Happy New Year 2014

Happy new year everyone. It’s 2014, doesn’t time fly.

It’s January, which means only one thing – the great board game play through of 2014.

The rules
– Each board game in the house must be played once
– No repeates
– No new board games must be bought by either player before all games in the house are played.
– All variations of each game must be played

We just created the list – we have 59 board games in the house… this may be a long January!


Board Games

You know what they say about girls with red netbooks…

I have finally stopped researching, thinking, qualifying, defining and trying to rationalise my need and longing for a net book and just gone and bought one.

It’s been about an hour now and I love it!

webcam 002I am sitting in Starbucks using their wi-fi (best move they ever made, will certainly make more people use this place) twittering and setting up a thin development environment.

Do I still want a macbook pro? Yes. Do I want to spend £1200 on a gadget that I’ll only use once or twice a week? Nope.

So, details – it’s an Acer Inspire and apparently it has about 7 hours of battery life… will get to that at some point.

It’s also red.

Now I know at this point you would be expecting me to start going on about ram and hardrive space and the processor but the thing is, I don’t care – this is not my main machine, I don’t need to even know what those numbers are – after today when I looked at the labels to see if it was beefy enough for what I needed of course – this is a fluff machine and as such I expect it to just work, to just do it’s thing and let me do mine. So far so good.

The one thing I DO care about on this machine is the keyboard, which thus far is behaving, it’s just ‘clicky’ enough but not so much that the people on the next table want to kill me (c.f. the keyboard I used far into the nights at uni… sorry guys). And I can type on it, just need to get used to the backspace key and I’ll be there.

So what will I be doing on this machine? Why, in fact, did I buy it? It’s red and I wanted it – do I need more of a reason than that?

Well yes, there IS a reason – life as it currently stand is just manic therefore I need to be connected between things so I can keep the admin side of my life running smoothly. In a moment I’ll be working on the props list for the next production before heading off to salsa 🙂

But first… must just check my emails 😉

Noda Summer School – 1

Sitting on a very nice midlands train enrout to Loughborough and the 2009 Noda Summer School.

Ive sighed myself up for a weeks course on stage lighting – a subject I know nothing about other than I WOULD like to know about it! Im thinking that may not be enough. Reading through the list of other people doing this course and the all sound very capable! And male. And old.

Hopefully there will be some under-fifties on the course, should I hope for under-30s?

This is going to be an interesting week with interesting people – a week in uni halls with a bunch of amdram luvvies!

Listening to all Forbidden Broadway to get into a suitable dramatic mood.

When I get there I have to hand in my form stating which of the evening sessions I want to do, Mondays sound intense… Do I have the confidence to try the jazz dance session?

Manic week

Well this week has been one of those weeks – but it seems a lot of weeks in my life are like that.

This begs the question, do I attract drama or am I just a drama queen?

Im managing a project at work that is both intense and important, not dramatic in itself but making sure everyone in is the right place at the right time doing the tasks Ive promised they will be doing at the right time has its moments, luckly the chaps who are actually doing the work needed (as apposed to me who just draws pretty gantt charts) are great. Even so, lots of balls to keep in the air.

(I love it!)

Thursday the parents returned from working up north for three days, pa wasnt feeling too great so went to the doctors who immediectly sent him off to hospital… After several hours of tests and not thinking all sorts of terrible solutions turned out he had appendicitis – still horrid but dealable with. He had the op late Friday and will be home by Saturday evening – phew.

And the third dramatic thing in my life this week? I finally completed on my house and got the keys! Sort of excited but no time to think about that right now, work emails to check, dad to worry about, did I mention my aunt has also been taken to hospital this week? Looks like she will have to have another op on her guts, and now Im sitting on a train off to Loughborough for a week at the Noda Summer School!

Yes, a bit of a manic week but everything is working out ok.

Wonder whats next? 🙂

Come back cable all is forgiven


As those of you who have been on the receiving end of one of my house-buying rants will know, I will (hopefully) soon be moving house. In preparation of this I am processing, filing and packing everything single thing I own – a life times worth of… stuff. It’s both theriputic, nostalgic, dusting and tiring.

Do I keep my boomerang that I bought in a boomerang shop in Kings Cross in Sydney? Yes, I think so. What about my rather nice personalised leather pencil pouch from school that I probiably wont use again as it has cats on it? Not sure… The book of stickers from primary school – bin.

But my biggest pain at the moment? I’ve packed away my computer stuff* apart from the very essentials. I currently have no way to get photos off my camera and onto my computer – all the things that I care about that I’ve packed carefully away are not causing me as much pain as that one small USB cable. The silver teapot I got for my 18th birthday? Been in a box for 3 weeks already and I’m fine without it. My crocket hooks – well I do get fidgety with no work to pick up and do but I’m coping, even my DVDs have been packed for three weeks. But not being able to get at my photos locked in my camera! Agony!

I may have to go box diving….. wish me luck

Box Mountain

* Stuff being the techncial term of course

Hello world!

Hello World!

What a great phrase to start a blog with, it’s welcoming, friendly and just a little bit geeky.

I’m not going to do a long, rambling opening post, I’m just going to dive in – if you want to know about me, who I am and why I blog the following posts should explain it better than a few lofty paragraphs could – besides, when was the last time you read a “I’m going to blog and it’ll be amazing” post without rolling your eyes?

Me me me This is me by the way, if you see me in and around Reading do wave and say hello.