Hope everyone has a fab day!

Answers to my music meme are as follows:

1. Must be strangely exciting to watch the stoic squirm - Uninvited - Alanis Morissette
2. Till the long boats from Antrim came to float it away - Bonny Portmore - Lorena McKennit
3. Catching things and eating their insides - I Miss you - Blink 182
4 I struggle, fight dark forces, in the clear moon light - Insomnia - Faithless
5. Singing ain't this life so sweet - This Years Love - David Gray
6. You never know just how you look through other people's eyes - Pepper - Butthole Surfers
7. Hey what's your favorite song, maybe we could hum along - Got You Where I Want You - The Flys
8. You could lip synch to the talk shows - Stay (Faraway, So Close) - U2
9. Paranoia paranoia, everybody's coming to get me - Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
10. If a stupid poem could fix this home, I'd read it every day - Stay Together For The Kids - Blink 182

I'll do this again in a couple of days like Balaam did - I'll try and pick ones people are more likely to know.
So on the 28th of December I shall be cooking food for 9/10 people.

I figured that after cooking Xmas dinner for 8 last year I could handle it again - atleast this year it won't be family I'll be feeding.

I keep thinking of people I wish I could invite - and in truth I'd probably invite everyone if I could, but I can't - so massive apologies to those who I didn't. It's going to be a squeeze around the dinner table as it is.

Dan asked me to cook a duck dish a while back, so toady I was trawling the net for recipes and stumbled into Delia Smith's website - I found the following: Roast Seville Orange-glazed Duck with Port Wine Sauce.

It sounds divine, so I am going to brave it - it was Delia who helped me through Xmas dinner last year. Only drawback is it serves 4 people, so will multiply everything by three and keep fingers crossed.

I've already e-mailed the people I've invited and said I shall no doubt be drinking heavily after I've done it. Boxing Day last year when the family came round I got up horribly early spent ages cooking, hardly ate anything, then when they'd gone we went down the Pub.

Speaking of which - do people want to go down the 8 Bells on Boxing Day this year again?

Also Tony(sans LJ) e-mailed Dan yesterday tellind Dan to have a NYE party at ours as Tony's house was too small.

Looks like we will be, so people are invited. Crash space limited - and if you trash my house I will kill you. :-)
.... was pretty good actually. Friday night was my work's do so we headed down to London to Savoy Place, which is the IEE's building down there.wasn't too bad, on coaches from Stevenage.

It wasn't a bad do, but the fact we didn't sit down to eat was a bit awkward. Somehow we managed to eat the posh meal stood up, stupid idea having a hot buffet and nowhere to sit. After eating we went upstairs to where they were doing the disco and went out on the balcony, which has the most stunning view of the Thames, the London Eye and the National Theatre etc. In fact when the party got a little dull, Dan and I did go for a walk.

We crossed the river and went for a walk along South Bank and went up to the to the London Eye, which was sadly closed already.

Oh and has anyone else seen the weird trees on South Bank? They've got lights and mist machines in them, the lights flash at random point and then they spray the are with mist which didn't soak you, but was very cold none the less. Stupid Trees. We went back over to the party, then got the coach home.

Saturday was cool, for a start it was Dan's birthday. I got him the best birthday card, it had a little fat Penguin on it eating birthday cake, very cute. We did very little in the morning and then headed up to Manchester, for Dan's work do, about 4ish.

It was being held in the Moat House Hotel up near Manchester airport, was cool that we got a free night's stay there, and what made me laugh was that our room number was 101. The party was good, better than my work's actually, but it lacked slightly as Phil didn't turn up and I was looking forward to seeing him.

On Sunday we had to check out at 10.30, so couldn't have a lie in, but did have a full brekkie before leaving.

Then Sunday night we went to see Return of the King with Dave K - fab film, but I have been feeling a little down about my Mum for the last couple of days and it was kinda the icing on the cake, and I was really choked up at the end of it, actually it was more full on sobbing for a minute or two, so kinda ended the weekend on a downer - but was ok after several hugs from Dan.

And now I am at crappy work. Still last day today, then lovely holiday. :-)

Oh and someone was in high spirits this morning at Hatfield station as someone was doing Gollum impressions over the tannoy.
... before I forget... if anyone is in or near Hatfield on Boxing Day evening and wants to meet up, a few of us will be in the 8 Bells in the evening.

I'm going to recover from having all my family round and having to cook for all 8 of us.



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