Saturday, 19 December 2009

Not posted again for a while but I don't have that much to say. Although I am super excited about Christmas, despite upsetting Dave by guessing one of my presents. I'm also moving at the end of the month which will be stressful but worth it as the flat is lovely!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

I'm kind of looking forward to Christmas a bit more than usual this year. Just me and Dave on Christmas day again, with the odd visit from parents and friends. I do need to start my shopping though, which will have to wait until payday. I do have a list and it shouldn't be too stressful, I just hate going into the shops, as they're so busy and everyone is really aggressive. I am getting some stuff online but it's Dave's birthday next week and only 1 of the 3 things I've ordered has turned up! The one, I'm pretty sure is lost but amazon said they can't look into it any further until the 25th and the other is from America and can take 1-3 weeks so hopefully it'll be here this week. If not, then I'll have to think of something else and he can have them at Christmas. Rise Against tonight though (which was another birthday treat), yay!
December is going to be so busy though, I think I'm doing something every weekend now right up until the week before. Work will be busy too, so I'm sure the time will go quick. Kind of nice to be looking forward to it so much since I hate NYE.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

I have just bought the greatest Christmas film of all time 'A Muppets Christmas Carol' on amazon for the bargainous sum of £3.98. Awesome.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

I have been told to blog and I shall!

*I haven't really been upto that much though. My driving lessons have started and although I'm enjoying it I was petrified when I went out on the road for the first time last week. I panicked and everything went wrong though so he had me driving around the car park this week which was a lot better and allowed me to concentrate on some things that I kept doing wrong. It is fun though.
*Started new job last week. I am enjoying it, I just don't like not knowing how to do things and feeling out of my depth. I like being good at stuff!
*HP scarf all finished and warm. Started one for my Uncle now as he wants a Newcastle United one for Xmas and reckons I won't finish it on time.
*Been quite snappy and irritable today. Just a combination of being tired and bombarded with work and other stuff. I'm sure I'll be alright soon.
*I got a signed book from Sarra Manning today. I'm not sure how many people are familar with her but I used to read her 'Diary of a Crush' column in J-17 when I was younger (like 15, 16). Anyway, I've bought all of her books over the last few years and they're the only ones my sister will read (and has consequently run off with) but on her blog a few weeks ago she requested a Spotify code. So I emailed her one and she sent me a signed book as a thank you and it arrived today! So pleased :)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

I saw the trailer for 'Where The Wild Things Are' a few days ago. It looks absolutely incredible. Just mind blowingly so.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

I hate Tesco.
They've charged me twice for my internet shop. Twice! And now they told me they've refunded in but because of security measures on my bank account it won't show up for 3-5 days. Too fucking bad that those bloody security measures didn't pick it up when they charged me twice for it. For fucks sake.


On a more positive note, I got promoted at work. Yay me! Now I just hope I can do the job. Hopefully I'll be able to start at the beginning of November, but my manager is on leave for another week, so I'll have to wait until then until a release date is agreed. Eek.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Scarf and cupcakes

My Gryffindor scarf that I'm still in the process of knitting. Not bad, considering I only started it properly a week ago. I seem to have stopped adding on stitches and dropping them too. Which is good.
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Black Bottomed cupcakes from the Hummingbird book. These have turned out better than my last lot, which were still nice but the sponge seemed a bit heavier, I added a bit more water this time. It's basically a chocolate sponge base with cheesecake filling. Super super yummy.
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Friday, 18 September 2009

Mhm Cardiff Cheese Festival is next week. Over 400 different types of cheese. Yummy.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Some holiday snaps and a wee update

Mijas
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Park in Benalmadena
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And some others
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Happy soul
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Ghost peoples
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It was fun. Hopefully we'll be going to America next year, so I need to get my bum into gear and do some serious saving.
Not been upto all that much, it was my birthday last week so on the Friday Dave took me to Bath for the afternoon and we went to the spa and ate way too much in Wagamama. On the Saturday (my actual birthday) we just pottered a bit and went to see some bands in Bridgend. I got the Buffy boxset, the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and a bottle of whiskey from Dave, a handbag with matching purse from my mum and sister and some money from family members. It was a nice day. I also went to the new knitting shop on Albany Rd (called Big Knitters) and bought some wool so I could make my Gryffindor scarf. It's coming along nicely so far, I'll try and post a picture of it later. Yesterday I went to the Ludlow food festival and came back with some yummy cheeses, pickled shallots, olives with feta and beef jerky flavoured with Naga chilli (the hottest chilli in the world). It almost blew my head off! I went with my nan and auntie and we had a little picnic on the way up with some of the 'black bottomed cupcakes' I made using the cookbook. They went down quite well and my auntie and nan renamed them 'wide bottom cupcakes' because that is what will happen if someone eats too many! They were very tasty though, sort of a brownie type dense sponge with a blob of cheesecake baked into it. I'm going to make another lot today and some banana and cinnamon muffins (I think) and take a few into work tomorrow. They like to try my baking :)

Saturday, 5 September 2009

The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook is mine all mine! Along with the Buffy boxset. Cakes for everyone!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

I would like to go here please :-
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

It's definitely on the to-do list for America. They have a Great White at the moment which I would love to see (they only have them a few weeks at a time though and release them back into the wild). I love sharks in a 'they scare the crap out of me' way, so to see something like this would be amazing.

The holiday was fun, I'll post pictures up when I have the time.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

I bought 'Dead Until Dark' (True Blood book) today. Sam kindly lent me her copy in the week, I read it and loved it so much I bought it myself. I've missed a few episodes of the programme but I've liked what I saw and will watch it when it comes on channel 4. I like Eric, played by Alexander Skarsgard who is the son of Stellan Skarsgard whom I have a weird older man crush on, even though I'm not sure why. But yes, Eric. I do like him.

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Holiday on Monday!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Poor Arnold got stung by a bee. He wandered in and his paw huge and he was limping. We took him to the vets and he had a bee sting stuck in between the pads of his paw. Poor cat. The vet gave him two injections and he seems a lot better now. He also had to have a thermometer up his bum. Poor cat.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

It's a sad day :(

John Hughes is dead. It was announced on the radio last night, I was half asleep so I thought I imagined it. So sad. Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Breakfast Club are easily two of my favourite films.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Dress, kitties & Buffy

Chap loves it
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Xenu loves it too
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The kittens at my mums when they were about a week old
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Buffy (slightly blurry, she refuses to keep still)
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The dress. I think it looks better in person
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Saturday, 1 August 2009

I bought my first dress (and only the second one I own) today. It's pretty and swooshy with roses on it. I may post a pic tomorrow or something. Not overly interesting but a rare occurance so I thought it was noteworthy. I also got some Vans as all of my shoes have holes in (well not my primark ones but they are too small and cripple me-curse my size 9's!) Holiday shopping! I got my bonus so I can actually spend some money without feeling too guilty so I also bought some books from amazon ready for holiday. I got Decca-The Letters of Jessica Mitford (I'm interested in the Mitford sisters for some reason, I have a few of their books), Shappi Khorsandi (Iranian born/British raised comedienne)-The Beginners Guide to Acting English and Jon Ronson-Men Who Stare At Goats. Buying things is fun :)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Medical post!

I am so glad it is almost the weekend. And payday. A payday with a bonus in fact. At least it sorts out the holiday money.
Went to the Doctor today (I was supposed to be seeing the nurse but for some reason the receptionist made me an appointment for the doctor) told him that I'm fine with my change of pill, the migraines have got less frequent, blood pressure is fine etc. I had him baffled about my hand however. I had an op on it two years ago to have a nerve decompressed but now my hand it acting up again, nothing serious just pins and needles, numbness and a bit of discomfort. Apparently it might be carpal (carpel?) tunnel but I have something that had caused the tendons in my hand to thicken and my hands claw up slightly. I can straighten them, but they just naturally curl up and when it's straight there is a bit of a strain. My dad has the same problem and so does my sister but he said he's never heard of it being in anyone under 60 let alone it being hereditary. Hah. He was all interested in going off to research it.

Not very interesting I know, but I found it amusing :)

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Just watched 'Milk.' We had a free film at blockbuster so we rented it, having missed it in the cinema. Absolutely superb, anyone who hasn't seen it, I can't recommend it highly enough. I did cry at the end but I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't. Dave is now watching a documentary about Fred and Rose West. Lovely.
I've just drunk wine for the first time in about 2 months and now I have a really bad stomach ache. Although that may also be due to the GBK I had earlier. It was nice though. A celebration for hitting the stone mark I think.
Oh how I can't wait until holiday.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

I'm learning to knit! My nan has started to teach me and I can cast on and do plain stitching. So I'm going to practice this week and then she will teach me to purl. I can knit myself a massive Gryffindor scarf then! And maybe a case for my ipod. It's quite relaxing.
I've decided that I'm going to start learning to drive as well. I'm 25 in a few weeks time and was bought lessons for my 21st so it's about time I put them to use. I have said this before but now I feel like I've been kicked into action because it'll make things so much easier workwise and regarding wherever me and Dave live in the future. I want a nice little KA to zoom around in.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I've been looking forward to this film for so so long. It's my favourite out of all of the books so my expectations were quite high. I wasn't disappointed really, there were things they could have omitted in favour of other things but if I had my own way the film would have been other two hours long!

Spoilers!

+The scene in the cave. I huddled in my seat when the Inferi grabbed Harry and then Dumbledore saved the day.
+Fawkes!
+Aragog!
+Every scene with Ron in it. He's lovely, bless him and the funniest thing in the film
+Fred and George <3
+Luna and her lion hat. Genius.
+The bit where Katie is given the cursed necklace, really quite creepy
+I liked Draco a lot in this one, seeing his attempts to fix the cabinet was something that wasn't really touched upon in the book and it was good that they went into more detail this time.

Not sure about Dumbledore dying (yes I did cry) but I liked the book version better and wanted a battle!

-Not enough Lupin
-No Bill. WHEN WE WILL SEE BILL?!
-The burrow burning bit. Why? I'm not sure what the point of it was.
-Not enough Quidditch. I love Quidditch
-Implications that Harry and Ginny have sex. Sex has no place in Harry Potter
-Now I have to wait over a year for the next film

I will see it again though!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

The bird killer:
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He struck again. This is Xenu (so named after the evil overlord of Scientology, or something.) Look at those eyes, he's so cute. He wouldn't hurt a fly (although he does and eats them on a frequent basis.)
Harry Potter is out tomorrow. Yay!

Saturday, 11 July 2009

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I want a Maine Coon cat so bad! They look amazing. I will have one one day. I don't know how the others would react though. One of them has managed to kill a magpie much to my disgust. I suspect Arnold as he doesn't have a collar at the moment but Chap is the only one big enough I think. Xenu is too small. Poor magpie.

Anyway, I thought I'd put a link to some webcomics I like to read:-

http://www.questionablecontent.net/
http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/gws.html
http://www.johnnywander.com/

Can someone recommend me some others? And maybe some other blogs too?

Bruno..

wasn't that great. There were one or two funny bits and an absolutely hilarious bit at the end. other than that though it seemed like a bit of a waste of time. I'm not even that big a fan of Borat but I enjoyed that slightly more than this. Nevermind. Couple of good films coming out soon and Harry Potter next week! Yay!

Friday, 10 July 2009

New Blog

So here I am with yet another blog (online journal?) I do have another but it's a locked one over on livejournal. Not that I post much on there these days anyway. It isn't that I don't have anything to write about, it's just that I don't think people are all that interested. Nevermind.
I guess that for those that don't know me, an introduction is probably in order. I'm Rae (or Rachael), 24 (almost 25) and live in Cardiff with my boyfriend Dave and three cats. I work at the ONS, have done so for the last two years. I like to do a lot of things that I don't do as often as I should, most notably spend time with my friends. I am working on it though. I also should really learn to drive, I'm sick of buses. I'm not sure what else to say really. If anyone is reading this and wanted to ask a question I guess that would be okay. I'm not a fan of introduction posts, they make me feel weird.