Thursday, 30 December 2010

30 day photo challenge

1.Self-portrait

I hate taking photos of myself so this is my default 'open your eyes really wide and do a funny smile' thing. And it's blurry because the flash makes me squint one eye.

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In the spirit of bandwagon jumping...

I shall be participating in a 30 day photo challenge, as run by the lovely Coralene


1. Self-portrait
2. Favorite shirt
3. Knick-knack
4. Last thing you purchased
5. Favorite pair of shoes
6. Something you ate today
7. Favorite room in house
8. Ugliest article of clothing that you can't get rid of
9. Inside your refrigerator
10. You, in front of your house
11. Something you waste money on
12. Favorite movie snack
13. Dream date
14. Favorite restaurant
15. Something that challenged you today
16. A random act of kindness
17. Guilty pleasure food
18. Something with huge sentimental value
19. The oldest thing you own
20. Something you're good at
21. Cutest pair of socks
22. Your bedroom
23. Favorite mug
24. Something you're reading
25. Your handwriting
26. Your pet(s)
27. Something you decorated
28. Your favorite holiday
29. Something someone made for you
30. You with your loved one(s)


I might start tomorrow though. I'll see how presentable I can make myself.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

So Christmas was a bit of a weird one. Dave's dad died very suddenly on the 21st and the last week has been a bit of a blur really. It was completely unexpected, he hadn't been ill or anything like that so it was a complete shock. Christmas was a bit rough, but it was as nice as it could be under the circumstances and Dave is doing a little better so there is that to be grateful for. The funeral isn't until January 10th so hopefully that will give everyone a little time to come to terms with it.


There is a little happiness to come from this however. Me and Dave got engaged, so hopefully that provides a little bit of joy to his family at this sad time.

Monday, 20 December 2010

I don't think the UK is somewhere that copes well with snow. That said it's been like 'The Day After Tomorrow' today! Blizzards, freezing winds, staggering through massive flakes of snow. Mental. Still, it makes for some very pretty scenery, something I can appreciate now that I'm not stood at a bus stop losing all feeling in my feet and face.


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Still have some Christmas shopping to get done! Quickly running out of time, I have yet another cold again too :(

Saturday, 11 December 2010

The tree is up, I have bought most of my presents and I have a decent haul of beer. Let the festive times begin!


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Complete with cat. Everyone needs a cat.


I will also be getting all frocked up and wearing heels for our work christmas party. I usually wear jeans. This will not end well.

Thursday, 2 December 2010


I found this over on the wonderful Fur Coat No Knickers blog. I can't decide if they are the most awful or brilliant things I have ever seen. I'm going to go with brilliant. I want a pair!

They have loads (including Henry VIII) over here. Brilliant.

Friday, 26 November 2010

New hat!

It is simply the warmest most toasty thing I own. I love it. I don't care if I look utterly ridiculous.


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It's snowing here in Cardiff, so I'm getting in the festive spirit slightly early and watching The Muppet Christmas Carol. I love it so. I swear, I'm getting more stupidly excited about Christmas the older I get.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

I apologise for the lack of activity lately (although I'm pretty sure no-one is that bothered really) Haven't had much to say. I think I've been acting a bit weird too. Sometimes I go like that. My head goes places it shouldn't. I guess that sounds kind of pretentious, but it's pretty much the only way to describe it. I feel a bit directionless and 'meh.' I've been kind of ill too, nothing serious just bad colds, but one after the other and it's making me feel a little down. Work has been pretty busy too which is great, as I like to be doing stuff, but it's making me a little tired.



Christmas is coming around very quickly. I made a christmas cake for the first time ever last weekend. It smells so good! I soaked the mixed fruit in brandy for 24 hours before making the cake and as it was cooking it smelt incredible. It weighs a tonne though. I still have to put marzipan and icing on it, but it looks pretty promising so far.
The music channels have started an assult on the christmas songs. As our living room is quite close to the street and people can see in pretty easily (even though they shouldn't be so nosy!) I've had a few people catch me singing along to Band Aid or Wizzard and openly laugh at me. How embarrassing. Oh well.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

I'm too excited about Christmas already. Maybe it's because last year I moved flat right after christmas so there wasn't any long drawn out celebrations and this year I want to make the most of it. I hope we have snow. I like snow.

I'm going to make a christmas cake this year. First attempt as I don't normally like it. But I do like marzipan. A lot.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Saturday afternoons

Yesterday I went to an afternoon gig/show/whatever people call it nowadays. It was a lot of fun, probably more so than it would have been had it been an evening one. AC4 (ex Refused/The (International) Noise Conspiracy) plus two local supports; A Thousand Arrows and A Modern Farewell.
I was really surprised by AC4, not surprised that they would be good as I'd heard some stuff but at how funny they were. Refused were pretty political and serious. AC4 were political obviously but really really funny and just seemed like they were having a good time. Seeing Dennis Lyxzén strutting around to a cover of Motorhead 'Orgasmatron' probably ranks as one of the best and most surreal things I've ever seen. It was incredible.

Of course the best thing of all was that it was all over by three in the afternoon which meant me and Dave could have a few drinks and still be home in time for tea. I'm such an old woman.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Cats!

Nothing of note to report, so here are a few cat pictures. Everyone loves cat pictures. My mum has five cats and a dog. Gizmo was born last year and she had a litter of five kittens earlier this year. Unfortunately two of them died but the other three have done really well and now have new homes.

Gizmo (she's beautiful and so affectionate)

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Kittens

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Hi new people!

I'm not sure what I've done to gain 4 new followers in the space of two weeks but I must be doing something right. Hello new people! Is it sad to be excited about having 12 people follow your blog? I expected Sam to be the only follower.

I've just got back from Spain and am delighted to find that the cats haven't pooed/peed/vommed/left dead things everywhere (pond weed doesn't count). The holiday was fun, it's always nice to come home though. Except it's cold now. Not so fond of the cold.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Well my evil cold is in the process of disappearing. I have felt horrific for the last week though. I had to spend Tuesday at home though, having rung in sick and watching bad television. I did catch up on the new series of Mad Men, so I guess not all bad. Tuesday was made a little bit more uplifting by the post I received though. I had ordered some stuff Sunday evening from the talented Gemma Correll who can be found here:-


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along with a postcard and a kitty colouring book, which I've had heaps of fun with. Never too old for colouring! I'm definitely going to order some more stuff soon I think.

Not much going on this week. Made a lemon cheesecake to take to Sunday lunch at Dave's parents which is still setting in the fridge so *fingers crossed* it will be okay. One busy week at work ahead and then I'm off to Spain for a week. Hooray!

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(although we probably won't be going to this restaurant again. We think they gave a us food poisoning last time)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Germs

So just in time for me starting back at work after a week off, I come down with a cold. Brilliant.

*blows nose*

Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Pretty giraffe.

It's pretty cold today, I have the heating on for the first time in months. I am actually looking forward to it getting a bit colder because I have a real fireplace and I'm looking forward to getting a massive roaring fire going.

I don't know if anyone hasn't seen this, but I love the new ikea advert! 100 cats roaming around a store in London ( I think) It's on youtube, along with a 'making of' documentary. But I think it's just so sweet.

Friday, 24 September 2010

London

Had a few days in London during my week off. Dave got us tickets to see Stephen Fry in the Royal Albert Hall which was a lot of fun. I like London a lot but it sometimes get a bit too hectic for my liking. I especially hate the tube. We also went to London Zoo and the Natural History museum which were great. Anyway, here are a few pictures:-

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This cup was already here when we stopped for lunch and we were seated right next to it. Since my last name is Cox we found it funny. It was a place called the The Breakfast Club in Soho, they had the best Huevos Rancheros!

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Pictures!

Here are some pictures of Sian's wedding last week!

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My wedding outfit. It looked better without the jacket, but it was a bit chilly.

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Happy days!

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Now for two really old (well 5 and 6 years old) pictures of me! This first one was taken when I was 20 (on my birthday actually) and it turned out I had my top on backwards on the whole night!

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And here is Xenu, when he was a kitten. He had such big ears! The black cat is Arnold, who is a bit antisocial. Very cute though.

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

The wedding was a lot of fun. It was here :-

http://www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/leez-priory

Sian came down the aisle to 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and I almost cried! I got a massive lump in my throat and was sat there sniffing for most of the service. She looked so pretty, her dress was lovely (I'll try and post some pictures up soon) but she had trainers on under her dress! That was probably just as well really as the ground was a little muddy of those of us wearing heels kept sinking. Hah.

Had lots of photos taken. Apparently they'll be up on the official website in a few days, so I'll try and get some then too. There was lots of free wine and the food was lovely (I ate a scallop!) and there was a hog roast in the evening with some dancing. Fell into bed around midnight with my feet throbbing. I very rarely wear heels (I'm almost 6ft as it is) and even though they were only about an inch and a half, I was convinced that I was going to fall over when walking around, nevermind dancing, but thankfully all was well.


There was a little bit of a scrum when the bouquet was thrown, I didn't catch it though. I did accidentally manage to hit Tish in the head trying to catch it. Oops.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

A bit of a catch up

Finally got the last of my wedding outfit sorted today. A close friend of mine is getting married on Wednesday which is exciting in itself, but as she's the first of my friends to get married it's quite a big thing. It's come around so quickly that I haven't had much time to think about it, but now that it's almost here I'm super excited. I'm not really a girly girl so it's been a bit of a ordeal finding things I like but now I'm sorted. Hooray!

I passed my theory test on Wednesday which pleased me no end. I'm hoping to have at least made one attempt at my practical some time in November as I would have been learning to drive for just over a year by then. I'm not too worried if I pass first time or not, I'm not expecting to, but I'd like to be able to drive now. I can't face another freezing, wet winter stood at the bus stop at 6.30 in the morning.

Birthday tomorrow. I shall be 26. Dave won't give me any hints as to what I have but not much longer to wait. I have already had some cupcakes and a nice bottle of wine bought for me :) as well as some other things that are wrapped that I've hidden away so I'm not tempted to open them early!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Toy Story 3 is so great.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

As much as I love my cats I do not appreciate the dead things they bring in. In the space of 4 days there has been:-

One horrifically large rat
A pigeon which looks like it exploded
A magpie. I think. All I found were feathers and a foot in my bathroom.

Also pond weed. Chap likes to bring it in which is just weird.


Slight bit of craziness yesterday. Watching tv yesterday when I saw a police van pull up next to the house opposite. Then two policemen with riot shields and guns get out. Another car pulled up and knocked on the door of the house and said something to the lady who lived there. Nothing much happened after that, people were loitering around watching and then a policewoman knocked on the door. Apparently someone has been making hoax calls about the house opposite saying that there were allegations of firearms being kept there, but there was nothing to worry about. Then they all got into their cars and left. Very bizarre.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

All nice and settled in the new flat now, but my laptop is broken and I can't really afford a new one for the time being. I can use the PC for the time being but I'm not too cut up about it. I tire of the internet really quickly these days. Maybe I can channel the lack of internet time into something constructive. Or something. I don't know.