Friday, December 09, 2005
You have the pleasure of my blog as I'm waiting for the weekend to start...my boss IMed me (I know IMisn't a verb but I can't be arsed to type the whole thing) and said he would call me at 16:50 just before I shut my PC down. I'm at home now and its 17:15 and still no call...the weekend can't start until I can relax!
Although I do need to leap into action and make dinner as soon as I'm finished. We wasted our one takeway a week on pizza last night as I didn't get home from work 'til 7 and nothing was gonna make me cook after the shitty day I'd had. Especially as the journey home from Leavseden gave me ample oppurtunity to fester on it and then Kath's Textures of Pears debacle topped it all off.
On the bright side barring 3 gifts Christmas shopping all done and we're really swinging into the Christmas season. We have the KCJ works Christams do tomorrow and in a break from tradition is actually near to Christmas. Not sure what I'm going to wear but I'll have to have a look!
Better go and find out if the boss still wants to talk to me!
Friday, November 25, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
The reviews from the press have been fantastic and we're looking forward to another 2 good shows...although today is quite tough with a matinee and a regular performance.
The central heating has been a godsend! I don't know how we managed without it before.
Also we had an exciting trip to a violin shop to get Kath a new bow and case for her viola. Lovely shop and a lovely man who, when we realised we didn't have a cheque book with us, waved us out of the shop with over £200 of goods saying "Not to worry, juss pop me a cheque in the post"! Now that's good service!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Fortunately in this case the good DID outweigh the bad!
Yes, it took some getting used to with the sloped stage, the setting is different than in the village hall, not being able to see the conductor is a pain but on the other hand, the entrances are easier, there's more room and you get to see everyone's costumes! The attached photo is me as a runner in the Overture...not sure how much you'll be able to see as I'm behin a screen but it should be OK.
Its 1pm and I've done nothing but play half-life 2 so far today! I need to go out to the supermarket so I'd better dash. I'll post another update tomorrow but between you and me I'm expecting it to be awful!
Sunday, November 13, 2005
We're performing in The Mikado at the Ipswich Corn Exchange and I thought I would keep a track of the week using my blog and so provide blog updates at the same time...something which I've neglected over the past weeks.
First things first...show week starts the friday before with the lovely costume pickup...my wife is modelling her wig so beautifully in the photo you see here. For the full set of Mikado photos, including my wig and costume click here.
This week will also give me a good opportunity to relax and put in some serious videogame time. My plan is to try and finish as many as I can so that the inevitable onslaught of new christmas titles can be bought and enjoyed!
I'm currently enjoying Half-life 2, Nintendogs, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, X-Men 2: Rise of Apocolypse, Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, James Bond: Everything or Nothing plus I've still got to finish Baten Kaitos. If I'm very good I might even play Resident Evil 4 again!
Other things that need doing include my time recording and expenses for work (forgot to do them on Friday) and a lot of origami for the show.
We have the first rehearsal in the Corn Exchnage tonight so I'll post my impressions later.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Ahh, the ever-cynical and sarcastic speechwriter. Gutsy and not afraid to speak up or clash with authority, his dry wit is amusing. But under it all he's just a big teddy bear... and the world's biggest Yankees fan.
:: Which West Wing character are you? ::
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
My brother has finally taken the plunge and is joining the 21st Century! By this I mean he has finally bought himself a computer and I got him hooked up to Broadband last week! No doubt this will be an avenue for him to spend more money on video games and potentially get hooked on computer gambling! The upside is I'll be in more regular contact with him and he can find information about stuff more easily! It's odd that its taken him so long to be honest...it was him that led technology when we were living with my parents. he convinced them to get satellite TV (for the wrestling) and then get a computer...funny how things turn out.
Got stuck looking at origami paper websites today! www.origamipapers.co.uk looks quite good but I need to do a bit more browsing! The reason is I want to make some fancy models as cast gifts for the show we're doing next month.
I also ended up buying sushi rice from a web site yesterday too. I can't believe that I can't buy it at a supermarket! I personally blame Tesco as it seems the other supermarkets copy what Tesco sell. And if Tesco decide they can't sell it then its tough! Bastards! I eventually found a site called Japanese Kitchen which is sending me a parcel load of interesting Japanese foodstuffs! thats hould make my Sushi meal for frieds at the weekend much easier to make.
Gone video game crazy this month! I bought kath her own DS and we've both got copies on Nintendogs! I also got another couple of games as well. What with the central heating as well my accounts have taken a battering! Once all the cheques clear we'll have a clearer view of whats what!
Right better go and make the dinner before K gets home and the plumbers comes round to fix the leaky radiator!
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Its 10:15 on a saturday night and if I were a hip young thing I'd probably just be getting ready to go out and dance the night away. However I'm not hip or young so I am at my computer typing this. Just had half a bottle of red wine and the hangover is starting already! Not sure whats up with me at the moment but wine really doesn't agree with me!
I'm sat in a lovely warm house as we had the men in today to fit central heating! We had anticipated them for 3 days but in the end it took 1 and a half! Fantastic! No doubt I'll be complaining that its too hot and "think of the bills!" within a week, but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.
Ever since going credit positive I've turned into a skin flint! I think I'm a bit compulsive sometimes...get me on a bandwagon and boy am I on it! So money is going good and I seem to b losing weight! The best part is I'm not really doing anything other than not snacking and cutting out masses of chocolate.
Better go as I should go to bed so I can get up early and do house things (collect furniture from in storage and dispose of all the cardboard in the front garden). Ah mine is a full life!
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Sometimes I just feel stuck in the middle of warring parents (old boss, new boss) trying to please everyone! And for some reason I feel the need to do extra time and not cme home til late...what's wrong with me?
Anyway another long day behind me and now Kath has deserted me and gone to orchestra...sigh!
What I'd like to be doing is vegging in front of the TV and watching Arrested Development DVDs but because Kath wants to watch them too I have to wait...
Also gone back to aerobics twice this week and boy do I ache....it must be doing me some good though!
Sunday, September 11, 2005
By some freak of nature (and the fact that I should be better at golf related escapades, what with being a golf-orphan and such) we scored the same! I suppose Kath's holiday resort childhood (raised in Gt. Yarmouth) would mean there was crazy golf on tap so to spak...perhaps we are an even match after all?!?
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
This means I get to update my blog and moan about stuff at the same time. My meeting at BT Centre in London is off! Quite glad to be honest as it is 2 weeks since the last bomb attacks and 4 weeks since they all started.
Unfortunately it means my meeting is in Fleet instead....yay 3 hour journey in the morning and 3 hour journey home. Depending on whether I finish early or not will determine if I can make it to dancing which is a shame as its the first we'd have had since Bruce was injured in said 4 week ago bomb attacks....
In other news (and probably very boring for the readers of this blog) I feel like I should hurry up and change blog sites as there are pictures and videos I want be able to show on my blog without the rigamorole (spelling?) and having to find someone else to host them. The offers here sound fairly good and Alex is especially keen as he'll get a £35 referral payment!
I wish I had more time as I feel I'm getting drawn into the world of ARGs. We've just signed up to Perplex City by buying some puzzle cards and there seems to be a whole world out there about these ARGs. The only thing is when will I have the time to participate!
And best of all I've got a headache!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Life is very busy at the moment, what with dancing, G&S and work in general. Plus the Summer months mean very little free time at the weekends. The weekend just gone was spent decorating sister in laws house and this upcoming weekend will be spent entertaining guests.
Oh the reason i posted was to show you this...brilliant!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
I've also decided to stop updating my food blog so I can merge it with this one. Then I need to talk to Alex and find out how I can host WordPress and what I need to do. Writing this blog started out as somethign it was hard to do but now I want it to look the best it can and meet my needs...Blogger is getting too difficult (changing the template is a pain in the arse!) I hope Alex doesn't mind but it seems like he leads and I follow at the moment! No doubt if I move blogs Kath will move as well...the question is dos Blogger annoy me enough to go through the hassle of changing it all? Hmmmm....
Using the Le Creuset for the first time, cooking a lovely soup. Fingers crossed it all works out OK!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Getting a bit fed up with my blog too. Have 2 of the damn things (the other is here) is startig to be a trial as there are streams of consciousness that I'm not sure where they should sit and really I don't write enough to justify two I don't think. So now my next challenge is to try and merge the buggers so I don't lose all my posts.
Also I'm getting annoyed by the darkness of my template! It just seems gloomy but try as I might I can't seem to change the buggering colour! I may have to save the bits of my template that I like (the links etc) and copy them into a new template. I'm thinking something light and airy like over at www.101cookbooks.com. I'll have to ponder.
Also I managed to cook something form one of my birthday books but I can't be bothered to upload the pictures...suffice it to say it was yummy and should probably be mentioned in my other blog (bugger!)
Monday, July 25, 2005
Still my chim does need easing in so its probably best that my fire wasn't a roaring success! (sigh)
I'm not sure what possessed me to sor that out tonight...I've just got back form shopping and it was shit. Asda had barely anything in so I ended up going to Tesco as well. I hate it when that happens! I suppose I could have tucked into my new Gamecube game, Killer 7 (birthday presnt from my brother, thank you Jamie!) but the video was about to kick in to record Silent Witness and a complex arrangement of wires, boxes and scart connections means I can't play games and record at the same time! Silent Witness is getting the vide treatment as Kath is at a women only rehearsal for the show.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
My mum and nan finally arrived around 1pm on Friday so the birthday weekend could start proper. Prior to that Kath had been galivanting around getting stuff ready and even finding time to go to Debenhams and sort out our duvet problem. I think I mentioned it a few posts ago that we'd decided to order a goose feather duvet. I ordered the thing from Debenhams Direct and it had failed to materialise. The pillows arrived Ok (well as OK as they could be after being thrown over the back fence) but of the duvet there was no sign. I got a letter saying it was on its way but still no duvet. Eventually I got fed up and sent them an email, the next day I got the lovely "Thank you for your email" email and a message saying someone would deal with it in the next 5 days. Finally I get an email saying...
"Due to high demand, we are now out of stock of the following items. Please accept our apologies. Unfortunately we do not expect to be able to obtain any more stock. We hope this isn't too inconvenient for you."
This was after they had accepted my order and after they had sent me a confirmation letter advising me it was on its way!! I was annoyed but not as annoyed as Kath who was ready to complain to the chairman of Debenhams himself!
Fortunately the shop had them in stock and apologised for the rubbishness of Debenhams Direct so now we have a feather duvet, much thinner than I expected but very warm!! Which is just as well as the weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse!
Friday, July 22, 2005
Hopefully today (birthday -1) we'll go and buy the tent of our dreams. All the stuff I've read has instructed me not to buy a tent until I've sat in it and seen it erected. So once my Mum and Nan arrive we'll be off tent shopping!
Picking one has been tough but I think I've identified the one we want. As far as i can tell its about middle price point for a 4 man tent. there are some very exclusive looking ones here. The point is with these is that they almost put themselves up! At £300 though I think we'll give that a miss. Fingers crossed the one I think I want will be nice in reality and not just look good in pictures....
Sunday, July 17, 2005
We met up with Chris and Emma in Cambridge as they were on a weekend away in their new caravan. Not really my cup of tea, but sitting outside in the lovely campsite in the sun and Kath and I have sorted out our September holiday!
We've joined the Caravanning and camping Club, and we're off to buy a tent! We've been threatening going camping for years now but never got a round to it...now we have some spare cash and a week off so it'll be cheaper to go camping! Just got to get all the kit for it now....and go on practice stay at a local campsite.
Fantastic idea as we have a load of books that we're proably never going to read again that someone else might like the chance too!
Commit random acts of literacy! Read & Release at
Also a quote worth knowing....
A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.Henry Miller
The Books In My Life (1969)
The first thing I should mention is ICE. This is a scheme set up by some chaps from the East Anglian Ambulance Trust which has come to mass media attention due to the bombings in London last week. Essentially its all about the fact that people don't carry next of kin details but do carry mobiles. And often the emergency services need to contact someone in an emergency to get medical history, and other details. So what you do is you prefix the name of someone in your phone book with the initials ICE (In Case of Emergency) and the emergency servcies will have a much easier job of things...their website is here for more details.
Despite the fact that Johnny Depp looks a little strange as Willy Wonka the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film looks pretty good. Tim Burton has apparently ignored the previous film and actually based this one on the book! This means we get to see the full darkness of it and its more about Charlie than Willy Wonka (the previous film was renamed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and gave more emphasis to Gene Wilder who I don't really like as he only seems to be able to play himself, and by that I mean he plays the same way in everything I've seen him in!!)
Apparently Roald Dahl was not best pleased with the original film....
My birthday rapidly approaches and I've been surprised by the number of parcels that Kath has had delivered...slightly unfortunate that I've been the one to open the door and be handed a parcel from the postman with a really obviously named company stamped on the box! Oh well I'm sure I'll still be surprised! My mum and ana are coming to stay over so Kathryn is desparately cleaning the house...I need to do some gaden stuff otherwise my nan will be out with the secateurs! I should be getting a Chiminea from my parents but mum is concerned that its a little large...I must say that is a worry as my garden is tiny and it might be a case of we won't be able to sit in it when the Chiminea is lit as the heat is too much! We'll have to wait and see! Apparently though I'm going to have to cure it by building little fires in it for a while...full instructions here, thankfully!
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Spent a few hours sorting stuff out and its looking pretty top notch again. A nice new parsol means that I can spend time in it without frying in the sun (my garden is very sheltered and gets very hot). I'm even trying to grow tomatoes!
The Acer has been moved to the back door but I get the impression we're going to have to wait til next spring to see if it comes back to life again...I hope so I really like that plant. A buddlieh (spelling?) has taken its place (as seen in the photo next to the bench) so hopefully we'll be getting butterflies as well!
Saturday, July 09, 2005
We had just finiched watching yet more Family Guy when we switched onto the Channel 4 news. There in a bed in a London hospital talking to the Queen about his ordeal was someone who looked and sounded like our dance teacher! Thanks to the marvel of the internet (how did we manage before?) we discovered (via the local newspaper website) that 2 Ipswich dancers had been on one of the trains with one of the bombs but had miraculously escaped serious injury. It just brought it all very close to home....
I'm not sure what the bombers hope to achieve as it seems that terrorist activity just strengthens resolve and bands together groups of people through adversity. It still isn't clear however who did all this so we'll have to wait and see how it all unfolds.
Perhaps if I say I really, really enjoy reading them as I think anything my wife writes is hilarious will do the trick? It also happens to be true but perhaps I just haven't said it enough? I'll have to wait and see if it has the desired effect.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
I noticed this site that has you try and guess the next words in news stories, pretty interesting but I was crap at the hard setting...must try easy setting at some point.
Also the BBC website has its own magazine/blog type thing and the editors column is usually very interesting...it can be found here.
Also I want to do another plug for Google Earth. It is amazing! I discovered today that I can see my sister in laws house in its glory and that in selected US cities you can make all the buildings 3D and fly around! Although I notice that the White House is jarringly low resolution when compared with the rest of Washington DC. Perhaps there's a law against photographing the White House from space with spy satellites...dunno...
Alex texted me today as he was watching an old episode of House of Elliott on the telly. My abiding memory of that show was the cheesy, jolly theme tune and how inappropriately it was used! Usually each episode would end with something very dramatic and then the 20s styled brassy tune would kick in...so you end up with something like..."Its worse than that Miss Evie...I'm pregnant"
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
In other news Alex has posted his pictures of the wedding and you can check them out here. It really was a fab day and I hope R&R are having a great honeymoon as I type this. the wedding ended up costing me more than expected however as the hotel's luxurious feather duvet and pillows meant that I spent the remainder of my bonus money on a new feather duvet and pillows for home. Bye bye artificial filling, hello goose down!
In other news I finally managed to download Google Earth and its amazing! If you've got broadband I would heartily reccomend you download it and see for yourself. Kath reckons its like being on CSI, you can zoom in to virtually anywhere on the planet and see cars and buildings. Admittedly the US coverage is better but even so its an eye opener. Check it out!
We've just discovered Family Guy and its great! They've even got a blog! Although annoyingly their website won't open in Firefox!! Why don't people test it in something other than IE! Damn you Microsoft!
Finally (as I want to have a quick session on Puzzle Pirates) go check out the wife's blog! Its here. Post comments to encourage her to write more...I think its hilarious, she's not so sure!
Monday, July 04, 2005
It was a roaring success from start to finish despite running a bit late. There's probably loads I could write about it but I think I'll wait a bit. I'm in a rush to go and make dinner but I did want to upload my photos...go to Flckr to see them in all their glory!
Friday, July 01, 2005
Bizarrely the hail managed to last for 2 hours despite the temperature being around 18 degrees.
The other thing that happened that night was running over a dog on the way to Asda. Well I exaggerate, a dog ran into the side of the car when we were doing 30 mph up Norwich Road. I assume it was OK, Kath said it was just after she told me to put my foot down and not look back!
Kath's at work and she's usually really good at getting me to stop flapping (this usually involves her telling me to sit down while she sorts stuff out but it gets the job done). Anyway deep breaths, get this blog done and we'll be fine!
Something that looks really interesting but I am having problems accessing is Google Earth. Its basically a collection of all the Earth satellite photos joined together in one big map! I need to keep visting the site to see when the beta re-opens.
City of Heroes has kind of petered out. The game shines when you can team up with people online and fight the forces of evil but my infrequent playing schedule has meant potential team mates have levelled way past me and I need to keep finding new ones...which has proved difficult. I think unless it improves soon I'll cancel my subscription and move onto something else. Speaking of which I've spotted a new MMORPG which looks promising...with a name like Yohoho! PuzzlePirates you can't go wrong! You're supposed to subscribe to it and pay a monthly fee but so far I can't see what extra I will get. It's this type of game that would be dangerous to let Kath near as its made up of all the types on online puzzles she likes...if you do go online for a trial and spot a pirate called Bobbyblade on the Cobalt ocean say hello! I chose that name after the Pirate name generator (unrelated to puzzlepirates I might add) came up with Barney the Pink! I think not.
The last thing I wanted to touch on (the wedding singing rehearsal woes can wait until after the wedding methinks) was this site and some amazing 3d drawings drawn on pavements around the world. Truly astonishing! Although he does seem to have a penchant for Diana...strange man!
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Have now received final instructions for the wedding of the year (tm) and everything looks ready. A load of friends from Uni are piling down to chez Caple on the friday to rehearse some singing that we're doing but hopefully it'll turn into a party!
Spotted this today which is a follow up to a news story I read a while back. It seems pretty incredible that we're going to be able to build a thermonuclear fusion reactor on Earth! The official site is here and it won't be built until 2015 but it still seems pretty amazing. Its very easy to say thts 10 years away but it seems that my life is speeding up! Who knows what will happen by then and where I will be? It seemed unlikely that I would move away from Nottingham but here I am in Ipswich coming up for nearly 5 years! 5 years!
Monday, June 27, 2005
I notice that Monopoly are celebrating 70 years with a brand new London Here & Now edition. The idea is to build the board based on now. The London Eye makes it in as does the BT telecom tower (good things) but so does The Sun newspaper and skateboard and rollerblade playing pieces (bad things). There's also chance to play in a live version based around London. They give you money and you buy your properties. You pick a london cabbie and then 5 otehrs are sleected at random. Whenever one of the other real life cabbies lands (ie visits with a fare in their GPS tracked taxis) on your properties you get the rent. This is played over 24 hours and then you get entered into a draw to win prizes...I currently have £55 million in my balance but the best players have hundreds of millions. Check it out here.
While browsing the net I noticedsome blogs for food...in this case bread. I was wondering if I should start a new blog and detail recipes I cook...I wonder if anyone would be interested and whetehr it might end up too time consuming...although it would make a handy reference.
In unrelated news Richard Whitely died last night. I find this really hard to believe, he was only 61 and such a nice man to boot! He always had a pun ready (never a bad thing) and Countdown is a national institution! Oh well...
Also I've managed to get Kath addicted to my Nintendo DS! Brilliant!
Sunday, June 26, 2005
I managed to dodge entering the Adult/Juvenile mixed competition as there were too many adults but Kath got a bit confused with the taps on the shoulder. A tap was a good thing! The upshot was the Kath danced in one of the finals when she'd already been knocked out of the heat! Brilliant!
We got awarded our Bronze medal for the exam we took and as is usual in any of these situations the presenter couldn't get the name right! "Caple rhymes with Staple". I suppose its difficult for people in Suffolk as a lot of little villages around here are called Capel St. Something and its pronounced the same way. One of the other couples were collecting their third pre-bronze medal and they suggested that if we wanted to enter competitions that we should delay completing our pre-bronze for as long as possible so we could compete in the easier competitions. Sounds like good advice if entering comps was what we wanted to do..which I'm not sure it is...anyway...
The other couple we were sat with were collecting their Silver medal for Salsa. They did a demo for everyone at the end and they were fantastic! She was only 15 and Kath and I couldn't believe it! We were trying to work out his age but I guess he could be anywhere between 20-30.
Jenny roped us into entering the competitions on the night and we ended up dancing in the Waltz and Cha-Cha. Amazingly we passed both heats and got into the Grand Finals for both! Gareth was telling us that we were in the finals over and above another couple he kew that dance in open competitions! Anyway we got awarded sixth place for Waltz and fourth place for Cha-Cha...not bad for our first foray! Gareth and Claire came forst in both so our table was doing very well that night! The table also won 3 of the raffle prizes, talk about lucky!
The presentation did go on a while though as the competitions were all split into a million age groups (slight exaggeration). We finally got home at about 11 and decided it would be a good time to watch CSI:NY, which I must say has really grown on me, although Danny is really annoying and it was good to see him come a cropper last night!
Ooops better go...off to see batman Begins this morning!
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Year three is Leather (t) and Glass/Crystal (m) and I was just doing a serach for leather and I found this site with a reasonable sounding name and some hilarious pictures within...quite alarmingly you can buy leather duvets!
I guess I'll just have to keep looking...
I'm going to have to throw the jar away! How upsetting!
I was reading a fantastic preserving book today in the bookshop and I can't wait to actually make some jam that works! If you're feeling generous you could buy the book in question for me from here. Thanks!
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Time is flying by in a haze and I feel like my blog entries are becoming a little pointless! Not really got anything to link to or wisdom to share. Ho-hum!
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The good weather has continued and the garden is looking deader every day...if only I could be arsed to water the garden!
The hot weather has also had a strange effect on our dancing teachers...we more or less did latin dancing back to back and there was some very sultry dancing from Pat...managed to learn the meringue (spelling) and did some more Salsa too but boy was it hot! Added to that floor was very slippy and we ended up sweating like bastards!
Just trying to look at the Roald Dahl website at the moment, they had good things to say about it on Radio 2. I remember being told off in a school library once for singing and dancing the intro to Tales of the Unexpected too loudly! Oh happy days!
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Spent the entire day sitting in the sun and eating...firstly at Kath's mums and then at Kath's dads. Strawberry overload but its difficultto say no. Kath's mum must have thought she was feeding the five thousand as there was far too much food! I did manage to acquire a copy of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery and Household Management' though. Its really good especially when you realise she wrote it in 1859.
One phrase she used in the preface to the first edition always makes me laugh, in her words "I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife's badly cooked dinners anduntidy ways" Not entirely politically correct but very much of her time. The book literally covers everything about running a house from buying or building one to decorating, childrens illnesses, recipes, etiquette and much more...truly amazing!
Saturday, June 18, 2005
The Doctor shoving Rose back into the past to save her was great as well...it prevented the whole episode being guns and shouting, although Rose did her fair share of shouting back in London. All in all I can't wait for me, Kath's face when David Tenant popped up as the new Doctor at the end was priceless! And as for the resolution to Bad Wolf and the Dalek invasion...brilliant!
Right need to go and make some daiqiris, the heat is high and we need some cooling off....
Friday, June 17, 2005
It could be worse I suppose...I'm sat in my shorts, typing this and waiting for the call to begin...again I'm on mute so no-one knows I'm here but at least i don't have to say anything...I can slurp my can of Sprite in peace...oooh its started!
Another reason for having to leave early is that I wanted to get something for Kathryn...as she passed her exam!! Not that I didn't think she would! She often worries but I have supreme confidence in her...well done Kathryn!
Looking forward to the nice weather at the weekend as the garden is looking a little neglected and we've got a BBQ in lovely Great Yarmouth.
The call is really dragging on.....better go as I should be listening....bye bye!
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The problem is I can't stop thinking about it! Part of me keeps saying "you have money, what are you going to spend it on?" while the other half can't think of anything to buy.
On other news really looking foward to the last episode of Doctor Who this week...should be great!
Thats it, nothing else to say.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Not sure what I'm going to spend the money on but I do have a couple of ideas....
Sunday, June 12, 2005
We went to see Star Wars 3 this morning and thepower and the brain strikes again! I had convinced myself it was going to be awful but it turned out much better than I expected! I didn't realise Anakin was going to get all his limbs hacked off and then set on fire so that was a surprise! George Lucas managed to excel himself with poor dialogue again but at least it wasn't as bad as Star Wars 2!
The trailers included items for Batman Begins and Fantastic 4 and they both looked great! Its really good to see Hollywood appreciating a good superhero story at last!
Kath decided that she would cook for me yesterday and I must say it was delicious! Strange smells wafted form the kitchen and she looked very red faced when I poked my head around the door but all in all a success. The extremely strong margheritas helped as well.
Having missed out on the cooking yesterday I thought I would do extra duty today and really I'm not too pleased with the results....the problem is this...I can't do jam! Its either runny and water or like tar! Take the blueberry jam I made this afternoon...it won't come out the jar! I keep trying to preserve things but it ends up a disaster. I'm either too cautious and whip it off the heat before its reached the setting point or I take my eye off the ball and BAM! it take a pneumatic drill to get it off the pan. If anyone is reading this is stuck for birthday present ideas head over to my wish list and get me a jam book!
Friday, June 10, 2005
We watched Kath & Kim last night and its really funny! New Aussie comedy and I can't really think of anything else to say about it...being distracted by conference call.
Looking forward to a relaxed weekend with no real plans except getting my hair cut. Kath is cooking for me on Saturday which is a real treat as my share of the household jobs includes doing all of the cooking. Apparently I'm being treated to a 2 course meal with surprise ingredients! Although I do know that it'll include pork chops as I was told I need to find something else to cook for sunday tea!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Another item that cuaght my interest was this....seems like Dr Who related shenanigans are back with a vengence!
Anyway better go...I've got 2 pork chops marinating and I need to cook 'em before Kath gets home!
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Some days you just wake up feeling crap…welcome to my Tuesday! There’s no real reason for it that I can tell. I don’t know whether it was because my incredibly deep sleep was rudely interrupted by my waking up I don’t know, but I have a headache and nausea! Nice!
Kath and I managed to confuse ourselves by watching dinnerladies last night. We watched what we thought was the last episode and were perplexed when a load of stuff that should have happened didn’t! Turns out that there is a second DVD on its way to us (courtesy of LoveFilm) that has 4 more episodes of the series! A quick search of Amazon shows that I can get the Series 1 & 2 DVD boxset for £7.97! I may have to order that and my ‘Spend No Money’ scheme be blowed!
The power of the mind is a great thing. Having convinced myself that having to spend the entire weekend (Friday night to Sunday evening) engaged in stag festivities would end up being less positive than negative, I am pleased to report we had a great time!
Highlights include: chatting to Chris and Emma in their new house until the early hours of Saturday morning, not spending any money on awful horror DVDs, drinking all afternoon and having a meal at the end for only £30, really getting along with people I previously wouldn’t have wanted to be stuck in a lift with, discovering new depths to Dr Who (and the fact that everyone seems to be loving the new series), the appearance of 2 drunk fairies halfway through a viewing of The Beast Must Die , the smugness felt when Dracula vs. Frankenstein turned out to be rubbish (I wanted to watch the original House of Wax), no hangover at all, a nice quick lunch in Burton Joyce with the Sunley-Pinhorns (of Burton Joyce) and discovering that we can get home from Burton Joyce in just over 2 hours!
We shall be seeing the same crowd again at the Sunley-Pinhorn nuptials at the start of July…where is the year going?
Friday, June 03, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
And thank god Michael Winner is off the TV with those stupid eSure adverts coming to an end. Michael Winner in drag is not something I want to see thanks very much!
Monday, May 30, 2005
When I was younger I was always the sensible one in the family (and to be honest I still am) and I guess I don't want to offend anyone with my drunken antics. Anyone who knows me now knows that I get incredibly insulting and rude when drunk and I'm not sure what my family would mae of it.
Last night at John's 50th was a bit of a revelation. My nan was...I don't want to say plastered as that will give the wrong impression...but she was VERY merry. To the extent that she forgot my name and birthday! Bridget burnt herself on the oven (although whether that was drink induced I'm not sure) and my mum thought it acceptable to throw white wine in my dad's lap just after someone suggested it was the best way to get rid of the red wine someone else had just spilled there!
Thankfully we didnt have to make the first move to leave as my brother was in attendance and working the next day so he had to leave early. This paved the way for Kath and I to get on the road. Lucy picked probably the rowdiest family get together to be introduced to everyone but she probably had a fairly good filter up given that she was still horrendously hung over form the night before. Her and my brother did the usual effort and persuading me and Kath to get a cat. Kath is very keen but I'm afraid there is no way! Pets and my nose do not mix!
We finally were both up at about 10.30 having fallen back to sleep after my weather announcement. Being asleep so late is unusual in our house as Kath is usually up at the crack of dawn but 2 very late nights in a row had conspired against us. The first was saturday night where we finally finshed off 24 with 4 episodes back to back! Fantastic end but I knew Mrs Ortega was going to shoot Stephen Saunders the moment she laid eyes on him!
Then we were at my uncle's 50th birthday over near Stamford. Didn't quite realise how far away that was until I was driving it at 11.30 last night!
In the end the sun came out today so we set off for Lavenham with a picnic ready. As we arrived at Lavenham a thnder storm broke out so we sat in the car and ate our sandwiches (see photo). After 30 mins still no sun so we came home! We had hoped to stop off at the Bonsai nursery but we couldn't find it!
We then decided to go into town to see Star Wars 3 but couldn't get a parking spot. We loitered in Waterstones for a good 30 minutes and I eventually put down the cookery books that I was lingering over. And then we came home!
Ok so this blog entry has turned more into a diary entry and probably is a little dull because of it.....can't think of anything else to type!
Saturday, May 28, 2005
This is rhubarb ready to be roasted with sugar...yum! Turned this batch into a trifle as I recall and later today will be turning a new batch into Rhubarb sorbet.
I'm starting to get this whole seasonal foods malarkey. They do taste much better! Give me ripe british summer strawberries over the overblown tastless winter spanish jobbies any day! Although to be fair I'm not getting obsessed by it. I don't know how I'd cope without peppers on hand all year...they are a real staple in our household.
What I should be doing is sorting out my garden or cleaning my teeth. Either would be a better use of my time but since I haven't updated my blog in such a while this seems a reasonable activity too.
My plans for the weekend are fairly simple and should be easily achievable....
- Make rhubarb sorbet (see another blog entry for more about this)
- Do some gardening....this includes planting out some herbs and trying to fix the almost dead japanese maple
- Go to my Uncle John's 50th Birthday party. This is quite easy to do so should definitely get done
- Go shopping with wife
It seems odd that we're going to John's 50th birthday party. He was always the young uncle and thinking of him as fifty just makes me feel old. Its even more difficult to think what to get him. I've never bought John anything before in my life so find myself at a bit of a loss. My instinct would be an expensive bottle of champagne but I'm not sure how appropriate that wouold be given that he lost his sense of taste and smell in an accident a few years back. To be hoest he'd probably appreciate the thought anyway and champagne does have a touch aspect as well as being able to get you pissed. Hmm I'll have to ponder.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
I'm sat waiting to go to the supermarket but we have to wait for the washing machine to finish first...sigh!
This is so we can take advantage of the sunshine and hang the washing out....I don't trust the weather at the moment though...freak frosts have all but killed my Japanses maple and i don't know what to do to sort it out. Added to that I'm scared to plant my herbs in case they get killed as well...what to do?
Eurovision was again a debacle of political voting. I don't know why I expect anythign different. the UK entry was the best in years but we finished third from bottom, while weird euro tat romped home to victory...there's no justice!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Two points of note, firstly I was a little disappointed with the choice of candidates. Our area has the fortune of having the county council elections on the same day as the general election and I hoping for a interesting read on the polling card. It seems only with the European Elections do you get hundreds of fringe candidates...does this tell us something about the validity of that parliament?
Secondly one of my cards was white and the other lilac. Now I don't know if I'm going slightly colourblind but they both looked like white to me! Fortunately the man in the polling station seemed to keep a beady eye on me when I posted them into the white and lilac slots so I must have done it right. So now just the 14 hour wait to see what effect my vote has had...oooh the excitement (yawn).
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Full details of the game can be found here.
Monday, May 02, 2005
But now....well I seem to have a fixation for shoes. I complained at my wife for the amount of shoes she has but it appears I have 8 pairs that I regularly wear plus many others that just come out for special occasions! Now this may not seem like much but for me it is. I spent today trying not to try on shoes in almost every shop I went in (although I don't look great in Dorothy Perkins slingbacks). There are so many nice shoes out there its a shame I won't get to wear them all. I limited myself to the one pair today (Autograph range from M&S) and they are to replace the shoes I got married in. Quite expensive but the last pair lasted for ages and were very comfy and these new ones were very nice.
The shoe buying frenzy was prompted by the 3 weddings we're attending this year. 2 of them were expected and are friends but one is a family wedding and a little controversial. And what's wrong with Saturdays as a wedding day? 2 out of the 3 are on a Friday which is just a pain really.
I seem to have spent my recognition money already and don't really have anything to show for it (besides new shoes and a suit). I m still tempted by a new camera or perhaps a barometer. I need to accept that my garden isn't really big enough for a gas patio heater or a chiminea and stop pining for one!
Sunday, May 01, 2005
The conference went especially well at work this week. The welcome experience could have been better but the exit was great. No queues and everyone seemed to have had a good time. Even better was that the share proce fell so we didn't need to count pennies into a bag for 200 dividends!
The best part howver was getting recogniton for doing a good job this year! I got the annual prize and now have to work out what I'm going to spend £760 on! I couldn't believe it! Totally unexpected. Sensible things beckon like some new shoes and a suit and paying off some of my credit card but I also intend to splash out a little bit too!
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Over on Niles's blog there's some nice pictures of Everest and it reminded me that the Director of our unit at work is currently trying to climb Everest as I type. You can catch up with his progress here. the best part is the 'bowels rating' where he gives an update on the situation. I'm not sure what motivates people to climb Everest in the first place? I think what would annoy me most is the cruching sense of anti-climax when you've reached the top and you realise you have to climb back down again! I suppose it will give you a different persepective though. Anyway check it out its quite an interesting read!
I just want to mention another website as well, How Stuff Works. This is a great site for answering so many questions. It has gone a little commercial (ads and stuff) in recent years but generally the content is pretty good. There's a good article about the origin of Wonder Woman on there as well.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
A visit to Camden market produced a nice t-shirt for me whihc apparently is titled 'Figting Spirit' (spelling mistake intentional). Although slight downside is that it requires a cold hand wash....hmm perhaps Kath could do that for me?
Also I had a little box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts bought back for me from Selfridges, yummy!
When I was younger I would think nothing of doing things and assuming my body would cope. Now I'm in the stage when I know its ill advisable to stay up all through the night, even worse if its playing video games but yet I still do it. I wonder how old I'll have to be when I realise I'll feel shit afterwards enough so that I don't do the thing in the first place!
Needless to say I helped Sister Psyche (alongside my Task Force) and stopped Clamour of the Freakshow from turning Brickstown into a new Faultline, much to the relief of the citizens of Paragon City!
Saturday, April 23, 2005
The absence of the camera has made me think if we should upgrade and become a 2 (digital) camera family? Already we have 2 cars (although one belongs to my employer), we have 2 telephones and recently we got a second televison. Is it time for a second camera? I was looking at the Nikon Coolpix 4600 which is essentailly an upgrade of the one we already have. It would make things easier memory card and functionality wise, but should I play safe? To be honest its a bit of a moot point at the moment as I don't have £150 to spare but maybe when I get my bonus....
One thing K and I have been looking at is getting involved in the geograph photography project. This project wants to get a photographic record of the country. It looks like our area is pretty poorly represented so perhaps we can do something about that?
Yes I am wife-less this weekend and instead of living it up I'm doing housework. I've also got a list of cooking projects I want to tackle. Yay! I can do what I want, eat what I want, stay up as late as I like! What will probably happen is I'll eat bacon sandwiches for every meal and go to bed really early. Thats the kind of crazy guy I am.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Apparently its welsh slate and we should clean it only with Linseed oil. The question is should I keep the old ratty number so that when we move house I can take this one with us?
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
I am finding the new stories interesting but I must admit that I'm finding Christopher Ecclestone a little tiring. All he seems to do is have an inane grin and folds his arms a lot. Having said that its lots of fun to spot all the semi-famous actors guest starring all over the place! Penelope Wilton (who was great in Shaun of the Dead) cropped up in a two parter this week that we didn't realise was a two parter, imagine Kath's face when the end credits music started in the middle of a cliff hanger (although we didn't know it was a cliff hanger at the time!) The BBC slightly ruined the effect by showing a 'Next time on...' style clip at the end that ruined any suspense of the Doctor being in serious jeopardy. Oh well I guess that's the consequence of a society with the attention span of a. Anyway looking forward to what the rest of the series will bring and then the prospect of a new Doctor in the shape of David Tenant. Kath and I have really enjoyed Casanova which has been on with him in it so hopefully he'll make a good Doctor. (Not sure of the grammar or sense of that last sentance but I can't be arsed to sort it out!)
The BBC have got loads of coverage as per usual and there's some great Peter Snow tools on their website to play with! Fortunately I'm on leave form work the week on the general election so I'll definitely be able to vote and hopefully stay up late enough to catch the action as it unfolds. Reading some of the manifestos is great fun as well! UKIPs or Veritas...I can't remember which think we should pull down all wind farms and replace them with Nuclear power stations...a sure fire hit with the voters there methinks!
I'm looking forward to watching the Paxman Interviews tonight as he is interviewing Tony Blair...should make interesting telly!
Speaking of which The Apprentice is on tonight. We've really got into that show even though reality TV is not usually our thing. They are so annoying on it that it makes compulsive viewing. Hopefully Paul will go tonight as he is really annoying!
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
In other news we just spent a week in
We did however climb
Other exciting daytrips included
We also went to the CAT, which is the Centre for Alternative Technology. Very interesting but I do feel somewhat guilty now about everything I do. It became clear that we should do more for the environment so we are going to start trying. Number one on the list is to start composting, followed by buying local produce and buying green energy. All of them are eminently achievable its just getting around to doing it. B&Q only seem to sell a composter that is far, far too large for the 2 of us and would take up half my garden. The problem is I don’t want to go the worms route because you have to actually look after them or they’ll die. I need to do some scouting on the net and see what I can find.
Before you start nagging I know its been a long time since there’s been any activity on my blog, but in my defence I’ve been hellishly busy!!
I’ll try and update you on everything but please accept my sincere apologies for missed items! So where to start?
I guess the kitchen has to be the starting point. I’m about ready to talk about it now. I can really see the appeal of getting people in to do this sort of job for you. I guess my expectations were wrong and I shouldn’t have expected it done in only 4 days. Still 2 weeks on and it is finally finished and might I say looking fine indeed!! It’s almost a shame that my living room and dining room were out of action at the same time (due to piles of kitchen and DIY stuff) because when the kitchen was finished I spent most of my time enjoying a tidy living room and dining room but what can you do!
My next post will include some pictures but until then....a massive thanks to my parents, to my dad for doing most of the work (in my defence he wouldn’t let me help, perhaps he knows what I’m like with tools) and thanks to mum for giving me a high score to beat on the DS. Seriously between the 8 trips to B&Q over the weekend my mum spent the rest of the time playing a handheld computer game!!!
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Oh well, at least I'm doing something vaguely constructive by updating my blog! After this I have a choice of the very scary Resident Evil 4, that has scred teh shit out of me lots of times already) or a more sedate play on City of Heroes....hmmm I think City of Heroes. I'm very close to getting some fancy new powers and I want to try to break through to level 20!
Progress on the kitchen was very good yesterday. Just a little bit of plaster to remove and general prep of te walls ready for coffee liquer paint on them. My dad seemed concerned that we were working too hard on it prior to his arrival! Don't worry Dad, there's still bugger loads to do!
I only have 4 days of work left and its going to be a struggle to stay focussed! Fortunately I'm going to be really busy so that should help. Right am off to get some gaming done before Kath gets up....
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Ok, so the new coffee table is great, I do love it, really I do, but (you were waiting for that weren’t you?) now that we’re decorating the kitchen it takes up so much space in the living room. All the things that I used to use the floor for are gone forever. Ironing is a pain (need to move the thing), the DVD player has a weird infra-red sensor that works only if its directly pointed at (and the coffee table is in the way). The end of it gets very hot (too near the fire) and I have to move the ‘Cube onto the top of it to play otherwise the controller cable won’t reach!
Having said that I can put post on it (have to carry it through to the dining room otherwise), I can put my feet on it (handy), I can put my drink on it (good for not getting drips on the fireplace) and we can store tonnes of crap in the handy storage boxes underneath. I think the good outweighs the bad.
I guess I’m slightly frustrated by lack of living room space due to major kitchen refurbishment activities. Because of said activities the dining room is a place where few dare to tread…not only is it full of tools for kitchen refurbishment (KR), it also has new cupboards, new worktops, a new floor and a great wodge of underlay (underlay, underlay, heeber, heeber) in it. On top of this it also has a new cooker and a load of current kitchen stuff in it that has been moved while we sort the walls out!
Whoever decided that Artex on walls was a good idea needs a good slap! No, more than a slap in fact but I can’t eloquently put it into words! The nightmare that constantly preys on my mind is the removal of the damn stuff! We’re half off and still half to go and my god has it been hard work! What with coordinating that with the arrival of my specially selected work gang (my mum & dad), the work the gas engineer needs to do and delivery of everything we need (why oh why did we pick a kitchen that wasn’t available in store I’ll never know) its starting to get a little fraught at chez Caple!
The plan is to finish de-Artexing by the weekend so that I have time next week in the evenings to Smoothover and paint it ‘Coffee Liquer’. Crown has a great little tool that allows you to upload pictures of your rooms and change the wall colours! Anyway this activity is so that the kitchen is ready for the arrival of my parents on Good Friday to stay for 4 days to do the kitchen and whatever else. Now, I don’t think we’ve had guests stay for longer than about 3 days yet without me wanting to physically throw them out of the front door, so this might be an interesting situation. I blame the smallness of my house and the fact that there’s nowhere to escape to. This coupled with the overwhelming need to be a good host puts me under more than a little strain.
Coupled with the fact that I’ll have no kitchen and we’ll have to eat out for every meal might mean I am a little short with my parents!! Hopefully my Easter present to them will make them forgive me. Continuing my tradition of Best Present Buyer Ever (self awarded title!), I have arranged a corker of a gift…we’ll have to wait and see the response! Although I hope the tears shown at the 25th Anniversary will not be repeated! I must remember to ask my mum to bring ‘Mum & Dad’ Monopoly with them when they come so I can beat them by buying childhood memories and charging them outrageous rents (although my record for Monopoly against my mother is less than impressive). The coffee table in the lounge is also excellent for board games (no more kneeling on the floor)!
I just need to focus on the fact that I’m on holiday for 2 and a bit weeks starting in 9 days time. Granted the first 4 days of said holiday will be doing KR but it will be worth it. It’ll also give me time to get a hair cut and drown myself in video games!
Speaking of hair I am very tempted to go really short…I imagine in a few years it’ll be my only option as thinning and receding are taking their toll! I think my brother inherited my dad’s hair which has receded but not thinned significantly but mine is definitely on the way out! It’s also a pain and looks a mess most of the time. The only problem is that my hairdresser doesn’t ever seem to cut it short enough! And I’m too polite to say anything! I must be firm and tell her if I need it cut shorter…I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
I can’t remember if I’ve written anything about my DS. Despite the risk of repeating myself I’m going to mention it briefly again. It’s great!! I think the bets bit for me was watching my mum get slowly hooked to the point where she was asking my Dad to buy her one! Kath seems to enjoy fiddling about with it as well. My only concern is that there seems to be nothing decent game-wise coming out for it in the near future. I guess Nintendo were forced to release it early so that it could get a march over Sony’s PSP which is due to be released at some point in the future (I think its been delayed a couple of times already). I can’t say I’ve ever been attracted to the Playstation family of products and the PSP (Playstation Portable) hasn’t really changed that.
Friday, March 04, 2005
It always amazes me how we are so unprepared in this country for the snow! I suppose that because it happens so infrequently that we don't ever put anything in place to handle it. Oh well...here's a nice picture of my back yard when we had some snow.
I've got a few other pictures that I might post later.
I'm currently enjoying a free friday afternoon...thats what happens when you do 12 hour days in the rest of the week! Trudged through the snow to go to Tesco and now am back home...2 hours later and the 2 inches we had this morning is gone in the sunshine. Feel a bit foolish for annoying Kathryn until she came home early. Relented and phoned her to tell her it had all gone so she could stay at work....a mistake you may say, dear reader, but the guil she'd have felt means that staying at work on a friday afternoon is preferable!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
If anyone suggests that you go to Ikea in a single car and leave the other one at home, say NO!! It seemed like such a great idea. Not only would we be able to be social with our guests (sister in law and partner) it would act as a deterrent to buying too much stuff. While the first held true, it certainly didn’t stop us spending a significant amount of money between us.
The interesting part was the Krypton Factor style challenge of getting everything wedged into the car for the journey home. Whilst we did eventually manage it (albeit after 3 attempts) the new futon mattress didn’t escape unscathed! Kath’s skill with a needle and thread is definitely required!
Despite all that we have a new coffee table looks great and we’ve finally thrown out (well its sat in the spare room, ready to be thrown out) my old canvas and plastic, fixed together with press studs (don’t ask!) bedside cabinet which was serving as a telephone table in the dining room.
We suddenly feel very grown up having a coffee table. Until now we’ve never had one and as far as I can recall my parents never had one either. True it does get in the way of the ironing board and stops us from practising dance steps in the lounge but with its handy under table storage that double as extra seats I can forgive it the space it takes up!