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Some links and news

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

My review of Olly Murs at the AECC is now online – http://www.game-shot.com/index2.php#/info1/1/

Hubby’s firm has been taken over and he gets described as “talented and motivated” – http://www.aberdeenbusinessnews.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1329:adept4-takes-over-aberdeen-it-firm-k10-solutions-in-six-figure-deal&Itemid=648

My Dad has finally applied to, and been accepted by, The Master Chefs of Great Britain, my Mum and I are very proud – http://www.masterchefs.co.uk/

My parent’s hotel is going to be a venue for their local music festival – http://robroycountry.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/strathyres-1st-music-festival-june-1-2.html?m=1

Happy days!  Meanwhile I’m busy planning for our move next month, and 5 days of homelessness.  It’s all go!

Exciting Times

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Last week was our 10 year wedding anniversary and we had a lovely time at Balbirnie celebrating it.  They very kindly upgraded us to the bridal suite which we were in for far too little time on our wedding night!  This time we savoured the 4 poster bed and the huge jacuzzi bath.  We also enjoyed the cocktail menu and Bryan found a new love in a Vesper Martini….  Our evening meal was totally devine and yummy – and my breakfast was good too – complete with Alanis Morrisette album playing in the background.
Happy 10th wedding anniversary us!

Owen also had a great time, on the way down we stopped at Camperdown Wildlife Park in Dundee and met up with my parents.  We went round the animals, had lunch, and then waved the 3 of them off as Granddad drove them to their house to have some quality time without us.
Handing sprog to my folks

We went and joined them at Creagan late in the afternoon on the Friday (fully taking advantage of the free childcare to nip into a cinema to catch a movie on the way!  Wreck It Ralph is fun, just don’t tell Owen we saw the new Disney film without him…).  Mum very kindly gave us the 4 poster room for the night to continue the romantic theme – although not quite the same under the same roof as my folks!

We came back on Saturday in time for Owen’s friend’s birthday party, which was at the Satrosphere and included him being in a bubble!!!
Owen in a bubble!

Anyway the other excitement started last Wednesday – when we got an offer on our house which we felt we could accept.  Lots of phone calls and emails with solicitors and our financial advisor happened over the course of Thursday (including one call I had to stop the bubbles in the jacuzzi for – thank goodness we didn’t have video phones!).  So on Thursday night as well as celebrating 10 years married we were also celebrating (tentatively) that it looked like we had sold our house.  Well today I finally got to do my happy dance as the sale is now official!  Hurrah!!  It took a wee while but we can now head south..hopefully…one step at a time!

I was surrounded by excitement on Tuesday night too, of a very different sort.  I had been asked to write a review for the X Factor tour that was coming to Aberdeen.  Luckily I have a neighbour who is into that sort of thing as its not something I watch so she came with me and we went down to the AECC.  To know any more of the evening please check out my review.

Oh and on Tuesday Owen got his 3 year and 4 month injections and didn’t even cry, what a big brave boy!
Owen's 3 year 4 month jab day with Daddy

2012 round up

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Still being naughty and not blogging much (yes I said the same last year!) so thought I could share the letter I sent with Christmas cards as a bit of a round up of last year (may edit it a bit to allow for public consumption):

Time to recap our year, and looking back it’s been a good one on the whole! Hope 2012 was good to you too?

After 14 months of living with us Lee moved out in January, Owen found it hard to get used to his uncle not being around all the time at first but now just enjoys the visits when we do see him – plus Owen moved into the bigger room once it was free again so that’s much better for him. Unfortunately Lee is probably moving to England next year to be closer to his kids, can’t blame him but we will all miss him.

Our main news really is that our house is on the market – fancy it? http://www.aspc.co.uk/cgi-bin/public/SINGLE?ID=302308 After almost 6 years in Bridge of Don we’ve decided it would be more practical to be on the south side of the city (and I’m hoping for sea views!). The plan is to be closer to various important people in our lives, although we will miss our BOD friends and hope they won’t be strangers once they do finally get rid of us!

Our decision on location hasn’t needed to be affected by the location of good schools as we also made the huge decision to send Owen to Gaelic School once the time comes. The research into bilingual education shows amazing results and we want to give him the best opportunity we can, plus the unit has quite small classes and a community feel with the families all getting together for various social events throughout the year. Also they provide transport so it doesn’t matter where we live he’ll get safely transported.

Owen is now 3 and a proper little chap, no more ickle baby that’s for sure! He still loves pirates, his cats and Snow White and the 7 Dwarves (luckily that’s Aberdeen’s main panto this year so we went to that on the 23rd!).
Excited party boy!

He had his first proper birthday party in October, insisted on wearing his suit for it – the photo above that I took of him appeared in the Press and Journal in a feature that won us a canvas version of it! We took him to his first football match at Pittodrie – Manchester United v Aberdeen. I was a bit worried as it started at his bedtime but he managed fine, was lovely watching him with his Dad and Grandda enjoying the game. He is in the Pre School class at nursery and loves helping the Ladies, and us, with things like laying the table. His manners are also very good – I have been told off for having my elbows on the table, and even Granny was told off for eating with her mouth full! Down point of the year was chicken pox, but at least that’s over with, oh and a trip to A&E when he tripped at nursery and cut his forehead, luckily they were able to just glue it back together.

Fabulously 2 concert photographers now ask me to write reviews for them so I’ve managed several concerts without denting our finances (saving for a bigger house obviously!). My parents got me tickets to see Madonna in Edinburgh so that is one big name off my Need To See List, I have also seen this year: The Wanted, Steps (urgh!), Hue and Cry, Charlie Simpson, Twin Atlantic, The Proclaimers, Lionel Richie and Jools Holland with KT Tunstall.

Work wise we’re both at the same places, I have had an article and a blog post published this year and I presented a seminar at my work on Social Networking, which went well. Next year I am going to be a speaker at the big Law Librarian’s conference I go to every year (this year was Belfast, next year is Glasgow). Not sure why I thought that was a good idea to apply for but will look good on my LinkedIn profile if it goes well! I’ve waitressed at a couple of events too, good to keep my hand in, and I do miss the team work and yummy food associated therein! The wages for that help me justify my now 6 monthly habit of a weekend away with 3 special gal pals, this year it was Aviemore where we fed reindeer and Pitlochry where we enjoyed the Enchanted Forest – oh and both cabins had hot tubs – lush!

Through my work, and networking efforts with Aberdeen PA, a lovely hotel called Fairmont St Andrews gave me a voucher for a night’s bed and breakfast so we decided it would be rude not to use it. It was the first time we’ve left Owen somewhere over night and I’m not sure who enjoyed it most – him or my parents! Luckily they had no problems – and we had a lovely evening with a superb meal in the Fairmont’s Esperante restaurant. We did the taster menu which seemed to have a high wine to food ratio, good we didn’t have far to go afterwards! Waking up seeing the sea from our bedroom was good house selling motivation it must be said.

Family wise – my parent’s house/business is on the market and they celebrated 40 years married in July! Quite an achievement. Talking of marriage, my wee cousin Sarah emigrated and married a Texan, we managed a family get together at Creagan before she went and a historic photo was taken of all the cousins, their parents and offspring. Not very often we manage that!

So all in all, a good year for me I think!  Roll on 2013…and fingers crossed we sell our house soon!

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!

Easter weekend

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Happy Easter from Owen
So we had a nice weekend.  Bryan doesn’t get public holidays off work and nursery doesn’t shut for Easter so I was a naughty Mum on Friday and sent Owen off to nursery whilst I stayed home.  I had a very busy day cleaning and clearing out the room that Lee had been living in.  The plan is to redecorate it and move Owen in there with all his toys as its bigger than his room, and we want out lounge to stop looking like a toy shop!  I did loads of bits of housework that its difficult to get to do when Owen’s around and then I collected him a bit earlier than usual from nursery. 

They had decorated eggs earlier in the week and were supposed to go out and roll them but unfortunately the weather hadn’t been nice enough so we got the egg to take home instead.
Glittery egg in clay nest, as made by Owen

On the Saturday the boys got haircuts in the morning then we went down to Owen’s Grandda’s house as Lee had collected his 4 kids the day before and brought them up for a visit.  It was lovely to see them all and Owen was very excited to see “cousins – Maz, Blue, Berrie and…ummmm….”.  Not sure why he can’t remember Frankie’s name but we’ll work on that for next time!
Blue and Berrie gave Owen pictures they had coloured in for him

Saturday night I was working…well I’d been asked to write a review for a Steps concert anyway!  I took my pal Jen, or rather she took me, so I got free taxi as well as concert tickets!  Nice!
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Sunday morning the 3 of us hit the pool and had a good splash, so that was fun.  Then it was back to the house for lunch, and pudding of Owen’s Easter Egg, a present from my boss. 
Rabbits mummy!
I also gave him his special Easter present from us – a film cell from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (he’s really quite obcessed with “heigh-hos”).  This was taken upstairs immediately and put on his wall. 
Snow White film cell in pride of place on the cool wall
In the afternoon he watched some of the football with his Dad then he and I went to roll his egg.  We were going to go to a wee hill near the high school but it started raining so I pointed out the slope behind the church.  For some reason as we passed the church he pointed to the cross on the top of it so I took the chance to tell him the story of Easter, reminding him about baby Jesus from Christmas and then telling him about the cross and rolling the stone away.  He seemed to take it all in and I felt quite virtuous as we went and rolled our egg, and then again, and again.  Seemingly they were very hard boiled!!  We did manage to get it to crack eventually!
Rolling his egg

It was only when we got back to work yesterday it occured to me I hadn’t got any chocolate eggs myself, the down side to becoming a grown up/Mummy.  Although to be fair my Mum sent us money to get an egg each but we decided to put that money towards lunch with the family on Saturday – much more important!

Hope you had a good Easter too!

Katy Perry

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

So, last October I went to see Katy Perry and wrote a review for my chum who was maybe going to use it on their website.  It just occured to me that they hadn’t used it so I thought I would stick it on here instead… 

Katy Perry played the AECC the Saturday before Halloween. It would be interesting to see if the audience would have been as eye catching any other time of the year.  Obviously there would have still been the blue wigs and high heels, but maybe not the zombies (although they were very effective costumes!). Audience apart, it was an amazing spectacle of an evening. The support act One Land seemed to be a lady in a floaty nightie, a quick Google search found she’s Danish and popular back home. To be fair the songs were enjoyable.The main act was very well constructed, an Alice in Wonderland inspired fairy tale ran between the songs, with the lyrics and costumes tying into what was happening on the big screen. Cupcakes and sweeties featured highly, and Katy Perry often looked sweet enough to eat!Outfits ranged from a white 50s prom style dress with twirling red and white discs, to a black slashed looking catsuit, to a long red and silver evening dress. Im sure I’m not the only girl in the room desperate to be let loose on her wardrobe!

She covered all her hits including Ur So Gay, Kissed a Girl, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night and E.T.  Everyone joined in with a cover of Adele’s hit when it made an unexpected appearance.

There were a few surprises through the evening, (she sings live you know!) like when Katy Perry picked a young man out of the audience to join her on stage for a smooch, then pretended her husband was coming. She also impressed the locals by having researched the area, and not just doing the usual ‘your city is lovely’.

Then there was the encore.  Katy had of course kept Californian Girls for last, and out she went with a bang..and beach balls…and foam machines! What a show that girl puts on, what a high note she finished on, what a night we had!  Hurry back please gal.

Yes please!

I did take a few photos and videos and they are available online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupidgirl_no1/sets/72157627886537147

Excited much?!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Well I have to admit to being very excited, I have been introduced to a lovely lady who has said I can be a reviewer for her website.  This means….FREE CONCERT TICKETS!!!!  It’s like heaven or something, hurrah!  Of course I have to try and write good stuff for her so she keeps “using me” so to speak.  Fingers crossed.  The theatre reviewing I used to do was good practice, plus we recently had a seminar at work called Proof Reading for Professionals that I attended.  So it has to be said I’m trying!  My first review is on the website at: http://www.game-shot.com/index2.php#/info1/1/  Yes I went to see The Wanted, for free, in good seats, with my fab chum Gill.  We may have screamed a bit at young boys…
The Wanted go up on a platform