Eleven Questions

This has come from Caitlin‘s blog, and I encourage you to answer question 11.

1. In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?

 Aaargh! So many songs but this one always brings a smile to my face and gets me wiggling :

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

 Well, last weekend I turned 27 and had a lovely afternoon tea with my parents. I promise to post pictures soon.

3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

I would be Jane Russell’s character in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Dorothy Shaw. The outfits, the songs, the elegance, and well this number may just say it all :

4. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?

I’ve got to go with a British actress, and although she’s only come to light in the past couple of years, I think Joanna Vanderham is who I’d want. We’re not much alike looks wise, but I like her attitude in her shows.


5. What is your favorite quote?

 “There’s no point in living if you can’t feel alive” Garbage, The World Is Not Enough

6. What was your first concert?

My parents arranged for me to see Take That as a surprise one evening, and it was the infamous tour with Howard Donald’s bum!

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?


8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

 Doc, because I wear glasses and according to the Wikipedia entry he mixes up his words a lot, which I seem to be doing at the moment!?

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

A cheese and beans toastie, followed by a bowl of good quality vanilla ice cream all washed down with San Pellegrino Limonata

10. What is the background of your computer?

As I’m on Windows 8, I have a slideshow of images from France to inspire me for both my studies and our upcoming Road Trip.

And the eleventh question is… to you!  Answer one of the ten above!


Review Post – Dave’s Comedy Festival

First of all apologies this post has no pictures, but in the rush to get out I forgot my camera, and those that Rainbow took are not fit for public consumption!

Rainbow and Buddy came down this weekend and to while away the evening we went to the Dave Comedy Festival, which in a word was awesome!

The reason for the last minute rush was due to our printer rejecting the ink and we therefore could not print off the second act’s tickets. One quick phonecall to the ticket hotline and they printed off the tickets for us to pick up after dinner. Thank you very much guys, couldn’t have asked for more!

The first act was “The Geeks Strike Back”, billed as :

A long time ago on a comedy stage not so far away …
It is a bright time for geeks and stand-up comedy. Danish comedians Niels Forsberg, Morden May, and Mads Brynnum have been hiding in a secret base for the past year. Now they’re ready with a show that’s guarantied to score a critical hit. A show about all the important things in life: zombies, Death Stars, board games, and evil plans of world domination.

These guys were very funny, and I am ashamed to say I got the majority of the jokes. I guess that makes me a geek of some description, although I’m not sure what flavour yet!

The Exchange Bar was an odd little venue, with the act taking place downstairs. The seating was a complete mix of occasional chairs and little sofas. Buddy was delighted by the spinning chair in front of him, although the guy in front didn’t enjoy spilling his drink as he was spun round by said delighted person. I did like the intimacy and quirkiness of the venue, but it wasn’t completely soundproofed from the bar above so there was quite a bit of background noise. And on the way out, we couldn’t find the stairs due to the curtain covering it and followed several bemused men into the gents!

Then, it was a quick walk away to the Belmont Hotel to see Grainne Maguire’s show “If I could just love myself as much as I love Ed Miliband, my life would be perfect”.

That was all we knew about the show beforehand, except for a short Youtube video on the events listing. I have to admit part of the reason for booking this show was the location and the time it was showing, but she was great.

Her views on Kate Middleton opened my eyes to a more cynical viewpoint. What I did like about her act was that at the end she wrapped up the stories and linked them together with a sort of moral lesson to the story. I would definitely go to see her again, so fingers crossed she is around next year.

We finished off the night at the Lansdowne for a cocktail or two, and only as we left did we clock Grainne was sat in there with her manager (I assume). Would have liked to have spoken to her after the set to congratulate her, but the moment had passed and we had the night bus to catch.

So would I go to the Dave Comedy Festival again? Definitely, the entire night cost broke down as follows :

  • Ticket for the Geeks – £5 + booking fee + credit card fee
  • Ticket for Grainne Maguire – £3 + booking fee
  • Dinner at Pizza Express – £13 for 3 courses using a voucher

It was a cheap night out but full and relaxed, I’m not much into clubbing and the like anymore so it was fantastic to have a good night out and get the endorphins flowing!

On a side note, the other morning I was very confused to walk to work hearing the sound of Big Ben. After checking Facebook a few days later, I found the culprit :

Resolutions for 2013

I decided this year not to make any resolutions as a lot of what I want to do with my life, aims and such I put into my 101 in 1001 list.

There are a few things I will/aiming to accomplish this year though from the list :

3 – Go on a road trip

We will be going to France this summer camping, and going on our first road trip!

9 – Finish decorating the bedroom

We are nearly there now, and I want to try and get it sorted before my degree gets underway, if not, it will be November before it gets done!

11 – Have Christmas all organised and ready to go in advance

This is going to be especially important as my exams will be in October – my normal Christmas prep period – and I would like to not have to be stressing about Christmas the same time as I try to remember basic rules of french grammar!

21 – Create a menu plan according to French Women Don’t Get Fat and 27 – Shop seasonally for at least four months

Already started this as part of a healthy start to the year

35 – Restart my degree

35 - Restart my degree

35 – Restart my degree

Countdown to 2nd February!

37 – Learn how to park in the Honda

The Honda is poorly at the moment, so this may not be needed, but if it recovers I need to get on top of this before I have to travel for a tutorial. Not being able to reverse park in the leviathan is embarrassing!

45 – Organise paperwork
I will be finishing this task this weekend in order to prepare my desk space for OU study.
54 – Cross a glacier on foot
I had forgotten about this until just now, but I may be able to do this when we go camping …
59 – Go to a comedy club
We will definitely be doing this as we were given a voucher for dinner and a comedy night at Jongleurs by my brother and sister in law.
69 – Tidy up my eyebrows
This will be a birthday treat as I swear they are trying to take over my face!
70 – Grow my hair out
It’s now just below my shoulders, and I’ve got another 8 inches to go.
Wow, 12 items and I still have more which will be done at some point this year. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t do resolutions?
Whilst I chew on all this, I’ll leave you with the promise for my first Bake of the Month post coming up this weekend – Baizelnut Muffins.

Dear 2012

Dear 2012, You have definitely been busy this year :


Mr H and I welcomed you in at a Halloween themed party.

A very last minute witch costume for New Years Evil!

A very last minute witch costume for New Years Evil!

We celebrated our First Wedding Anniversary.

Mr H with his eco friendly walking stick, and me as the Shadow

Mr H with his eco friendly walking stick, and me as the Shadow

We got dressed up 50’s styley for a friends 21+29th Birthday.

jayne's birthday


Bit of a quiet month, life just ticked by.


I attempted the Chase Walk and Mr H actually finished it.

Celebrated my 26th Birthday and the end of the first blog.


Not a lot happened here again as we were gearing up for our holiday.


Took a gorgeous trip to Malta – promise I will post about that in 2013.

Welcome to Malta!

Welcome to Malta!

Launched my new blog, albeit a few months later than planned.

We had a Eurovision party.


A freak hailstorm took out our conservatory roof.


I saw Garbage in concert, whoo!!!!!

I put together my 101 in 1001 list.


Mr H and I hosted a backyard campout and released some sky lanterns.

Sky Lanterns

Sky Lanterns


Mr H and I went to Festwich, where I managed to get sunburnt(?!?).

My best friends got engaged in dramatic fashion.

The convervatory roof was finally fixed.


We went to Wales to celebrate Mr H’s birthday.

Honey Ice Cream

Honey Ice Cream

Went to a Hallowe’en party and posed Gangnam Style!

Hallowe'en Gangnam Style!

Hallowe’en Gangnam Style!


Busy with family stuff. but nothing really blog worthy.


Mr H and I had an early second anniversary get away.

2nd anniversary

Christmas and New Year came and went with the norovirus and a family bereavement.

Cherry Bakewell Cocktail and Downton Abbey Christmas Special

Cherry Bakewell Cocktail and Downton Abbey Christmas Special

Coming Up in 2013

2013 promises to be a packed year :

I will be starting my Open University course in February…

… for which I will be getting a shiny new laptop so I can blog a lot easier!

I will be introducing a new Bake of the Month feature.

Mr H and I will be finishing off getting the house done as we may be moving house! *eeeeeeee!!!!!*

FFGF – Yuletide Delivery

Hello all,

It’s safe to say I don’t like reading the news. I listen to it via Radio 1 whilst I work, but that is my only source of current affairs.

However, I’m glad to have caught this titbit, which didn’t make it onto newsbeat, a lovely happy story in amongst all the crap going on in the world right now.

Baby born in Shetland Coastguard Helicopter

Can anyone think of any appropriate names for the bouncing baby boy?

FFGF – A Bit of Variety

The Royal Variety Performance was on earlier this week and I have to say I was disappointed – Neil Diamond for the finale, really?

This would have made a far better finale :

And can someone explain the opera singers talking about big feet to me?

FFGF – GB Olympians Do Their Thang!

I so wish this had come out before last Friday night, well done on all the GB team who took part in this you were and are truly awesome.

And without further ado, the GB team’s contribution for Children in Need :

FFGF – 38 days to go!

Yup, as the Public Service Announcement it’s only 38 days to go to Christmas!
As part of getting organised for Christmas I am nearly done with present buying and wrapping, the cards are all written out and addressed/stamped and the Christmas cake is distilling/pickling.

Now you all hate me, sorry!

One of my friends posted this as their Facebook status yesterday which just tickled me, and I strongly recommend you DO NOT follow this recipe and behave responsibly when making your Christmas cake.

I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe so here goes.
Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year!(Made mine this morning!!!!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • Nuts
  • 1 bottle Vodka
  • 2 cups dried fruit
  1. Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality.
  2. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat.
  3. Turn on the electric mixer.
  4. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  6. Beat again.
  7. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK.
  8. Try another cup just in case.
  9. Turn off the mixerer thingy.
  10. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
  11. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it.
  12. Mix on the turner.
  13. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver
  14. Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity.
  15. Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something.
  16. Check the Vodka.
  17. Now crap shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
  18. Add one table.
  19. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.
  20. Whatever you can find.
  21. Greash the oven.
  22. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
  23. Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
  24. Finally, throw the bowl through the window.
  25. Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat

    Have a great Friday, and you should provided you don’t follow the recipe above!

FFGF – Ow Much?

I don’t make a secret of the fact that I have yorkshire blood and when I received the quote for new specs I struggled not to shout “Ow much?!”

So in honour of my Yorkshire brethren, here’s a few classic comedy clips for a Friday giggle :

Harry Enfield and Yorkshire Airlines

Monty Python, say no more

As for the new specs? I’ve found a pair, just need to order them.

Happy Friday!!!!

FFGF – Taert ro Kcirt!

Given this week has been about Hurricane Sandy, I found something sweet and positive to show you all, Reverse Trick or Treat!

Have a great weekend, I have got the Monday off to finish off my Christmas shopping, so one long weekend for me!

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