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I'm drawing kitchen floor plans and, at the same time, shredding piles of paper - I don't know where it all comes from.

Weather man says we are going to get snow all next week - so I'm spending lots of time cancelling and re-arranging all the social stuff, but, I expect everyone else is doing just the same ... now if I could just get up some enthusiasm for writing Christmas cards ... got them all laid out, got the list out, got some names crossed off the list ..... oooooooooooooooh ............ now, just need to get on with it!

A few folk have said that this is the perfect opportunity to do their cards yes I've made a start on my friend's wedding invites today (the April wedding) So feeling slightly productive about my day lol
Ohh house stuff, exciting bounce Have to admit I the kind of person who likes room plans and interior design lol
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Aileen I lIve In Tampa Florida,when Andy plays here it would be about a five hour car ride but i don't fandy Miami on my own .
I was born in Essex and have lived here since 1968.
We have more chilly weather comming next week and i have a garden full of Hollyhocks and pansies.I end up having to cover them with old sheets.
Well I suppose all countries have seasonal blips, not just the UK, although the way the moaning minnies are carrying on you'd think Britain was alone here!

As you've probably gathered from my avatar, I live in Edinburgh, although my origins are just across the Firth of Forth in Fife.  Jan and Diasy know quite a lot about me, but I'll reintroduce myself anyway for the benefit of newer members:

I'm an only child and was privately educated at boarding school in Edinburgh from the age of 8.  Left at 17 and went to a Secretarial College in London for a year.  Stayed on afterwards for 18 months with a firm of publishers, but the job was boring and London was horribly expensive.

Came back to Edinburgh, got another publishing job, this time as an Editorial Assistant, which was much more interesting.  After that I worked exclusively as a secretary to partners in legal offices, apart from one year as secretary to the Secretary and the President of the Royal College of Surgeons.  Would have been a good job but I didn't get on with my senior colleague.  I also did voluntary work with homeless people for a while.

Got married at 27.  Separated 4 years later.  No children involved, thankfully.  Forced into early retirement in 1991 due to health issues brought on by the stress of being made redundant from two jobs within six months and losing my home because I couldn't keep the mortgage payments up.  I now live on my own in a very small flat (bedroom, bathroom and livingroom with a kitchen recess).  It's not much, but at least it's a roof over my head. Smile    

A few folk have said that this is the perfect opportunity to do their cards yes I've made a start on my friend's wedding invites today (the April wedding) So feeling slightly productive about my day lol
Not THAT April wedding, Hazel? Very Happy  I don't like Christmas any more.  I guess since my parents died it's become a bit meaningless, and, apart from cousins I hardly ever see, I've no other family left.  Mind you, it does cut down on the expense!  Also I feel it's become so commercial.  When shops set up their Christmas departments in September, that it just awful.  Years ago we never thought about it until December.

The most ludicrous is nonsense is that there are 3 shops in Edinburgh which sell Christmas stuff all-year round.  I'm told it's for the benefit of (mainly overseas) tourists.  This is the original one, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, with a picture of festive Edinburgh underneath -

http://www.scottishchristmas.com/
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^^Yeah much as I hate the all year round commercialism of it all that shop is so amazing!!! yes

We should totally meet up sometime Aileen yes When the weathers better and it's actually safe to venture outdoors Smile

:p no 'the April wedding' 2 of my best friends are getting married 2011 (+ various other friends) and I'm bridesmaid to both, 1 in April and 1 in July yay
We've all been friends for years (there's 4 of us in the 'group' plus the guys) and they're like sisters to me Smile So it's very exciting and I'm giving them their wedding stationery as my present to them both...but that means that I need to get the first lot done so I can work on the 2nd lot lol
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If anyone is ever in New York please give me a ring. lol I feel so cut off.
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I was last week!
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you are kidding right?
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I'm drawing kitchen floor plans and, at the same time, shredding piles of paper - I don't know where it all comes from.

Weather man says we are going to get snow all next week - so I'm spending lots of time cancelling and re-arranging all the social stuff, but, I expect everyone else is doing just the same ... now if I could just get up some enthusiasm for writing Christmas cards ... got them all laid out, got the list out, got some names crossed off the list ..... oooooooooooooooh ............ now, just need to get on with it!
Os has been doing all ours - feel guilty 'cos we usually do half each - been making raspberry sorbet and chocolate mousse, two daughters and one grandaughter for roast dinner Sunday evening - that is if they ever get home in one piece - one has gone to Wales from Cornwall this weekend and the other has gone from Somerset to Kent this afternoon - don't know how they've got on with their journeys - anxiously waiting to hear they are OK!
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^^Yeah much as I hate the all year round commercialism of it all that shop is so amazing!!! yes

We should totally meet up sometime Aileen yes When the weathers better and it's actually safe to venture outdoors Smile

:p no 'the April wedding' 2 of my best friends are getting married 2011 (+ various other friends) and I'm bridesmaid to both, 1 in April and 1 in July yay
We've all been friends for years (there's 4 of us in the 'group' plus the guys) and they're like sisters to me Smile So it's very exciting and I'm giving them their wedding stationery as my present to them both...but that means that I need to get the first lot done so I can work on the 2nd lot lol
What a lot of very genuine friends you have and what a super wedding present. I too would love to meet Aileen as we have become real friends through MW. She talks so much sense and has such a compassionate attitude towards everybody - a bit like you m'dear!
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If anyone is ever in New York please give me a ring. lol I feel so cut off.
I wouldn't visit NY by choice but I love the American country as a whole - wonderful places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Zion NPs andn of course, Mount St Helens - somewhere we visited this year on our tour from San Francisco to Seattle. I would love to go to the East coast to see Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims Village nearby and the Indian Reservation - all the places the pilgrims first inhabited when they landed from the Mayflower (which began its journey in my own Plymouth in Devon). New England in the fall is another experience I would love to have. Make the most of your time there Tommy - I understand you miss home and contact with all you knew here but you are young and will return - life is such a wonderful experience - just try to enjoy it!
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What a lot of very genuine friends you have and what a super wedding present. I too would love to meet Aileen as we have become real friends through MW. She talks so much sense and has such a compassionate attitude towards everybody - a bit like you m'dear!

hug thanks Jan.

Yeah well I've known my friend getting married in July since we were 3, so it was our 20th friend anniversary this year lol
The one in April moved to our school when we were 6 and I was the one that showed her round the school and we've been friends since. My mum also used to childmind her and her sister so we pretty much saw each other 9-5 5 days a week for a few years Smile

As for the rest, I've hit the age when a lot of my uni friends (especially the Christians) are getting married Smile So plenty of weddings to attend yay
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I wouldn't visit NY by choice but I love the American country as a whole - wonderful places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Zion NPs andn of course, Mount St Helens - somewhere we visited this year on our tour from San Francisco to Seattle. I would love to go to the East coast to see Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims Village nearby and the Indian Reservation - all the places the pilgrims first inhabited when they landed from the Mayflower (which began its journey in my own Plymouth in Devon). New England in the fall is another experience I would love to have. Make the most of your time there Tommy - I understand you miss home and contact with all you knew here but you are young and will return - life is such a wonderful experience - just try to enjoy it!

This is an amazing country...I love it here. And NY is great!
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hug thanks Jan.

Yeah well I've known my friend getting married in July since we were 3, so it was our 20th friend anniversary this year lol
The one in April moved to our school when we were 6 and I was the one that showed her round the school and we've been friends since. My mum also used to childmind her and her sister so we pretty much saw each other 9-5 5 days a week for a few years Smile

As for the rest, I've hit the age when a lot of my uni friends (especially the Christians) are getting married Smile So plenty of weddings to attend yay
It will be your turn one day - don't hurry it - it will be all the better when it is the right one - that I DO know about - and mine is a very real Christian too.
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It will be your turn one day - don't hurry it - it will be all the better when it is the right one - that I DO know about - and mine is a very real Christian too.

Oh don't worry very happy for them but in no hurry for myself Smile
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We should totally meet up sometime Aileen yes When the weathers better and it's actually safe to venture outdoors Smile

:p no 'the April wedding' 2 of my best friends are getting married 2011 (+ various other friends) and I'm bridesmaid to both, 1 in April and 1 in July yay
We've all been friends for years (there's 4 of us in the 'group' plus the guys) and they're like sisters to me Smile So it's very exciting and I'm giving them their wedding stationery as my present to them both...but that means that I need to get the first lot done so I can work on the 2nd lot lol
Meeting up sounds a nice idea.  Could we handle it, though? Very Happy

What a lovely original thought, giving your friends their wedding stationery as your gift.  Yes, I remember when I was in my mid-20s weddings seemed to be never-ending.  I was only a bridesmaid twice though.  Always happy and enjoyable occasions.

What a lot of very genuine friends you have and what a super wedding present. I too would love to meet Aileen as we have become real friends through MW. She talks so much sense and has such a compassionate attitude towards everybody - a bit like you m'dear!
Sadly, Jan, Hazel is only roughly 15 miles away - and you're about 500.Very Sad  Life can be so unkind sometimes, but at least we can go on making contact thanks to modern technology. Smile
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Tommy - not kidding!! I was NYC for Thanksgiving week and then in San Francisco (great city) for a week. Came down to LA today and fly to Japan on Tuesday Smile
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