Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Half-Nekkid at the Movies again

OK, last weeks HNT at the movies answer was "South Park - Bigger, Longer, Uncut" - get it???!

This week a slight change of tack - it's still a movie, but I'm not going to have you guessing the name...I just want you to revel in the lunacy of me trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

I give you, "The Terminator" and his weedy half-brother "The Shall-we-just-give-them-a-good-telling-off-first?"

And yes, before you ask, that is a toilet brush holder!


Speak your mind!

I nicked this from Southern Sweetheart, who nicked it from someone else, who blah blah blah...

Anyway, I'm a sucker for punishment, so fill in the gaps and tell me what you really think of me (or just be amusing - either suits me!).

01] I _____ Gabby.
02] Gabby is _____.
03] If I were alone in a room with Gabby, I would _____.
04] I think Gabby should _____.
05] Gabby needs _____.
06] I want to _____ Gabby.
07] Someday Gabby will ___.
08] Gabby reminds me of _____.
09] Without Gabby _____.
10] My memories of Gabby are _____.
11] Gabby can be _____.
12] The worst thing about Gabby is _____.
13] The best thing about Gabby is _____.
14] I am _____ with Gabby.
15] One thing Iwould like to know about Gabby is _____.
16] Gabby should go and _____.
17] Gabby _____ me.


Attention all Livejournal users - and some other stuff for the rest of you...

Firstly a big overdue thank you to Priya (A Movement in Time & Space) for changing the RSS feed details on Livejournal that allows people who have LJ accounts to see when I have update my Blogger blog. I think this was one of the things I wanted to mention last night, but it toally slipped my mind.

Anyway, for those of you who come here from Livejournal, you can have your very own LJ link to me by "friending" LJ user "gavinkagan" if you haven't already done so. There's a direct link to it in the left hand column now too...

I've just figured out why I'm feel crappier than normal today even though my cold seems to be getting better. I decided not to have any cold & flu medicine this morning, so as a result I'm rather stuggling at the moment. I suspect I will improve as the day goes on, since I have done most days, but I'm struggling a bit this morning.

Audrey's acting very strangely still. This morning she woke up quite chipper, then requested to use her potty. As soon as we got her to the bathroom she started to cry, and she didn't stop - she was still crying when we packed her into Martha's car to take her to the childminder over half an hour later. Not once did she tell us what was causing her to cry - she asked for milk, she asked for her potty again, she even calmed down a bit when she saw the Fimbles on TV, but she never did go on the potty, she drank no milk, and the Fimbles distraction was short lived. I even tried putting some gel on her teeth in case that was what was troubling her, but it made no difference.

Even the mighty Fimbles couldn't stop Audrey from crying!

Anyway, this made Martha and I quite fractious with each other, but we still managed to leave for work with an "I love you!" to each other over the wailing baby in the back seat! I think tonight we'll be having a counsel of war and deciding how to deal with this behaviour which appears to me to be the "Terrible Twos" arriving two weeks early.

So, today is officially the last day of now abandoned Myblogsite blog. I think I should be wearing a black armband - I still feel like it was a very good blog site, but maybe we're in a VHS versus Betamax scenario - I don't know! What happens tomorrow I have no idea - will they just pull the plug on it, or will it remain online for a while?

Anyway, if it's what turns your crank, it's your last chance to post a rude comment on it!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Memory like a sieve!

I had a blog post all figured out in my head today, and you guessed it, I have now totally forgotten what it was all about. The real bummer is I actually recall it being kind of a good one too...

Part of the reason I've forgotten is Audrey has been playing up again. Not because she's sick tonight, but because she's being a typical toddler. She had what I would classify as her first "proper" tantrum tonight. Is this the shape of things to come? Who knows. Anyway, she didn't want to get ready for bed, and when we tried to get her out of her clothes she decided she had become really attached to them. I've never heard anyone get so upset when having their shirt removed.

After that she wouldn't go to bed either - we let her cry - but that wasn't working, then she announced she wanted to go poo - oh, yes, that old tactic! Unfortunately though it could have been a genuine claim, since she'd not been all day and as she told me this she let out a ripping good fart! So what could I do?

Anyway, there was no poo, and I went through the bedtime routine all over again, and put her down in her cot - this time to no fuss. But it took an hour longer than normal to get there...

So, since I don't recall my awesome blog, and because OGO asked, here is the recipe for those cookies:-

1 cup almonds
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or 1 1/4 oat flour)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
fruit sweetened jam or jelly

Grind almonds in blender to meal. Do teh same to the rolled oats to make a flour. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Roll into balls (or shapes like we did!). Make an indentation and put a little jam on each cookie. Bake on ungreased sheet at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

I understand these taste better when they're warm...and also don't judge yours by my picture - we don't have a blender so we didn't grind the almonds or the oatmeal!!!


Nicked from Deb!

I reckon this is about right...if you don't like me, go away!

What Flavour Are You? I taste like Menthol.I taste like Menthol.

I am refreshingly different; some people don't appreciate that. My sharp honesty gets up some people's noses, while others really enjoy it. I am something of an acquired taste. What Flavour Are You?

Monday, November 28, 2005


Warning - if you're eating, do not read this entry!

It's been a funny old day. On the one hand my cold seems to be getting better - I took some pills this morning but haven't had the need for any more since. On the other, we have Martha who is sicker now, and had to come home from work at lunchtime and spent the afternoon sleeping.

Then there is Audrey!

This morning she was really out of sorts - she just would not stop crying. She's also been complaining lately that her mouth hurts. We can only assume it's some of her last milk teeth coming through, which would be normal around about her age. She's also got a raised temperature which could also be a result of that.

Indeed today she wasn't in the mood for eating, and our childminder had to puree her lunch in order that Audrey would eat it.

Today it also snowed...and quite a bit considering we're in the UK - it didn't stick though. However that didn't stop idiots on the roads thinking that it had suddenly become an ice rink and that they should only travel a 5 miles per hour! Therefore my drive home took a little longer than normal, but I found, on clearer stretches of road (by clearer I mean traffic, not snow) I was able to go roughly my normal speeds. Honestly, as a nation we go faint at the slightest chance of bad weather, and it's utterly pathetic!

When I got home I was greeted by Martha announcing that Audrey had just been sick on the carpet...oh joy! Audrey was running about also proclaiming her news to one and all!

I busied myself with getting supper ready while Martha continued to attend to Audrey who whist seeming under the weather, seemed generally OK. Then, just as supper was ready, Audrey made for the bathroom where she proceeded to bring up all her food from the day...this obviously upset her a lot, and the more she cried, the more she puked, and the more she puked, the more she cried! Most of it ended up on the floor or in Audrey's potty, but also Martha took some on her clothes too...yucky!

We managed to calm Audrey down, but she was shaking all over, and we told her we were going to give her a bath, which seemed to take her mind off things a bit. The promise of a nice warm bath and some play with her toys really helped, and once in the bath she was pretty good, although kind of out of it...towards the end we thought she was falling asleep in the tub!

Anyway, we got her ready for bed - she had a fever and was shaking uncontrollably for a while until we got her pajamas on. She took a little milk and then Martha was able to put her down to sleep. She's been kind of restless since, occasionally coughing, which freaks me out because I keep waiting for the sound of retching to follow...

Martha and I finally had supper, and spent the rest of the evening swopping Scrabble goes and chatting to some folk online. It feels like a bit of a wasted evening, but when you've got a sick baby what can you do? You're just on edge all night and need to get your mind off things.

So, I hope you all heeded my warning and I didn't put you off your breakfast/second breakfast/lunch/supper (*delete as appropriate).

Please God let it be an event free night!


My blog - Where it goes nobody knows!

And the winner is....
Blogger! Welcome to my new blog!

Yes, I've finally decided that this is the final resting place for my blog. It still needs some tweaking here and there, but at least I can post my thoughts and photos and keep a nice tidy li
st of links and buttons down the side. I've already had some teething troubles just writing this post, but once I get used to Blogger's foibles I'll no doubt become a masterful blogger on it!

First up I want to post the photos from today that I promised on Myblogsite...

This is Audrey and her robot made with Duplo blocks. OK, I built it - I know we think she's smart, but she's not that bloody good!!!

This is Audrey kissing the robot just as his arms fell off - the bricks dont click together terribly well.
And these are the almond, oatmeal and maple syrup cookies with jam on them. The gingerbread man shaped one lost an arm - he was in sympathy with the robot evidently.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


I'm bored so what do I do? Another audio post!

this is an audio post - click to play

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Half-Nekkid at the movies!

I just got back from the cinema having seen the Wallace & Gromit movie...very good indeed!

So since we're in movie mode and last weeks HNT went down so very well (NOT) I am going to subject you to more of the same. By the way, last weeks answer was quite easy - it was of course "Kill Bill".

Name the movie, and happy HNT! Answer next week.

EDIT: I'm going to hand out some clues - compass and animation. No more clues!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Gabby's First Voice Post!

this is an audio post - click to play

It's not big and it's not clever.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Half-Nekkid Fun!

I wanted to make my HNT post more interesting this week. Unfortunately all the plans I had never really saw the light of day because I didn't have time, so I cobbled this together with what limited Photoshop skills I have to at least get my "idea" across.

If you like it, let me know, and I'll continue along the theme...if you don't like it, let me know too - I don't want to bore you with this. If you have suggestions along these lines also let me know.

So I give you my HNT post for today.

It's quite simple - No prizes but name the movie?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Half-Nekkid Reflections

I can't believe its been a week since the last HNT. As usual I'm unprepared and have this time had to search through some photo archives to give you todays pictures.

The setting is Alnwick Garden (pronounced ANICK) in Northumberland, which is in the grounds of Alnwick Castle, where they have filmed parts of the Harry Potter movies. We were up there to visit my sister, and a short blog about the trip can be found via this link...HERE!

The weather was gorgeous, and we were able to really get the most out of the gardens which are still actually incomplete. One of the best features was this water garden with gorgeous metal fountains, and Martha took some great shots with some lovely reflections of myself and Audrey.

Sorry it's not a huge entertaining story this week, but if you ever visit Alnwick, be sure to check this place out - I'm not big on gardens, but this is fab and proved a hit with Audrey as well.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Half Nekkid in my car

The photo below is a recreation of the scene five minutes after I left work tonight.

*Hmm, why are we not moving any more?*

My car had stopped working and I was sitting on the hard shoulder of one of the busiest motorway intersections in the UK.

I first called my wife to tell her I'd be late getting home, and then called the AA - no, not Alcoholics Anonymous, that's for later - the Automobile Association of which I am a paid up member to come out and help.

Several thoughts went through my mind as to what could be wrong, all of which weren't good - the least worrying but most probable cause was a dead battery, after the unfortunate episode with my car last week on returning from our holiday.

Luckily it was a relatively warm evening for early November, and in spite of the downpours we'd had earlier that day, it wasn't raining, so I was quite happy to wait patiently at the roadside playing games on my mobile phone.

The AA man duly arrived (earlier than anticipated!) and I told him my flimsy theory about the cars battery and he gave it a boost, but the car still wouldn't start. Hmmm! Not good.

Suddenly I started having a weird flashback to earlier in the week. I remembered noticing that the cars fuel gauge had shown itself to be over half full, yet I seemed to recall it showing less than half full prior to the weekend. Added to that was that I had appeared not to reset my mileage when I fuelled up the last time, something I don't normally forget to do. It's something I'd thought was weird at the time, but had just ignored because it just didn't make enough sense so therefore had to be a figment of my fevered imagination. Except now I was beginning to wonder if maybe it wasn't.

While the AA man continued to try to fathom what was wrong I rifled through the receipts in my wallet to find the last time I refuelled the car. The only one I found was dated from last Tuesday. Under normal circumstances I can go a full week without refuelling, today is work it out!

I got the AA man's attention ans suggested he check to see if I was out of fuel. He looked a bit baffled and looked at the dash and reminded me that my fuel gauge still read that the tank was half full. I managed to convince him to at least give it a go, and after some pointless mucking about under the bonnet (hood) of the car, he finally put 5 litres of fuel into the tank.

*The offending fuel gauge*

Anyone want to guess what happened next? You got it! The car started and it was totally fine!

The nice AA man wanted reimbursing for the fuel of course, and I gladly did so, and continued on my way to a filling station where my car chugged a further 42 litres, before I sped back home.

The only redeeming fact of this little debacle is it did provide me with something to do for HNT, as up to that point I hadn't a clue what to do for it.
I thought for HNT I'd get a nice shot of the gauge reading half full, but sadly the car scuppered me again - now full of fuel the needle returned itself to the full position as you can see.

I wish you all a wonderful HNT and happy motoring!

*Me giving my car a severe telling off!*

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