Archive for April, 2008

Must vent…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Ok so you get to the till, they take your card and hand you a pen whilst the slip prints out.  You put the pen into your left hand, yes I am a leftie.  Why then do they have to angle the slip towards my ***** right hand?!  Come on people, I maybe let you off when you hand the slip over as you angle the slip as I realise I am a minority group.  But when I’m holding the blinking pen there is no excuse!!  Bet if I offered a condom to a Catholic or pork to a Muslim I would get done for racism but us lefties are discriminated against all the time.  Ok so that’s maybe a bit harsh and controversial or whatever but it really really bugs me. 

A bit like a certain local bar who has only one chocolate related dessert on its menu and the two times that I’ve eaten there it has been “unavailable”.  There are various behaviours in life which are just not necessary.

On the upside (finish on a high note so I don’t seem totally like a moany old woman) today was Ben and Jerrys free cone day  and I actually managed to be in the right place at the right time!  Free tub of Chocolate Fudge Brownie for me – hurrah!!

Birthday Boys!

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

George and Benson with their birthday card

Today our kittens turn into cats!  They got a card from Granny and Grandad and we gave them their first taste of cat milk – which wasn’t greeted with lots of enthusiam it must be said! 

Naughty me

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Ok so I get new blog, I get all excited and post some stuff.  Once there’s a wee bit of reading I announce it to everyone..and then I get too busy to post anything for ages and it seems a bit pointless!  Sorry!  Have smacked myself and will try and do better in future. 

Anyway today is a lovely, free from work, public holiday so before I go and get stuck into the gardening I thought I would do a wee catch up!

We now have an extractor fan in our bathroom so don’t need to shower with the window open.  To be a bit environmental I demanded that it be on a separate switch from the light so that one nice light mornings I can leave the lights off and just have the fan on.  Is also good for those pee stops during the night, you can put the light on without waking everyone up with the fan!   Not sure what the next house project will be, probably decorating the spare room as there’s a big white patch where the old storage heater was.  Can’t decide what colour to make it though, I like the light blue that it is but if one day it needs to be a nursery for a wee girl, that’s not “right”.  Of course I rarely do things “right” so might just stick with the blue anyway.  I had a blue blanket on my crib when I was born and it hasn’t hurt me much!

I organised an Author Event at work.  I had been thinking that it would be a good way to bring attention to the lovely library they own and I managed to talk a local crime fiction author into doing it.  Unfortunately when I asked Stuart MacBride to sign my copy of his first novel Cold Granite, I still had my book mark in it so he told me off for not finishing it before the event.  Rookie error!  Am pleased to say I finished it shortly after and throughly enjoyed it.  Had bought 2nd and 3rd ones to dive straight into but decided I needed some light hearted stuff first so am reading a Mike Gayle at the mo.  Event went really well though, Stuart did a couple of readings and told us about his research – anecdotes about abbatoirs and bondage – what a mix!  Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves so that was fab!

Stuart MacBride in my library!

As you know, we moved to Aberdeen last year.  Bryan and Ray have friends Stephen and Hugh and all the gents now have wives.  Nicole and I decided it would be good to have a wives night so we could all get to know each other as individuals rather than just “my husband’s friend’s wife”!  Unfortunately Emma had the flu so it was just 3 of us but at least we’ve got to know Linda better – and we got pizza in the deal!  Just gives us an excuse to send the boys away to Ray’s again soon so we can try again!

This weekend Nadia was playing in the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra concert so we kept her man Gary company whilst she rehearsed and then went to the concert with him.  It was really good, as it had been last year.  So nice to hear traditional Scottish music, and see lots of men in kilts of course!!

Last night I contrasted that with a Nizlopi concert.  Like Nadia one of them plays the double bass but they do folk music, and instead of the lovely Music Hall we were in the rather darker venue of The Tunnels.  I did take a couple of quite funky pictures for my flickr page outside.  I was the band’s street team which means I stand outside and ask people going in to give me their email address for the band’s mailing list.  I’ve done street teaming a couple of times now and got to know a couple of the bouncers so its actually quite fun standing chatting to them.  I got given a t shirt so I wore that and was telling people they could buy it when they got inside – not sure I’m really a good model for selling clothes but at least I tried!  And it is a lovely totally organic tshirt – so soft!!  I got to meet both the band members too and they were totally lovely!  Luke came along first and wanted to get me a blanket (yes I was so dedicated I was wearing the tshirt and no jacket!) but I explained that it was good marketing and he had to let folk see the tshirt.  Then I met John and he said I needed a coat too!  Bless them worrying about me when they’ve been on the road for over a week in a wee van and had to entertain us later that evening! 

The gig was totally awesome, they were out in the crowd to start with and then moved onto the stage.  The place wasn’t packed out so most people had a seat and some of us were right at the front sitting cross legged.  Was so cool.  Unfortunately I still haven’t got the hang of my new camera so my pics aren’t too great, one of them is at that link above though.  We were all up dancing towards the end.  It’s fun dancing with random people that you don’t know, you can just enjoy yourself and be free, not needing to worry about what they think of you!

John from Nizlopi

They played The JCB Song at the end and then the encore was my favourite song Extraordinary.  I got a bit carried away with excitement and found myself sat on the front of the stage filming Luke singing, he looked right into the camera and sang a couple of lines.  If only I had the camera the right way round, me so thick!  Luckily I have a laptop so can just turn it on its end and watch it over and over!!  Maybe Bryan can fix it for me if I ask him nicely…!

Luke of Nizlopi

Anyway that’s pretty much my life up to date I think!  Should get out in the garden and see if I can work the mower and stuff!  Hope all is well with you and yours?!

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Monday, April 21st, 2008

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Pretending to be “proper”…

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

As I was saying, my birthday treat from Bryan was a night D,B,B at Raemoir House Hotel.  I’d suggested we did something on the way there to make a day of it and give Bryan a chance to use his camera on something other than our cats.  However I then chose Drum Castle which is a National Trust place so they ask you not to use cameras in the house.  Oops!  Anyway we had a nice wander round enjoying the old house and the history. 

It was one of those “truely Aberdonian weather” days when it was snowing one minute and bright sunshine the next.  It stopped for us to get parked and get into the house and then we watched the fields disappear in white ness whilst we were wandering round the house.  When we wanted to go out to the tiny wee chapel and go up the really ancient tower it stopped again.  I even managed to persuade Bryan to pose for a photo – a very rare occassion so well worth blogging!

Bryan outside Drum Castle

The tower was quite tall so I didn’t last up on the roof for long before heading back inside and down to the safety of lovely mother earth!  By the time we got back to its door the snow was back on and so we had to make a run for the car with me giggling at the snow getting caught on Bryan’s stubble on the way!

The hotel upgraded our room to Superiour as a birthday treat, which was very kind of them.  This was the view from the window, although I was disappointed that noone used the helipad whilst I was watching.

 View from Bedroom window on Saturday afternoon

We had a nice lazy afternoon before getting dolled up for dinner and moving downstairs!  Dinner was very tasty and lovely, I had wood pigeon followed by a nice bit of rare coo and then a truely delicious chocolate fondant melty heap with clotted cream ice cream.  The fire alarm went off before dessert and I was relieved that we didn’t quite make it out the door as my coat was in our bedroom!!  A nice gentleman said he would have given me his suit jacket though, bless him!!

The next morning the view from the window was rather different and I was glad my helicopter wasn’t booked to pick me up as he might not have found the right spot…

View from Bedroom window on Sunday morning

Breakfast was yummy, I was naughty and had a full cooked breakfast (well without the evil mushrooms obviously!).  Diets don’t count when you’re away though do they?!  Maybe I worked it off clearing the car of snow – and throwing as much as I could of it at Bryan!

And now I’m sat waiting for my cousin Lynne to come visiting with her tiny wee son so I can do some more “oohing” and “ahhing”!  The hubby is coming too but he doesn’t have the same effect on me!!  Think we’re phoning for pizza so that will be a good contrast to last night.  They haven’t seen our house before so I had a frantic clean this afternoon.  Our cats think that cardboard boxes are the best toys so our lounge always looks a bit like a tip but I managed to sneak a couple out when they weren’t looking.  Well, I hoovered and they hid and I took my chance!!

Hope you’ve had a nice weekend too.  Over and out!

My great boys

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Bryan took a photo of my chipper some time ago – when he was still alive you’ll be pleased to hear.  Then he put it on Flickr, and now it has won a contest or something – http://www.flickr.com/groups/everyday_is_sunday/discuss/72157604380892741/

Of course it was my gorgeous wee Jack that won.  He was so cute.  Although I think Bryan’s photography is “of the awesome” too!!

Oh yeah, so yesterday was my birfday.  What did I do to celebrate?  Well firstly I dived headlong into this lot:

Presents!

Then I went to work and did some cataloguing and stuff.  It’s weird sitting in a room on your own on your birthday, when you’re a people person like me!  Of course I never used to work on my special day, it was a law of me but now that I’m the wrong side of 30 it doesn’t seem to matter anymore!  Or maybe the week off I took for my 30th is still keeping me going!

Luckily on the way to work I went into the DX office to collect any mail and there was a package there from one of my dearest friends.  And in that package was one of my heroes, who then kept me company the whole day.

BA

Now the photos have to stop there as what I did after work was not allowed to be photographed.   Oooooh, exciting!  I went on a tour of the High Court.  Including the cells where they keep the (alleged) naughty persons during the day when they are appearing in court.  I was with a local crime fiction writer and it was interesting hearing what questions he had as he’s obviously thinking that one of his characters might go to court in a future book and he’s researching ready.  Meanwhile I decided that I never want to be a naughty person as I really didn’t like the tiny cells and the sparse toilet cubicle.  Later I found out you don’t get a whole cell to yourself and that put me off even more!!  I do like little luxuries like privacy and open doors…

My evening was spent being spoilt: fave dinner and soppy movie.  I also finished opening pressies and examined them all in detail – thanks to all who contributed, I remain as ever, a spoilt brat!  Tomorrow I get spoilt some more.  I couldn’t think what pressie I would like so hubby is taking us for D,B&B in a nice local hotel.  I do like pretending to be “proper” and staying in hotels.

32?!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Meh.

Excellent Equus

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

So, I got this invite.  As I arrange group bookings at the theatre for work folks I was invited to a special “group bookers” night at HMT.  And special is certainly what it was!!  We met in one bar for free drinks.  Unfortunately Friday is still haunting me so I had orange juice rather than vino!  I did indulge in the gorgeous haggis balls and other nibbles, so good that Foyer does the catering there now!!  The lovely girl who I email about nights out was circulating and passing out the tickets and it was great to put a face to the name. 

The play was just awesome and amazing.  Five minutes in I was thinking Simon Callow couldn’t possibly have all those words saved in his head – but yes he did, and he was still going hours later.  He has such a wonderful voice and manner and is just fabulous.  Poor tortured Alfie Allen (tortured in the play, hopefully not in real life!) was totally tortured and I just wanted to hold him close and make it all go away for him.  Actually everyone in it was amazing and perfectly cast (down to the gorgeous big muscular horse).  Linda Thorsen made a wonderful magistrate, and I could see a couple of the real ones coming through the fictional role!  Is funny how you never escape what you work with!

The story is just timeless, awesome, totally submerging and thought provoking.  I loved how the characters interacted and how the present and past were intermingled on the stage!  By the end I just felt like sitting in a dark room for an hour to soak it all in and process all the thoughts that were whirling round my head.  But there was no way I thought I could sleep tonight, and hopefully I’ll type myself asleep just now as I’m not sure how one sleeps after such an experience!

Not that the end of the play was the end of the night.  Oh no!  Not for us chosen few.  We then were allowed to meet the cast.  So after watching Alfie Allen get totally naked I got to speak to him and shake his hand.  Kinda bizarre.  I couldn’t quite bring myself to talk to Laura O’Toole as her body was just too perfect and enviable and I was worried I’d try to scratch her eyes out!!  We did have a cat with Linda Thorsen about her part in Emmerdale which was cool.  Although as you’re chatting to these wonderous actors you wonder how they can put up with adoring fans after what must be an exhausting night’s work – but you make them chat to you anyway.  I just had to hear Simon Callow’s voice up close, bless him!

Anyway, go see it.  It’s amazing.  But don’t expect to come out laughing, you won’t.  Sometimes you don’t need to laugh though.