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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Here's to 2006


Happy New Year, here's to 2006. Bottoms up!


Here I am, sat in front of my computer with my bag of ready salted chips, or crisps for you Brits, and my last glass of Baileys. I only bought a small bottle this year yet I should have bought a large. I so love Baileys, that warm feeling as it trickles down the back of your throat tingling your tastebuds. mmhhhmmmm.

Anyway, I'm alive and well and had a wonderful Christmas with family and Christmas dinner at the inlaws. Then the rolling around on the sofa the next day wishing you hadn't eaten so much.

I took some photographs and was, WAS being the operative word here, going to post them on my blog. Basically I won't be posting them cause they turned out crap, but that's another story.

So, what did we all have for Christmas, you can tell me up to 4 gifts that you received. Here's mine, and there's a story behind each one.

1) A watch - I bought it for my mom, but my brother had already bought her one and I didn't get to hear about it until Christmas eve, so yeah I kept it.

2) Christmas flower bouquet - My hubby came home from work on Christmas eve with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for me, bless him. They were beautiful.

3) Lush collection - Ahhh the scent from these are just so overwhelming you think you're in a perfume factory. I had shower jelly, grapefuit body and hair wash and Wild Child soap. Simply aromatic.

4) A treasure chest - Now I have a thing about wooden boxes (NO not coffins!) I collect caskets, boxes, anything made of wood like that, and this is a lovely little wooden treasure chest patterned around the edge with silk. Thanks bro'!

Okay so what about you?

Posted by Mandy :: Thursday, December 29, 2005 :: 17 Comments:

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

ASIMO


"Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility"


ASIMO - The most advanced humanoid robot ever created. I REALLY need one of these for Christmas. Equipped with 26 motors and can fetch and carry, bring your tea, push a trolley and recognise faces. What more can you ask for. C'mon isn't that why we married our hubbies? lol

ASIMO - was created to be a helper to people in need. ASIMO's people-friendly size of 4 feet tall (120 centimeters) makes it the perfect size for helping around the house, especially for a person confined to a bed or a wheelchair. ASIMO's size also allows it to look directly at an adult sitting in a chair or sitting up in bed.

The new model for 2005 has advanced sensing, a hip joint, and can run! He can shake a person's hand when a handshake is offered, look at the face of the person speaking, and respond, greet visitors, informing personnel of the visitor's arrival by transmitting messages and pictures of the visitor's face.

I have some great links for you if you want to see ASIMO in action. Now you really have to add him to your Christmas wish list.

ASIMO link 1
ASIMO link 2

Renting ASIMO would set you back $162,000 per year (only available for rent in Japan) sooo if you can't afford that right now lol and you still want more, you can download and have ASIMO as your very own DESKTOP PET
Yeehaw :-)

Posted by Mandy :: Saturday, December 17, 2005 :: 26 Comments:

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

The neighbors

Strange topic but I'm going to tell you about my neighbors, just because...



Okay on the right we have a middle aged couple, unmarried with a 2 year old daughter. I can't for the life of me remember the guys or the daughters name, but the womans name is Alice. I can't believe we've lived here for over three years and have only ever gone round for coffee once. That once was only because my hubby and the guy decided to have a new back fence, so they helped each other to remove and dispose of the old one. Since then we haven't really had a lot to do with them. Alice sometimes takes my parcels in or we'll have a quick "Hi, how are you, weather's nice today" kinda chat but that's about it.

Now to the other side. I believe his name is Stefan, divorced with young 2 sons and again middle aged. I think I've spoken to him a handful of times. He works away a lot and has his own furniture making business. I only know that because we were in the same scenario with him as we were with the other neighbors. A new back fence lol only this time the other side. The weekends he IS at home he usually has his two sons over to stay. I remember one of our conversations being about the front garden and how we were going to have pebbles and I asked him if he wanted pebbles too.. he did. That was two years ago and we still haven't got around to buying the pebbles lol.

So what about YOUR neighbors? Are you great friends? Enemies perhaps? Have you met them even?

Would be interesting to know :-)

Posted by Mandy :: Sunday, December 11, 2005 :: 16 Comments:

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

All I want for Christmas..


HO HO HO


It's Christmas time once again and yet I haven't really given it much thought. I need to get myself motivated and hang up the decorations and haul the tree down from the attic. Yup, gone are the days of having a real tree, all those needles that embed themselves in the carpet, the agony of trying to dispose of it afterwards.. nahh I'll stick to the artificial variety :-)

So, what's on your Santa list this year? Okay I want you to give me three things that you'd ask for this Christmas. I'm talking about presents okay, like an expensive bottle of perfume that you couldn't bring yourself to buy or the latest ipod.

My three:

1) A NICE mobile phone - I've put up with a cheapie for toooo long :-)
2) Clothes voucher - I'd love to go and blow $500 on clothes for the hell of it.
3) Big box of choccies - Okay it'll do nothing for my diet, but it's Christmas, right?


Posted by Mandy :: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 :: 19 Comments:

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

News that touched me...

Two news items really touched me this week so I'm going to dedicate this post to them both. Some of you may not agree with what I have to say so for those that don't, please walk away, rather than make uneccessary comments. It's my blog and I'm writing about what I believe in.. you don't have to agree with it, okay?

Racially Motivated: The first one is about young Anthony Walker. A young black man aged just 18 years old who was left for dead with an axe embedded in his skull in an unprovoked attack. The killers fled to Amsterdam before giving themselves up and returning to the UK to face murder charges.

I watched the Anthony Walker story last night on TV and it really upset me. That poor poor family that have to live knowing their son was killed because of the colour of his skin. It REALLY sickens me! Ughh Those animals that were responsible should be hung, drawn and slaughtered, Bastids!





I smothered my own son: A father ended his sons life because he couldn't stand to see him suffering any longer. Jacob, who was 10 years old had Hunter syndrome and although the disease would have ended his life naturally, he wasn't at deaths door.

Once again I watched the coverage on TV and was touched by what I heard. That night, Jacobs father went into his room, looked into his sons eyes and said "have you had enough, son?" then smothered him before saying "you're now at peace"

Well I can understand why the father did it and my heart goes out to him, and I know some of you would never understand that.. and I'm not asking you to. But unless you've been in that situation, unless you've taken care of your own mentally and physically disabled child, you CAN NOT understand. You can't even begin to imagine how it feels to watch your own child deteriorate and see that pain and suffering in your childs eyes day after day...

So there you have it, my blog for today.

Posted by Mandy :: Saturday, December 03, 2005 :: 4 Comments:

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