Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Saturday, 26 July 2008
In September I will start by new job as Project Officer with Alcohol Focus Scotland. It's a Comic Relief funded project until 2011 to:
- develop a strong and vibrant national network of professionals who work to reduce harm to children and young people from alcohol misuse.
- facilitate via the network the sharing of good practice, the development of policies and services where appropriate and to raise awareness of the issues affecting children and young people in relation to alcohol misuse at regional and national levels using a variety of methods.
It's a really big step up both in responsibility and money and I'm really excited about it. And my office will be on Buchanan Street, which is smack dab in the city centre! I've never worked in the city centre of Glasgow; the Red Cross was based out in an industrial estate in Hillington and the East Health Improvement Team was in the most deprived area of Glasgow. No more chippies and snack vans for me-- I could actually have sushi for lunch again, YUM!
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
Mix together flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Frost this cake with icing and decorate with thickly shredded carrot pieces.
She wasn't so sure about the candle but she devoured her cake! The peanut butter icing caused some pretty funny faces, but otherwise she loved it. NBH, Katie and I tried some too and you mostly just taste peanut butter and they were really nice.
Friday, 18 July 2008
Then I got to my alterations/seamstress to get my dress and sort out my bustle. My dress fits amazing now, which is great, I don't hate it anymore. Then I show them the pictures I brought with me of what bustle I wanted. Nothing crazy at all, just simple under bustle done with ribbons. Well they say they've never done one....they only do under bustles with snaps or hooks. Everyone I've ever known with overs have had them break.
So now, I'm going to be calling around seamstresses in Glasgow and Cincinnati and try to get something sorted. It's just one more stress (even if a silly one) I don't need now.
There are two happy things about today:
-It's Emma's 4th Birthday!!! We are having a party for her tomorrow so more about it after.
-Arlene, Katie, Deb, Deb's Mother-in-law and aunt and I saw Mama Mia. I wasn't super impressed but it was fun and silly and I really want to watch Muriel's Wedding now.
I totally associate Abba with Muriel; I love Toni Collette and if you've never seen Muriel's Wedding I enthusiastically recommend it. I will leave you a particularly ABBArific scene:
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Blondie is your biggest cheerleader when in need of support and the most honest sounding board when in need of the truth and probably the only person I could ever maintain a true friendship with across an ocean...
I met Blondie through mutual friends in Cincinnati. I had just moved there, and gotten a job at the Dubliner, where she worked at the time. A week or two into living there, I get a call on my cell phone while shopping at Big Lots from Blondie, excited as hell because she won a radio contest and was getting to meet Taking Back Sunday. I was so jealous, figuring she'd take Ashley or one of her other friends that she knew more than me, but she kept using “we” so I finally asked if she was taking me and I believe the response was “of course Silly!” I barely knew her at the time, we'd only met a few months before when I was visiting my friends before moving and she had this great opportunity and she picked me because she knew that I would enjoy it more. Blondie has a picture of us there, which I'm sure she'll tag to this to show everyone how happy we were. This is when I realized that Blondie is the completely awesome human being that she is.
Blondie is the kind of friend who knows that, sometimes, the best way to get over a broken heart is to have your friends dress up in ridiculous outfits and sing karaoke at a sushi bar. Or sometimes the answer is just more vodka!
"My name is Blondie, I am not a boy."
Very confident and bold (anyone who can go one stage and shout c*nt a lot has sheer utter boldness) never not seen her smile so smiley, bubbly girly type and very American! (I mean that in a non offensive way).
Blondie and I bonded over a shared love of making fun of other people...not sure what that says about either of us!
What’s a funny event you shared together? Grillz need I say more...
What are the names of all of their pets? Emma
What is the best moment you've had with him/her? Flossin gangsta
When did you meet? In front of the 7-11 pimpin out hoes
What is their favourite way to spend a day? Canoodling or bustin caps in asses
Name a few things they dislike: Late hoes…fake grillz, bitches
What is/was their favourite school subject? Women’s studies
Pink, Bubbly, Eclectic, Loyal, Humane, Fun-loving, Idealist, Persistent, Extroverted, Feeling, Intuitive, Sociable, Sentimental, Performer, Self-Assured, Gregarious, Enthusiastic....
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Monday, 14 July 2008
I can post videos, yay. Basically this video is self-explanatory. I ate an apple and then let Emma have a few bites...don't worry she barely ate any of it and she didn't get any seeds. She loves crunchy foods (especially raw carrots) and I love the faces she makes when eating them.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Also my eye is not red at all anymore and I'm starting to wonder if having my eyelashes dyed (which hurt my eyes way more than normal) either caused my limbitis or further compounded the situation....either way it makes me rather hesitant to have it done again before the wedding. I'm going back to the optician on Wednesday and hopefully he will tell me my eyes are happy scrappy and I can wear daily disposables until further notice.
Tonight we went out to dinner with NBH's mom and Dad to a Japanese restaurant, Nanakusa, that we'd never been to before. I LOVE Japanese food and NBH's Dad had suggested something Asian and we didn't want to go to the same place we always go. Anyway it was really good and I had Magura (Tuna) Nigiri and Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) Nigiri to start and Teppan Taki Soba for my main (teppan fried noodles with egg, chicken, shrimp and vegetables)it was sooo yummy. For dessert I had Yaki mochi which is a pastry/parcel type thing with red adzuki beans in the middle...the best comparison I can think of was it tasted like it an undercooked crepe, but thicker. It was super oishi (delicious) whatever it was.
(according to babelfish, 花嫁 means bride)
Friday, 11 July 2008
Thursday, 10 July 2008
In other news this is what I will look like for the next week. After retrieving my Tony Alamo leaflet, I went to Tesco to get my contact prescription updated. Yes, Tesco is the same place I buy my groceries, but they have an optometrist now, too and it is free and convenient.
I don't have a new contact prescription. Why? Well my limbus is inflamed and I have an indent on my eyeballs where my contacts were. In other words my eyes (mostly my left one) are hazy and red and the bit around the iris is aggravated.
So no contacts for me for a week and I have to go get some steroid eye drops from my Dr today. I hate wearing my glasses, but looks like I have no choice in the matter. Emma at least seems to like me in my glasses though, which despite how they look are more of a berry pink than red.
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Friday, 4 July 2008
I took this picture while I was sitting and waiting while NBH was getting his hair cut. It was so super sunny, I decided to sit outside with a magazine while he go this new do.
He tends to go through long hair, short hair, long hair phases and since he's graduated and the wedding is coming up, he's back to short.
NBH's got his graduation ball tonight, so I took the opportunity to take a shot of him all dolled up in his kilt. The next time he wears it we will be getting married! WTF!
Katie and I went and took my dress in to get altered today as well. It took ages, mostly because they had to find a sheet for me to stand on and wait for most of the customers to leave so there'd be space. But it was only £35 and the bridal shop quoted me £180, so yay for saving cash.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Today she was doing one of my favorite things. Sleeping with her tongue out. I have no idea why I think its so adorable.
Faux snakeskin journal for story ideas
I’ve put the ones I’ve seen in bold and ones I have partially seen in italics. WTF with Fatal Attraction??? I’ve written papers on that movie it is not a modern classic, but part of the backlash against feminism. I can elaborate if needed or you can just watch the alternate ending. That being said I’ve actually seen about 50%:
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998 )
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988 )
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Matrix (1999)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006)
20. The Lion King (1994)
21. Schindler’s List (1993)
22. Rushmore (1998 )
23. Memento (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001)
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986)
28. Wings of Desire (1988 )
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
32. Fight Club (1999)
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
34. Fargo (1996)
35. The Incredibles (2004)
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
37. Pretty Woman (1990)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)
40. Speed (1994)
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)
44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988 )
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997)
48. Scarface (1983)
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
53. The Truman Show (1998 )
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary
58. Ghostbusters (1984)
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
60. Scream (1996)
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
73. Office Space (1999)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003)
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
84. Sideways (2004)
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
91. Back to the Future (1985)
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Emma was so happy the entire time! She really does love people, but she can be a diva sometimes, too.
I think these are some of the best pictures of her, so I thought I'd share them.
Okay, I know tanning beds are not healthy...I get it they are bad for you. I also have come to terms with representing pale force one, I'm translucent 12 months of the year now that I live in "sunny" Scotland. It's not a vanity thing, I could care less if I was tan for my wedding. However, I do NOT want to be sunburnt on my wedding or honeymoon.
So my option is the taninng bed. 6 minutes a go, 2-3 times a week for a month. I will not turn a healthy glow and I'm pretty sure most people will not even notice, but I will not fry in Cincinnati or the Dominican Republic for that matter. I am going to attempt to document my journey from Cling-wrap to porcelian. So I took a picture of my ring finger now (its the only tan line that isn't going to be on my ass) and will do so once a week or so. Somehow this also turned out to be the best picture I've ever taken of my ring.
I also have to say, as much as I know how bad they are for you, I also find the tanning beds ridiculously relaxing. There is something about the warmth and the buzzing of the machine I don't know. I might be alone on this one, but I find it very soothing.
Maybe because it never really gets hot here, even if its sunny you don't ever get that overwhelming sense of heat. I don't know, but I definitely miss summer. Actually I miss all 4 distinct seasons; everything just blends into one big wet, overcast windy mild season.
Well from fried skin to fried chicken; Pamela Anderson would be pissed off at me, but she also has been carrying around a huge Hermès leather bag lately, but I'm going to get some KFC after receiving an email from Pepsi about some special they are running stateside. I find KFC here to be fundamentally flawed because it does not have biscuits or mashed potatoes.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Today the old fridge is on the curb hopefully to be uplifted by the bin men tomorow. It's been driving me crazy and keeping our electric bill up (it was also a freezer and we couldn't be bothered defrosting) so I am very happy to see it go.
Here is a close up of the bebes on my fridge. There is incentive for all of you thinking about procreating. If you are my friend and you have a child they get a place on my fridge.