Friday, 31 July 2015

I almost retired from comping this evening :(

It was nearly all over tonight. I almost retired from comping. Its month end, which means lots of comps, but I just could not do it.

I got home, and I did not comp. I did not turn on my laptop. I considered never comping again. I couldn't see the point. I have had a slow year on the comping this year.

I've had my biggest ever win, back in May, but other than that, its been pretty dry in terms of wins.

I've persevered through dry spells before, and then they have broken. So I did this again earlier this year. Then the big win. Then, well, then nothing. And more nothing. And more nothing.

Tomorrow is August and I couldn't summon the energy to be bothered. I advised the other half of my imminent retirement. He simply responded with "ok".

Surprised at his lack of interest, I asked why he wasn't. He responded with "if you don't enter, you can't win, so don't". This piqued my interest. Was it a mind game to make me comp again?

I asked again - do you think I should stop? No he said. You enjoy it. You will win again, but its up to you.

Reality hit then. So I haven't won for awhile. But I have many times before. And he's right, I do enjoy it. So I have picked up my laptop and resumed my hobby. I might not be winning, but I am trying.

I am out of retirement and back in the game:)

My singles 1 - 26 - how did they do

#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight - reached number 47
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years) - reached number 7
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass - reached number 1
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants - reached number 6
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame - reached number 1
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off - reached number 2
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun - reached number 1
#19 Saint Motel - My Type - reached number 34
#18 Zhu - Faded - reached number 3
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - reached number 24
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart - reached number 1
#15 Budapest - George Ezra - reached number 3.
#14 Little Mix - Salute - reached number 6.
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast - reached number 21
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing - reached number 14
#11 Coldplay - Magic - reached no 10.
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home - reached no 31.
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse - reached no 4.
#8 feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself - reached no 2.
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide - reached number 10.
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK) - no 4
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne) - reached no 1.
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week - reached no 1.
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams - reached no 1.
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow - reached no 8.
#1 Sail by Awolnation - reached no 17.

48 Singles of the Week

Singles of the week:

#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 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

Thursday, 30 July 2015

One year on since our offer was accepted !!!!

On the 30th July last year, I posted this:

We are making progress. We viewed it, we put in our offer, it was first refused, so we put another offer in. It was accepted. That was last Tuesday, and I had the mortgage promise in place.

Once the offer was accepted, I called the bank and set the ball rolling. We then viewed it again with my step daughter and my parents. We fell even more in love.

Over the last week from then until now, its been a waiting game. Waiting for the bank to run their checks,  listen to the recorded call, make their recommendation - on and on. Finally, today - the recommendation was made.

I have now parted with money - for the bank's valuation and for the product fee. Whatever happens next, I've done all I can and its all systems go!!

Bit scared, bit excited, very nervous. Everything crossed!! Keep you posted :)

My Film Reviews - Conception

Conception. The title says it all - this film is all about conception. I had never seen this before, despite it being a 2011 release, but decided to give it a go.

It begins with a hilarious bit at the start with the kids at school asking their teacher where babies come from. Said teacher being David Arquette who plays the awkward 'no idea how to answer the question' teacher brilliantly.

The film then switches to the main stories. Nine different couples, all going through different routes in their lives, all leading to conception.

Couple 1 - The first love teenagers. She promises him sex in return for becoming vegetarian.

Couple 2 - The new parents. 6 weeks after the birth, they try to rekindle their love life, but she struggles to cope with the changes to her body post baby.

Couple 3 - The married couple who have lost their spark. They exchange witty banter, covering up their lack of intimacy.

Couple 4 - The lesbian couple who have been together a long long time going through the artificial insemination process to bring a baby into their lives.

Couple 5 - The couple at the point of break-up (almost). Cue smashing the TV and make up love making and refused proposal.

Couple 6 - A divorcee and her toy boy lover. Their relationship is mainly physical.

Couple 7 - The husband and wife who are trying for baby. They are undergoing fertility treatment and their love life revolves around her ovulation, obsessively.

Couple 8 - The blind date couple. After a successful first date night, they go back to his place for 'coffee'.

Couple 9 - The couple who have to argue. They love each other, but have to argue a little, including about showering - more banter than serious arguing.

The film doesn't have big names, other than Arquette, being more of a low-budget indie release. However it immediately hooks you in and keeps it light and entertaining. It hits many a poignant note, but because it flits between the nine couples, it doesn't have time to get maudlin.

It's an intriguing and clever film, well played and well scripted. I really enjoyed this film. Regardless where you are in your own life, you will relate to at least one of the characters.

All nine couples conceive that night. It makes you think, but it doesn't over do the consequences, as it leaves it at that point for each, leaving you to only imagine what might happen to them and their relationships.

I give this a clear 8 out of 10. Its funny, its entertaining, its sentimental, its thought provoking, something that many a high budget number might do well to remember. Its a genuine film, not trying to hard to please. Strongly recommend this one.

Let me know if you have seen it, or if you go watch it as I would love to know what you think.

You can check out more of my movie choices by checking out My Film Review page here.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Comping dry spell strikes again!!

I have been comping for about 3 years now. I've had some great wins, some little wins, some unusual wins. The thing that happens in between all that though is the dreaded dry spell.

What often happens is that after a significant dry spell comes a down pour. Last time, it was £1500 to spend at Westfield which was amazing!!

One or two small wins followed, then for the whole of June - nothing. July looks to be heading the same way.

Its tempting to give up. But if I give up, then I definitely won't win. So I have no choice but to once again ride it out.

Luck is a funny thing. Lets face it, if comping was guaranteed everyone would be doing it. Its a strange old hobby, but I love it.

So, I need to get some more comping done and keep going. Everything crossed :)

My single of the week 26 - DJ Fresh feat Ellie Goulding - Flashlight - how did it do?

My single of the week number 26 was DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight.

So how did it fare in the singles chart? Well, it didn't actually reach the top 40, coming in at number 47 in the UK singles chart.

Next holiday booked - Gran Canaria - Whoop!

So excited. Already this year we have been to Marrakesh in March, and then Crete in July. But I do like to have one booked to look forward to.

Monday night, after hours of research, the other half finally narrowed down his search. First of all, from the Canaries, it was narrowed down to Gran Canaria.

Then to Maspalomas. He must have researched 30 hotels, before finally getting it down to the final 2 choices. So it was decision time.

At quarter to midnight, he finally decided and showed me the hotel. It looked fab. So we booked it! Just like that!

So we are off again in October. How fabulous? :)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

New Single of the Week - 5 Seconds of Summer - She's Kinda Hot

My new single of the week is 'She's Kinda Hot' by 5 Seconds of Summer.

Released just last week, this is one of those songs that gets really stuck in your head. Perfect pop tune but with guitars to give it some edge.

5 Seconds of Summer, or 5SOS, are an Australian band. They are a 4 piece consisting of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin. Although they are four young men, I wouldn't describe them as a boy band. They play their own instruments for starters - they are a band, not a boy band.

They are also very talented. This single is much heavier than their previous ones - more rock than pop, but still cool enough to be appealing to all age ranges, including mine! They are a bit punk in their styling, rock with their guitars, and pop with their vocals and lyrics. As I said, talented.

I love the lyrics "My shrink is telling me I've got crazy dreams, She's also saying I've got low self-esteem", then "We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene, Yeah we're alright though". Its like a song for the underdog. Clever words.

I think this is a great single. Go take a listen and let me know what you think of it.

For my previous singles of the week, plus loads more, check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

My Week with Goldfrapp is Over

My Week Goldfrapp is over. Seven songs, seven days and its been epic!

Now to decide which of my seven choices is in my number one spot. Without further ado then:

Number 1: Strict Machine
Number 2: Black Cherry
Number 3: Happiness
Number 4: Number 1
Number 5: A & E
Number 6: Ooh La La
Number 7: Ride a White Horse

There it is then, my favourite Goldfrapp song is Strict Machine. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this group, and listening to some classics from their back catalogue. Its been great, and now its over.

Just one question remains - who next? You can catch all my previous choices over at My Music page here. Happy listening :)

All these films that I have seen 10 #83

Here are my next ten films that I have seen in my continuing project:

Forrest Gump
Cast Away
Cloud Atlas
A League of Their Own
The Polar Express
The Burbs

That takes me up to a whopping 830!! Here are all the previous ones:
films #1             films #45           
films #2             films #46           
films #3             films #47         
films #4             films #48           
films #5             films #49           
films #6             films #50           
films #7             films #51
films #8             films #52
films #9             films #53
films #10           films #54
films #11           films #55
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38           films #82
films #39
films #40
films #41
films #42
films #43
films #44

Monday night - Post hol PT

Monday night was my first post hols PT session. I thought he might ease up on me given it was my first session back. I should have known better!

This is what he put me through:

  • 5 mins run on treadmill
  • double step box knee raise - 5 x 20 reps alternating
  • 3 x 15 reps chest press
  • 2 x ski cross jumps
  • double step alternating change on box - 3 x 20 reps
  • 3 x fly lifts - 15 reps
  • 3 x double step box reverse lunge and knee lift - 15 reps per leg
  • 2 x fly lift 15 reps
  • 1 x chest press 15 reps
  • 2 x ski cross jumps
  • 3 x 90 second stair master double steps
  • 3 x kettle bell swings 20 reps 12KG
  • 3 x dip assist machine - 15 reps
  • 3 x kettle bell swings 20 reps 12 KG
It was hard. It was intense. I survived!!! 

Monday, 27 July 2015

What I'm watching this week

  • Emmerdale. I am loving the new trailers - Who Will Meet their Summer Fate? Clever. I'm hoping its Robert. He is just such a wrong un! Or maybe it will be Debbie - I mean she is being very naughty and the biggest shock for her is yet to come!! I love Emmerdale. The shenanigans are just compulsive viewing and since when does everyone in a rural village look like they've never spent an hour outdoors? Perfect complexions with no sign of country living! 
  • Lucy. I watched this newly released on Sky Movies this week. You can check out my movie review soon for more detail. What I can say in summary is how brilliant Scarlett Johansson is. She is sultry, an amazing body and a fantastic actress. She is simply mesmerising in this sci-fi ultra slick and intelligent movie. Clever plot, cleverly and beautifully executed. Definitely recommend this film. 
  • Couples Come Dine With Me. I love the couples episodes. There are the newbies who are still totally into one another, being put to the test in the kitchen. The old married couple bickering. The ones who get sloshed, the ones who can't cook. The banter, the bitching - fabulous darling!!
  • Tom Cruise Films. So far this week we have watched Top Gun, Collateral, Mission Impossible III, and Eyes Wide Shut. Yes, we are having a bit of a Tom fest. There's a new channel at the moment featuring Mr C's films in readiness for the new MI film, which I am hoping to go and see at the flicks! I consider myself prepared now. Just need a few more - maybe Cocktail and MI Ghost Protocol to go then I am ready. 

Day 7 of My Week with Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

Day 7 of my week with Goldfrapp and today its 'Ooh La La'.

'Ohh la la' was released in 2005 as lead single from their album 'Supernature'. This was one of their biggest hits reaching number 4 in the UK singles chart, and also being a big dance hit.

This single is still electronic, but in a sort of homage to 70's rock it also features electric guitar - unusual for Goldfrappy. The result is a really catchy infectious number that stands out.

The video is very retro and 70's themed. From Alison's bell bottomed all in one, to the huge shoulder pads. Then the band who look more than a bit like they should be in a glam rock band and of course more than a nod to the great T-Rex. None less than the sparkly horse she rides in her white outfit. All platform heels and blue eyeshadow. Great video.

This is a sultry, sexy number with a real pulse. The lyrics are also very sexy "Switch me on, turn me up, I want to touch you, You're just made for love". The title "ooh la la" repeats sensually pulling you in with Alison's distinctive breathy vocals.

My last choice from Goldfrapp and we've gone out on a high. You can find days 1-6 over at My Music page here.

Now all that remains to do is to decide, of my seven song choices from this brilliant group, which is number 1? Pop back soon to find out! Happy listening :)

It's 151 sleeps until Christmas :)

151 more sleeps until the big man in red comes again. Can it be that we are now closer to next Christmas than its been since the last one?

I am going to get organised this year. I'm already thinking about it. I'm due to do Christmas dinner for the first ever time this year, so much planning to be done.

Then, because last year was our first in this new home, it was a bit of a chaotic decoration plan. This year, I know where the lights hook to, where the plug sockets are. It will be much better this year!!

151 sleeps. How exciting! :)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday lazy Sunday

Having a lazy day. Its 12.45 and I'm still in my PJ's!! So are G and my other half! Right now, we are watching the classic Superman film. Best film ever for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

We aren't being entirely lazy - take me for instance. I'm typing this for starters on my blog. Then, I've decided to try and learn something new each week, and this weeks its repost for Instagram. Its been bugging for a month or so since I joined Instagram, as many comps require you to repost and I hadn't a scooby doo how to do it! Now I know. This week's task complete.

I've set myself a few tasks to do - closing down the hundreds of emails that I received whilst I was on my hols - usually I do this daily, but obviously a week away scuppered that!! Then, I want to find out how to filter emails that say "win" if that's possible to separate them. I have more than one email, so its only my main one for all my comping, surveys etc.. but it doesn't half clog up!! There has to be a way, so that's the next thing to learn.

Then there is my other half's photos. I'm really OCD with mine. I download them, organise them, then also back them up on an external hard drive. The other half does not. They are all over the place!! So I need to sort them out for him and then get them backed up to. My external hard drive is huge, so it won't be a problem!

Next to do is to get some comps entered. Then schedule a few more blog posts, as I've a busy week this week. I need to finish my last song of my week with Goldfrapp and then choose a new single of the week too.

I might list a few things on ebay later as I've got loads of stuff I've cleared out that I need to list. Plus a few bits of furniture I want to get rid of too.

So when I say its a lazy day, its lazy in terms of not moving much, but actually I'm being quite productive !! It is absolutely tipping down anyway, and luckily we got the gardening done yesterday. So I have earned my lazy Sunday :)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

I think the Chuckle Brothers are cooking in my kitchen!!

Imagine the scene. Sitting on my reclining sofa, chilling out watching TV when I hear "Oh my god I can't believe you've just done that" from the kitchen.

G appears in the doorway in her white T-shirt, well when I say white I mean it was white. Now it was splattered red! Passata all over it! Quickly taking said garment from her as she ran up the stairs, I took the top in to the kitchen to find out what had happened.

I found her dad there, with more tomato all over the floor and up the newly washed bedding! It seems G had cut across the top of the carton, rather than the customary snip of the corner. He had picked it up and in doing so squeezed the carton slightly resulting in a sizable eruption across the kitchen!

It was like carnage. I started laughing, I couldn't help it. Luckily the bedding only got a splash and I had put it to dry inside out - a blessing. It soon sponged off. Into the sink in some stain remover for the top. It was soon back to normal.

I returned to the living room as the two of them were working on their own pasta sauce so it seemed three would be a crowd.

Moments later I heard another commotion and then the hoover started up. Apparently a packet of seeds had exploded in the cupboard. G was hysterical saying it wasn't her.

I started laughing again and came back in the living room. The two of them were causing havoc - it wasn't safe to remain in the vicinity!

Literally minutes later, another crash and G sounded upset. I rushed into the kitchen and found her standing there with a packet of long spaghetti by her feet, which had crashed into the bowl of passata en route to the floor so once again the kitchen was tomato spattered!!

She was starting to think she was jinxed, but by this point I was just helpless!! I was literally sliding down the wall I was laughing so hard. My other half was quite cross at first, but my laughter was infectious.

G's crying changed in sound, and when her dad asked her if she was crying or laughing she stated "both"! Laughter is contagious!

Honestly, it was like the Chuckle Brothers had taken over my kitchen. It sounded so funny from the living room listening to the various exclamations, bangs and crashes! Made my night - free entertainment! :)

G's Travel Wishlist

G's Wishlist
  • America
  • Florida
  • Italy
  • France
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • New York
  • Japan
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Peru

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

My Top 10's - Drinks


Fizzy Drinks
Coffee Shop Coffees

My Travels around the World

Places I have been:
  • Tunisia x 3 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui)
  • 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
  • Lanzarote x 2 times
  • Fuerteventura
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 3 times
  • Crete
  • 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 2 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun
  • 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 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Single of the Week #25 - Sunlight - how did it do?

My single of the week number 25 was The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years).

This is a fabulous song, but how did it fare on the singles chart?

It reached number 7 in the UK singles chart. Not bad at all!!

For more singles and music stuff you can check out My Music page - just click here :)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #82

I have now established that I have seen 820 films in my life! I'm still going with my project to determine just how many I have actually seen in total and here are my next 10:

For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
The Living Daylights
Hans Christian Anderson
Point Break
Dangerous Liaisons
The Devil's Advocate
The Gift
The Lake House

Here are all the previous 810:

films #1             films #45           
films #2             films #46           
films #3             films #47         
films #4             films #48           
films #5             films #49           
films #6             films #50           
films #7             films #51
films #8             films #52
films #9             films #53
films #10           films #54
films #11           films #55
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38
films #39
films #40
films #41
films #42
films #43
films #44

My Film Reviews- Action and Sci-Fi


After Earth
Thor: the Dark World
Titanic - classic film
White House Down

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

My singles of the week 1 -24 - how did they do?

#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass - reached number 1
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants - reached number 6
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame - reached number 1
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off - reached number 2
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun - reached number 1
#19 Saint Motel - My Type - reached number 34
#18 Zhu - Faded - reached number 3
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - reached number 24
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart - reached number 1
#15 Budapest - George Ezra - reached number 3.
#14 Little Mix - Salute - reached number 6.
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast - reached number 21
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing - reached number 14
#11 Coldplay - Magic - reached no 10.
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home - reached no 31.
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse - reached no 4.
#8 feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself - reached no 2.
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide - reached number 10.
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK) - no 4
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne) - reached no 1.
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week - reached no 1.
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams - reached no 1.
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow - reached no 8.
#1 Sail by Awolnation - reached no 17.

My Top 10's - Savoury


Crisp flavours
Savoury Pies
Bread loaves

Monday, 13 July 2015

Last minute preps for Hols

We are off on our sunshine holiday to Crete tomorrow. Today is the last minute preparations. Busy just isn't the word.

First up its the dreaded leg wax this morning. Am I looking forward to that? That would be a hell no. Its not a nice experience, but it has to be done.

Next its the gym. Last chance workout for me and final opportunity to work those final ounces off to be the slimmest I can be. Minimum of 500 cals needs to be burned off.

I shall then get a few hours of work done to tie up loose ends before we depart. Then at 6pm its my spray tan. I am that person that arrives on my holiday looking tanned and gets paler as the week goes on.

Then its the last minute packing, last minute comping and blogging before I give up on the preparations and just chill out knowing everything is done.

I am very excited, but today is going to be a long day. Worth it though when I am all calm and relaxed and raring to go in the morning.

Holidays are exhausting aren't they? :)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Holiday playlist July 2015

When I go on holiday, I always treat us to some new tunes. It helps make the holiday special. So we choose some new songs to pop on the holiday playlist to get us in the mood. 

Here are the new additions for the next holiday. I can already picture myself there:
  • Everyday - A$AP Rocky
  • The Giver - Duke Dumont
  • I Don't Like it, I love it - Flo Rida
  • Runaway (U&I) - Galantis
  • Not Letting Go - Tinie Tempah & Jess Glynne
  • Bad Blood - Taylor Swift
  • Cheerleader - OMI
  • Lean on- Major Lazer
These top tunes should get us in the holiday mood. Now I just need to be there feeling those rays. 

Things to do before I'm 40

Things to do Before I'm 40

  • Reach goal weight. (10 stone 7 to be precise)
  • Have lovely clear skin (having some skin issues at the moment)
  • Have a massage at least every other month to sort out my niggles
  • Have a bikini bod (lots of squats required)
  • Be some place nice for my 40th birthday, not here.
  • Have a new car (Audi TT ideally)
  • Go to London at least once between now and then - DONE!
  • Go see a show at the theatre
  • Have a new bedroom carpet
  • Get a ring (not engagement, not a chance!) - DONE!
  • Own a really great pair of jeans
  • Have a coat for every occasion
  • Get some glamourous 1950's vintage style dresses that make me rock!
  • Be slim for no occasion, just stay slim once I actually get there
  • Be manicured and pedicured regularly
  • Exfoliate every week
  • Walk somewhere new every week
  • Get a tattoo
  • Get my belly button pierced
  • Wear very short shorts in the UK (never done this ever)
  • Get killer abs
  • Go to the cinema with my guy, just him. 
  • Go to a very expensive restaurant.
  • Try proper Sushi (the fish one) DONE!
  • Learn to cook some new dishes
  • Do a 5k run / jog
  • Run every week, at least once
  • Go to Wales
  • Stay in Chester overnight

Friday, 10 July 2015

PT Collection - start to finish

2nd July 2015

26th June 2015

22nd June 2015

16th June 2015

6th June 2015

2nd June 2015

21st May 2015

12th May 2015

1st May 2015

28th April 2015

14th March 2015

12th March 2015

7th March 2015

3rd March 2015

28th Feb 2015

23rd Feb 2015

20th Feb 2015

19th Feb 2015

14th Feb 2015

12th Feb 2015

8th Feb 2015

3rd Feb 2015

2nd Feb 2015

31st Jan 2015

24th Jan 2015

29th October 2014

28th Oct 2014

25th October 2014

23rd October 2014

8th October 2014

19th September 2014

6th September 2014

4th September 2014

6th August 2014

4th August 2014

30th July 2014

27th July 2014

25th July 2014

18th July 2014

14th July 2014

10th July 2014

8th July 2014

3rd July 2014

28th June 2014

23rd June 2014

20th June 2014

17th June 2014

14th June 2014

13th June 2014

12th May 2014

9th May 2014

21st April 2014

19th April 2014

17th April 2014

14th April 2014

11th April 2014

7th April 2014

4th April 2014

31st March 2014

28th March 2014

24th March 2014

19th March 2014

6th March 2014

21st Feb 2014

10th Feb 2014

8th Feb 2014

27th Jan 2014

20th Jan 2014

29th Dec 2013

6th Dec 2013

2nd Dec 2013

26 Nov 13

23 Nov 13

9th Nov 13

5th Nov 13 - The first session!

Paloma Day has arrived!!

Goodness its a year of music this year for me. Just over 2 weeks since Taylor Swift, now its time for Paloma Faith!

This time the gig is at Cannock Chase via the Forestry Commission. How cool is that? I've never been to a gig in a forest before. I hope we get good weather or this could be messy!

I absolutely love Paloma. I don't know all her songs, but I know enough of them to deafen anyone nearby howling along to! She is such an English icon, and so eccentric in a good way.

Yes, this is an exciting day! Bring on the sunshine or if not, bring on the wine, the wellies and the umbrella! :)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Tonights PT

Tonight's session has proper battered my legs!! Here is what tonight entailed:

  • 5 minute running on treadmill
  • 3 x 400m sprint rows
  • 3 x 20 squat thrusts
  • 3 x 1 minute box jumps with squats
  • 3 x 1 minute rope pulls
  • 3 x 10 sitting squat stands with weight bar
  • 3 x standing 1 minute rope pulls
  • 4 x 10 TRX full squats
  • 4 x 20 hover squat jumps
  • treadmill sprints - up to 9.6mph!
  • 15 box burpees

Top 10's - Sweet Stuff

Sweet Stuff

Chocolate Bars
Jelly Sweeties
Ice-cream flavours
Pick n Mix
Easter Eggs

My film reviews - Scary

Scary / spooky Films:

Black Swan
Drag Me to Hell
Fright Night
Jeepers Creepers
Paranormal Activit
Salems Lot
Sleepy Hollow
The Blair Witch Project
The Conjuring
28 Days Later
World War Z

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

What I'm Watching this week

This weeks viewing includes:

  • Coronation Street. Tonights' episode saw the sad news of Deirdre's death finally break. I have to confess to shedding a tear or two. Just so sad, but so beautifully done. 

  • Big Brother. After Mark's shock exit I did think they might stop arguing. It would appear I was wrong on that one! They now seem to be on a mission to wipe out the prize money! 

  • Jaws, Jaws 2 and Cloverfield. Yes, its all about big teeth and monsters for me this week! I absolutely love Jaws anyway, and dread to think how many times I have seen those 2 films, but Cloverfield is also another repeat offender of mine!! All good fun. 

  • Love Island. This is not my usual cup of tea, but my other half loves it, so I have to watch it. Most of them appear to be orange of some shade, and fake just isn't the word - no natural beauties here! However, it does have an appeal and it is quite fun to watch. I'm off on hols next week, so I don't want serious viewing on my screen at present!! 

All these films that I have seen #81

Here are my next 10 films:

From Russia with Love
You Only Live Twice
Diamonds are Forever
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Man with The Golden Gun
Live and Let Die
Licence to Kill

Thats now 810! Here are all the previous ones:

films #1             films #45 
films #2             films #46           
films #3             films #47         
films #4             films #48           
films #5             films #49           
films #6             films #50           
films #7             films #51
films #8             films #52
films #9             films #53
films #10           films #54
films #11           films #55
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37
films #38
films #39
films #40
films #41
films #42
films #43
films #44