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September 2006

Well today was not a

Well today was not a good day work wise, cause um....I never actually made it in! Sitting minding my own business on the train when the driver announces that the train will be terminating at the next stop due to a huge power outage at Hornsey. There were no trains going from Alexander Palace into London stations. One clever guy decided to head back in the direction of home as there would be a few North bound trains that missed the power cut due to still pass us before all trains were stopped completely, but of course I sat waiting for things to be sorted so we could move on. Silly me!

Half an hour later I called Stu to come get me and take me back to my car so I could wait there for things to be cleared and make my way back down to London. Well things were never cleared, it turns out a tree had fallen onto the track bringing down the power cables. Goodness only knows if it will all be sorted by tomorrow but I have more chance getting in if I head of real early so this is what I plan to do, sigh.

I have yet to take pics of the stash I got last week, sorry girls, BUT these lush Rusty Pickle MERRY GRINCH-MAS papers fell into my basket on Tuesday while innocently browsing around A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE (link on the left ;) ), aren't they gorgeous?? And how about the ribbons! Loving the bobbly one sooooo much! Go look quick before they are all sold out! But be warned they WILL want to come to your house!

Have a good evening y'all.......

The appointment with the florist

The appointment with the florist went very well, thanks Debs! She is lovely and had so many great ideas. She also loved my idea for the table flowers so i'm well chuffed! As the wedding is in SPRING, we have a great choice of colours and I am going for a mix with the main colour being pink. My bouquet will be similar with the focus on one flower type and colour in the middle with the other flowers around the edge, and the flower girls will have the same but smaller.

lol, I am so glad I went in to see them early because she asked me so many questions that I didn't have the answers to, like do we want button holes, corsages, candelabras etc etc. And I haven't even thought about flowers for the church! So now I have some decisions and a final list to make, then I can go back and confirm exactly what I want.

My American crafts albums came yesterday and I have to say I LOVE THEM!! You can get so many page protectors in one and you can decorate them how you want. Will definatly be getting more of them!

All my orders from last week have now arrived, lucky me!!

Here is my dare LO,

Here is my dare LO, it really is such an honour being asked to do be a SPESHAL girl for the week.

We had another fab weekend.......I decided to go down to london with Stu after all, and pick up Danni so she could spend the rest of the weekend with us, and we took her to Bar Meze for supper on Saturday night. Yesterday started with a trip to Sainsburys for our food shop and we came home and baked and prepared a roast dinner. I even managed to get some gardening done but alas no scrapping.

I have an appointment this afternoon with a florist re: the wedding flowers. I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, but I know I will have to decide on something soon or else i'll still be thinking about it the week before the wedding.

I am going to work on the save-the-date 'invites' during the next few weeks so I can get them posted off. My thinking for this is very basic with just the message but I need to somehow tie it into the theme and the look of the real invites so I guess I need to decide on them some time soon too!

Oh it is all hard work!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Dare I say it.....

it's very peaceful and quiet at work today! I have been surfing the net and playing games most of the morning and longing for 4pm when I can go home and start my weekend. Stu is wanting to go done to his heli shop in London, so I may stay home and scrap or maybe i'll drive down with him and fetch Danni on the way and have her stay with us for the night. Decisions, decisions!

Have a great weekend!

What a week

Phew, I am so glad tomorrow is Friday, it has been a long, hard, tiring week, and i've had enough!! What with difficult trainers and M&S failing to deliver half our order on Wednesday, I have been rushing about like a headless chicken. Next week thankfully is quiet and i'll have a chance to catch up with the house keeping at work and get the place back in order. It is difficult keeping the place in order when trainers move equipment around and don't tell you, so you think everything is in place and when it comes to running a class you realise half the stuff is missing. it doesn't help that you usually only find this out 5 minutes before a class is due to start or worse yet, half an hour into class!

Anyway it's the weekend soon and I plan to have another relaxing one.

This is me, ages 10 weeks *aaww* lol. I've used crate papers including a tag and frame and a BG rub paisley rub on. Another oldie LO :)

Today I ordered some chipboard American craft albums from ARTBASE , 8.5x11 size. A magazine from BOX ROOM BOOTY , some blossoms and cutsie little clipboards from SARAHS CARDS , some christmas stamps from MEMORY AVENUE and lastly, phew, some of these JIBBITS from LOOK AT MY CRAZY SHOES

And that's me broke again! Thank goodness it's payday tomorrow, lol.

TFL and have a great evening y'all

Ooh i've been a slack

Ooh i've been a slack blogger again! Although not much has happened since I last posted.....or has it??

We had a lovely relaxed weekend, even though we managed to give the house a thorough clean top to bottom, and I did a wee bit of weeding in the garden. We took a drive around the villages to look at churches and I think we've settled on one (as a back up incase our church isn't open yet). I now need to call up and book it! On Friday night we went to a great Greek restaurant and had way to much good food and wine but it was lovely to go out. After dinner we sat in the square and watched the people (mostly very odd looking young people!) going out to the pubs and clubs. I am so glad I'm not in the dating game as it looks like hard work, lol.

Sunday brought with it visitors from SA (hence needing to clean the house!!) and as always it is good to see old friends again. We had a lovely afternoon sitting in the sun, we had a walk round to see the cows and had carrot cake that I had baked in the morning. Stu then lit the BBQ and we had rotiserie chicken, which was awesome!! The evenings are still warm enough for BBQs if you start a little earlier, as the sun is usually gone by 7.30pm.

An oldie LO today, love this photo taken by Stu in SA last December. We always visit the West Coast Ostrich farm when we're there, it's a great afternoon out. I've used, my favourite, Chatterbox papers.

And so onto the new week. It started off bad yesterday with our IT guys stuck on a train so he was running very late. This meant trying to source our internal people of which there are very few to help find projectors, mice and batteries. Things got worse when we realised the assistant trainer on one of our third pary courses is going to make our lives as difficult as possible this week! He is moaning about everything and complaining when there is no cause for complaint. Yesterday they said there wasn't enough food, when we had ordered plenty, on asking the delegates if there is enough they said 'OH YES' and then there was loads left over!! Today we have ordered about £20 more and I know they are going to complain again that there is too much, BUT lol, wait till tomorrow when I have uped the order even more, mwhahahahahahahaha, they want food, baby i'm giving them food!

Now that we have lost our catering department it is up to myself and my colleague to maintain the cyber cafe. Now it's not hard work but it can be time consuming. We also on occasion have client meetings and 3rd party courses (as above) and like I said they have food brought in. We have the task of setting the said lunches out and again it is time consuming and takes us away from the reception desk. Most of the tasks involving the lunches and cyber cafe are carried out by one person, not totally but I mean one at a time, such as unpacking it and putting it in the fridge, filling up the milk and juice jugs etc. The setting up of the lunches is usually done by both of us only because it's quicker and it means the food can stay in the fridge longer. And it's just my luck that one of the busiest weeks we have had all week and my colleague is on holiday! Bless her, she booked it months ago and we never knew we would have so many courses and meetings on and it's only day one of her being off and I am at the end of my fuse already!! Roll on the 3rd October!!

Oh well best I go make myself a cup of tea before I expire.

Have a great day and thanks for looking y'all!!


I went to give Flo a tickle but must have spooked her cause she came out with claws blazing and ripped into me. This is what one side looks like but she got me all down the outside of my forearm too, it burns like buggery!! She now sitting at the door looking all forlorn cause i'm ignoring her, lol!!

And I think it's time for bed! night night.......

Fate or devine intervention??

Last week I tried to book our village hall for the wedding and was shot down, the lady who does the bookings wasn't happy cause I wanted it from Friday to Sunday, (to decorate and tidy up), she said she would think it over and get back to me :( I was so dissapointed as I had finally decided it was a great place to have the reception and I had so many decoration ideas surging through my mind.

Anyway this morning she called me back to say she has booked the hall for me from Friday to Sunday!! It is such a load of my mind and I can now I can start calling caterers, arrange flowers, and make a start on the invites.

Today would have been my Dads 59th birthday, do you think he had anything to do with the decision on the hall??

Happy Birthday Dad, I miss and love you! oh and thanks ;)

Phew, I have spent the

Phew, I have spent the best part of today sorting and tidying my scrap room. As you can see by the pic on dare #19 it was a mess and in need of a spritz, so I threw out a garbage bag full of trash, not sure how I collected so much rubbish but it was there. I have a pile of pizza boxes waist high to throw out too. Again i'm not sure why I kept them but they definitely need to go!!

It's amazing what you find when you tidy up.....i have a basket full of cool embellishments that I actually like and will use I had just forgotten about them in a draw under a load of crap, lol. I also found loads of stuff that I am sending to a fellow padders son who is very into scrapping and needs stash. Bless i'm sure he'll have loads of fun playing with the stuff.

I moved all my paper onto one shelf so I can now see exactly what/how much I have. And yes it's way too much so I gotta scrap loads before I can buy any more!!

So onto my shopping spree!! Yesterday I went to this gorgeous little store in Hitchin where they sell the most adorable country house stuff. I want my whole house decorated in stuff from this shop!! I bought some baskets for my scrap room, two to keep on the desk, one for all my tools, PC roller stamps, circle cutters, corner rounder, xyron machine etc. And one for my paints, I love using paint but I often forget I have it, lol.

One for embellishments so they are on display as apposed to tucked in a drawer where I don't see them.

And they have the most adorable little tin jugs painted pastel colours that i think will be perfect for the table flowers at the wedding, so I bought two so I can take them into the florist. I bought a couple of tin hearts strung with twine that I think will make interesting and very different wedding favours, to show mom to see what she thinks.

And this was my last purchase, that will be ideal for putting the sauces, cutlery and serviettes in when we have a BBQ. Just the other day I was saying to Stu that I wish we had something to keep everything on the table tidy and viola, I found it!! I LOVE THIS SHOP!!

I had such a good time wandering about Hitchin, it is the cutest town and I love the fact it has different shops to London high streets. There is a great jeweler that I have often been tempted to visit but thought it a bit snobbish, well yesterday I went in and *gasp* I bought myself a Links of London bracelet with charm *heart*. I have been admiring them from afar for SO long, but never bought one cause I though they were like £500, but they're not and it's just gorgeous!!

lol, and that's where my shopping spree ended, oh what a great day!!