This year has been quite an exciting year for me as so many good things have happened (and trust me - over the last few years, "good things" have been quite sparce) :(
From Matt moving up here after having a long distance relationship for 3 and a half years, to my sister bcoming pregnant for the second time and our trips to Canada and New York, things have been good and quite enjoyable.
Another 'big' thing for me was hearing the news that my all time favourite band Wet Wet Wet were re-forming after 7 years apart. As if that wasn't good enough news, they then announced the release of a new single in October, a new album in November, followed by a UK tour in December. (Phew!)
Since finding this out, I have booked 7 of the concerts, so will be travelling all over the UK in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We'll be taking in Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and then finishing with 2 concerts on the 19th and 20th December at Wembley.
Some people might think 'so what?' but this to me is just huge. It's such an exciting time. :)
I've been an avid Wet Wet Wet fan for over 16 years, since I was a mere 11 year old. I've seen them live a few times and more recently, since they split, I've managed to meet the lead singer, Marti Pellow, several times. I've had my photo taken with him and got autographs. It's funny when someone that you have idolised for 16 years, all of a sudden recognises you in the street and says hello before you even say a word. But, wow, what a feeling. :)
Marti has been starring in in Chicago The Musical for a few years now and has been playing the part of sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. His on stage presence is just so amazing that I find myself mesmorised every time I see him in it. I've been to see the show around 15 times now over the last 18 months.
This weekend, we will be flying to Glasgow to see him again. We're booked to see 3 shows while we're there (Yes, all Chicago). Well, if you're gonna go all that way for one weekend - why not see it more than once! ;)
So today I am very excited. I can't wait to get there Friday morning and see what Theatreland in Glasgow is like. I am pretty sure there will be posters up of Marti again, especially since he is from Glasgow and it's his home.
The only down part of all of this is having to put my Barney into kennels for a couple of days. I hate leaving him, it really saddens me, but I don't do it that often. The next time and last time for a very long time, will be the end of October when we fly to the U.S again for a week. I am sure he will forgive me and I am fortunate that he seems quite happy to go. I think it's me that is damaged more by the whole experience, not Barney.
Well, today was my Nephews first day in Reception class at school.
I think he has been feeling a bit anxious about it over the weekend, but today he got into his school uniform and looked gorgeous. A real little boy. He just looks so grown up that it's kind of heartbreaking in a way. He's so cute and deep down inside you just never want him to grow up.
The walk to school wasn't the best. He is so used to wearing trainers, that in his proper school shoes, he has a habit of tripping over. This is purely because he isn't used to the 'clupmyness' of them and kind of scuffs his feet as he walks. Luckily though, we got there without any holes in his trousers or knees. The shoes are scuffed though. :/ Oh well. I am sure Mummy & Daddy will be buying PLENTY more before the school year is through! :)
We got to the playground and he started to look rather nervous, but as we looked around, there were a lot of the children crying and looking 10 times more nervous. We took him in, found his name badge and hung up his coat. He quite merrily went off and found something to play with.
I think it was probably more painful for Mummy than it was for him in all honesty. I am sure though that the peace and quiet for a couple of hours a day over the next few weeks will be welcomed once she gets used to it...
...especially since baby number 2 is on the way in December :)
In a nutshell, our next door neighbours are extremely inconsiderate.
They seem to think that it is fine to play their excessively loud music until all hours and that it doesn't affect anyone else around them.
We have put up with them for ages. We have spent many a night shut in our lounge with the windows and door closed because we can't hear the TV over their music. Well, this weekend we came to the end of our tethers, lost our tempers and had enough.
Problem is - there's no point in going round to speak to them about it...
THEY WOULDN'T HEAR THE DOOR!!
So, I decided to write them a letter. The first draft was written Friday night when I was REALLY mad. It was very harsh and told them that if they didn't pack it in, I would report them to the council or police etc. The second draft Saturday morning was a bit lighter and less "threatening" I guess.
We posted that one and so far, so good (touch wood!)
Well, here I am again. It's been a few days since I last made an entry, but I doubt anyone will have noticed or even care seeing as this is just boring ramblings anyway. The only person interested in what I have to say is probably me!
It's been a hectic week.
I've been involved in visiting an infant school for the first time in what... 17 years o_O
My nephew starts school on Monday so I went along with my sister to see what the school was like and see if he would like it. When I walked into the classroom, I felt this sudden rush of excitement. Looking around at all the little tables and chairs and the sandbox and painting materials etc, I just wished so much that I was 4 again and back in reception class. It looks so much fun.
They say school years are the best of your life, and I agree. When you are 4 years old, life is so simple, yet, it seems so complicated. I'd give anything to be 4 again.
The school looks great anyway, he can't wait to start there either. I'm excited about going along on Monday to see him walk in wearing his school uniform for the first time ever. It's so sweet.
Last weekend, we went to Cadbury world. I'd never been before so didn't really know what to expect. We got there, queued, got into the first "zone' and the fire alarm went off! Grrrrreat!
After standing outside in the blazing sun for 15 minutes, we were allowed back in. The day was quite long and there was a fair bit to see and walk around but it was good. For £9.50, it was worth it. We got some free chocolate and got to find out the history of Cadburys *yawn* and then got to go on a little ride through Cadbury Land. The day finished off with a show which was fairly amusing and then a long trek home. I'll go again, but it's not something you would do on a yearly basis. Maybe in 4 or 5 years time or something :)
We also decided to redecorate our bathroom this week. We now like it so much that every time one of us walks in there, we walk out saying "I love the bathroom". I think we are just easily pleased. ;)
Mid week we had some visitors which was nice. This weekend we have no plans, but I am sure something will crop up :)
Thursdays are the one night of the week where I literally cannot tear myself away from the TV.
I start at 7.30pm, by watching Eastenders, then I usually watch DIY SOS, although I think this series is now finished, then something else til around 9.00pm.... then the fun REALLY starts!
I go on to watch "Average Joe: Hawaii" on E4, followed by "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" on Living TV, then finally "Extreme Makeover" on the same channel. This all ends at midnight and if I can stay awake, I like to watch 'Traum - Life In The ER" on channel 551 on Sky (Can't remember what it's called but it's a documentary channel or something like that)
So, as for me sleeping tonight, it won't be til late, but watching TV relaxes me and like I said, I just LOVE Thursday night TV :D