Friends and Family – a beautifully double booked weekend!


Happy Sunday Gang.
Things here in the land of us have been a bit busy the last couple of days. You may have heard me bemoan the fact we don’t always do a great deal at the weekends… Well, this weekend we decided to double book ourselves!

Well, obviously we didn’t decide to double book ourselves, who would do that? But we managed it anyway. For Father’s Day we got Dad a photography course, and one for Mr Dave too. And the first part of 2 was this saturday. At the same time there was a great offer for a gig at Blickling Hall, to see Roger Daltry perform Tommy. Both Dad and Dave are fans of The Who, and it fell this weekend, so they got tickets for that too. So we’ve had Dad here till today, which has been really lovely!

As well as this, an old school friend of mine was visiting from the great north. She arrived Friday night and we’ve spent the weekend chatting, reminiscing and drinking. And of course, she also knew Dad way back when. So the whole thing was just really lovely. Dad and Dave were busy, Vicky and I had plenty to do, and I personally have had a truly lovely weekend.

I’m always a bit weird about old friends, I’ve got a small handful that I keep in touch with, and I think facebook has a lot to answer for (not in a good way!), but there is something to be said for being with people who’ve known you since your first ill advised crush, or who were there helping you learn the lyrics to “On my own” in the library. There are some memories that should be held dear I think. And though there are many friendships that have fallen by the wayside, I hold very dear the ones that span the miles, and work, despite the probabilities!

These get togethers are also, usually, a little bitter sweet, I can’t think of anyone who has solely good memories, and I can’t help but lament the friendships that I’ve lost. There were people that made choices I disagreed with, or I felt did me wrong in some way, and I was reminded of one of those this weekend. I’m better for moving on, but it doesn’t hurt less.

Oooh, we took a bit of a philosophical turn there didn’t we!
I just wanted to say how lovely my weekend was… How was yours?


Huge congratulations to Hannah who ran the Race for Life today, with her mum!

NaBloPoMo Day 5 – A follow friday special!


I tweet, a lot. And I often fail at follow friday, so today, I thought it would be nice for you to see more about why I follow certain people, rather than just a list.

I love all the people I follow, I don’t have time to write about you all, so please, if I haven’t mentioned you, don’t take it as a slight.  I hope this will be the first post of many like this….

Some people what I know IRL (In Real Life)

Let me start with the very handsome, wonderful, crazy boy that shares my life and custody of Tiffin and TJ, my partner in the truest sense of the word, the gorgeous mr @davidtreynolds.

There is also the man who has been my best friend all my life, none other than my daddy, @paulsibley – he doesn’t tweet that often, but I think he’s pretty smart and well worth a follow.

My sister @smammi who really definately needs to tweet more often. She is funny without realising it, possible over usage of the word (is it a word?) LOL.

He is a mad scientist trapped in a programmers body, and there are probably certain topics you don’t want to get him started on (I’ll let you discover them for yourself!) @jmons

For most of my norfolk life he has been like a big brother, he is bird crazy (I mean the flying ones) and knows lots of stuff @rocketjohn

Some people what I met through twitter and have since met IRL

I don’t like pork pies, but I liked hers! Sarah is the epitome of how one should build a business using twitter, and she is generally fab @Brays_cottage – she also organises our tweet ups

This is a double whammy, you can’t follow one without the other @seanmkent and @deantoms I love them both dearly, Dean shares my love of christmas and sean my love of all things food!

For all your drama, be it feline or human, one should definately follow @yourfirstpa

Some others, some I’ve met, some I’d like too

My snail mail penpal, my lovely Hannah, she knows how to raise a smile, your twitter life needs her in it @girltaristhan

He bought Hannah and I together thanks to #serendipity and i truly think he is one of life’s great people. He is the one and only @darenbbc (and the BBC stands for Building Better Connections, which he does!)

No twitter party is complete without Dr M, he knows all about engagement and everything fizzes a little bit more in his presence @drmasquerade

For all your social media needs, go to mr @mike_mcgrail I met Mike at a conference last year and he is a firm favourite of my twitter feed, he also has a penguin, called Dave (@social_penguin who I seem unable to link too. Sorry Dave!!)

This is not over, I follow hundreds of people… this is just a taster!

A little bit of link lovin’!


I wanted to share a little bit of link love this evening.

Firstly, a beautiful blog I’ve discovered through twitter (I think one of my friends tweeted a competion and I followed in order to enter the competition.) all about retro/vintage fashion, it satisfies my inner girlie!  I give you

Secondly, please welcome my baby sis to the world of blogging

So there you go, a little bit of monday linkage!

Crowd Pleaser


I have been asked to blog more frequently, so here I am, trying to blog more!

Its been a bit crazy the last week or so, and sadly not in a crazy good way.  Some stuff is going on at work.  As part of a restructure, at the moment, my job isn’t carrying on.  This doesn’t necessarily mean redundancy, but it is a possiblity.  I’m scared, and angry and trying to get my head round all of this stuff and make big decisions.

Other than that, things are going well, Dave and I have both just celebrated birthdays, his in a much less drunken manner than mine! I have to tell you, 10 bacardi jelly shots (I’m not allowed vodka, it makes me cry!) makes for an interesting evening!

I’ve been missing people lots recently.  I miss my fambly, and I miss my friends.  I want to reach out and grab people as much as possible, but that could get me arrested!  No, seriously, I’m acutely aware of the distances between myself and other people at the moment… Tom, Sarah – when are you coming to visit!?!?

I’ve updated my 101 a bit, a few more things going on now, nearly finished my first book of 100, although, thinking I might change it to 101 books, in keeping with the theme!

Well, I think this constitutes a blog entry, I’ll write more when I can, and keep you updated on the J O B situation.

Update on my list!


Today is Day 5 of 1001!

So far, I have

  • sent a random text message to the lovely susie on 27/1/09
  • Started reading my first non fiction book – “We-Think” by Charles Leadbetter on 26/1/09
  • Cleaned my desk this morning
  • I got some driving lessons for my birthday

I’m very excited and really enjoying it already.



I’ve just found myself reading through old emails.

Particularly ones between myself and a guy I knew at school/sixth form.  That isn’t the right thing to say, he was my friend, and at one point I would have referred to him as my best friend.  I think we are still friends, in that we still email, he is on my facebook friends list, I email his wife.  I’d like to think we are still friends, but following on from my post a few weeks ago I don’t want to take that for granted. So how do I find out? Do I ask him outright? Do I just leave it and assume we are? Do I send him a link to this blog and hope he answers the question himself?

I like that idea…

Bossy needs help


My friend over at i am bossy needs some help.  She has been nominated for best humour blog of 2008, and boy does she deserve it!!

Please find it in your heart to go to here once a day until 13th January and help me and the rest of her readers get her to win!!  And also, check out her blog for yourself, you’ll be addicted like I am!!

2009 – bring it on!


2008 has come in to land with a bit of a bump – nothing serious, or so bad it overshadows the lovely christmas I had.  But enough to stick in my mind.  I’m noticing as I grow up that I’m shedding friends.  I don’t like it.  This new year is one example of that happening.

I moved away to Uni a good few years ago, but my parents and school friends are all still back in the Shire.  I go back regularly, and until recently managed to meet up with people.  But the last few months its getting harder and harder to still see people and I’m getting sick of fighting a losing battle.  I’m tired of being left out, of feeling so cut off from them.

So I’m going to try and not worry.  I’ve got some beautiful friends here in the Wich.  I’m going to see the New Year in wth CBB and her fella, my baby sis and the ever fabulous D, as well as J and H.  These are people I can rely on.  I need to remember that.

So 2009, a new year, what plans have I?

I have a few new years resolutions –

  • blogging more – I don’t do it anywhere near enough, so I need to make a concious effort.
  • Write down everything I spend -in order to try and reign my spending in and help with the debt free wannabe stuff.
  • Not buy anymore make up/smellies – I have sooo much here, I need to use it rather than let it go to waste and keep buying more, this should also help on the debt free wannabe front.
  • Walk to work – nuff said!
  • Lose weight – ditto!
  • Drink more water – ditto ditto!

So here is to 2009 whatever it may bring, I am ready to kick its arse, and lets make it a year to remember!