Saturday, 31 December 2016

This year has been the strangest, the most emotional and the best year of my life

2016 has been eventful to say the very least. The year began, as ever, with my resolutions for the year. I've done quite well as it happens on those this year.

Then there was the anxiety of turning 40. However, once it actually happened, I can say in all honesty that its great!!



Then I got engaged, which was a huge shock as I had no clue whatsoever that was on the cards. Still in the midst of my birthday celebrations, the other half surprised me with this:



 We have had three amazing holidays - Mexico:







Lanzarote:



and Gran Canaria:


We have been to see the Kaiser Chiefs and ACDC:




We headed off to Watford for the Harry Potter Studio tour which was magical:


We have done lots of work on our lovely home and our garden. We have painted, weeded, pruned, fitted carpets - you name it!! We had a new boiler so this winter no panicking that its going to konk out when it goes sub zero temperatures!! 

In September, we had a new addition to the family in the form of our lovely puppy Coco:


September also saw my step daughter head in the big world for her first day of High School:


Finally, after 24 and a half years, I have decided to leave my place of work and head into the unknown. Turning 40 seems to have given me a newfound confidence to go out and boldy go into the world. Its really exciting!! 

So one whole month of 2016 still to go which means plenty of time for a few more adventures! 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Afternoon Stroll - got to blow some cobwebs away

Its the eve before New Year's Eve, and we took us a little stroll across the fields near our home. When I say we, I am referring of course, to myself, my other half, not so little anymore G (as tall as me and she is 11!) and the darling that is Coco the dog.

It was misty and a bit spooky but entirely beautiful, if muddy so we donned our wellies and off we toddled.

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Coco absolutely loves going for her walks, especially when the weather is muddy for some reason, despite her hatred of anything wet - baths, rain, you name it, but mud!! Yep, she is a mud lover.

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The sun trying to peer through the mist gave us some beautiful views over the rolling hills and the lake. The pictures are gorgeous, but don't come close to how stunning it was.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our walk, but boy we were mucky when we had finished!!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

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2016 has seen a lot of stars go out :(

This year seems to have had more than its fair share of losses in the world of the famous. I've rounded up the most significant to me:

  • David Bowie
  • Alan Rickman
  • George Michael
  • Terry Wogan
  • Frank Kelly
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Victoria Wood
  • Prince
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Caroline Aherne
  • Gene Wilder
  • Jean Alexander
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Andrew Sachs

Sad to say goodbye but they have left their footprints forever. 



Booking myself in for another Hot Stones Massage!

Back in March last year I experienced the absolute joy of a hot stones massage. Let me tell you all about it as I'm about to book in for another blissful session.

My treatment was a spa sensation treatment that included a hot stones massage. I hadn't had this type of massage before, and all I can say is "wow".

To begin with it was body brushing to my back, hips and back of my legs. My legs were very sore from the gym, so I was looking forward to it anyway.

After the body brushing, she smoothed some sort of oil on my back and legs, massaged my feet to begin with which was blissful. I love my feet being massaged it is just beyond relaxing.

Then she applied the hot stones. They were very hot, but the sensation was wonderful. As she moved the stones up over the back of my calves and ankles, it was the most stress relieving sensation I have ever experienced.

She moved up onto the back of my thighs and the soreness just evaporated. The heat seemed to stimulate my muscles and by the time she had finished with my legs, I felt calm, relaxed and ready to do my squats!!

Next she worked the stones over my lower back and hips, and up my back finishing with my shoulders and neck. I did not want it to end.

I recommend this massage so highly. I've had deep tissue massage for sore muscles and stress before, but this was more gentle, more calming and just amazing.

All I need to do now is get myself booked in for a bit of pre- New Year pampering ! :)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

RIP Carrie Fisher and George Michael

Two of my childhood icons are gone from this world. George on Christmas Day, and now Carrie aka Princes Leia - Star Wars.

This year has been unbelievable for deaths, but these 2 are a huge part of my childhood. I was Wham mad, and Star Wars - I drove my mum nuts wanting "Princess Leia hair!".

RIP to 2 huge icons. Very sad news indeed.

Post Christmas - time to face the music!!

Ok, so Christmas is always expensive. No avoiding it really, but before it reaches the point where its a problem, its time to square up and work out what damage has been done to the old bank account.

I had been very careful and deliberated over what to buy, so I had a good idea how much I would need to be putting back in the coffers post Christmas.

So the sum total of the Christmas payback I need to work off is: £1121. That's actually not so bad. A couple of months of belt tightening, and that should be back where it should be then I can get back to the bigger plan.

Which is to clear all debts, and pay off my mortgage. I have a plan, and I just need to get the Christmas excesses paid off then I can continue making progress with the rest!!

Quite pleased about that. Its no where near as bad as in previous years, and this year we did Christmas Dinner too, so we had that as an added expense. It just goes to show that with planning, it doesn't have to set you back or derail you.

Now I just need to work out how I can raise just over £1K as quickly as possible. I'm thinking comps, surveys and ebay, as well as making some savings elsewhere. So, starting now, time to face the music and dance. :)

My Skills - What am I good at?

I have been wondering what to do with my life for some time now. I have lists - several of them. Things I want to do with my life - here. Places I want to go - here.

I have bands I have seen, those I want to see or wish I had. I have my top 10's - food, drink, cars - you name it!! Films I have seen, film reviews - loads of stuff.

However, that got me thinking about what I have already done, and what I already know I can do. So that will be my next list. (I love a list, you may have noticed!! ). My skills.

This is going to be fun :)

Monday, 26 December 2016

I am a Swan, but a bit of appreciation would be nice......


Yes, I am a swan. No, I haven't totally lost my marbles. What I am referring to is that when I am stressed, on the surface I am serene, I am composed, I look calm. What you don't see is my feet going like the clappers just beneath the surface keeping me gliding along without causing waves.

Us swans make it look easy. It really isn't though. It takes a lot of effort to keep going without going under. It takes a huge amount of energy and self motivation to keep those legs moving beneath the surface. You might take it for granted and think its easy. It is not easy.

What you need to consider when you encounter a swan is this - just because you don't see the stress, doesn't mean it isn't there. So please don't overload a swan the next time you encounter one. We are just as likely to drown as anyone else, we just do it with a bit more grace and dignity!! :)

Sunday, 25 December 2016

A new Christmas Tradition!

Last year, my other half was treated to his very own version of a Fairytale of New York. I adapted the lyrics to fit with his Christmas surprises, and where we live.

I then sang it to him - cue him looking at me like I had gone totally mad. Nevertheless, it was unique. 

This year, he has decided that every year I need to adapt said tune, and sing it to him!! Well challenge on! 

Our new Christmas tradition is underway. Year 3 - here I go! Wish me luck :) 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Word of the Week - Auspicious

Auspicious

  • promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable
  • an auspicious occasion.
  • favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.


definition derived from dictionary.com

Thursday, 22 December 2016

3 sleeps until Christmas!!

Its getting mightily close now!! Just 3 more sleeps to go!!

49 hours to go

2939 minutes

176356 seconds

2 days 0 hours, 59 minutes, 57 seconds


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Countdown - 5 sleeps !!

Its now just 5 sleeps until Christmas!!

97 hours until Christmas!!

5825 minutes until Christmas !!

349527 seconds until Christmas!!

4 days, 1 hour, 5 mins, 12 seconds until Christmas!!

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Corrie. Gearing up for the festivities, Nick seems intent on belting Peter!! Peter, usually creepy, seems to have returned as a reformed character. Hmm. Meanwhile, Bethany is plotting to make her move on Gary, and I am hoping Phelan gets his come up-pence soon!! 

  • Emmerdale. Moira is getting drunk at every opportunity, Paddy's love life is becoming the stuff of nightmares cue pretend wife, and pretend lover!! Phewf! Ashley's deteriorating mental health has seen him walk out of the hospital in his PJs. Would NHS staff really just ignore a middle age man wandering about in his PJs?

  • Christmas films - Scrooge, Santa Claus the Movie, One Magic Christmas, Elf, The Grinch - if its about Christmas, I'm all over it!! 


  • Wolf Creek boxset. Having watched both films, I was a bit concerned the series wouldn't be as scary. It is and not least because the actual bad guy is in it. Scary and very gory brilliance. 

I Love Christmas telly!

The run up to Christmas is quite possibly the best time for TV and films. All the finals, the Christmas specials, and of course, the films.

Today I have watched the original Scrooge - the black and white one, with Alistair Sim as Scrooge. Then, I have just watched Ghostbusters. Next up, its Annie, and then we are going to watch Harry Potter.

The only problem is that it makes me not want to leave the house!!

What's your favourite Christmas film?

Monday, 19 December 2016

Comping Frenzy Ahoy!!

At this stage in December, the advent comps are in frenzy mode. Lots and lots of opportunities!

As a blogger, and a comper, amongst many other things, its a time of great enjoyment. Entering is so much fun!! You get to find out about companies and products that you had no idea existed!!

If you fancy a go, why don't you try The Prizefinder or SuperLucky Di as they have loads of ideas and tips, and comps you can enter.

In the meantime, expect to see more comps shared here on my blog than usual. Its Christmas!!!! :)

Good Luck x

HomeStyle - Competition - Win an Addis festive bundle!

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6 Sleeps until Christmas!!!

Its less than a week to go folks!!

Specifically it is:

6 Sleeps
127 hours
7629 minutes
457629 seconds
5 days, 7 hours, 7 mins, 29 seconds

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Win a VIP experience in London with The View from The Shard

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7 Sleeps until Christmas, 152 hours....

Counting down and its getting might close now:

  • 7 sleeps
  • 152 hours
  • 9164 minutes
  • 549881 seconds
  • 6 days, 8 hours, 44 minutes, 21 seconds!!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

10 sleeps until Christmas!!

10 sleeps
216 hours
12983 minutes
779023 seconds
9 days, 0 hours, 23 mins, 29 seconds!!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

YourHome - Competition - Win a £250 Homebase gift card

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12 Days of Christmas 2016 | The Artisan Food Trail

12 Days of Christmas 2016 | The Artisan Food Trail

Ok so Christmas hasn't been yet, but I'm thinking of 2017

Yes, I realise that Christmas is still ahead, as is NYE and all manner of stuff before and during, but I am starting to think ahead now to 2017.

I'm thinking about the places we want to go:
  • York
  • Lake District
  • Liverpool
  • New York
  • Glasgow
  • West End Show in London
  • Cornwall
  • Nottingham
  • Gran Canaria
  • Eden Project
  • Scotland
  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Spa break
These are my goals:
  • Reach goal weight
  • Get a tattoo
  • Get a new car
  • Make my garden spectacular - statues, plants, design
  • Get a new shower and renovate downstairs bathroom
  • Keep myself maintained - nails, hair, eyebrows and massages - look my best
  • Go to the gym / exercise at least 3 times per week
  • Regular sauna's and relaxation
  • Get writing again - short stories
  • Go to amazing places - theatre, live music, cinema, comedians - The Who booked already! 
  • Get outdoors - every weekend if possible
  • Find new places and explore
  • Walk more with our lovely dog
  • Drink less coffee and alcohol and more water
  • Spend less - be a savvy shopper
  • Save more - squirrel it away! 
  • Go somewhere lovely for a meal at least once a month
  • Plan our wedding for 2018
  • Decorate hall, stairs and landing - fabulous lights required! 
  • Get a fabulous new job


G's Wishlist for Christmas

Sphero Ball
Lego
3D printer
Baking Goodies
Laptop
PJ's
Pens
Wellies - black
Headphones
Perfume
New bedding

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

12 sleeps until Christmas

Its now just 12 sleeps to Christmas, and right now that equates to:

264 hours
15889 minutes
953381 seconds

11 days, 49 mins, 10 seconds!

Learning Spanish - 3 new words - recap

  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Monday, 12 December 2016

Sunday, 11 December 2016

What I am not Watching this week - X Factor!!

Yep, I am no longer watching X Factor. I have always watched it, and I consider myself quite an X Factor fan. However, this year, after the whole Honey G debacle I just cannot stomach it any longer.

XF used to be about talent, about being able to sing, about what you stood for. Honey G? Please. It has made what used to be a show that launched real talent - One Direction, Little Mix, JLS, Olly Murs - but seriously, now I consider it to be a joke and I just cannot watch it anymore.

What I'm Watching This Week

  • The Walking Dead. Well, we are now caught up and we are on Series 7 and I can say now, in all honesty, that I am utterly traumatised. I have watched all 6 previous series, and been fine. I have watched horror, scary stuff and gore and not been bothered really other than briefly. However, episode 1 of series 7 has left me feel something approaching PTSD. Brutal just isn't the word. Jees. 

  • The Apprentice. This year's hopefuls continue to be utterly hapless. There is noone standing out at all - quite the opposite. Confusing soup for soap, not being able to sell boats in a harbour - I mean really - have these people never watched the show before? Karen and Claude as Sir Alan's sidekicks are superb. Quality watching as ever. Orange gin anyone? Or may Giin? WTF?!!

  • I'm a Celeb. This year, the celebs were a nice bunch. No real bickering or arguing - still fascinating to watch. The standouts for me were Martin - so funny, so weird, and initially Larry but I've got to say, I've gone off him now - I think he is a bit of a bully to be honest!! But Scarlet was a worthy winner and I can't believe how different she looked with her face on at the coming out party. Good stuff this year. 

14 Sleeps until Christmas

Its now just 14 sleeps until Christmas. 2 weeks this evening it will be Christmas Eve!!

So here is the countdown:
13 days
5 hours
53 minutes
10 seconds

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Our very own Harvester for dinner

So it's Saturday night and G has determined that this evening she would like to have a Harvester for dinner. Now, she doesn't mean a visit to that well known establishment. Oh no, she means for us to prepare one of our own.

Let me explain what this entails. First take lots of small plastic coloured dishes, which will contain the various salad bar items if you will. The salad bar in our case gives you a choice of:

  • sweetcorn
  • peppers
  • white and red onions
  • cooked pasta
  • new potatoes
  • olives
  • jalapenos
  • gherkins
  • pickled onions
  • rice
Alongside this, your options for your main are:

  • BBQ ribs
  • chicken breast
  • chicken tikka
All in all quite healthy, but the kitchen ends up full of plastic containers!! Quite good fun though and lot cheaper than the real thing!! 

So what are you having tonight? try your own harvester! 

Friday, 9 December 2016

COMPETITION: Win a luxury Christmas hamper worth £250

COMPETITION: Win a luxury Christmas hamper worth £250: It takes a sprinkle of good food to make memories - and Windsor Farm Shop is offering a large, wicker hamper full of provisions

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Wedding Magazine - Competition - Win! A Sizzix bundle, worth more than £250

Wedding Magazine - Competition - Win! A Sizzix bundle, worth more than £250

WIN A Roka Maverick X Wetsuit - Worth £735 | TriRadar

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Wedding Magazine - Competition - Win! Crabtree & Evelyn seasonal goodies

Wedding Magazine - Competition - Win! Crabtree & Evelyn seasonal goodies

Tonight I am multi-tasking

This is my to-do list this evening:

  • Post some blog posts for you lovelies (including some fab comps)
  • Check my emails
  • Pop a few things on ebay
  • Do my online shopping order
  • Checkout some holiday prices for next year
  • Take my dog out for a walk
  • Tweet some comps
  • Write my Christmas to do list
  • Download my holiday 
  • Enter some competitions
  • Pick a retro single of the week
Phewf!!! Why is it that no matter how much time I have it never seems to be enough!! There are always things I want to do if I only had more time. 

Back from hols and back to business :)

Its been so busy lately, but now its back to normal. So here's a quick teaser of what's coming up in December on The Eternal Hopeful:

  • new single of the week
  • new My Week with
  • What I am watching this week
  • Tales of my travels
  • Top 10's
  • Wishlists, aims and ambitions
  • 2017
And not to mention Christmas stuff!!  Whooooo!!! 

Word of the Week - Metamorphose

Metamorphose


  • verb (used with object), metamorphosed, metamorphosing.
  • to change the form or nature of; transform.
  • to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.verb (used without object), metamorphosed,metamorphosing.
  • to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.


definition derived from Mirriam Webster

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Family pass to Cadbury World this Christmas

Family pass to Cadbury World this Christmas: Enjoy a scrumptious day out that’s choc-full of festive fun this Christmas at Cadbury World!

See Santa in his Exclusive Stage Show

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Single of the Week - Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

My new single of the week is from Bruno Mars with his brilliant '24K Magic'.

I've long been a fan of Bruno Mars, he's such a talented singer, but this song in particular has really hooked me in. Its the lead single from his third album also called 24K Magic, and if this is anything to go by, the album is sure to be amazing!

24K is full of funk, very sassy, cool and sexy - a bit like the man himself, and instantly catchy. Its full of synth and a little bit disco and just absolutely unique.

Now there are those out there who think that music should be progressive, give us something new each time. I disagree. Yes, you need those songs, but you also need songs that are retro and throw back to previous influences but still make it fresh. This is a song that makes you feel good, makes you tap your foot and want to get up and dance. That's why its so great.

The video is the same - Bruno and his posse basically having a real good time in Las Vegas. Its all about glamour, partying, showing off the bling and the money - my view on that is if you've got it why not?

This is a song that sounds great, looks great and makes you feel good. What more do you want from a pop song!! What do you think of this song? Let me know, or go take a listen if you've not heard it yet.

If you want more, then why not check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Win a log store and kiln dried logs worth £500!

Win a log store and kiln dried logs worth £500!: Stay warm this winter! Certainly Wood are giving you the chance to win a log store worth £500

My Foodie Top 10's - yum!!

Cheese
Crisp flavours
Pizza
Chinese
Sushi
Chicken dishes
Pasta
Savoury Pies
Vegetables
Omelettes
Bread loaves
Sausages
Curry
Sandwiches
Salads
Burgers
BBQ
Nuts
Crackers
Quorn
Greek
chip shop
dips
pate
Staffordshire oatcakes
Breads
Chutney
Stir Fry
Eggs
Rice varieties
soup
cheese spread
Indian snacks
Grilled sandwiches 
Noodles
Mexican 
Italian
Cous cous 
Bonfire Night
Jacket Potato Fillings 

My Drink Top 10's

Beers
Fizzy Drinks
Cocktails
Wine
Coffee Shop Coffees
Spirits
Winter Cocktails

Friday, 2 December 2016

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a 5ft frosted artificial Christmas tree

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a 5ft frosted artificial Christmas tree

Its just 23 sleeps until Christmas!!

Yes, you heard me correctly - its only 23 more sleeps until Christmas Day!! If that hasn't got you excited, or possibly panic stricken, then here are the specific countdown details for the big day:

22 days
5 hours
43 mins
51 seconds

Ho ho ho!!!

This one is for my mum :) x

My mum said something to me a week or two back that really surprised me. She said she goes sewing each week, and is surrounded by people who are great at it - they can make anything, she said.

She continued to tell me that everyone she knows is good at something, but she, at just over 60 years old, has yet to find her talent in life - she doesn't think she is good at anything.

So, I am compiling this list for her, to make her realise she has already found her talent in life - being the best mum!! Here is my list for my mum - I will keep adding to it until I am happy with it, but this is the start:

  • Making hedgehog cake - chocolate button spikes - best ever!
  • Making gonks - little fluffy little monsters
  • Cooking chinese food - especially lemon chicken
  • Cuddles - still going strong on that
  • Motherly advice - always has wise words
  • Says it how it is - that is a skill right there!! 
  • Looking after animals - chickens, dogs, geese, rabbits, horses, cockatiels 
  • Rescuing animals - swan in the road? no problem for my mum! 
  • Maths - adding stuff up in her head had me very envious growing up
  • Generosity - its a rare occasion to come away empty handed from my mum
  • Christmas Dinners - best ever at mum's
  • Throwing Halloween parties - always amazing with the decor and food
  • Party food - 6 attending, food for 20 people!!
  • Making friends - so many, everywhere - new and old
  • Travelling - pretty much travelled the globe and still going
  • Looking after people - as a job, as a mum, as a sister, as a wife, as a friend
  • Managing money - mum was the budget holder growing up
  • Horseriding - back in the day
  • Gardening - she can literally grow anything - veggies, flowers - green fingers
  • Cooking in general - traditional, oriental - even sushi! 
  • Handwriting - the most beautiful writing
  • Finding bargains - charity shops, booters, always finding hidden gems

All these films that I have seen 10 #130

My project to establish how many films I have seen continues. I am now up to 1300 films!! phewf!! 

Here are my next 10:

The Breakfast Club
St Elmo's Fire
Spooks: The Greater Good
Big Driver
Carrie (remake)
Run All Night
Grand Piano
Pixels
Xanadu
Buster 

Here are all the previous ones:

films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55             films #99
films #12           films #56             films #100
films #13           films #57             films #101
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

What's behind your advent calendar?

Have you got an advent calendar? What's behind your door?

My mum always hand makes mine. I am 40 by the way, but you are never too old. This year mine is yummy lindt chocolates. What's yours?

28 Weeks Later


Week 28 - Morrissey
Piccadilly Palare
How Soon is Now
Shoplifters of the World Unite
Suedehead
Panic
This Charming Man
The Boy With the Thorn in his Side
Morrissey


Week 27 - My Week with INXS
Mystify
Never Tear Us Apart
Suicide Blonde
Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Disappear
Devil Inside
INXS

Week 26 - My Week Goldfrapp
Black Cherry
A & E
Strict Machine
Ride a White Horse
Number 1
Happiness
Ooh La La
Goldfrapp 

Week 25 - My Week with The Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot
Coming Home
Little Shocks
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Never Miss a Beat
Ruby
Love's Not a Competition
The Kaiser Chiefs

Week 24 - My Week with The Killers
Mr Brightside
Spaceman
Read my Mind
Smile Like You Mean It
Human
Runaways
Somebody Told Me
The Killers

Week 23 - My Week with Paloma Faith
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
New York
Stone Cold Sober
Changing
Never Tear Us Apart
Just Be
Upside Down
Paloma Faith

Week 22 - My Week with Taylor Swift
Love Story
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
22
Everything Has Changed
I Knew you were trouble
Shake it Off
Blank Space
Taylor Swift

Week 21 - My Week with Kate Bush
Babooshka
This Woman's Work
The Man with the Child in his Eyes
Hounds of Love
Don't Give Up
Running Up That Hill
Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush

Week 20 - My Week with Kylie
Spinning Around
Kids
Slow
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Where the Wild Roses Grow
All the Lovers
I Believe in You
Kylie Minogue

Week 19 - My Week with Amy Winehouse
Love is a Losing Game
Rehab
Valerie
Back to Black
Our Day Will Come
Tears Dry on Their Own
You Know I'm no Good
Amy Winehouse

Week 18 - My Week with Foo Fighters
My Hero
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Best of You
Everlong
Rope
Foo Fighters

Week 17 - My Week with Justin Timberlake
Cry Me a River
Sexy Back
Mirrors
Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
Take Back the Night
4 minutes
Justin Timberlake

Week 16 - My Week with Calvin Harris
Feel So Close
Acceptable in the 80's
You Used to Hold Me
Bounce
Summer
Sweet Nothing
Drinking from the Bottle
Calvin Harris

Week 15 - My Week with Madonna
Vogue
Into the Groove
Frozen
Hung Up
Like a Prayer
Beautiful Stranger
Hollywood
Madonna

Week 14 - My Week with Arctic Monkeys
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Snap Out of It
Fluorescent Adolescent
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Arabella
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys

Week 13 - My Week with REM
Stand
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond
The One I Love
Bad Day
Its the End of The World As We Know It
REM

Week 12 - My Week with Coldplay
Yellow
The Scientist
Paradise
Fix You
Trouble
A Sky Full of Stars
The Hardest Part
Coldplay

Week 11 - My Week with Britney
Toxic
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Piece of Me
Scream and Shout
Oops I Did it Again
Womaniser
I'm A Slave for U
Britney Spears

Week 10 - My Week with the Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ruby Tuesday
Paint it Black
Start Me Up
She's A Rainbow
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones

Week 9 - My Week with Rihanna
We Found Love
Umbrella
S&M
Love the Way you Lie
Diamonds
Disturbia
Russian Roulette
Rihanna

Week 8 - My Week with Robbie Williams
Misunderstood
Shame
She's the One
Rock DJ
Angels
Come Undone
Candy
Robbie Williams

Week 7 - My Week with Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
Radioactive
Use Somebody
Supersoaker
Molly's Chambers
Pyro
Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon

Week 6 - Pink
Trouble
Who Knew
Try
Just Like a Pill
So What
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Raise Your Glass
All About Pink

Week 5 - My Week with Take That
Never Forget
Rule The World
The Flood
Greatest Day
Back for Good
Patience
Could it Be Magic
It's Take That!

Week 4 - My Week with Beyonce
XO
Beautiful Liar
If I Were a Boy
Love on Top
Bootylicious
Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Crazy in Love
R&B / pop icon - Beyonce!

Week 3 - My Week with Oasis
The Importance of Being Idle
Half the World Away
D'You Know What I mean
Go Let it Out
Some Might Say
Live Forever
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Classic Rock & Roll Music - Oasis

Week 2 - My Week with the Stereophonics
It Means Nothing
Local Boy in a Photograph
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota
Pick a Part That's New
the Bartender and the Thief
Classic Music - Stereophonics

Week 1 - My Week with Blondie
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Atomic
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Classic Music - Blondie