Thursday, 22 December 2011

No Snow.... but it's definitely Christmas

Hilarious times with the Managing Director
I can’t believe I have been writing these things for over two years. I know that this years posts have been a little low on the ground but to be honest that because there has been so much going on and I’m so busy each day at work that I just haven’t had the time, lol. New years resolution for 2012 – Try to keep a bit more on top of this and actually do more reviews on things rather than keep it as diary the whole time.
I actually had a chance to look back through a lot of my old posts, it was quite fun to read back to when we were making the offer on our place and then all the bits after it. It wasn’t so fun realising that I was getting a feeling of growing old as my 26th birthday approached when I am now well into being 27. Hopefully the internet will not explode when we are taken over by robots (it’s going to happen, have you not seen Terminator??) , that way in years to come I will be able to look back at these posts and all the old bits I did of travelling (they were on Facebook in a group I did when I went away - but aren’t anymore) I just had a look and ALL of the old diary things I did on there are gone! How annoying. Luckily I have all of the American travelling ones in a book but I will have to search out my Australian ones. If anyone has them in their emails, as I sent them to people via email too, please let me know (this is where Im hoping my mum still has them somewhere). Anyway, onto to recent things.

Boy Genius and a Cheeky Little Monkey
On Saturday just gone we headed over to my Auntie Kath / Uncle Jons for a pre-Christmas gathering that happens every year. Unfortunately we couldn’t make last years due to the snow we had causing havoc on the roads, but this year was fine weather wise so off we went. As always it was great seeing everyone, Dylan and Mia were on form as usual and Dylan showed me his reading skills…. Unreal! He started school a few months back and is already able to read pretty much properly. When he gave me the Christmas card from him and Mia, he read it to me!! Amazing. Apparently he is the only one in his class on a certain set of books and even then there is nobody on the set below, he is steaming ahead… brilliant. He is asking what words mean and things now too – although I was stumped on one word, he asked what derby meant, as in ‘destruction derby’ as it said it on a game on my phone, I honestly didn’t know how to explain that one, haha. Mia was just hilarious again too. She was doing this thing that whenever she did something that was funny or cheeky, she would laugh in this funny way and double over holding her tummy, it was cracking us up. She is really mischievous as well, trying to grab every chocolate she could after some small gifts had been given out. I can’t wait to see them both again on Christmas day and give them all of their pressies.

Football With The Fam
One massive thing happening over Christmas is that during the day on Christmas eve, we have managed to arrange a proper football match that is a once in a lifetime occurrence. It has been sorted that for one day only, there is going to be a family football team made up of uncles, cousins, sons, brothers all from my dad’s side of the family. The fact that we have enough of us to field a full 11-a-side team doesn’t surprise me, it’s just incredible that we will all be on the same team from teenagers through to uncles in their 60’s. It’s going to be incredible and we are all crazily excited about it the game. It’s going to be recorded and my cousin Andy will have his wife Amy there taking photos too….. I can’t wait. I don’t think any of us will care too much about the result as this hasn’t happened before and probably won’t happen again with this group of people, Immense! I will let you know how it goes. The team photo will be something to keep hold of for sure.

Head On Collision With The Managing Director
We had our work Christmas do a couple of weeks back in Milton Keynes which was pretty smart. It was at this big marquee and all decked out in 20’s theme which was cool. There was some entertainment  and nice food but the highlight of the night was the bumper cars they had. They weren’t your usual carnival bumper cars where you have to all go in a circle and not really crash into each other, they were do whatever you want in whatever direction you want bumper cars which was mental. There were people driving all over the place and smashing into you from all angles. The best part was catching our managing directors eye while he was at the other end of the floor and heading straight at each other with our arms in the air waiting for the smash. It was just hilarious to do this with people that we have to be serious and work like for 99% of the time we usually see them. Fun night!

I haven’t seen any new movies lately so there is nothing to give my thoughts on there…. We have been watching more Scrubs which still makes me chuckle, only on Season 6 so have to see if that continues. We have been to Yo Sushi a lot over the last month or two, that place is just amazing. It’s that one where the food goes around on a belt between all the tables and you just take what you want. If there are things you want that aren’t going round or if you want hot things like soup or rice you order it and it comes really quickly. All the food is put on coloured plates/bowls which relates to the cost of that dish so its all tallied up at the end and nice and easy. Plus the food is always lovely in there too. I recommend ‘Prawn Korokke’ which is like a croquet potato with mini prawns in it cooked to order and its delicious. It’s not all sushi though so don’t let that put you off. KFC have a new burger out called the Supercharger which will need to be getting in my belly ASAP! Lol.

Other than that I’m going to leave it there for now. Have an awesome Christmas, don’t eat too much…. I will probably write another review of the year like I did last year between now and 2012 so until then, take it easy….


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Fireworks, Christmas and Tattoos

The Tattoo Machine
Ooops, I completely missed writing a post in November… In all fairness December has snuck up out of nowhere and it’s now time to start opening those little cardboard windows each morning and start the day with some chocolate, haha. Yes I am talking about advent calendars and yes I know I’m 27 but I think that they are brilliant. I am a huge child inside, and outside a lot of the time, so why can’t I have an advent calendar?? I even bought Lara one as she hasn’t had one since she was about 11, but now she can enjoy the childishness with me too, haha. Anyway I digress…..

Turkeys Are Panicking
Well I didn’t really go off subject too much there as this is a Christmassy part – we can all be in the festive mood now as it is December. It really gets on my nerves when I see Christmas stuff in shops and hear the songs on the radio as early as bloody October.. really…. really… do one! I absolutely love Christmas but it should be a December thing ONLY! Lol. This year looks like it’s going to be a pretty manic one as per usual, but I’m looking forward to it. Usually I have a real problem thinking of something to ask for as I have always been the type of person who doesn’t ask for stuff just for the sake of it. I like to get things because I need them so on every birthday and Christmas I am a nightmare to buy for. This year is a little different though… remember in my last blog I wrote that I might be getting a new tattoo? Well I went out with my mate Sean a couple of weeks back and booked myself in for a day session (yes it’s gonna be a good one) in February of next year. Tattoos aren’t cheap so all I am asking for this year is money towards the tattoo please. I have sent some ideas off to the artist and am really excited to get sat down and inked! But yeah, other than that I can’t wait for this Christmas with everyone all over the place, I even get dinner at my mums on Christmas Day with my niece and nephew so it should be epic!

Bang, Boom, Pow, Shadoooooom
This year on bonfire night my sister and Tom had a big party at their place. As usual Dylan and Mia were on top form and the food / spiced cider was amazing / horrible respectively, lol. It was originally planned that everyone was to bring their own fireworks along so that there would be a load to use but my dad had a great idea for everyone to club together so he could arrange to get some bigger and better display fireworks. All I can say is Bloody Hell!! We were actually all laughing in shock at how amazing the fireworks he had sorted out were. They wouldn’t have been out of place at local town fireworks displays and I mean that. There were some that were absolutely massive, one of them exploded and spanned about three houses in width! Mental. Haha. So yeah that was a great night. Dylan had another one of his epic moments doing some more dancing, this time to LMFAO being on the TV with their video for ‘Im Sexy and I know it’ – if you haven’t seen the video its complete comedy but what Dylan did had us all laughing again. Check it out - - Legend!

Massive Geeks
I’m still playing Gears of War 3 and loving it, every week they have weekend events where they change the set-up of game types for you to play online, which is a great way of keeping things fresh. Also in about a week or so they are releasing some downloadable content which will add about 4 hours of campaign story as a prequel to the whole series. Its genius that games can be developed and added to after completion all through online content. It’s scary to think what things will be like in 20 years time.
Lara is still playing LA Noire and loving it, haha. She has completed the main story and is going back to do a load of side missions or do better on the crime cases to up her profile. What massive geeks we are!
I still haven’t even debated getting FIFA 12, although this should give Joe a head start if we get a chance to play it as I usually school him at FIFA games, lol.

What Else….
Other than that I have next week off work which should be nice. I will probably try and get all of my Christmas shopping done and out of the way before the rush closer to the time. Lara and I are saving some money to try and have a nice holiday next year so we aren’t going to buy too much for each other this year. We have given each other some pretty awesome presents over the last year – Playstation 3 for Lara, Rammestien tickets for me etc – so it wont be too bad having a little break from splashing the cash!

I’m sure I will write again before Christmas and by that time I’m hoping to have seen some snow, yes it’s a bit chilly outside but it’s nowhere near too cold yet – I haven’t even worn a scarf!

I'm heading out on Chritsmas eve with the same guys as last year, you know the night we took the megaphone out and got chucked out of everywhere

So I hope everyone is well, let me know if you fancy a pint sometime.