Dads and birthdays…

It’s Dad’s birthday this week and it’s causing a bit of an issue. My dad is difficult to buy a present for. He doesn’t want socks, cigars or a pipe and slippers. He doesn’t want any books, as he’s still ploughing his way through those he got for Christmas. DVD’s he has plenty to watch and a nice library to chose from. I bought him a DVD recorder for Christmas which is still in the box, as he couldn’t get it to record(!) and he’s got a garage full of every diy tool and gadget imaginable. He’s not into iPods, phones or other electronic gizmos, with the exception of his video camera (but that was the Christmas before last)…so what’s left? I asked Mum and she said “B & Q” vouchers will make him happy…

Nice…not!

I need someone to invent a gift shop where you can search by “got everything, going deaf, technophobe, interests are…” – i.e. multiple categories.
I know there are sites out there that do this…such as http://www.iwantoneofthose.com but, I can’t seem to find anything suitable for my dear old Dad.

If you google “gifts for someone who has everything” – there are some surprising results…some of which I wouldn’t ever be able to buy for my Dad!!!
One recommendation said “organise a trip ice-skating” – lol. I’d love to see it, but I don’t think so somehow.

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What a Weekend!

I don’t know what it was about the weekend just past, but it was a full and eventful one. A while ago it became clear that this was going to be a very social weekend – with many people in town for a couple of days. Squeezing everyone in wasn’t possible, so I didn’t get to see everyone…but I did catch up with some very special people that I haven’t seen for a very long time. A lot of time as passed and our lives have changed so much, but it was easy to just sit and chat through hours and hours as though we sit and chat every week or so. It made me feel incredibly thankful to have such special people in my life. And, incredibly thoughtul about arranging a visit to see them, and others, in far off places, that I’ve not caught up with for a long time.

I look forward to reading people’s blogs, their Facebook entries and catching up with them on IM, but there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned gossip around the dinner table is there?

So, visits to Stockholm, Athens, Zurich, Prague, Seattle, Denver, Geneva and Paris this year….? Not to mention friends in the UK that I don’t see often enough…

3bts – unplanned lunch, relief, gifts

1. Going out to lunch unexpectedly – it’s good to get away from my desk at lunch time.

2. The relief that I feel as Body Attack ends! I enjoyed the class, but it was nice to have finished.

3. Choosing a wedding gift online for a friends wedding – wondering what I would have added to my own “wish list”.

Challenge

So, for the long weekend my boss asked me to think about new and exciting ways to do more lead generation for our company. It’s Easter Monday today and so far, I’ve not given work a single thought, until now. When I think about the conversation I had with him, I’m left feeling more than a little demotivated. It went along these lines:

“I don’t think telemarketing is the answer, not if it’s the sole marketing discipline we use. Look at the stats so far…” (that was me, sounding like a stuck record).
“Yes, but we’re not going to win any arguments with the CEO as he doesn’t see marketing as anything other than lead gen.”

So, why does my boss stay? (If you’re asking why I’m still here, call me/email me, I’ll tell you).
If not even he can win the argument with the CEO – then surely – there’s no argument at all?

Who was it that said “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always always get what you always got…”
Hmmm…maybe I’ll have that written on the whiteboard when he arrives tomorrow?

Queen, Jamie Moses and Spike Edney

Last year I had the good fortune to see both Queen (well, Brian May, and Roger Taylor) and the World Famous Red Sox in concert albeit seperately. (OK, so Queen played as part of a special tribute to Freddie Mercury at what would have been his 60th birthday – at the We Will Rock You musical). Both were fantastic, unbelievable and thoroughly enjoyable. So, this year, not only will we be going to see the World Famous Red Sox in concert again, but we’ll be seeing Jamie and Spike on stage with Queen and Paul Rodgers later in the year. Tickets are not yet on sale, but I’m hopeful one of us will be able to get hold of tickets. Can’t wait!

Snow is falling…

…all over the UK, but it’s not “heavy snow in the South East” as was promised by a certain weather person on “Breakfast” for the past few days. My parents have lots of snow, relatives in Yorkshire have had a decent amount of snow and we’re just not getting what was promised. Oh well.

The snow has been steadily falling, but it’s not what I can heavy snow. Not by a long shot. Heavy snow is the kind that causes “white-out” conditions, buries cars in dirfts and causes roads to block. Here in the land of Southern softies (of which, it appears, I am one), heavy snow means flurries of medium sized flakes that can do no harm (unless you’re a useless driver and use the falling snow as an excuse to tip-toe along…).

Easter weekend has been wet and without the snowman for the garden as originally promised 😦

Giving in to cravings

Right or wrong?
For several days now, i’ve had a thing about carrot cake – no, not those little slices from WW… What I’m after is a big slice of gooey, sweet, sticky, yummyness. I’ve debated about this for days – as in “do I, don’t I” – because I know it won’t go away. so, the dilemma is do I bake a carrot cake (Jo’s recipe – all the way from NZ and in my recipe folder for nearly 20 years!) or do I buy just one piece to satisfy the craving?

I bought a piece – just one. I wanted it to be just like Jo’s recipe – sticky, gooey, yummy, with just the right amount of cinnamon, just the right amount of fruit, but lots of carrots and for the icing to not be too sweet. But, it was everything I despise about shop bought carrot cake…dry, icing too sweet, tasteless and very “cakey”… I am disappointed. But, know that next time I crave something this bad (it really doesn’t happen often), I shall bake it myself and take the other 9 pieces to the office after I’ve had just the one 😉

I guess the lesson for me is: you know cakes baked by shops are yucky, unless they are baked fresh and on the premises, so don’t do it again! (I learned the lesson with Tirami Su…now, it’s carrot cake!).