Holy Cow…!

Hey guys – long time no speak (ok ,waffle) from me…

It’s been over six months since I last posted – 24th June 2012 to be exact…This is my first blog of 2013 and it’s almost March…!

2012 was one heck of a year though!  I feel a tad guilty about not writing anything in/about the other half of it…!

Our personal pièce de résistance was our Silver Wedding Anniversary celebrated with lots of wonderful cava during our absolutely excellent fortnight in Barcelona; the country’s pièce de résistance was our amazing hosting of the London 2012 Olympics (even we were rooting for Team GB and are immensely proud of them! 🙂 ); November saw the rather fantastic Skyfall hit the cinemas, and let’s not forget Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee!  (There’s a Daniel Craig tie-in somewhere in there… :))

We booked a holiday to the Maldives for 2013 and then came to our senses, cancelling it and instead having another festive December break in NYC which left a much smaller hole in our bank balance 🙂

Christmas and New Year’s Eve were a bit of a soggy pudding however – we both got a variety of viruses so were pretty much ill for around 5 weeks- boooooooo!!!!

Oh and we’ve fallen off the sensible-eating, no (tummy) pain, no (weight) gain wagon BIG TIME…(don’t ask…)

Here we are now though,  Valentine’s Day has come and gone, along with a variety of rain, snow and gales, but we’re starting to see glimmers of spring everywhere – Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early one and who are we to argue with the world-famous weather-predicting groundhog!

  • February 21st sees us at the O2 Leeds watching one of our favourite bands Train in concert…
  • The end of February (if not before…) sees us climbing BACK on the sensible-eating wagon BIG TIME…
  • March will hopefully see me & Mikey on our first trip of the year to the seaside sometime around his birthday – fish and chips in Whitby maybe, or an early breakfast in one of the fab little seaside cafes overlooking Scarborough Harbour, with a yomp hither and thither whichever location we end up at…!
  • March also sees us in the audience of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ in its first national tour – we saw it in London and look forwards to seeing it in our home town! (By the way, the butler did it…only kidding 🙂 )
  • April sees me and Big Sis off on a short trip to one of her favourite cities, Paris – I’ve never been and she’s itching to show me around 🙂 …
  • June sees us in the Big Smoke for another Springsteen concert with our good ‘Tramp’ friends, Mike & Jayne at Wembley Stadium…
  • And at the end of August, we’re back in the Big Apple hoping to go on the Great Scrapple Hunt in the wilds of Philadelphia with our other good friends, Joe and Anna.

Sounds like I might have a few things to blog about if I actually pull my finger out!  😉

See ya!


Oy! WordPress…WTF???

Ok – I’m seriously unhappy with WordPress.com… 😦

For more than 3 days now I haven’t been able to navigate to posts published by blogs I follow by any of the ‘reader’ functionality/links on the WordPress.com site either via the Banner linked tabs across the top or by hovering over the ‘W’ icon in the top left of the page – in fact NONE of the sub-menu options under Reader goes anywhere – at all….  Hubby can’t see all the blogs he follows either (he sees one –  which is one more than I do….but that’s it)  I’ve happily been using Chrome for a while without a problem….!  What on EARTH is going on?????

Oh, and I can only get one and half pages of Freshly Pressed – the ‘earlier’ button does absolutely sod all…nada…nix.  Has my account got corrupted?   He can load a second half-full page of more FP’s but then half’s empty like mine  – but his ‘earlier’ button works…reloading half a page…

Maybe this explain why my blog’s not getting many new hits / new visitors – or are my posts just plain boring?  (Not sure I want an answer to that one actually…)

So right now guys, unless I get an email from your blog when you post, (and to be honest I turned several off a month or so ago, just trusting I could go to the Reader whenever I had time rather than my mailbox getting inundated…) I can’t get read your posts which is a real bummer!   Getting quite pee’d off now…

WordPress – please get your act together and sort this out – you may well have put some new stuff out there that appears to be setting the blogging world on fire, but get the basics working again will you please – or I just may have to go to another blogging host…

Or is it just me?  Is anyone else having problems with this?  I’ve tweeted several times to @wordpressdotcom and getting no response – from them or anyone who follows them… Looks like I might have to email Support about it…joy…trying to describe THAT should be interesting…via email…back and forth… (sigh)

😦


So Much To Do…So Little Time…!

Well I’ve pretty much failed miserably at keeping up to my blog this past week or so…

I’m caught between feeling a little guilty at not meeting my Post A Week challenge and keeping my ‘followers’ engaged, and not having a great deal of time to craft a ‘good’ post…So this one comes with a built-in apology and warning – this post is potentially quite boring and only proves that I’m just like every other working woman, I’ve got a lot to fit in each week to keep the wheels on wagon!

I started a new contract on Tuesday (wahoo!) which has obviously tossed my ‘lots of free time on my hands’ schedule out of the Read the rest of this entry »


Crikey! The Versatile Blogger Award…!

Well, there I was last Friday,  reading through posts from blogs I subscribe to when blow me down!  What did I see but the name of my blog in the list of blogs nominated by Joes Primal Scream!  Thanks Joe!  (By the way Joe, the first two words of my reply were written whilst I was in shock 🙂 )

A feeling of mild panic set in shortly after.

There are a few rules that go with receiving the reward, two of which are that I’m to:

  • nominate up to 15 blogs that I’ve recently found or follow, picking ‘blogs or bloggers that are excellent’ – ok, that’s relatively easy – I’ve found (and in quite a few cases, am now following) some brilliant blogs over the past few weeks!
  • tell the person who nominated me (and obviously anyone who reads this post) 7 things about myself that they don’t already know from my blog. The one that caused the mild panic…

(If you want to know anymore about it, here’s a link to The Versatile Blogger Award site).

Arrrghhhh!!!! Seven….?????

So, with my trusty blog ideas notebook within easy reach for when inspiration struck, I sat down and desperately tried to think of humorous things to tell you about me – well things you might find funny anyway – ready for when I put my post together on Monday.   After several glasses of cava and eventually hearing my bed calling to me, I’d only managed to write down two, neither of which are remotely funny (sigh).  It’s now Monday and I’m desperately trying to think of the other five…

Ok Jacquie, don’t panic…Let’s do the ‘easy’ one first! The nominations!

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‘Bad Blog Host…Bad!’

I’ve just been doing my daily browse around WordPress blogs.   As part of my daily routine, I go and visit those bloggers that have either clicked ‘Like’ or commented on specific post, or bless their cotton socks, have chosen to ‘Follow’ me.   I always like to read the ‘About’ page of these folks  – it helps me try work out how I might have managed to pique their interest, or see where we might have similar backgrounds or interests.

I’ve noticed something a little embarrassing on my part though – there’s a bit of a pattern to the comments other bloggers have left them on these pages which makes me realise I’m a TERRIBLE blog host!

Comments along the lines of “Hi xxxx, thank you for following my blog / liking my post” or “I found you!  Thanks for stopping by!  Looking forwards to reading your posts!”

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Life, The Universe And Everything…

The alarm went off at 7am.  We’ve recently moved it forwards half an hour to let Mike get a bit more sleep.

It was a bad night.  My chest and throat are STILL playing up – even after two months.  I’d gone to bed early as I was absolutely wiped out, but hadn’t been able to settle – I’d laid down and got one of those dratted tickles and tightness in my chest that started me off cough, cough, coughing until I was truly hacking away just as Mike came to bed.  I toyed with getting up but was just too tired, instead I laid there and concentrated really hard on stopping the coughing reflex…  I eventually managed to get to sleep for a few hours, and then waking.  It felt around 2.30-3am – my usual time for rising out of my only period of deep sleep but as always I checked the time on my phone.  I take it to bed with me as our morning alarm is on it – with windchimes ready to gently wake us…  Much better than an awful radio station.  I turn off all the bits that might make a noise or distract me with flashing lights though so it’s just a clock.

10.18pm?  It certainly didn’t feel like 10.18pm… Mike came to bed around that time and I knew I’d had some sleep since then.   I took it Read the rest of this entry »


Blogging Therapy…

I keep trying to write a post.  This is my third attempt –  two in the trash so far – probably another one to follow it.

I’ve something I want to write about  – an almost cathartic need…I start but then get all tied up in my head and find it hard to actually make any sense.  And if I do manage to ‘get it all out’, will I be brave enough to click the ‘Publish’ button – putting some of this down on ‘virtual paper’ – and sharing it – isn’t comfortable – or easy.  I honestly think it’s better out than in though…

Oh well…here goes…

I’m seriously fed up of not being able to find work.  My last job finished at the end of July last year, and I’m getting absolutely nowhere.  I didn’t choose to stop working – I’m not starting a family or retiring.

We need me to work.  We need the money I bring in. I’ve got to find work.  Our blessing at the moment is Mike’s current contract which is covering all our outgoings.

A little voice inside my head keeps wittering on at me – I’ve spent over 20 years of my working life wishing I didn’t have to or need to work.  I’d tell myself if I wasn’t working I’d have time to do things I never had time or energy to do.  Keep the house looking nice – you know, dust…vacuum all those Read the rest of this entry »