Archive for November, 2012

Gigging again

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

I had a scary wee time when I couldn’t afford any gig tickets but now I seem to have got myself a few tickets doing reviews for a couple of (obviously) FAB music websites.  Last night I saw the Proclaimers and had a moment of “how lucky am I getting to do something I love for free – and then share my views on it with everybody?”.  So yes, I am back into the gig scene a little (phew!) and I have done a few reviews recently.  Hue and Cry, supported by Oliver Richards, is reviewed here.  I had previously enjoyed The View for the same website.  Over on a different site I have reviewed: Proclaimers supported by Blueflint, Twin Atlantic with Charlie Simpson (squeel!) and Dead Sarah, Madonna (thanks to my folks for that ticket!), Steps (Shockolady and Mr Smith) and The Wanted (very greedy with 3 supports – Lawson, Fanfare and Ben Montague).

Many many thanks to the lovely people that run both these sites and give me such amazing opportunities – and I know my friends appreciate my need for a +1 at most of these too, nice excuse for a night out!  Even managed a catch up with hubby’s Aunt at Twin Atlantic which was lovely!

Oh and if you have any feedback of how to do better with my reviews, please let me know, I’m happy to take constructive criticism!

Family gathering

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Yesterday, for the first time in 20 years, I was lucky enough to be able to be in a room with all my aunties, uncles, cousins, some of our partners, and our off spring!  It was a lovely lovely thing.

Edited family gathering pic

Unfortunately my hubby had to stay home (he had 3 viewers in the house this weekend, cross fingers!).  The other absence was Sarah’s fiancee as he is at home in Texas waiting for her to fly out for their wedding in Hawaii on the 11th!!  So it was also the last time I’ll see my wee cousin before she becomes a married woman – exciting!!

The other “unfortunately” was that my wee chap hit an exhaustion wall that morning, so he had a nap before they came (he doesn’t nap any more).  Then as soon as we sat down to our lovely chicken roasted with apple, garlic and shallots he proclaimed he needed to go to bed.  So he missed lunch.

Thank you for the photography skills to my fairy Godmother, Noreen, who had gone to Creagan with Owen and I for the weekend.  The last time we got a similar photo was at my Gran’s 80th birthday party, amazing to think she’d have been 100 this month.  Miss you lots Gran but glad you’re not in pain anymore.