Lucy, The Shining One

Songs

Other than a lot of Christmas music – both carols and pop music – I seem to have been listening to a lot of classic rock and oldies this month. It’s been a very bizarre mixture.

Christmas music wise from classical to Mariah Carey, The Pogues, Wham!, Wizzard, Slade, Chris Rea, Band Aid, Cliff Richard, Mud, Boney M, Jona Lewie, Shakin’ Stevens, Paul McCartney, Elvis, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, East 17.

And then the non-Christmas music has been a lot of The Eagles, Deep Purple, The Doors, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, The Everley Brothers, Bill Haley…

I definitely have an eclectic taste in music, that’s for sure!

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Goals for next month

I’m starting to think about my goals for January, about what I want to achieve.

The main thing will be finding a new routine with J being home all the time, him working out what he’s going to do and me learning to work around him being here. He’s good at understanding I have a routine and I’m hoping he’s not going to interrupt.

I want to find a proper blogging and commenting schedule.

I want to do a full de-clutter of the house… sort out things like paperwork, clothing, towels, bedding etc. All the little things that keep getting forgotten. Start the new year with a good clear out.

I want to read one book.

Currently…

I am currently stretched out on the sofa, listening to George Michael singing Last Christmas. I have the house to myself – J&S are at work and I’ve finished all my chores for the day so I have the afternoon to do as I please. I’m warm, the fire is on and Odin is stretched out asleep in front of it. He’s dreaming, back legs twitching and making some interesting noises. Aslan is curled up on my feet and Jadis is on the back of the sofa. They’re both asleep too.

I keep trying to read but I’m finding myself far too easily distracted for that. I’m thinking of maybe joining them in a nap. But I’m also tempted to put on a movie – Harry Potter, maybe – or get out the cards and play some solitare.

My life, right now

I know 2016 has been a… difficult year for the world in general. There’s been a lot of loss of celebrity, a lot of political unrest and upheaval. But personally, I’ve had a really good, really postive year.

I’ve found new hobbies to enjoy. I’ve found a routine that works for me. I’ve found a medication/therapy regimen that is working for me and providing me with some stability. I’m loved. I’m health. I’m happy.

There’s some big changes at home happening soon with J retiring – I’m nervous but also confident it will all work out.

Overall, I’m really looking forward to 2017

Oops

It would appear that every post I’ve made in the last month I’ve managed to set as keeping private rather than public/showing everyone. I am such an idiot. I’m going to go through them and change the visibility so I’m sorry if I end up flooding your flists!

In other news, it’s Saturday, it’s raining and I’ve got an upset stomach. S is feeling queasy too so we don’t know if it’s a bug or something we ate last night. J’s gone and done grocery shopping, got us both some ginger tea and now we’re curled up watching the new Lethal Weapon tv show. We’re about 4 or 5 episodes behind but it’s a fun show so I enjoy a good mini marathon

My perfect Christmas

My perfect Christmas would be waking up not too early but not too late to a picture perfect snowy morning. Me, J & S would bundle up and take Odin for a brisk walk, maybe down as far as the beach. A snowball fight.

Back home to a hot drink, cooked breakfast. The lights on on the trees and opening presents.

A big Christmas lunch, roast turkey with all the trimmings. Christmas pudding.

An afternoon spent watching movies and/or playing board games. Eating chocolates and cookies and mince pies.

A good play session before bed.

Christmas Carols

I am not religious and I don’t partake in any kind of religious worship. But there’s one thing guaranteed to get me into a church once or twice a year, and that’s a Christmas Carol service. I think I’ve mentioned my love for Christmas and yes, carols are another one of the things I love.

I don’t subscribe to the religious/birth of jesus aspect of Christmas – or any of the other many festivals and celebrations by different faiths at this time of year – but I enjoy the family aspect. I certainly appreciate the pagan idea of celebrating the days getting longer.

This year there’s the Carols by a Thousand Candles concert on the 14th at Bangor Cathedral and then sometimes as well I will attend the midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

My favourite carols? Hmm in no particular order we have
Good King Wenceslas
The First Noel
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
Holly and Ivy
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
O Come, O Come Emmannuel
Ding Dong Merrily On High
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
In The Bleak Midwinter
Away In A Manger
O Little Town Of Bethelehem
Once In Royal David’s City
O Come All Ye Faithful
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Silent Night

And now I feel the need to pop on one of our many Christmas CDs…

Bring us some figgy pudding

I like food. This is not news to anyone. I especially like food at Christmas. I love cooking up the big Christmas Day lunch – roast turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, vegetables… all the trimmings.

But my favourite Christmas foods have to be the desserts. I am a sucker for a warm mince pie with cream or custard. Or some Christmas pudding with brandy butter or cream. A nice slice of Christmas Cake or Yule Log or Dundee Cake.

Then there’s all the boxes of biscuits and chocolates that we invariably end up with every year. We buy ourselves maybe one or two then we end up getting gifted some. And every year we say ‘right, we’re not buying anything this year’ and yet we still do… and we end up with a ridiculous amount of Roses, Quality Street, Celebrations and so on.
Not to mention chocolates on the Christmas tree. Candy canes on the Christmas tree.

This is by no means a complaint because I LOVE it, just an observation of one of the many things I love about Christmas!

Christmas gifts

I hate the ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ question. There’s not really a whole lot I actually want and I much prefer buying presents than receiving them. I’ve updated my amazon wish list and sent it to my brother and sisters but I… the whole idea of being brought something for the sake of it just bugs me.

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. I am a huge fan of Christmas, love everything about it. I especially love giving presents, watching people unwrap them. I’m weird, I know and I always end up getting given stuff I adore but I don’t like asking for things. I can’t explain it but it makes me feel a little weird.

So for J I’ve got him the aviator shades he’s had his eye on for a while. I’ve got S a wine and cheese tasting experience (and for her birthday which is on the 28th a leather jacket I think she’ll look amazing in).
My parents have mentioned wanting to get their couch re-upholstered so I think that’s going to be their gift from us.
My neices and nephews are easy to buy for and have provided me with a nice list of books/games/clothes/etc that they want.
So that really just leaves my siblings to buy for!

I have loved Stargate since the 90s. I fell in love with Daniel Jackson pretty much the first time we met him onscreen. I wasn’t much of a fan of Jack O’Neill but then Stargate SG1 happened and OK, he was basically a completely different character than in the movie. Also there was the whole Richard Dean Anderson factor and I’ve loved him since the 80s… oh MacGyver. Be still my beating heart.

Stargate SG1 was love at first watch. I was still in love with Daniel Jackson. I got used to Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks very quickly and my love for Michael Shanks as Daniel soon exceeded my love for James Spader as Daniel. I fell in love with Jack O’Neill for the first time. And Samantha Carter.

I discovered this summer something called fanfiction. Now fanfiction, for anyone who doesn’t know is defined as fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, film, etc.
And specifically I found and started reading fanfiction about Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis.

I was also thrilled to discover that I wasn’t the only person out there who thought that maybe Jack and Daniel were in a romantic/sexual relationship wiht each other. In fact there were thousands of stories about it. The same went for John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
And pretty much every pairing or moresome that you can think of.

Hello new obsession!