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Get Well Soon Amanda!

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I felt a little saddened when I saw the front page of today’s newspaper. It read “Amanda and new baby almost died”. I immediately thought back to the time I met her last year just before she left Shrek. She came out of the Stage door after a fantastic performance looking radiant in a flowing orange dress sporting her then small bump. With her daughter Lexi by her side she spoke to fans and posed for photographs. I remember thinking that there was a certain warmth about her, she came across as every bit of the doting mum as she let Lexi sign her name on people’s programmes, careful not to leave her out. She spent a fair bit of time chatting to a long line of fans while her driver was starting to look impatient to say the least. This just goes to show what a lovely person she is.

Amanda – a judge on Britain’s got Talent, gave birth to a baby girl named Hollie Rose and weighing 6lb. Amanda lost a lot of blood after the birth and had to under-go blood transfusions. She spent 3 days in intensive care. Baby Hollie also had breathing difficulties and was put on a respirator but both are now out of danger. I want to wish Amanda a speedy recovery and I hope she and baby Hollie make it home safe and sound to be together as a family really soon.

Exciting Plans Ahead

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Firstly I would like to apologise for my absence from the blogosphere as of late, my life just gets busier and busier. So as I tuck into a cheese and coleslaw sandwich I will begin to tell you what I’ve been up to. For the first time ever I have got heavily into the Vampire Diaries which is pretty much what my evenings have consisted of since I bought the first season on DVD. I know I’m quite slow on the uptake but I say it’s better late than never. It’s awesome and I seem to have struck up a fascination with the character Damon Salvatore who plays one of the blood suckers. He’s a bad guy but a good guy at heart and not to mention hot 🙂

I am slowly getting through my book when I’m not watching the Vampire Diaries in the evening. I like the fact that the story is set so close to where I live, it makes it more interesting. I might even try and visit All Hallows church in Greenwich to see if it’s how I imagined it to be.

I have booked a long weekend to Disneyland Paris with my friends Gemma and Heidi and I’m currently in discussion with a couple of other friends about a two-week holiday in Spain which I’m very excited about. It’s not until the beginning of June but I have already started planning things that I’ll need for it. I haven’t flown for 16 years and I’m determined to confront my fear of flying this year. Its got to be done if I want to see all these lovely places.

The past couple of weekends I have spent with my friend Mandy and her mum Ann (who you’ll probably hear about a lot in future blogs) watching films, eating take-away and drinking wine. Girlie nights in are certainly the in thing for me at the moment, it beats being out and about in the cold.

Work has been busy, a bit hard going at times but its nice to have things to focus on. I’m also planning on attending a couple of conventions which I will tell you about nearer the time. I couldn’t be happier with how 2012 is turning out so far.

Biggest Strawberry Ever!!!

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Yummy Quick Food

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Pesto Pasta

On Occasions when I’m fed up with taking the same old things to work with me for lunch, I prepare my favourite Pesto Pasta dish. It’s quick, easy and tastes good. Usually I make a big batch and put it into a few separate containers and keep it in the fridge for when I want a quick snack.

Ingredients:

Pasta (Bows work well with this)

Pesto Sauce ( any brand you like)

Wild Rocket (the herb… not a funky air craft)

Pine nuts

Cherry tomatoes (optional)

1. Boil a large saucepan full of lightly salted water, add the pasta and return to the boil. Cook as required on the instructions. Mine took about 10-15 minutes.

2. Add pine nuts to a small, dry, non-stick frying pan, tossing them every few seconds until lightly browned.

3. Drain the pasta and add the pesto sauce to taste (use as much or as little as you like). Considering the amount of pasta I use, I often put in the whole jar. Below is the brand I like to use.

4. Add the wild rocket and stir thoroughly. You can also add cooked cherry tomatoes for a varied taste but as I’m not much of a tomato lover, I just leave them out.

Pesto pasta can be served hot or cold. Personally I prefer it cold (chilled from the fridge). It’s great as a Uni dish for those who hate long and tedious recipe’s or are a crap cook like myself 🙂

OMG… I Bought a Book!

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I love London and I think London loves me considering the amount of money I spend there. Yesterday I enjoyed a day to myself. I started off by grabbing a hot chocolate from Candy Cakes; a place I visit when I’m not craving a Chai tea latte from Starbucks. It’s a lovely little shop with colourful cakes which unfortunately are not entirely vegetarian so I can’t eat them but they are nice to look at, like little works of art.

What followed that day had me stunned… I bought a book! You guys are probably thinking ‘big deal’ but it is to me. I never read books, mainly because I have a very short attention span and have poor concentration. Even if I start reading a book; its very rare that I finish it. My mind wanders and I get bored.

I went into my favourite shop Forbidden Planet Megastore where I usually buy vinyl toys to add to my collection but nothing took my fancy, so I went downstairs to the books and Graphic novels and hung around for a bit; picking up and putting down books until I picked up this one book that caught my eye and I started reading parts of it.

The book in question is ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ created by Stephen Jones. It contains a log of events from various people in the form of letters and emails during a new Festival of Britain. Various activities in preparation to this festival causes an old plague to be unearthed, infecting helpless humans and turning them into flesh-eating creatures. It’s certainly my kind of book and I look forward to actually finishing this one.

A Sucker for Socks

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I apologise now for the most pointless and random blog post ever. But I must share with you my love of socks… not just any old plain socks but colourful socks with patterns and pictures on. I have unknowingly accumulated quite a few pairs lately and my sock drawer is over-flowing. I have to stop myself from buying them now because I have far too many and it’s becoming one of my many obsessions.  I like to think that the socks that I wear reflect my personality 🙂

Corey Feldman on Ice

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I can’t say it’s been the best of days, it started off very early with the sound of droned news reporters delivering weather warnings of gale forced winds… just what I need on my first day back to work since the Christmas break. Luckily the day went pretty quick and I arrived home to some good news, well it depends how you perceive it really. I am easily pleased with the smallest of things. Now I’m not really a fan of reality T.V shows but this may be one to watch. Dancing On Ice have announced the line-up for the show that starts on ITV1 this Sunday the 8th of January and I’m rather excited that one of the celebrity contestants this year with be none other than the Lost Boys star Corey Feldman. Now for those of you who have read one of my previous blog posts ‘Vampires don’t Sparkle’ you will know that the Lost Boys is my favourite film of all time.

Corey who is also famous for films such as ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Stand by me’ will be teaming up with Skater Brook Castille to battle it out amongst other contestants on the ice. He’s moved to London and has taken this opportunity to return to the public eye. To some extent I will be happy he’s doing it, but like many others are probably thinking; it could be make or break for him. It’s unlike anything he’s ever done before and I fear that he may be out of his comfort zone. I’ll be crossing my fingers in hope that he’ll be successful.