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velveteena
02 November 2013 @ 12:38 am
a year ago I was ashamed of our home. It had all gotten out of control. We both gave up even trying to sort it.

Then we did start trying. We spent four weekends beasting it and there was no visible difference. It was frustrating and disheartening but we kept chipping away.

We haven't stopped. I have a Hoover that is a pleasure to use, everything has a place where it belongs, and when I'm stressed I scrub the work surfaces with a toothbrush.

A friend visited today and I wasn't ashamed. I didn't have to apologise for the state of it before they were even through the door.

It's a wonderful change.
 
 
velveteena
10 February 2009 @ 11:21 pm
Tonight we had eggs for tea, of the five we cracked, three were double yolkers. Neither of us have ever had one and tonight, like buses, they all came along at once.

Spooky!
 
 
velveteena
18 January 2009 @ 03:35 pm
You Lack Confidence
You're not so sure of yourself - and it shows more than you think
Your lack of confidence affects your friendships, career, and romantic life
People know that they can take advantage of you, because you won't stand up to them
Start realizing that you're great the way you are, and almost everything in your life will improve
 
 
velveteena
11 January 2009 @ 08:43 pm
Dinner tonight (and for the next two) was tacos stuffed with chilli con carne and cheese, guacamole, sour cream and refried beans. We ate too much whilst watching the final of the World Darts. Now Mr is on the his computer writing the football report for the papers and I'm on this one trying to sort my MP3 player which is going to be no mean feat. One cat is on lap, one is at the top of the stairs, and the kitteny one is downstairs looking for new places to cause trouble in. I've had a bath and read my very crappy but enjoyable book. Tomorrow I'm up to Edinburgh to meet best friend and nephew and then borrow some stuff from my mam for the dinner party (which I'm still fretting about !)

This is possibly the most dull journal entry ever...

Sundays are nice though :)


 
 
velveteena
30 December 2008 @ 03:12 pm
Mr V is taking me out for dinner tonight. We are going to viva-mexico.co.uk/live/  . It's where we went on our first date, nearly 12 years ago now. We had only met 20 minutes previously and yet the conversation flowed like a river. I've never felt so comfortable with someone so quickly. I knew I wanted to spend more time with him before we had even finished our starters.

We don't get to go out for dinner much now. When we lived in Edinburgh we would go regularly. Down here in the Borders it's exceedingly slim pickings- hotels, pubs and a couple of hideously poor "experimental" restaurants. There's only so much scampi and chips one can consume. We can rarely afford to go out anyway and he works such long hours, with football shenanigans at the weekends etc. For Christmas his folks gave us some money. I'm using my half to put towards a trip clubbing in Manchester. I figured Mr V would want to spend his on beer and jaffa cakes and possibly ear meltingingly obscure indie cd's but he invited me to dine with him. And I accepted :)

So tonight I'm putting on a nice dress, heels, and slap and going out for a meal with my man. I'm really really really looking forward to it!


 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
 
 
velveteena
28 November 2008 @ 02:34 am
1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS: HOW DID YOU GET IT?
Umbilical hernia operation

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
Paint samples

3. DO YOU SNORE, GRIND YOUR TEETH, OR TALK IN YOUR SLEEP?
Apparently my snoring is legendary, I'm still sticking with my "like a tiny kitten" defence. Yup to grinding and occasional talking.

4. WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
Indie

5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN?
5pm or 5am, I can never remember which.

6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
A healthy baby.

7. WHAT DO YOU MISS?
My innocence.

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION(S)?
a material item- my red sparkly shoes

9. HOW TALL ARE YOU?
5ft 3 and a tiny bit

10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
sometimes

11. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK?
sometimes

12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY?
whoever I last spoke to probably!

13. WHAT ARE YOUR INITIALS?
NLR

14. LIKE MUSIC?
adore it

15. MOST LISTENED TO BAND?
The Smiths

16. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINK?
neither, I'm horribly over sensitive to caffeine. I think an energy drink would kill me.

17. FAVOURITE PIZZA TOPPING?
lots of mozzarella and parma ham

18. IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
it's 2.40 am so nothing really.

19. ??
over punctuation stirs up feelings of violence

20. HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A GOLDFISH?
I used to eat these really vile crisp snack thing when I was younger called fish and chips and the fishy ones were goldfish shaped.

21. WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEANINGFUL GIFT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
a heart shaped locket


22. DO YOU LIKE ANYBODY?
Lots of people.

23. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED?
No

24. FAVOURITE CLOTHING BRAND?
Reality clothes- Evans
Fantasy clothes- Badgley Mishka

26. DO YOU HAVE A PET?
2 big boys and 1 mental case baby girl

27. WHAT KIND IS IT?
the boys are charcoal moggies- one long haired, one short. the maister is a long haired calico.

28. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING?
Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic.

29. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU:
hand written notes are always lovely, both to give and receive

30. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED:
4

31. BLONDS OR BRUNETTES?
Brunettes

32. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL MOST OFTEN?
My old man.

33. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST?
Way too many things, I'm very crabbit.

34. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF THE UK?
Yes

35. YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Being too empathic, wearing my heart on my sleeve, looking to others for validation, being my own worst enemy.

36. MET ANYONE FAMOUS?
yes

37. FIRST JOB?
I've never been well enough to do paid work.

38. EVER DONE A PRANK CALL?
Yes when I was in primary school. For some reason, now unknown to me, my friend Karen and I used to dial 100 and call the operator and say "hoy missus, your fish and chips are ready". We would then literally roll around on the floor laughing. I was a strange child.

40. HAVE YOU EVER HAD SURGERY?
Once.

41. WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED THIS OUT?
Packing my bag for tomorrow.

42. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST?
My eyes. And my taste in accessories.

43. HAVE YOU EVER HAD BRACES?
Briefly.

44. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY?
A nice day with those I love.

45. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT?
I always wanted 4 but now I will feel blessed if we are able to have 1 healthy one.

46. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes. My parents had an agreement that if I was a girl my dad would choose my name. He fell in love with Audrey Hepburn in "War and Peace" and her character was called Natasha. It also reflects our families Russian roots.

47. DO YOU WISH ON STARS?
Yes.

49. WHAT KIND OF SHAMPOO DO YOU USE?
Dove colour protect.

50. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
It's alright.

51. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT?
cold rare roast beef

52. ANY BAD HABITS?
smoking

53. WHAT CD ARE YOU MOST EMBARRASSED TO HAVE ON YOUR SHELF?
Michael Bolton's greatest hits fills me with shame.

54. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yeah, I'm hard work but I have good points too. I think. Maybe. I'm not really the best person to answer this!

56. DO LOOKS MATTER?
In a partner? Attraction, yes. But that doesn't necessarily mean good looks. I have, erm, eclectic taste.

57. HOW DO YOU RELEASE ANGER?
Not well.

58. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME?
In my dreams I have houses all over the world.

60. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TOY AS A CHILD?
a little monkey in an orange stripey cardigan called monkey. He once went missing for a week and I was inconsolable.

61. HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR CELL PHONE?
219

62. WERE YOU A FAN OF BARNEY AS A LITTLE KID?
No, I wanted to punch him to death.

63. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
Just a little bit.

64. MASHED POTATOES OR MACARONI AND CHEESE?
mash

65. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GUY/GIRL?
Humour, warmth, passion, intelligence

66. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES?
bumblebee, vel, velly, v, little one, honey, trouble

67. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BAND/SINGER?
The Smiths

68. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOWS?
SVU, America's Next Top Model, CSI, Mock The Week, River City,

69. pshsss
erm...

70. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR?
Baskin Robbins Gold Medal Ribbon

71. DO YOU HAVE ALL YOUR FINGERS AND TOES?
Yes

72. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED OUT?
about a year ago, for about 4 minutes.

73. PLANS FOR TONIGHT?
clubbing in Edinburgh

74. WHAT'S THE FASTEST YOU HAVE GONE IN A CAR?
100mph ( I was cacking myself)

75. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
It would be nice but I know they won't

76. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
Crappy telly

77. LAST THING YOU DRANK?
diet irn bru

78. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Electrician

79. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IN THE OPPOSITE/SAME SEX?
Eyes

80. FAVOURITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG?
Fight The Power- Public Enemy

81. FAVOURITE THING TO HATE?
People

82. FAVOURITE MONTH OF THE YEAR?
March

83. ZODIAC SIGN?
Aries

85. WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOUR?
currently "red night"

86. EYE COLOUR?
hazel

87. SHOE SIZE
sometimes a 5, sometimes 6, sometimes 7. It wouldn't be me if it wasn't difficult!

88. FAVOURITE FAST FOOD PLACE?
it's all ming-a-ding-ding

89. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?
Viva Mexico holds many happy memories, alternatively anywhere doing beautiful simple fish and seafood.

90. DO YOU LIKE SUSHI?
Love it

91. LAST THING YOU WATCHED?
Project Runway

92. FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR?
there's something about christmas eve.

93. PLAY ANY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS?
clarinet very badly.

94. REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT?
democrat

95. KISSES OR HUGS?
both

96. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS?
Relationships

97. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT?
a packet of frazzles

98. WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU HAVE?
sadly none

99. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
about to borrow one from my mum.

100. DESCRIBE YOUR LOVE LIFE?
like a Jackie Collins novel but with more sex and less shoulder pads.
 
 
velveteena
03 October 2008 @ 08:17 pm
When I went to stay with my friend Heather in Andalusia last year she had a little dog, Tilly. She was just a pup, about 8 months old. I've always adored dogs, always wanted one. When I was a kid I walked half the dogs in my street. After my folks split and I would go and hang round the office at his work I walked peoples dogs there too. It's unlikely I will ever own a dog of my own as Mr V doesn't like them. Besides it's bedlam enough with 3 cats and I don't really want to be known as that mad animal woman. It's bad enough being that mad always crying woman!

So I fell deeply in love with Tilly. She slept in my bed every night, followed me around. I couldn't help but spoil her. I opened a packet of biscuits one night and for every one I had she got three. I couldn't resist her sweet little face or gorgeous brown eyes. She chewed and destroyed my headphones and I forgave her. She bit a big chunk out of the chorizo I bought to bring home. A milisecond of annoyance then she wagged her little tail and I didn't care. I'm hoping to visit Heather again and one of the things I've been most looking forward to was seeing Tills.

Today H and I were catching up on MSN and I asked how Tilly was...

She (and the other dog Rasta) were poisoned by an ex neighbour. He thought they had attacked his turkeys. They hadn't but he killed them none the less.

I'm absolutely gutted. I know she wasn't mine, but I often thought of her. When I was dreadfully homesick whilst over there Tilly kept me company. She had me roaring with laughter with her mad puppy energy.  Poor little thing. I hate people some times.

RIP Tillykins xxxxx




 
 
Current Mood: sadsad
 
 
velveteena
29 September 2008 @ 07:05 pm
My mum is treating me to a haircut tomorrow. It will be my first one in over a year and I'm ridiculously excited. I love being pampered, though am slightly worried I will space out if they give me a head massage.

My hair used to be incredibly thick and healthy but with all my medications (and home dying) it's much thinner now and quite fragile. I want something easy maintenance but fabulous.

I've found some piccies I like but would love my friends opinions on the choices...













I want it long as possible but know it needs a big trim to rejuvenate it. I like the sidey ways fringe. I also want to still be tie it up. And it needs to be long enough to be wrapped round a fist!

 
 
velveteena
25 September 2008 @ 05:19 pm
Wow  
Someone anonymously donated money to IC to get me a star. How sweet is that? Neither I, nor Admin, have any idea who it was. It was donated in cash by post. Apparently someone else also asked if they could donate their star to me.  I know it's *just* a star, but the fact that someone spent their money to give me one is really lovely.

I feel all squishy and warm inside :)


 
 
Current Mood: chipperchipper
 
 
velveteena
15 September 2008 @ 01:09 am
Is my taste in women as bad as my taste in men?


Susan Sarandon



KD Lang



Edie Falco



Janine Garofalo




Glenn Close




Jenni Keenan Green




Drew Barrymore




Liv Tyler




Maggie Gyllenhaal




Uma Thurman