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Just dropping in quickly to ask for your prayers, good wishes and thoughts. 

I just got a call from Graeme's sister to say that his mum has being taken into hospital.  We're hoping that it's nothing serious, but we really don't know any details yet.

I'm working tonight, but one of my parents is going to take him to visit her this evening.  His step-dad is with her and his sister is staying with her dad to be closer to them.

I'll let you know what happens, but please keep us in your thoughts tonight.

UPDATE:  We now know that she has an infection in her pelvis, which is causing the pain.  It's not serious and it's relatively common.  She's on a 24-hour course of IV antibiotics which will last her until early tomorrow evening.  Depending on how she is then, she'll either go home or stay in another night for observation.  Thank you for thinking of us during this little scare.

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The Shack

Just finished a book today that really gave me something to think about. It probably won't interest some of you, but I think anyone with an interest in Christianity or religion and theology in general would find it a fascinating read, and since I know some of you on here are, I thought I would recommend it to you here.

It's called The Shack and it's by Wm. Paul Young (to be found on the interwebnets as www.theshackbook.com). It is a piece of fiction, but it is drawn from the real spiritual and emotional experiences of the author.

I first heard about it from my minister a few weeks ago when she used it as the basis of a sermon. She heard about it after hearing some minister friends debating it.

As a brief précis, a middle-aged family man experiences a horrible tragedy that brings on The Great Sadness and disrupts his relationship with God. A few years later, he recieves a letter, apparently from God, asking him for a meeting at the shack where the tragedy occurred.

The book isn't terribly long. Usually I'd have read it in a day or two, but the material gives you so much to think about that it took me a bit longer. I think I need some distance to properly describe the way the book made me feel, but I do know I can recommend it highly.

The website might give you a better description or idea of whether you want to read it or not. I think it even has a sample chapter. Go along and have a look. I think it's worth it.

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I pinched this from namarie24 .  Let's see what a TVphile I am.

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever:

1. Bold the shows you watch.
2. Underline the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Post your answers.


I think I'll take shows you watch as shows you've seen the majority of and would make the effort to see the rest of.
 

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
44. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI : Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks (well, all of the first season, which is all that's available on DVD)
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. LOST
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01 The Simpsons


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Some of you may recall this day three years ago. A recently bereaved, lonely girl was taken for coffee by a charming, clever young man with his own brigade of stalkers. That coffee meet-up turned into a 9 hour date and was the best thing to ever happen to them.

Today was our third anniversary. We're happier and stronger than ever. Just wanted to thank all of you who have always supported us.

Stitch Witch

The delightfulbelsum has requested some photos of my recent stitching efforts.  I therefore happily oblige.

Pretty pictures belowCollapse )

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And Another One

I'm on a meme roll!

"Leave me a comment and I will give you a letter.
Then, write 10 things that you love starting with that letter. Post the list in your journal. Give out letters to those who comment in return."
I was tagged kaffyr   with the letter "S" and here are my answers.
  1. Stitching - I love my cross stitch.  I've just finished the most beautiful, but intricate and difficult portrait of Tutankhamun, one of a trilogy of him, Nefertiti and Cleopatra.  I have the other two ready to do, but I'm taking a break to do a Popcorn and Friends calendar that my mum gave me for Christmas.
  2. Singing - I love to sing and always have.  I'm not the best, and I get a bit of stage fright singing in front of people that makes me sound like a hyperactive mouse, but I'm improving by singing along to Guitar Hero and Rock Band with my friends.
  3. Summer - OK, I get hayfever and allergies, but I love the better weather, the chance of sunshine, the smell of washing that's dried outside.
  4. S - the nurse I work with most often.  She's funny, intelligent, talented, hard working and will defend us ACAs fiercely against students who get to uppity.She's kind compasionate and strong - everything you'd want in a friend.
  5. Sisters - OK, she's a pain in the arse.  She's loud, nosy and irritating.  But she's my little sister.  My earliest memory is of the day she was born.  I love her to bits and anyone causing he trouble will have me to deal with.  Same goes with Graeme's sister.
  6. Sharon Penman books - I was recommended them by heatherbelles and loved them.  I'm planning on doing a reread soon.
  7. Sleep - with my shift pattern, a round 7 and a half hours sleep can be a luxury.  I appreciate it when I get it.
  8. Scott - a good friend of Graeme's and now one of mine.  He's the sweetest guy you could ever meet and a very kind, gentle soul. He's generous, loyal and has been a great friend to us since we moved back here.  Now we just need to find him a girlfriend.
  9. Sweets - Graeme and I both have a very sweet tooth.  There isn't a day that goes by where we don't have some sort of sweet treat.  Probably should cut down.  Doesn't mean we will.
  10. Sweetheart - I had to get him in somewhere.  My sweetheart.  My lover.  My best friend.  The most wonderful man in the universe and the person I'd be most lost without.  I love him.  Graeme.

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Meming on Holiday

Tagged by belsum .  Thanks for giving me something to do while Graeme's at work.

First: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.
Second: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


Lots of pillows or just one? Two.  I could do with three though.  They keep sliding away from me.

What kind of books do you read? All sorts.  I have a very ecclectic taste.  I read a lot of historical fiction, which is countered by the number of non-fiction historical biographies I read.  Also a lot of crime fiction, politics, fantasy and classical literature.

What are your most awesome skills? Embroidery, cooking, persuading stubborn dogs to eat.

What's your occupation? I'm an Animal Care Assistant.  Which my bosses and nurse thinks mean competent, qualified member of the nursing staff.  Which students think means shit-shoveler.

What's really creepy? A dog with no nose.  Seriously.  Saw one at work that had it's whole upper jaw and nose removed because of tumors.  The most bizzare combination of creepy and pathetic I've ever seen.

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Addiction = Stitching.  I've just finished the most enormous project and am more than 1/4 of the way through the next.  Obsession = passing my driving test.

What flavour ice cream would you choose right now? Cookie Dough!

What websites do you always visit when you go online? Work and personal email, spymaster, Neil Gaiman's blog, Mitch Benn's blog, Knocked Up (belsum's blog), Waiter Rant, Organ Grinder, Cold Wet Nose (a dog blog)

What was the last thing you bought? Well, I'm about to order take-away.  Before that... deserts for my dinner party last Friday.  I've had a frugal holiday.

What was the cutest thing you've seen today? Graeme asleep.  I got up before him.

Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave? Chocolate, Chinese from the take away down the street, Graeme when I'm at work and tired

What do you do to change your mood? Sew, listen to music, talk to Graeme

What is your zodiac sign? Pisces.  Explains my hyper-sensitivity.

Do you want to learn another language? Gaelic.

Five things you can't live without. Graeme, my iPhone, my stitching, my best friend Jenny, books

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now? G, you're crap at your job, you're physically incapable of doing some of it, you're on the verge of being fired, do us all a favour and jump before you're pushed.

What are you looking forward to? Passing my driving test and being able to drive to and from work.

Say something to the person who tagged you: I promise I'll send you a chatty email soon.  Hug the kids for me.

I'm always the last person to do a meme so everyone on my f -list who would do it has been tagged already.

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My Life in Brief

A short review of my life over the last couple of weeks.

1. Loving the holiday. It is exactly what I needed, though seems to be flying by.

2. Went on a tour of the new hospital last week - it's gorgeous. Can't believe it's ours or that I'll be working there in about a month. Someone get me a map STAT.

3. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince was great at the IMAX. I hadn't seen anything in 3D since the years when you had green & red plastic glasses. Technology's come on leaps & bounds.

4. Cooked dinner for 6 on Friday. Went very well, though I made far too much. Have been getting appreciative texts & emails ever since.

5. I've booked my driving test. September 3rd. I'm very nervous. The UK driving test is very strict. The pass rate is only 43%. Eeep!

6. My allergies are playing up. Stupid hayfever/rapid erratic weather changes.

7. Enjoying finding TWoPpers on Twitter. Any more of you out there?

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Stolen from </a></b></a>azmatazz and namarie24 

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth full sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"'It's been the same for years, one thing after another, and they won't listen to - OH, NOT AGAIN!"

The closest book, by about 1/2cm was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  If you can't tell, that was Mrs Weasley talking about Fred and George.  It was in a box of books and DVDs that we either have duplicates of, or don't want any more and are planning on selling or giving to charity.

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WANTED: Thoughts, Prayers and Good Wishes

You all know that other than She Who Shall Not Be Mentioned, I get on very well with all my colleagues. In nearly 4 months of working together we've become good friends. Well today, through the power of the interwebnets, I'm asking you to keep one of them in your thoughts.

On Sunday, Karen had some kind of fall from her horse. She's currently in hospital with a suspected broken back.

I don't know many details, but it's not as serious as it could be. She has been able to get up and walk around a little, so the damage isn't crippling, but she will be sore and will take a long time to heal. We don't know how long it will be until she returns to work. But she will be much thought of and missed until she does.