Thursday, December 14, 2006

Flexible Spanking

I've just decided, after watching 'The Secretary' that my job is quite boring really.

What happens if I get a spelling wrong?

My boss corrects it for me.

What happens to me if I make a wrong decision?

My manager tells me how to do it differently next time.

I think I need a much firmer boss.

One who can take control.

One who isn't afraid to show his strength and power over me.

On second thoughts,

I do like my job and the flexibility I have with it.

I do like to have the freedom that most jobs don't offer.

Maybe I'll think about changing next year.

For now I think I can put up with a boss that lets me think for myself.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Cats, Dogs, Clothes and Cupboards. Not a Report in Sight

Why is it that when you are in a hurry to do something, everything around you gets on your nerves, even the cat, who decided to attack the dog. Mind you I don't blame him, the dog was even winding me up, crying because she wanted attention, when all I wanted to do was finish these reports that I was suppose to do over the weekend.

I know what you're thinking now 'Why leave it till the last minute?' Well that's just me. I always find something better I could be doing like, washing every single bit of clothing we have in the house and then ironing it all or sorting out the cupboards in the kitchen, when they were only sorted a month ago. I have to confess, writing reports at home in my own time is one of my pet hates. I know I can claim the time back and take an extra day off, but that's not the point. Home is for enjoyment and work is for work, the two should not be mixed.

Anyway I still have one report left to write, yes I know I should have been writing 'it' instead of writing this but this seemed a lot more fun.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Apologies Needed?

This time last month Plymouth Argyle were 7th in the Championship League now they have dropped to 11th. Southampton, on the other hand, were 10th and have moved up to an impressive 5th place. After just watching highlights of the Southampton/Hull game on TV I've come to the conclusion that they are playing a lot better than Plymouth and their placing is deserved.
On saying that, this is just a sticky patch Argyle are going through, after all you can't be good all of the time, and I'm convinced they will be back up nearer the top before too long, they could even get to the playoffs if they can recapture the form they were showing at the beginning of the season.
I was going to apologise to Southampton supporters for my last post, but I think that would be a bit too premature, so I'll save that for another day, not that I think I will need to.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Well done Southampton, but not for long

Well I suppose I have to give credit to Southampton. They have managed to go higher than Plymouth in the Championship. Well done and good luck for the second part of the season, I have a feeling you may need it.
At the pub tonight I got talking to a guy who had 4, yes 4 favourite teams. His first was Bristol Rovers. Now that must tell anyone reading what kind of a guy he is, a loser. His second was Bristol city. A little better than Rovers but still not quite there. His third was Cardiff. When he told me this all sorts of comments came out of my mouth about sheep and the Welsh and then a friend of his said , ' he's from Wales' did I looked bothered? You guessed right. No way.
Well his last team was Man U. anyone who has a crap first team supports Man u so that don't count.
I think I will stick to my beloved Plymouth Argyle and only have one true team which I support and have only positive thoughts about. One day we will get to the premiership but now is not the right time.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Lost in the North or Was it the West?

After a shaky start, when my brother's car caught fire and the door on our aeroplane wouldn't close and they had to call out an engineer to see if he could mend it, we arrived to hot blazing sun in Florida.
My brother couldn't find his driving licence so it was left up to me to drive us around for the two weeks we were there. The journey from the airport was an experience in itself.

A drive which should have taken an hour ended up taking 4 hours. As you can guess we got lost big time. When we did reach our villa we were all very tired and stressed and decided to chill out before embarking on our quest to find the first of the parks we were going to visit the next day.

The trouble with the road signs in the USA are the way they ask if you're going 'west or east' or 'north or south' When you've no idea of what direction you need, just the name of the place you are going to, these signs are more than useless, in fact they got us lost more times than I can remember.

Even with this disadvantage we did managed to visit all the Disney parks and a couple of others too.

We also had time to travel down to Tampa (where we got lost again) and spend the afternoon on Clearwater beach, where we watched the sunset over the sea.

I think next time I travel over the pond it will be to Miami. Unfortunately it was a little to far to drive there and back in one day from Orlando and who knows where we may have ended up when there was 220 miles between us and our destination.

Maybe I should go back to school and think about taking geography as one of my options.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Name Search

I decided to search Blogger tonight using my first name to see what it came up with. Take a look at this, the video made me smile.
I then went a step further and put my name into google image search and found lots of pictures with the same name as mine:
I'll leave you to decide which one is me (If any at all)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Found. Another One in Bristol

I've just had the most enjoyable night at my local. I met a bloke who, like me, is a Plymouth Argyle supporter. He was already in the pub when I arrived and was sat by himself reading a newspaper.
We were first sat on the bar stools but my mate had a bad back so we had to move on to the more comfy seats. Both my mates sat down before me as I was waiting to be served with a vodka and coke.
When I did get to sit down the only place left was next to this bloke. He was quiet at first. I would make a comment about what he was doing and he would politely respond. Then, me not being very shy at all, asked him a question out right. He answered and it all started from there. Like me, he was from Plymouth and he supported the Green Army.
We hit it off straight away. He was a lovely chap and we talked the night away. We ended with him reading to me his speech that he had prepared for his sisters wedding this weekend, which is taking place in Plymouth, wish I was there.
Happy wedding day to Don and Ricky's sister, who I have forgotten the name of.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Memory's of years gone by.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Are Ipswich Good Enough?

On Sunday Ipswich earned a deserved 3 points when they beat Luton Town 5-0. Two of the players have been named in the Coca-Cola Championship team of the week, Sylvain Legwinski and Alan Lee. Tonight they meet Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, who are unbeaten for the last 6 matches.

Plymouth are 5th in the Championship league going into this match and they will be hoping to improve on this position. While a win for Ipswich will take them just 1 point below Plymouth.

The last two times the clubs met, the teams took one match apiece. Ipswich winning their home match and Plymouth winning there's. If the trend continues then Plymouth are in for a win.

Good luck Jack, I think you will need it.

Monday, October 30, 2006

I Wish They Didn't do That

Why do people do that?
I suppose they must have their reasons, though I don't think there is any need for it.
Maybe they are hiding something?
Maybe they just don't want to hurt someone?
Maybe they are just bored?
Maybe they are not finding what they are looking for?
What ever the reason I wish they didn't do that.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Cider? 'No thanks'

A friend said to me last night 'Now you won't be able to sleep tonight' How wrong he was.

Friday night I was at the pub as usual. I was quite happy drinking vodka and coke when a bloke came and sat next to me. He started to speak with my friend and I just joined in with the conversation. He had his 12 year old son, Nathan, with him who was very chatty too. The man, I think he's called Dave, went up to the bar to get another drink and came back with two pints of Cider. He explained that he was given a pint by two different barmaids but was only charged for one and because he was only going to have one more before going home, I found myself with a pint in front of me. I know I should have said 'No thanks' but instead I said 'Thanks'

And that's where my problem began.

I stayed at the pub until closing time, having another few vodka's before walking home. When I woke up Saturday morning it was like someone was banging my head against a brick wall. Every time I moved my head felt like it was going to explode. I made myself a strong coffee in the hope that it would make me feel better, it didn't.

I've heard that a fry up after a heavy night of drinking goes a long way to clearing the head although I've never tried it before. This morning I was going to try anything. I walked over to the local shop and came away with a fresh loaf of bread, bacon and half a dozen eggs.

10 minutes later I was sat eating an egg and bacon sandwich, which I had covered in brown sauce. It didn't make me feel any better at all, in fact I now felt sick too. I signed into messenger and spoke with my friend for about 3 minutes before telling him I had to go and lay down.

He texted me later that evening asking if I was feeling better and I texted back, 'Still on the sofa. Sleeping lots'

All afternoon I had been drifting in and out of sleep, trying to stay awake so I could follow the footy on Sky Sports but not making a very good job of it. I was awake to see Southampton go 1-0 down in the first 3 minutes but then sleep over took me again.

I was awake for the final score and was pleased to see that Plymouth had beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

For the first Saturday in ages I didn't go to the pub and was in to see the crap they put on TV on Saturday nights.

I think it was about 12.30ish that my friend texted to ask if I was awake and that is where his comment 'Now you won't be able to sleep tonight' comes in.

I had slept most of the day only remembering when I was on my way up the stairs that I had an extra hour in bed. I took about 5 minutes to drift off to sleep and didn't wake up until 8.45, when I could hear my daughter getting ready for work.

Now I've had 2 cups of coffee, I feel wide awake and I'm looking forward to seeing my brother, who is flying up from Plymouth this afternoon.

No more Cider for me, well not until the next time.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Is It?

It's nearly Friday again. But then 7 days isn't a lot when you've been around for 48 years.

Gig Tickets?

I received a card from the postman last Friday saying that he had tried to deliver a special delivery letter but there was no one home so he took it back to the sorting office. I would have to wait 48 hours until I could go and collect it. My daughter and I tied to guess what it could be and all we could come up with was gig tickets which she has ordered, off my card again, for another band I had not heard of.

The earliest I could collect them would be Monday.

Well Monday I overslept (which was expected as I had been at the pub Sunday night celebrating Plymouth beating Derby on Sky Sports) so didn't have time before work to pick the letter up.

Tuesday I was on duty and so had to be at work on time. I could have gotten out of bed earlier but as I thought it was only gig tickets it didn't seem worth it.

Today, Wednesday, I got out of bed on time but didn't feel a bit like going to work. I sat drinking coffee for about an hour before I could even force myself to get in the car and drive to work. We were supposed to have a team meeting at 10am but as the manager is away, we decided, as a team, we wouldn't bother. There came my chance to go and pick up my letter.

I got to the sorting office at about 10.30 and collected the letter. Got back into my car and looked at the envelope. It didn't feel like gig tickets, more like a credit card or something of that size.

As I opened the letter I spotted Mickey Mouse. To my surprise it was my Disney tickets.

Now I know my holiday is not far off.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Bristol Bloggers

Tonight I decided to look at some other blogs written by people from Bristol.

One I spent most time on was 'upfromthespar'

Go take a look.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Men's Health magazine.

I was just looking around the land of blogs and one click took me to this news article;

Hull has been named as the stupidest place in Britain.

It is also the poorest and cheapest to live, according to a survey by Men's Health magazine. In contrast, Edinburgh is named as the cleverest city.

The survey took into account factors like exam results, the number of residents who studied at university level and performance in BBC IQ quiz Test The Nation.

Stoke and Liverpool are the next dumbest places, while Manchester is the rudest but best-dressed.

Stoke is the worst-dressed and Glasgow both the most drunken and most dangerous.

The survey also lists Liverpool as having the best sense of humour and Cardiff as being the most polite.

However, Hull residents might be forgiven for feeling a bit hard done by. Although they elected disaster-prone Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as an MP, the city is also famous as the home of poets Philip Larkin and Andrew Marvell.

The top 10 stupidest places in Britain are:

1. Hull
2. Stoke
3. Liverpool
4. Bradford
5. Glasgow
6. Wolverhampton
7. Newcastle
8. Nottingham
9. Leicester
10. Birmingham

I'm sure all of the people who live in these places aren't stupid, maybe it's just the way others see them.

Holiday Time Again

I just spent £600 and I'm still smiling, something must be wrong!

I just ordered our tickets for Disneyworld and it seems, at long last, my holiday is nearly here. Two and a half weeks off work, with nothing to do but have fun, I can't wait.

I'm not looking forward to the long flight or the waiting around at the airport, but the end result will be well worth it.

The villa we will be staying in

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Was it The Vodka or The Fish?

It's Sunday again and I would usually be dreading tomorrow coming but this week I'm not. As well as having Friday off work, in celebration of my birthday, I have Monday off too. I'm not too sure how I am going to use the extra time I have at home, but I'm sure I will find something exciting to do.

Friday I did very little during the day. Some washing, some other stuff around the house but nothing to shout about. As I was going out for the evening I thought I would have something to eat early and have a drink at home before venturing to the pub with my friends. I decided to have some fish and crackers, healthy but filling.
All was going well. My best mate Lesley was there and her partner, they don't go out often together so it was nice to see them, and a few other friends and I had drinks lined up for me on the table. Then all of a sudden I felt quite ill. Was it the drink? Was it the fish? I will never know but I was home in bed by 10pm, drinks left for others to have. I did make up for it last night though. I managed to stay out till closing time, and had a really great night.

Well another year older and another year wiser. Umm I know I am older but I have yet to see evidence of being wiser.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Bit of This, a Bit of That and a Bit of The Other

In just two days time I am going to have to make a small change to my profile. I have mixed feelings about this. I don't think I will even remember it until Saturday morning, after going out with lots of my friends on Friday night, but it will have changed. They say (not sure who, but I know they do) that life is for living and no one can accuise me of not living life to the full, it's a shame that work has to get in the way really.

I have been really lucky over the last few weeks ( well 4 weeks and one day but who's counting)I have met a new friend who I seem to be spending more and more time with. We have the same sense of humor and seem to spend most of the time laughing. I had forgotten how nice it felt to be cuddled, so keep your fingers crossed that I get cuddled for a long time to come.

Lou, my eldest daughter is now back at Uni in Portsmouth. I picked her up back in June. It was the day England we playing their first world cup game. I had planned to leave Bristol very early so we could load the car up and get back in time to watch the match over the pub. Nothing ever goes to plan in my life and I over slept, not just by 10 minutes or even half an hour. But by a whole two hours. We managed to get back in time just to see the kick off. It was no surprise a few weeks later when the postman delivered a speeding fine through my door. I did phone up the number on the letter and tried to plead with the man on the end of the phone, but unfortunately he wasn't a footy fan so I now have the first points in 30 years on my driving licence.

Lou has now moved out of Halls and is sharing a house with 3 of the people she met at uni during her first year. I knew she took after me when she told me her 3 house mates were all men, well one is her boyfriend, Jack, who is a lovely young man but maybe a little misguided as he supports Ipswich. They seemed to have settled in well and I expect Lou has given them their orders as to how she wants the house kept, keep up the good work Lou.

Lou and Jack when they were showing me around Portsmouth.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Fame at Last - for me and Harry

Well what do you know? My blog was just in our local evening paper. Not that I spotted it, my friend phoned me to let me know.
The Bristol Evening Post have a section called 'This is Bristol' and in last Friday's edition there it was. An edited excerpt from my blog about Harry the hedgehog.
It was just the incentive I needed to get back into my blogging again. So hi everyone, I'm back.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Who dares wins

Hiya everyone, just back for a while.

I'm off to Southampton to watch the match this weekend, I can't wait. Who ever wins will go way above the other in the league. Not sure if I should be going really as every time I see Argyle they tend to let the other side win. Oh well in for a penny and all that.

bye for now x

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Time Out

I'm not going to be around for a while I've decided to take some time to concentrate on something completely different.

I'll pop by and read your sites from my work but wont be able to post anything, (They may catch me using my PC for things other than work if I do) so keep making me smile with your writings and see you all soon x

Oh and a big kiss for you Chief X

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Don't Blink

You may miss Plymouth Argyle being this close to the top if you do

Sunday, August 13, 2006

No Words Needed

And that's the way it stayed


My brother has been up for the weekend from Plymouth and we spent Saturday afternoon at the balloon fiesta. The weather wasn't bad but it was too windy for the balloons to take off so we had to be content with just seeing a few blown up on the ground.

I've been to the fiesta before, but this years was the biggest I have seen. There were far more stalls selling far more different things than in past years and the fair ground rides were the scariest I have ever seen. I did go on one but kept my eyes closed tight all the time I was on it. Of course my 8 year old niece loved it and she wanted to go on nearly all the rides there. I think I am going to have to toughen up by November. We're off to Florida for two weeks and I know she will be wanting to go on everything there.

This one went so fast you could hardly see who was on the I didn't go on it.

My brother and his daughter looking forward to the ride starting

Trying to stand upright.... a bit like me on Friday night

This one made it

So many people....bad news for the ladies wanting the come the gents never have to queue?

One last picture on the way home

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Is It Only a Game?

Celebration after Plymouth score.

Plymouth missed a great chance to win their first match of the season. After taking the lead in the 35th minute, an own goal left the match at a 1-1 draw.

Plymouth will have to be on their toes on Tuesday. They take on Colchester, at Layers Road, who will still be trying to prove they deserve the promotion they earned last season after coming second the their league.

Colchester's first match of the season was against relegated premiership team Birmingham City. Birmingham had a man send off and still managed to win 2-1.

After just watching the Coventry/Sunderland match I think Argyle will have their work cut out when they face these two teams. I just hope Sunderland's defence stay asleep for Plymouth's match next Saturday like they did during their match today against Coventry.

Off to watch Derby v Southampton now. Let's see if Southampton's new signings can make a difference to their game.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Length of a Football Match

Just 90 minutes to go

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time

The day we went to the harbour

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Not The End of The World - Just The Beginning of The Season

For the first time in ages I managed to watch my team play in Bristol. My daughter and I were all ready to watch a game that was full of goals and we both looked forward to the celebration drinks afterwards.

My God, how we were disappointed.
We ended up trying to drown our sorrows in a large glass of vodka at our local, still wondering how on earth Bristol Rovers could have beaten Plymouth Argyle, and Rovers being dressed in pink too.

I think if you take a look at the pictures we took of the match you will know as well as us how it happened.

Where are the Argyle players?

One of the few shots Argyle have at goal

Well the new season starts this Saturday and our first match is at home against Wolves. the last time we played them Plymouth won 2-0, lets hope we can do the same this time around.

Come on you Greens!!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Life is very dark

Not much to say at the moment apart from I'm feeling sad, so see you all when I'm happy again.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Well another predicable night. We lost at skittles again, but we were two players down and we had already roped in two people who don't usually play, to play for us, one being my daughter.
Once again I have had too much vodka and can hardly see the screen let alone type. Think I will go to bed.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Flower Power

I'm in rather a hippy mood today so I thought I would share with you a picture of my favourite flower.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Calling

Yeah, yeah, I know I said last week that I wasn't going to go over there again but the sound of the music is calling me.

See you all after the pub x

I couldn't find a picture of my local so I thought I would put a picture of the road leading to it.


I have two dogs both very friendly and excitable. I got the first one when, after being burgled twice, the police advised it would be the best deterrent. She's a really good house dog and lets me know if anyone even comes near the house let alone in the garden. The second one I got to show but as she doesn't like other dogs, she very shy, her show career didn't last long.
In this lovely weather I usually leave the back door open so they can go in and out as they please. If they start to bark at anyone I usually go out have a look and call them in so they don't cause my neighbours any disturbance. Although the neighbour whose house over looks my garden says he likes the dogs to bark if anyone is there so he can check too, he has also been burgled.
Anyway, tonight the dogs where out in the garden and started barking furiously. On investigating I found they had come across a hedgehog, curled up, on our patio. I haven't seen a hedgehog for years and it took me back to when I was a kid living on the outskirts of Plymouth and all the garden animals we used to see then. My daughter came out and suggested we put down some food for it. Me, being a big softy, agreed and put out a plate of dog food and dish of water for it. I came back in to check on the internet that I had done the right thing and by the time I went back out it had gone.
Now I have a disappointed daughter and two dogs sniffing around the garden, trying to find it. I think if it comes back tomorrow night we will have to name it. Harry comes to mind but as that's a bit boring I am open to suggestions. So get your thinking caps on and let me know what you think our new pet should be called.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Drinking on a Wednesday

My local has decided to have live music on a Wednesday night to break up the week so off I went last night to take a look.
The result was:

Over sleeping till 9am this morning.
A head ache all day in work.
A nap on the sofa which lasted from about 8ish till 1.30Am.

I don't think I will be going over again, besides the music wasn't that good.

Off to bed now. Sweet dreams all.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bikes and Mud Don't Go!!

Not much to say really. Football last night was good. Football tonight was boring. I've been busy with my new fitness regime. Monday was swimming, last night I went on a bike ride and tomorrow is swimming again.

The bike ride was fun. We decided to go on a different path and we ended up riding through fields and along what seemed like a jungle track. Because of the heavy rain we had yesterday, the track was full of puddles and mud and at one point my bike decided to stop in the middle of one of the puddles. Needless to say I got a bit wet. My bike was playing up a bit and I need to find a man who knows more about bikes than I do, which won't be hard as I know nothing. The gears keep slipping and trying to ride up hill is a nightmare.

Better get off to bed now so I have the energy for my swim.

Although this is not me, the track was just like this one. Never again!!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

This Time Last Year

Ahhh I was in Barbados. Here are some pictures of the things we shared our garden with and of course one of the lovely beach.

Walking on the beach

Fly away home

Sun bathing Gecko

Monkey watching us watching him

On a wander around our garden

One of the many birds outside our house

Monkey finds a playmate

Sunday, July 02, 2006

All Hot and Bothered

Two things have made me hot and bothered today.

One being the England game. I think the only thing I can say about the match is that England are consistent in their play, not at all good. The second thing is my house.

Last night in bed I was so hot, I kept throwing the quilt off, which is most unlike me. I now know the reason why it was so hot. I watched the England game at the pub and when I got home my sitting room was like a sauna. I discovered the heating was on. The temperature outside is in the late 20s, so you can imagine how hot it was inside. My youngest daughter has gone to visit family for the weekend and my guessing is that she needed to dry some clothes before she went and put the heating on. Only she forgot to turn it off. Amy you're in trouble when you get home.

Going back to the England match. The landlord of the pub I went to is Portuguese which not many people know, but me being very nosy, I have found out everything about him. After the extra time had been played he came up to me and whispered in my ear 'I don't think I should shout if Portugal score in the penalties' I agreed with this as the crowd were very noisy, but happy, singing football songs. That is until England lost the match then all hell broke loose. I was sat in the lounge and it wasn't too bad in there, just one man throw one drink. But in the other side of the pub, The Bar, bottles and glasses went flying everywhere. By the time the 'fans' had finished it looked like, in the landlords words, 'A Shit Pit'

Can't England fans even go to their local pub and behave. It's no wonder we have such a bad name abroad.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Football Withdrawal

I was going to write a blog tonight about something really interesting but I fell asleep on the sofa instead. I think I have football withdrawal and to fill the gap I started to watch the tennis. Well I don't know about you but I think tennis is one of the most boring sports there is.
My evening went a bit like this;

Got home from work about 6ish.

Made a coffee.

Sat on sofa.

Turned TV on.

Got comfy and fell asleep.

Woke up at 10.30ish.

Pick youngest daughter up from friends.

Turned on computer and here I am.

I must admit it's a bit of a waste of an evening but now I am all refreshed for my night out tomorrow, don't expect I will be getting to bed very early then.

Oh and the football is back tomorrow, I can't wait.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

School's Out, Forever

I've just got home from picking my daughter up from her prom. Two of her friends are staying the night with us and they have come straight in and taken their lovely dresses and high heels off. I don't think any of them are used to wearing such 'lady like' clothes.

They all had a good time and so did the teachers that attended by the sound of it. Stories of teachers trying to kiss other teachers and drunken teachers were being giggled over in the back of the car on the way home.

This will be the last time all of the year group will be together and apart from picking up exam results in August, the last time my daughter will have anything to do with the school. The next stage of her life is about to begin and with it will come extra responsibility. Let's hope she's as grown up as she likes to believe and that she will be able juggle her college work with the extra social life that comes with making new friends.