Sunday, 20 December 2009

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...

I dare say I will eventually, usually when the festivities are over and looking at it as a memory!

Well, after much moaning and groaning from the kids, I finally got a tree – mind you the moaning didn’t stop because I got a small one (5 feet) which they weren’t too happy about but the bigger the tree the more it protrudes at the bottom, totally encroaching any bit of space in the living room and Christmas displaces too many of the things I want in my living room as it is. My plan was to get a smaller one and put it on a stool which at least means it’s not totally blocking anything in that particular area. My living room, although large isn’t large enough for family gatherings (and that’s just my lot, add a visitor or two and it’s uncomfortable to say the least, add a tree plus all the other paraphernalia and it reduces the floor space more (whose idea was this?!)

We usually decorate the tree to the sound of ‘Now, That’s What I Call Music’ which ever volume is current to relieve the monotony – not that you can tell as I’ve heard most of this stuff played by the usual suspects for the best part of 30 years – every – single – year! This year had to have a different vibe so I decided to seek out my own compilation of new, not so new but not flogged to death songs to launch me into the Christmas season. Even just hearing the same song sung by someone else helped ease my pain although I heard complaints muttered by my lovely children which were easy to drown out by going ‘one louder’! This was the result...

Maroon 5 - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Oasis – Merry Christmas Everybody

Sum 41 & Tenacious D – Things I Want

The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)

Argent – Christmas for the Poor

Rainbow – The Snowman

Razorlight – Fairy Tale of New York

Jethro Tull – Soltice Bells

Queen – Winter’s Tale

The Greedies – A Merry Jingle

Billy Idol – Yelling at the Christmas Tree

AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas

Bryan Adams – Christmas Time

Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home for Christmas

Fall Out Boy - What's This

My Chemical Romance - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Joan Jett - Little Drummer Boy

The Fratellis - Lonesome Anti-Christmas Blues

Twisted Sister – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I just keep thinking ‘this time next week it’ll be all done and dusted’ and we can get back to normal – which is how I like it, give me Easter any day!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

More Than Words...

Ok ok ok! I've been continually asked what I want for Christmas so many times these passed few days (weeks even) and as ever, I don't want or need anything because I just buy what I want, when I want whether I need it or not anytime of the year added to that I never get what I want anyway and don't believe in 'its the thought that counts' because it seems to be an excuse bandied about just to give anything whether you like it or not. (And breathe....!)

Well, I've finally found something I want! (No not him but gorgeous eh?!!!) Today I stumbled across something amazing and if I won the lottery I would buy every single one just because I could! What is she babbling about I hear you ask? Nuno Bettencourt (we're not worthy) of Extreme has put up for sale on Ebay a load of his guitars, mostly Washburns, many of which were custom built especially for him or a very limited edition. I'm not particularly fussy which one I get but ideally I want the 'Ernie Ball Music Man Edward Van Halen guitar gold top which was owned by the Eddie Van Halen and Nuno Bettencourt and kills two birds with one stone! Oh what a happy girl I would be - and I've been good all year too!

In case Santa is out there reading this - here's the link...! Ebay (I'm working on the premises of 'be careful what you wish for as you might just get it'!!!)

Oh - and just because I don't know how to play a guitar (I gave up when it meant having short nails) doesn't mean I can't appreciate a beautiful instrument - and on the plus side I have four sons that can play a mean guitar anyway so I'd get to hear it as well as touch it! I suppose if all else fails there is always the credit card!

Monday, 7 December 2009

The Devil Made Me Do It

I don't like Christmas - and that's official! Being a mum of six I've always made an effort to make it as nice as possible, and memorable for them - just like my mum did for us but boy do I hate the run up to it! I cannot bear to have decorations up sooner than the 24th of December but they always get put up for my third son's birthday on the 6th - this little tradition only came about because he is a chronic asthma sufferer and aged three had to spend a lot of time in hospital just before Christmas so we put all the decorations up for him - he's 24, married now and doesn't live at home but we are still doing it! I've drawn the line at a tree and have insisted it comes into the house a week before Christmas - we had two last year because the first one dried out despite being kept watered the week before and I don't want to have to decorate, undecorate and redecorate again this year, not to mention the fact that the stupid thing fell down twice! I have allowed the rustic style garlands on rope with pine cones and something indeterminate on (could be gold ribbon!) I bought from John Lewis 16 years ago, the wooden advent calendar I bought this year as all six kids still expect one including new wife and old girlfriend of the eldest at the grand old age of 27! I decided to invest in one I just have to add the chocolate to rather than have eight random, cheap boxes hanging all over the house, and the Christmas village which my youngest decided to resurrect after being told stories about how my mum used to put one out every year so now we have that done in memory of her, including over sized figures plus he will insist on using baby talc for the snow because it's more 'realistic'! There was also the matter of a nativity scene that was placed in front of the advent calendar, beside the village and three QVC carol singer Yankee candle smelly things on the sideboard...

Whilst waiting for birthday boy and his wife to show for dinner, eldest son decided to nit pick at the ensemble, son three decided to move parts of the village scene around every time he passed it which riled son number five (the youngest). Son number one, only daughter (child number two) and son number four decided to mock everything because of all the opposing values, particulary the hand carved ebony wood nativity scene I bought in Tanzania whilst on holiday years ago and has been part of their Christmas for many years seemed to cause a raucous that resulted me whipping them up and chucking them behind a mirror on the stairs! Not sure why I picked them to get rid of - may have been partly because they are wood and the rest was all breakable, otherwise I think I would have done a glorious swipe and wrecked the lot! I hold my hand up and swear the devil made me do it - I'm not normally that vicious! (Disclaimer: Do not watch video if easily offended - it's funny but rude!)

So, the petty arguments have already started and it's only the 7th December - I don't think I will take my bangle off this month as I'll need someone to blame for my madness!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter

I've just seen the 'Twilight' films pretty much back to back and whilst I can't honestly say they rocked my world, I did sort of like them even though they were a bit on the tame side, which suits me as I'm not into blood and gore but whatever happened to the 'old' vampires that used to be in films? Just like policemen, even they are getting younger! Oh well, it's just a bit of fantasy...

I did notice that fingerless gloves seem to be the order of the day in this film. I spent most of last winter knitting copious amounts of these things in various colours but funnily enough not in black, which I did today. After knitting and sewing them up I left them on top of my box of ribbons and wool which caused a reel of blood red ribbon to fall on the floor, pulling a glove down with it and spilling over it like blood... It was then I thought I would lace the ribbon onto the glove - it was only after I noticed it resembled the cover of the third book in the Twilight series - so they have inadvertantly been inspired by it!
To add a bit of bling I hand stamped two silver plated oval pendants to represent the moon with the words 'twilight' (of course!) and 'I run with vampires' - which I sewed onto the gloves to give them a truly unique look so you can keep warm, match your book and turn the pages which makes them 'funkier than a mosquito's tweeter'!! (song by Joe Bonamassa)