Changing Rooms

For the last year or two (or seven), I’ve desperately wanted to move house. The problem with that, though… well, actually, there are LOTS…

How I Met My Husband

I had two questions on Formspring about how Terry and I met, so I decided to answer those first : How did you and Terry meet and fall…

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Ask Me Anything…

So, in common with pretty much everyone else on Twitter, I joined Formspring, which is a site where people ask each other questions and,…

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I am a winner!

I know the image above is actually pretty hilarious given that I recently went out in public wearing two different boots, but allow me…

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Friday Photo: Reflection

Gran Canaria, December 2009. At least SOMEONE in the house still has his favourite pair of sunglasses. And oh, hey! If you look really…

Team Mouse!

Well, today was the day the mouse traps in our attic were scheduled to be inspected by The Man From the Council – or…

Of Mice and Men from the Council

I wish this could be a more interesting newsflash for you, folks, but the things that live in our attic? Yeah, they’re mice. Not…

Things That Go Bump In the Night

Remember our attic-dwelling “visitor” of last year? The one who made noises in the walls and went on a chewin’ spree among the bags…

A small dose of the Januarys

Do you think we could maybe just start again with this whole “2010” thing? Say, next week, maybe? Is next week good for everyone?…

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The Winter of My Discontent

Well, it’s January 7th, and I’m just going to hold my hands up here and admit that I haven’t left the house for five…

Ths is Sparta Gran Canaria!

First up: thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last post. Blogging can seem like a bit of a thankless…

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Happy New Year!

I keep forgetting that today isn’t just the last day of the year: it’s the last day of the decade, and the first decade…

Yo, ho, ho!

On. A. Break.

Well, folks, at last it’s that magical time of year! No, not Christmas: my cheap winter-sun vacation in the Canary Islands, duh! We fly…

Earning my stripes

Well, we’re off on holiday on Monday, and I’m pleased to announce that so far I haven’t fallen prey to some kind of debilitating…

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Winter holiday is GO!

You know how in the aftermath of Black Friday, I was all, “WAH! Advance posts deleted! Can’t go on holiday! Life over!”? Mercifully, it…

It never rains but it….pees

Last night I stumbled off to bed fairly late. We’ve been working hard to get back to normal after the events of Black Friday, obviously, so…

Yet another catastrophic failure

After the “catastrophic failure” that mysteriously led Heart Internet to lose all of my websites on Friday afternoon, I had thought all of our…

Almost Ill

As my mother would say, I seem to be “hanging” with some kind of illness. This is Scottish-speak for “Why, I fear I may…

Tetris Legs

Anyone play Tetris? I’ve been playing it a lot this week. A LOT. I’ve been playing Tertris on my phone, in fact, every time…

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In the doghouse

Remember the shirt Terry got for completing his 10k run on the weekend? It was white. Pristine. It had the name of the race…

Gym Etiquette, revisited

Riddle me this, readers: You’re at the gym. It’s empty, but for one solitary person – a clumsy redhead, say – who is wheezing…

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Hat Trick

Last week I was taking a look at the River Island website (for, er, research purposes, you understand), when this hat caught my eye:…

At the pool*

Friday Photo: Wine Time!

So, I’ve noticed that no one actually comes here on a Friday, so I thought I’d revive the Friday Photo that I used to…

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The Day I (Almost) Died

Today I did my first ever 10km run. 10km! And OK, I did it on the treadmill rather than outside, and I didn’t exactly…

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Gratuitous Rubin: sunbeam

Rubin’s favourite sleeping spot: the little pool of sunlight that falls through the bathroom window and lands in the hallway: On Saturday morning, the…

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Wardrobe Remix

This was the view from the car on the way home from the gym this morning: And that was the view on Sunday, too….

Wake me up when September ends

Well, it’s September, then. That sucks. And I know: I know everyone who reads this will be all, “Yay! Winter! There will be long…

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Crime Scene, Do Not Enter

Yesterday I was working away at my desk when I happened to look round to find that OMG, there had been a MURDUR!  </…

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The Green Dress Cometh

Well, the replacement green dress arrived on Saturday morning (I waited all morning for the mail, so obviously it arrived the very second I…

Green Dress Update

Remember my beloved green dress? The one that was tragically and mysteriously LOST? Well, it’s still lost. Sorry, I just realised that the start…

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The birds! The birds!

This week we’ve had a new visitor here in The Shrieking Shack (if you’ve ever had birds, you’ll know exactly why I call it…

I am not a shop, part 11,876

It’s started again: the whole “let’s pretend Amber is running a shop!” thing, I mean. I’ve had a good few weeks WITHOUT being constantly…

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Stuff. In the form of a list.

Because I am lazy: 1. I still haven’t found The Dress. This is much to the distress of Terry, because it seems that I…

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Ol’ Scabby McScabberson

[Important Disclaimer: I wrote this post in a misguided attempt to be funny. Almost all of the posts I’ve ever written on this site…

You have GOT to be kidding me…

I don’t know why this still has the power to surprise me, but so much for “summer”… p.s. That’s in celcius, by the way….

The Way We Roll

I still have the post-holiday blues. Especially now that it’s rained on St. Swithins Day, which means 40 days of rain for us! (Not…

Nuthin’ mo’ betta

On the way back to the airport last week, we passed a restaurant that had the tag-line “Nuthin’ mo’ betta’.” No, seriously: it was…

Homeward Bound

Well, we’re headed home tomorrow, assuming our plane doesn’t drop out of the sky – and recent events lead me to believe that this…

Horses, beaches and crustaceans

Yesterday we did something else I’ve wanted to do for years: went swimming on horseback, by which I mean the horses went swimming and…

It’s good to be back…

This morning we got up early and watched the sun rise: Needless to say, I’m really, really happy to be back…

Twenty Kilos of Clothes

Twenty kilos. That’s my luggage allowance for my trip to Florida. Twenty. Kilos. And actually, that’s the UPGRADED luggage allowance: the airline only wanted…

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“HAHA, ginger baby!”

I fail at blogging yet again this week, folks, sorry: it’s the same old “Wah! Getting ready for my trip, wah, wondering how the…

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Aye, aye capt’n!

Because I am a selfish childfree person, I spent all my money* on a new dress and shoes. Yay! I also decided to give…

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Inside the mind of a dog

Sometimes I look at Rubin and I think, “GOD, what is that on his face? Has he been eating cat droppings again?”  “You know,…

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Paper Surprise

Remember my birthday surprises, and how you thought there was no way I could possibly still be talking about them in MAY, considering my…

More minor phone annoyances

Following on from my post about telephone etiquette, I thought of some more random things that annoy me about the way people use the…