Saturday, 30 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 22 - I am fed up of being fed up

Number 22: 

Today's reason for sticking to my diet is because I am fed up of being fed up about my weight and my body. I go on a diet, lose a bit, go on holiday or to the wedding - whatever the event that prompted the weight loss.

I pile it on again, and it all starts all over again. I never maintain - I only ever lose or gain. The more fed up I get, the harder I try, but then when I get to the end of the path, I go overboard everytime. I put it on and I feel fed up. I eat what I want, but then I feel fed up when I am fat.

So, that's today's reason - I do not want to be fed up about this anymore. It is just ridiculous and it has to stop.

Word of the Week - Permeate

Permeate:


  • to pass into or through every part of:
    • Bright sunshine permeated the room.

  • to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.

  • to be diffused through; pervade; saturate:

  • Cynicism permeated his report.to spread through something and be present in every part of it


definition derived from dictionary.com

Friday, 29 September 2017

My Top 10 Spices


  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Garam Masala
  • Paprika
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Piri Piri
  • Mixed herbs

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 21 - I want to go to posh restaurants

Number 21:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to go to posh restaurants!!

What I mean is, that I want to get dressed up in glamorous clothes looking amazing and go out to posh restaurants. I do go out, to lovely places, but I always feel frumpy.

I end up overeating- starters, mains and puddings, washed down with wine. Calorific? Hell yes. Taste good? Damn right!!

The problem is the getting ready and how I feel about me. I want to look nice, to feel confident. I do not want to look like the person who orders everything on the menu!!

So that is today's reason, so that one day, I will look like the person I want to be :)

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

This week's learning:

  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo


And the rest:

  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • 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

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Things to do in September



  • deadhead summer plants
  • Blackpool lights
  • End of the Road Festival
  • enjoy the last of the long nights
  • X factor starts again
  • Go to the St Leger festival
  • reset your heating timer and thermostat
  • plant next years flowering bulbs
  • collect and sow perennial seeds
  • start to clear up the leaves
  • clean your windows inside and out
  • open your windows before it gets too cold
  • have a last late summer bbq
  • go to Gladfest in Wales
  • cook a local stew or broth - our version is lobby
  • go to a food festival
  • learn to cook something new
  • start your pre Christmas shape up
  • write your Christmas list
  • net your pond
  • go to the Totally Thames Festival
  • visit a British city
  • go to a pub quiz
  • back to school 
  • sign up for a college course
  • get a good book, find a comfy spot and get reading
  • enjoy a hot chocolate or speciality coffee
  • light up the fire pit and chimnea
  • get your tights out

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 20 - Scales haven't dropped

Number 20:

Today's reason to stick to my diet is that the scales have not dropped on weigh in this morning. I was really fed up. I have been so good, exercised so much, every single day.

The result? Stayed the bloody same!! So, today's reason to stick to it is exactly that - I haven't lost any weight, so I have to keep going until I do!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 19 - Not long until holiday

Number 19:

Yep, today's reason is simple. It is not at all long now until my holiday. I am just days away now, and I have to make each day count!!

Tonight, I could easily have given in. The last thing in the world I wanted for my tea tonight was the  diet measly portions. But I have done it. Why? Because I want to be the best I can be when I get on that plane.

Ok, so miracles don't happen, but I can at least be unbloated and more streamlined that if I pig out at this point!!

All these films that I have seen - next 10 #134


In my ongoing bid to establish just how many films I have actually seen, here are my next 10:

The Calling
Chained
Zulu (2015)
John Carter
Die Hard 4 - Live Free or Die Hard
Die Hard 5 - A Good Day to Die Hard
Blind Date
Hudson Hawk
Loaded Weapon 1
Rugrats Go Wild 

And here are all the rest - that makes a hu-uugge 1340!!

films #1             films #45             films #89          films #133
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
films #14           films #58             films #102
films #15           films #59             films #103
films #16           films #60             films #104
films #17           films #61             films #105
films #18           films #62             films #106
films #19           films #63             films #107
films #20           films #64             films #108
films #21           films #65             films #109
films #22           films #66             films #110
films #23           films #67             films #111
films #24           films #68             films #112
films #25           films #69             films #113
films #26           films #70             films #114
films #27           films #71             films #115
films #28           films #72             films #116
films #29           films #73             films #117
films #30           films #74             films #118
films #31           films #75             films #119
films #32           films #76             films #120
films #33           films #77             films #121
films #34           films #78             films #122
films #35           films #79             films #123
films #36           films #80             films #124
films #37           films #81             films #125
films #38           films #82             films #126
films #39           films #83             films #127
films #40           films #84             films #128
films #41           films #85             films #129
films #42           films #86             films #130
films #43           films #87             films #131
films #44           films #88             films #132

Monday, 25 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to My Diet Number 18 - I want rid of the muffin top!

Number 18:

Today's reason to stick to the diet is that I want rid of the muffin top!!

I am losing weight, I am sticking to the exercise and yet still, that unsightly bulge over my waistband when I sit down remains. I don't know how slim I will need to get to in order to get rid of this damned bit of flab, but I am determined.

So that is today's reason. No more muffins - either the food variety or the overhang!! :)

92 Sleeps until Christmas :)

So we are already nearing the end of September, which got me thinking how many days is it until Christmas?

Well, let me tell you - its 92 sleeps until Christmas!

  • Its 2184 hours until Christmas
  • 131047 minutes
  • 91 days, 0 hours, 7 mins, 10 seconds
  • 1862820 seconds
Woohoo!! 

That also means its 98 days until New Year's Eve

42 days until Bonfire Night

37 days until Halloween

Better get organised then :) 


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 17 - I want to have some wine!

Number 17:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to have some wine!!

Yes, when I reach goal weight, or holiday, whichever comes first, I can finally have some wine!! But only, and I repeat, only, if I get under that stone mark!!

So that is today's reason. Bribery. Works a treat with me :)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 16 - I want toned arms

Number 16:

Today's reason for sticking to my diet - I want toned arms.

Yep, I want rid of the bingo wings and the armpit fat. I'm not really that big - probably somewhere between a size 12 and a size 14 at the present time - a size 13 if you will, if there was such a thing!!

However, I want my arms to be defined, to be toned, to get rid of these annoying flabby bits so that I look nice in dresses and am not worried about the hammy area at the top of my arms.

Diet alone won't shift this so I need to up the ante on the weight front.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Dieting is so unfair on the weekends :(

Its Friday night, getting on for 11pm, and we are watching a great movie, having opted not to go out this evening. Its just the two of us this weekend, my step daughter is with her mum. We have had a busy day, and are chilling out with a film and our little dog.

I have eaten healthily today, done lots of exercise and jobs inside and out, had a lovely soothing hot shower, and things are good.

So why is it, that I feel like its wrong on a Friday night not to have a bottle of wine and a lovely, if high in calories evening meal? Because I am on a diet, and being on a diet at times, is bloody miserable.

I can't just decide what I fancy for tea, it has to be precision planned, low cal, lots of veg. I can't indulge in a dessert or some ice cream or chocolate. No crisps, no cheese, no take aways. Granted I did have at least some of those things just last weekend on a cheat day, but its Friday night damn it!!

It feels so unfair, but then I have to remind myself that I can have those things if I really want them. But if I do, there is no point complaining that my middle is bulging over my waistband. I have the chance to choose another option, a good body, one I can be proud to put in a bikini, or I can choose to hide in a sarong like I usually do.

I know which I would prefer come holiday time, but right now, it is Friday night !!!!! :(

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 15 - I am not getting any younger

Number 15:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I am not getting any younger!!

Right - its that old saying that as you get older, you generally thicken out, and gain a few pounds. Now, if this is the case, having just turned 40 myself, it sure is not going to get any easier battling against my body.

If age does slow the metabolism, all the more reason to lose the weight now, before biology starts to tick against me!!

So that is today's reason to motivate me, and as reasons go, this one seems to be pretty powerful!! :)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

I have joined Weight Watchers

It was with some serious consideration this evening that I took the plunge. I have tried to diet myself, I have done the 3 day diet, I have done the Special K diet, I have done the pure and the hybrid, the 5:2 and the 1000 calories.

The results? Mixed. Some have been better than others, some I put the weight straight back on again and then some. Some seemed to completely wreck my weight loss where after a low cal blast, I then could not shift weight for love nor money.

So its reached the point,  weeks until my next holiday, and a year into my 40's. Something has to be done. The only sensible thing that remained to be done was to join a weight loss club.

Now, I don't see the point of missing a gym session to go for a weigh in. Doesn't make any sense to me. I've done so in the past, but never stuck to it really. No, so I've gone for the online membership option.

Then I considered the options - Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, Weight Watchers. I've tried them all before, but someone I work with has lost 2 stone in 3 months on WW so I decided that was the one for me this time around.

So I've joined for 3 months which should take me neatly up to Christmas. I have worked out my points - 30 per day, 49 weekly points. I have downloaded the app on my phone so that I can track what I eat and drink.

I have now also ordered a big food shop which is arriving tomorrow night, to stock up and allow me to eat healthy meals. Things like spices and balsamic vinegar, so that I have no excuses.

I begin tomorrow, and to be honest, I'm looking forward to it. I'm not sure how many points are in what just yet, but I have my app. I have my paperwork. I have everything that I need.

Now I just need will power. :)

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 14 - I want to look good in lingerie

Number 14:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to look good in lingerie.

Yes, its that female enjoyment of wearing beautiful underwear. The problem at the moment, is that my underwear is tending to be functional rather than beautiful. This must change.

I want to wear gorgeous lacy things, delicate items - not boulder holders!! So that is today's reason to stick to the diet. :)

Finally feeling motivated

Its Thursday morning, which is not the time I usually associate with being positive, or active or inspired. However today, I finally realised something for the first time.

I was just watching music in the background whilst I cleaned and did some housework, when this video came on. I can't recall the song, but the whole video was around one woman working it. She had the most amazing body- not too butch, but strong and lean, still feminine. She looked so fabulous, and I thought hmm, I bet she doesn't spend her days drinking wine, eating crisps and cheese.

So, I have finally given in and accepted it. I either stay as I am, constantly wanting to look better, never quite getting there. Or I do something different. I could make different choices, and get entirely different results.

With this in mind, I have to get my backside off this sofa and get my exercises done. Get my diet sorted, and get my life in control. Starting now. :)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

This week's learning:

  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja


And the rest:


  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • 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

Reasons to Stick to my Diet Number 13 - lying on the sofa won't make me bikini ready

Number 13:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - lying on the sofa won't make me bikini ready!! And yet I am having one of those days when that is all I want to do.

I just want to put my head in those cushions, lay back, still a film on and be done with it. But I can't. Well, I could, but then there would be no point when I am looking back on holiday in beating myself up and feeling fat. If I choose that option, I deserve to look crap on the beach.

So, today's reason is that lying on the sofa will not make me bikini ready. So that has to be a start to get me up and active today and stay away from the chocolates!! :)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Reasons to Stick to My Diet Number 12 - cheekbones

Number 12:

Today's reason to stick to my diet and exercise plan is that I want to see my cheekbones again. I am very lucky to possess good bone structure - I have been told many times.

Many times that is, when you can actually see them, unlike now!! My face is the first place weight seems to go from when I lose it. Unfortunately, its also the first place that it goes back on, which is what I am rocking or sadly not, at the moment.

So, today's reason is to rediscover them bones them bones them dry bones. Cheekbones that it is :)

Been Around the World - well, almost :)

  • Tunisia x 4 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui x2)
  • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
  • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
  • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
  • Fiji islands - South Pacific
  • Cyprus x 2 times
  • Gran Canaria x 4 times - San Augustin, Melanores & Maspalomas
  • Lanzarote x 3 times
  • Fuerteventura x 2 times
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 4 times
  • Crete x 3 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
  • Jersey
  • France - Brittany & Calais
  • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
  • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
  • Dublin x 3 times
  • Cork - Republic of Ireland
  • Mexico x 3 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • USA - New York via QM2
  • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
  • Marrakesh - Morocco
  • Belgium x 3 times
  • Spain - Almeria
  • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 
  • Mexico - Moon Palace, Cancun
  • Barcelona - La Ramblas

Monday, 18 September 2017

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

My Week with Adele Day 3 - Chasing Pavements

It's Day 3 of my week with Adele and today its 'Chasing Pavements'.

'Chasing Pavements' was her second single to be released from her debut album 19 back in 2008.  This was the first song I ever heard from Adele, and even then, as young as she was - clue being in the name of the album, her vocals were solid.

Now, Adele as we know her has written of her personal life and pain, but apparently this song was based around a cheating boyfriend that she punched in the face. Get in there - you go girl.

This song is beautifully done vocally, and whilst it shows her talent, it only hints at the greatest to come from this true home grown success. The accompanying video is wonderfully choreographed, if a bit morbid - featuring a crash a sort of what could have been.

As with most of Adele's output, she wrote the song herself, walking home from said confrontation with the cheating boyfriend. Not only does she sound great, she is also the writer - wow.

I loved this song on first hearing it, and time has if anything done it justice - it sounds better than ever. If you haven't heard her early stuff, go and take a listen or just go and remind yourself how great she was even at the start.

Not the most morose of her songs, whilst the subject matter may have been the cause of a broken heart, the song itself is quite upbeat. Fabulous. Not surprisingly, the single reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

If you want to check out my previous choices, plus loads more music stuff, then you can check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)











New dress on its holidays

I was slimmer on holiday, that is for sure. I bought myself a new dress as a treat - bargain from New Look.

Here it is enjoying a night out on our hol:


Its a white dress with blue flowers, and is really lightweight and perfect for a hot climate. I was slimmer a few weeks ago and it fitted me nicely. I need to get back to this point so that I can wear it again :)

Since when did everyone swear so much??

I'm having a moan again. I am turning into a grumpy bag aren't I? But I want to know since when did everyone swear so much?

I'm not a prude. Far from it. I think a good outburst every once in a while purges and vents the anger. When though, did it become the norm for it to be what sounds like every other word?

I have certain expectations myself. I expect when there are children around, that adults will show some restraint and moderate their language. Call me old fashioned, but I expect that when I as a woman enter a bar, or a restaurant, or the supermarket for heaven's sake, that men will curb their language in my presence.

This is not a sexist statement, as most importantly, I expect women in particular to not use foul language in my company as a rule, but in particular there is one certain word that no woman should speak.
Now, to clarify, I am not referring to all foul language. Just certain words. I'm talking the big boys here - the effs and the jeffs. I'm talking the big W and the T's. But my banned word begins with a curly C. Under no circumstances!!!!!

I understand that a bit of road rage or trolley rage, or kicking your toe up may require a certain amount of venting. I understand that during an argument or even after one, that we all sometimes need to express just how annoyed we are, just how upset. Language has a place and this is it.

I have to ask though, these people who use it in every sentence, at regular intervals, or even every other word, just how exactly do they express extreme emotion? For most of us, its the particular use of these words that is a statement of just how much on a scale of 1-10 we are reaching. If you always speak this way, then what is left to say when you are on point 10 or nuclear? Do you then not swear to show how you feel? Oh what beautiful irony that would be.

I don't know if its just me, but I am so tired of hearing it. I feel that its everywhere, and in every place. Its on the TV, its in books, its quoted in papers, its the driver with the window down, its the kids walking to school. What has happened to us and since when did everyone swear so much???


My Week with Adele Day 2 - Someone Like You

Today for my second choice in my Week with Adele I have chosen the wonderful 'Someone Like You'.

'Someone Like You'  was taken from Adele's second album 21, in 2011. Unsurprisingly, it reached the number 1 spot in the UK singles charts.

This song, co written with Dan Wilson, could have been a depressing number, written as it is about Adele's heartbreak following her relationship breakdown. However, despite it having such a stripped back and sombre tone, it somehow lifts up out of it and being so beautifully sung and composed, it takes your breath away rather than pull you down into her despair.

We all know the pain, or at least most of us do, that relationships can bring. Adele sank herself into this and gives it all she has. Its a sort of emotional venting for a lost love. Its very sad, but my god what a song. It gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it, and it still pulls me in.

Adele's vocals, always wonderful, are never better showcased than when its just her and the piano. The lyrics could make you weep they are so personal "Nevermind, I'll find someone like you/I wish nothing but the best for you, too/Don't forget me, I beg/I'll remember you said/Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead", but you can't help but ruin it by warbling along with it. Well, me anyway!

The video to this, is a suitably morose affair - black and white, Adele looking miserable and heartbroken - yep, not one to watch or indeed listen to if you feel emotional - or maybe it is - sort of a sympathetic venting - let it out as they say.

A beautiful song from a beautiful woman, who should truly not look back at someone foolish enough to let her go. What a fool that man must be. Whose laughing now Adele? You. Go girl!

Amazing song. So there we have my choice for Day 2. Which should I choose next? Decisions decisions. Go take a listen - song perfection.

For more music, singles of the week and loads more, you can check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

My Week with Adele Day 1 - Hello

So for my first choice of my week with Adele is the utterly fabulous 'Hello'.

Adele is a huge talent with a huge voice, and its never been better showcased than in this particular song. 'Hello' will most likely go down in history as one of the best songs of all time.

Released back in 2015, 'Hello' was the lead single from her third album 25. Unsurprisingly, it hit the number 1 spot in the UK singles chart, not to mention virtually everywhere else in the world, giving her a second number 1 to date at the time.

'Hello' is a very pure, clean song, and in that I mean its just piano, drums and vocals - no synth, no effects - just her raw talent. And raw too is the content - its like she's speaking to an ex, years later, lessons learned and moved on, but still remembering that things ended badly. Most of us have that experience behind us, one way or another.

The simplicity and the power of this song, combine with her beyond comparison vocals, to hit one powerful note - emotionally, metaphorically and in reality. The accompanying video adds to the effect, in black and white and simple and powerful. Adele looks mesmerising and beautiful.

This is a sort of pop soul ballad, but like none other. She puts such range and emotion into each note, and it just lifts you off your feet and takes you somewhere. Adele is such a huge vocalist, but it doesn't overpower - it envelops you, and makes you feel wonderful.

So there we have it, my first song choice of 7. Check back for my next choice, or check out my Music page for more of my previous choices, singles of the week and more. Loved listening to this again - still amazing. Go remind yourself - happy listening :)