Saturday, March 31, 2007

random weather...

I was just checking the weather forecast for next weekend's adventures in Reading and Stockholm when I decided to see what the weather was like in other places. Vegas is hot and sunny, Sri Lanka is hot and rainy while NYC is just plain random!

Check out the weather for the next 5 days...

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And people moan about British weather ;o)

L x

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

my travel map...

Found this cool website to track countries visited.



Look at all the places I've been too - a total of 10 countries. Though it's quite depressing that there's so many still grey places!

Flag
Country
Entry Date
Exit Date
In
Transit
United States of America
12 Jul 2007
27 Jul 2007

Sweden
07 Apr 2007
09 Apr 2007

Qatar
03 Feb 2007
17 Feb 2007
In Transit
Sri Lanka
03 Feb 2007
17 Feb 2007

Belgium
05 Jan 2007
07 Jan 2007

Greece
04 May 2006
18 May 2006

Italy
07 Jan 2006
10 Jan 2006

United States of America
02 Sep 2005
30 Sep 2005

Greece
21 May 2004
04 Jun 2004

Spain
24 Feb 2004
28 Feb 2004

France
31 Dec 2003
02 Jan 2004

South Africa
01 Feb 2003
10 Feb 2003

United States of America
10 May 2002
24 May 2002

Here's hoping we get to add many more!

L x

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

bellagio fountains...

I was looking round YouTube today and found videos of the Bellagio fountains which got me excited about my upcoming birthday trip.

I didn't want to watch any that I hadn't seen (they're so fantastic to watch live I didn't want to spoil it) but I managed to find a video of the song that we saw more times and any other "God Bless the USA". It was truly sickening and annoying but the fountains were still good and to me, the song now reminds me of our American Adventure in 2005.

Check it out - The Bellagio Fountains to "God Bless the USA"



L x

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

a fruit and veg story...

We didn't do too well at the quiz this week. 2nd last! The runner however was particularly fun this week so I've decided to copy it here to share with you as it was a paper round, not a TV round.

All you need to do is fill in the missing blanks to this story. All the blanks are the name of either a fruit or veg and the number of letters are given in brackets...

A Fruit and Veg Story

_____(7) begin by telling you a story about Darren and Angela, greengrocers from Birkenhead and their regular Sunday adventures. Each Sunday they got up bright and early. Whilst Angela got dressed, Darren went for his early morning _____(4). Every morning, the first thing Darren did was go for a _____(3).

This week, they decided to go on a boating trip with Angela's Mam, melanie and her new man Arty, Angie's friend Anna was going to come too. Anna was a _____(5). Although she lived in on the Wirral, she was born in Malmo. Anna decided not to come as she had a blind _____(4) with someone she'd not me before and usually she felt like a _____(10) when she went out with two couples. They all thought this was a good idea as they didn't want to _____(6) from coming, but the car only had four seats and two _____(4) would fit better.

Darren had just got a _____(4) job in Belgium that paid lots of money, but this meant he has to visit _____(8) a lot, but the increase in _____(6) meant they could afford a new car, a little red _____(9), Unfortunately, as Angela reversed out of their drive, she scratched the car on the garden wall.

As they pulled up at Angela's Mam's house, Arty noticed the damage to the car, "Do you know the car's scratched?" aid Arty. "Yeah" said Darren, "_____(6) did it. I'll take it round to my mate, Mike, he's a mechanic". "By the way, how's the _____(6, 4) Darren?" said Arty , as Darren had been learning a new language to help him in his new job.

They all drove down to the river and got in a rowing boat. The boat was very small and there was not _____(8) and it was a bit of a _____(6). Arty sat at the front, Darren at the back with the two women in the middle holding the oars, Angela on one side, _____(5) the other. "I feel a right _____(5) sat at the back" said Darren. They set off against a strong _____(7). Arty saw a seal turn it's head in the shallow water near the riverbank. Darren below a loud _____(9) at it. "Your behaviour _____(6) me Darren" said Angela's mother. "_____(7) may" said Darren. "That Darren is incorrigable flower" said Arty to Angela's mother. "_____(5) a little Mother" said Angela in defence of her husband.

Finally, they reached another berth further down the river. They disembarked and walked towards the City Centre. "I'm hungry" said Arty, "I forgot to bring my usual bag of nuts". They argued about who should go into the shop as there was a big black dog standing next to the door. "Look at that _____(11)" said Arty to Mel. It was decided that Darren would go in. When Darren was in the shop, he realised he didn't have any money, so he asked the shopkeeper if he would accept his card. "No, but i'll _____(6) a cheque" said the shopkeeper. Darren bought a big bag of nuts. Finally he got out of the shop. "Where have you _____(4)" said Angela to Daren. Darren handed the nuts around but they made _____(9) as he ate them too quickly. After Arty had recovered, they all decided the whole day had been a disaster so they all agreed to go home.

And that's _____(7)

L x

PS. Answers can be found in the comments...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

more travel adventures...

Oh dear, we've done it again! Booked holiday no.4 for this year which will actually be holiday no.3 :o)

We're off to Stockholm for the weekend at Easter, going on the 7th back on the 9th. Well, it's Dan's birthday weekend so it's his birthday present too!

We've also done some planning on holiday no.4 - our Vegas trip. We've finally decided on the route for our road trip and made some reservations for motels.

The plan...
Day 1 - Drive from Vegas, NV to Williams, AZ along Route 66.
Day 2 - Day trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim on the The Canyon Train.
Day 3 - Drive from Williams, AZ to Monument Valley, UT. Afternoon at Monument Valley.
Day 4 - Drive from Monument Valley, UT to Page, AZ. Afternoon at Antelope Canyon.
Day 5 - Drive from Page, AZ to Springdale, UT. Afternoon at Zion National Park.
Day 6 - Drive from Springdale to Vegas, NV.

And it looks like it's gonna be pretty cheap. The accommodation for the 5 nights is about the same cost as 1 night at the Bellagio in Vegas!

L x

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grand canyon skywalk

The new Skywalk opened at the Grand Canyon today, although the public won't be allowed on it until 28th March.

The Skywalk is a horse-shoe shaped glass bridge which allows you to walk out over the GC and view the bottom, a mere 4000ft down! It's on the West Rim of the Canyon, home of the Hualapei Tribe and where we visited during our American Adventure in 2005.

We are making a trip to the Canyon during our road trip in July this year but unfortunately, it's the South Rim we're visiting this time so won't be able to go on it. Not that I'd have been able to get Dan on it! ;o)

L x

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Monday, March 19, 2007

first day at work...

It was my first day at work today!

I've got no desk, no computer and no log-on details but I have got a nameplate for my door! All I need now is a door to put it on :oP

Hopefully I should have somewhere to sit by the end of the week. Seems there's gonna be a re-organisation as to where people go so it might not be just me with a new office and desk.

So far everyone I've met has been really nice and friendly.

L x

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

newbury night out...

We headed over to Newbury last night to meet the usual suspects for a curry at a very nice restaurant.

The menu didn't have any of the usual curry dishes which meant we took extra long pouring over the menu's having to read all the descriptions.

I can't remember what the names of my dishes we called. I had a No.12 which was a prawn thing (deep fried prawns with a ginger and something flavour) which I shared with Dan along with the "Mo Mo" he had (lamb dumplings), both of which were very nice. For my main meal I had a really nice curry, a No.63! It was tikka lamb in a thick gravy sauce.

There was time for a very quick drink before the last train home.

L x

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

happy birthday deb...

It's our Debeh from Derbeh's birthday today. Happy 27th Birthday!

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Have a fab time in Brussels!

L x

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

the long lunch...

With Dan off to his brother's "HAG" night in Nottingham (so called because it's a Hen and stAG night combined) I was left home alone for the rest of the weekend so I arranged to meet Mondana for "lunch".

The venue for our "lunch" was the Pitcher & Piano. I say "lunch" because we met at 1.15pm and although we did actually eat lunch, we didn't actually leave the pub until around 8.30pm!

We did try to leave before then. We even got out of our seats and went to the bar to settle the bill and ended up coming back with cocktails instead! :oP

L x

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

birthday curry...

Another fab curry courtesy of "Bengal Beef" was enjoyed by all at George's birthday night out. There was much eating and drinking in the restaurant before we headed off to a very empty and quiet Po Na Na's.

Even though there was no-one in the club and they hadn't even put the music on yet (it was soon after 10.00pm) we still had to do the obligatory queue! :oP

We staggered home sometime around 12.30pm and left the birthday girl partying.

L x

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Friday, March 09, 2007

no more dole scum...

I've joined the life of the employed again!

I got offered the PA role at the hospital I went for and I have accepted :o) My start date is yet to be confirmed as I have to have a CRB check (criminal records bureau) but as long as they don't find out I'm a master criminal everything will be OK :o)

The role seems to have changed since I went to the interview too. I won't be PA to both, I'll only be PA to one - the General Manager. Sounds like it could be a good role.

L x

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

quiz champions...

We won the quiz last night! :oD

The evening started with the usual "you can only have 4 per team" and the usual reply "we always have 6" with a "we never win anyway". Oops!

Well, we did win this week, a whole £6.00 which we kindly donated to charity (we're not here to win, it's the taking part that counts!)

Not sure how we did manage to win. Once again, we were doing pretty badly on the actual quiz and made it all up on the "runner" round which this week was films.

L x

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happy birthday george...

Happy Birthday to George who's 26 today!

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L x

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

another interview...

I had another interview today. Another PA role to two mangers, this time at a private hospital.

The interview seemed to go really well and I wasn't my usual panicky worried self when it comes to interviews, I was actually quite relaxed which I think helped a lot! I hate all those "tell me a time when you..." questions. They're a load of ***. Instead they asked questions which were a "what would you do in this situation" question. Much better!

So, the wait begins.

L x

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

happy birthday minnie...

Happy 31st Birthday to Minnie!

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L x

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