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November 2010

Moving House

Posted on 15th November 2010 in moving house

After approximately 34 years, my mum is moving house. She is moving from a large 3 bed semi to an average sized 2 bed bungalow. I went round to the house yesterday to help her pack and was surprised to find massive amounts unpacked – as per slideshow above. When I walked in and started taking photo’s she asked me what I was doing. “No one will believe me.” I said, and carried on taking pics. Excuse quality as didn’t have the foresight to take a camera so they are all off my phone.

Believe me there were many other rooms full of stuff but my camera battery died!

I have the pleasure of being the person collecting keys and receiving the removal men at the new house today. My poor brother and sis in law are the ones who are at the old house – this morning still cramming things into boxes! I did text my brother last night and advise him ‘don’t look in the shed’….

So is this normal – are you a lastminute.com type of person or would you have had this all packed weeks ago? I think I’m somewhere in the middle if I’m honest.

My Current Favourite Song

Posted on 14th November 2010 in bruno mars/ favourite song/ just the way you are/ only girl in the world/ Rihanna/ ringtone

I heard this the other day, love it. Whoever the girl is that he wrote this about is very lucky. Ahhhhh. Great video too, like the tape drawings.

Also like this one, it is my current ring tone, although may change it as it’s a bit shouty. Any suggestions for new ringtone? @DrewParky I did love your aristocats one but it wasn’t quite aristocatty enough…. Have already had Roobarb & Custard. Suggestions, suggestions?

What’s your current favourite?

B is for… Beauty

Posted on 11th November 2010 in beauty/ children/ crescent moon/ friendship/ kittens/ the moon/ writing workshop

I see beauty everywhere, especially at the moment. I see it in leaves, in puddles, in clouds and starry nights. The crescent moon last night made me literally stop my car and try to take a photograph – it was breath taking and awe inspiring. Needless to say the photo didn’t come out right, but I saw it and I remember it and it made me think ‘wow’.

I see it in people – blatantly, obviously, some people are just beautiful to look at. I pass the sixth form students on my way to work and some of them are really quite beautiful, and so young and full of promise, hopes, dreams and life. In other people, their faces may show the ravages of time or stress but their eyes sparkle and the beauty shines through. In others still it is the depths of their personality and the kindness of their soul that reaches out and draws you in. I have one friend who just being near her makes me feel warm and calm – I don’t see her enough as it happens, note to self.

I see it in animals – ok, mainly kittens 😉  Actually that’s not true, although I do adore kittens, I see true beauty mainly in wild animals. That moment in the woods or while driving along when you catch a glimpse of a deer – it’s amazing whatever your age. I think that’s something my children and I love about Centre Parcs – those glimpses of animals which you don’t normally get to see up close. We leave piles of food out for them and then wait. Ok so it backfired a tad with the swan who decided he really, really preferred living INSIDE our chalet but we live and learn…

I hear it in song lyrics, sometimes songs feel like they were written just for me.

I see it in my children – every day. I see the perfect beauty of their faces. I hear it when they laugh. I feel it when they need me. I see the wonderful people that they will become and it fair near breaks my heart because I love them so much.

I see it in memories – magical moments held forever in suspended perfection.

I see it in kindness – some people have patience and kindness that knows no bounds and it’s beautiful.

I see it in films – I love how they can stir up such immense emotions. Be it abject terror, lust, love or even anger, it’s magical.

I see it in the written word. Some people have such a gift for writing, some people truly speak to my very soul and I love it, can’t get enough of it, will never tire of it.

I see it in YOU.


If you want to enter the writing workshop the prompts are as follows:

1. Catch 22 (by Joseph Heller)
– Are you feeling stuck with no discernible way out of something?

2. Coming Up For Air (by George Orwell)
– Write about a time you found peace after a difficult time. Or, alternatively, write about breathing spaces. What helps you re-charge?

3. On Beauty (by Zadie Smith)
– Tell us about finding beauty somewhere unexpected. Or about what beauty means to you.

4. Past Secret (by Cathy Kelly)
– Do you have a secret from your past you are brave enough to share?

5. The Book of Lost Things (by Joseph Connolly)
– Write about something you have lost: emotionally, physically, or metaphorically.

Free @MrsLJHall from twitter jail! Please RT x

Posted on 8th November 2010 in Twitter

Day 4

Since I noticed on Friday that I have been put in twitter jail, my life has been cold and lonely.

I glanced at facebook – I’m sorry, I know it was wrong – in anycase I didn’t like it there.

Twitter please let me back in?

Please?

 

M is for… MUG

Posted on 8th November 2010 in pantone

Yesterday DH broke my most favouritest mug.

Needless to say this is both a sad and bad occurrence.

However he did redeem the situation by giving me an early christmas present this morning…

The blurry bit says Pantone Cool Grey 10c

Life is good again 😉

Books That Made Me Cry #Meme #theboxoftissuesaward

Posted on 6th November 2010 in book review/ books that made me cry/ five people you meet in heaven/ meme/ mitch albom/ one day/ the box of tissues award/ the gargoyle/ tony parsons/ tuesdays with morrie

I bring you “The Box of Tissues Award”.  Has anyone done this already?

I’m sure I’ll have it pointed out to me very soon that they have. In the meantime I’ll plead ignorance and plough ahead.

The rules of my #meme are as follows:

• Fess up to 5 books that have made you cry

• Thank the nice person who gave you ‘The Box of Tissues Award’

• Link back to me

• Nominate 5 new people to pass the award onto


FIVE BOOKS THAT HAVE MADE ME CRY

1. One Day – by David Nicholls

Although, yes, I did just rant about this book in my review of it…. It did make me cry.

2. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – by Mitch Albom

Tiny little book. I bought my copy in New York because I loved the rough unfinished edges on the pages. I didn’t know anything about it, just liked the feel of the thing. When I read it I was blown away by how much it affected me.

3. Tuesdays With Morrie – by Mitch Albom

I bought Tuesdays With Morrie because I was so touched by The Five People You Meet In Heaven. It is another tiny little book which rips through your defences and leaves you blubbing – I read most pages with a running internal monologue of ‘I will not cry, I will not cry’ I failed miserably. I won’t let my OH read this book as I think it would destroy him. Funnily enough his boss said the same thing to him the other day.

4. Everything ever written by Tony Parsons

I haven’t read anything by Mr Parsons for ages, but I just love the way he writes and how he seems to know all of my inner secrets.

5. The Gargoyle – by Andrew Davidson

Lovely book, very long, a bit odd at times but steeped in romance.

I hope that the following fellow bloggers will accept the #meme and tell me the 5 books that made them cry:

@himupnorth

@metajugglamum

@thejellymmonster

@singledadsdiary

@livingwithkids

@Kateab

Yes I know that is 6 people, I’m playing the odds! And if twitter ever lets me rejoin the party then I’ll be able to let you all know that you’ve been tagged too!

Taking a risk on @livingwithkids as I’m sure she’ll be quick to tell me this meme already exists!

If @singledadsdiary is feeling particularly lovely please could he paintbucket my image thing and let me have the coding so that I can look as though I know what I’m doing? 😉

What’s Up With Twitter?!

Posted on 6th November 2010 in Twitter

*breathes into brown paper bag*

What is up with twitter *twitches* why won’t it let me in?

Is it punishing me?

Please don’t make me go on facebook, please twitter, I’ll be good.

 

Romantic Disappointment #OneDay

Posted on 6th November 2010 in book review/ david nicholls/ one day

If you haven’t already read ONE DAY – please be aware that this blog post is one dirty great big #spoiler – you’ve been warned.

I heard that One Day by David Nicholls was meant to be a great romantic novel.

It had all the right components, ‘2 people, 20 years, one day’ – bit of bad timing, separation, both each wanting the other, not brave enough to confront it, ending up with other people – but would they, could they end up together? It was all there. It had promise.

I like a bit of romance. Don’t usually read romantic novels as a rule but secretly I’m a sucker for romantic nonsense. I adored the ‘staring intensely’ in Twilight, all that gazing into each other’s eyes *sigh*.

I actually bought this book for my stepmum, who has read it and now given it to me to read. I probably would never have bought it to read myself.

So I geared myself up for a soul searching read that would sweep me off my feet in a flurry of unrequited love, steamy moments, aching hearts and  pent up emotions. Fully expecting a book so drenched in perfect romance that I would look at my own relationship and say ‘meh’.

Having finished the book I am cross. Yes, cross. Romantic my arse. I waded through the first few chapters, they were the build up, the bits where the couple ‘missed’ each other. The girl clearly adored the boy. The boy was a bit arrogant, a serial shagger who invested too much time and money into women, wine and coke.

The girl had a ‘safe’ but unsatisfactory relationship with someone else.

The boy ended up marrying someone and having a baby.

All the while they kept in touch – yet never quite actually acknowledged that they wanted each other. WHY?!

There was a glimmer of hope at one point where the boy did actually acknowledge that it ‘had always been the girl, always had, always would be’ but by the time that came I was already a bit miffed at quite how long it had taken him to realise – and that he’d only realised it once his tv career had faded, he’d stuffed up a million other relationships and got a failed marriage under his belt.

But, just to add insult to injury, when they do finally get it together. They can’t conceive which puts a strain on their relationship.

And then, ready for this?

She dies.

Yes, she dies, leaving him a mess at age 40 something.

Where is the bloody message in that?!

Rant over.

I did however think it was well written – maybe it was my expectation of the book that was at fault rather than the book itself?

Life’s too short huh.

ODEON #goodcustomerservice

Posted on 6th November 2010 in complaint/ customer service/ odeon

Recently I was a little ticked off with the Odeon, here is why.

However, I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the response – from the Odeon – to my blog.

The other day I received this email:

Dear Mrs Hall,

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is XXXXXXX and I am
the new XXXXXXXX at the ODEON in Colchester. I have been informed of
a situation which occurred at the cinema when you and your family came to
watch Despicable Me 3D, and although this is my first week in the job, I
felt it necessary to write to you about your experience.

During my time within the cinema industry I believe that the most important
thing is people. Whether it be guests or my team, they both come first.
Therefore, I carried out a search online to find out what our guests
thought of the cinema and their experiences. I came across your blog and
after reading it felt you were completely right in what you were saying.

Although the toy does come as part of the Filmfeast package and cannot be
sold separately, as a gesture of goodwill I would of asked my team to give
the toy to your son given the amount you spent within the cinema. This is
something which I have already discussed with the team here.

Please accept my sincerest apologies for your visit which I agree was not
up to the expected standards. If you have any further issues please do not
hesitate to contact me on this e-mail address or in the cinema.

If you would like to forward me your postal address I would very much like
to offer you and your family complimentary tickets for a return visit to
the cinema.

What a lovely email. You know what I liked best about it? I liked the fact that he had taken the time to google and see if there were any good or bad comments being made about his new branch, the fact that after finding my blog he then obviously went away and looked up my customer record to find my email address and then took the time to sit and write me a very lovely email.

Top bloke.

So my faith in humanity (a little strong?) and indeed good customer service is now restored!

 

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