Sunday, 30 December 2007

Oh happy days

Good afternoon my lovelies. Well, it's been, we did it, all went without a hitch, and a wonderful day was had by all. I really can't write much more or you might all barf at the total gush-fest that is how I feel about how much of a fabulous and lovely time I've had with people who were great friends but now feel more like family. Maybe they will be able to tell you in better words in the comments box...

In an attempt to share the happy happy joy joy that was our Christmas I've compiled this remix using Photobucket which I'm hoping is going to work or I'm going to feel like a bit of a doofus. Excuse the music choice by way but they didn't have a great deal of holiday selection.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Christmas by Delia/Christmas by Dizz

The reasons why are far too long and complicated to explain here (try me after a few glasses of wine and lots of music) but this year, my parentals are off to my sister's house for Christmas Day, leaving me to my own devices. Oh thinks I, how can I make Christmas fun? I know, I'll ask Fizz and Wavey if they want to join me in my celebrations. And so it goes that Christmas dinner will be at Dizz's house.

I've only ever made Christmas dinner once before. For 12 people. We told everyone to come round at 2pm, have some drinks, dinner would be served at 3pm. In reality, at 2pm we were still in the very large queue at the supermarket, by 3pm we were throwing the turkey in the oven (forgetting to take out the plastic bag that contained the giblets), by 4pm our guests were sozzled after drinking solidly for 2 hours. I could barely see to cut the carrots and other assorted vegetables as I was so drunk in an effort to make it all seem okay. It was actually around about 9pm when we finally served up the meal. By which time everyone was so hammered we could have served up beans on toast and everyone would have been convinced it was the best Christmas dinner they'd ever eaten. I was hoping that this year's effort would be much improved...

...until I got the Delia book from T at work. All was fine until I read the introduction that suggested we should have started planning the dinner in October. Cue a sinking heart from Dizz. Oh deary me. (Oh just to translate for our international readers, Delia is a British institution, mothers worship at her feet, fathers adore her cos not only does she cook and look hawt in an apron, but she also owns a football team or some such nonsense like that; hope that clears your confusion up!) Good start then, seeing as we're already 3 months behind and have only 5 days until the actual event.

Phew, no need to panic, the last 36 hours are the most important. I will now somewhat wittily show you how Delia's 36 hours and Dizz's 36 hours will differ.

1. Christmas Eve early am: Delia suggests we do last minute Christmas shopping, Dizz will still be in bed as everyone knows that the holidays means staying in bed til 11am everyday
2. Christmas Eve mid morning: Delia says this is when the turkey arrives, Dizz knows the turkey will be living in Wavey's freezer so it will be up to him to defrost it thoroughly and bring it round. Wavey knows Dizz very well and realises that should he bring the turkey round mid morning he will be forcing Dizz to answer the door in her pyjamas which we all know is a major sin in Fizz's book, and so to sum up, mid morning, still in the bed
3. The next instruction is for Giblet stock for the gravy. Hmmm, I was thinking that packet of turkey gravy would work a treat
4. Christmas Eve later am: Delia suggests the preparation of the vegetables, Dizz is still thrown by the concept that anyone suggests she rise at any time that is in the a.m
5. Christmas Eve early pm: Delia says make trifle. We have to have trifle? I thought we had Christmas pudding for pudding, confused
6. Christmas Eve 3pm: Carols and baking for Delia. I can do carols, just ask T at work, I've been singing them all week. And I can bake. But as I've missed out on all the morning preparations I'm thinking that I should probably be playing catch up. Oh and I need a recipe for trifle too by the sounds of it.
7. Christmas Eve later pm: Stuff the turkey. Ding dang doo, bring on the onion baby, I'm a shoving it up yo ass :o)
8. Lots of recipes for stuffing. Hmmm again, I'm thinking packet mix will be just dandy
9. Christmas Eve early evening: Accompaniments. This means making our own sauces apparently. What is this confusion? Doesn't Delia buy anything ready made? Jars baby, that's what jars are for!
10. Get ahead! If I'm still on my feet by this time I can prepare the bread sauce and the rum sauce. See number 9.
11. Christmas Eve before I go to bed: Midnight mass? Spiced cider, sausage rolls and pickled onions...before bed? Ugh. Oh and I need 6ozs butter to soften for the morning. That's a lot of toast!
12. Christmas Day early am: There's some nonsense about children in there. Don't have any of them. Clearly I will be staying in bed, then opening presents, the thinking about what I might wear, which shoes, how will I do my hair...what was that about a turkey?
13. Christmas Day 7.45am: HELLO? What does number 12 mean if we're only at 7.45? Oh.My.God. Oh and I should be putting the turkey in about now...
14. Christmas Day 8.55am: Take a break! Sheesh, thanks Delia. If I have to be up that early I just won't bother going to bed!
15. For the next several hours my day is devoted to wearing an apron, welcoming my guests, and preparing a gazillion homemade sauces and various seasonal vegetables.
16. Christmas Day 2pm: Dinner is served! Dizz goes for a lie down to recover.
17. Christmas Day a little later: Pudding is up. Which we have to set fire to. Good job I don't live far from the fire station.
18. At the end Delia kindly suggests that I can stretch out, fill my glass and have a Very Happy Christmas!

I used to like Delia.

Any helpful suggestions to make the Dizz Christmas easier will of course be welcomed. Please? Anyone? xx

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Christmas!

Oh yes, the festive season is well and truly upon us now as Christmas has arrived in Dizz's house in the form of much tinsel and sparkly lights. Since it's all about the visuals at the moment here are some photos for your delight:

The tree:
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The fireplace-y thing:
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The pretty fairy lights don't show up very well in either picture. To appreciate the full beauty you'll just have to pop round for a visit. Whilst you're there you can enjoy the oh so comfortable new sofas!

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And in close up:
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Oh Dizz is a happy bunny. I've been playing Christmas songs all day on my stereo. I bet the neighbours love me: "All I want for Christmas is yooooooouuuuu...and yooooouuuuu...and yooooouuuuuu..."

Ta-ta xx

Saturday, 15 December 2007

In the meantime, you will look artistic

It's Saturday. Which means that it's fun day round at Fizz's. Today the fun included a red ink pad, a green ink pad, a black felt tip pen, cardboard, and a lot of mess. So you intrigued yet?

We started off quite small with Santa:
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Moved onto Rudolph:
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Then we had to honour the blog:
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Whose that flying by in his sleigh:
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Getting more ambitious...
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Now that really is coolio!
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And here's one I did earlier:
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Nice balls:
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And there you have it, Saturday afternoon fun for Fizz and Dizz.

Oh, by the way, it's official now. The festive season is finally upon us for real as I've now heard Fairytale of New York not once, but twice in the space of one day. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007


Well would you look at that? For all of November I was there (almost) everyday and since then, where's Dizz? My only excuse is that I'm trying desperately to get myself organized for the approaching fast not doing such a good job. I spent 2 hours of last night writing Christmas cards and that was just the ones for work, sheesh, there's a lot of people where I work!

Anyhoo, the reason I entitled this post LOL is that I've been doing a LOT of laughing lately! On Monday it was Fizz's birthday. At her request, we headed off to the cinema to see The Golden Compass, oh it was mighty fine. I liked the bears, grrrrrrr, they were really quite amazing. And I've decided that I want to be a witch cos Serafina Pekala was one cool lay-dee. On the drive home, from the back of the car Wavey said something that started us off laughing and we continued on and on and on and on and, yep, you guessed it, on, until we were laughing so hard that we had lost the ability to breathe. By this time we were also in serious danger of crashing the car cos Fizz was laughing so hard. So we literally pulled over to the side of the road. And just when I thought that I'd got myself under control I started the time I got home I had to lie down cos my stomach was hurting soooooo much. Eeeeh it was funny.

The other laughing incident was on Sunday whilst watching Elf. Hardly a life changing movie by any means but there was one bit that was so funny, I bellowed out laughing and had to rewind it to watch again by which time the tears were pouring down my cheeks. The bit in question was when they were putting up the Christmas tree and they had to put the star on top. The tree was massively high so Will did this thing where he ran with the star, jumped on the sofa, landed on the tree and then it collapsed...see I type that and it doesn't sound funny at all, but trust me, it was fuuuuuuny. I'm sure that when I put my own tree up at the weekend I'll still be laughing. Although no sofa jumping will be happening...

...from MY NEW SOFA! Oh yes, they're all here. Photos next time I promise!

And on that note, I have to go and laugh again at the scene from Elf.
Ta-ta xx

Thursday, 6 December 2007


Welcome home Tizz!!!!!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2007


Did it again. Crapola. Oh well, safe to say that we didn't succeed in NaBloPoMo or whatever it was called. However, there are only a few days left so I'll do my best to get something out there just so we can say the best effort was made!

1. Amy Wino has cancelled the rest of her tour! How lucky were we that she actually showed up and totally rocked? Thanks Amy! We still love you!
2. Had to throw out yet another pair of shoes! What's going on with the shoe loss? And yet another beloved pair as well. My Dr Who red shoes, boohoo, oh so sad. They literally came apart on my feet last night as I was taking them off: the sole ripped away from the fabric and a gaping hole was all that was left. Bub-bye red shoes, I hearted you so :o(
3. I think I have a hole in my stomach as I literally cannot fill myself up tonight. So far, since returning home, I've eaten: a packet of crisps; a cheese omelette and hash browns; many many strawberries, a meringue, and some chocolate gooey stuff (yum); oh and a chocolate orange digestive. And I'm already planning what I'm going to eat whilst watching Heroes in a bit.
4. Traffic sucks. Seriously. The past two nights in a row coming home from work has been a total nightmare! Tonight there was another accident so the bus had to divert and go miles out of its way to get us home. And it's not even really bad weather yet. What's going on out there drivers?
5. My cough cough cough still hasn't gone. So I went me to the docs to make sure it wasn't consumption. Don't worry, I don't have to go to the workhouse just yet, but I have got an inhaler to try and 'ease my red and inflamed lungs'. My doc said it was like moisturising dry skin on your arm...nice doc, we likey him a lot.
6. Re: above, my health is rubbish! Need me some kind of marvellous medicine to make all this crappy health stuff go away :o(
7. Didn't think I was going to but am loving "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. I'm not generally a fan of the historical novel but there's so much rumpy pumpy in this one that I'm being very finely entertained! I'd recommend it, I would.
8. Ray LaMontagne currently has occupancy of the stereo.
9. Christmas is now less than a month away and I STILL HAVEN'T STARTED MY SHOPPING!!! Someone help me. Must. Be. More. Organised.
10. But! Despite all of the above and all the other day to day nonsense, you ask anyone: how happy is Dizz? I just can't keep that smile off my face...

Ta-ta x

Sunday, 25 November 2007

And again!

PANTS! Missed another fecking day! How does that happen? I won't even bother trying to defend it; there's a lot of nice things happening in Dizz-land at the moment and I'm enjoying them too much to feel too bad about missing the blogging :o))

Went out dancing last night. Well I say dancing. Turns out that our town is getting pretty crappy for good places to go where some serious dancing can be done. The venue that we went to is usually a guaranteed night of cheesey dancing. Instead we walked in and the place was empty! And they were having some god-awful music from the 90s night, but it wasn't even the good indie music from the 90s, it was that horrible beep-beep-boop-boop rubbish that we all hate; it hurts my ears it's so bad, me no likey. But oh the shame, we actually danced to Snap's Rhythm is a dancer. We did however have to do official take the piss dancing out of this poor guy in white trousers and white shoes who was clearly lost from some disco cos he was doing serious dad dancing, including the arms action. Oh how we chortled as we strutted our stuff. So, the night of dancing didn't come off quite as planned and we ended up back at D's house with pizza and her ipod.

I'm putting out a plea: please tell us where we can go for good dancing nights? There has to be somewhere! We're too young to curl up indoors and attend dinner parties. Help us before it's too late! xx

Friday, 23 November 2007


How did that happen? It was Wednesday...then it was Friday and somewhere along the way Thursday happened and we didn't blog :o( We've failed...I feel really bad. I was sure we'd be able to do it. Oh well. Apologies to everyone who was helping us along the way with the comments. Am I forgiven if I say I was too busy living life and having fun to do the blog post...?

So what's been happening? Well, library land seems to have been taken over by some kind of bonkers drug, there's a definite something in the air. The amount of frivolity that has gone on has been much higher than usual and it's been a crazy week. Personally I blame the door being broken, cos with the broken door comes big icy blasts of cold air, and people huddling round warm heaters/hot people; all this huddling is sending us a bit loopy. Still, it's been a fun week!

Tonight is not a games night. Cos Fizz is on her way back from Wigan, and Wavey's on his way round with my chips (yumness), but it's still the episode of Ugly Betty where Posh Spice is the bridesmaid so we'll definitely be watching that! Tomorrow we're off to theatre to continue with the set. Tomorrow night me, Fizz, Cat, D and K are going out on the town to be dancing queens! I cannot wait! I haven't been out on a cheesey dancing night in, ooooh, forever. Will be a blast! But. Sensible dancing shoes must be worn. EBBs are not good for dancing. No way my lovelies. Then on Sunday I'm going to a 50th birthday party that starts at 2pm in the afternoon! I know this family of old and they like a drink so that'll be everyone drunk on the floor by 4pm! Blimey o'riley! It'll be Monday again before we know it.

Hope you're all going to have a rocking weekend too.

Oh! Do I have some goods on 'Bob'. If you want a laugh just ask and I shall tell...xx

Wednesday, 21 November 2007


Roll on December 1st cos look what I have to start eating:

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Thanks Fizz! x

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

10 minutes

Dizz is to busy to blog tonight, so it's been delegated to me. OK, the scarf blog was dull, but at least I had something to blog about. This time, I have absolutely nothing to tell. So, instead of telling you all about some amazing, wonderful event in my life, I'm going to ask for some help.

Here's the thing: I'm going on a course on Thursday and Friday, and it turns out everyone has to give a 10 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Those who know me will be aware that I can talk for much longer than that on just about anything, but this is different - it's got to be interesting.


We don't get to take any photos or anything with us, it's all just talking. eek! help! please!

Fizz x
PS any suggestions, however silly, are welcome. Just don't say 'scarves'

Monday, 19 November 2007

The 1 foot beehive

Oh wow. Oh my god. I can't believe it but we actually saw Amy Winehouse. Yep, she was there. She was coherent. She was so many words but I think AMAZING is the one that sums up the experience best.

Out of all the gigs I've ever been to, they're usually wee little bands starting out, the venue is small, the gigs are intimate, you're impressed with the effort and if you like 'em then great. But Amy? This was a whole new world for me. I've never been to a gig where I've had such admiration for the artist before. I know everyone thinks she's stark raving bonkers and unreliable and a drug addict and a drunk...she is all those things, but she's also an icon. And a totally amazing artist to go with it.

She rocked out onto the stage a bit late, and the first song was pretty mixed up and I thought oh-oh. But it must have just been stepping out nerves cos she just got better and better and better. I can't begin to describe what it felt like to actually be there. I kept turning round to Cat and shouting "oh my god we're at Amy Winehouse!" and she was right there, just in front of us, in all her 1 foot beehive and malfunctioning dress glory.

I can say all round that it was quite possibly one of my bestest gig experiences ever. And you know that I don't give out such praise to just anyone. I think I'm in awe. Tell 'em Cat, back me up, how good was she! xx

Sunday, 18 November 2007

New Scarf

I am under instructions from Dizz to blog today, 'cos she's too busy getting ready for the Amy Winehouse gig tonight, among other things ;-P

So, it being Sunday, I haven't really got much to blog about. I did make a new scarf though, so you're going to have to make do with a blog post about that.

I decided I had to make some scarves because I can't find any I like in the shops. And customised clothing and accessories are always funkay-er than the same old same old from the high street.

So, I went charidee shop shopping yesterday (on my own! - Yes, I'm allowed now) and bought a couple of tops made from nice fabric, with the intention of cutting them up into little bits and sewing them together again. Et voila! (I know it looks a bit like animal print, but if you look closer you'll see it's little butterflies, so cute!)

This is the second top, which will soon be reincarnated too...

Ta ta
Fizz x

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Games night for real

After last week's trial run, we rocked into the weekend with games night 2; attendees: moi, Fizz, and Wavey. Wavey turned up with his overnight bag and we're all like, have you packed your pjs and your toothbrush in there? Turns out he had brought games. And they were good games!

First up: Pass the bomb
The objective of this was to create words from letters that appeared on the cards, as soon as you've made up a word you pass the bomb, and so on and so on until the bomb explodes. The person who has the bomb in their hand when it explodes has to keep the card and the winner is the person with the least cards. Of course Fizz was really really good at this game, being all wordy. By the end of it we were chucking the bomb at each other in a desperate attempt to get rid of its ticking evil-ness. I think Fizz won each round but nothing too surprising about that really, but the fastest word was definitely when I had to start a word beginning with "fu"...fuuuuuuuuu :o)

2nd was the trusty Jenga, always a good'un. We found out that we've been playing it wrong all this time and you should put 3 blocks on the top, not 2. That's what you get when your instructions are in Spanish, Fizz.

3rd and lastly was Kerplunk. A real winner after last week's debut. This was a very revealing game, in more ways than one but more about that later. Turns out Wavey is a pretty sneaky player. He kept pulling out those straws and flicking the marbles so that they weren't tumbling down the shoot. By 3 games in it was time to get serious. Or should I say it was time to get tactical. Fizz and I took it upon ourselves to distract Wavey from each straw pull. Obviously the most successful move was when Fizz leaned right over in her low cut dress and showed him her cleavage and spotty bra...funnily enough I think he gained about 5 marbles in that move, heehee. To be fair, he was equally as sneaky, nudging Fizz as she pulled a straw. I managed an entirely new move and flicked a marble out of the top!

All in all, another successful games night. Come home soon Tizz so you can join in the fun too!

Amy Wino tomorrow. Let's hope that she's:
a) alive
b) coherent
c) puts on a good show

I'll keep you posted... xx

Friday, 16 November 2007

Let's get the weekend started

This weekend is going to be a good one, I feel it in my water...

First, there's tonight: we're due to have our first full games night (we had one last week, but Wavey wasn't there, so it was really just a practise). Then there's Ugly Betty - this week's episode looks like a good one, judging by the trailer.

And tomorrow I'm having another massage, this time with hot stones, so I'm hoping it won't be quite as painful. Although I have to admit, for the benefits I'm feeling it's worth the pain.

Then lots of chillin', maybe a bit of shopping, definitely some tea and cake at some point and perhaps a trip to the cinema with Dizz. And finally, I'm in the office on Monday, so I don't have to get up super-early to drive anywhere. A lie in! Woohoo!

I hope you all enjoy the weekend as much as I intend to.
Fizz x

Thursday, 15 November 2007

What's the Welsh for no chance?

Sofa men arrived. Sofa men walked in house shaking heads. Sofa men they say "no chance love". Give them their due though (maybe it was the short skirt) they brought it in the house and gave it a good shove about. But sadly the 3 seater sofa would not fit into the living room. The only option was to start removing panes of glass from my windows...shaking head, no chance to that! So, it's gone back. But never fear. All is not lost my lovelies. Have rearranged the order so am getting a 2 seater sofa instead which is exactly 5'8'' just like me, so I'll be able to lay out full stretch on it. And amen to that.

Oh but the chairs. Oh wow. I'm in chair lust. Seriously I couldn't stop stroking and fondling them last night. They're huge! And so lovely. I feel like a queen sitting on her fabric covered throne. Oh so lovely. Just ask Fizz and Wavey, they'll tell you.

Have rest of afternoon to sit on my new chairs and enjoy the heaven that they are.

Oh thanks for suggestions for the boots, but trust me, they're gone, dead, they have to go to shoe heaven cos they are utterly beyond repair. Thanks for sharing the loss with me though. Fare ye well beloved black boots. I loved you so *whimpering face* bub-bye x

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

But what would Julia Roberts do?

You might not remember but I posted a couple of weeks ago about my black boots that I love so much and how I coloured them in, just like Julia Roberts, cos the front was looking all scruffy. Well, imagine my horror today when I discovered that there's a hole in the sole! From one side of the boot to the other, like someone's taken a knife to it (they wouldn't...would they?). So I want to know, what would Julia Roberts do? I thought maybe I could cover it with black gaffa tape, but that would probably just peel off. Bugger. I know the real answer is to go and buy new ones but I LOVE these boots. I bought them after watching NY:LON and I really wanted to be just like Edie, the main character. It might just break my shoe-heart to throw them away. Boo hoo. Goodbye boots? Is no good people...

...but oh wow. Have just had phone call and my sofa is arriving tonight! Like in an hour! Wow! It was supposed to be tomorrow but now it's tonight!! Am all thrown and oh so excited by this news! So I have to keep putting exclamation marks. WHOOP! I'm currently sat on my floor in my empty living room and was thinking this was going to be how it would be all night but oh no, the lovely Welsh sofa people are on their way. How VERY exciting!!! And oh double excitement, cos I took tomorrow off and was thinking I would have to be up bright and early but now I can sleep in! Yay! Ooooooooh ooooooh, how good is it to get new things?

Oh, got wolf whistled at by two 13 year old boys today. Compliment? Nightmare? You decide.

I have to go and jump around in sofa glee now xx

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

The news from daawn saarf

Thought it was about time I contributed something to this blog as my name is on it too and I have been very remiss in keeping up to date. I’m enjoying life in at my new station and have now got a (semi) permanent crewmate who is lovely and shall be referred to as M from now on. We’ve been put together for the next six months which I’m pleased about as he’s lovely and good at the job but I see one HUGE problem emerging…. In the following months… we are going to get FAT. My name is Tizz and I’m a chocoholic.

Normally I can curb these cravings and get on with my day quite nicely but the problem is M is a chocoholic too. It’s like one of those unhealthy relationships you read about in magazines in doctors waiting rooms, we are a terrible influence on one another. In the two weeks we’ve been working together we’ve devoured 2 packs of jaffa cakes (orange flavour, though we are planning on trying the orange and cranberry next) 1 pack of hob nob creams (tasty), a packet of aero mint bubbles, a whispa bar each (retro goodness is back!) and various individual chocolate bars. I see this as the start of a downward spiral and need to change habits now, but it’s just so difficult. We have been leaving our half finished packets for the next crew but I think that’s only going to serve to make all the crews on out station fat – definitely not conducive to effective emergency services!

In other news I’m very surprised Dizz and Fizz have not commented on the recent DT programme. I won’t say anything yet in case it hasn’t been watched yet but I will say that though he wasn’t looking his usual stunning self there was still something strangely attractive hmmmm bit worried about that too.

Coming up in the next week I have my graduation which I was excited about but now have been assured is very boring and bleedin' freezin', but it will be nice to have a catch up with everyone and maybe get a little merry after!

This weekend I'm off to see L (with baby bump S) and P and little N, who I haven't seen in ages. I have things for the little ones from San Fran which I hope they will like (well obviously S will not be able to express an opinion but hopefully L will like it). These initials are becoming confusing?!? but obviously not fair to name names without permission.

After speaking to my mam last night I'm so very excited by the sound of the xmas play! I'm hoping that I'm off but in the excitement I've forgotten the dates - anyone?

Sorry if this post's a little disjointed but thoughts just keep popping in and out and I'm currently not capeable of organising them :S. Anyhow I'll leave it at that for the mo. Hope you're feeling better Dizz and that your back torture is still working Fizz. Speak soon! T xx

Monday, 12 November 2007

Back to work

Went back to work today. Turned out to be a pretty easy day, that 'Bob', he be a great boss ;o) Spent quite a lot of it catching up with people. I always miss so much when I'm off. It's true, I tell you, I go there everyday for months and months, I'm off sick for one week and the whole place goes to the dogs! And I always miss it! If it wasn't for the text and Facebook communications I'd be completely in the dark. Thanks be for the 21st Century communications.

Very little else to report. Apart from the very exciting sofa news. Yep, the new sofa arrives on Thursday. At 7am. Yep, you read that right. At 7 in the a.m men will be arriving at my door with my new sofa and two giant armchairs. Let's start believing that they will fit through the door...oh and sorry Fizz, I already told the man on the other end of the phone that I'd still be in my pjs. He just chuckled and said "great" so clearly not a problem for him, good stuff. First thing I will do after ooh-ing and ahhh-ing lots is go right back to sleep. On my new 3 seater sofa. That will be big enough to accommodate moi. Most excellent. This makes for a very smiley Dizz.

Any news that anyone wants to share? We're reaching midway point my's now when we might start to us please by providing us with funny/amusing stories that we can embellish for entertainment xx

GBH disguised as a massage...

I went for a massage on Saturday, as planned, to help me get rid of all the stress generated by my new job. I arrived all excited and bubbly, expecting a relaxing half-hour of gentle but firm kneading. Nooooope. It was thinly disguised torture. I had to exert every particle of self control I have to prevent myself begging my torturer to stop.

To be fair, my modern-day Inquisitor did warn me that it might hurt a bit. She said I had a knot in my back as big as her fist and she wouldn't be able to 'get' it all in one session. After she violently poked and pummelled she casually informed me that I might experience some bruising. Ya think?

The real horror is that she said I need to go again. Several times. And being me, I'll probably go. Am I discovering a masochistic side to myself?

On the plus side, I drove all the way to Birmingham and back today, then went to the gym - something like that would normally have crippled me for a week - and (aside from the bruising) my back is just mildly painful. So maybe, maaayyyybeee it was worth it.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

New blogging location

Fizz is going to be HORRIFIED by this post, so she should probably turn away from the screen now and just click the little 'x' in the corner to remove the screen...

It's a well known fact in Dizz world that I'm a lazy arse. I am. I'm totally honest about it. I love dossing about. I love lazing around. But most of all I love my bed. Today is Sunday. Normally I would sleep til at least 11 on Sunday. But today was different. I woke up at 9. Wide awake. Fully rested. But thinks I, I cannot possibly get out of bed this early, what will I do? I don't know what Sunday mornings are for cos I never see them. So I went downstairs, made myself a cuppa, brought it back up and read my book...made another...and lookey now, it's 11.50am and I am STILL IN BED! Yep, I am blogging from my bed. In my pyjamas. Oh Fizz I can see you shaking your head at me now. But I care not. Cos it's all good. I feel like I've still had my Sunday sleep in cos I've stayed in the bed.

It is however, a lovely blue sky day out there now. So it's time to actually get out of bed. And make some brekkie, cos am pretty hungry. Perhaps brunch would be a better idea?

Anyhoo, that's all I have to say. Turns out, it's surprisingly easy to blog everyday if you can talk about total nonsense xx

Saturday, 10 November 2007

The concept of time

Continuing to keep me cheerful through the miserable ear infection, Fizz suggested that we have a games night last night. And we had so much fun that I think it has to become a permanent thing. We played Kerplunk, Game of Life and Jenga. When we started playing I was all like, oh it takes ages to set these things took like 3 minutes. And when we played Game of Life I said, oh we'll never get this finished before Ugly Betty and it took about 20 minutes.

And this is the point of this post. When we were kids and playing these games, it did seem to take an eternity to set up the sticks and marbles for Kerplunk. And I would swear hands down that me and my sis used to play Game of Life for what seemed like days! And I think that I miss that. I do. Time speeds by these days, it really does. I can't believe it's Christmas in 5 weeks! This is bonkers. Seriously, does anyone know where 2007 went cos I can't believe it's nearly over. It is truly astonishing to me. We need to bring back those days when school holidays seemed to last forever, and playing games did last hours and hours and filled up your whole day, rather than that hour long slot before the start of your favourite Friday night tv programme.

Any ideas how we might do this then? A time machine? Some kind of time-freezing machine that lets us slow it down to a reasonable pace? All suggestions welcome, be they sensible or downright silly, bring 'em on xx

Friday, 9 November 2007

just what a girl needs

I tells ya Fizz is just the best. I know I say this stuff all the time, but seriously, she is. Last night she turns up at my house with a dvd and bags of Maltesers for us to enjoy. And the film, well, what better choice could have been made? Ocean's 13. Don't get me wrong, it really wasn't life changing, in fact, it was kind of predictable. But who am I kidding? Who cares about plot when you have Gorgeous George and Beautiful Brad to look at? Seriously, whoever thought of putting those two into the same film must have been a woman. Surely? Who cares about being dizzy when George is wearing a tuxedo and Brad is wearing his white trousers just so to make his thighs look....

...ahem. Anyhoo. You get the picture. Wow. So thanks Fizz. Excellent movie choice.

The glum has gone from yesterday. I'm hoping that today, the 3rd day of drugs, is when they'll kick in and the world should slow down a bit. Have been able to walk around the house without needing to cling onto walls for support so much. And I even walked through the door rather than bashing myself from one side to the other, progress indeed! I'll try a walk out again later and hopefully it might only take 10 minutes for the world to stop spinning rather than 30, fingers crossed!

Anyhoo almost lunch time. Thank god that I didn't lose my appetite, yay!
Ta-ta x

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Day 3: glum

I know Fizz has already posted but I'm all about sharing this illness. And frankly my lovelies I'm a bit glum today. I'm bored and frustrated. I went out for a walk just now with my lovely ma and had to sit down for 30 minutes after to wait for the world to stop spinning. Even typing this is not that great for me really. Bah humbug to illnesses and evil viruses. When are the drugs going to kick in, she whines pitifully...

Pathetic! That's what this is. Pull yourself together Dizz!

On a plus side (cos there always has to be one) my new cd arrived today and it rocks, Versions by Mark Ronson. He be da man!

And Fizz is coming round tonight to watch a movie so it's not all bad.

Stay tuned for more joy... :o((


So, I told you all I've got a new role at work. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it's turning out to be a whole load of hassle. I won't bore you with the details, but I'm getting so wound up by all the office politics that I've literally got a huge pain in the neck. And the shoulder and upper back too. But only down my right side, which is strange.

Fed up with this constant ache, I've decided to try a therapeutic massage. It's all organised, and on Saturday morning I'm off to get all my worries massaged away. I'll let you know how it goes, although I'm expecting to be all blissed-out for the rest of Saturday so it might take a while before I blog again...

Ta ta

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Grumpy doctor

I couldn't visit my normal, lovely doctor cos he didn't have an appointment available until Monday and that was waaaaay to long to wait for the new bad dizzies to subside. So I took a replacement doctor. And she was mean! It was 9am so it's possible that she's not a morning person, that's okay, I sympathise, I'm not either, but she's a doctor! She's supposed to listen to your ailments with a suitable look on her face and then say nice things to make you feel better.

Instead she grumpily asked me questions. Shoved the thingy in my ear to look in my ears, roughly pulled my top up to sound my chest (that is such an odd saying), then asked me if I was allergic to any medication. I started to tell her how I'd had a really bad time with penicillin and she turned on me and said "how bad?" so I stuttered out a response and then she said "I wasn't going to give you that anyway". I tells ya, she was me-ee-ee-an!

Turns out that I have an ear infection. Hence the new bad dizzies. I'm almost glad about this cos for a little moment I had horrible thoughts that the normal dizzies were suddenly going to get worse, and it's always my hope that they're going to go away, that's the ideal, top of my wish list everytime I blow out birthday candles; how tragic is that? Most people wish for like a new car, or a better boyfriend, me, I just want my old ears back.

Thank you lovely readers for all the kind texts and well wishes. You're all so nice. It's enough to make a girl go slushy-mushy inside xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Extreme sport?

As regular readers of this blog will know I didn't come by my blog name purely by chance, I am actually dizzy. And by this I mean that I have very rubbish inner ears which cause the world to spin on an almost daily basis. This has been the case for over 2 years now, and I just get on with it, I don't moan, I don't really tell anyone when it's happening, it's just there, as much a part of me as the huge red hair.

Today however was an exception. I woke up DIZZY! And I mean that I had to take a tablet when I got to work (and I only take them when I'm absolutely giving into it). It soon became apparent that the tablet wasn't working and that this was a whole new arena of dizzy. Everytime I looked down to do something I thought I was going to fall off my chair, I looked up and I almost fell; I literally couldn't sit still in my seat cos the world was lurching and spinning all over the shop. I took another tablet, thinking, nyeh it'll go away soon...30 minutes passed and still lurching, spinning, a little bit whoo a little bit wahey and I gave up. I did. I had to! I couldn't have sat there for any longer trying to pretend that everything was fine cos clearly it was not. So I went to 'Bob' the boss-man and told him I was going home. And home I came.

Which leads me to my topic. How many of you have had the dizzies? Cos I have to tell you, I am well aware that there are many many people much worse off than me which is why I don't moan and go on about it too much, but my lovelies, it is HORRIBLE! To the outside world you look absolutely, positively fine. But inside your head, wow, it's like...well I don't know but it's unpleasant. And it takes stamina to put on a brave face! Which is why I think it should be put forward for the next Olympics.

I have a doctors appointment for the morning so hopefully some magic tablets will be given and all will be well. Fingers crossed everyone! Pretty please...xx

Monday, 5 November 2007

New frock

It's true. I am now the proud owner of an actual frock. The last time I bought a dress was for my friend's wedding about 7 years ago, it cost about 60 quid and I only wore it once. This time it'll be different, I know. For a start, this only cost 2 pounds. Yes, 2! Can u believe it! Charidee shops rock.

Today I'm going for the 'I know it clashes and I don't care' look, with a ruby red bangle and scarf. I've dressed it down with a 3/4 sleeve black cardie, opaque black tights and boots.

I don't have the ability at the moment to take a photo, but here's a (headless) artist's impression:

As for the mofobloho thingy or whatever it is, I'll do my best to blog lots this month, so poor Dizz doesn't have to do it all herself.

Ciao (see, I have to be cool and elegent when wearing this frock, even to the extent of pretending to speak Italian)

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Charidee spectactular

As regular readers of this blog know, me and Fizz rock the charidee shops, we do, we go when the mood strikes us right and we find us absolutely gorgeous bargains for bargainous prices. And yesterday was no exception as (yes you read this right) all the charidee shops were having half price sales! Oh the joy. You have no idea. We both got the most spectacular stashes. In my attempts to boost up this blogging month I took a photo of all the items I got:

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And that little lot there was got for about a tenner, maybe just over: BARGAIN!

However, the most shocking thing of all was Fizz. I tells ya, since she got this new job she has become a TOTAL shopaholic! Everytime I text her she's in a shop trying this, buying that, it's wonderful, I love it. But yesterday the most shocking thing of all happened: Fizz bought a dress. Yes, an actual girlie swirlie dress. With pink flowers on it. I had to almost pick myself up off the floor (mind you, in fairness, this was more as I'd nearly fallen arse over tit on a piece of blu-tak...ahem, less said about that the better methinks) as she emerged out of the dressing room in a frock! It's gojus! I'm hoping that Fizz will follow my example and take a photo of all her floaty purchases for the comments box...

Gig news: We Are Scientists were pretty damned good. But not as good as The Rumblestrips. I did love my weekend of gigs. Am off to the cinema tonight. Think we're seeing Ratatouille, yay, can't wait!

See you tomorrow xx

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Everyone needs a bus driver called Dusty

Heading into town last night to the first in a weekend of gigs, I jumped on the number 36 bus; always the best one for the tales. And last night was no exception. The bus driver was chatting to everyone who got on the bus, when I showed him my pass he gave me this cheeky grin and mouthed "thank you" through his panel, so I gave him my best smile back and took my seat. We're merrily driving along, listening to the chit-chat of Dusty and his fellow passengers, when all of a sudden his ticket machine just started spurting tickets out in a long, seemingly never ending streamer. As this streamer got bigger the whole bus were in hysterics cos Dusty was just shouting and laughing. One of his mates who was on the bus was yelling at him to "just hit it Dusty, just hit it" it was soooo funny. I couldn't stop laughing. He eventually made it stop as it sputtered sadly to a stop and the last little ticket popped out. By this time we'd reached one of the towns I go through on my route so Dusty was letting people off. He was just about to pull away from a stop, he'd closed the doors and everything when he obviously spotted someone he knew, he braked to a stop, opened the doors, stood up, and yelled out "Jack the lad, my man!" to a passer by and his wife, who then got on the bus to have a loud chat about what they'd all been up to, Dusty all the while laughing and shouting. I tell you, it was so nice. A lot of the time bus drivers are right grumpy gits, especially the ones driving the later shifts, but Dusty, well, I loved him, I did. He was just ace! Sadly he left us at the next stop, got off the bus, locked us in there, and then walked backwards towards his depot office waving and blowing kisses at couldn't make it up, you really couldn't! Sadly his replacement wasn't anywhere near as much fun, but thanks Dusty, for starting off the night so well.

And it could only get better after such a good start. Oh wow, what a gig! I can honestly say that it might well be the best one this year; definitely the best one I've seen since Maximo Park anyway. The Rumblestrips people. If you ever get a chance to go and see them live, I beg of you, do it! They STORMED the joint, their energy and enthusiasm was amazing. And it was fab cos it was a little crowd yet we showed them the appreciation, I'm still waiting for my voice to return. If you're not a gig person, then get their cd instead: Girls and Weather.

So We are Scientists have a lot to live up to tonight, especially as their drummer quit the band before the start of their tour. Erm, hello, how can you have a gig without a drummer? We shall see!

See you tomorrow x

Friday, 2 November 2007

Tales of the green skirt

When I hit 30 something really odd happened. I lost loads of weight. I did nothing to do this, it just kind of magically disappeared over a few weeks, and as it went so did my slightly larger than I always wanted dress size. With the new found smaller dress size came the idea that I no longer cared what people thought about what I wore and how I put it together. And with that revelation, my fashion life was transformed. All of a sudden people started paying attention to what I was wearing, and comments were passed daily, sometimes good sometimes quizzical but always comments. (There is a point to this honest, I'm getting there). Today was yet another example of it. Today was my green skirt day.

There's a story behind this skirt. It's from a charidee shop. Now you all know that me and Fizz rock the charidee shops, we do, we go, we find dead good stuff and people always want to know where and how much. Wow, is usually a response. This green skirt is a wow skirt. It's originally a Per Una skirt and would have cost at least 40 quid, I got it for 2 pounds and 50 pence, yes people, it was a bargain. And it's oh so funkay. I've taken a photo to demonstrate how it was being worn today:

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As soon as I put it on it felt kinda magical. I knew I was going to rock this skirt. I felt all girlie swirlie librarian-y in it. It started as I was walking to work from the bus station, people were actually staring at the green skirt as I was walking past! I walked in the door at work and people started following me asking me where I got the skirt? When? How much? Someone even tried to steal it...while I was wearing it! Pah. Hands off matey, it be mine. But you know what? I've worn this skirt before and I'm sure I never got the same reaction. Maybe it was the funky black boots. Maybe it was the v-neck top. Who knows what it was? But I worked it!

I'm throwing a question out there to try and get you guys interacting with us during this month of everyday posts. My question is: what is your rocking outfit? Tell me tales of your...

See you tomorrow xx

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Every single day?

Turns out that avid reading of blogs can get you into potentially challenging situations. Librarian Girl blogged today about NaBloPoMo; for the uninitiated this means that us crazy bloggers commit to writing a post every single day for the month of November. And she did such a good job of selling it (!) that I thought, yeah, why not, we here can do that. So. As they say. Here we are. This is the 1st November. And this is the first post of the month.

I have no idea what tone this month will take. I'm really (fingers and toes crossed!) hoping that Fizz and Tizz will also take up the challenge and help with the daily blogging. Cos I'm sure you shall all tire quickly of my voice on this here blog every single day.

My first idea was to follow the calendar challenges that Tizz bought me for Christmas, but as my challenge for today was to go and "mack" with someone, I had to immediately decide that was a bad idea. Cos this basically means going up to some random stranger and snogging the face off of them. Now if tonight was last night, and I'd had the 3 pints of beer liquid dinner, then that might have been a possibility; as it was the only thing I wanted to do was come home and create me the burger that I've been craving all day long (and oh boy was it good!)

Methinks that a general introduction to the challenge is good enough for the first post. And I'm calling in the troops. Come on people, if we're going to blog every single day, we want them comments to be a-coming!

For the first time ever, I can sign out of this by saying, see you here tomorrow!
Later alligators xx

Thursday, 25 October 2007

the essence of decadence

Have you ever heard such a cool phrase? I love it! I do. 'Bob' at work kindly informed me today that I am exactly that: the essence of decadence. He was referring to someone we work with, whose a little on the mousey side (this is polite, trust me). I firmly believe her to be offended by all things Dizz as she simply cannot look me in the eye whenever I ask her a question, or generate a response that doesn't include lots of uh, um, erm, um erm uh all at the same time...well you get the picture. It's really quite disconcerting. I'm an easy going gal, I am, peeps talk to me about anything and everything, so what's up with that? In the summer I thought maybe she was offended by my vest tops and the amount of flesh they show, but seems that even in Autumn fashions I still cause consternation. I feel like Duckie in Pretty In Pink, when he lifts up his arm, sniffs his armpit, and asks: "do I o-ffend?" What do we reckon peeps? Is it me? Or is it her? The jury is out.

In other examples of decadence, I wore my struttin' boots for work yesterday. By the time I actually reached the blessed place of employment they were no longer the struttin' boots, they were the evil as f*** boots. I had to spend the whole day hobbling around like an old woman, in my socks (!) as I had blisters on the balls of my feet. Ohhhhh the pain. Ouch. My boss kindly informed me that it's cos my boots are not leather. I was like, cheers, yep, well we can't all afford to spend many hundreds of pounds on f-m boots, like what she does :o)

Today I have eaten: a hazelnut and orange cookie with a chocolate base, a chocolate and caramel digestive, a packet of peanut M&Ms, and a chunk of G&B Maya Gold; chocolate decadence do we think?

Just watched Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. Hmmm, not quite sure what I made of it but fitting that I watched it on the decadence day. Boy, those cakes. I was literally drooling over them, hell even the champagne was starting to look good and we all know about the bubbles troubles.

So thanks be to 'Bob' for the post inspiration. Keep 'em coming peeps. And amen to decadence, of any kind. Farewell my lovelies x

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


It's been a long, long time since I blogged. Sorry folks, I just haven't had time.

I have some good excuses though: I was rehearsing and then appearing in a play called Glorious! - I played the stroppy, foul-mouthed Mexican maid. What fun, swearing my head off in the secure knowledge that no one will understand a word I'm saying. Think again. On the Thursday night, someone mentioned that their friend Ricardo was in the audience. Being astute, I asked "Is he a foreigner?" - "Yes", I was told, "He's Spanish." I wasn't too bothered until my informant added "He's a Catholic priest." Ooooooops! Actually, Monseigneur Ricardo was adorable, and didn't mind the bad language and the blasphemy at all.

As well as that, I've started a new job (same company, just a different post) which involves a lot of travelling around, visiting customers and showing them how to use the software they've just bought from us. Travelling is time-consuming, I'm sure we'd all agree about that. But it's particularly time-consuming for me because it takes me about twice as long to get anywhere as a normal person. Just ask Dizz, I'm spectacularly good at getting myself completely lost. My map-reading skills are off the scale (on the below-zero side). Even with a satnav, I manage to go wrong. (To be fair, my satnav is pants. It told me "You have reached your destination" when I was sitting in the middle of a junction.)

Being busy is no excuse to miss out on the retail therapy though. Dizz'n'Fizz will be hitting the shops pretty soon - watch out Teesside!

Sunday, 21 October 2007


It's taken me most of the day but I finally got through my ironing pile, admittedly I did stop and eat lunch and help my ma pull up weeds in my yard, but I can finally say that I am operating on a full throttle wardrobe:
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(they should never have bought me a digital camera, any opportunity...)

Wish I could say the same thing about myself, full throttle that is. Cos I'm knackered! Yep that ironing was exhausting. That's when you can tell you've been ill, when something you would normally do without any hassle becomes this major event. Am hoping that all will be well at work tomorrow but bugger, reckon I'm going to be sooooo tired, what a girlie puff :o(

Any tips for energy boosting? Come on peeps, where's my comments? I've been posting so diligently. Is there anyone out there? Helloooooo...? xx

Saturday, 20 October 2007


I think I should begin my own course of therapy for how to get over sucky viruses. For starters I would recommend lots of sleeping. And then after the lots of sleeping, the taking of the tablets, the drinking of the fluids, get yourself up and at 'em George McFadam, and get thee to the shops. Yep, a good dose of retail therapy is enough to kick you out of any post-virus blues. As I clearly found out today. The only item on my list was a pair of skintight black jeans. Check, found them. Oh and look at those boots...and those too...oh look at Dizz at the checkout paying for those 2 pairs of boots and those jeans...oops :o)) However, being the style-ista that I am, I refuse to feel guilty about the buying of the boots (nice try Fizz) cos they are struttin' boots, yep, I'm currently rockin' one pair of them around my house. Ooh yeah baby. Last year I was all about the Ugg-a-like boots, this year I'm all about the struttin'.

In other news, there's something weird going on out there, in the big wide world. I can't help but feel that I'm at the beginning of a new phase. Don't know where it's going to take me, or even why I have this feeling, but I'm a firm believer in following my gut and that's what it's telling me. Look out world, I'm a-coming...

And finally, I'm ending with a question. What I want to know is who is the inventor of these chain thingies that you get via email/text/Facebook kindly informing you that on the one hand you are "sexy as fuck" (direct quote) but if you don't forward this on to 10 people you will be "ugly" for the next 10 years? Say WHAT? xx

Thursday, 18 October 2007


I thought it was too good to be true that I hadn't picked up some horrible cold or bug from the plane journey. Turns out you don't need to go that far for that joy, you can just jump on a local bus instead. As you might have guessed it, I've been struck down. The official line (as I've now seen the doc it's been made official) is a virus. Surprise surprise. They always say that when they're not quite sure what it is and can't really give you anything to make it better. The recommendations were: fluids, paracetamol, and plenty of rest. Yes sir-ree.

Since we're all about the sharing on this here blog I thought I'd tell you how sucky my virus is. It started on Monday with violent dizzies at work. Being Dizz, I'm used to the dizzies, I mainly just get on with them, but these dizzies were properly evil. Each time I looked down I thought I was going to fall off my chair. And then when I looked up, yep, more falling. Came home on Monday night and started with the most horrible ear-ache in my left ear. Woke up on Tuesday, got on bus to go to work, thought my head was going to explode, or fall off cos my body clearly couldn't support its new weight, got off bus, went home and laid down. And it's pretty much been that way since then. Headache, ear-ache, eye ache, face ache, dizzy, head far too heavy for my body are the general symptoms. And it's making me miserable. My ma will clarify this, as bless her, she's been round every day to make sure I'm still alive, offering to take me back to the parental manor and look after me...I'm like no way! I'm staying in my own bed thanks. I think Wavey got a bit of a shock when he came round to keep me company last night and I hardly uttered 5 words, laid out on the sofa in my duvet looking totally pathetic, is too tragic. Today, it's still bad but the best way to describe it is how a really bad hangover feels but with evil dizzies. Virus my arse. It sucks!

And to further my plight, my pile of ironing is now the same size as a small friend:
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So if any of you kind readers would like to help me, just pop on round, I'll set the ironing board up, no bother.

Oh special message to Cat who is sick too: Get Well Soon chick!
Hopefully next time I'll be all well. And have lots of freshly ironed clothes.
Ta-ta x

Wednesday, 3 October 2007


The first week back at work after a holiday is always a little odd, on the one hand you're on a total high with the buzz of how good your holiday was, your heart leaps everytime someone comes over to ask you about it and you can't hide the grin as you tell yet another story...and then there's the flipside; you're gloomy, the weather's rubbish, you want to be back on holiday to recover from your holiday. And so it goes on. The second week is when everything supposedly returns to normal. Not so for me.

Even though it's only Wednesday, so far my "normal" week has included some very bizarre happenings.

On Monday, I discovered that my beloved black suede boots had a scuff on the tip of the right front pointy bit. And it was like an off white colour. And really stood out. Since I heart these boots so I knew that I had to do something and was inspired by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I got me a black marker. I made someone stand in front of me. And I coloured the tip of my boot in with said marker. Result! No-one can see the scuff mark now. Really, what would we do without films and television?

Tuesday night theatre is always fun, it's hard to describe what it is that we do there cos people have to see it to believe it. This week however was a little more strange than usual. I got there to find that my task was to create these hideous decorations that are well over 6 feet tall, and consist of a bucket covered in silver foil, a stake covered in flowers made out of paper tissues, silver skylarks with foil wings and tails, and pampas grass. Oh all fixed together with the aid of a glue gun and mucho swearing. Poor R managed to burn herself severely on the glue gun, so much so that I had to get a lift home to pick up as many antiseptic and soothing lotions as I could find to treat them. She has actual holes in her fingers where she thought she was peeling the hot glue away but was actually peeling away her skin. Nice. Let's all wish her a speedy recovery, if only so that she can actually push the truck during the play next week, cher-ching!

Which leads us to today. So what happened today? Well I thought it was all running smoothly until I went for my monthly food shop tonight. I get to the check-out, and have loaded up all my stuff, packed it away and am ready to pay. Is it possible to have a blonde moment with red hair? As I pulled my purse out of my bag, I didn't realise it was open, coins flew everywhere, I bent to pick them up and was greeted by a sight I hope never to see again: a woolly mammoth wearing shorty white baggy shorts. Oh yes, I saw waaaaaaaay more of this woolly mammoth than I wanted to. I might need therapy to recover, or at least a bit of cake to make me feel better.

Finally (I have to end now cos Heroes is starting and I am addicted), I've been watching Life on Mars which was shown on the BBC a while back. And it totally rocks. There are some classic moments and some wonderful lines, my favourite definitely being: (said in gruff Manchester accent) if I come back to this motor and there's a scratch on it I'm coming round yer 'ouse and stamping on all yer that my friends, is a put down that I have to use!

Ta-ta xx

Thursday, 27 September 2007

San Francisco by Dizz and Tizz

Okay my lovelies, we've kept you waiting long enough. Obviously what you will read is not every single detail or photo, if you really want that then you'll have to come talk to us directly. Instead what we did on the plane on the way home was write lists that began with the word TOP...they're not in any kind of order and the numbers don't represent any preference, it's just the best way of doing lists. So here goes nothing then.

First and perhaps most importantly for a city that prides itself as being a foodie city: TOP FOOD

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1. Citrus Club (Haight Ashbury)
In the area of town that was pretty much made up of pubs and pub grub we were seeking out something a bit different. We walked past this place a couple of times and it was jumping. So we joined the queue. Oh and wow. Was it worth it! It was absolutely blooming delicious and was actually my joint number one dinner of the holiday
2. Escape from NY (Haight Ashbury)
For this one we thank the guidebook as they recommended it. For $3 or so we got a gorgeous slice of pizza and a soda. Wow. Yummy. And signed photos all over the wall from celebs endorsing their little hideaway
3. All Star Donuts (Marina)
Oh yes. We found this place on the first day. The love started with the sandwiches (tuna with mustard, decidedly tasty) and continued with the donuts and coffee. We loved this place. So went there a lot
4. McCormick and Kuleto's (Ghirardelli Square)
This is my other number one dinner of the holiday. First full day of holiday, after many many hours of walking round Pier 39 we sat ourselves down in front of the huuuuge windows, looked out over the bay and had the most delicious fish dinner. And pudding of course
5. Cheese sandwiches (Yosemite)
Hand crafted by Dizz, who'd have thought that a mixed bag of 4 kinds of cheese on multigrain bread could taste so good?
6. Pasta dinner (Bear Creek Cabins)
One tiny hotplate, one tiny kitchen, one and a half hours later, one pasta dinner
7. Hot dogs, nachos with rubber cheese, beer (SF Giants vs AZ Diamondbacks)
8. Perry's (Cow Hollow)
Tales of the City fans will know that this is where Brian worked so when we saw the illuminated lights and the blue and white tablecloths it just had to be done. Eggs Benedict were consumed, and they were extremely nice indeedy. And fries for breakfast too!
9. People's Cafe (Haight Ashbury)
I would definitely recommend the bacon, eggs anyway you like (with a splash of Tabasco sauce), multigrain toast, potatoes with rosemary and garlic, and a stonking cup of tea. Nuff said really


1. Alcatraz
Especially the night time tour when they lock you in solitary confinement. And when you sign up for the tour with 14 other people on it that needs hard hats and torches, that takes you down to the dungeons and you get to play in the dark!
2. Palace of Fine Arts...
3. ...followed by the Exploratorium. So many things to play with. 4 hours later you might emerge blinking into the sunlight
4. Painted Ladies
Oh so pretty, oh so famous
5. Chinatown
For the pure madness. Travel through it on the much loved no. 30 bus! But lookey see:

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We went all the way to San Francisco and ended up in Stockton!
6. Musee Mecanique (Pier 39)
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7. Pier 39 itself for tourist tack and the sealions
8. Haight Ashbury for the high :o)


1. Old Navy
Really, we could not stop buying things from there. We had about 6 bags from there by the end of the hol. Cheapo basics, fantastic!
2. Banana Republic
For the Fall bargains and my pretty bubble dress for the weddings
3. Apple
For the ipods, obviously!
4. Virgin
For the $10 cds. And Tizz for the TV series bargains. Oh how we loved it so
5. DSW
For the many many many pairs of shoes, even though we didn't buy anything from there
6. Sophora
Urban Decay! Benefit! It was cosmetic heaven!

MOST EXCITING (slight change of category there)

1. Take me out to the ball game...
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We're official Giants fans now. I have a hoodie and a giant orange foam finger to prove it
2. Driving over Golden Gate Bridge
We have this on vid (which will be appearing shortly...) Safe to say we squeaked like small children on Christmas morning! Oooh it was so exciting
3. Being locked in solitary confinement in Alcatraz
Pitch black, heart pounding, trip
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream
Yep, the Shakespeare one. For free. In the grounds of the Presidio. Sat on free newspapers. Freezing our asses off. With food. What more could you need?
The whole place was amazing but the 5th floor was amazing! A new exhibition including a prism of rainbows to walk through and look down to the ground floor. Totally fantastic
6. The cable car ride
We did as the guidebook said and avoided the tourist trap of going on the Powell and Mason and hit the California line that went right up Nob Hill and then back down again. What a wild ride! I nearly lost a flipflop to a passing car. It was big fun


1. Highway 140 rockslide
An entire section of highway buried by falling rocks. Wow. Scary. Awesome. We did find out that it happened overnight and no-one was hurt, but there is a truck buried underneath there
2. A "slice" of cake that was easily the size of our heads:
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3. Basement Jaxx
Not the band itself, but rather me and Tizz suddenly going off on one very mad hyper moment, one ipod headphone each literally bouncing down the street and dancing. I think people thought we'd escaped from somewhere
4. Not reading the guidebook properly...
...and walking up the officially steepest hill in the city on our very first morning. Buns of steel ;o)
5. Post
As in walking the entire length of it looking for a karaoke bar (don't ask, a very long and nightmarish story)
6. 10pm. Sunday night. After Alcatraz
Starving after trip. Nothing open. We had no choice. I still can't believe I did it. But I darkened the doors of McDonald's. For the first time in about 6 years. I only ate some fries but they were absolutely horrible and I hated doing it


1. Osmosis Spa
Relaxing herbal tea. Cedar enzyme bath. 75 minute massage. Need we say more?
2. Wine tasting in Sonoma
Charles Creek. Red wine made with chocolate. $32 for a bottle of red wine that is the nicest wine I've ever tasted. Is it wrong that we came out of there a bit drunk?
3. Charles M Schulz museum
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We literally ran around there like big kids. It was blooming marvellous!
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Scary office. LouAnn the owner, without whom we'd never know about the Highway 140 rockslide, or the outlet stores in Gilroy, CA, or be called vampires for being so pale
5. Vernal Falls
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6. Our car
We forgot to take a photo, doh! But we loved it so! Even when it smelled of festering sandwiches. And fermenting grapes. And what a team! Tizz was the top driver, Dizz was the top navigator...
7. ...which of course leads to MAPS!
We had loads of them by the time we'd done. But we only got lost a couple of times so they were obviously very useful :o)

And that my dear readers is it. We had an utterly fabulous time. San Fran: we heart you so.

As you might have guessed it's Dizz who is doing the actual typing of this so I'd just like to add that out of all the wonderful things we did and saw, one of the bestest things about the holiday was being there with Tizz. I tells ya, you can't ask for a better holiday companion. The whole trip totally rocked and it was everything that I had hoped for and more. And without Tizz we wouldn't have done half of the daft and crazy stuff that we did, so here's a big MWAH to her and here's to the next one xx

Sunday, 23 September 2007


Greetings blog readers! Well, Tizz and I have returned from San Fran. Wow. I'm sure that Tizz will agree that we had an utterly FABULOUS time and that we heart San Francisco very much indeedy. We had so much fun and so many funny things happened that we had to make lists coming home on the plane of things we had to blog about.

Which we will. Soon. But the jet lag is totally fierce and to say that I am extremely dozy would be quite inaccurate; wrecked is probably a better word. My actual body might be back in my hometown (which I have to say looks oh so dull in comparison to the beauty of San Fran) but my time clock is still on California time. Which means that I didn't get to sleep til 5am this morning. Sheesh, it sucks. I'm a gal who loves her sleep big time (ask Tizz for confirmation of this, she will tell you) so it's hitting me very hard. I'm really hoping that I sleep tonight cos I have to go back to work tomorrow (and that really sucks).

So until we actually blog about the hol proper, I will just say that I'm currently sat listening to my brand spanking new green 8GB ipod Nano which is oh so sleek, shiny, sexy; I think I might be in love with it. And Tizz has one too. Chuckle. Oh yes, we kept the US economy very buoyant with our shopping!

Ta-ta for now, check in again soon for hol highlights and piccies! xx

Sunday, 16 September 2007

sunny California

hey guys! we're so Californian now with our glowing tans and our laidback ways...not! But we are here. We survived the bears, the man eating squirrels and the poisonous blue jays of Yosemite, and now we're here in San Jose (yes we found our way). We've been past the home of Adobe! And we're off out to get dinner and see a movie (see that lingo there).

Sorry for waking you up Fizz, we were just so excited about the Shakespeare that we had to share it. And we texted about 10 people from the top of a mountain yesterday so you're not alone in the anti-social hours.

Hope everyone is well back home. We're not coming back so see ya...been nice knowing y'all...chuckle, not really, but we don't really wanna come home, we lurve it here (although we'd miss everyone obviously, but you'd have a holiday home). Back to San Fran tomorrow for more fun in the city.

Ta-ta from the Ramada hotel, San Jose
Dizz and Tizz xx

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Busy Busy

I'm not doing very well at keeping this blog up to date in the absence of Dizz and Tizz. Sorry guys. I've been busy, busy.

As well as rehearsing for the upcoming show, Glorious, I've been swanning off to exotic locations (well, Wigan and Manchester) on business, helping my cousin with her higher maths (that's like AS Level for you sasenachs) and keeping my Mother, who has broken her foot, entertained for an entire weekend. Exhausting.

So, imagine my surprise when I received a text from Dizz at 2 a.m. one morning, rhapsodising about some free play they were going to see in a park somewhere in San Fran. I wouldn't have minded if she had interrupted my precious REM sleep to tell me about the wonderful acting, costumes or set dressing. But did she? No. She wanted to tell me about the food. That's our Dizz! Seriously though, it was good to hear from her.

I've no doubt there will be more details about the show in the park on the return of Dizz and Tizz, and maybe even some photos, so keep checking...

Monday, 3 September 2007

Happy Holidays!

I'm pretty sure that most of you are aware that me and Tizz are off on our jollies, to, oh where is it again? Oh yes, SAN FRANCISCO! Ooooohhh boy. I can barely contain the excitement now. I'm practically having to sit on my hands at work to stop them from flying around all over the place cos they are where all the excitement is going to! That and the many exclamation marks I see dancing across my eyes as I type things. So I thought I'd do a pre-holiday post, and then pass you over to the very capable hands of Fizz who will keep you entertained with all her shenanigans, until we get back and can bore you all senseless with our hundreds of photos and travel stories that are really only funny to you.

So what's been happening? Well, I've been making lists. And shopping. Seriously, does the organisation for holidays ever end? I think I have everything now, but I'm bound to forget something, cos I'm rubbish like that. I take consolation in that we are going to a major American city, and I'm confident that if we run out of anything, they'll have it there. Surely?

Had my hair done. It's RED! And oh so shiny and sleek. I was telling everyone that it was my executive hair at work today, but it fell on deaf ears. Methinks they doubt my executive-ness. Pah! And I had my eyebrows waxed too so I'm groomed central for my hol.

Oooh just got off phone with Tizz! Oooooh we're soooo excited. Sorry. Sorry. Must contain myself.

Went to see Baby 1 yesterday. Oh. He be cute. Oh so cute. He's lovely and smiley and really placid and he was totally staring me out! What is it about babies and staring out? It's really quite freaky. But he's forgiven, being as he's so cute and all.

And that my friends is that I think. I hope you all have a lovely 2 weeks. I know it's going to be hard but try not to miss me and Tizz too much. And just think how much joy you'll have to read all about our adventures, in the city where they wear flowers in their hair. All together now, if you're gooooooing to San Fran-cis-co, be sure to wear some flowers in your haaaaaaiiiirrrrrr, iiiiiin the streets of San Fran-cis-co...

Ta-ta my lovelies xx

Thursday, 30 August 2007


Have just spent some serious (over)time on Facebook doing pirate-ing and wow, what a half hour that was. In that short time I managed to:
1. Get 2 monkeys (WOOHOO!)
2. Get one of my crew killed when I pillaged a town
3. Lose 6 boats in storms and change pirate 6 times
4. Lose 459 (!) coins to some random stranger who attacked my ship
5. Get RSI in my mouse finger ;o)

On another note, I am CHUFFING STARVING!!! (and that needed all those exclamation marks, Fizz)

This time next week I am in the sky, flyyyyyyying high in the skkkkkkyyyyyy, to San Fran baby. Oh yeah.

Arrrrr me hearties, farewell x

Monday, 27 August 2007

child's play

I know I say it all the time but how fantastic are Bank Holiday weekends? Seriously? The sun has been shining all weekend, my wardrobe staples have been shorty shorts, vests, and flip flops. It's been blimmin' marvellous.

The entire weekend has been action packed. My sis arrived with her entourage on Friday in time for my ma's 60th birthday celebrations. Cries of Aunty Claire Aunty Claire were to be heard for miles around. In the 3 days I have taken part in the following activities:
1. Nintendo Wii. Oh wow. I really really want one now! What a riot. We boxed; we bowled; we cast spells with Harry Potter; we drove the Disney Cars round and round the track...please can I have one? I wear the proud badge of knocking out my opponent in the boxing within 45 seconds of the first round, oh yes, I am the champion!
2. Whoever invented balloons deserves the biggest medal. Kids LOVE them. The summer breezes were up this weekend so my suggestion to attach some string and go fly the balloons was like the BEST thing ever. Cos not only do the kids love it, all that running up and down makes them totally knackered, thus sending them to bed early, yay!
3. I forgot how much fun SwingBall is! It started off quite gently, playing with the wee 'uns, then me and my sis set to playing. We had to stop halfway through to get bricks to hold it down cos we were hitting it that viciously it was rising out of the mud. After trying to knock each other out with the ball, we had to stop play due to a complicated sequence of events that couldn't have been repeated if we'd tried hard where my sis hit the ball really hard, it and my bat both flew up in the air and whacked me on the knuckle; eyes watering and trying hard not to swear, I had to admit defeat. The bruise is developing nicely.
4. Superhero dancing. This basically involves (should any of you want to try it) wearing a party mask, and dancing in the style of Superman to any song that comes on: "fast music Aunty Claire we want fast music"
5. Ninja play. Kicking. More kicking. Striking the pose with the arms. Nuff said really.
6. Making up my 3 year old niece for the party, using my Urban Decay sparkly eyeshadows and lipgloss, as well as some pink blusher, Ruby and Millie shocking pink nail varnish, and plaits please Aunty Claire. I had to draw the line when she wanted black eyeshadow! She is such a girl! And she loves make up and necklaces and flipflops and clothes, or should I say she loves my...
7. Playing catch. How high can you really throw a ball up in the air? Very far, it turns out.
8. Helping to host the birthday bbq by running around and making sure peeps had drinks and enough food. I stayed outside with the men most of the night, best place to be I reckon. Funniest moment, one of the guys looking at me and saying "do you ever stop eating?" Well, erm, no not really.
9. Shopping with Fizz today. I knew I'd get a black hoodie! Ha! And 2 new pairs of pjs so that I can comply with the staying in a room with friends rule.
10. Oh and a 2nd bbq with Wavey, which was fuuun! We had sausages in buns. And homemade potato salad, with potatoes from the garden! Yum-a-licious.

10 days to San Fran. OMG! I am sooooooooo excited!

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Stressed Out and Sorry

This is a big SORRY to anyone who was affected by my extremely stressed aura over the last couple of days. It was caused by a catalog of unavoidable situations that resulted in my not being properly prepared for a visit to a client, which then went disasterously wrong.

I've calmed down a bit now. I am safe to approach. You can even ask how I am without having your head bitten off.

Anyone know of a support group for control freaks?

Sunday, 19 August 2007

slush puppy

Sunday greetings one and all. Well, this has been a strange old week for Dizz. Not one who has a lot of time for slush/mush/general sloppiness, I have found myself faced with these very things on more than one occasion this week; the weirdest thing is that it's me whose been the one who has been slushy/mushy/sloppy!

The events surrounding these situations are not to be shared (eeeh mind your own business, nosy parker!) but it's been so very strange that I felt a need to blog. I mean, how very odd that they all happened in one week! Maybe the way it goes is that you go for months, taking it for granted that your friends know how you feel about them, then all of a sudden you just have to tell them and you can't stop yourself; before you know it you're blurting out all this mushy slushy stuff! But what's so nice about it all is that you get it back too; a two-way slush-fest if you like. It's been really quite lovely (see, I can't stop it, this slushiness is taking over, help me) and has made me feel even closer to the people involved than I did before.

Always one for the chitter chatter (anyone who knows me well knows that as well as being permanently hungry, I also never shut up) the things that have evolved from me being honest and just saying what I feel in the past few weeks has really been quite revelatory (chuckle, I just looked that up in the dictionary to make sure it was even a word and the page fell open at the definition for the rhythm method).

So in conclusion, blog readers, next time you see me, don't be alarmed if I start spouting slush/mush/sloppiness. It's okay. I'll be over it soon and back to my hard-arsed, cynical self that you all know and love. And if any of you would like to "share" any revelations that have come to you in the past few weeks, feel free to add your comments. We LOVE getting comments we do :O)

Monday, 13 August 2007

a numbered list

I realised yesterday that it has been a fair while since any of us have had something to say on the blog, and it made me feel a wee bit remorseful. Thus, in the spirit of rectifying the situation, here follows a numbered list, in no particular order, of what the past few days have revealed:
1. That I can drag my lazy arse out of bed, get to work for 8.40 in the a.m and make up a very respectable 25 minutes in flexi-time if I am so inclined
2. That a blustery summer wind can whip up a funky blue puffball skirt in the style of Marilyn Monroe, thus causing me the embarrassment of the whole world seeing my knickers and a very loud EEEK to be shrieked in the street
3. Distressing as a dead bird in the yard and a huge chuff-off spider in the kitchen can be, having a man-friend in the house during these events eases the squeamishness factor somewhat. Wow was I impressed with the speediness that these creatures disappeared from my life, it takes me an age to psych myself up enough to get rid of them!
4. That flip flops dry out remarkably fast, even after squelching through huge puddles from the TORRENTIAL downpour
5. That my most favourite make-up brand, Urban Decay, originates from California, which must surely mean that I'm going to be able to buy a TRUCK LOAD of it whilst in SF for very bargainous prices, yay!
6. That my current obsession with purple will soon have to end, as it's the colour for the Autumn/Winter collections, and once the common people start wearing it, it has to be gone from my wardrobe, sob sob (yeah yeah I know, snob snob)
7. The Amy MacDonald cd is stuck in my stereo. It's the only reason I can give for it being on constant playback (my poor neighbours)
8. Drinking many different types of white wine, and tequila slammers, in the same night results in a lot of sleeping and a very bad hangover
9. I'm always hugely excited whenever the blog gets comments from strangers. I mean, like, wow. I always want a million questions answered and have to physically restrain myself from emailing them to ask all the questions. But how do they find us?
10. That as I had previously thought, it doesn't take a great deal of alcohol for me to reveal my secret crushes, turns out it just takes Smarties icecream, well, there you go
11. My hula-hooping has improved slightly. I managed, ooh, about 4 seconds yesterday. I was impressed anyway
12. Exercise balls are actually much more fun as giant basketballs, they don't half bounce well!
13. That as well as being Dizz, I am also Ditz. Honestly, I've been doing such dopey things, I'm shaking my head at myself
14. It really really makes your eyes water when you bang your ankle bone against the door of a toilet cubicle (ouch)
15. And finally, I've come to realise that sometimes telling people exactly what is on your mind can work miracles, it really can. I've done this to two people recently and the efforts that have been made since I said my piece have been admirable. I'm proud of them. And proud of me too for having the balls to say these things.

And that my blog friends (and strangers!) is all. I have to go and try my new exercise ball dvd now: Bounce yourself fit/trim/slim (I can't remember the exact title). Ta-ta xx

Thursday, 2 August 2007


I'm a pirate. Not just any old pirate, but a Corsair Pirate! You should see my boat. It rocks. I have booty, I have coins, I have gold, I have cannons, but I WANT A MONKEY! And can I buggery find one. I sail north...I sail south...and still no monkey :o( J has 2! I mean come on, that's just greedy! I have monkey envy.

But better to have monkey envy than be trying to sniff one like Cat... :o)

Monday, 30 July 2007

celebration dinner

I am a very smiley Dizz. Today I had an interview for a promotion at work and I got it. Yep, the Dizz you knew has taken on the new persona of professional librarian! Yup, I finally got me a job that actually needs that Masters. So what am I doing I hear you ask? I'm an E-I-O, the totally confused this means I am the Electronic Information Officer. Not that I'm electronic...oooh this is hard to explain. Basically, all them electronic journals and databases that the student peeps use? I'm the person that makes them available with a few magical clicks. Woohoo!

So in celebration (as well as dancing around my living room like a mad person) I'm cooking up a bootiful dinner! Oh yes, in the oven as I type is an all new Dizz recipe consisting of sweet potato, leeks, red onion and pine nuts, with olive oil drizzled over the top, generous sprinklings of rosemary and black pepper, and some chopped up fresh basil. To go on top of this tasty dish is a chicken fillet which is merrily griddling. YUMNESS! Totally healthy and totally deelish. Well here's hoping anyhoo!

I am also enjoying my new Amy MacDonald cd. She rocks. You must all borrow from me so that you can just listen of course and not do any of that dodgy illegal copying...but oooh she's good. And she's only 19. So of course we have to hate her whilst loving her at the same time.

I am now officially a Librarian. Wow. Gosh. Do I need me some pearls and a twin set do we think?

I have to go and do more inane smiling now.
Ta-ta x

Monday, 23 July 2007

playing out/playing in

6 days off work. How heavenly has that been? I can't even begin to describe it without using gushing words like bliss, luxurious, delightful...I could go on but I'll probably make you jelly so I'll stop.

Anyhoo, 6 days off has meant lots of playing out. And the playing in refers to my new digital camera and finding my feet with it, so here, in no particular order of importance is my week so far, in pictures and words:

Day 1
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Sun was shining, hence the need for vest tops and cheeky bunches

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Task for the 6 days off was to completely revamp this chest of drawers that I got from my ma and pa. Colour: Coffee Liquer (think Baileys and you'd be very close, they look good enough to eat!). So this above is the before

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Ah my pretty as a postcard village, always looks so much nicer in the sunshine

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Close-up of the spurting fountain there, whooo there it goes

Day 1 was busy!

Day 2 I went a-visiting and couldn't really take photos, cos it was on an exclusive estate and they'd no doubt have had the police on to anyone taking photos, thinking that their joints were being cased. I'm sure they called out the estate security as I got lost in 5 different cul-de-sacs trying to get out. The sight of a crazy woman gesturing from a mustard coloured Fiat Punto will surely have had the locals worrying.

Day 3 was mainly spent with Fizz. I was so chilled out and v.sleepy from my late night that I fell asleep on the sofa! I never do that at people's houses, ever! How very rude.

Day 4 met Cat and J from work for our oh-so-cultural day of visiting the local art gallery, drinking Latte, munching nice biccies, followed by a HUGE Sunday roast:
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And that was without my Yorkshire Pudding which they'd forgotten to put on there. I soon sorted that out, never you fear!

Today has been more painting (will take a photo of the finished product) and shopping for pretty summer dresses for my San Fran hol with Tizz. I now have my hands on the new Harry Potter book so will be buried in that for the rest of the evening.

And for my very last day off tomorrow I'm off to Saltburn to meet the latest addition to Dizz's world: Baby 1. How exciting! I'll be taking photos but don't think that Baby 1 should have world fame (!) at just 5 days old, so maybe save them for a while. I will take more photos though, just cos I can, with my new camera. Oh how I love new toys.

Bye-bye x