Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Where has January gone?

Unbelievable almost the end of January and how glad will everyone be to see the back of it? For me it's been a promising start to the year, apart from the weather and a boss who thinks I should 'perhaps move somewhere a little less inconvenient'! 

As it happens it's the boss thats going and not the house (bit of a no brainer really) and I have had a successful interview for a local PCT. I will be starting as soon as humanly possible working with GP's etc on patient safety and quality and I can't wait. The waiting is the worst bit now.

I also took delivery of my new car, to me anyway. As some of you may be aware my previous car was written off in November. parked in my usual spot in the hospital car park someone crashed into it, knocking it into the wall and destroying the back end. The other driver said she swerved to avoid a car breaking in front of her but the witnesses and cctv say different!!! So 6 weeks in a hire car, a near death experience in the snow, about 60 calls to the 7 different parties involved (don't get me started on cheap insurance companies), a huge phone bill and God knows how much of my time I got my replacement car.
My car history isn't very exciting, Jeremy Clarkson I am not. My first car was a Peugeot 104S in racey red. Then a Renault 5 Rio (tiney), a Volkswagen Golf CL in Marine Blue, written off following a three car pile up on the M25 car park (I was at the front), a red Golf, sold intact, a grey Golf TDI (written off in the car park) and suprise, suprise the new car is a .......... Golf. Electric blue this time. 

Saturday was the Golborne Burns Night crop. This is the second crop I have been to at the scout and guide hut organised by Sonia, the last being the 'pink boobies' crop in October 2008 which raised £650 for breast cancer. It was a really fun day. I sat with Kath, Jayne, Rachel, Kathy and my long suffering mother Eunice (UKS identities protected) and after a slow start did manage to get some scrapping done, well in between dashing out to the car to collect supplies for mum!!

I am also doing the Shimelle Laine challange on UKS (sorry UK Scrappers for the uninitiated - a scrapbooking forum), Scrap Like You Mean It. This involves Shimelle setting a challenge each week of 2009. So Far we have had:

Week 1 - Scrap in your favourite colours

week 2 - scrap with hearts

week 3 - use chipboard

week 4 - use the sketch provided for a lay out

Thoroughly enjoying it so far and looking forward to the rest of 2009. Here's my attempts so far. Enjoy.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Warrington crop

Yesterday was the monthly Warrington crop. This event is organised by Sarah and Lianne of Sarah's cards and comes complete with all the brews you can drink, cakes and yesterday homemade biccies by Sarah, a lovely lunch, Sarah's shop to hand, loads of friends and folk to chat to and if you are really lucky (Hysteri) Cal's singing mid afternoon.
Now I love going but I am not always as productive as i'd like, too much chatting and shopping, so 3 LO's is good going for me and seems to be about the average. Yesterday I managed a DLO for my circle journal and the LO below. 
So another good day all round.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Finally scrapping .......

It seems so long now since we went on holiday, that and the fact it wasn't really that restful. Well no, restful it was, we had no choice, MP and I picked something up on either the plane or in Bangkok (the river was really dirty and we got sprayed on the river taxi), either way we ended up with really bad chest infections and could hardly breathe, so no option but to stay in bed or chill by the pool. Made worse by the fact that every time I coughed (which was frequently) my bad back hurt like mad, so in pain most of the time. Then I got bitten on the foot by mosquitos and they swelled up like balloons, so couldn't wear anything but the hotel slippers for days.
When we did manage to get out and about we took loads of photos and did have some great experiences, like my first attempt at fishing (I caught 4, MP caught 0), monkeys and monks everywhere and some really good, cheap food.
I've finally started to scrap some of the photos and here are my LO's so far. There's many more to come!!

Friday, 2 January 2009

Happy New Year

Well Christmas has been and gone and we are now on our way into 2009. I hope everyone had a good time and Santa bought you everything you wanted.
Christmas was a quiet affair in the Wan household. We managed a bit of a lie in, opened our pressies and then tripped off the the folks to open more pressies and for a spot of lunch. Pressies included a cricut expression machine, loads of scrapbooking stuff, a gorgeous cardigan off MP (chose by me I might add), the Alan Carr biography and of course booze.
Christmas dinner was a treat and for the first time in years I haven't had to cook it, so even more enjoyable. This was also the first year in 13 that Murphy wasn't there to join us, well not in the flesh, his ashes sat in their urn on the window ledge with a great view of the table and therefore the first time in 13 years he wasn't trying to pinch food or getting to lick the plates. Boy did we miss him.
New Year was also a quiet affair. After the disaster that was last year, with all its disasters I was so looking forward to seeing the back of 2008, so really wasn't in the mood to celebrate. Luckily fate stepped in and our central heating started playing up. Now our house isn't warm at the best of times but with a temp of -4 outside and no heating it was bl**dy freezing, so a good excuse to go to bed early and keep warm.
We didn't as planned go to Blackpool on New Years Day and scatter Murphs ashes. By mutual consent we all agreed that it was too soon and non of us felt ready to say a final goodbye to our boy, so, Murphy continues to reside at his Grandparents until further notice.
Thankfully, MP managed to get the heating working again on New Years Day and we are now (reasonably) warm again. Good job as we've had freezing fog and everything has been covered in a white coat.
I have managed to find some time to do a little scrapping and signed up for a couple of projects for 2009, more on next post.
So Happy New Year again to one and all. Hope the best of 2008 is the worst of 2009.