Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Learning Spanish recap - Days, Weeks and Months

Days, Weeks, Months:
  • Monday - lunes
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Thursday - jueves
  • Friday - viernes
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Sunday - domingo
  • January - enero
  • March - marzo
  • August - agosto
  • November - noviembre
  • December - diciembre
  • Spring - primavera
  • Autumn - el otoño


Monday, 30 January 2017

Today's Reasons to be Cheerful post

So, its almost midnight, but still it is Monday so I shall make this one a quick one!!

Reasons to be cheerful for today then - its Monday, and I am no longer working, so I do not have that horrible Monday morning feeling to contend with.

Yes, I have lots to keep me busy, lots to do, and I am still trying to earn an income, whilst not yet actively looking for work. I am cleaning and decluttering and selling what I no longer want or use.

So, there is no reason to have the monday blues. Secondly today I have watched some great movies - I have watched The Maid's Room which is very good. and I have also watched Pride and Glory.

I enjoy good movies it makes me escape for an hour or two. Me and my dog have had lots of cuddle time today, which has also been lovely and I feel happy :)

My new Retro Single of the Week - Stiltskin - Inside

For my retro single of the week this week I have chosen a one hit wonder from Stiltskin with the classic rock hit 'Inside'.

Stiltskin were a rock band from the UK. They released 'Inside' back in 1994 and it reached the number 1 spot in the UK singles chart.

It was one of those songs that was distinctive and instantly recognisable and it should have been the beginning of their careers. Unfortunately, they didn't follow up it up with any singles that came even close to the success of this one, only having one top 40 hit from then until now.

Stiltskin the band actually split up for a period, before reforming in the mid 2000's. However, this rock number still remains the one they were known for.

If you have never heard this, its well worth taking a listen. The intro, the rock, the sheer power of it and how it goes soft to heavy is just perfection.

That is my choice for this week, but if you want more check out my previous singles of the week, retro choices and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

New Word of the Week - Chicanery

Chicanery

  • trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.

  • a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.

  • fraud, deception, knavery. 

  • evasion.

definition from dictionary.com

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Fitness begins tomorrow :)

Starting tomorrow, I am going to be going to the gym. A lot. Its reached that point where its nearly the end of January, and I have not been as good as I should have been.

I've kind of dieted, took the dog for a few walks and really cut back on the alcohol, but I haven't really gone for it exercise wise. I need to.

I have about 7 weeks until my tattoo and just short of 3 months until my holiday. I need to get my legs toned, lose the fat and get in shape.

The plan for this week is this:

  • Gym x 4 times
  • Swim x 1 times
  • Squats every day
  • Abs every day
  • Push ups and tricep dips every day
  • Burpees - alternate days
I keep craving chocolate and wine and generally everything fattening and bad for me. I give in, I indulge and then I look in the mirror at my body and regret it. I need to find my will power. I will. I have to. 

Single of the Week - Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human

This week I have chosen the brilliant single from Rag 'n' Bone Man - 'Human'.

To begin with, obviously this artists real name isn't Rag 'n' Bone man, its actually Rory Graham. He is English and comes from Sussex.

He has been around a little while on the music scene, but this is his first actual solo single. His debut album is set for release in March.

'Human' is an unusual and really original song. Its a bit bluesy, a bit indie, a bit soul, a little bit dance all sort of melded together. His vocals are powerful and gravelly, and it instantly grabs you.

I was really surprised when I saw what he looked like - his voice has a real richness and depth that you wouldn't necessarily match with his appearance. He doesn't look like someone with a great voice if you follow me, but boy does he!!

This is a great song. If you haven't heard it, you should take a listen. Definetely a keeper and one to look back on still being great years from now.

For loads more singles of the week, retro choices and loads more music stuff, check out My Music page here. Happy listening ;)

Learning Spanish recap - Food & Drink

Food & Drink:
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Ice - hielo
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Cake - pastel
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • The Menu - La carta
  • Strawberry - fresa

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Travels in London - London Shops

You can't beat a bit of shopping. London shops - as viewed from the open top bus!!


We have Hamleys - for kids of all ages, including me! 


Godiva - home of the most divine chocolate! Yum!


Swarovski - enough said :)


Close up of those chocolates



Friday, 27 January 2017

today's reasons to be cheerful post :)

Its time for today's reasons to be cheerful, and first of all, it is Friday!! Now, I am currently not working at least not in the traditional sense, but for my other half he is home, we can enjoy the weekend together, so that is fab!! 

It means a lie in tomorrow too - fabulous. Further, we have lots planned this weekend. Nothing overly exciting but still lots to do and I am in the frame of mind where rather than being overwhelmed by this, I feel positive and can do. 

I finally managed to get my diet head on and got my backside moving today. I avoided temptation and managed to get done everything I wanted to do including cleaning my father in laws flat as he is old and not too good health wise, so I did a good deed. 

I took doggly for a walk so got some fresh air. I packed a lot in and further, I have stayed off the alcohol all week, tonight included, so I am feeling healthy. 

Another good day :) 

I Want a Tattoo!!

Ever since I turned 30 I have wanted a tattoo. That date came and went some years back!! Still the urge persists. I already have a tattooist lined up. The issue now is firstly, what to have?

I fluctuate between dragons, roses, skulls, lilies and fairies, and combinations of. Then there is the location. Originally, I wanted one on my left thigh. Then it occured to me that it would be showing if I wore shorts, so I decided that it might be better to have one weave over my hip, finishing at the top of my thigh, going up to the bottom of my back.

I keep changing my mind on that now too, as it occurs to me that my thighs need to be very toned first, so I would need to be at my goal weight first.

But then it occurs to me that if I do get to my goal weight then have my tattoo started, then I will then be out of action for a while exercise wise. So what to do?

I think I need to decide on the what first, then the where, and then finally the when!! Decisions decisions. I have now turned 40 however.  These things take time!!

However, I am booked in for my first session on 20th March so now the pressure is on ! It is going to happen this year :)

2 more for my wishlist. One day :)

2 more for my wishlist - one of them would do!! 
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
Here is the rest - its a long list!! 
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Audi TT 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Belly button piercing 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Charger block 
  • Chunky knit jumper 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gates 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild) 
  • Ice Watch - different colour 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New bedding 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Olloclip for iphone 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • pottery for painting 
  • pottery paints 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Sharpie pens in different colours 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
You can find my colourful wishlist over on Pinterest here 

Learning Spanish recap - Numbers, Dates, Years

Numbers, dates, years:
  • One - uno
  • Two - dos
  • Three - tres
  • Four - cuatro
  • Ten diez
  • Year - año
  • Birthday - cumpleaños


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Word of the Week - Salacious

Salacious 


  • arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination : lascivious
  • lecherous, lustful
  • Having or conveying undue or indecent interest in sexual matters: ‘salacious stories’
  • salaciously adverb
  • salaciousness noun


definitions derived from Oxford and Merriam Webster

What''s happening in the World this week


  • I can't go any further in my round up without making reference to Trump's inauguration. The man's speech was unusual - more like a voting rally speech than a President taking office. The singing was even odder - brave girl, but slightly awkward to listen to and a bit out of tune. Then there are the protests going on in the US and also here in Blighty. Troubled times ahead as countries fracture in their opinions. Brexit pales by comparison. 

  • Man U played my home team Stoke City this week. Wayne Rooney scored to equalise, making him now Man U's highest ever goal scorer. Just a shame it was against Stoke, but hey ho. Well done Wayne. 

  • It has snowed in Spain. Parts of Spain have been turned white for the first time in decades, and in some areas for over 100 years!! 

  • My favourite story of this week is a bit of fun. The wonders of the world made out of lego is going on show at an exhibition in Nottingham. The Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef and Stone Henge are amongst those made. Absolutely brilliant. 

Productive Day - clean house, clean eating, happy dog :)

Have you ever woke up in the morning and instead of being all like "omg its time to get up" and all morose and tired and grumpy, you are the opposite? I woke up this morning fired up and ready to roll.

Cue a very productive day indeed. Today I dusted the house from top to bottom, behind, under, in between - you name it I was at it. Feather duster over doorways, light fittings, pictures - nothing was left.

Next up it was hoovering the whole house. Once again, going around the edges, doing the stairs, under tables and chairs and furniture.

I bleached the kitchen trays, cleaned the sides, bleached the worktops and the plug holes. I got all the washing done, and organised the cupboards.

I sorted the shoe rack, then organised the shoes upstairs. I cleaned my boots. I cleaned the hob. I cleaned the bathrooms thoroughly. I cleared out empty boxes and odd flip flops. Quite how I came home with one flip flop I cannot say, I sure didn't hop anywhere!!

I photographed my latest wardrobe clear out to sell. I downloaded my photos and organised them into folders.

I took my dog for a walk, and we played and had cuddles. I took her to get a new lead as her not very old one has frayed. She loves her new one.

I made two types of home made soup - carrot and coriander, and leek and potato and very scrummy it is too.

I did little things like empty the bin, clean the bin and freshen it with zoflora, likewise the drains. I even cleaned the light switches!

I cleaned windows, I cleaned the glass in the doors. I worked hard today and it felt so good.

I feel content, Coco the dog is happy and asleep now, and the other half was very impressed when he got home. Good day today :)

Learning Spanish - 3 new words for the week

  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • 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

Learning Spanish recap - General

General:
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Big - grande
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Seat - asiento
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Good - bueno
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Hello - Hola
  • Goodbye - Adios
  • Soap - jabon
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Flowers - flores
  • Feet - pies
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Dog - perro
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Bed - cama
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella

Today I shall mostly be cleaning :)

Its that time of the month, one month on from Christmas where I do my deep clean. Yes, I always clean the house and yes, its always tidy, but sometimes you just have to go top to bottom leaving no sock unturned!!

Today is that day. I shall be bleaching. I shall be dusting, I shall be organising, washing, scrubbing, hoovering - you name it.

By the time I am finished, it shall be once again pristine. I love it when everything sparkles :)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

As we begin Week 29 with Adele, lets look back ..

Week 29 - Adele

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

Introducing my new baby - Coco the Puppy dog :)

A few months ago, I wanted a dog. I have always wanted a dog, but my partner took some convincing. Suddenly, he changed his mind and now we have our puppy.

Here she is:


She's grown a lot since we had her, but she's still my baby and still very cute. She's also a furry bundle of fun and teeth!! Sharp little teeth that she loves to nip us with at the moment!!

Already, she's a full member of the family though and I just would not be without her. She's my little girl and she's going to be completely mummy mard let me tell you. This little furry bundle is certainly not lacking in cuddles and love.

Our house is suddenly full of toys and treats and I wouldn't have it any other way. Welcome to our world Coco x

Learning Spanish - recap - Weather

Weather:
  • Cloud - nube
  • Sun - sol
  • Winter - invierno
  • Cold - frio
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Windy ventoso
  • Umbrella - paraguas

Today's Reasons to be Cheerful post

Time for today's reasons to be cheerful post. Firstly, did you see that amazing sunset this evening? Wow. Also, I do find that a day with bright sunshine, be it cold or warm or blazing hot is beautiful and makes me feel good and positive.

Today I suddenly decided to get on with things. Just little things, but those that I had been putting off. Now I am motoring again and feel like I am getting things done. It feels good rather than constantly thinking about what I have to do.

I seem to have my head on right today. I am filled with ideas, how to get things organised, how to save pennies, what I need to do, what I need to get. I feel confident and content and its all good.

I posted a load of parcels which felt quite therapeutic. It takes so long to wrap things, get everything photographed and listed, but it feels rewarding when its done.

I got home and I have prepped loads of veg to roast later for a healthy tea. I have also prepped all the veg to get on with making some hearty home made soup tomorrow. It feels good to be prepared.

Good day :)

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Diet Disaster!!

I blew it this weekend. Suddenly I feel like all my plans to hit goal for holiday have hit the skids.

I feel bloated and horrible. I now have almost 2 stone to lose by the end of April. Talk about making it harder for myself! I should have been under the stone mark by now not heading upwards!!

Right. Get some perspective. I'm not ill, there is nothing wrong with me other than my weight being more than I want it to be.

So I start again. Properly. No cutting corners this time as this is getting ridiculous quite frankly.

Reboot and off I go again. :(

Monday, 23 January 2017

New Shoes - first holiday

Here are my lovely new shoes from Vince Camuto. What do you think of these beauties then?



 Being wedges, they are light weight, which is great for packing purposes but also much comfier than clunky ones. 


I'm just hoping that I don't pay the price for not breaking them in first!! Hope they enjoy their first holiday! :)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

What I'm Listening to this week


  • Twenty One Pilots - Heathens
  • Goldfrapp - A&E
  • Paramore - The Only Exception
  • David Guetta ft Sia - Titanium
  • John Legend - All of me
  • Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love for You
  • Human League - Don't You Want Me
  • Boston - More Than a Feeling
  • Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  • Bastille - Good Grief

Saturday, 21 January 2017

My New Style

I have decided to change my style. Not completely - there are certain wardrobe staples I love too much.

However, as a woman the wrong side of 40 now, I feel its the right time to introduce new items to my repertoire. Those being :


  • Slouchy jumpers
  • Jodhpurs
  • camisole tops with jeans and woollies
  • high neck jumpers and opaque tights with tartan and corduroy skirts
Not sure when this is going to happen yet, but it will. I need a revamp :) 

71 Singles of the Week

#71 Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human
#70 Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
#69 Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex
#68 Christine and The Queens - Tilted
#67 Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own
#66 Chainsmokers Ft Daya - Don't Let Me Down
#65 Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners - This Girl
#64 Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
#63 Catfish & The Bottlemen - Soundcheck
#62 Chase & Status ft Slaves - Control
#61 Danny L Harle - Broken Flowers
#60 The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits
#59 Jonas Blue ft Dakota - Fast Car
#58 Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
#57 Grace ft G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me
#56 Naughty Boy ft Beyonce and Benjamin Arrow - Runnin' (Lose it all)
#55 Adele - Hello
#54 The 1975 - Love Me
#53 Fleur East - Sax
#52 KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B - Rumble
#51 Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
#50 Example - Whisky Story
#49 Selena Gomez ft A$AP Rocky- Good for You
#48 5SOS - She's Kinda Hot
#47 Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go
#46 A$AP Rocky - Everyday
#45 Duke Dumont - The Giver (Reprise)
#44 OMI Cheerleader
#43 Florence & The Machine - Ship To Wreck
#42 Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson
#41 Soak - Sea Creatures
#40 The Avener - Fade Out Lines
#39 Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream
#38 Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
#37 The Prodigy - Nasty
#36 Hozier - Take me to Church
#35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole
#34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows
#33 Echosmith - Cool Kids
#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
#31 Take That - These Days
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games
#28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were
#27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules
#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years)
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun
#19 Saint Motel - My Type
#18 Zhu - Faded
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
#15 Budapest - George Ezra
#14 Little Mix - Salute
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing
#11 Coldplay - Magic
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse
#8 Will.i.am feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK)
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne)
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow
#1 Sail by Awolnation

New Single of the Week - Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human

This week I have chosen the brilliant single from Rag 'n' Bone Man - 'Human'.

To begin with, obviously this artists real name isn't Rag 'n' Bone man, its actually Rory Graham. He is English and comes from Sussex.

He has been around a little while on the music scene, but this is his first actual solo single. His debut album is set for release in March.

'Human' is an unusual and really original song. Its a bit bluesy, a bit indie, a bit soul, a little bit dance all sort of melded together. His vocals are powerful and gravelly, and it instantly grabs you.

I was really surprised when I saw what he looked like - his voice has a real richness and depth that you wouldn't necessarily match with his appearance. He doesn't look like someone with a great voice if you follow me, but boy does he!!

This is a great song. If you haven't heard it, you should take a listen. Definetely a keeper and one to look back on still being great years from now.

For loads more singles of the week, retro choices and loads more music stuff, check out My Music page here. Happy listening ;)

Friday, 20 January 2017

A case of Hair Envy

My step daughter has beautiful titian hair. I love it. She hates it. But just look at it:





I wish I had Titian hair. I do like my own long dark hair, but how fab does hers look? So envious. I just wish she could see what we see!! 

Reasons to be Cheerful post

Its Friday and its time for my Reasons to be Cheerful post. Well then, where to start today!! up early, under protest, we headed out - me and the other half.

First, our first 2017 gym session. Hated going, hated getting up, hated every moment, loved it when we came out and I felt good. Then to collect the big order of cleaning supplies I ordered - I like to stock up on things like bleach, fabric softener etc.. so then we headed to Pets at Home - the dog has decided at 7 months old to chew the kitchen. Hmm

Home, put everything away, and then 2 tonnes of hardcore arrived. The unadopted road to the front of our house has been full of puddles this last week. Not any more!! An hour of shovelling and raking and job done.

Then, as if that wasn't enough, we headed to the canal with doggly for a lovely walk. It was a cold but truly beautiful day today. Loved it. Bumped into some friends walking their dog so puppy made a new friend.

We then went for a lovely drink in a paws friendly pub. Glass of wine? Don't mind if I do.

Lovely day, very happy - lots of reasons to be cheerful today :)

Friday night and a glass of wine :)


Its been that sort of week. That's all I'm saying. More than one of these heading my way this evening!!

Boxset Night Owls - tw-wit - t-woo!!

Last year, we started to watch boxsets. We started off with Prison Break which was fab. Then we watched the first series of The Blacklist. Then the ultimate cult TV series - Lost.

Then we watched Fortitude, and we are up to date with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Banshee. Banshee has finished - no more series, Pah!!

We have watched the first series of Billions, and we've watched both series of The Affair, and are on the third one. Seriously - boxsets are stopping me sleeping!! We are like - lets just watch on more!! Every night. Not joking.

We have now finished Ray Donovan, so sad there are no more of those - yet!! I have finished Penny Dreadful - gory silliness! Apparently Billions and Fortitude are coming back soon, and the second half of the latest Walking Dead.

However, there must be some other great boxsets to consider and we have some decisions to make once we are finished on the current ones.

Here is my shortlist:
  • Falling Skies
  • Gomorrah
  • Sherlock
  • Revolution
  • Downton Abbey
  • Luther
  • Wayward Pines
  • Breaking Bad
I just need to decide now. So much to choose from - no doubt it will be something completely different in the end, but nevertheless these I still must watch. 

I am a boxset night owl after all :)

What I'm Watching this Week


  • Come Dine With Me. I have always watched this on an occasional basis, but I've not really watched the same individuals as they go to each other's houses to dine. For some reason, I'm finding myself watching this all the way through, following them as they score one another. It never ceases to amuse me how they prepare food that noone in their right mind would serve to strangers! Really spicy food, entire menu's of fish, or meat on the bone. I mean you are taking a risk to have the same meat for starter and main, just in case someone doesn't like that meat. Its funny though, especially when they fall out!! 

  • Celebrity Big Brother. Speaking of fall outs - good lord!! This year's housemates are constantly going at each other. Mainly since Kim has arrived, but Stacey is clearly a bit bonkers. Last night, she seemed to forget what she was even arguing about, as it suddenly switched from saying Kim was wrong, to Jessica when Jess hadn't said a thing! Kim kept telling Nicola not to start, when she hadn't. Its just carnage. Jedward are like a pair of 10 year olds, and even Spencer and Heidi seem quite nice this time. I love it - pure entertainment. 

  • Blindspot. We've just started to watch this on boxset, and its really good. A woman turns up in Times Square, covered in tattoos and noone knows who she is. Its really fast paced, and I think I might have to watch it from the start again when its finished, because its quite confusing. Its very clever - the tattoos all mean something, and the team are trying to interpret it. Its fascinating, but very complicated. Great drama - no idea what is going to happen next. 

  • How to lose weight well. This is my new addiction. They are trying virtually every way to lose weight then reporting back on the progress. What I like about this, is that the people they are trying this with, are totally normal. They do fall off the plan, have a drink when they shouldn't or a mcdonalds. Like the rest of us do!! Its not realistic when you watch these programs and people just stick to it for 10 weeks without cheating. All of us cheat occasionally on our diets. No point pretending otherwise, and programs that make it look easy put me off. This is fascinating. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Today's Reasons to be Cheerful post

Top of today's reasons to be cheerful is the fact that my other half has booked the day off work tomorrow!! Yay - we can spend the day together, and he doesn't have to get up for work. The weekend starts here.

Next - I have just had a shower. Yes, not exactly the most exciting thing, but here me out. Having lost half a stone in weight in just under 10 days, I suddenly noticed it today. I felt slimmer, and I actually quite enjoyed having a shower, indulging myself with some lovely body cream and for once not feeling repulsed!! Fab.

Our little dog is being hilarious this evening. Running around, chasing her tail, generally being a bit bonkers - proper makes me laugh.

Today has been another normal day, but even normal days are great sometimes.

Weigh in - The Results are in

I weighed in, and I have neither lost nor gained. I would ordinarily be disappointed, but to be honest, with being quite poorly since Saturday, I am glad I haven't gained. I have barely moved off the sofa, and I have eaten well, but not really calorie counted or portion controlled.

That said, this is still a huge loss from my Jan 9th weigh in. In 10 days I have lost half a stone- 7 pounds. That is still a great achievement.

It does mean I need to knuckle down now and lose more than I had planned this coming week, but first, its cheat day. I firmly believe that for any diet to work, you need to have the occasional treat.

Two reasons for my logic on this. Firstly, there is nothing more miserable than dieting. Yes, it feels great to lose weight - when you get on those scales and its dropped, its amazing. When you feel like your body is slimming down, your clothes fitting better- wonderful. But, the process itself - not being able to just choose what you want, when you want, not feeling full often - its miserable, like an endurance test!

Secondly, I definitely think that my body, if not everybody, reacts better to my diet efforts when I reward it. When I continually cut back, my skin and my energy levels and my state of mind are impacted. My skin plays up, I feel tired, I look drawn and I feel fed up and down.

Having that treat - I don't mean going mad - just choose a day, every so often, every other week or so, keeps me perky. I also seem to lose weight better. I don't eat everything in sight on cheat day - but I let myself have a little of what I want. I find by consciously choosing what I have, it also stops the cravings taking over and losing control. I have my treat, then I am back on course.

So all in all, not a bad first week weigh in. 7lbs in 10 days. Excellent :)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Learning Spanish - 3 new words for this week

  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • 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

Let it Snow

The weather forecast gave a warning for snow. It does that sometimes then we get nothing, or at best a few flakes. This is what happened last time though:




Live Music experiences

Live Music
Rod Stewart Live - Pics Part I
Rod Stewart Live - Pics Part II
Rod Stewart Live - Pics Part III
Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways teaser
Robbie 2014
Paloma Faith 2015 - on stage
Paloma Faith 2015 - the build up
Paloma Faith 2015 - waiting for Paloma