Thursday, 29 March 2012

29th March 2012

Finally finished one batch of work. To celebrate, I cleared and cleaned my desk.

This is how it should look. I am posting this to remind myself should it get dreadfully messy again. Which it will!

I told James to pose opposite. Then cut most of him out the picture. Oops. Please also note Maia looking gorgeous as my desktop backgroud, which hasn't changed in 3 years or so. When I get a cute one of Maia and Barney together, it will change. Promise!

28th March 2012

Had to work late. Again. Really don't do anything exciting.
Anyway, best thing about today was the Paella Paul made for dinner!

Chicken browning in the dish, with chopped chorizo sausage and onion awaiting a good sizzle!

Out goes the chicken and in goes the sausage and onion!

Add tomatoes, saffron, stock, paella rice (and probably some other stuff) and stir. A lot.

Once stirred well, put in oven to bake for a bit. Then add some greens and serve. It's great!

So silly Cagga forgot to take "cooked" pictures. It's not going to be the last time Paul cooks this, so I'll try to remember to take some then, K?

27th March 2012

Remember all those lever arch files? Remember the pain-staking work I put into sorting them out? Yeah, they've been decimated and two-thirds are awaiting shredding on Friday. Waste of time?

One is not amused. Bear in mind that the shredding bin we have is also full. *serious face*

26th March 2012

SERIOUSLY AMAZING WEATHER! Shame I'm working every daylight hour so can't enjoy it.

Genuinely blue sky through my office window. GORGEOUS! I didn't get out to enjoy the weather though. Woe is me.

25th March 2012

After yesterday's photo fest you get just one. One awesome one. Steak in creamy blue cheese sauce. YES.

It was amazing. If you want the recipe, just comment and I'll ask Paul. I don't cook. Don't be ridiculous!

24th March 2012

So today we went on an improptue date day into Liverpool. Yes! We left the house! Here are some pics from the city which we call home!

The view walking from our house into town - the two Cathedrals that Liverpool is so lucky to boast! Anglican to the left, and Catholic to the right, affectionately known in the city as "Paddy's Wigwam"

This is a rather foggy view of the enterance for my old Halls of Residence. St Andrew's Gardens. I was here for three years. I miss this place. It's known in Liverpool as 'The Bullring'. Yes, Birmingham: you're not the only ones to have one!

This is a statue of Queen Victoria. From this angle perhaps she should be known as King Victor...

And here it is! Part of Liverpool's iconic water front, starring the world-famous Liverbirds! (Not these two holding hands on the right here...the things on top of the building on the left!)

Ferry 'cross the Mersey. That over there is The Wirral. It's not bad over there. As a woolyback, I'm allowed to stay that!

Here's a gratuitous shot of something pretty! My handsome Paul.
An unflattering shot of me, next to a sign dedicating the Albert Dock to the architect, who was a Hartley. Go Team Hartley! I knew I was meant to be a scouser!
The Albert Dock, former home of Fred's Weather map!
"We all live in a Yellow Duckmarine!" Ok, not how the song goes - but this is the duck bus. Does on land and on water. Still haven't ventured out on it yet, but next time a friend comes to Liverpool who has never been before I am SO up for it!
This, my friends, is The Baltic Fleet. The pub where all the pirates drink. Not strictly true, but we believed that which is why we went to drink there the first time. Turns out, it's an awesome pub with great food (when fully functioning) and great beer!
Finally, British chums, we walk past this shop on our way into town. I took a pic of Nico's for you, famous for making those Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dresses that are so famous right now. The first pic of my halls of residence are literally around the corner that this shop is on. I was there when this first set up and thought it was a scally shop. Nope, just a gypsy one. Fair play to them!
So there are some pics from our date day. Yes, we left a lot of Liverpool out. Rest assured that we will visit more, but there is plenty of time! Why peak too soon?!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A brief note from your author

I apologise for the lack of posting recently. Things have been mental both at home and at work. Nothing new to report about, but it's really put a funk in my photo-a-day series.

Normal service should resume this week but I just wanted to apologise to you, my lovely darling readers, for being a shitbag! :)

So to apologise once more, here's a pic of me and Paul in Villefrance Sur Mer last summer. I am putting it here because I like it, and I want to go back there right now! When Paul sees this (hi honey!) he'll want to go back there right now too!  Je t'adore Villefranche Sur Mer!

Thanks. xx

Saturday, 24 March 2012

23rd March 2012

Feel like I should give you proper content for the first time in a week...

So I had to give up my desk today, as my boss was in. I was working on the floor or in my cupboard. I come in to get my mug for another brew and I find my desk looking like this:

Alton Towers 2 for 1 tickets and a cauliflower. A CAULIFLOWER?! What, you mean you DON'T have a cauliflower on your desk?!

I got my engagement ring back today! Yay! It's only been gone since Saturday, but seriously, I didn't realise how much I missed it, and how much the temporary one bugged me. It fits and it shines again! We also had it valued, and it's worth more than we initially thought. As well as the sentimental value it holds. AWESOME! But note to any muggers out there: It's also a bit of a bruiser, and I know how to use it. You try to steal it from me, and you'll get beaten bloody. Got it?

You know your fiance knows you well when he buys you a bottle of wine just because it sounds like a reigon of Middle Earth...

22nd March 2012

Maia's in the Barney cave...he's not going to be happy...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

21st March 2012


I have been given 11 more to index and check for duplicates! ARGH!

Not even joking that I am dreaming of files and paperwork right now. Why can't I dream of my wedding instead?!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

20th March 2012

Outside is much more interesting than inside at 6.30am. Just ask Maia and Barney...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

19th March 2012

Another sucky day. We're coping, but it's not easy.

I fell asleep when I got home from work and was a little bit out of it for the rest of the evening when I woke up 30 minutes later. So to make my life easier, Paul brought me dinner in bed. In a bowl to be precise. A roast dinner in a bowl.

It was delicious!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

18th March 2012 :(

Today's blog post is dedicated to my Grandfather, Hubert Hartley, who sadly passed away this morning, at 4.20am.

While we knew it was only a matter of time that it was going to happen, it is still an incredibly sad time for the whole Hartley family. At least he is no longer in pain.

L-R: Uncle Fran, Granddad, My Dad - Anthony, Auntie Elaine, Grandma Lillian, Auntie Catherine and Auntie Barbara.

This picture was taken at my cousin Nicola's wedding back in October 2007. Parents and their five children. Grandma was very frail back then, but you can see how in love my Grandad still was with her. They had been married a bloody long time. 60+ years.

L-R: Catherine, Dad, Granddad, Elaine, Fran, Barbara.
This pic was from my cousin Adam's 18th, which was May 2008 if I remember rightly.

From then on, things did start to go downhill. But I am choosing not to think of those times. I'm choosing to remember my granddad as the happy man he always was, especially when surrounded by his family. Yes, he would turn off his hearing aids as we tend to get quite loud, but he would happily sit in silence, watching his family interract; occasionally telling you stories of his travels etc.

So my pictures today, aren't new. Quite frankly there is nothing I could desire to take a picture of today after everything. I'm sure no-one will judge me for this.

Rest in Peace, Granddad. Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We will all miss you so much. 


17th March 2012

Went over to Blackburn to see my Grandad at stupid o clock this morning. He is in a bad way.

As my thoughts and energy are with my family right now, we didn't do a great deal more today.

We took my engagement ring to be resized, which we've been meaning to since Paul got down on one knee and gave me it! My hand felt so naked without it, I may or may not have asked Paul to buy me a new cheap one to replace it. I also may or may not have made him propose again...

Anyway, here are some pics of Barney in his Barney-cave. Mum sent it to me and he has claimed it as his own! Oh yes, he gets very jealous when Maia goes in there.

Yes, I am gorgeous. Innocent. Not capabale of doing anyone any harm. Ever.

Maia: I wants to go in there. Mama, why is HE in there? Barney: If I don't look at her, she can't see me, right?

I'm just chillin' in ma cube. Ain't nuttin' to see here. Move along now...

Saturday, 17 March 2012

16th March 2012

My posts may be a bit sporadic over the next few days. My Granddad is incredibly ill in hospital, and we're all trying to come to terms with our impending loss.

In other news, I'm still very busy at work. When you don't start til 9am, and you've already been working for half an hour when you see this time on the clock, you know you have too much to do!

At least I got this section of work done by 5.15pm!

Friday, 16 March 2012

15th March 2012

So I have a gammy eye. Stye right on my tear duct. Oucharoo! It makes blinking rather painful!

See the tears in my eyes at keeping my eye shut? Real, them!

Ignore my messy eyebrows. But the eye on the right on this pic is bloody sore! This pic doesn't do it justice. It's MASSIVE!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

14th March 2012

Long day at work and more work brought home. Not a great day!

At least my kitties will keep me company while I work!

I'd be far happier looking at these two than my laptop and files!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

13th March 2012

Oops. Bit late with this one!

Today I spent most of my day in a cupboard. I actually preferred it to my desk. Is that wrong?!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

12th March 2012

Another day, another work breakdown!

Monday, 12 March 2012

11th March 2012

After the madness that was yesterday, my head has wedding fever. Leading to this happening while Paul was out...


My lovely sister-in-law Annabel (@bellatrix_kitty on twitter) sent a delivery of all her wedding magazines with my parents yesterday...and this is them. This doesn't even include the few I've bought.

It all got overwhelming. I had to stop. Too much to do!

Found some nice music for the ceremony though....even though that's not my job! ARGH! Why have I given away all the fun things?! Who cares about napkin colours and confetti?!

Aherm. Anyway...I will try not to let this blog be too much about weddings. As that's not the point of it. Granted, it is going to take over my life for the next 18 months, but I will try and get Paul to take me out to some free exciting places so it's not all wedding wedding wedding cats cats cats!

Not that this is a bad place to be! :P

Sunday, 11 March 2012

10th March 2012

So today has been a BIG day. As we started planning our big day! We pretty much have picked our venue, and have started the ball rolling! :-)

I may have to sell every last one of you to be able to afford it, though. Seriously. The food best be made of gold, that's all I'm saying!

In other news, Barney attacked Paul last night, and now my living room looks like a crime scene. I knew he'd bled a lot, but oh my goodness!

9th March 2012

Today I became the official office superhero!

Not only am I the first aider, but I'm a certified fire marshal now. Qualified to fight small fires.

It's now their turn to make me want to save them...

Wonder if I should get a cape...

8th March 2012

Happy 1st birthday Jacob Joseph Whalon!

That's about it. Sorry!

This is quite an old pick of Jacob. He's still as pouty and cute though! :)

Nat made more cup cakes to celebrate... :)

Thursday, 8 March 2012

7th March 2012

It's Whedonsday and it is amazing!!

Appreciate this bowl of yummy deliciousness. This, my friends is officially named 'Chicken Thingy' and it's fab!

The eps were dark and delightful and entirely enjoyable!

Nothing else to report I'm afraid!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

6th March 2012

I spent most of today on the floor! Some of it by choice; some not!

Turns out it is easier to work through 30 lever arch files, looking through duplicate data on the floor, than try to fit everything onto your desk! Quite enjoyed it down there.

My feet, my files, the floor. Sadly the Quality Street tin has biros in it. Not chocolate. I am always disappointed by that.

The view from the floor up to my desk. My tea was so far away!

Then I got home and did some washing up, to discover that one of the drainage pipes under the sink has broken and that there was a small reservoir of dirty dish water in the cupboard underneath! GREAT!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

5th March 2012

Feel icky today. I blame the gym.

Whenever I go to the gym, I always either get a headache or a cold afterwards.

I think this is a perfectly valid reason for me to not go to the gym. Agree?

Monday, 5 March 2012

4th March 2012

Very lazy Sunday today. Which was very much needed. Especially as it turns out I fell asleep on the sofa, so only went to bed at 4.15am!

After dinner, we decided to play a game that we've had for ages. I believe Chris gave it to me for my birthday last year...

 Yeah, it sucks. I was losing then winning then got booted out! Paul was winning the losing then winning (as I'd been kicked out) but still lost. WTF?!

Then we decided to play Lost: Via Domus. Not impressed by that either.

Apparently it's for the fans. I might play (with Paul's assistance) for a little longer until we meet Ben and Desmond so I hope it improves!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

3rd March 2012

Spent today cleaning.

You'd be bored if I went into detail. So instead I'll show you the 'image' I woke up to this morning.

This is not in any way staged. This is exactly as it was spotted.