Sunday, 27 December 2009

that's that then...

So, the presents have been unwrapped and everyone has (it appears) loved what gifts they have been given. We (apart from the new vegetarian) had meat for Christmas dinner and kind of a first really as it was turkey! While the bird was roasting I also roasted up some ham, although not all of us could muster enough room for some supper! Boxing day involved cold meats, a few chips for me and loads for the rest, and some fresh eggs from the chooks - who are not slowing down in the egg laying department so I have picked 8 eggs (all I could fit in the jar). They also had some Christmas dinner - just the left over veg and a yorkshire pud!

The Wren has gone to her friends today, armed with her new DSi. I guess they will be comparing notes on what they got (or didn't get) on the day. Ben has Ben10 overload, Morgan, well he has the new xbox360 and is well and truly loving it, we keep an eye on him so he doesn't get 'lost' in what he is playing and forgets that he is on planet Earth!

We've watched the new releases, Harry Potter, Transformers and left the kids to theirs although I am sure GForce and the others will end up on the downstairs tv. We settled down and watched the new Star Trek movie and well, we loved it and now just have to wait for the next one which I believe is either in the making or won't be long in the screening. Had to check on the IMDb today as one of the actors was niggling me and my mind has been put at rest - Bones is the actor that played Eomer in LOTR. So I feel better now!

We watched the first of the last of David Tennat's Dr Who, and sadly were not impressed, let's hope that the finale is way better. Anyhooo I have Mr T peering at me as my desktop on the mac :)

I'm happy with my new toys, we have to go into Norwich as we have some Gamestation vouchers to use up and I want the new wiifit to play :)

As to the new year, the car needs replacing (deep joy), it has been a right pain to start and has had a couple of jump lead experiences and now we think the head gasket is on the way out. Wonder if I can win the lottery, all I need is a seven seater something that will not fall apart too quickly and be a pleasure to drive to get from A to B.

Couple of days and the big girl commeth, it's a rotten drive but heck it is worth it. We have instructed the Wren to leave her alone, 16 year olds need some space!!!!!

Now, its off to raid the fridge, cold meat salad and I have a freshly roasted joint of beef to hack into..... yum yum

Monday, 21 December 2009

And the winner of the longest icicle contest! No work today. (1) the car wouldn't start plus it had 9 inches of snow on its roof! (2) Phoned the Practice Manager and offered to go to the nearest office on the bus but they have been running on and off and there was no guarantee that having got to the office would make it back home. The stooooopidest thing is that it is liked that we would use public transport, even on a non-snowing day the bus journey to my usual office will take one and a half hours! This involves also for the bus home catching the 16:45 from work arriving at destination at 17:12 then waiting, wait for it, until 18:45 for the connecting bus, which lands back home at 19:03. Can you imagine doing this when the buses are intermittent and roughly 40 mins delayed! So, I have been at home fending off the queries from the kidlets on how many days til Christmas and also how many days til they go back to school. The car did finally start, under duress and it took some doing, left it chugging outside for 15 minutes to get some juice into the battery. Will see what tomorrow brings, but I think that I will not be toodling to Wells next the Sea in this weather but will offer again to go to the Fakenham office. We have digital dictation so I can pick up the work there for the Wells office (although someone will need to print etc) or help out there. Would prefer this as the tin of Quality Street is going down as is the mince pie stock pile and I can only deal with so many how many days now.....

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Friday, 18 December 2009

Let there be snow...

....and so it has. 8 inches of the white stuff. I did endeavour to go into work. Swept off the 8" from the car, headed off and got stuck up the road - which took 20 minutes to do a less than 5 minute journey. It got to the point of being stuck and with a usual 20-25 minute journey that would have taken way longer, it was time to admit defeat.

Morgan's school closed - on the basis that no taxi turned up and so a phone call was made. He is well pleased! I think a snowman will be in order later on, once feet have warmed up once more :)

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Sunday, 13 December 2009

cough... cough...

I have been plagued these past couple of weeks. Flu hit the household, not piggy flu itself but varying symptoms, but then all in all, just flu. The 9 year old started the trend and it has worked its way through the grown ups, and in fact is still working on them. There is the man with the chest infection and what that entails as well as the dicky heart issue so he is on a go slow, and while he is on a go slow I myself am feeling poo and trying to keep up with everything - and not doing too well on that. And then the car joined in the fun when the drive shaft broke. So I am now battling with the AA - the non appearance of hire cars - and trying to get them to sort out the repair - I pay for breakdown repair cover and have the garage saying the got authorisation to do it and the AA having no record! Hey ho, I am kicking butt to get it sorted as I am fed up enough with being lurgiefied.

I have in the meantime of all this eventfulness, made some presents, made cards, got presents bought - yay for online shopping is all I can say - wrapped, have stuff to post, more stuff to get - not a lot having just forked out £200 on the rust bucket (car) - and just a week and a bit left at work before the break til the New Year.

One of the (many) snowflakes that have been made this past couple of weeks....

And on that note, off to find the strepsils again :)
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