What Economic Downturn?

We went shopping yesterday. I was wanting to go to see Australia at the cinema, but the film is SO long, it would’ve depleted any chance to shop. So we just shopped.

I’ve been wanting to get slippers, so went into the cheapy shoe shop and they had some marked down to £2.49. That’ll do me! So I got myself a pair. Em’s been wanting Wellington’s so she could work on the allotment site. The store had wellies, but not in her size. I asked at the counter did they have any in the Em’s size (size 9) and the girl says to me “they start at size 11”. WTF? She went on “unless you want the designer ones like Disney or Spongebob” then I was like – in my head going “Oh, she must have thought I meant kiddies sizes” I said “No, I mean mens sizes” – and she just looked at me and said “Yeah”, then said “Oh, you’ve got two left slippers, hold on” and walked off to get my right slipper. When she came back, she didn’t pick up where she left off, so I’m STILL none the wiser if they were any size 9 mens wellies. I can’t imagine they’d have 8’s and 10’s but no 9’s! It left my rather perplexed. I’m sure she never had a second thought about it. How DO people like that get jobs?

Anyway, on to Debenhams. Where I had two missions. One – to find some nice new towels – hopefully marked down in the sales. Success, yay!! Two lovely Christy towels marked down to half price. I was happy with those. The other was to find a Radley purse. Unlike when we got to the homewears bit and there were towels aplenty to chose from, the Radley purse section had been WIPED OUT! There were like 3 purses left and none of them took my fancy. There were more Foirelli bags than you could shake a stick at by comparison though. All these years being a Foirelli girl, but none of them really took my fancy, and most weren’t even discounted anyway.

So, that’s why I ask, what economic downturn? Certain swathes of Debenhams had been completely wiped out! It was insane!

After that we went to HMV, but no DVD’s took my fancy and not many things were marked down.

Then on to Wilkinsons. Just bit and bobs from there. Restocking of food for the birds and little things like that.

Into WH Smith to find a Playboy alarm clock, but it wasn’t there. Playboy I hear you say? Yes, but not from some weird kinkiness, but because the clock face is meant to have hands that glow in the dark. It’s a long story which I might write about in a future post. Suffice it to say, we lucked out.

Lastly to Maplin’s to get some DVD+R’s. That was it, shopping done. Me with a broken back and aching feet. I SO need to lose weight. Here comes a resolution!

I’ve Seen 85 Films In A List Of 244.

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 244 films on this list. Copy this list, to do it yourself. List it on your own blog, etc. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Pirates of the Carribbean 3: At World’s End
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 4

( ) The Princess Bride
( ) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
(x) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 8

(x) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 11

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 15

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 18

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
(x) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 25

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 30

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
(x ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 35

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 41

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
( ) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Ocean’s Thirteen
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Bourne Ultimatum
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 42

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
(x) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 46

( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
(x) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) The Terminator
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 53

(x) X-Men
( ) X-2
( ) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
(x) Shrek 3
Total so far: 59

( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 62

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 66

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 67

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 71

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
(x) 28 weeks later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 75

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 77

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 81

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police “f*ck yeah!”
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
Total so far: 85

Ooh, I have a life, well I’m on the cusp!!!! YAY!!! Oh, but hold on, there are films I’ve seen that aren’t on this list! Sheet!!!!!!!!! lol

Hell! Another List!

This one from subgirl’s site now!

Where did you begin 2008?​
At home.

What was your status by Valentine’​s Day?
Erm, I assume this means lovelife status? Married still.

Were you in school (anytime this year)​?​

Did you have to go to the hospital?​
Not myself. But Em did for a post-operative check up.

Did you have any encounters​ with the police?

Where​ did you go on vacation?
To Lincolnshire/Leicester for 3 days for our wedding anniversary in March.

What did you purchase that was over $​500?​

Did you know anybody who got married?​

Did you know anybody who passed away?​

Did you move anywhere?​

What sport​ng event​s did you attend?

What conce​rts/​shows​ did you go to?
Only thing I did that was “concerty” was see U2:3D at an Imax cinema in Birmingham.

Where​ do you live now?
Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Describe your birth​day.​
Busy playing with my combined Birthday/Xmas gift, my Creative Zen X-Fi.

​What’s the one thing​ you thought you would​ never​ do but did in 2008?​
Go bankrupt.

What has/​have been your favorite moments?
Our anniversary away, my birthday (‘cos of my pressie) and meeting new friends online.

What’​s something you learn​ed about​ yours​elf?​
I can actually stick to a New Year’s resolution!!

Any new additions to your family?​

What was your best month​?​
Probably March, ‘cos of our anniversary and silly things like Doctor Who being back on the tele!

What music​ will you remember in 2008?​
The Ting Tings.

Who has been your best drinking buddy​?​
Well I don’t really drink – well, only like maybe once a year or something – and I tend to get pi**ed alone, so, erm, ME?

Made new friends?​
Online ones, yes.

Favorite Night​[​s]​ out?
Seeing U2:3D (if it counts as “night out”) apart from the fact I tripped on the escalator and skinned my ankle on the escalator steps – OUCH!

Any regrets?​

What do you want to change in 2009?​
My weight – but I doubt it will, I have no willpower.

Overall, how would​ you rate this year?​
Possibly a 7/10.

Other​ than home,​ where​ did you spend​ most of your time?​
In Luton town centre – shopping (there wasn’t much time at all that I wasn’t at home).

Have any life changes in 2008?​
Yes, went through a bankruptcy.

Chang​e your hairstyle?​

Get a new job?

How old did you turn this year?​

Did anything embarrassing?​

Buy anything new from eBay?​

Get married or divorced?​

Be hones​t – did you watch​ American Idol?​
No, but I *did* watch the UK Big Brother – sadly!

Did you get sick this year?​
Just the usual head cold/sore throat thing.

Start​ a new hobby​?​
Can David Tennant be classified as a hobby?

Been snowboarding?​
Hell no!

Drank​ Starbucks in 2008?​
No, but had the UK equivalent – Costa.

What are you wishing for in 2009?​
What I bloody wish for every year – financial security.

I Can’t Resist A List!

You know me and lists. I saw this one on Lisa’s blog and couldn’t help myself!

Stayed single almost the whole year?
No. Been married for 10 years now! That’s half the life sentence served 🙂

Kissed someone new?
I don’t think so…not met any new ppl this year (well, not in real life).

Done something you’ve regretted?
Not kept on Em’s back to get the night away at Luton Hoo hotel!!!

Lost someone close?

Were involved in something you’ll never forget?
With my memory? Even if it was the most important thing in the world – I’d STILL forget it!! lol

Visited a different country?
No, sadly.

Cooked a gross meal?
I can’t think. I did a vegetarian mince/cottage pie thingy that was only just palatable. But apart from that, I can’t think of anything truly gross.

Lost something important to you?
My pet goldfish, Psychs.

Got a gift you adore?
My Creative Zen X-Fi, LOVE IT!

Tripped over a coffee table?
No, but fell UP the stairs – what a prawn I am!!

Dyed your hair?
Yes, red – for the first time in about 3 years.

Went to a party?

Saw one of your favourite bands/artists live?
Flippin ‘eck! I WISH!! I saw The Killers on TV at Glastonbury – does that count?

Did you meet any new friends this year?
Yes, one or two online ones that I’ve got close to.

Did you dislike anyone?
I’m sure I’ve got a list – but they are mostly air-head or annoying celebs or whatever. I hardly meet anyone in “real” life I dislike.

Did you grow apart from anyone?
Erm, not that I’m aware of. I hope not. If I have, I’m unaware of it and it was unintentional.

Do you have any regrets when it comes to your friendships?
Too much to go into detail.

2008: Your BIRTHDAY!
Did you have cake?
I think I just had chocolate (like every other day of the year!)

Did you have a party?

How old did you turn?

2008: All about YOU
Did you change at all this year?
Well, I got one year older, probably gained even MORE weight, started an un-nerving obsession about David Tennant and increased my dementia.

Did you get your hair cut?
Yes, about 3 times at least, possibly 4.

Did you change your style?
No, I’m happy with where I’m at with my style.

Did you have a job?

Did you drive?

Did you move at all?

Did you go on any vacations?
Up to Lincolnshire for our 10th anniversary in March – that’s all.

Would you change anything about yourself now?
Weight, age…

2008: Wrap UP:
Was 2008 a good year?
Fairly much so…

Do you think 2009 will top 2008?
It depends on what you mean by “top”. If it means as in will it be better? I’m unsure…don’t dare want to jinx myself.

I confess that in 2008 I…
*stayed single for the whole year – no
*kissed in the snow – no
*celebrated Halloween – well, sorta
*had your heart broken – yes
*mooned someone – yes
*went over the minutes on your cell phone – no, I’m on pre-paid
*someone questioned your sexual orientation – yes
*came out of the closet – no
*done something you’ve regretted – no doubt


*painted a picture – yes (with the paint application on my netbook)
*wrote a poem – no
*ran a mile – no
*shopped at Hollister or Abercrombie and Fitch – no, nothing would fit anyway
*posted a blog on MySpace – no
*visited a foreign country – no
*cut in a line of waiting people – no way!
*told someone you were busy when you weren’t – erm, probably, no doubt
*partied to celebrate the new year – not especially
*cooked a disastrous meal – sorta
*lied about how old you were – no, just try not to reveal my birth date to keep my identity safe (I know, but identity theft is a BIG thing in the UK)
*prank called someone – no

In 2008 I…
*fell in-love was already in-love – yes
*lied – God yes! Who doesn’t?
*cried over a broken heart – yes (wasn’t this question already sort of asked)
disappointed someone close – no doubt, for I am the queen of disappointment
hid a secret – erm, not consciously and not anything big
pretended to be happy – don’t ALL “happy” people pretend?
*slept under the stars – no, too effin’ cold!
*kept your new years resolution – yes, right up until last week!
forgot your new years resolution – no
*met someone who changed your life – well, no, but…
*met one of your idols – no
changed your outlook on life – no
sat home all day doing nothing – far more than I care to admit
pretended to be sick – once or twice
*left the country – no
given up on something/someone important to you – erm, possibly
lost something expensive – no, thank goodness
learned something new about yourself – I don’t think so
tried something you normally wouldn’t try and liked it – not that I can remember
made a change in your life – only a little one
found out who your true friends were – n/a
met great people – yes
stayed up til sunrise – no
cried over the silliest thing – at times
had friends who were drifting away from you – sort of
had a high cell phone bill – no
spent most of your money on food – YES
*had a fist fight – no, those days are LONG gone!
went to the beach with your best friend – not this year, no
got sick – yes, but just minor stuff, head cols and that
*liked more than 5 people at the same time – if fantasies count – yes!
became closer with a lot of people – not a LOT of people, but a few

Much Better.

That was a bad day the other day. I felt awful. I’m feeling much better now. Thank goodness. I’d been a bit worried about myself there. Thankfully it was just a pre-Christmas bump.

Just finished the last of the online food shop. That gets delivered tomorrow. I had to scoot around the other day when Gilly took us to Letchworth to get a mock (vegetarian) turkey roll from Holland and Barrett. Flippin’ £4.25 it cost! It’ll barely feed me and Em. Just enough for both of us.

I’m totally splurging on nice food this year. We had a bleak Xmas last year, so this one will be special. And we’ve got alcohol too! I got a bottle of Disaronno from Morrisons the other day (almond liqueur, like marzipan) and I’ve also got a bottle of Midori (melon liqueur) coming and a couple of packs of snowballs (advocaat mixer).

Sssooo looking forward to the Doctor Who Christmas special. I’m counting down the day to Xmas by the number of days left before I get to see the special! That’s bad!

I’ve got plans to go and see Australia at the cinema as well. I saw the Newsnight Review on the BBC and it was slated by Germaine Greer and other members on the review panel. It sounded SO bad, it’s good!

Just a little bit of bits and bobs today.


Hit The Wall

I’m having a bad day today. I’ve hit the pre-Christmas wall. I now want Christmas over with. I just don’t have the enthusiasm and the energy for it any longer. I just want my shopping done, the stuff on TV that I want to watch now! I’m just over it.

I’m having a real “2006” day. Two years ago I was going through a very deep depression. Not something I’d ever gone through before. Despite having long spells of living in poverty, I’ve always been scarily optimistic. So 2006 really came from nowhere. I just couldn’t see the point any more. But it was like that, every day, for at least 6 months.

I still have those feelings on the odd day. It’s just more of a “feel sorry for myself” day now when that happens. Today is one of those days. I just want to mope. Just lay on the bed in the foetal position and forget about the world for a while.

In 2006 I used to have quite big philosophical questions for myself and others. Why *are* we here? Are we meant to be here? Aren’t we just a virus invading a place that’s not rightfully ours? Why do we treat animals so inferior? Environmental conservation?! What a laugh! If we weren’t here f*cking up the earth in the first place, we wouldn’t have to be doing “conservation” work – I say, typing it into my netbook!!

The world is just full of contradictions, hypocrisy and chaos.

Then I think things like “What drives a person in say, DR Congo, or the Darfur region, or even Zimbabwe to continue on? What *IS* the point of it? Please, please, really tell me?


In the absolute grand scheme of things, what do we, as humans, contribute to anything? That we leave a mark (more like scar, and a deep scar at that)? That we get remembered for achievements? So, we’ve gone to the moon…SO?! What of it? Big fat hairy deal. What does it matter that I know Einstein? What did he prove? Why is it important that I know that Henry VIII lived and had six wives?

What makes these things important when we still have wars, we are still animals – lesser animals than the ones we like to “lord it” over! We’re just a mutant virus. We shouldn’t even be here.

Then there’s things like religion. Just do *not* get me started there.

I know. It’s all very “It’s A Wonderful Life” the way I’m talking. But seriously, that movie is fantasy. What WAS so important about George Bailey’s life? Oh sure, he saves his brother’s life – who then in turn saves the lives of people in war – but his brother saved peoples lives IN WAR! I mean, FFS, we STILL have war! The human race is just ridiculous.

I just don’t get stuff…I really don’t.

Yes, it’s a bad day…

Was That A Kite?

Yes, but not THAT kind of kite! It was one of THESE kind of kites!


I saw it as we got near to our place. We’d just been shopping with Em’s dad, and were in the last half a mile home and I saw it circling around. Not THAT particular kite mind you, but one just as spectacular. What a sight to see.

It was HUGE!

Ausrock – The Blog of Rare Australian Music.

I was looking at Google Reader through the few blogs I follow on there. The thing is, I rarely remember to go there and look at the blog updates. The more important blogs I read, I’ve got linked to my own blog – except one, that I forgot I was following until I returned to Google Reader today.

It’s called Ausrock and it has a WEALTH of hard-to-find and rare Australian and New Zealand music on it with downloadable content – which is the BEST bonus of all when it comes to rare finds!

Anyway, thought I’d mention it and link. To view the site, go here:


No Ice Cream?

I had a dream in the early hours of this morning. I had the distinct feeling I was at home, but the visuals in the dream had me located at my mums house. It was late at night, around 11.30pm. Em and I were watching something on TV. Something caught my eye out the window – it was an ice cream van. A very modern one – quite posh (for an ice cream van!). A person had just been served and was walking away from the van.

I popped my head out the front door and asked the man how much longer he’d be around. “Oh, for a while yet” he said. I thought “great” and continued watching the TV. Once I was ready to get an ice cream, I thought I’d better check he was still outside. I asked him another question, which I can’t remember now, then said “I’ll just be a minute”. I’d only been in a t-shirt and knickers so needed to get some trousers on before heading outside.

I quickly go to the bedroom, get some trousers on and walk out the door to the van. As I’m doing this, the man pulls down the shutter to the van, starts the engine and starts to drive off. I’m calling out saying “Wait! I’m coming to buy something now!” He says “Too late. I waited long enough. I’m off”. I just stood there dumbfounded, watching him drive off – disappointed. Damn you ice cream man!!