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Resolutions Wins and Fails

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Happy New Year!

I have finished putting away all traces of Christmas and just about managed to cram all left over food in before starting my new years diet (almost).  Back to work tomorrow (boo).

I usually make resolutions and fail within days or weeks of making them. Even already on today – the 3rd of Jan I have failed one – I was going to upload a photo a day and already failed on that yesterday.  I started today with bran flakes and good intentions – I have just eaten a load of biscuits. Fail.

There are a few things that I know I will probably achieve this year;

  • Move house – locally but somewhere that is a long-term house with some land or outbuildings for my parents to build or convert. This will also entail me selling my house in Newbury. Probably.
  • Lose the final 7lbs to hit my target weight. I now know that I can do this (yeah, I know today doesn’t sound very promising but in my defence I am not back to work yet am I?)
  • Being 40!  I know that I have no choice in this but it is a bit of a landmark year and I should make an effort to do a few things that I have always wanted to celebrate my grand age
  • Some kind of change in my work-life. I don’t know what, but I can almost guarantee that I won’t be in the same place this time next year.
  • Stay in my favourite Hotel, The Feathers in Woodstock, this I will achieve as my lovely Mum bought us a night and meal there to be taken before April. Yey!

There are a number of things that I would LOVE to do but probably won’t achieve;

  • Blogging more often.  I wish I had more interesting things to say so that blogging more often was feasible, plus having the time to blog more frequently would be nice.
  • If we move then a long holiday we were thinking about in San Fran while Stu is working out there all summer may be a no-no :0(  Although I am still hoping to get to the Americas Cup in Venice or Naples, which will be new for me. I also hope at some stage we may sneak a weekend in Paris in as its my 40th year and its my favourite city.
  • Get better at photography, flirting with a 2nd hand SLR and not using so much auto stuff, although I am addicted to Instagram for sharing and Camera+ for taking the pics.
  • See more of my friends and family that I don’t see enough of as I am always on the treadmill of working full-time and spending the weekend cooking, shopping, washing and cleaning.
  • Read some more books and at least three classics. I am such a lazy reader and go for the easy reads. I should stretch myself.
  • Dye my hair Titian.  I have always wanted to. I’d love it.

So a happy and prosperous new year to all! Let’s get on with it!

Friday Blog Theme: Fantasy Dinner Party

So I have thought about this long and hard. Again, this is a theme from Fat Fighters. They have kick-started my blogging mojo again.

The venue of course would be a beautiful apartment (mine of course) on the Ave. Montaigne in Paris. I would of course be wearing a casually chic Agnes B number.

Dinner would be served by my staff, I would simply waft in on a cloud of White Gardenia Petals. (I may be also wearing my fluffy slippers but lets not ruin the vision).

Guests:

Tom Selleck– not as Magnum, but as Jack in 3 Men and a… or Richard in Friends…. Finally he’d realise that I was his real destiny…

Jose Mourinho – yes he’s arrogant, but god what a man. Of course I’d really just want him to talk about being the ‘special one’ and agree to come and coach England.

Dawn French – I just love her. She makes me die. I love everything she has done. She is also my girl crush.

Eva Peron – I’d love to know the truth. I adore the story, soundtrack. I’d like to hear her story.

Nigel Barker – Film star good looks, height, sigh….. He’d also take great pics of the evening.

Billy Connolly – No-one tells a story like Billy.

Wow. I’m really excited about it now…. Although, I bet I wake up in the night with may more impressive and intellectual guests that I should have listed…anyway, off to microwave my ‘Fuller Longer’ dinner for 1…. *sighs*

Sometimes the tweeters make their own news

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One of the reasons I like love Twitter so much is having the latest and breaking news at your fingertips.  It’s the place where you first hear who has died, where war is breaking out, or where and when terrible natural disasters happen, (good news can be found too).

But,  as with all un-moderated platforms, there is a high chance that some tweeters get it wrong, or some readers read it wrong.  I read today about the fashionista in London, who tweeted about a fashion shoot, for it to be miscontrued by a follower or two as an *actual* shooting in Oxford Street. Ripples of twitter-tattle eminated through the internet, for the poor girl to have to dispel the gossip and insist it was shooting with a camera of a zero-sized model outside topshop.

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2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 55 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 57 posts. There were 111 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 104mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 14th with 145 views. The most popular post that day was Tweets Sweet and Sour.

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Good Afternoon World

After many abortive attempts, I am starting my blog again.

I am not making any promises and don’t know if I’ll share as I can’t always be miserable or funny. Fact.

If it becomes anything, this will be a diary blog with a few inane subjects thrown in for good measure – being either reviews or about food no doubt.

All I can guarantee a large portion will include complaints and moans about my life.

Here goes anyway.

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