What’s new

Well, first of all: It’s March!

I still can’t quite believe how quckly time is going.

March is going to be a great month because:

We’re going on holiday 🙂
We’re finally having our bathroom fixed.
We are meeting up with loads of our friends.
A really good solution to our money problems is in the pipe-lines for this month.
The days are getting longer.
I don’t have to sell anything for a living.
And, hopefully, I shall get to see a consultant gastroenterologist and get fixed and healthy.

March is going to be great.

Clear Out

Had a rather big clear out this weekend.

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It was actually a very difficult thing to do. Some of the things I was throwing away I’ve had for years. I am a very visual person and I generally remember what I was wearing for different occasions – so I remember outfits when I had happy days – like when Joe asked me to marry him.

For this reason it was more than just clearing out old clothes that I don’t wear/like/or fit. It was letting go of my past and making room for my future. I have got rid of some things that I have attached huge sentimental value to. Although it has been very hard, I believe it was worth it. I have had to admit to myself that I am not that sort of person any more – I’m a grown up and so had to get rid of stupid clutter from my younger days.

I do have a habit of getting very attached to stuff. I keep very silly things like old cards and letters. I suppose these are more visual reminders of my past – but I am learning that I don’t need them.

It is very nice to be able to open a drawer easily and to look under beds without huge bags of old, size 8 clothes. Which only made me feel bad about myself. I can open my wardrobe and put on anything in there. That hasn’t been the case for ages. Plus I can now say I like all my clothes! Might even make some money from selling the old ones. Winner all round I’d say 🙂

Bounce

Lucy won!

I also got a trampoline yesterday. It is fun!

I like to play “I like to Boogie” by T Rex and then jump lots. When the track ends, I put it back on. I like bouncing.

Have worked out that 54dB in the living room with the door closed is an OK volume for the hamsters.

Lucy and Erin

Hello everyone. We have hamsters! 2 female Russian Dwarfs. They are so cute!

Erin is brave and inquisitive. She is slightly darker than Lucy, with a more pointed nose with black on it.
Lucy is more sleepy and a bit reticent. She is slightly paler in colour than Erin, with a rounded nose.

Both are so beautiful and lovely. I can spend ages just watching them sleep. Both have already worked out how to use their wheel. Such clever little girls.

We cannot be 100% sure that they are girls because they were too distressed in the pet shop to be properly sexed. However, they only keep same sex animals together so at least we know there wont be any babies on the way!

Once they get more settled, I can sex them properly to make sure and we’re going to play gladiator with them! They each have a giant ball for roaming around in. I expect Erin will win, but Lucy may be a dark horse!

Photos soon!

Heating

After some problems yesterday, we finally have heating back in this house. Waited 6 weeks for this day. Hot bath tonight!

Off to pick up the Hamsters now.

Then going to John Lewis Sale 🙂

Then meeting JB for Coffee.

Today is a much better day than yesterday 🙂

Heating and Hamsters

Today is the last day with no heating. From tonight (afterI’ve cleared up all the mess) I can have a hot bath at home for the first time in months!

We’re getting Russian Dwarf Hamsters! Hooray. We already have their little house ready and waiting for them.

Happy New Year

Dear everyone – Happy New Year.

I have great plans for 2006. I expect it to be much better than 2005.

I have even come up with some resolutions – and have stuck to them so far!

1) Eat less sugar-related junk.
2) Do some (any) exercise.
3) Don’t get into any more debt.
4) Be more positive.
5) Spend more time at home with my husband.

These seem reasonable to me. I am trying to get myself off the sugar – it is a real problem. Some people can’t function without coffee – I can’t function without a sugar fix.

Reasons why 2006 will be better:

1) Not doing a pointless degree that I hate.
2) Not spending loads of money on house moving and wedding.
3) Settled into our house a bit more – with a little less DIY to do.
4) I am more happy than I have been in years: so I am able to have a positive outlook on life.
5) I am not going to try to be something I’m not.
6) I’m married to Joe.
7) I have a publisher!

I expect I’ll be having a good old moan on this blog in a week or two. At least I’ve made an effort this year.

Film 4 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

As most of you know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I love the books and read them over and over. I have read the Goblet of fire eight times (that is, in fact, fewer than some of the others). In spite of my love of the books, I have been enjoying the films. I have found them to be well in-keeping with the themes of the books and enjoy another way of experiencing Harry Potter. The third film being the best so far.

I got all excited with the prospect of the cinema release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. However, this was possibly my least favourite of the films so far. I think we are now getting to the stage where the books are too long to make into a film. So they have to cut major bits out and, rather irritatingly, ‘dumb things down’ to appeal to the masses.

I am glad that they have stopped making the Ron-Hermione situation into something it wasn’t. I think improvements such as these are a result of the change of target audience. Fans who started reading the books when they were first out are now late teens+. This is something I heartily approve of, although small children may differ.

The problem here is that many people in the target adult audience will not have read the books so they can’t rely on the audience to know what is happening. This is unfortunate because it leads to: simplification of the plot and exclusion of potentially confusing passages. To me, this means that the later stories won’t make so much sense.

The Good Parts:

* The magical creatures were again very realistic.

* Quiddich World Cup setting was spectacular.

* There were some added funny bits that were in-keeping with the story (Neville in particular).

* The re-birthing was well done , if slightly different from the book.

* The cast.

The Bad Parts:

* Completely changed the feel of the story (everything from cutting down the beginning, to the Yule ball, to the ending and… they even changed Dumbledore’s personality).

* Huge omissions- where were Winky? The Dursleys? The Weasleys?

* Changes that included:

-Changing the people at events (e.g. opening scenes),
-Who did things (especially with ‘Moody’)
-and who said things.

* The maze sequence was entirely different.

* Rather sadly there were more “Hollywoodesque” touches. I suppose this is to appeal to Americans. Pity though.

All in all: a reasonable attempt at a difficult task. Will I buy it? Maybe. I am certainly going to watch it again before I make up my mind about it.

The third film was an instant hit with me. However, I suspect this one will grow on me. I have to remember to separate the book from the film. They are different entities with a common theme.