DVD’s I’ve Watched In The Last Two Weeks.

I took a rental holiday over the Christmas period then started my rental back up on January 20th. I’ve watched several films since then in varying degrees of depth (the movie plots that is).

One of the first I watched, which I’d been dying to see was There Will Be Blood. OMG, Daniel Day-Lewis plays such an absolute bastard in that film!! And Paul Dano’s performance as evangelical minister Eli was SO powerful – amazing! It’s a long film, weighty to sit through, but worth it. I was a little apprehensive it was going to be all about oil, but it’s more about family dynamics and business and money. It was really good.

Another film I’ve watched recently was Juno. I can see why it was getting cult plaudits. It was such a quirky little thing. A slightly odd subject seeing as adoption hardly ever takes place in the developed world any more, but it had interesting plot developments. Really liked it. And I loved the way Ellen Page played Juno – brilliant!

Another was The Cottage. A Brit sort of horror/com with Andy Sirkis and Reece Shearsmith from The League of Gentlemen in it. It was VERY gory towards the end, but very funny all the way through. And the “bogeyman” in the film – what a seriously creepy f*cking guy!!! Eeewww A rare film that had me both laughing and recoiling in horror at the same time. I loved it!! And there is REALLY strong language too. Jennifer Ellison must have the C word at least 20 times! lol

On Wednesday night I watched Teeth. I’d sort of heard about it through the ‘net and stuff and it sounded so preposterous I *had* to see it. It lived up to all my expectations. It’s about a girl in one of those “Promise” ring-wearing-sex-abstinent religious cults in which you are meant to keep chaste until you’re married. It helps when you have a built-in chastity belt!! Her vajayjay has teeth!! In the 80 minutes that transpire in the film, her vag manages to “bite off” some 3 penises and a set of fingers from a gynaecologist, as well as an implied penis severing at the end of the film. Through the whole film you never actually see her vajayjay. All the prosthetic penises laying about at their points of severance made me laugh though. Especially the last one – for reasons I won’t elude to in case I ruin your viewing “pleasure”! lol It was so trashy, but it made me laugh!

I’ll let you know what other wonders I’ve watched in future posts.

5 Projects (+1)

Thanks Wendishness, I’ll try and do this. Not sure if I can generate 5 projects, might have to cheat an include ones already started.

1. Knit a scarf (that I can actually wear outside, in front of people!).
2. Continue on my diet which started as a NYR.
3. Start an exercise regime (help!).
4. Plan a Spring of day trips utilising the free regional bus travel we won late last year.
5. Take a day trip to London in the spring and do something different to the normal scene while there.

(+1) Live happier and healthier.

My five tags (if I can come up with 5 – maybe one of my projects should be “make more friends”?)…

Kelly
Em Squared
Cheryl (aka Hussey)
Barbs (Bec)

Erm…struggling for a fifth. I might have to pike out on four. Should there not be a time-frame for these things? Well, anyway, number 2 on my list I have to do for some time to come anyway. If it is AT ALL possible in the next 18 months to 2 years, I want to get back to being in a healthy weight range. Or at least just be overweight rather than MORBIDLY OBESE!!

Click Click…

I’ve decided to try and take up knitting. I used to do it years ago with my mum. Obviously, I wasn’t the best. I was only about 9 or 10, but I feel brave enough to try it again.

I’ve been wanting to for the past few years now, but didn’t think I could without anyone showing me the ropes again. But thanks to the wonders of the Internet and YouTube, I need worry no longer. There are good little instruction videos on YouTube and I feel like I could get back into it.

Knit and Purl? No probs! lol

I’m just going to start basic. I’ve bought 2 pairs of straight knitting needles and 4 balls of yarn, 2 of chenille and 2 of cotton – I actually can’t wear wool much so I deliberately avoided wool blends.

I’m just going to try and do two scarves initially and see how I get on. I’m getting a little reservedly excited at the idea of trying knitting again. It might stop me biting my nails after all these years too! Doubt it, but at least I’ll be doing something else with my hands while I’m watching TV at night.

I’m getting this coloured chenille…

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And this coloured cotton…

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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)​?​
No.

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?
No.

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?​
Nothing.

Did you know anybody who got married?​
No.

Did you know anybody who passed away?​
No.

Did you move anywhere?​
No.

What sport​ng event​s did you attend?
None.

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?​
No.

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?​
None.

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?​
No.

Get a new job?
No.

How old did you turn this year?​
38.

Did anything embarrassing?​
Live.

Buy anything new from eBay?​
No.

Get married or divorced?​
No.

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?
No.

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?
No.

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?
No.

How old did you turn?
38

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?
No

Did you drive?
No

Did you move at all?
No

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

OTHER

*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

Evocative Songs

You know me. I do like to talk about things sexual. But I’m worried that I come across as sex obsessed. Which I’m not! It’s just I want to talk to about things that are on my mind.

In coming up with post topics, I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few days now, and was tossing up whether to put it out on this blog, or just put it up as a private blog post. It feels quite personal, but after the work I put into it, I decided to post it here.

Songs stir up so many emotions in us. They can transport me, very often, to a direct place and time. Like for example, when I hear ELO’s “Hold On Tight”, I get transported to being in Roy’s car, with his (now ex) wife Carole and Cheryl, and it playing on the radio as we were driving back from from seeing his and Cheryl’s grandparents (paternal grandparents – my siblings all share the same father, but I have a different dad). So when I’m listening to the song, I’m in a old Holden car, at dusk, travelling the Hume Highway towards Liverpool.

Other songs take me to my brother Quince’s bedroom, with his big pioneer hi-fi system – listening to songs in the dark, with maybe a red light bulb on (that is SO 70’s!), looking at all the 70’s posters on the wall, held up by a nail with those long black clips that you’d feed the top and bottom of the poster into.

Sometimes I see the room during that day. And sometimes I’m outside on my swing. Sometimes the images are older shots of me in the lounge room listening on our old crappy hi-fi, or me in my own room as an adult, with my 3 disc CD playing hi-fi on a hot day.

When I hear the INXS song “Disappear” I’m at a Christmas party in 1990 at a relatives house of my then boyfreind Roger. We’re playing pool on his relatives huge billiards table.

This post though is really about what I think of as evocative songs, to me. Songs that spark off maybe a sensual emotion. They don’t exactly spark off sexual arousal, but they spark off feelings of intimacy or sensuality. It might be just a line a singer delivers in a certain way, or the song might just conjure up thoughts of intimacy or longing. Some just have sexy or quirky lines.

Sexy Quirky ones for me that conjure up sensual images or feelings:

U2 – Do You Feel Loved? (it’s especially the lines “Take my shirt, go on take it off me, you can tear it up if you can tie me down” and “With my fingers as you want them, with my nails under your hide. With My teeth at your back and my tongue to tell you the sweetest lies”), Mysterious Ways, An Cat Dubh, Trip Through Your Wires, Babyface
Cars – Let’s Go (I just love the singers voice – very sensuous. Oh and he says the line “She’s got wonderful eyes and a risky mouth” – love that!)
Bjork – Possibly Maybe (it’s in particular the line “Since we broke up I’m using lipstick again. I suck my tongue in remembrance of you”), Enjoy
Franz Ferdinand – Well That Was Easy (the lines “So come on kill me, kill me now, kill me now ‘cos I’m leaving you now” – it’s just the way Alex delivers it, also the line “I watched you clean the filth off your phone dial, swalling the things your finger picked up. Tongue, your tongue, I watched your tongue licking on”), Darts of Pleasure (“We’ll have fantastic passion”, “You can see my lips undress your eyes”), Michael, I’m Your Villain
David Bowie – Cactus (all about a guy in jail that wants his girlfriend to send him a sweat-stained, blood-stained dress of hers to him), I’ve been Waiting For You, Wishful Beginnings, Stay, Dead Against It, She Shook Me Cold, Star
Eurythmics – It’s Alright, Cool Blue
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love (could be in both lists really)
George Michael – Faith, Father Figure (could be in both), Flawless (Go To The City) (“‘Cos you’re beautiful, like no other“)
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper, My Jamaican Guy, Warm Leatherette (best line is “A tear of petrol is in your eye, the handbrake penetrates your thigh. A tear of petrol is in your eye, quick, let’s make love before we die”)
Hoodoo Gurus – Like Wow – Wipeout
Icehouse – We Can Get Together, Can’t Help Myslef, Love In Motion
Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight, Slow, Chocolate, Two Hearts
Madonna – Candy Perfume Girl, Burning Up, Hanky Panky, Erotica, Deeper and Deeper
Mondo Rock – Come Said The Boy (just reminds me of teenage “first time” experiences)
Split Enz – One Step Ahead, I Got You
The Killers – Andy You’re A Star, On Top

Emotive Sensual ones – sparking feelings of love and sensuality or strong emotions of loss, regret, sadness:

KD Lang – Wash Me Clean and Save Me
Bjork – Hyperballad, Unravel, Come To Me, One Day, and Joga
Crowded House – When You Come, Fall At Your Feet, Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie – I Would Be Your Slave, Wild Is The Wind,
Eurythmics – The Miracle of Love
Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You
George Michael – Amazing, Another Corner
Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose
The Honeydrippers – The Sea of Love
Hunters and Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me
Kylie Minogue – Come Into My World, I Believe In You
Madonna – To Have And Not To Hold, Skin, True Blue, Jimmy Jimmy, Causing A Commotion, Oh Father, Rain, You’ll See, What It Feels Like For A Girl
Mondo Rock – State Of The Heart
Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat, Every Time You Go Away
Roxy Music – More Than This
Snow Patrol – Run, Chasing Cars
Split Enz – I Hope I Never
The Smiths – There’s A Light That Never Goes Out
U2 – So Cruel, Love Is Blindness, Into The Heart, Gone, Stay (Far Away, So Close)

There are probably others, but I conpiled this mostly with what I have listed in my Zen. All of these songs evoke something strong within me anyway. This post has been a labour of love and has taken me approximately 3 hours to compile!

I’m done xx

ASDA Luton’s Improvements and Little Booze Lost.

For five years now, the ASDA store in Luton has been our local supermarket. When we still had a car it was easy for us to go elsewhere and we more often than not shopped at Morrisons or even other ASDA stores instead of our own.

Without a car we’ve had little choice but to shop there. Most of the time we just couldn’t face it and would shop with ASDA online instead. Especially for out main fortnightly shop.

Luton’s ASDA was always cramped, lacking in certain items and was just generally an unpleasant shopping experience. Early in the Autumn, the store began an expansion. It made shopping a little inconvenient at times. And at one point the store was closed completely for an EXCRUCIATING 90 hours!

But for the last few weeks the store has been finished and fully operational again. I got to see the completed work for the first time today. Wow! What an improvement! A store you finally want to shop in! The isles have been widened and better stocked. There’s now a small pharmacy inside. It was just a muc

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h more pleasant shopping experience. You didn’t feel rushed. The store felt roomy. You didn’t feel pushed for time…it was FAB!

We did a stop-gap shop there. We filled up two “old grey-haired lady” shopping trolleys with stuff from the store. A good list of items for just a tad over £50 that’ll see us through probably until the end of next week. It was good.

We caught the bus home as we had a lot of stuff (even though we’re only 10 mins from the shop – Em would’ve walked, but it’s a big hill for me). As we were walking from the bus stop, just before the corner to our street, I heard crying – not sobbing – but sort of like yelling. At first, I thought it was a kid, I stopped and looked behind me and there was a cat, running to me, meowing at the top of its lungs! It ran up to me and was just looking up at me meowing so loudly. I bent down and patted it. Then as I went to walk off, it started following me! We encouraged it to follow us. All the way it was meowing. Poor little thing!

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So we got home with little “Heart-breaker” in tow. Em gave her a bit of Chris’s food and she stayed around, all the time meowing really vocally. We locked Chris away in the bedroom and were trying to console Heart-breaker. She spent the next 4 hours hanging around, meowing really loudly through the door when she was locked out. I was REALLY starting to get worried. Em even took a walk down to the newsagents to see if there were any lost cat notices in the window, to no avail. Eventually poor Heart-breaker seemed to disappear. Hope she’s okay and found her way home, wherever it is?!
She just appeared from nowhere when I first saw her!

Six Things (Which Will Probably Be Crap)

Wendylisted her 6 things via Plurk earlier today, so thought I might give it a go. Even though I am TRULY crap at bringing up random, seldom known “facts” about myself. Here goes…

 

Six Things People Don’t Really Know About Me:

 

In high school I was awarded certificates for swimming when I didn’t even swim any heats, or actually DO any swimming.

 

I got Drew Barrymore’s autograph at Sydney Airport in the newsagents in the departure lounge on July 18th, 2005. I actually tapped her on the shoulder to get her attention! She signed her name in an autobiography on Waris Dirie. It was all I had to hand.

 

My Drew Barrymore autograph

I am, actually, surprisingly very good at retaining phone numbers to memory, just not my own! I’ve had a “new” mobile phone number for 14 months and have only just etched it to memory!

 

I am fascinated by Chinese culture and art and some of my favorite films are by Chinese director Zhang Yimou. My favourite Chinese actress is Ziyi Zhang and my favourite Chinese Actor is Chow Yun-Fat or “Happy New Year” as I call him due to the Cantonese New Year greeting “Gung Hay Fat Choy”. I also love reading auto/biographies by Chinese people like Adaline Yen Mah, Xinran, and To The Egde of The Sky by Anhua Gao – one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read.

 

I collect coffee mug as souvenirs. Whenever I go to a new town or place of interest, I try to buy a commemorative coffee mug of the place. If I can’t get a mug, I’ll buy a book mark. Last commemorative item I bought though was neither. It was a cloth bag from Lincoln Cathedral.

 

I am an avid studier of the history of the British monarchy. I particularly love the Tudor period of the monarchy.

 

There…a sad array of random facts.

The Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS

It’s the biggest bang for the buck! As Em says. It’s our big joint Xmas present for this year. We just took delivery of it 3 days ago and it’s AMAZING. HD stills AND HD video! Amazing quality. I want share some of my fave pics and videos taken with it already. Of course, everything can be viewed on my Picasa site.

But here’s a taster.

 

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Yes, We Have No Nuts, We Have No Nuts Today!

We had, for the first time that I am aware of, a squirrel in the garden earlier this week. It was aVERY rainy day, and he was getting very wet. There were no nuts out there, so I think he was just snacking on the seeds out there for the birds. I’m hoping he’ll visit again.

Here’s some grainy pics as proof of his visit.

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