Friday, 29 December 2017

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien

And the rest:
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two please - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • 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

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número

And the rest:
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two please - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • 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

Things to do in December


  • Write your Christmas cards
  • Eat mince pies
  • Bake some cakes
  • Buy Christmas presents
  • Listen to Christmas songs
  • Sing along to Christmas songs
  • Watch Christmas films
  • Put your tree up
  • Put up your Christmas lights
  • Wear christmas hats and antlers
  • Get your Christmas food shop ordered
  • Go to a Christmas market
  • Laugh
  • See family and friends
  • Go to Christmas "do"
  • Photograph your efforts
  • Make your own mince pies
  • Try a festive afternoon tea
  • Go ice skating
  • Visit Lapland
  • Enjoy a winter wonderland
  • Get some winter sun
  • Buy a poinsettia
  • Plant some winter tubs
  • Make some winter crafts


What I'm Watching This Week


  • Emmerdale. So Cain has Moira locked in a bedroom, and never thought about escape via the window - duh!! Didn't see that coming - seriously though. I wanted Moira and Cain to get back together, but she's getting so annoying now that I just wish she would go out of it altogether. Of course Adam is going to go down for it - he is going out of the soap so pretty obvs really. Bit shocked about Laurel and Bob, but again, Brenda is annoying. Hopefully, she will get some better storylines as she wasn't always so fluffy and superfluous and is a great actress who deserves better scripts!! Meanwhile, loving Charity and Vanessa - making things fun, as well as Paddy and Chaz. Long live the dingles!! 

  • The League of Gentleman. Three part special this week - watched the first one and it is as good, if not better, than ever.15 years on from the last show, its still in Royston Vasey, but life is changing for the villagers. Darker than ever, its already given us an exploding hedgehog, Edward and Tubs, Barbara the taxi driver, Pauline and Mickey at the job centre, but all with a twist. Edward and Tubs shop is in the back of a run down building, Pauline has dementia - who knows what dark deeds are happening. Funny, dark, disturbingly brilliant. Love it!! 

  • Breaking Bad. We've reached the end of the last series - series 5. I did not expect it to end that way. However, with it not actually showing the Walt truly did die, only that he was injured, maybe, just maybe, there might be a future for him. There is however, in the meantime, a film of it, and a spin off in the form of Just Ask Saul to keep us sated. Brilliant program, very dark, very brutal, where there really are no good guys, but you root for them all the same. 

  • Corrie. Goodness me Anna Windass - what have you done to Eileen? Phelan as ever was behind her madness, but Eileen walked in and bosh! For once Phelan seemed to truly care about his wife, and showed genuine emotion - who knew he had that in him! Meanwhile silly Leanne tells some stranger all her personal info and gets robbed - dozy bint or what!! Chesney continues to annoy me - but then so does Sinead. Loving Corrie, but some characters really do need to be chopped. 

Word of the Week

Felicitate


My new word of the week in respect of the festive season is felicitate - as its a word for celebrate!

Definition:

  • verb (used with object), felicitated, felicitating.

  • to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.

  • Archaic. to make happy.

  • adjective - Obsolete. made happy.



definition derived from dictionary.com

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

43 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation
37 Jettison
38 Lambaste
39 Permeate
40 Rebarbative
41 Conflagration
42 Esoteric
43 Felicitate

This year's Christmas Eve Box

This year, I had this idea to make us each a Christmas Eve Box. To build the excitement, pre Christmas. So I had this idea, and now its not far off and I'm wracking my brains wondering what to place in each box.

It started off thinking to do one just for G. Age 10. Simple enough. But me being me, now its turned from a tiny acorn of an idea, into a full blown tree!!

So, first up, G's Xmas Eve Box. I'm thinking:

  • hot chocolate
  • mug
  • socks
  • cookies
  • reindeer dust
  • mini marshmallows
  • letter from santa
  • bath bomb
  • oatcakes

Then for my other half I'm thinking:
  • mini g&t
  • fluffy socks
  • Heat magazine
  • PJ's
  • Bath oil
  • letter from santa
Then, I'm thinking of doing one for my mum and dad:
  • Whiskey miniature
  • Barbara Streisand DVD
  • Tamla Motown DVD
  • Lindt chocolate (mum)
  • White chocolate cheesecake (dad)
  • letter from santa
Work in progress!! 

New Word of the Week - Felicitate

Felicitate


My new word of the week in respect of the festive season is felicitate - as its a word for celebrate!

Definition:

  • verb (used with object), felicitated, felicitating.

  • to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.

  • Archaic. to make happy.

  • adjective - Obsolete. made happy.



definition derived from dictionary.com

My December promises

Its been a bumpy start to the festive season this year - some family ups and downs have thrown the plans out of kilter a tad, but nevertheless the festivities shall continue! So with this in mind here are my pledges to make this the best Christmas ever!

1 - the outside decor shall be the best ever - icicles, and feature lights and maybe some for the trees
2 - the tree shall be splendid and brighter and prettier than ever
3 - there shall be festive vibes in every room
4 - I shall cook something I don't normally - cakes or mince pies maybe
5 - the cards shall be written and sent early!
6 - the Christmas shopping shall be done early
7 - everything shall be wrapped before Christmas Eve!
8 - Christmas shall be full of laughter
9 - no arguments
10 - Christmas jumpers all round!!

I've been a Good Girl this year - honest!!

Santa, here is my Christmas list :
  • Ugg boots
  • Coco mademoiselle perfume
  • Slippers
  • Black or white dressing gown
  • Chandelier light fitting
  • Audi TT!!!
  • Crystal wine glasses
  • Body butter
  • Gig tickets
  • Teddy bear
  • Ebooks
  • Gym kit
  • Swarovski earrings, bracelet or necklace
  • Pandora charms
  • Clinique stuff
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • Prosecco
  • Courvoissier
  • Bedroom carpet
  • Bedroom curtains
  • Yankee Candle


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Best Christmas Songs ever

Here are my Top 10 Christmas Songs:

  • Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty Macoll
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5
  • Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
  • Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rhea
  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  • All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
  • Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
  • Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
  • Step Into Christmas - Elton John
  • Walking in the Air - Aled Jones
What's your favourite Christmas song? 

Word of the Week - Esoteric

Esoteric


  • understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.

  • belonging to the select few.

  • private; secret; confidential.

  • (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group:
    • engaging in esoteric pursuits

  • designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone
    • a body of esoteric legal doctrine

  • requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group 

  • esoteric terminology; broadly : difficult to understand - esoteric subjects

  • of special, rare, or unusual interest 
    • esoteric building materials

definition derived from merriam webster and dictionary.com

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Corrie. Anna has escaped, and is on the run. Meanwhile, Phelan is still waging his one man war against her - surely he is on borrowed time. Chesney is really being annoying - his hatred of Daniel is making him even more annoying than usual. Thank goodness Faye has finally started to be sensible again. Drama on the cobbles - great stuff. 

  • Breaking Bad. Now, this is one of those shows where you weirdly find yourself rooting for the bad guys. Now on series 5, the final series, its not without shocks still when bad guys however, meet their maker. I don't think I'm really plot spoiling for a show that has been finished a few years, when I say that Gus' demise was truly shocking. With half his face blown off, he still straightened his tie before collapsing. Fantastic show. 

  • Strictly. I am loving Strictly this year. I think Alexandra is amazing, but who know Debbie had those moves at her age? Crikey!! The dresses, the dances - it makes me want to get my frock on and show my moves. 

  • Peaky Blinders. Only on episode 3 but goodness me!! Cilian Murphy is amazing. As an Irish actor, his accent from the Midlands is perfect. Violent, northern and gritty - loving it so far! 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

A Christmas song for each day of December - recap so far

I've had an idea and that idea is to make every day of December all about the music (amongst other things). So each day of December I shall choose one Christmas song to be my song of the day.

During the course of the day, I intend to recap half way through to Christmas Day :)

I'm going to get us all in the mood for Santa :)


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Santa - are you there?

Wishlist
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Audi TT 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger

Dave's Christmas Wishlist

Dash cam
Tools
Gadgets
Weekend break
City Break
Gig tickets
Fairytale of New York
What happened in 65
Picture of us
Jumpers

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow

We have had quite a heavy fall of snow in our part of the world. Whilst for some, it meant trudging through the traffic to work, we were lucky in not having to be anywhere so just got to have fun and simply enjoy the white stuff!














Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Learning Spanish recap - Colours

Colours:
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Gold - oro
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Brown - marrón
  • Green - verde
  • Yellow - amarillo
  • Red - rojo
  • Orange - naranja
  • Grey - gris
  • Lemon - limón
  • Black - negro

I should have been a '50's babe

Its fair to say I'm a curvy girl. Hopefully in a good way. Because of this, I find lovely vintage styling the best for my figure - whether its a modern remake of that classic hourglass shape tailoring, or the real deal. Here are some of my favourites:




I want a new job / career / purpose

There, I said it. I want a new job, a new career, a new purpose. I left my place of employment of over 24 years at the end of last year. It was a difficult decision, and I have been in no rush to set sail on the employment waves since.

Now the time has come to take action. However, I am torn. I cannot decide whether to enter the same rat race, or do something entirely different.

I don't want to work full time, but I don't know what I can do part time that will be challenging enough, but still not stressful!

Decisions decisions. I keep thinking I would love to do something creative, but then I go back to what I know - which is business. I just can't focus on any one role at present.

I look at jobs working outside, with plants, with gardens, with landscapes and wood and sculpture, but then I don't want to have to work in all weathers. Its one thing enjoying it for yourself, but quite another when its the day job.

Then I think about photography, or writing, maybe for a paper or a magazine, but not really much local and at this point, travelling a long commute really isn't appealing.

The jobs I crave are those such as salvage hunting or property development, but I need the capital to start those businesses, and I am not ready to take the risk just yet.

I rotate between wanting to risk, being averse to risk, round and around. I think I am at a pivotal point, 41 years old, where I want to break the pattern. I want to be fully satisfied in life, including work, attain a sound and solid work life balance.

I appreciate I may have to put in some hours, weeks, months if need be to reach where I want to be short term, to then work the years required in the long term. I want to work, am prepared to graft, but I want to work and graft in the right work for me to give me what I need.

I want to harness my passions in life, use my skills and be of full use whilst not burning out or over stretching at the cost of my health, or my lifestyle.

I've applied for 2 jobs so far, in my previous line of work. I got shortlisted, which is great. But being external, up against internal candidates, it was too competitive. So now I am going to try something else. But what?

I understand fully that everyone has dreams, but I full intend to make mine reality. Watch this space.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

If I could be anything I would be....

,,,a female version of Kevin McCloud. He has my dream job presenting Grand Designs, but is also a bit of an entrepreneur being a designer, and owning a housing company. That would be my absolute dream.

However, there are other things I would love to do too. Here is my list:

  • Finding houses for people like on A Place in the Sun
  • Looking a auctioned homes like they do on Homes Under the Hammer
  • Finding the perfect home in the UK for folks like on Location, Location, Location
Better still, I would love to be the one buying the homes at the auctions, doing them up and growing a housing portfolio. Even better still, I would love to have a plot of land to design my own home. 

Next, I would love to get into writing of some sort:
  • Freelance journalist
  • Autobiographer
  • Magazine editor
  • Author of a book
I have always wanted to write. I love to read, and ever since I was a child, I had this notion of being a writer. Maybe this one is something I could start small on. 

Finally, here are my more obscure things I would love to do, even just for a short period:
  • Photographer - snapping away, would love this
  • Work in or own a garden centre - I love growing things
  • Designer - I would love to design clothes for real women, like me, with curves
  • Florist - working with beautiful flowers all day - lovely
  • Full time comper - this requires winning stuff. Not happening at the moment!!! 
So, all in all, I think I am more the creative type. However, its good to think through what you want to do, just in case that chance ever presents itself. I shall certainly not miss it if it heads my way any time soon. Here's to being Eternally Hopeful!! 

And they call it puppy love ...

Back in September last year, the other half talked me into going to look at some puppies.

We had been having discussions about having a dog for, well, like for ever!! I had resigned myself to thinking that it would never happen. Then the other half started to talk about having one, and we finally agreed what breeds we both liked.

Not too big, but not too small. Not really hairy, but still lovely and soft to stroke and cuddle. In the end, we whittled the list down and after a bit of persuasion, we toddled off to look at a boy. When we got there, the boy had gone, but there was still a girl. I made the mistake of picking her up and that was it. There was nothing that would or could ever have parted me again.

I walked around with her in my arms, never put her down. She snuggled into me and it was love at first sight. My little girl came home with us that day.


We had nothing for her - we had to do an impromptu visit to the pet store to get her a lovely pink bed, food, toys. She immediately made herself at home!! No fears for our little girl! 

Straight away this girl had personality. That first night she let us know exactly what we were in for. She found her voice and she howled but it was short lived as she fell asleep after a few minutes. 

As with any puppy, house training is tough. we persevered, and now we are virtually there which is great. Even when she was teeny - just 10 weeks when she came home with us, one look at her cute face and she could get away with just about anything! 


She needed a name. It took us three days to agree and we called her Coco - after Coco Chanel of course. We got her a pink collar, then it was off to the vets to get her chipped and get her jabs sorted.

Coco was a bit nervous in the car at first, but that soon wore off. This girl is scared of nothing. We took her to her first puppy party and she ruled the roost.

At first, she wasn't allowed upstairs or on the furniture - that didn't last long. She is a very good girl though - she can do both paw shakes, she knows sit, stay, leave, lie down. She is still only a baby, but she's a clever little thing.

Taking her for walks takes a lot of time. We are stopped every few minutes by people wanting to fuss her. Being a Staffy, they have such a bad reputation but its the way they are raised that makes the difference. Our girl is a big softy.


Now we have her, I wonder how we went for so long without her. She fills the house - not just her toys everywhere, but its like having a little shadow as she follows me everywhere. She makes us laugh, she's so funny and the things she does keep us entertained for hours!! Looking back she has grown so much - she's quite a big girl now compared to the tiny thing we bought home. 

Coco has a big heart and an even bigger personality and we are totally in love with our puppy. I had no idea how much I had missed her until she arrived and now I literally count down the minutes when I'm away from her. She's my baby :) 

She loves the camera:


She's never happier than when she's cuddling up:


 And she loves her creature comforts:


What I'm Watching this Week


  • Breaking Bad. Finally watching this iconic hit, and having devoured series 1, its my newest addiction. I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be about, but drug dealing certainly wasn't what I thought of! That said, its weird with some shows where you end up willing the bad guys to get away with being, well, bad guys! This is one such show, and it is great let me tell you. Roll on series 3!


  • I'm A Celeb - gosh! My money, if I was a gambling person, it would have been on either Toff or Jamie to win from about 2 days in, and turns out that I predicted the winner and second place in those two right there!  So thrilled for Toff, but am going to miss this show so much!! 

  • Stranger Things. Just watched the first series of the 80's set Netflix series and am hooked! As a child of the 80's its so atmospheric and reminiscent of the films and TV shows I grew up with - think The Goonies meets ET, Spielberg and Stephen King. Its brilliant. I can see me watching this back to back! 

  • Emmerdale. Moira still struggling with post baby depression, but finally, after some emotional scenes with his mum Faith, he has finally stepped up to Daddy duties. Robert has been caught out, but compared to evil Lachlan he seems like a pushover. And as for Debbie - yes, Tom seems a bit sinister but good lord the woman is morose! Will Robron be back on now Aaron is on side again - ooh I hope so! 

  • Corrie. Now then Pat Phelan - threatening Anna with prison surely won't want her to have any relation connection with you, but now the truth is out about Gary and his baby. Oh dear. Now Rosie knows Pat went in the office - she may play a bimbo but surely she can remember that crucial detail. And as for the most unholy priest every - seriously Billy? 

  • The Walking Dead. Finally bang up to date, and suddenly wondering exactly how Negan is going to get his comeuppance. Not happy at the tiger Shiva meeting such a horrible end. Even Daryl and Rick came to blows which I never thought would happen. Come on now guys - Negan has to be on borrowed time I hope! And as for the leader of the female group - she should be made to pay for their betrayal, not to mention that hair!!


Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera

And the rest:
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two please - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • 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

Friday, 8 December 2017

17 Sleeps & my inner child

17 Sleeps until Christmas!! When I was a kid, I remember drawing an advent for Christmas and marking off the days.

It seems that the excitement for me is still there. I had a fab time at Christmas when I was little. I strongly believe that there is a little kid in all of us, live and well and still believing in the man in red.

Let your inner child out to play this Christmas and just feel that old excitement again. :)

What I'm Listening to this week


  • John Lewis "Lullaby" cover by elbow frontman Guy Garvey
  • America - A Horse with No Name
  • Rita Ora - Anywhere
  • Camelphat & Elderbrook - Cola
  • Gomez - Whippin' Piccadilly
  • Pink - What About Us
  • Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
  • Taylor Swift - Ready for It
  • Niall Horan - Slow Hands
  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Twinkle forever

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” 
― Marilyn Monroe

Thursday, 7 December 2017

All These Films That I have Seen 10 #135

In my bid to discover how many films I have seen so far in my lifetime, here are my next 10:

Clueless
Don't Say a Word
Happy Feet
The Secret Life of Pets
Doomsday
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
G.I. Jane
Bad Teacher
The Holiday
Annie (2014) 

That takes me up to 1350 films!! Here are all the previous ones :

films #1             films #45             films #89          films #133
films #2             films #46             films #90          films #134
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