As you may have seen the dust bunnies moved into my blog, for it has not been updated in a while.
It's a sad pathetic tale of a poor Christmas journal addict who happened to be felled by the worst bout of flu to hit her all year right over Christmas - the pinnacle of my Christmas journal!!! March flu was bad enough, but this was some'ink else!
I have no clear recollections of Christmas Eve onwards. I spent much of that day passed out/delirious in bed and battling with a really bad fever and a lot of pain, there was talk of taking me to A&E for fear of it being meningitis (I think this was panic stricken mother talk) but thankfully it broke in the evening. Phew! I know I managed to have some food in the evening, then Christmas day followed much the same with me passed out on the sofa this time. I don't really remember anything of that day either, I had no appetite at all and couldn't eat my Christmas dinner, that's about all I clearly remember. :o(
I've not got any photos from Christmas that I took, which is really sad.
And since then I've just been trying to get over this thing and am finally up to sitting at my PC! I hope this is truly it, as it's the culmination of feeling yucky for over a month now.
So, tomorrow I shall be starting back on catching up on my JYC. I feel a bit cheated out of my Christmas experience because in my recollection, it still hasn't happened! Perhaps I can persuade everyone to do it again for my benefit. LOL
Or maybe not! I did get some wonderful presents, lovely Benefit and Urban Decay make-up (wish I was looking good enough to slap it all on for a night out!), some lovely scrappy stuff from Ang, choooooooooocolate, owl socks and an owl key ring from ma, the new X-Files film on DVD, Mario kart from my brother which he actually played in my stead all Christmas day (I knew he really wanted it for himself LOL), and some lovely glass jewellery.
Well it has certainly taken the shine off my day, but that month-old bug that mutates the longer you have it is now in the cough and wheezy stage. As such I feel very zombie-like this evening. I've already partaken of the Nimiroff chili and honey vodka which really soothed my throat, but no rest for the wicked as I need to get baking the gingerbread loaf - aka the piernik!
This was last year's pre-chocolate glazing!
I doubt I shall JYC this evening, especially given my slightly woozy state and gawd knows what typos I'd come up with! With any luck I'll carve some time tomorrow amidst the present wrapping. I hate being behind on this one!
Ha not bloomin' likely! But here's a pic for yesterday's entry that shows what I look at when everything else gets too much! I light one of my Yankee Candles and switch the tree lights on so that's the only light around... very calming! :oD
Still a day behind, but tomorrow is my last day at work until the 5th so I am hoping to play catch up and then be on schedule!
I don't have anything particular on my wishlist to Santa this year... hm... except maybe to win the lottery, but I think the nearest I got to that was winning £10 on yesterday's numbers! :oD And that never happens!
Did I forget to mention that I made Nigella's version of Reese's PB cups today as well? Just another example of this year's "baking" notions - the trick is to now stop stealing slithers of cake or scoffing biscuits!
But these are the smells of the moment - gingerbread, vanilla, chocolate and almond.
And definitely best served on those cute Christmas plates!
No update yesterday as I was having a lovely day at Zoe's with the girls that culminated in some gingerbread house construction worthy of a cake wreck special! They looked much better once the girls had chance to decorate them! LOL Then the evening was spent watching Strictly and eating take away which meant that there was zero energy to move the paper trimmer!
So today, after the "big" Christmas shop x 2, I got down to starting back on my JYC... I am still one day behind, but at least here's the one for the 17th:
In case it's difficult to make out the top 8 gift list, here's a better pic:
My Little Pony dream castle
Game of Knowledge
Party Sindy ca. 1982 apparently - but that's the exact doll!
So rewind back to Tuesday... this is the prompt I should have done. But it's Friday, and in fact, something that arrived yesterday in the post was just too perfect for this entry - so a good thing I was behind!
Because in case you can't read the post-it... a certain someone sent me the much sought after Terry's White chocolate orange (currently not to be found in my neck of the woods!) - aka the snowball orange!
How very perfectly sweet of you Tree! Thanks so much! :oD
And I had to team this lovely photo and KI chillout stash with my most recent Paperchase purchase:
Anyway, I had another little sale spree today because our local garden centre had 50% off on loads of stuff, including some ceramic Russian dolls I've wanted for a while, but I also picked up these wooden Kokeshi dolls for just £3 each - I couldn't resist:
Now 3 days behind. I'll have to get at least two entries done tomorrow night then catch up some more at the weekend. But I am happy to report I am still feeling festive, even had a venti gingerbread hot chocolate today! That's how festive I was feeling!!
Well back from another nice meal out, this time including alcoholic cocktails as I didn't have to drive! Yay!
Can I just say, my new favourite long drink cocktail is a June Bug. Mmmm I will definitely be having more of those! Alas last night at TGIF's I couldn't sample any of the alcoholic cocktails (much as I wanted!) - I wish they'd do take away cocktails, or deliver them! ha!
Tomorrow night I should be able to start catching up on my JYC entries, 2 days behind... not good!
Just back from a lovely evening out with my friend Kelly. She drove all the way down from work in Newcastle for dinner at TGIFriday's (their Christmas menu no less!) then we went to see Four Christmases which was a veeeery nice way to spend the evening. A bit of festive flick cheer. :o)
There were some good trailers for upcoming movies too - always a nice thing.
And speaking of, won't manage to get a journal entry done tonight but I finally got a copy of the Radio Times today so I am off to peruse!
Sorry to everyone who has left lovely comments for me on my blog, I've not had chance yet to reply to them all or do much blog hopping in the last few days. But I will catch up as soon as I can! :oD
Well, in the spirit of today's prompt I may be on a JYC slow down tomorrow and Wednesday night, as I have my next 2 Christmas meals out and I doubt I will be up to much other than collapsing into bed when I get home!
Instead of having visitors, I seem to have a pre-Christmas catch-up with friends that involves a very nice meal out and some non-alcoholic cocktails! Not a bad alternative as no manic hoovering and housework is involved. ;o)
Here are a few pics of today's purchases in Accessorize.
Alison, thanks for the tip re the Russian dolls - alas not exactly what I was looking for(ornament-wise) buuuuuut I finally bit the bullet and bought a few decorations I'd seen and ummed over the first time! Because truly, there were so many in Accessorize I'd liked to just narrow it down to 1 or 2. LOL
You know what I'm like about my owls!
And although still looking for the perfect cute Russian doll ornament for the tree, I decided to buy an alternative Christmas/winter set:
It kind of goes nicely with my more traditional 100% genuine Russian set, which actually depicts a winter scene and the detail on the faces is amazing compared to many of the Matryoshka dolls they are now selling at quite a price!
Oh so hard to choose the photo for this prompt - because as you probably know by now... I do love my Christmas music - not so much all the pop stuff, because that gets played to death on VH1 in the run-up.
But the more eclectic finds (or not so eclectic now as I heard Sarah McLachlan's version of Have yourself a merry little Christmas playing in the HMV Christmas DVD ad!) I totally love! However, I am still loving this year's new addition to the yuletide playlist and that's the new Starbucks Christmas album with the exclusive Pink Martini version of "Do you hear what I hear?" my current favourite Christmas tune! But I do have a soft spot for a really stonking O Holy Night. However, I will have to journal in more depth in my large album about this particular prompt! Shame about this bug as I had intended to get a big page done this weekend. :o(
I love the design of this so much when it opens up, and the ice skaters are so very cute!
So much for getting a JYC entry done tonight. Around 8 p.m. after watching Big Bang theory on CH4 catch-up AVG popped up with a message saying a Trojan had been quarantined on my PC. Then all these pop-ups started rapidly appearing and something was disabling various security features on my PC.
Well here we are after many hours spent scanning and trying to remove things, and the only item of software that successfully managed to get rid of this vundo Trojan without crashing my PC umpteen times was Malwarebytes. Just rerun the scan and all 31(!!!) infections and issues have been removed. Phew! And after running CC cleaner my PC is running much better, all cookies and temp files, etc. have been removed and no AVG tracker pop-ups any more. But I am just wondering how you can get a Trojan virus without clicking on anything and just with your PC running in the background.
Anyway, suppose I should go to bed now. Am just relieved that I seem to be back to normal and not having to reformat my entire PC from scratch at this time of year! But it does make me wonder whether Zonealarm and AVG are sufficient protection. Hm.
Just a quick update tonight as I only started on my prompt at 9.30 - then hopped in the shower and am now back to upload it!
So this year's gift wrap includes whatever is left-over from my American Crafts haul last year (including the bows that were returned by family - I didn't even have to ask, my mum just handed them back to me after everything was unwrapped! LOL) and this year's new purchase of Matryoshka gift wrap from Paperchase. It's very cute, have cut one out, and the Santa gift tag is made from the gift wrap too.
Right time for Medium and gym packing/Christmas card writing/yadda yadda.
All about traditions. It's hard to fit much in on ATCs, but the biggest tradition at Christmas for me has to be having a Polish Christmas Eve (Wigilia) and Christmas morning breakfast (complete with the best vodka available - actually a very good start to Christmas day!) and the rest of Christmas day being a traditional British affair... except because of Polish breakfast, we have Christmas lunch really late - at dinner time because we're stuffed! LOL
Right, now off to pack what needs to be taken to the PO tomorrow and my gym bag!
How annoying, last night before I went to bed I wrote a post-it to myself to remember to take my camera with me to work because today's prompt included photographing the signs of Christmas around you.
Well what did I forget to pack?
I realised this when I was sat in the traffic jam to work. Nice.
But it actually was a good thing, because if I'd taken it I would have had a depressing photo of wild rabid shoppers elbowing and shoving people out the way so they could get to something first, rude people losing their patience with others, retail staff rushed off their feet unable to help with queries, and NO Terry's white chocolate oranges to be found anywhere! A sad day indeed.
So today's photo is not of today's Christmas sightings... but the kind of sings of Christmas I like and want to remember - this time from Mount Dora, FL last year! What signs of Christmas do I love? I must admit that one of my favourite is shop windows with their Christmas displays. Well except Fenwick's Newcastle one this year, it was Oliver Twist and kind of gave me the creeps compared to previous years! :shudder:
So onto today's pics as I want to go watch Spooks! LOL
And have I mentioned how much I'm loving Pink Martini's version of "Do you hear what I hear?" A star, a star, burning in the night... with a tail as big as a kite... with a tail as big as a kite! Yeah, catchy isn't it - Also like the Third Day version too!
Bit dour looking today's entry isn't it, I think I'll need to go back to some KI as I even had to Stickle that poinsettia like mad! hehe
So Christmas shopping... perhaps one of the less enjoyable tasks of the Festive season. Don't get me wrong, I love finding gifts for people that are just perfect or that I know they'll like or at the very least appreciate... buuuuuut it seems I'm not the only one out there!
I wouldn't mind Christmas shopping half so much if it weren't for the crowds, the shoving and elbowing, the endless queues for one till then being told to go to another for that item, and lugging bags about shoppings centres with the 100s of other sardines crammed into the place.... hm.
So, if I see something in person and can buy it easily enough - I will, but for stuff I've seen but couldn't get or the gifts you don't need to see in person, I hop online in the comfort of my PJs (normally - since I seem to do most online shopping on a weekend morning!) and then just sit back and wait for those parcels to arrive!
Mind you I still have some shopping to do, and if I'm lucky I can take a flexi hour at work as soon as the shops open and get in there asap while it's ever-so-quiet. :o)
When you get parcel deliveries on a Sunday! And nice parcel deliveries too - a nice stack of books from Tree for chipping away at over Christmas (hopefully!) and an order of stash - well I was running out of ATCs for this project! I may have to buy more actually... but there was a bit of non-Christmas stash in there too so you know... I may actually make something today that isn't for my JYC only!
But Sunday deliveries still don't make up for the fact they have closed my 2 nearest post offices - parcel delivery could be a nightmare if no one is in to receive them!
Well here it is, today's entry... entitled Festive amnesia and what better line to use than KI Festive! :oD
Basically I can't really recollect truly bad memories of Christmas, or maybe I just don't want to. "Bad" times have faded over the years I suppose, so that's where the selective amnesia comes in, but the good memories stay with you forever. Well, all except that whole Cabbage Patch doll thing - the gift I so wanted for one particular Christmas but never received - it's become a standing joke now, it was apparently that big a deal! But ma and pa rather made up for that with the procurement of Majesty's Dream Castle which was one of the most memorable and best loved Christmas gifts ever!
So here are my sage words for today's entry - don't dwell on the bad, hold onto the good: