2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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Walking in the rain

Yes, its something that has been easy to do over here this year, believe me! Apparently even the weather people are now saying its been the wettest year in England, and given the UK only needed 46mm to break its record, and the fact its rained again since then, we will probably break that over the next 3 days too. No, I havent grown webbed feet, but they might have been handy this year, it has to be said!

I’m not going to say whether its climate change factors, or just a lousy year weather wise that would have happened anyway? I’m not sure if summer ever happened, it might have done for a day or two, but that really was it. Thankfully my 2 trips to the US generated some sunshine for me, or I might have thought it had gone into hibernation lol!

Saying that, compared to what parts of the US has put up with in the last week or so, hey, we’ve had it easy. As Heather, James and co would say though, its the norm over there, and expected. if we got an inch and a half of snow, let alone a foot and a half, everything would grind totally to a halt. Over there, life just goes on…

I’m hoping to get one more post in before the end of 2012, to tie up ends, though most things have been mentioned over the year anyway, as is the idea of a blog! If I dont, you’ll get it on New Years Day anyway!

The video, well a bit less clue than usual in the title, as a few songs could fit in with this. Its old, but not Johnny Ray old, just very 70’s soul.

And so, Happy Christmas

Yes, another year is nearly over, but unfortunately, unlike the song lyrics, war is far from over. Afghanistan is the current long running one (it was Vietnam of course at the time of this song), and of course we also have the civil war going on in Syria. These arent the only 2 of course, just the ones making the main headlines at the moment.

But enough of the depressing stuff…

I did promise much earlier this month that if I got hold of a solo picture of me in my dress at the Christmas Dinner, I would post it on here. No, it never happened, it was supposedly sent to work, but I’ve never found it posted anywhere, so… But dont despair, there are ways and means with these things, as you shall see. Christmas Day morning, I normally put on a nice dress for the morning at home, then change into something decent, but more my style for when we go out for our dinner from here. This year, something different happened, I never got changed! So yes, I stayed in the gold dress for dinner today, and alright, it was quite nice being dressed up, even if I was the most dressed up one in the restaurant probably!

And guess what, just for you, I got some pictures taken when we got back, solo ones, so I can use them in places like here, arent I good to you? So, for your delight, or otherwise, here is me dressed up like a real lady

Stevie Lou 1

I think that shows enough to satisfy, even if it is without the cloche hat, which stayed upstairs today. If not, thats all you’re getting lol!

Yes, its back to work tomorrow, I know war isnt over, but my holiday break is!

The video, more than enough hints as to what it is surely, even if WordPress didnt display them nowadays anyway!

Step into Christmas

Yes, in theory I could post another blog tomorrow night, but taking no chances, lets get this out of way tonight. To be honest, over here at present you probably needs flippers, and scuba gear to step into Christmas, but anyway… Thankfully this isnt one of the badly flooded areas of the UK, but its been pretty wet out there all the same.

My Christmas break, a whole 3 days, and 2 of them are only because of the way my shifts split out lol! Yes, its back to work on Boxing Day for me! Ah well, rather used to it by now, so…I know, some have to work Christmas Day, and I truly admire them for doing so.

No, it wont be a big event for me, but that suits me fine, I’m no longer of an age when I can get terribly excited by Christmas, but anyway…

So basically, I’d just like to thank all my readers through the year for their diligence in following this, and wish them a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and offer them a favourite musical piece of mine from the past

Some may even remember I wrote a story inspired by this song

http://www.mcstories.com/StepIntoChristmas/index.html

5 years ago now, my, doesnt time fly?

Its the end of the world…

Well, if you believe a certain group of people, this is my last blog here. Why, because the world is supposed to be ending on Friday, and I certainly wont have the time to post again before then. Whats that, no, I dont think its my last blog either, but anyway…lol!

Much has been made of this, probably far more than is healthy, if we’re being honest. And lets face it, how many times has it been declared that the end of the world is coming…far too many! They might be right this time, but I cant see it! And all because the Mayan calendar ends on, yes, you’ve guessed it, December 21st 2012. Hey, I’ve got a Betty Boop calendar for the whole of 2013, and I’d rather have faith in her, than in a bunch that supposedly could see the end of the world, but couldnt see the Spanish ending their civilisation, hmm…?

Yes, I’m expecting to be eating Christmas dinner here in Huddersfield, without any great worldwide congflagration having happened. But if I should be proved wrong (ha ha), then its been great fun blogging for you, and I’ll see you in heaven!

The video, yes, its the obvious one

Getting in the mood

No, no Glenn Miller here, not yet at least! Maybe at some point, but…

I did consider reprising my other blog tonight, given the awful news from Connecticut today, but I dont want to repeat too often, get a reputation for being like baked beans if I do lol! 😛

So, lets take a look forward to an event happening in 11 days, to quote the song video tonight, Its Christmas! The despairing thing for me is realising this song is nearly 40 years old, someone arrange my pension lol! For me, it means a lot of things, the main religious one being watching Carols from Kings College, Cambridge, a tradition of far too many years. I am actually working a few hours Christmas Eve, when its normally shown, but its usually early evening, and I should be back by then, I hope.

Presents, well I dont get many nowadays, but equally, I dont have to buy many either! Generally I jokingly say my main present to myself is having next April’s holiday booked, and looked forward to, but as mentioned before, that wont be finalised until the New Year this time around. So maybe its the ticket for the OMD concert next May instead, yes, that was booked, and paid for today.

Work, well, I get Christmas Day off lol! Yes, back to work on Boxing Day for me. James, yes, I know, you’ll be working Christmas Day, but… And no, I have no plans at present to repeat dress wearing when the 4 of us from here go out for Christmas Dinner locally. Heels, probably, skirt and a nice blouse quite likely, but probably not a dress.

Ah, music video, so here it is

A Shocking Experience

To be honest, this came about because I was looking for a witty way to start a blog relating to the OMD tour next year, and the video I chose. And when I was trying to do so for Tesla Girl, I remembered one of those crazy things that David Copperfield did as a stunt recently. Yes, that metal suit, and a Tesla coil, and being surrounded by a whole lot of crackling electricity. And equally yes, if not for 3 days (or whatever it was), I’d love to experience that for myself! I know it doesnt make you a robot, but enclosed in metal, with electricity sparking all around me, how could I not love that? 😉 And yes, I’d get to live, even if I would still be human, but hey, you cant have everything!

Clearly a robotising pod, with the electricity flowing freely would be fun, but a bit more fatal generally I suspect, unless I had a scientist who really knew what he was doing lol!

But yes, as an aside, both from the robot side of me (Tesla Girl, Electricity), and the Louise Brooks side of me (Pandoras Box), the news yesterday that OMD would again be touring next year, coming to Leeds in May, and this time doing so when I’m in this country was great for me. Tickets go on sale Friday, fingers crossed I can get one. No, I wont get to meet the group, but seeing them again, 30 years after first doing so, will be good. There is a ‘package’ where you can meet them, but like a good Yorkshire lass, I value money, and wont be paying out a lot more just to do that, though it would be fun getting the chance to ask Andy about the whole Louise Brooks thing.

And alright, I’ve lived up here over 7 years, still had to find out where the venue was in Leeds though, thats a clue as to how often I do these things. Last concert you ask? 2001, Seekers, in Bournemouth. Yes, regular concert goer, not!

Yes, tonights video has been mentioned, and it isnt Electricity, though it could have been!