Friday, March 3, 2017

Why Can't my Dreams be Sweet

I've written about my crazy dreams before, but honestly, sometimes they really mess with my head. I have quite a lot going on at the moment so of course, that's the cue for everything I do during the day to act like clothes in a washing machine (my head) at night. 

The other morning was a classic. Earlier that day, I had discovered the stomach-lurching loss of two documents I'd been working on for OVER TWO WEEKS. In a fit of organization over the previous weekend, I had re-organized everything on my computer. We actually have a server that all computers and laptops can save material to, so I was re-organizing all my stuff on the server. Very simple task - create a couple of catch-all folders like "All Writing" and then sub-folders like "Blog" etc. (This is making it sound like I had thousands of documents just floating around on their own. Not quite). 

I carefully clicked and dragged my writing stuff into this shiny new folder and was very chuffed*. About two days later I attempted to make some edits to a particular document, only to find it didn't exist. What the what? A peek into the new "All writing" folder showed three documents and two folders - none of which related to writing. Argh! Ever had that feeling? - first you go all cold, then your mouth drops open, then you walk around saying "Oh my God, oh my God". That one. 

And of course, the backup service we use had expired last month but we missed that because it sends notifications to an e-mail we no longer use. Isn't that typical? We pay for the service for about 9 years and the ONE TIME we need it, we screw up. Anyway, I did a quick search of "restoring Word documents" and managed to restore everything to the week before my stupid massive file re-org. 

And breathe...................

Except for some reason, the documents I'd been working on had reverted even further back and two week's worth of brain-knackering work were wiped off the planet. I'm not even sure I can do it all over again. I've had my computer guy search everywhere for the most recent versions and they are nowhere. Furthermore, none of us can figure out what happened during my re-org, since I had the presence of mind to check the contents of "All writing" before closing down, and yes, everything was where it should be. 

So I had the inevitable dream that night, but not before watching a Graham Norton show with Denzel Washington and Keannu Reeves as guests. (By the way, Keannu looks amazing for 52!) 

According to Medical News Today, the recall of events and people from a day or a week ago is called "Dream Lag". 

In the dream, I had actually created a folder on the hard drive (not the server) called - "Keannu" of course - and there were my missing files. Oh what a joyous dream! I can't tell you the relief! 

Until I woke up. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out which bits of my dreams are absolute rubbish, but not this time. 

What a bloody let down. 

* chuffed - very pleased (often with oneself)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump's Words of Choice

Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. (Rushes in, obviously tardy, very flustered.) Been a busy month with a lot of back issues thrown in. (Yes, it's back.)

It's also been a very LONG month (less three days) since you-know-who took office. Exhausting, many would say. I won't rant on about it because I'm sure you're all acutely aware of the anguish in the USA at the moment. Trump himself seems to think he's the man of the people. conveniently forgetting that about two thirds of us didn't vote for him, but hey - facts! 

What is interesting is the new developments in language that have occurred since Donnie entered the political arena and turned it into a circus. 

Bigly - Ok, so he's saying "Big League" which sounds even more ridiculous when stuck in the middle of a sentence and used as an adjective or an adverb. It sounds like "bigly" though, so everyone is going with that one when they want to make fun of Trump. Which is all the time. Bigly is actually a real word. Oh yes. The Oxford English Dictionary classifies it as an adverb meaning "with great force" or "loudly, boastfully". Perfectly suited for him then. ;-)

Disgrace - Everything said or done that's not 100% praising Donnie is a "disgrace". It's one of those words you just know he was brought up with. A bit like "disappointed" - a word used to shame him as a child, and he obviously thinks we're all going to hang our heads instead of wetting ourselves laughing. Donnie - you're not my mother. (I was going to say "You're not the boss of me", but that would be tempting the giant orange ego who obviously reads this blog.) 

Fake - This is the word Donnie uses for "things I don't like". Topics include, but are not limited to, Russia, his tiny hands, Ivanka's failing product lines, Russia, the New York Times, CNN, global warming, Russia. It's going down a treat with his fans though, I must admit. They simply say it (or type in ALL CAPS) in lieu of any decent argument or rebuttal. Works like a charm. 

Tremendous - Donnie uses this word a lot, when he can't be bothered to find the correct word. (Or doesn't know it.) It is employed when whining talking about bad things - (....tremendous waste, fraud and abuse. That we're taking care of. It's tremendous.) and big things - (...have to release a tremendous amount of information..) and of course, when bragging about himself - (I am worth a tremendous amount of money. I have had tremendous success.)

Walk back - Actually, Donnie doesn't say this but everyone around him does it every time he opens his mouth. Never, in the history of politics, (Trump style exaggeration there) has a politician meant so little of what he says. Just Google "walking back Trump's words" and watch what comes up. It almost makes you feel sorry for his Press Secretary and his Spokespeople, but then you don't. 

Yoooge - Or "Huge" as we'd say. I think he stopped saying it at some point because so many people were imitating him. In the interests of fair and balanced blogging however (stop laughing), I must point out that Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also says it - 

So yes, Donnie has at least entertained us with his powerful use of the English language. That's about as much as I can credit him with. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Little Care Packages

As you know, I don't normally review stuff on the blog. With what's usually going on in my life, or in the USA (cough, cough) I have enough material to blog every day if I wasn't the lazy old bag that I am!
Once in a while I make an exception and here's something I thought worth investigating further.

The Little Care Package - "Fun and yummy care packages delivered to the USA and Canada". Given that my local Brit store closed up shop last year, I am a bit desperate these days. I was sent a care package (otherwise known as a box full of goodies) to review* (after much slobbering and gleeful consumption, obviously), so here it is.

My package contained -
Yup - all the wins! Galaxy, Fudge, Curly Wurly, etc. Yum. 
Had to backhand my 13 y/o several times!

Jaffa Cakes (which I will have to hide) and shortbread.

Monster Munch and Flying Saucers (which I haven't had for yonks!)
13 y/o took the Flying Saucers to school to shock his friends!

Yorkshire pudding mix (yay) and a lovely Jane Asher oven mitt. 

A lovely cloth shopping bag with London-y things on. There was also a little London bus and an OK magazine. (Talk about having been away a long time - I didn't know anyone in it!) 

Here's how it works - You can register for a monthly subscription at $39usd. This charges every month but can be cancelled at anytime. (So, if you only want one care package, just cancel your subscription.) Or you can register for a 3 month subscription which charges once at $108usd and you or some lucky person, receives a package every month for 3 months. Packages can also be marked as a gift and sent to someone else, which I think is a great idea. Brits in the UK can send them as presents if they have friends and loved ones in the UK or Canada. (They are expanding to other countries in the future too.)

The company is offering my readers and followers (that's you, my little lovelies) 10% off your subscriptions by using the code 'chicago'. This works for a monthly subscription or for the three month one, making it an even better deal! Valid until the end of February.

All the goods are packaged from England, so none of the dodgy "pretend" British stuff we often find in the shops over here. (You know what I'm talking about.)

Have a poke around the web site! There's an FAQ section which can answer any questions you might have.
Now off for a little chomp on something. 

*The Little Care Package company invited me to review a sample of their wares, which I received for free!

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