Friday, 16 January 2009

It's a Miracle (On the Hudson)


Updated for 2018: Resurrecting the blog in 2018 and tweaking old posts.



DREAM / REALITY

So I had a dream this morning that I was in a plane (or helicopter) - I don't really know which as I was "inside" the whole time. I recall talking about the munchskin's birthday (which, in the dream, was coming up),...with a girlfriend of mine (no idea who she was but we were close)...and we took a nose dive into the water.

I knew we were "going down" and I grabbed the hand of my good friend I loved her and then expecting the impact, the vessel literally disappeared, we hit the water and,...we were fine.

Colour us surprised to say the least - that we'd cheated death as it were.

So imagine my further surprise when I log on to chat to my real good friend N - when I got up this morning - told her of my dream and then she asks if I've seen the news, which I hadn't.

Switched on the news and low and behold a plane crashed into the Hudson and everyone survives. How odd. How connected we all are.

MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON

The news footage on CNN is incredibly amazing. Seeing the footage of the passengers on the wings is actually heart-warming. 81 TONNES gliding onto the Hudson...

From the moment I switched on the TV I could see the "made for TV" movie of this. Mark my words, within six months - this will be a "made for television movie". Some researcher is working on that right now...

Update - it was a great film called Sully.

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Thursday, 15 January 2009

Kiss Me With Your Mouth (Updated 2018)

UPDATE 2018....


I could just delete my old blogs from a decade ago but they're a snapshot in time, so I've decided to update them a wee bit and keep them here for the memories...

KISS ME WITH YOUR MOUTH...

Remember that song from Stephen Tin Tin Duffy??

 NO?? Och, never mind.

Anyway, I've been stuck on the sofa all day with a sore head (not a migraine - more a dull pain) that's lasted for many days now,...but tonight a little bit of relief comes from Drew Barrymore's "Never Been Kissed" - and especially the eye candy in the shame of one, mister Michael Vartan. *rroww rroowww*

FROST NIXON

Yesterday morning, I saw a press show for the new film FROST NIXON which was fantastic. It was so compelling and well-acted. I liked it way better than SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and BEDTIME STORIES which I saw last Friday. 

In the near future, I hope to catch THE WRESTLER, Sean Penn's MILK and Will Smith's SEVEN POUNDS (here's the trailer on the Tube of the You variety).



THE ETERNAL HEADACHE
I went to bed at 11pm last night (which is very early for me) and didn't get out of bed for twelve hours and yet still I don't feel great. All my chums have persuaded me to call the doctors tomorrow (or maybe I should wait until Monday). 

I'll see how I feel. It totally bites being plagued by colds, headaches, or flu or what have you but I am trying to find the positives (like I attempt to do in every situation):



1) I've not spent a penny today. That's always a plus.

2) My appetite is low - so maybe I'll lose a pound or two (always a plus)

3) Getting some research / work done on the sofa...


4) Wrapped up on a cosy knitted blanket - I am not forced to face the baltic elements!


5) I don't feel guilty sitting and watching TV (Joan of Arcadia, Jason Ritter's new sitcom, The Class, a variety of films etc)


6) Last night, I finally managed to watch a DVD my dad sent me some time last Autumn!


7) And best of all, I've managed to catch up on a ton of threads on So You've Been Dumped (I've been really falling behind for the past few months!)


8) I've been updating my many blogs - and researching other blogging platforms with a view to move mine...

Well back to this classic high school film...and of course Mr Vartan! :)

The thing about this film is that it reminds me how challenging school could be, and how deep down, we're all just older versions of our high school selves...No matter how much we change, how successful we become, how far from home we move, there's a part of us that is still that nerd, geek, jock, brain, burn-out etc - that we primarily were in our high school days.


Well that's my theory anyway. Take it or leave it. I am off to see if Ice Cream cures headaches...

Wish me luck ;)

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

PROSPERITY AND A CALL FOR REDESIGN OF SYBD

MONEY CHALLENGES...?

I came across a good article today about PROSPERITY written by Steve Nobel. It's called 14 Ideas to Create Prosperity. Some really great points made in his article, I think you'll agree...

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Sunday, 11 January 2009

TIME PASSES...

Well in the blink of an eye another week has passed. I am sat on my living room floor where I've been for what seems like hours looking through blogger templates. I want a new "look and feel" for my main blogs that I run....I didn't realise I had so many (like half a dozen) but some are now obsolete. The main ones needing sorted are the soyouvebeendumped.com blog, this one and the Stop Bigamy one too.

It's been a challenging month - January - puntuated with some pretty high highs and pretty low lows. I've been seeing a lot of movies, knitting, spending time with many friends, hitting the gym to try to work off some of this extra poundage and am praying for a break to California soon...But at present everything is riding on the film. I feel like I can't make any decisions until the 'deal's' sorted....so it's a case of sitting in limbo which is my least favorite place to sit.

FRIDAY NIGHT

The other night Ross, Derek and I went to see SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE the lastest Danny Boyle film. It was good. It was beautifully shot and the story was told in such a compelling, unravelling way. It was pretty memorable but not a film I'd want to see again - it has to be said. We had some food then each went our separate ways. Derek went to see another film, I think, Ross went home and I decided to make it a double header and saw BEDTIME STORIES. It was definitely a better, more appropriate film to see before bed! :)

SATURDAY

We took the girls swimming and for food after. E's swimming has come on leaps and bounds since she started properly like two months ago. It's most impressive. Hols is a strong swimmer. We had fun, all of us, zooming down the floom (aka Waterslide). It was pretty busy considering the wet and blustery weather out side!

SUNDAY

Managed to do some tidying then some knitting and then, as I began with, sat and looked through copious amounts of templates for blogs. None really feel right. Or the ones I saw might be fine but then I lose all my 'archive posts' or 'widgets' and I don't feel like I want to do that, so I need to work something out.

JAN BLUES?

Been feeling fragile off and on this month but especially since last night...(darn being homonally-challenged). Many-a-challenge in my life at the present moment. I'm a bit homesick as I said earlier so I've been pricing flights to the States. I was dumfounded when I came across one for 396 dollars - which i was convinced was EACH WAY but bafflingly it's ROUND TRIP! I can't believe a flight home is just over five hundred dollars. Unheard of...

I can't believe I've not seen my dad for like seven months. Man, does that suck. In the early days of emigrating here - I'd go home every three months or so. It's felt like an eternity being this long, this time. But...one word - LIMBO.

Some days - like today - I feel like moving home. Scotland has never been an 'easy' ride for me both personally and professionally and it makes me question my own sanity for remaining here. I am not sure what it is, but here I remain...for the time being.

I often toy with closing SYBD or just, well, dumping it...but I have this great sense of responsibility. I don't want to let anyone down...even when the tens of thousands of people coming to the site are 'strangers'. So yeah, that makes me question my sanity too.

Frankly I am bored with break ups. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored doing what's been effectively a 'volunteer' job, immersed in other people's pain, bitterness, hurt and resentment...day-in-day-out...Next year marks a decade of this misery. Frankly I draw the line at a decade. But there is a bit in the film, you see me in tears - crying down Skype to my dad or on the phone to my friend Mike (I can't remember which) where I say "if you take away this site, who am I?" It's become my life, my job, my partner, my everything...It makes it hard to imagine my life without it.

But alas, I will travel onwards and see what crops up on my journey. I am sure the right path will present itself. Well I need to call it a night. I have a conference call about the film - in eight minutes - so I'd better prepare for it by making a cuppa!

Until next time...Be well.

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Monday, 5 January 2009

THE TIME IS NOW

I WANT ONE...

I can't help this - I see this watch and I want one. Nic does too. We've been talking about some fun business ideas that are enlightenment related and the "now" is a big thing for us...So this watch is one we both have. Has anyone seen one for real? I must track one down. The watch would be a reminder to not be re-living the past or worrying about the future..."The now is a gift that's why it's called the present" and all that jazz...

Just in from a lovely walk along the Clyde. It's gorgeous and sunny and utterly frigid. That sunshine must have lulled me into a false sense of security because my car was so iced over I could barely get the doors open due to frost! That really threw me.

I've not managed as much work today as I'd like to have done but I did get a few things accomplished and I posted more on soyouvebeendumped.com than I've done in the past two months (combined) so that's something. I read a post by a guy who was driving in Wyoming and he'd just been dumped, and the DJ on the radio was talking about the site and then reeled of my domain name...Divine indeed.

Is it not funny how when we have questions or a need - we stumble upon someone with the answer, a book, a TV show, a news item or whatever. It's crazy how we're all connected in that collective unconscious. I love it.

LATER THAT NIGHT

Derek and I just went to see the SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. It was a cute film - especially for someone who loves Joan of Arcadia and Gilmore Girls...It was a total cheese ball film but worth a view...Then it was off for some food and a proper post-holiday catch up...It really is taking me some time to get back into full swing. I bet it takes all week...

Soon it will be bath time and a chance to read THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB or something like that. Yesterday Fiona brought some books to the group and said she didn't want them back so we'll all read and swap them. I think that was pretty clever. I might do the same with a few of my books here that are taking up space. This year I am aiming to be more organized and minimalist. We'll see how I fair with that.

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