But Words In Not A Order Good

Urgh!

I have so much to say but no way of writing in a way that will make sense to anyone.  All just running around my head and colliding.  And I have tried writing the post of all the stuff in my head four times in the last two weeks and it just isn’t going to happen.

Have a wonderful weekend.

See you on Monday!

~ Pru

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What’s On My IPod

When I saw Gemma’s tweet I was a little bit scared.  Actually very scared.

See, I like all the corney music.  I have some of the ‘classics’ but alot are songs that I hear once on an advert or in a film or programme and then have to have on my ipod (although currently new songs I just put on the iphone – alot easier).

So, I hit shuffle and this is what happened:

1.  Teeth, Lady Gaga.  I would actually be pressing the forward button on this one.  I don’t like this song.

2.  Dancing Queen, Abba.  I knew this would happen, I even mentioned on Gemma’s blog that Abba would pop up.  I admit it.  I LOVE Abba.  Have seen the tribute band twice, seen Mamma Mia on Broadway and love the film.  And I sing along to Abba at any given chance and I just don’t care!

3.  Doctor PressureMylo vs Miami Sound Machine Oh, I love this song. I can play this over and over again.  I love this version and the Gloria Estafan version, but this version more.  It was one of the songs I walked to when training for the Moonwalk.  The Gloria Estafan video is cool too and so very old.

4.  Everybody Wants to Rule the World.  Tears for Fears.  I used to jump around to this song when I was a child and I know all the words.  Am at my happiest shouting singing this song whenever it comes on.  Love it.

 

5.  Honestly OK, Dido.  It’s not my favourite song, but hey, it came up on shuffle.  And thats all I have to say about this song.

I had such fun writing this out and listening to the songs whilst writing this post.  Such great fun.  Turns out that I am quite a mover balancing a laptop on my lap, typing and listening to the songs on You Tube!

Thanks Gemma!

~ Pru

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The Post That Haunted Me

Did the title get your attention?  Good.  Do you feel my pain?  Have you ever known that you need to do something but you just don’t know how?  This is what this post was like for me. I was haunted by it.  I put it on my blogging to-do list and my normal to-do list and my weekend to-do list, but each time, I never crossed it out.  And it took me ages to write and then re-write as I didn’t want it to come across as ‘preachy’.  I hate preachy.  I stop listening when it becomes preachy.

But enough is enough.  I’m even being chased by people for it.

The other week I took the day off from work, I had a well needed lie in and then applied my makeup properly – powder, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara – and then I straightened my hair and got on the train to Waterloo.  Turns out that I don’t read a tube map as well as I thought, and went the wrong way and then in the wrong direction before finally making it to Farringdon.  I had aimed to arrive early and look around Farringdon but there was no time.  Hot and flustered I arrived at Action Aid’s central office, but was quickly welcomed and offered tea and water and cake.  Such gorgeous cake too, put some of my offerings to shame!

Now I knew some of the names of people attending, I had been part of a couple of Twitter conversations and that morning had been woken up by someone tweeting me, but I didn’t know them.  And I admit that nerves got the better of me.  I sat at the back and listened but didn’t interact that well with other bloggers instead I spoke at length with Debbie who works for Action Aid.  She too sponsors a child and we had great fun swapping ideas and she was so kind to give me tips on what to write and more details on the charity.

The reason for taking the day off and attending the tea party was to learn more about Action Aid.  Mark Watson the comedian spoke but he was well and truly trumped by Lynn and Spencer (and I was so pleased that he was), a couple who don’t blog but who do sponsor a 13 year old boy called Malafani in Lesotho.  They had a wonderful slide show of photos that they took when they went out to Lesotho, and it was the small things from their chat which stuck with me.  How they love the boy and his family and their village so much, how they had been amazed by the welcome that they received on their visit, but how things were very basic, with the school at the top of a hill and catering for 90 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 in one tiny room.  The people in the village had very little but were being helped by Lynn and Spencer and other sponsors through Action Aid to make life better.

Whilst Lynn and Spencer (and I) have the name and photo of the child we sponsor, the money is put towards the community rather than to the individual child or their family.  And Action Aid aren’t going into their village and deciding what the village needs.  No.  Action Aid speak with the community to find out what they need.  A more personalised service if you like.  Need the school moved from the top of the hill (where at times it is inaccessible and teachers won’t work there) to the bottom of the hill?  Yes, Action Aid can help with that.  Need a well?  HIV & Aids awareness and assistance programmes?  Action Aid can help with that too.  In Malawi, the community needed a house built so that the community could retain a teacher to teach the children.  Some of the time its basic stuff that we take for granted that others really require.

I left the tea party with lots of ideas and safe in the knowledge that for me, sponsoring is a very good idea.  The money is helping the community where Gift lives and as far as I see it, any help to anyone who wants it can never be a bad thing.

I’m putting up a link to Action Aid here.  I’m no expert but if you ever think about sponsoring a child and want some advice from someone that does, then please contact me.

~ Pru

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Let Me Check My Diary

Yep.  Nah. No room in my diary this week.  Fully booked.  Try next week.  The diary is pretty free then.

You know sometimes when weeks go by and they just keep plodding on.  Nothing that special happens, nothing to get dressed up for or write in the diary and it all gets a bit boring.  Just going about the motions day after day.

Well this week isn’t one of those weeks.  Oh no, its turned on its head and has all gone a bit crazy.  In fact I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I’ve ended up scheduling everything.  The days and times when I’ll wash my hair, my travel plans, what buses I need to take, what time the trains run, a time to go to the bank (knowing that this will take all lunch time).  I’ve got singing class tomorrow and practice to do before then.  I walked home this evening practicing my scales.  Thank goodness it was quiet(!).  Dinner with friends in London on Wednesday and a hangover to contend with on Thursday morning, and then another dinner on Thursday with a very close friend.

See, busy.  I’ll need a rest come the weekend.  But it should be oh so good.  Expect a great post on Friday (Its Daring Baker’s Reveal Day).

Oh, and I was thinking of taking photos at dinner on Wednesday as we are going to Bill Granger’s new restaurant.  What do you think about taking photos (on my phone) at dinner?  Acceptable in small doses or completely wrong.  Views please!

~ Pru

Merry Christmas

Morning!

Actually its evening as I type this.  I have taken to my bed and have the electric blanket warming me, as the West Wing (series seven) plays in the background.  I have twinkly lights on the garland that I made around my window and candles flickering away.  I’m starting to feel more and more festive.

I have enjoyed the last few weeks so much, lunches and dinners and chatting with friends and making time to say the things that I want to say all year around.  I love the time that Christmas gives to celebrate friendships and family.

Next week will be busy.  I’m working until Thursday evening and have fun things to look forward to, like a second Secret Santa lunch tomorrow, a trip to Harrods for a last minute gift, cocktails in town, and a few bits of baking still to be done.  Mum and I are still perusing the cookbooks and looking at ideas for buffet food which we do enjoy along with cheese and ham in the evening.  We have however started eating the Christmas cake that I made since the middle of the week and it is still soft and fruity and really, really good.

I am so pleased that I went with a green and white theme in my bedroom.  I have found it really calming but festive at the same time.  Do you like the garland?

The rest of the house is also decorated and we have changed things around this year with the garlands in different places this year, like along the stairs, and lights in the kitchen this year.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful start to 2012.  I’m going to be updating the site in between Christmas and the New Year and will be back with better posts from the beginning of 2012.  Thank you for visiting me here and for the kind comments that you have left me this year.  I have loved them all.

~ Pru

Remembering It’s Not All About The 25th

Morning!  The last few weeks have been so hectic and this was due to crazy stuff happening at work and me not taking the action that was required to say ‘No’.  When will I ever learn?  I always think that if I decline to do something then I will get into trouble, but in all honesty, looking back, I think that everyone suffered by me saying ‘Okay then’.  At the end of this I ended up completely out of sorts, I was angry and upset, looked and felt a mess.  It wasn’t pretty.

And so I took to my self-help books for the answer.  As some of you know, I usually turn to Byron Katie, and the thought which I needed to work on was ‘I am being taken for a mug‘.  The answer which flashed up almost immediately was ‘You are letting yourself be taken for a mug’.  ‘You are the mug for allowing this.‘  Everything became more clear immediately.  Yes, it was true. I had allowed myself to take on too much at work and had lost the thread on pretty much everything – home life and work life were suffering.  I was the cause of my own suffering.

The weeks before Christmas are always so hectic and despite finishing my shopping (except for one last stubborn present), having the presents wrapped, cards written, and the house nearly decorated, I seemed to be thinking of nothing else than the 25th December.

Although I love Christmas and December, I actually don’t like Christmas Day itself, I’m more of a Christmas Eve girl where anything is possible still and I want the magic to still arrive.  So, when I saw this on Pinterest I knew that it was speaking to me.  The next couple of weeks are full of late night shopping events, dinners and lunches with friends and a couple of trips into town to see the lights.  I’m remembering that for me, Christmas is this whole time of year and not just on the 25th.

~ Pru

P.S.   I know I posted this a few weeks ago, but I didn’t remember and started amending it as though it was a draft.  Sorry if you read it the first time.

Prioritising for Autumn

It’s been one of those weeks. Everything has annoyed me. Small things like the grocery store not having the shopping that I wanted and then big things like the weather stopping me from doing work in the garden and the fact that so much rain has ruined our tomato plants. Now it’s Sunday evening and I haven’t done half of what I had wanted to do, the baking I did was dreadful (no Martha Mondays from me – didn’t know I could burn jam did you?!) and all of it went in the bin. I’m even further behind now. None of it matters of course, its just one of those things when I have a list of things to do and can’t cross them all off and I wonder when I will find time for them all.

We made the trip to Norfolk on Saturday to see my grandfather. It’s six hours of travel for just under two hours spent with him. It’s going to be happening more often. Things aren’t great in that house despite carers going in daily and a cleaner twice a week and a nurse checking on him two times a week too. We wish he was closer. It’s hard to keep an eye on things when he is so far away. I spent most of the two hours cleaning his kitchen and sorting the groceries out. It’s little things that I keep thinking back to – like the half eaten ready meal of roast dinner. He has eaten half on Friday and would have the rest today. He only eats a small bit, but instead of putting the food in the fridge he keeps it in the larder. He must have a very tough stomach. The fact that the chiropodist still hasn’t visited and needs following up on as his toe nails are in a bad way. There’s going to be some juggling to be done.

The list of things to get done at the weekend will also involve a monthly visit to Norfolk. Trying to find the time is going to be my main goal. I need to get my priorities sorted.

The park was especially peaceful and quiet today (except when we were running for the tree above to escape Violet and another dog running around). We both have this thing were we aim to get to the nearest tree and cling to it as soon as Violet and another dog start running around. We have both been knocked over by a running dog and it is very, very painful! Autumn has arrived and the walk with mum and Violet was perfect to help put things into perspective.

 

~ Pru