Archive for November, 2009

Pet Fostering

A few months ago S and I decided to sign up to become Pet Fosterers with Pet Fostering Services Scotland and the Blue Cross. It has been a lengthy process getting registered. We had to fill out paperwork and have a home visit from the Scottish SPCA to ensure our suitability, then two people had to fill in references for us.  Next we have to take a three-part Home Study course about the Blue Cross, Scottish SPCA, Pet Fostering Services Scotland and pet care in general.

We’ve been waiting since August and I was unsure whether we’d ever be given a chance to foster pets, however just this afternoon we got a call from Harry, our Regional Coordinator. And earlier this evening?

Well, I’d like you to meet:




Rusty is an eight-year-old male Labrador mix and Kizzy is a two-year-old mix. Due to changing circumstances their owner cannot keep them any more and S and I are fostering them until they find a lovely new home.

So far it has been great, although our cats Do. Not. Like. Them.  I think it is going to be a growth process, but I hope they can get along otherwise we’ll have to give the doggies back.

If you know anyone in the Kilmarnock area looking to adopt two dogs leave me a comment and I’ll get contact details for the adoption people.

I’ll keep you updated.




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“Rogue” or “Rouge”?

Come on, people, she doesn’t really need help looking like a big, big fool.



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2010 books

My Book-A-Week regime for 2009 has turned out rather well, acutally. I’ve managed to read 49 books so far and it’s only mid-November.

I’ll probably post a summary of the books I’d recommend out of the ones I’ve read this year nearer to January, but with Christmas fast approaching I’m thinking more about what I’d like to read in the future.

So, here we go, the top-ten books I’d like to read in 2010. (In no particular order!)

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England by Brock Clarke

The Diving Bell & the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (which has been on my list since 2007)

Shining at the Bottom of the Sea by Stephen Marche

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

Singer by Ira Sher

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Hopefully at the end of 2010 these will make my list of recommendations!  Fingers crossed I actually get them read over the next year or so, some of them aren’t easy to find.  Especially considering our library in Kilmarnock leaves much to be desired.



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I remembered last night that it isn’t nice to say something about someone that isn’t nice.  Especially if you don’t know them and they are not there to defend themselves.

So, to Bella – I covet your hair. Seriously, it’s amazing.

And Edward – ditto.

That’s it.



(edit – hairpieces? seriously? well that actually makes me feel better because now there is nothing AT ALL about Bella I like. Much easier, thanks!)

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Please do not make an attempt to understand this post.  I am only writing to make a hilarious point. 

On Monday evening Kate and Liz came over to watch Twilight at mine.  Liz had never seen it before and for this I kind of feel sorry for her.  Why? Because Kate and I (think the books and the  movie are crap and) did not give her a second’s peace throughout the entire film.  We made fun of everything. Everything!!!

 The fact that Bella acts like she is constantly stoned.  The fact that Edward is only a vampire from the neck up (great job on makeup, people!!). The fact that no one in the film (except Charlie and James) can act AT ALL.  The cameramen who have walk-on roles. The fact that when the sun shines on Edward (ick and double ick) he makes a sound like a room full of people running their fingers around wineglasses.  EVERYTHING.

It was a Mystery Science Theatre 3,000 moment and I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.  I just feel sorry for Liz who 1) probably thinks we are both out of our minds (conceivable!) and 2) will never, ever be able to watch another Twilight Saga film without remembering the fact that Edward has Epic Eyebrows and that we have named them (The right one is Steve and the left one is Larry), and being hysterical at watching him try to keep a straight face no matter what his emotion. DO NOT SMILE. DO NOT SMILE. WE BROOD. WE ARE BROODING AND NOTHING ELSE!!

Anyway, to make a short story even longer, we sort of watched Sixteen Candles afterwards for the sole purpose of  comparing the lead men from these two films.  It led us to the conclusion that Edward is actually just Jake Ryan II.

Behold the proof:

I think we can all admit that we are geniuses of the first water.

And I really have nothing else to say about it.



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happy 11th november!

I meant to post this on the anniversary of our wedding, but with the whole Windows 7 fiasco (don’t ask!!!!!) we don’t have internet.  So, I decided to wait until our Four-Years-Together-iversary.

I don’t really have that much to say.  The wedding was amazing.  The past year has been extremely difficult (the Life part, not the Married part) but we’ve enjoyed it regardless.

I’ve been listening to our Wedding Mix CD a lot over the past few weeks because it just never gets old.  Would you like the tracklist?  Yes, yes you would.  Even if you don’t know it.

The Feature Songs:
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla (instrumental) (walking down the ‘aisle’)
Scot Matthews – Elusive (signing the register)
Oasis – The Master Plan (instrumental) (walking out)
Garth Brooks – To Make You Feel My Love (first dance)
Aqualung – Brighter than Sunshine (second dance)

And as the multitudes were waiting and drinking (apparently their body weight) in champagne…

Elbow – On a Day Like This
The Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses
Matchbox 20 – Time After Time (live)
The Magic Numbers – I See You
Gene – Speak To Me Someone
Laura Marling – Ghosts
Bright Eyes – The First Day of My Life
Damien Rice – Cannonball
Del Amitri – Tell Her This
Elecrasy – Morning Afterglow
Foo Fighters – Walking After You (acoustic)
(plus the 5 songs listed above)

So, yeah, we’re amazing at playlists.  Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

And to my lovely husband, thanks for making the past four years better than I ever could have imagined!



p.s. I would like to apologize to Snow Patrol’s “An Olive Grove Facing the Sea” because, although you remain my favourite song in the entire world, ever (seriously), you didn’t make the cut on the day.

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