Friday, 31 December 2010

What Santa Brought

Christmas Day seems like THAT long ago now, we’ve had a week of socialising,  and eating. It’s a funny thing, this eating around Christmas. It feels compulsory. Like it would be bad if we stopped for..oh 5 minutes…

I keep looking at my wee stash of loot from Santa and I feel lucky :)

A few things  I got… these lovely PJ’s and Bed Jacket set from my sis. Yes I did say Bed Jacket. No I’m not 84. But, what can i say? I am nice and cosy :)

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You can’t see my feet but I’m wearing my new slippers from Mr D.

Btw, that was me ‘dressed’ for dinner. New Pj’s, slippers and necklace. Rock & Roll :)

You also can’t see but I’m also wearing my new Blue Topaz & Marcasite necklace from my Mum & Dad..heres a close up..

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To go with that my sis also bought me this fab marcasite brooch which cunningly can double as a pendant

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I did get rather a lot of alcohol, including 3 bottles of Rose wine, a bottle of Port, a bottle of gin (complete with a pack of little tonic waters!) but if you think that’s telling, Mr D racked up a total of 6 bottles of Malt Whiskey!!

I also got books! Yipppeeeeee! I LOVE getting books, but it doesn't often happen, due to the fact that I read so much, People tend not to risk buying me any, so I was chuffed to get these two off Mum & Dad..

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Who doesn't like a good Christmassy Story?..And this one I’ve looked at & looked at, but due to my tightness at buying brand new books, ‘Ive never got it..

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Oh and Mr D got the hint & bought me this one, which is made extra special because it’s against my religion generally to buy Hard back books.. :)

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Other lovely pressies were…some yummie hand made chocs from a friend..

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And how can I not mention the top which came from Father in law..

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That’s all I have pics of.. but I did get a few other goodies too..

A pair of amber earrings from Mother in law

Socks. Lots of Socks. But good socks, so I’m not moaning, mum…:)

Notecards… cos you know There’s nothing like sending a wee note to people

A new Scarf, (this is almost a tradition, like new Pj’s I’m not sure it would be Christmas without..

A pewter Land Rover pin badge. Cos I’m in the gang.

A voucher from Mr D to go towards my new camera which I’m saving for :)

There you have it! Who’s a lucky girl then?!

Can we believe this is the last day of 2010. I’m off to get ready for tonight's festivities…

Have Fun!! :)

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The Day Santa came to visit :)

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The pressies were so exciting they will need a post all of their own :)

After the opening excitement, we took a walk to the beach, to support the (crazy) people taking part in the annual Xmas Day Dip in aid of the local hospice, there was about 200 people taking part, many of whom wore not much more than swimming costumes & Santa’s hats!!

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I can’t describe how cold it was on the beach, I was freezing & I had about 27 layers on!

I did sponsor a friend to do the dip, so that I didn’t feel so bad about my lack of bravery to actually dip my toe in..

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Me keeping my distance

When we got home, the day was ours.. there was

Mulled wine in the bath

Modelling my new PJ’s! (No. I didn’t get dressed. All day. So? Whatcha gonna do about it?!)

A roaring fire

 A wee nap (I was tired after work the night before) waking up to the smell of dinner cooking:)

Reading my Christmassy Magazines, & enjoying a chocolate or three..

We usually visit a friend on Christmas evening, but Santa left me a horrid cold & by the evening I couldn’t stop sneezing, I even resorted to getting the Olbus Oil out.

Next Post will be Presssssssssssies!!!!

Hope Santa didn’t forget anyone!!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Christmas Fun!

 

Hope Christmas was fabulous for everyone! It certainly was in the Day household.

I was lucky to be off work for the few days leading up to Christmas, so being the flowery housewife that I aspire to be..I made lots of cakes for gifts

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I found some little decorative letters and put them on cupcakes, and decorated tins and boxes for people..

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Christmas Eve was a lovely day, Mr D went shooting, so I played house and played hostess to some visitors & exchanged some gifts. (And restrained myself from opening them..)

That night we went to a friends open house, where I once again praised our government for the smoking ban. Not being used to smoke in pubs now just makes it worse when we visit with friends who smoke. Bleeeeeeeeeur.

Christmas Eve night I worked at my sleep over job. I took some of Nigella’s Christmas Muffins for breakfast, which she loved :), then it was home to see if Santa had visited! And guess what?! HE HAD!!!!!

Mr D & I spent the day together, cos thats how we like it, there was a walk to the sea to support a friend taking part in a charity Xmas Day Dip! eeeeeeek! COLD!

Back soon with pics of Christmas Day Fun! :)

Can’t believe it’s over for another year, but we have plenty of fun to come this week too :)

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas..

 

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on, 
our troubles will be miles away.

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Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

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Through the years 
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now. 

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2 more sleeps!! :)

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Have you gathered by now that I Love Christmas?

Well, in case you have been living under a rock…I do.

I used to have a real tree,  it had to be a smallish one, in a pot, as our rooms aren’t very big. But a couple of years ago I decided to buy an artificial one from a charity shop, I love it.  It’s green. It’s smallish.

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A few of my friends have different coloured trees…black…white….pink…. i don’t get that… Trees are green aren’t they? Is it trendy to have a coloured one? Is it to go with your decor? But your decor isn’t black or pink so that doesn't work! Am I missing something????

My Tree has a bit of a theme, Mum has, for the last few years been buying me an ornament and this year I got 2!

Normally they have an Angel theme, but this year I have a bell as well..

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From Italy (i think!?)

I love unwrapping my ornaments each year :) I always decorate my tree on my own, Mr D does love Christmas…he has no choice… but he’s not really a tree decorator. This is not as sad and lonely as it sounds. I love it. It’s mine. And I get to put the fairy on top :)  People who say Christmas is for children should try it without ;)

Today has been a Christmassy Day, no work, the hairdresser came and we had a salon morning with 3 of us :) I made Nigellas’s Xmas Muffins…try them! They are delish!

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Then I went and did some shopping with my Niece. I bought her some shoes for her Xmas. I made her walk and dance in New Look just to prove she could without toppling over haha (well I know I wouldn’t be able to), but then I’m not 18 am I!

3 more sleeps!! :)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Week Before The week before..

Phewwwwwww…. Sitting here having just watched the final of The Apprentice!  Well done Stella!! :)

It’s been a busy week full of..

Cookies for Christmas! Like my wee snowmen??

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I’m on a bit of an Apple Pie mission at work….this is the second pastry recipe I’ve tried. It’s good, we’re getting there :)

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I’ve been wrapping pressies… I LOVE wrapping!

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There’s my snowman peeking out from under my tree

And oh Guess what!? The snow came back BIG TIME!! Oh the fun Mr D has had today,  it involved skis and bits of rope, oh and a Rover;) and lots of private land (don’t worry they weren’t getting up to naughty’s on the A14)

Other adventures this week included

1. A FREE BAR at a client of Hubbie’s Christmas meal (oh the Gin & Tonics were a-flowing)

2. Dinner with 17 friends which we walked to IN A BLIZZARD!:)

3. A gig to see The Humdingers..a Rockabilly Band oooo they were fun!

4. Christmas Dinner at mums with the family!

5. Cosy Fires whilst looking at the frost outside :)

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6 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope your week before the week before was fun :)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ideas…..

Dear Mr D…

You know….just in case you’re struggling to find a wee prezzie for me, oh how I would hate to see you struggling, so being the thoughtful wifey that I am, I thought I would give you a few pointers…

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One (or all) of these books to curl up by the fire with…

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Some cosy slippery things for my wee tootsies..

Then there’s the rest of the cosy wear. (It’s just not Christmas without a new pair of PJ’s!)

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And just in case we do venture outside….

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(all of the above available at a Fat Face store near you! :))

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There….what can I say? I’m so easily pleased!

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9 Days to go!!!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! :)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Xmas Letters. (Round Robin or otherwise?)

Its that time of year again..to send out the cards. I have thoughts about Christmas cards…and the letters (or not) that you put in with them.

Me? I enjoy writing my cards every year. Last night I sat in front of my log fire, Xmas lights twinkling, glass of wine, and picked out the cards from my pile which I thought would be suitable for each person.

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Notes inside? Well definitely more than the

To X Lots of Love Y’

Personally i get slightly irritated if I receive a card which doesn't even have my name inside, just saying the senders name.

You know who you are.

If you can’t be bothered to write a sentence then really. Don’t. Bother. I mean.

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Then there’s the dreaded round robin. Thoughts on these?

Well as you asked…

There’s a fine line between too little and I-really-don’t-care-about-your-perfect-holiday-in-the-Maldives-with-the-husband-I-don’t-like-and-the-children-I've-never-met..

Really, if the extent of correspondence with someone amounts to a once a year month by month account of their lives then is that relationship worth anything? If it was then you would know all this stuff wouldn't you? And if you don’t know that your friend who you haven’t seen since you were both hanging out in the town centre wearing ra- ra skirts has just had a pay rise which puts her into the higher tax bracket it’s because you don’t want to.

Why do people assume that a once a year letter has to contain this stuff. Would they ever just think to pick up the phone and say ‘hey I know we haven’t been in touch since high school..but I just thought I would let you know…as it's Christmas…that we had a fabulous holiday in Kenya in the summer, and oh guess what? we’re moving to a bigger house! Well we’ll need it for the next 2.4 children.’ No. They wouldn’t.

Whether they are emails, which don’t even have your name on the top like a proper letter or printed out letters which just have the names changed at the top, they feel impersonal, they could be sent to anyone, and are.

Grandma gets the same letter as that couple you met at a concert and ended up swapping addresses with but haven’t been in touch with since, and probably wouldn’t even like except that the beer was flowing and that makes everyone your best friend..right?

So that's my opinion anyway..what's yours? Are you gulity of sending Round Robbin letters Bobbing onto people's doormats?

Just wondering.. :)

Friday, 10 December 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

 

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My Christmas Tree is up :)

Ive had my first bottle of Mulled Wine of the season :)

I’m going on a shopping trip today with my family :)

Yes. Life is indeed dandy :)

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PS. Just feel I should point out I didn’t drink the whole bottle to myself. I shared. Cos I’m nice like that.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Who’d have thought..

 

When i started my current job (7 years ago….yikes!) I never thought in a zillion years that I would be baking .  I had never baked at home..couldn’t see the point wasting my time when you could buy ready made cakes from the supermarket so cheaply.

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Now, however we stopped buying our baked goods from the suppliers and I rolled my sleeves up and had a go.  I’ve had some disasters, let me tell you.  My bosses have had quite a few reject cakes and scones to feed to their unsuspecting children in their packed lunch boxes..but..

I have to admit I quite enjoy it..and I’m even known now to whip up a cake or two at home!

This week at work we have been getting into the Christmas theme :)

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Ickle Snowman cupcakes…which you can order wrapped up for that little extra gift..(for teacher?)

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Some cute bags of cookies… (I’ll be making stocking and Xmas tree shaped ones today)

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And can you believe in all my 38years I had never made a mince pie until this week…but loooooooook at them!!

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Not that I’m one to blow my own trumpet or anything….but ….yes I’m really quite chuffed!!

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ooooooo I cant WAIT till Xmas!!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Favourite Films

So I don’t often tell you to do stuff.  But this is for your own good.

Read this Trilogy.

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Then…even more importantly…..watch the movies. This is where I have to admit we have only watched the first two…but we have the 3rd one ready to watch any day now.

The Commitments..being the first of the Barrytown Trilogy, is one of mine and Mr D’s most favourite films of all time.

About it……

The Commitments is a 1991 comedy drama film adaption of a novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. It tells of unemployed Dubliners who form a soul band. It was filmed on location in Dublin.

Jimmy Rabbitte  aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, he assembles a soul band in the tradition of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett. Jimmy auditions at his parents' house and assembles young musicians. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is all white. With the help of Joey "The Lips" Fagan, the veteran musician in the band who has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous musicians, Jimmy begins to whip the rest of the members into shape - only to have the group fall apart in a clash of egos.

You know how usually the book is far better than the film?  Well this is the exception to that rule. It’s because of course the music really helps make the film what it is,

There are some differences between the book and film, the most obvious being that the novel was composed mostly of dialogue, with hardly any physical description; the movie concentrated much more on the collapse of Dublin's inner city. Unlike the film, which could be categorized as comedy-drama, the book was almost entirely comedic.

Can you believe we have only just got this film on DVD, we had it on VHS haha!  We are a wee bit behind the times here lol

So go on then. Popcorn. Blanket. Wine (mulled) and The Commitments.  You know you want to :)