October 31, 2006

Bah! Imagine reading this, barely moments (a week and a bit) after I’ve officially tied the knot with Paul. I’ve been hanging on for the last seven years and now Oscar-winning harridan Reese Witherspoon is leaving her lovely husband Ryan Phillippe.

The cow! She must have been waiting until I was officially taken before letting him go. She obviously knew what would happen if we were able to get together. Him moving to Sheffield to be close to me would not have been ideal for the children I suppose.

In a statement issued today, I said “Bugger! Obviously, my thoughts are with Ryan and his family at this sad time.”

Civil Partnership

October 30, 2006

Civil Partnership
Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

After 8 years together (and a lot of catching up by the UK legal system) Paul and I were “joined” in Civil Partnership on October 21st 2006.

After so long together you’d think it would’nt change anything and on the whole it hasn’t but there is something different that I can’t quite put my finger on.

It’s “nice different” though, so it’s cool.

We’re off on holiday to Oz soon so we’ll be celebrating in style!

With This Ring…

October 18, 2006

Did I mention that we are getting civilly partnershipped this week?
That’s probably cos I’ve tried to blank out the episode/farce at the Registry office when
we went to give notice of our intent to “partner”
What a nightmare, if I ever hear…..

“ooh, these computers are a nuisance, it was much better when we did it on paper.”
” oooh no, look its crashed again, ok lets start again, what was your date of birth?”
“oooooh no, its done it again, lets get it down on paper……”
“Ok, that’s it down on paper, I’ll just try and put it into the computer again……. oh no although I’ve got it all down on paper I need you to stay here and sign that its ok when its gone into the computer.”
“No, it wasn’t like this before we had computers!”

In my imagination, I’m slapping the registry office man about the face with his keyboard, I’m still imagining this as I walk back to the car to move it and pay another parking meter, in fact this fantasy continues until I’m back inside and in his colleagues office eventually faced with a working computer. My rage subsides, but I’m scarred by the whole experience.

I am still looking forward to being a partner with Paul.

I love him.

Countdown is progressing…..

October 10, 2006

Only 3 weeks on Thursday and we are on our way to Oz 🙂
We booked in March and it was so long ago, now its here its like OMG, do we have time to do this, we have to do that, do we have enough of that. What if……..
Well, I’m calling a halt to all that!
If we don’t have it, we’ll buy it, I we forget to take it, we’ll buy it.
Why stress?

It’s gonna be great!

The Starlings are Flying Again

October 7, 2006

I’ve just seen a cloud of Starlings!

Are they heading south for Winter? I heard an odd twittering noise and when I looked out the window there they were. Every roof ridge-line in sight was covered by birds. I was like, OMG! I was just about to go grab the camera and they were off, they rose up almost as one body and headed off down the road. It was so loud, you remember the “woorsch” noise from Airwolf? Like that but more natural.

What’s funny is, I was also just thinking “what happened to Bird Flu?”

Books wot I read on Holiday

October 1, 2006

A book report by Andrew Heath Age 35 and a bit.

I read a bunch of books on our recent holiday in Portugal, I think it was actually a record number for a one week holiday! On holidays, I usually get out of bed before Paul, so for an hour or two I sit on the balcony drinking coffee and reading while I wait for him to rise. This explains the amount of reading I get to do.
I only took 2 books with me and ran out pretty quickly so raided the Hotel bookshelf and that explains the random selection. Some were not the type of books I would have picked up normally but as it turned out, I enjoyed them all.
I really need to make more of an effort to try new things 😉

Blast From The Past – Ben Elton

Not bad, comedy novel, read it in 2 sittings, probably 4-5 hours total. Some laugh out loud moments, interesting idea and well executed, the whole thing happens during 1 night of action and flashback sequences.

Surfacing – Margaret Atwood

This is supposed to be some sort of acclaimed novel, set for English Lit. exams that sort of thing. Not my normal thing, picked it up because the cover blurb made me think of The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this, the ending is weird though.

The Magic Cottage – James Herbert

Standard horror tale, Good vs. Evil with a twist. Still cant decide if I read this before or not, a common feeling for me when reading Herbert. Once again Herbert takes a long time building a compelling fiction and then rushes the ending. I’m always left feeling slightly cheated or unsatisfied by his books. I still read them though. Hmmm.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Wow! I loved this and would (and have) recommend this to anyone. Its not really about Tractors but they do feature in this fantastic novel. I laughed out loud loads when on the balcony and had to suppress loads of giggles when by the pool. The characters are so real and easy to identify with, I had to slow myself towards the end of the book as I didn’t want to let them go! I definitely saved the best until last.