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Very sad...

yesterday, my mum sister and myself went to see Cirque de Glace in the Waterfront Hall. It was really excellent (after we switched to better seats, lol) and told the history of the world with acrobatics and ice dancing etc.

The sad thing... the place was empty. Really empty and thats just sad because so many people have missed seeing this great show (and we didn't pay a lot for the tickets i.e student, child JSA) so it was really affordable.

Restored to normal

Well after the madness of the beginning of last week, things turned out rather well.

After the filling of the mother’s car (and the last minute packing) I put everything in her car… then my brother looked at my car and said it was ok, nothing to worry about. So her car was unpacked, mine was packed and off I went. I was hoping to go to the local garage to put air in the tyres for free, but since it was New Year’s Day they had the bollards up so it was off to a garage in Antrim. I sorted out the tyres and even got the car washed!!! (Start as you mean to carry on etc, lol)

I met Rebecca and Ryan in their car and off we went. It was a bit strange driving there on my own but I had the radio to listen to, and the drive took less than 3 hours as there was no traffic!

We made dinner, watched Poirot and knitted (I started a non urgent, non necessary shawl, but I like it despite the pinkness of it, lol) Rebecca and I swapped Birthday presents after dinner and I got Prince Caspian DVD. Not having seen the first one, I now have an excuse to buy more dvds, lol.

Friday morning I woke up with not one, not two, not three BUT four cold sore… that’s the stress of Monday – Wednesday coming through. (They’re still there now but have reached the end stage – just waiting for them all to disappear)

We watched more movies (the thief lord was interesting, lol) and knitted a bit more only this time on a baby cardigan and managed to mess up a very simple sleeve.

Nicky was getting the bus up on Friday and there was a few doubts over the time she’s be able to get the bus at… luckily the year started well and she got the early bus, so was in the house and ready for the slightly disastrous Christmas/New Year’s day dinner. After dessert we had Christmas presents where it was made apparent that I got Nicky a DVD I got her for her birthday in April. There were lots of new DVD’s for me though – Iron Man and Bourne Ultimatum from Nicky (with some Christian Bale/Batman related items one of which was a calendar and was proudly displayed on the fireplace) and Gilmore Girls season 5 and The Princess Bride book from Beckie and Ryan. The Superhero’s were watched, followed by Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull which was very much like a season 3 Stargate SG1 episode.

More knitting was done. This time I attempted to fix the sleeve and seam the cardigan to get it finished once and for all. Alas this didn’t happen and I ended up back on the shawl.

Basically the entire 3 days were spent knitting, eating and watching dvd’s or Poirot which isn’t such a bad way to spend a few days, lol. Sunday doesn’t count cuz it’s the day we have to come home and there’s cleaning to be done before we can do that. We’re hoping to get back up again in February and then in the summer for a fortnight’s holiday.

Yesterday I was productive too. My brother got me a bookcase for Christmas so I filled it (and then some) on Sunday and put the old bookcase in the cubby and filled that too! I obviously have too many books and dvd's, lol. I also sat up til afer midnight knitting the shawl and watching Atlantis - I enjoyed myself but am shattered today since I usually get an extra 2.5 hours sleep, lol.

Today I booked the car in for its MOT next weekend and started a Clive Cussler book - Treasure. Only a few pages in at the minute though so shall have to wait to tomorrow to read some more. Right now I'm off to knit more of the shawl since I'm so close to the end that I can taste it, and watch more Atlantis (we're halfway through season 3 and Rodney has yet to call Shepard John... how long must it take! John was calling Rodney by his name halfway into season 1!!!)


Shit, shit and more shit!!!

I’ve made a few decisions over the past few days, nothing earth shattering or such like. I’ve decided to no longer organise anything. From now on, it’s going to be “I’m going here. If you want to come too then be at X, Y or Z at a certain time” I’m not stressing myself out sorting other people etc out.

A perfect example of this is “Grimes and McKee’s Christmas Jumpers”. I sent numerous texts about it and some people didn’t even reply. There’s a play called “A history of the Troubles according to my Da” which is on in March. I want to go and was going to try and arrange it with everyone, not a chance. Instead there will be… nothing.

I’m not doing it anymore. I’d rather go to things on my own that have to hassle people for an answer.

In more annoying news, I’m going to Donegal tomorrow. I went and filled the tank last night and when I got back in the car again all the interior lights dimmed away down. This leads me to one conclusion, and once conclusion only. The alternator. Now I’ve had this problem before when I first passed my test, but this is particularly annoying for three reasons:

1.      I’m going to Donegal tomorrow!!!!

2.      Davey serviced the car at the start of December and said it was ready for its MOT

3.      Davey is currently shut.

Why do these things always seem to happen to me??? I don’t know what else it could be to be honest. I’ve described the symptoms to Rob, Clare and Ann and they all think its the alternator too. SO… the only mechanic I could think of (other than taking it back to Davey) is Niall. Now Niall is a person I’ve spoken to once and is Martin’s (scout leaders) brother in law. So I’ve texted Martin who rang Niall who is waiting on him getting back to him. This is all such a disaster really.

So in the meantime, I rang another mechanic who said it might not even be the alternator, it’s most likely the battery! He doesn’t have one, the scrap yard is closed and it’d be a few days before he could get one. So I rang Kwik Fit who agreed with the battery diagnosis and “we’re closing early. If you can get here within the next 10 minutes we can replace but if not…” Brilliant!

So I’ve ended up ringing home, asking my mum if I can take her car and having a little cry.  So now I’m having to go to tesco for the food, go home and get the other car, go back to tesco’s and fill that tank. This whole trip is seriously going to cost me a fortune.

On top of that, Nicky has to work on Friday and hand in PhD stuff and hopes to get the 1.30 bus. If she doesn’t get that one then it’s the 5.30 one which then gets her to Donegal after 9pm which is going to be a serious waste of time and money for one full Donegal day.

Maybe its just better to throw in the towel and call it quits… which I would except that Ryan has taken the day off work and had to talk someone into swapping shifts with him. It’s just been a nightmare… from start to finish, a nightmare.


knitting related.

I decided last week that I wanted to clear up all my WIP's and start afresh in 2009.

Well... since 22 December, I'm starting to make some progress. I've finished Siobhan's socks, finished my
 second sock half an hour ago and am about to tackle the fetchings.  The Donegal blanket however, is still in no mans land. Its neither sewn or crocheted. Yes, I'm avoiding it.

I do have a bit of a plan for it though. Next week we're going to said Donegal and I think the blanket bits should coome too and hopefully the sewing will end there. I don't think the crocheting can start there (I don't have a hook big enough and basically I'm scared of the darn thing) but at least the worst will be over.

Can the blanket be finished in 2009? Will it finally lose the WIP status its held since June 2007 and become a Completed Object???  I sure hope so!

But what will I do once my longest WIP is gone????????

happy birthday to me

its my birthday today, all day long, lol and i got some class presents!

My parents got me a watch that i needed (and she was a bit apalled when i said this afternoon that it wan't velcro... apparently the woman in the shop in washington said it was, but I really like it anyway)

Thomas got me the dark knight so I shall be enjoying that in the not too distant future!

Siobhan made me a pen holder from a toilet roll tube, lol.

Granny did the pj's and sweets present and without it, it just wouldn't be a birthday.

Jolene gave me thomas kincaide christmas cottage with Jared Paraleckie and Sg1 Continuum which I've been after since it came out.

Nicky's was themed... all for my room, lol. We had Hairspray for the dvd bookcase, stitch markers for the knitting, picture of a westie for the wall blanket for the bed, bedsocks to keep the toes warm, maleseers for my choc stash and a few IOU's, lol. Totally excellent the way it was all put together and notes on them to explain why they were there, lol.

Caroline gifted me with Sullvanian families toys - of baby westie twins and they are so cute!!! There was a knitting nancy in there too that I still don't know how to work but I'll figure it out eventually.

Ian (whom I haven't seem since August) left a present up for me yesterday when I was out at the Chrsitmas Jumpers - it was a Me to you bear smellie set and bed socks.

Dec. 9th, 2008

I'm going to try to NOT include anything knititng related in this post, but to be honest its looking doubtful that I'll actually manage that, lol.
Friday I had a visit to the othodentist to tighten the braces. As well as doing that, he put two more brackets on my very back teeth and this is now causing me issues. They rub, cut and are generally extremely annoying. Just as well I don't have to go back to the end of January, gives me plenty of time to get used to them before the annoyance starts all over again!

Saturday we out up our trees, yep, 2 of them... decorated the hall, ceilings and outside. I hate putting up trees but I hate taking them down even more! Then, after all that was done, Thomas and I headed out to the Deacon Blue/Simple Minds concert and my goodness what a show it was!!! Loved it, absolutely loved it! I did,however, get the impression that Jimmy Kerr thought he was playing some big huge stadium somewhere and not a full Odyssey arena, but that was just me.   Deacon Blue came on promptly at 8pm, played until 8.50 and were excellent, full of craic and generally seemed to have  agood time. After a 30 minute instrument change, Simple MInds came on and played from 8.20pm until 11.45!!! Now, if thats not value for money then I don't know what is!

I have to point out, that to my brothers dismay, I did in fact knit at the concert before they started and during the 30 minute break, and Siobhan's sock was looking GOOD!!!

Sunday, I knitted on a few things, and when we went out for dinner the sock came too. Its such a conversation starter, lol.

Monday morning the parents left for Washington and I had a day off. Siobhan baked, washed her dolls clothes, went out to play and made the dinner (as I supervised naturally) She's also making the dinner tonight, lol. Scouts last night was not so good. My mouth was killing me, they were being cheeky gits and kicked a football at my head when they were asked to put the ball down (I would like to say they missed but that would be lying)

Today, my car is away for a service to make sure its all ok before its MOT. The actual MOT isn't until February but I might be able to get it in early once they send me the reminder letter.

So there we have it, I have Siobhan's sock to finish, stuff to finish, stuff to start AS WELL as Siobhan to mind, the house to sort out and randomly the shower screen in the en suite.

simple minds!

My brother is  a star - he's not heard of Simple Minds or Deacon Blue but having had a quick listen to the ipod, he's going to come along with me... have to love him for that!

Going to go tomorrow and get the tickets!

Musical memeness!!

Step 1: put your music player on shuffle (no need, it's already all shuffled-up)
Step 2: post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Check off the songs when someone guesses both artist and title correctly.

1. Night time sharpens heightens each sensation

2. We'll do it all everything on our own

3. Everytime our eyes meet this feeling inside me

4. Heyyyyyyyyy yeahhhhhhhhh here come the jesters 1, 2, 3

5. Stay I'm buring slow

6. One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small

7. Its early morning the sun comes out

8. Strange the view from here

9. And I feel so lonesome you hear me when I moan

10. Take the highway to the end of the night

11. Watch your back so you won't stab mine

12. So close no matter how far

13. I would have given you all of my heart

14. She says, I got something to say

15. Long as I remember the rain been comin down

16. You always say you like my style

17. Left  a good job in the city

18. Let me lay it on I got a little freakiness inside

19. I know you think that I shouldn't still love you

20. I got ramblin, I got ramblin on my mind

21. I want to break free

22. Hello Mr Krinkle how are you today

23.Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head

24.Last time in Paris was a little strange

25. She says its not you its me


extreme sadness or not?

Would it be very sad and pathetic if I went to the Simple MInds/Deacon Blue concert next week... on my own? No one wants to go with me and I want to go (and most likely will) but is it sad??


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