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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Cats are Cool

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of cats, mostly due to the fact that they cause my immune system to get into a bit of a tizz: I once had conjunctivitis so bad I thought I was going to lose my eye ... it was like poking an over-ripe tomato that couldn't hold it's shape.  Horrifying.

What with the manky eye, asthmatic-breathing, red splotches everywhere and a nose that was running faster than the bathroom tap, I wouldn't have looked out of place in some kind of horror movie.  Who needs new strains of virus when a cat can do the job?!

But despite my body's need to freak out at the mere sight of a cat, I can't help going 'Awwww' when I see something like this:



Awwwwww, bless!

It's a shame they grow up, isn't it?!  But then, if they didn't, you wouldn't get excellent vids like this one:



Still not a fan of cats?  Then perhaps musical hamsters are more your style... :-)



Psyched

All of last week, I was very much looking forward to the weekend just gone: partly so I could escape the work I am doing at the moment (I would be more mentally stimulated watching In The Night Garden for 8 hours a day), and partly because my new hob unit was due to be delivered.

When I bought The Hob, the sales guy arranged for a Saturday delivery and said it would be delivered any time between 11am and 5pm, an ever-so-slightly better time window than you would get for a plumber or sparky.  The John Lewis delivery guy whupped the plumber/sparky's ass*: he phoned me at 10:30 to say he would be about 45 minutes and then promptly arrived at 11:15!

And there was I, all mentally prepared to spend the day in the flat, tidying and boxing things up, only to find myself free to hit the shops ... which I promptly did, of course.  How could I not with Christmas only just round the corner???

Several hours later, filled to the brim with stress-relief cuppas and carrying numerous bags of poten…

Cook-cook-at-you

Crikey, its not safe anywhere any more is it?

One minute you're trundling along minding your own business and then suddenly BAM! you're hit square in the face by December, all bling'd up like a chav in Argos.

Baubles!!!

Whenever Christmas approaches, it takes me a little while to get into the swing of things as I try to work out what to get people, even if they've given me a list of things to hunt down.  To try and ease the frustration of not finding suitable pressies early on, I have a tendency to then spend money on things for myself so that by the time Christmas rolls in, I've usually spent as much on me as I have on everyone else.

Not that I'm a spend-a-holic at all.  Much.

Well, today kicked off the proper Christmas spending in exactly this fashion, as the visit to the Good Food Show last Friday has spurred me on to replacing the broken hob. For those of you that were regular followers before my blogging break, you may remember this post where my hob deci…

Like a kid in a sweet shop

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Thanks to my good friend Tink* - who realised I'm as much of a food fan as she is - I have very much been looking forward to the BBC Good Food Show today ... and I have not been disappointed!

It is very rare that I get excited about things any more, but I was like a kid in a sweet shop as soon as we arrived and made several purchases within the first half hour. In fact, I was so hyper when I got there that I succeeded in bursting a tomato from the first free taster, down my top and over my bag within the first five minutes**. Pillock.

The only downside to buying everything so early on was then having to carry it all around for the rest of the visit: they did have a drop-in section - much like a cloakroom for food - but it was £1 per drop which would have widened the hole in the pocket fairly quickly with everything we bought between us!

Here's a quick pic of all the stuff I finally arrived home with earlier today:

Okay, it doesn't look like a great deal here, but treble this…

Not Much Happening Here...

So, I guess I didn't quite get back into blogging mode then!

Ah well, to be honest, there's not a great deal to report anyway. I've been at the new job for nearly two months now and hoping that there's even the faintest glimmer of a possibility that I can get back into development work. So far, I've just been pushing paper and any dev work has been cancelled as the customer has realised that they are going to have to pay for it: good for making them think about what they want but bad for me in this job role :-(

Mind you, there are certain perks working with the rest of the guys and gals transferred from the support desk, working alongside the highly talented DJ Flip-U (who is the best wind-up merchant here) and the naturally comedic KitKat who has an affinity for headbutting waste bins (don't ask!) and, according to her Facebook status, loves both cock and rug!!

Good times :-)

Whilst I'm at it, I think I'll also take this opportunity to plug my cousin'…

Crazy Ideas...

Holy cow, two posts within a week ... this could almost be habit forming!!

Actually, its probably not a bad idea to start getting back into the habit of posting considering some of the ideas I've been having recently...

With several friends all now looking at round-the-world trips, its gotten my little brain ticking over about something I considered a lot a number of years ago ... cycling the world!

Okay, you can stop laughing now.

Please.

I know, I am 100% dreamer and 0% adventurer, but what's the harm in looking into it??

With the level of work I have to do at the moment, there really isn't a great deal of point my being here, especially as I am off to spend a day next week with another team so I can transfer my job knowledge to them. Was the promise of working on a mega-project for real or was it a line to tempt me? Who knows!!!

Anyway, from what I have managed to find, there are actually a fair few people that have been doing this for a long time, such as these guys from th…

What happened to the last 12 months???

Its hard to believe how long it has been since I last posted an entry here - okay, that might actually have been a good thing considering everything that has been happening!!

This past year has been one of the busiest and most eventful in a while: a bit of an emotional rollercoaster I wish I'd put a seatbelt on for and certainly something I wish I had managed to blog about before now.
As a very brief summary - which does not do justice to the experiences themselves - we have...Said our final farewells to family and friends as they move to the great beyondHad lots of illness and a variety of operations between family and friendsUpgraded my Focus LX to a Mazda 3 Sport (lush!)Felt bullied by my bossTransferred employer under TUPE regulationsSeen close friends split and come back togetherCelebrated several weddings/partnershipsPut up with abuse from idiot kids *Appeared in two more plays with a third due at the end of this month **Realised the parents are getting on a bit as they've…