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If you've got it flaunt it – right?
January 30, 2006, 5:37 pm
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Ok, so I might as well benefit from it right???

This is a photo of me on my way to becoming famous – Snort!

I went to a production studio to do a taping of my voice as a narrator for a local production of “The Secret Garden”

When they called me (via a lady at church who had seen me on stage singing and acting and knew I was English) I didn't really know much about what it was… a movie, a live drama, a TV show, a dance recital… I was just excited for another opportunity!!

SO…. when I told my Mum, she asked me all the sort of questions a good Mum asks and said a little worried (hey I'm still her baby girl even at 43!)  ” Darling, you have to be careful, it might be some AWFUL porn movie or something”

ROTFLOL – it's not THAT kind of 'secret garden' …. anyway all is fine, it's an innocent local dance recital but they are going to have a 10 minute movie preceeding the dancing part, which is the bit I do the narration over music score as well as snippets here and there throughout the story (in-between the dances I am sure.)

I had my script a couple of day early, told them I could do a variety of different English dialect accents, which would they like –  naturally it was the really fruity posh one!!!

Anyway it was a blast – only took an hour (they allotted 2) because I was brilliant at it 😉 – only needed 2 takes on average, some in only 1 take, a couple in 3 takes. 

It would be nice if this producer guy got me some more jobs by word of mouth 🙂


I really liked the 3rd grade field trip …..
January 28, 2006, 10:04 pm
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 Now you see why I had so much fun on the field trip!!

Otters are without a doubt one of the TOP animals in my books, they are just so darn cute – even made it onto the infamous cuteoverload.com page – check out the baby otter.

I was assigned 6 girls, my daughter Kenzie being one of them. (there were 48 kids on the trip as there are 24 in each 3rd grade class.)

They all thought I was cool cos I 'talk funny' – One girl even said, “Are people taller in England cos you're even taller than my Dad” – LOL – but since I was in 'authoritative mature parental mode' I resisted the wisecrack of, “No sweetie, your Dad is a bit on the short side”

I took oodles of photos, but weeded out just the best ones. The guides we had were really good and taught us a lot about what we were seeing. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, in the low 70's, sunny but a little nip (for us now, I know you notherners are rolling around on the floor laughing!)

One snafu, Nicole, one of my assigned girl (adorable too) started to get an earache after lunch, it progressed to painful with her in tears really fast 😦 I felt so bad for her, there was nothing I could do to alleviate the pain.  I did call the school to ask them to get in touch with her parents (she only remembered her home phone number and no-one answered) to pre-warn them about the earache. Her Mum called back on my cell phone to talk to me and to her daughter (made her feel better but cry more 😦 my heart was breaking)

When it was time to leave, Mr Bus Driver (a parent too) tried to start the bus – no go – he said the battery must be dead – Oh boy – off went 2 Mums to find a burley ranger type guy to see if we could 'jump' the bus, Mr Bus driver got off the bus to 'go and see if he could FIND where the battery was' – and *I* go up sat in the drivers seat and studied all the dials, buttons, switches and stuff.  Basic troubleshooting mode.

So can I say I saved the day or would that sound too self-serving?  Didn't take me long to notice that the bus (automatic not stick-shift) was in DRIVE and not NEUTRAL.  SO I plopped it into Neutral, Mr Bus Driver was getting back on the bus (he had the keys) and I told him to try it again.

BRRRRMMMM – it fired to life…. “What did you do?” he said….. “I can't tell you, cos then I'd have to kill you and you'd find out that I'm not as brilliant as you think I am right now!”  (I did tell him!)

So homeward bound we were (on time!) with a bus full of AMP-ed up kids – Who's idea it was to let the kids get Soda and Candy from the gift shop I don't know!! But really, I really enjoyed the day. 

One more story…..

I could have spent the entire day at the Otter section . Ozzie and Harriet were adorable!! 

My Mum will really relate to this since she and I saw a similar scenario in England, what 30 yrs ago??? 

Ozzie was frantically trying to build the best nest for Harriet inside a hololosed out three (RIGHT by the fence so we could see, it was cool)…. He'd jump out of the water, run into the grassy area, grab a mouthful of leaves and grass which looked SO cute sticking out of his mouth, I took many photos but they just move too durn fast so not worth showing! Then he would run along the fence and disappear into the bottom of the tree. Much scuffling and gras flying went on, and he'd emerge to go get another mouthful.

Then Harriet would get out of the pool and saunter over to the tree to have a look-see at how her beloved and 'enthusiatic as a puppy' mate was doing on building her the nest of her dreams…

She was quite ruthless and out flew chunks of grass and twigs and leaves from inside the tree as if she was saying, “This will NEVER do like this, this is LAST years look, is he EVER going to get it right? Men, I tell you gotta love em even if they are fairly useless”

I was narrating this all to my 6 girls as it was going on (we'd split up into our groups after lunch to wander around as we please, HA not surprise that I took mine girls back to the Otters!!) and they were all giggling hysterically asking, “How do you KNOW this, can you talk Otter too?”  I decided to let them think I was “Super-Mum” and didn't elaborate on the fact that a very learned lady in England who had 2 otters as pets for years had told us all about this while we watched it unfolding with her 2 otters when we visited her house…

BTW Mum I just want to thank you AGAIN for setting that up, I tell you it's one of those fantastic memories I will NEVER forget, sitting in a semi-wild setting with Otters snuffling around us and stealing tissues out of our pockets to shread them to bits – You ROCK as a Mum!!

You can see a sampling of the photos I took of the animals and the field trip by clicking HERE

Going on Kenzie's Field Trip today :)
January 26, 2006, 6:56 am
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And I get to see OTTERS too – Check it out

More on the Wine Tasting …
January 23, 2006, 6:29 pm
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 OK, so everyone is enjoying Vinnie the accordion player but also giving me feedback like, “what about the wine tasting? you didn't say anything about it”

So here is more on the wine-tasting!

Nils and I got there at bit late at 7pm (started at 6pm) so the rest of the guests had already worked their way through all the white wine bottles (8 of them?) and were starting on the Red wine bottles (another 8-10)

This worked out well since Nils is a Red wine guy and so he just joined in…

ME on the other hand, I am a White Wine girl, Red wine gives me a banger headache within about 40 mins – not fun for me….

So I decided I'd back up and work my way down the white wines solo since there was about 2-3 inches left in each bottle still….. You are only supposed to taste a small sample (and spit it out really, but there wasn't any spitting going on!!) some did pour dregs into a waste decanter (that was poured down the drain, I am sure it tasted foul!) but I think MOST were drinking it all!!

So I tasted wine #1 (see I forget the country and type already) but I liked it!!
Wine #2, was OK, wine #3 was yukky (too dry) and so I then decided that I shouldn't try to chase for something to match up to the yummy #1 wine and so just went back to that one and finished the bottle 😉

Really all in all, I probably only had a large glass of wine.

Meanwhile, those working their way down the Reds ended up on one that was $600 a bottle – WOWZA! Charlie (who explained each wine before the tasting began) had had it in his 'cellar' for ages since 1996 I think (I put that in quotes since in Florida most do NOT have cellars, we are at sea level, cellars would mean underwater!!)

Everyone was ooohing and aahing about the age of the wine, and I suspect I showed my lack of 'wine finesse' by stating that usually the older and more expensive the wine the LESS I liked it!! I'd survived on daily 3-4 wk old plonk in France for a year and loved it!!

I think that was the moment when the brownie points I had received for the cool English accent and the even cooler Casio Exilim 7M pixel digital camera that took videos too were totally eliminated by my cheap plonk comment

Oh well, I had a good time!!

Once again you can see the videos by clicking HERE

Eat your heart out Brant ;)
January 22, 2006, 9:22 pm
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Check out Videos of Vinne the accordion playerThis is Vinnie, he
plays the accordion – he rocks!

I was so impressed, he
uses NO music, and knows a zillion songs
(mind you he did tell us that if we requested anything after 1975 he wouldn't
know it!)

Below is a link to THREE VIDEOS of Vinnie playing, complete
with SOUND!! Woo Hoo, Please excuse the odd singing in the background, I
couldn't contain myself!!

If the video stops and starts or is jumpy, the
best way around this is to view it twice.

The second time it will be
smooth and such –

See the first time it is downloading as it plays and
sometimes gets ahead of itself!  The second time thru, it is already
completely downloaded to your computer and so runs smoothly!

Two videos are already uploaded, I am still uploading the third one,
it takes a long time! 1 min per MB of video and these are 35-40M each!!!) 

Anyway it's different music (different singing!!) and you can see them
by clicking either on the photo of Vinnie or by clicking HERE

How time flies
January 19, 2006, 10:38 pm
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Twiz at 12 weeks
No I am not talking about how time flies between each of my blog entries!  But thanks for reminding me!

My youngest child – of the furry kind turned a year old yesterday – So she's a spirited '7 year old' right now!|

How she has changed in a year (mind you we've only had her for 9 mths!)

This is a photo of her the first day we got her and then one from yesterday – she's a goof ball and we love her!
Twiz at 12 months

Tag, You're IT!
January 14, 2006, 10:20 am
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I feel so special! My Friend Jen tagged me with the Questions of Fours. 

I am still recovering from my 10 year olds sleepover birthday party….. it's 9:30am, they all get picked up at Noon! ….. but they went outside to rollerblade (it is beautiful and sunny outside!) so it is temporarily quiet – here we go

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1.  At age 17, I spent a year as an Aupair and International Interpreter for Pate du Fois Gras family/company in South of France
2.  At age 18 I spent six months as a Nanny for a RICH couple in Miami (Architect & Lawyer) then I met my hubby of 21 yrs!
3.  18 years at the big M (Motorola) until I was laid off along with the entire design site here – best thing that ever happened to me!
4.  For MYSELF! Been working for myself and my 'all mine' company
Field Cottage Designs for the last year, doing web sites, logos and graphic creations, I LOVE it, I LOVE being my own Boss

Four movies you would watch over and over:
1.  The Princess Bride (Mawidge, is what bwings us here toogever tooday)
2.  Rainman (definitely, definitely not People's Court)
3.  Mrs Doubtfire (It was a run-by froooting)
4.  The Notebook (for a good cry!)

Four places you have lived:
1.  Cheshire, England
2.  Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, England
3.  Periguieux, Dordogne, France
4.  Palm Beach Florida

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1.  Survivor
2.  Amazing Race
3.  Anything on the TLC
4.  ER

Four places you have been on vacation:
1.  Kauai, Hawaii (20th wedding anniversary in 2004)
2.  Jaco, Costa Rica (twice – Surf Trips)
3.  Nagano, Japan (Summer 2005 brother lives there)
4.  Eluethra, Bahamas (best Christmas pre-kids I ever had!)

Four websites I visit daily:
1.  cuteoverload.com
2.  My list of blogs (and mine)
3.  Google advanced search (at least once a day!)
4.  My MySpace page (mostly monitoring my 2 teenagers activity!)

Four of my favorite foods:
1.  Sushi – YUM – lots of that in Japan, and my hubby can make Sushi now too – Fantabulous.
2.  Pretty much anything with Caramel/Toffee in it (but NO NUTS!)
3.  Pizza, never get sick of it, try to limit it since it's solid Carbs!
4.  Bagels with cream cheese, Marmite and sliced turkey breast!

Four places I would rather be right now:
1.  England – in the Countryside with my Mum, even at 43, I'm still her baby, she pampers me!
2.  Kauai – can't wait to go back for our 25th wedding anniversary, it's just SOOOO beautiful there
3.  Australia, never been there (done Paris/France, never want to return!!)
4.  Japan – I miss my brother, we had such a wonderful time there this summer.

I tag my bestfriend Karen, then Brant and Jessie

Toodles, the tweens are back in the house raiding the fridge, gotta run!