostrate on back] Jenny: "Totally amazing, shall we go back up?" Me: "Er, that's alright, I think I'll just take five…"
Stash is Carolee's Creations Winter papers - love how they have turned out American Crafts ribbon DCWV brads MM asterisk from Franklin plus chocolate brown paint Fonts: Arial and Pupcat
Here's the LHS for a closer look at the captions:
And the RHS:
All that reminiscing re the head trauma has brought on a head ache, so off I go in search of ibuprofen and bed!
If it's not going to snow and provide me with new photos, then I'll just have to get out the old photos.
Spent yesterday rifling through my Year Abroad pics from Grenoble to find some snow related photos, in fact for the 6 months I was there, it only ever snowed twice on campus in the winter, all the snow goes in the mountains and it's really very mild still in town, hence sitting outside on a sunny Sunday morning in December at the Haagen Daasz café in jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts... it was that mild.
But anyway, yes I tried to scan some negatives in the scanner but the results were less than great. To be expected I suppose with such old and battered negatives. Then I scanned in original photos in hopes I could print them slightly bigger on the hi-ti. Although the colours were right on-screen the bottom print came out very greenish from the hi-ti on both attempts so I just used the original in the end. Shame really, as I wonder why that is. Only seems to be photos that have been modified in PS from scans, etc. that the hi-ti doesn't replicate the colours properly on. Original digi photos and scans with nothing done in contrast/variations, etc. are fine... So I have no idea how to make it print what is actually displayed in Photo Desirée as you can't tell what the colours are like until it comes out... It's strange because the same photo modified in PS once was sent to photobox and that came back spot on, whereas the cast was out with the hi-ti... :o(
Anyway, yes back to the LO. Skiing on a Sunday became a novelty. When at Grenoble III uni we joined the GUC ski club for students... think it was £40 or so for the season and it covered all your transport to the resorts and your lift pass plus some form of insurance for the season! Great! Unfortunately late 98/early 99 the snow wasn't at its best yet and very icy, so we stuck it out on the baby slopes... the weather was great on our second outing to Alpe d'Huez though, but so nice we ended up parking our skis and hanging out at Kid Burger at the bottom of the baby run eating delicious frites with mayo and sipping Fanta/Orangina! I think Alpe d'Huez was much nicer than 2 Alpes as the baby run was very friendly and you could easily get off the lift at any point and ski down until you built up your confidence.
Alas I had problems getting ski boots that fit every time and it was agony staying in them more than 5 hours or so, so skiing was not my best pursuit even though I'd shelled out £100 on gear! lol
Stash is my "new" KI chillout - its first outing, fonts: avant garde, AL Serenade (aka Ski Yoghurt) and Kitchenette. Craft robo had fun trying to cut Alpe d'Huez in 4 different styles this morning at 2 a.m. until we finally got the right one that cut OK - trial of love this LO I tell you!
OK, let's see if I can work out how to do this... I'd much rather have a wishlist where I can scratch stuff off of it, rather than delete things, so here goes at another of my attempts at organisation!
Cactus Pink Retro stamps
Cactus Pink Wildflower stamps
Making Memories Simply Fabulous alpha foam stamps
Rhona Farrer clear swirl stamps
Rhona Farrer flower doodle stamps
Heidi Swap foam alpha stamps: Lemonade Stand
Art Warehouse clear scroll stamps
Art Warehouse clear ornament stamps
New Zision trimmer
Prima flower variety box: yet to decide on colour!
Bazzill chips - medium circles
Bazzill chips - medium squares
Queen & Co. large flower sequins - black/white/pink
Crate Paper - selected lines
American Crafts ribbons by the yard
Maya Road foam alpha stamps
Making Memories foam flower stamps
Tinbox Creations: Impact alpha rubber stamps
Fontworks: clear spotty alpha stamp set
Fontworks: clear stitch stamps
KI Memories: selected papers from pink/black/posh lines
But there has been a postal delivery of my CDs, book and LRS kit! Oh and boring letter from the bank. hehe
Have already got through Pink Floyd and now just ending first playing of José González. And now to open my LRS kit.
Suppose I should get on with some scrapping before I waste the day away. It's bitterly cold here and fingers of ice here typing away... If I don't return later with some product of creativity, you will know I'll have succumbed to frostbite!
Oh and just realised Nicole Krauss who wrote The History of Love is apprently not Nicola Kraus who co-authored Citizen Girl - however I would have to say there are some similarities in style... hm...
It feels positively Siberian over here tonight. I am wearing 3 pairs of socks and sipping hot chocolate, but still feeling ever so cold!
Got a call from Binns that my bag was ready for collection, very quick eh? Fiorelli has replaced it with a new one, so fingers crossed this one doesn't have the same fault.
No sign of my Amazon order today or LRS kit - fingers crossed for tomorrow as I really want those CDs to listen to this weekend! But I do have 2 DVDs from amazon rental to keep me busy, just watched a few episodes of My Big Fat Greek Life and have Phantom of the Opera still to watch, so may put that on tomorrow night when scrapping or something.
Totally missed Masterchef quarter-final today as it was on at 4 so well before I got in... Think it's back to its regular slot from next week thank god!
Oh just seen a trailer for Thin Ice - looking good Bev - will definitely have to get a reminder set up on TV Genius.
Despite the Siberian wind chill, there's still no snow, but it's certainly the right temperature for it to settle, just lots of icy rain! I'm off to huddle under a duvet, it's the only place to be with weather like this! LOL
Serious problems with picking up the network and they've tried lots of manoeuvring of the router and the adapters but no joy - after 4 hours our wireless bloke has had to go home and will check in with the computer shop to see what they have done to my PC that might conflict with the router and adapters... apparently there is a software issue happening on my PC... great...
So further activities in bringing wireless broadband to my little hovel are on hold - I am not surprised there is interference up here, my hovel is basically humming with the amount of electricity running through it!
It's a bit annoying, but I never intended to suggest getting wireless networking until my PC went in to have it's fan replaced. I was OK on dial-up, and will be OK on dial-up - just a lot of stuff is taking longer to load than it once did, but I can live with that for the cost and hassle-free existence! LOL
Day 1 in new shoes, and the only problems to report (from breaking them in) is that I need to choose socks with no seam on the toes... my poor little toe got rubbed up the wrong way and I am once again crippled... The only pair of shoes ever where I have not ended up crippled in some way on their first outing was my Anti Gravity easy spirit shoes.... never to be seen again alas, and yes I keep going on about them, but they were honestly the best buy ever!
Starting to get into the new book - but woah small print or what! I come off the bus looking like a squinty mole trying to refocus my eyes!
Oh and 9 p.m. Sir Alan *you're fired* Sugar is back with the Apprentice - this lot of new hopefuls looks very interesting, as per last year i expect the person I take an immediate dislike to will end up in the final - 'tis always the way. But we shall see!
But I took my bag back to House of Frasier/Binns today only to discover they didn't open until 9.30 so rather than make a second trip I nipped into M&S to pick up dinner - mmm very nice caramelised onion and cheddar sarnie on linseed and soy grain bread - yum and then was walking past Clarks next door and well... I saw a really nice pair of shoes that'd be great with jeans and might go some way to replacing my poor Easy Spirit anti gravity ones... and plus they had fab little leather flowers on like primas! And stitching... and I tried them on, and they were surprisingly soft for Clarks shoes and erm... I even chose a non-standard colour - dark apricot... £45.95 and they are mine... woah... I hope I manage to wear them and they don't need serious braking in as I am not sure my feet can take it again with Clarks shoes! LOL
Mine are the ones in the top-right corner - went a bit far out with dark apricot I admit, but I thought they'd be fun... must say I really do like the brown too... :oS
So then off to HoF/Binns and the bag has gone off for repair... oh well, hopefully it's not going to be a recurring fault, but with the way the strap split I do wonder.
On the way back to the office I nipped into Waterstones and took advantage of the £3 off offer and bought the new book from Sharon Owens (she of The Tea House on Mulberry Street fame) - this new one is called "The Ballroom on Magnolia Street" and looks really good. And despite Nicola Krauss contributing to the writing of Citizen Girl, I picked up "The History of Love" which is a Richard and Judy pick that I actually saw them review and had wondered about it ever since - do I or don't I... so I have and it's the next to be read now that Ladies' Night is almost at an end! Thank god...
Also how bad... I made an order the other night on amazon for some new CDs and 1 book as they were on offer and I had been wanting them a while - that's what happens when you go and review your DVD rental list at 11 p.m.!
Also Kym at Stamp Galaxy has been so fab, she commissioned some acrylic blocks after I enquired about them for my biiig Cactus Pink stamps and has let me know they are coming in and called "KoolforKats" (4.5" x 4.5") cool name eh? ;o) So you Cactus Pink stamp owners will be after a nice sized block like this no doubt!
Bloke coming round to try and set-up wireless tomorrow, so best have a tidy up round here - fingers crossed it will happen!!
Don't you just love it when you get surprises in the post. :oD
Received a package of books from AmberK from bookcrossing, and nicely hidden in the envelope was a Rittersport bar and a big decadent kitkat! mmm...
Speaking of books, I am growing really tired of Ladies' Night, think this must be the worst collection of short stories I have read in a while... really... have no idea how I will get rid of this one except for seriously realising it in the wild! Like in the middle of some woods!
So I may tote one of the recent Madeleine Whickam's in my bag tomorrow if desperation really strikes again!
Actually I need to switch bags tomorrow. My lovely Fiorelli bag - you may remember it - I gushed about it here. Well much to my surprise and annoyance, the handles have started to split on the binding, not what you expect from a £50 bag eh? So thankfully still have the receipt (I am usually totally crap at keeping receipts) so obviously sensed something there! LOL Back to the Kipling tomorrow then. But must remember to remove the snowflake keyring - don't want to give that up...
Anyway back to the ice dance, was all gung ho to do some scrapping tonight but think I may just huddle under the duvet again and watch America's Next Top model/Close to Home later! If I do that, I may manage to stay up for Mdium tomorrow night and not need to badger Jo/Tree for a fast synopsis of the remaining 40 minutes after I fall asleep! hehe
Here's the LO of the pics... I bought Hippie Chick for ME as I love it, but don't have a heck of a lot to use it with, so I feel if I have to scrap pics of me, then I'll blooming well use the stuff I lurve!
Just added KI rub-ons and another Cactus Pink stamp... my, they are very versatile! hehe
Right, I'd best try and uncover where my bed has disappeared to as there are currently 3 artbin satchels tipped out onto it also I am sure there is something I am supposed to be watching at 9 - but can't for the life of me remember... hm...
I've actually for once exceeded my own expectations... I had fully intended to actually do some scrapping today... and I have, but I so didn't expect to get a double LO done! Yey!!
I never manage double LOs - I think I have ever done about 3 or 4... But anyway I decided I wanted to get some of my birthday photos scrapped from last summer and also try and use up more of the Scrapworks kit from Little Red Scrapbook... oh and play with my Cactus Pink stamps some more... hehe
Well this is what happened - only stuff not from the kit is the doodlebug pink cardstock and the KI olive cardstock oh and the KI graphics rub-ons.
Have put the separate pages in my gallery. Hm, do I have the time to do the LO of the awful pics of me...
Phew, at last - have mounted all my CP stamps and all my Self-Addressed unmounteds and I am done!! My poor thumb still needs to recover... but after dinner I popped a few DVDs on (Bride and Prejudice and Hitch) and had a little play with the Cactus Pink stamps, have to say they are lovely, and really can't wait to get my big acrylic block so that I can try out the bigger ones!
I really love these flower stamps cut out and 3d-mounted as well...
Used the card blank and ribbon from the latest SA kit here plus some old KI that needed using up. Really like the leafy vine stamp in the background.
And finally more playing - with the SA kit again...
Who knows, I may actually get some scrapping done tomorrow! :oS
Well trial and tribulation - we're giving up on setting up the wireless network ourselves and will get a bloke to come in and do it for £30... My PC is apparently now detecting a the presence of a wireless connection in one program (but cannot access it), but the actual wireless monitor for the adapter does not detect a wireless network... great...
So yes, bloke can come in and sort it out so that I can get on with more important stuff - like mounting my Cactus Pink stamps.
Huge thanks to Kym at Stamp Galaxy - my order of Kling-on foam (which was on a 3 for 2 offer with free p+p - very timely!) arrived super fast complete with a Swizzlers lolly - love them well actually enjoying it now! So I'd best get off the PC and get the scissors out! hehe
I may be some time, there are very many stamps to mount and cut!
This wireless networking malarkey - give me strength.
The USB adapter that goes in my pc to receive the signals is supposed to have a steady ON green LED.
Nope, not there... have had all manner of problems installing the software and drivers, and am now looking for the latest drivers... am going to leave it til tomorrow - but it worried me slightly when my PC rebooted out of the blue and for no apparent reason. :oS
Oh woe... have not managed to play with my stamps because this whole hoo-ha!
Please let this weekend not be a repeat of the last!
My Cactus Pink stamp sets have arrived plus MM flower foam stamps and yummy winter AC ribbon!!!!
It's all so nice. The Cactus Pink stamps are huuuuge! So total value for money - they are on an almost A4 sheet!!! :oO I am really going to have to work out where I shall house them and how. Desperate need for that Aileen's tack it what not and some form of file for these as I can see 2 or 3 fitting into 1 CD case and I will need about 20 CD cases at this rate! But they are so lush and I want to keep them together... just need to order a new mount block that's big enough now - the largest flower is about 3" across so definitely new block required. Oh and I must get some boxes for my MM foam stamps - 4 sets now that require a new abode!
Well I'm slightly ticked off - nothing new there as I am a moany sort! LOL
Ladies' Night, which I am currently reading, is made up of short stories by leading chicklit and women's fiction writers. I really enjoyed some of the stories in Girls' Night In from last year and was looking forward especially to the short story from Meg Cabot as I love the style she has used in her 3 most recent chicklit novellas - Boy Meets Girl, etc. where all dialogue is through e-mail and Blackberry's etc. and they are all set within the same company - the main characters work in different departments at the NY Journal - it's such a hoot. anyway, back to the point, I turned the page to the next story after a few mediocre offerings and saw the words Meg Cabot - "YESSS!!" I thought, "Time for some real entertainment and laughter!"
Well low and behold the short story in Ladies' Night is actually the same one that appeared in Girls' Night In... Tsk, both books have been compiled in order to raise funds for War Child - totally worthwhile - yet there are at least 4 stories so far duplicated in Ladies' Night - totally disappointing. Girls' Night In appeared in Sept. 2004 whereas Ladies' Night is from Nov. 2005 apparently - you'd think this would be the ideal opportunity to provide some new content... :o( And also glaring typos galore - you'd think someone would have read the stories before print surely? I know any chicklit addict would have been hopping at the chance of reading for free and before print! LOL
I am still eagerly anticipating a new chicklit offering from Meg Cabot she seems to write so much, but mostly for the teen market - perhaps I need to investigate! hehe Must go and check out amazon to see when her next book is due.
Anyway, will turn the page for a new story tomorrow - hopefully a new story...
This dratted cold is doing my head in still - my poor nose has never had so much moisturiser applied to it! Think I am going to need recovery by the weekend as I could sleep for hours on a morning instead of getting up... so may have to give my trip to Durham a miss on Saturday. I have to lug around a box of Kleenex wherever I go. Ugh.. :o(
Well I was off to a good start and managed to stay up for Medium last night - but 15 mins into it I nodded off... woke up to Carry On Don't Lose Your Head - so Jo, when you watch the repeat - can you do me a synopsis - pretty please!!!! :o\ ???
Those Sudafed non-drowsy tablets probably didn't help - and typically it was the one time that Medium wasn't shown later on BBC Wales/Scotland/NI - nope instead it was shown the same time on all BBC1 channels!! We are back to an 11:35 p.m. slot next week. :o(
So the last bit I remember is Det. Scanlon telling Allison the fate of her friend sometime in the 80s.. then she went off with him and had a second vision about the Councillor.
OK, it was less than 24 hours - but still, being home and without your PC is sooo hard.
BUT no clunky noises, USB 2 upgrade and soon to be wireless broadband access enabled! Yes!!!! Fingers crossed we manage to work that all out with the ntl broadband connection downstairs... am a little fearful, but the thought of super fast broadband for loading all those pics of stash and er... yes for all the added benefits of high-speed Internet access, is really warming my heart!
Thankfully the sore throat has gone, but has been replaced by a god awful cold - please send shares in Kleenex care of me!
So minus the PC last night I settled down to watch the final of the pairs skating - woah - could that fall have been any more painful - was nearly as bad as the time Ingo Steuer and Mandy Würzel had that bad topple when she cracked her ribs and sliced open her chin... this sport is not for the feint hearted!
Tonight sees the start of the men's - I am so out of men's skating that the only name I remember is Alexei Yaggudin (sp?). Last time I watched men's skating proper I think Elvis Stoiko attempted a quad! Was that Salt Lake??
Goodness... anyway, fingers crossed my cold disappears by Thursday as I would love to have my sense of taste (don't say it!!) for my meal out!
So, will be disconnecting the PC very soon for it's little trip to the PC hospital for a new fan and potentially new bits n bobs. Not sure when I shall return - hopefully tomorrow night.. ::sob::
I think I really need USB 2.0 as it took until 4 a.m. to back-up the entire hard drive. However thankfully the whole backing stuff up to an external disk is going a lot better! Have to say though I didn't get much sleep with all the churning sounds - and woke up with a headache and really sore throat so this weekend has been just faaaaabulous! :o(
Anyway, whilst all that churning was going on last night I made 1 card - pathetic, but better than nothing. Do you know I had planned on making 2 LOs this weekend, one of them French-related for the house challenge with pics from our skiing attempts when in Grenoble - totally inspired by the Winter Olympics.
However, I nixed that in favour of actually watching the pairs short programme last night - the first Chinese pair skating to Rachmaninov were fab some of their interpretations of the music I really liked, one pair chose some god awful wailing music. It wasn't terribly operatic sounding, I like operating wailing music :o) but this one really hurt my ears!
Not convinced by the "new" scoring system, 2 years(?) into it and I still don't get it no matter how many times they explain it. Plus the magic of predicting the scores has gone. "The scores for Technical Merit... 5.8, 5.7, 5.9, 5.9, 5.8, 5.7, the scores for Artistic Impression... 5.9, 5.9, 5.9, 5.8, 5.9". I mean that was what it was all about wasn't it when watching? So that you could call out your predicted scores! LOL It's not so easy to predict "37.14" and work out if that is good or not!
Also watched the Moguls and goodness but that looks painful on the knees... The luge has been a tad gripping as you really cringe when they fly round the corners! I think we still have the skeleton - like the luge but face down. Think this was a banned olympic sport for a number of years as it was so dangerous, but believe they brought it back at Salt Lake and it's totally fast!! The cameras have difficulty keeping up with them flying round the track.
Anyway, here's the card from last night. I am off to enjoy dinner and then disconnect all the stuff around the back of the tower - just how many cables are there???
Rooting for Adam Malysz on the ski jumping - mad fools chucking themselves off mountains - but wow!
My poor little 'puter is headed for the 'puter hospital on Monday as the fan has been intermittently making strange noises, now it's making a lot of loud strange noises and I have to keep whacking the back of the tower every so often to stop the looooud noises... sounds a bit like a plane flying overhead...
Hopefully it will only have a brief visit to get the fan replaced/fixed and that'll be it. It's been a bit of a frustrating time of it re technology as I was all set to check out what my Sims 2 families were up to (not played for ages!) and went into the game, for some reason all the driveways and original rugs (i.e. not custom objects) are displaying blue/black and flashing... not sure why this is as I've not downloaded anything new since the last time I played and that was all fine, even the latest patch hasn't resolved it and there was no help info for blue objects flashing that were actual original game objects. Poor Heidi and Vic have had to have their lovely driveways deleted plus their fab disco floor has gone as I just couldn't take it any more - the flashing colours were driving me nuts!
Have a feeling that come March when the new expansion pack is out I will probably have to reinstall Sims 2 and EPs from scratch to get it all working... :o( I'm going to loose all my families again.
Actually the day didn't start too well what with the continued PC problems and having to try to clean up about the place, I managed to slice my foot open without realising... until strange blotches appeared on the carpet and I thought omg, what's all this dirt from... took me a moment to realise it wasn't dirt and my foot was bleeding all over the place! Ew! So after applying a plaster I had to clean the carpet - great... but you'll be glad to know it no longer looks like the scene of a gruesome accident here! :o)
Anyway took a little trip to Makro today - blimey they have a lot of interesting stuff in there! Lots of Polish stuff plus all the yummy items I used to purchase regularly in Germany - especially the various cheese slice flavours that I loved having in proper toasties from the toasty machine! Managed to pick up a box of white mice (like back in tuck shop!) and other bits and pieces plus a couple of books minus VAT and cheap - Elizabeth Noble's Alphabet Weekends and after liking Girls Night In I purchased Ladies' Night with contributions from various chicklit authors.
Then headed to Staples to purchase a USB hub (scanner and Robo working perfectly through it I am happy to report) so that I could connect an external hard drive which is currently backing up as we speak.
So I suppose while that's backing up I could get on with some crafting since like all of Saturday has gone now... The Moguls are currently on and my attention is divided between checking that out and actually doing something!
Grrr.. BBC!!!! They've only gone and moved this week's quarter-final for Master Chef Goes Large an hour earlier, which means i just caught the last 3 minutes of it. No warning whatsoever!!! Grumpy very grumpy... Hope it's not going to be shelved to 5:30 every day from now on as I don't get in from work until 6! And my X-Files reruns have stopped...
At least it wasn't the fault of the Snooker... no, Winter Olympics, I Love the Winter Olympics! Off to search on TV Genius for the skating details...
Doubt there's any chance of my Cactus Pink order arriving tomorrow - LMAO - I can dream can't I! Magical stash transportation...
So, got a bit side-tracked looking for stash - namely the right alpha stickers! Those American Crafts giant letters were really well-hidden... and this has led me to realise I really need a bit of a tidy and organisation session this weekend! :o( I hate tidying on an extreme scale - yes I know if I put everything back where it should go then I wouldn't have to have an extreme organisation session - but nope, no way I can do that! hehe
Anyway, here's card one using the Feb SA kit and the tag card blanks - I really love the style of the stamps this month but boy as soon as I get some Aileen's tack it all over what not I shall be over the moon - have so many unmounted stamps that could really do with the Aileen's treatment!
And t'other using KI rub-ons - oh I really need to use these up more! And some robo action on a piece of the KI with the flowers. Still need to perfect the stamping with the stitch stamps! lol But I just love those American Crafts stickers.
Well I feel I am getting a bit obsessed with this here list making. As I have now added a list of recent purchases just so I know what's coming my way!
Cactuspink stamps - yey - just need some sharp scissors and Aileen's tack it what-not...
MM flower foam stamps (have decided to rethink the simplicity font...)
And 3 lengths of some American Crafts Sugar Plum ribbon
Very restrained I thought, very restrained...
So much for playing with my kit tonight... oh and I am going to have to pass Deana's Closet for now - although it is my favourite stash season, there is no way I need more festive stuff... ::sob:: Plus the CactusPink stamps were added to the basket so funds have been relocated! hehe
Well as predicted last night amounted to 2 chapters being read and laughing my head off at QI rather than actually doing anything... hehe
And with excellent psychic timing my Self-Addressed kit has arrived - from first glance it is rather lurvely - I ::heart:: KI - and Colorful - but I'm not feeling on best form - Malteasers are sooo called for and an early night!
Have finished the Cecilia Ahern - although I didn'tNOT like it like a gazillion reviews on amazon, I'd be hard-pressed to call it a hit. It was certainly entertaining and I kept reading, but it just left me a bit... blah... Some aspects were really great, but I turned the last page and was expecting more story... so... Anyway, I keep getting search results on google coming to my blog looking for Cecilia Ahern's Mr Whippy, so I really hope that is a new book about ice cream appreciation - yum... I have a feeling that it could be the international title for this one mind... bizarre...
Also that Jo, such an enabler providing me the link to those Deana's Closet papers - have to say I am seriously tempted - but I am full up with festive stash and don't really need it, but it's ooooh so nice... What to do, what to do :oS
Anyway, off to open those Malteasers and take a closer look at my Self-Addressed kit! :oD
Oh I just couldn't take it any longer, I have just ordered a new Zision trimmer as I cannot work without one. My Fiskars rotary is cool, it's fine, it almost cuts perfectly straight... but it's not my cheap and cheerful (limited lifespan) Zision lime and pink number! How pathetic is this, a fixation over a trimmer!
Well now that the deed is done - I can stay up until Medium is on at 11.35 apparently - not as bad as last week and potter! Was hoping to finish my book tonight, but I'm not sure I'll manage it - hm, we shall see...
Self-Addressed KI kit should be landing any day soon... I've hardly managed to make a dent in recent kits - it's all getting too much so I better get a move on with some projects! Might give the most recent kit a bit of an outing perhaps... Mind I really do have some writing-up to do really... decisions, decisions...