NaBloPoMo Day Fifteen

If you have beady eyes you will have seen that I missed a NaBloPoMo post on Saturday. Well between my NaNoWriMo stint and seeing two friends on Saturday that I haven’t seen in ages I ran out of time. I got in to bed around 2am Sunday morning and realised that I hadn’t written it. I then couldn’t be bothered to get back out of bed and write something and postdate it to pre-midnight.

So what was I doing that meant that I didn’t write a post…

Friday – after work went to see my Mum for a bit. Well actually I was going to the post office next to her house but I popped in to see if she had any post to go to the post office but she needed to go anyway so we had a little stroll to and from the shop. I set up her printer so that she can print from her laptop downstairs or from the garden. I then headed off and went to the cinema – I wanted to see Burke and Hare (my Dad had been to see it and said it was good and seeing how he really dislikes the cinema then it had to be good!) but it had stopped being shown at Bedford so I saw You Again.

I got up about 10:30ish Saturday morning – I’ve become very lazy lol. At the moment I am trying to sleep enough to fight of the cold that is creeping up on me because if I’m not careful it’ll hit me Friday when I am trying to be fab at Radio 2 (Did I tell you about that? Maybe I should).

I was parked in front of my computer trying to work on NaNoWriMo (I’m currently like 2000 words behind so I wanted to catch up with that.) and my Grandma phoned to have a chat about Christmas which was cool. I then carried on writing.

At about 12:30ish my phone rang and it was JD wanting to see if I was free for lunch. Well going out for lunch turned into a whole afternoon – I got home from JD’s at about 4:30-5 ish – I’d gone to my Mum’s to drop off some shopping and decided just to hang out there till I went to the cinema with the Fairy. Except then Chris needed me to come to his rescue, so I had to do that.

I met the Fairy at 7:30 and we headed over to MK to go to the cinema, there were a few technical hitches but in the end we went to see Burke and Hare. The story line wouldn’t have been my first choice but the fact that it had Simon Pegg in kinda pointed out that it wouldn’t be serious acting lol.

I got home and crashed – I stayed up till 2am trying to catch up on my word count and I seemed to be doing okay but I’m probably going to fall behind again.

Sunday morning I got to church for just after 9:15 ready for band practice. It was Remembrance Sunday so In Flanders Field was read out and we had a two minute silence.

Following Church, Chris and me went to get some lunch so that I could be back at church to wrap boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We sent around 80 shoe boxes to the warehouse today which was good (although not as good as some years when we’ve hit 120 ish).

I was looking for the OCC website and found this video clip. I didn’t realise that 20th Century Fox and Walden Media who make The Narnia Chronicles movies had partnered with Samaritans Purse. The video is presented by Georgie Hanley who plays Lucy in the Narnia Films.

As the Narnia quote goes “It’s always winter but never Christmas” – if we wrapped 80ish boxes in one afternoon, that means we’ve made a different to 80ish children who wouldn’t have got Christmas presents – how awesome is that!

NaBloPoMo: Day Fourteen

Rememberance Sunday

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

NaBloPoMo: Day Eleven

I’ve decided that NaNoWriMo is actually taking over my life at least for now – I was talking to my friend yesterday at church about NaNoWriMo and where both our stories are going and things like that.

My friend’s story is action and reminded me of The Hunger Games in places. Mine is definitely in the rom-com camp. I had a message on Facebook from my friend wanting to know who got with who and that she needed to know what happens – I explained that I had to write that bit first.

Anyhoo things to write. ttfn

NaBloPoMo: Day Seven

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

I take so many pictures that it might be hard to pick just one lol. The first is a picture of me and the girlies at my friends 18th birthday party a few weeks ago. The theme was black white and turquoise. We used artistic license on the turquoise hehe. There was a quiz and the teams were named after my friend’s university choices. I wasn’t in the Essex team – I think I was UEA or something else but our team table was just behind us in this picture.

Next up – my friends went up North to celebrate Kewey’s birthday and for one or another reason I didn’t go. But they did take this picture – the space is for me lol. The reason for the sticking out tongues is because in most pictures throughout uni I would stick my tongue out rather than smile sweetly lol.

And the boy….. of course I couldn’t miss him out. We were tidying up when we went camping and we ended up lent against the car discussing something and my friend Caz caught it on film – well it would be on digital media but that doesn’t quite fit lol.

Click here to go to Becca’s original post.

(Before working on this afternoon)

NaNoWriMo Words done: 8074 (2000 ish behind schedule)
NaNoWriMo Words to go: 41927
Days to go: 23

NaBloPoMo: Day Six

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

This week is bittersweet – I think that is the phrase.

Two years ago this week my Grandma passed away. This week my Dad and my Grandad went up to spread her ashes.

This week last year we moved into our own house. OUR VERY OWN rather than renting from someone else.

This year we’re hosting a fireworks and pizza party for some friends from church. Sorry this is a short but sweet post – I spend most of the afternoon working on a post for this week and intro to that post. Now need to go and try and get some words down for NaNoWriMo – so far behind!

You can find Becca’s Original post here.

(Before working on this afternoon)

NaNoWriMo Words done: 5965
NaNoWriMo Words to go: 44035
Days to go: 24

NaBloPoMo: Day Two

So I managed to hit my word target both yesterday and today for NaNoWriMo which is good – but kinda scary how long can I keep it up for!

For November I am doing NaBloPoMo as I mentioned yesterday.

The themes for my posts are from Becca’s Blog. At the end of each post there will be a link back to Becca’s original post and if you have chance go take a look.

So Today is:

Day Two: My Favourite Movie

I watch alot of films. Some weeks I watch 3 or 4 – either at the cinema or DVD at home.

My two favourite films that I watch lots and lots are Chicken Run and The American President.

Chicken Run Trailer.

The American President

I’m not sure what it is that I like about the both the films – other than the happy endings but I love them both lol. Chicken Run is a stop motion animation film made by Aardman Animations who also made Wallace and Gromit.

Becca’s original post is here.

NaNoWriMo Words done: 3600
NaNoWriMo Words to go: 46400 (ish)
Days to go: 28

My 30 Days – Day 30

I may need a PA all of my own lol.

As I flick through my diary I realise how crazy life is in the next few weeks.

  • I’m going to see Kt Tunstall in concert with my best friend – which is one of my 101 in 1001 days challenges – so that can be ticked off the list!
  • (If Mum manages to book the tickets then) I’m going to see the Les Mis 25th Anniversary Satellite broadcast to a local cinema with my Mum and The Kiwi (I’ve had Les Mis songs stuck in my head all day – I stood next to the photocopier singing Master of the House)

EDIT: No to the tickets :( the website kept crashing so I tried at lunchtime and it crashed Chrome on my laptop at home – when I tried again when I got back to work the website had updated and there were no tickets left L there was like 1 seat two rows in front of where we were trying to get but that’s kinda sold out because we needed three tickets.

  • We’re going to Chris’s aunt’s house for the weekend, the weekend after that I’m going up North to see my other best friend at her new uni house. She’s going back to uni to do a PGCE or something similar so she’ll be a fab teacher next year.
  • Also I’m going for pizza and a cinema trip with JD at some point in October – yeah it’s that crazy that I’m booking like two weeks in advance – does that make me a pants friend?
  • Tomorrow is my Goddaughters Birthday and I really hope she likes her present – I went practical for one part and fun for the other lol.

So that is the crazy-ness – that’s missing out anything like Connect Group, Esther Group or Band at Church. They already take up 2 or 3 evenings a week. I’ve even started writing myself a to do list for home stuff like I do during my day at work because I don’t want to forget anything lol.

My 30 Days

Today’s Prompt:

A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.

So those are all future things but for Day 30 it was all about the past.

1. We got a trampoline! Wahoo! The Kiwi found a second hand one that was reasonably cheap – we assembled it on Sunday and realised that 12 foot is massive and nearly as wide as the grass patch in our garden. We set it up in one place then realised that it rocked because the ground wasn’t level – we walked it down the garden (it took three of us lol) and found a better patch.

2. Yesterday at Esther Group we started a new season about Inspirational Ladies. Caz spoke about Jackie Pullinger which was kinda cool. Did you know that Kowlook Walled City covered 6.5 acres and in 1987 housed 33,000 people? I texted my Dad to find out how big 6.5 acres is – now from what he said it’s about a third of the green near his old house and my lower school but that seems really small. Then again my Dad is clever so I’m pretty sure he guess-timated it correctly and it’s just me.

3. While camping at the weekend, we put up two tents and took both down. I was like team leader for putting up the two tents which was kinda scary but then I was the leader and people kept asking me questions – I guess it worked because none of us woke up in the field having gone to sleep under canvas lol. Taking down was a little bit more of a challenge because it’s always really hard to fit the tent back in its bag that is clearly 5 sizes too small or something. Me and my friend at one point were sat on the bag trying to squish it all back in the case.

(I know I’m supposed to post a picture but I need someone to take it for me lol. It’ll be on tomorrows post)

My 30 Days – Day 28 and 29

It’s Tuesday today and I need to catch up on my “My 30 Days” post. Well in a second.

So this morning I had a really bad day. I got to work and was a little worked up about having to be there in the first place – I’d been sat at my desk about 20 minutes and one comment was made and that was it I was in floods of tears (luckily I’ve somehow mastered the art of holding the tears in long enough to exit the office and be half way to the loo before someone really notices)

So here starts the search (Again) for a new job. I don’t want a job that gets me that worked up before I’ve even done anything but check my emails.

Back to my weekend.

Our camping trip started on Saturday. We packed up our car and Caz’s car and set off for our trip. The Murf had been taken ill so we were down a car, it also meant that we lost car spaces. In the end Chris and one of our crew, headed for the train station and got there that way. The campsite was like 30 minutes from a tube station which was good.

We ended up having our own Top Gear Challenge of sorts. We all started lent up against Caz’s front garden wall and then all ran for our cars (or to the train station) We went to the petrol station on the way out of Bedford. Having got to the train station and headed out of Bedford I realised that I had forgotten my pajama bottoms (thankfully I had a pair of shorts with me that could be a temporary replacement – if not I would have been sleeping in my jeans!) also that if I’d got to the petrol station on Cardington Road rather than Riverfield Drive, I wouldn’t have had to double back on myself.

Anyhoo, we reached the M25 pretty quickly and the only traffic we hit was at Hatfield where there is road works as they fix up the Hatfield tunnel (it runs under a shopping centre it’s kind of a big deal that it doesn’t collapse lol.)

It took about an hour and 15 minutes to get to the site – when we got there it was just as complicated to find our pitch lol. We were told Field 5 Pitch 19. Well at first we could find Pitch 2 and Pitch 25 but couldn’t find 19 so we went for a drive round this field. (Me in our Sirion and Caz in her Amica or maybe it’s a Matiz – anyway it looked hilarious us driving round trying to find our space)

When we found it we set about to getting the tents up – it had clouded over a little bit and we thought if we at least had some shelter if the heavens did open then we would have somewhere to dive quickly. In our car I managed to jimmy out the tent from under everything and get it out the car – unfortunately Caz had to half unpack her car to get her tent out lol.

I am positive that I have more to share but I’m shattered and I am trying to catch up before I’m another day behind lol.

Day 28 The best part of your day.

Does going back to bed count? Lol. Erm getting home from work and flopping out on the sofa til Chris gets home to give me a hug or when you wake up like 10 minutes before your alarm and realise that you have more time to sleep.

Day 29: Things you collect + things you would like to start collecting.

VW Memorabilia, VW Beetles (Old Style) and VW Campervans (Old Style) – (aka Volkswagen Westfalia Campervan) not real ones just the little toy cars and ceramic figurine thingies (I wanted to take a picture but my collection is downstairs I’m upstairs and it’s an effort lol)

Books and DVDs are the other big collections that I have. If I had the space in my house I would have my own library – you know that bit in Beauty and The Beast and he shows her library and the books are from floor to ceiling – I think thats what I’d like one day lol.

Picture of at Listal

My 30 Days – Day 27

My 30 Days

Today’s Prompt:

Something you could never get tired of doing.



Apart from sleeping, I love reading – that would keep me occupied for a long time thats for sure! I’m attempting to read 100 books in 1001 days (as part of 101 things in 1001 days) but I’m struggling at the moment lol. It’s September and I’m only up to 19 but then have like 5 in progress, it’s about day 173 so got a far way to go!!

summer reading

Image by Ruminatrix