Tuesday, 28 February 2006

OUCH that hurt

Well Ouch!!! That injection (epidural thing) I had into my spine today was very very painful and if I wasnt on journals i would swear!  I never knew it would be that painful! Anyway it was over in minutes and its all done now, I just hope it does something to take all my discomfort away - apparently it takes a day or so to work!!! Will keep you posted.

Well Ive tried to read all your journals and it keeps saying journals unavailable, so now Im getting alerts and then cant get in the journal!! Great, nice on AOL!!! Got to hand it to them for variety havent you!! LOL

Anyway, Im going to lay on sofa and rest.  See you soon guys.

Love Laine xxxxxxxx


Monday, 27 February 2006

finally done it

Hello my journal friends,

Just been in to college and handed my essay safely into the hands of my tutor! Job done! I will serialize the essay on my journal, when I have worked out how to do it - as some of you have requested that I do so - might be a bit boring for some, sorry.

I don't really know how is the best way to put it on my journal page as it has pictures embedded in it - can anyone help? Is it best to start a new journal just for my essay?

I have turned all my alerts back on so I can find out how you are all doing.  I've got my epidural at the hospital tomorrow - I'm a bit nervous about that really - probably because I know the size of the needle having had an epidural twice when I gave birth to Sam and then Joe. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!! Hate needles!!!

Right now I better tidy up the dining room table - it has been covered with my papers and books whilst I have been doing my essay! Need to tidy it all away now.  Now Ive just got to get myself ready for my tutorial on Thursday and then panic over for college for a week - got next week off.  Then my major project starts week after next!! That's my last term at college and the work we produce next term has to be exhibited in June in our major show - I'm going to let you all know how my exhibit goes as it develops.  I've also sent in my UCAS form for the B.A. Top-up degree next year - I just hope I get an interview and I hope I get on the course!! fingers crossed! Its my final step to obtaining a degree.

Take care everyone, I'll be reading your journals tonight.

Love Laine xxx


Sunday, 26 February 2006


Hi guys,

I'm really sorry Im not being a good journaler at the moment. I switched the alerts back on but still havent had time to look at them.  I'm still struggling to finish this dam essay! I keep re-reading it and it just doesnt seem to read right to me.  My dear friend Ally read it and she came back to me with some great positive comments, but you know when you just can't word something right and it drives you mad - well thats how it is at the moment.

Anyway I really want to finish it today or tomorrow night at the latest! As I have the hospital on Tuesday and the essay has to be handed in on Wednesday.  So I'm turning off my alerts again - and I hate to do so!  I will probably put them back on on Wednesday.

Take care all my friends - Im always thinking of you

Love Laine xxx

Thursday, 23 February 2006

It's me again

Hello everyone,

I really miss all your alerts so Im going to turn them back on again.  I have nearly done the essay - well Ive written all the words but I havent finally tweeked it yet. Ive printed out the first draft tonight - I just need to add pictures and bibliography and stuff then its done!  I really think Ive babbled on a bit in it though.  I havent got many quotes from other sources but then its all about me so I dont know!  I think when I read it fresh in the morning it might feel better!!

I hope you are all ok - Im going to catch up with all your journals tomorrow - I didnt realise how much I would miss you all!

Laine xxx

Tuesday, 21 February 2006


Oh dam it!!! Just wrote a journal entry and lost it. Oh never mind. Anyway I was writing to say that I am switching off my alerts for a while - well until Ive done my essay and I promise I will be back and let you know how Im getting on. Ive got so much work to do its unbelievable.  Im being assessed this week too!! eeeeeeeeek then got my tutorial next week. I hope Ive done well although I havent done alot of work so I need to work hard tonight!!!  Ive got to get all my photos mounted on board.  Ive also got to write a personal statement for my university form which has got to be submitted by 15th March1!!! eeeeeeeeeek  Anyway, take care my journal buddies and I will be back.

I had some virtual pets from Sugar that I wanted you to look after while Im away but I cant paste them in my journal!!! (help suguar!!!) Anyway they will just have to sleep snugly in my computer until I figure out how to get them on my journal page - I got the others on so Im confused now!!! LOL

Love to all and take care

Love Laine xxxxxxxxxxxxx


p.s. also got my epidural next week on tuesday - great really need that next week when Ive got my tutorial!!!! typical LOLxxxx

Sunday, 19 February 2006

Sunday Sunday

Hi everyone,

Well Stuart has a brilliant picture of trees in his journal today, do take a look. Stuart's trees.  Brilliant picture I think! But then you know I love trees LOL. 

I havent dont anymore to my essay. Been really busy doing nothing. Funny how you can be busy doing nothing isnt it!!! LOL To tell you the truth Im just being lazy - or am I? I just want to sleep whenever I stop, just curl up on the sofa and sleep - aaaaaaaah bliss!!! I think its because the weather is so miserable you just dont want to do anything.

Anyway, not much to say so I wont babble any longer, hope you all had a great weekend.

Love Laine xxxxx


Friday, 17 February 2006

Sugar's Puppies

 Look what I have got everybody, just got here from Sugar's Journal. Bless the little mites,  that mother of theirs looks a bit bewildered. I hope they behave themselves in my journal - you will see them again! Laine xxxx

Thank you

Hi friends,

Thanks for all your feedback and comments - i will indeed post my essay when it is finished!! You probably wont want to read all of it though!!!  I just rattled on with it today and it probably doesnt make any sense whatsoever but at least I started it.  Thank you to Stuart for the short story by Frank Kafka - i will use that! Also thanks to Aileen and Jeannette for the links.  Thank you to you all for your support - without  knowing it you are helping me get this essay done - its the thought of having to tell you I hadnt done any made me get writing LOL! Well it has to be in by 1st march!! So not long now.

John phoned earlier - he went to the site where the company who is offering him the job install their doors. (Did I tell you it will be selling sliding doors and swing doors) anyway he was a bit nervous because he couldnt get near the site and see whether they were bad or good.  Anyway, he is bound to be nervous its a big step but even if it doesnt work out they will be paying enough for us to put a bit of money away incase it doesnt work out. So I think he should go for it!!!

Especially for you doggie fans out there - my Oscar was very naughty today! Bless him - he thought it was Christmas.  John fed him as usual but where he got the canned dog food out of the cupboard is where we keep Oscars doggie biscuits.  Well John left the door open!  Joe came downstairs to the toilet and as he went back up he saw Oscars head stuck in the cupbard and yep you guessed it munched all the biscuits up!!! Wish I'd had my camera ready!  I bet Oscar couldnt believe his eyes when he was let loose on that lot!! Hee hee.

Love to you all Laine xxxxx


Friday already!!!!!!

Hi my lovely friends,

I found some pics for you! The first one is of some trees I took last year when the sun was shining through, love that one! Then the next ones are of the trees I took last week when out walking (all part of my big project at the mo.) The last picture was taken at the end of summer last year when my boys met baby stanley for the first time. That's my little nephew!  He will be one in May! The other boys are as you guessed mine and John's!! Sam and Joe mine and Chris and James are John's - I put the names on the pic in the order that they are sitting on the sofa so you can work out who is who.

I will try and find a nice pic of Emma and one of me and John sometime.

Well guys I have now done half of my essay!!! Yee ha!!! At the moment Ive just written what comes out of my head and so then I will need to look through it and add bits and make it readable! But at least I've made a good start. Anyone who wants to read what Ive written so far let me know and Ill email it to you.  I will email the final one if anyone wants it too. Probably a bit boring for you though!! LOL

Now does anyone know any famous poetry about trees I could put into my essay or a writer or poetic who writes about trees. Stuart?? Thought it might be you! LOL Would appreciate it if anyone could give me some ideas.

John has decided to accept the job pending a few things.  They offered him a package he just could not refuse.  The only risk is that if they dont do well in the next year they could cease to exist but I know John is good and he will make them succeed! Also we wont be getting a company car we will get a car allowance so in affect we will have to buy a car so if the job doesnt work out then we will have a huge debt. Well I think we should go for it.  John has gone up to London this afternoon to see one of their sites and look at how they have put their product into this particular building - if the work is shoddy then John might be put off working for them - he is hoping they have done a good job then it will make his decision and he will tell them he accepts on Monday. Whooooo exciting stuff!!!!  It will be a job that he will be happy in and will givehim a challenge that he has wanted for so long.  Also means he can compete against his old firm!!!

This also means that we dont have to have students anymore!!! We always had them to make us a little extra money but I found it hard work and a bit of an intrusion to our home.  They were lovely, dont get me wrong and we always made them welcome, took them out and it was nice meeting new people. But, I am so relieved and I can have my house to myself for the summer!!! Yeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Whooopeeeeeee!!!!!! LOL

Anyway, Im babbling again!! Stuart will like that!! Have a good weekend everyone. If I dont manage to comment on your journals over weekend I will on Monday.  I must check all your journals though as I dont seem to be getting alerted for all of them!

Love Laine xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 16 February 2006

Tree Poem

Hello my friends,

I thought I would share with you a poem that my friend Sandy wrote for me - thought it was so lovely of her to do so - its about my trees. Well they are not my trees LOL - but you know what I mean. 

Standing tall, Devoid of leaves, But not of feelings.   Looking forlorn, Cold and sad, But warm on the inside.   Slice me open, And I will bleed, But I will not die.   Isnt it lovely! I also want to say thank you to Stuart for thinking of me when he posted a beautiful tree pic in his journal the other day - how lovely that people think about me!!! Awwwww.   Well I'm worried because John has got a long journey home tonight and he is very very tired -Ive not seen him since Valentine night!!  Awww fond memories of that night!! LOL! Bless him - I miss him so much and he has only been away a night!! Is there something wrong with me - god I couldn't imagine life without him - I love him so so much!!! Well, you remember the other day that I said John had to go somewhere and I didnt quite say where - well it was for another job and they head hunted him! They want him badly for this position and he has been deliberating over what to do for several days now - anyway he is driving back from a long meeting with them now - it is good money and he says they have answered all his questions that he had - its working for someone who is in competition with the last company he worked for.  It will be selling in London mainly and then up to the North - they do have a salesman in the North - so there shouldnt be too much driving - ooooh its hard isnt it because he wasnt even thinking of leaving his present job but the money is better!! Anyway will let you know what we decide! Sorry I babbled on there!!!   Laine xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2006

We rocked!

WOW what a night we had at We Will Rock You - the cast were fantastic - it was a great show - it had everything, a storyline, humour and great rock music! The effects were brilliant too and the stage was amazingly good! I loved every minute of it and the finale was just the best - the whole theatre were on their feet at the end! Great stuff.

Now I'm feeling sad because our few days together are over - we had such a lovely lovely evening, not just being at the show but being in the hustle and bustle of late night London! John left for work this morning and said he might not be home tonight as he might carry on driving to his next appointment for tomorrow.  Which makes sense as then his driving will be cut by half - but I suddenly felt all sad and didnt want him to go - how silly is that!!! Love him so much.

Anyway, I'm off to work for a friend today doing waitressing - at a funeral (that will cheer me up!! LOL).  Then I have to drive over to Brighton tonight and pick my boys up - I'm not going to go to college for the rest of the week I'm going to devote the rest of the week to my boys - not seen them all week and want to spend the rest of their half-term with them.

Take care guys, I might be back on later - I'm a bit behind with looking at your journals, Love Laine xxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 February 2006


Hi guys,  Thanks for all your comments I'm well excited about seeing the show and I will post a review as soon as I can!  Now, my mate Sandy from America is a beautiful, lovely person and she has shared with me two poems that she wrote herself and I want to share them with you too. Here is the first one, I will be putting the other one on another day.  Please let me know what you think. Thanks Love Laine xxx

I saw, but you conquered

That first day
I was driving to meet you,
I saw the signs that said run away,
But I was determined to follow through,
To meet and then decide what I would do.
Then you touched my hair, my neck; I fell into your charms.
You kissed my face, my lips and I melted into your arms.

My mind said no,
That second time I saw you.
Intuition told me run, just go,
But I was determined to follow through;
To touch you again then know what to do.
Then you touched my hair, my neck; I fell into your charms.
You kissed my face, my lips and I melted into your arms.

This time I let
My voice told you we were through.
This time I was stubborn, I was set,
And I was determined to follow through
But you touched me and I was lost in you.

I saw, but you conquered.
I didn't listen, I just ignored
What was going through my head
How you were tugging at my heart,
And now that we're apart
All the things I should have said,
HowI long for your touch, your kiss
All the things that I now miss
Just because

You touched my hair, my neck; I fell into your charms.
You kissed my face, my lips and I melted into your arms.

I saw, but you conquered.

We will, we will rock you!!!

Yeeeeeeeeeeee ha!!! Guess where John is taking me tomorrow night. Awwwwwwww bless him!!! Well you should have a good idea by the title of this entry!!  He is taking me to London's Dominion Theatre to see the musical, We will rock you by Queen and Ben Elton.  Here is the link if you want to have a look; We will rock you! I'm so excited - always wanted to see it!!!!  LOL Love Laine xxxxxxx

Sunday, 12 February 2006


Well your right guys he has planned something, bless him!! He said he was testing me to see how I would react that he hadnt planned anything. LOL He said that I have to be ready for 4pm and that we wont be back til very late.  He said he is bursting to tell me! He said its something he thought I might like!!! Im so intrigued - if he tells me I will tell you but otherwise you will have to wait til Wednesday!!!! One happy gal now!!! LOL


feel strange

Hi guys,

Well before you shout I am actually starting my essay tonight!! Hee hee.

Well you know I said that I might be going out on Valentine's night - John just said he has nothing arranged.  So I feel all disappointed and I can't hide it from him.  The other night I said to him shall I cook a meal at home and he said no Im going to sort something out tomorrow.  So Ive been gettting all excited for nothing! Crikey, tell me how I can get out of this mood.  We are on our own now til Wednesday, no kids and I dont want to spoil it but I cant help feeling disappointed!!  He used to be so romantic and arrange stuff - now i do it all the time.  Be nice if he just said Ive booked something.  Oh well.

anyway, Im going now got an essay to write. Laine xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 11 February 2006


Hi Guys

Thanks for all your encouragement - and with great intention I sat down yesterday morning - pen in hand to start my essay! The phone rings - my mate sounded down and like I always do, would swap anything for a good gossip and cup of tea with a mate! So essay didnt get started! Then John said let's go down town and get our holiday booked! Essay didnt get started!  My friend rings up in afternoon, 'Courtney is getting award at school! she would like you to come!' - Essay didnt get started!  Then time to go pick Sam up! Essay didnt get started. Got home with Sam and went upstairs for a lie down - didnt feel well - so, yes you guessed it, essay didnt get started.  Maria was picking Joe up from school at 4.15 - I woke up when she got back with him - we had another cup of tea - essay!!! hmm no hope today!!! Did alot of thinking about it though! LOL

Had to work today - and its the weekend so crikey maybe I will get started tomorrow night!!

Well we booked our holiday - going to Cala d'or, Majorca, Spain! Got a lovely villa with its own pool - going last week in August!! Cant wait!!! Boys are excited!

You all wanted to know where John went? Well cant really say yet as we havent made up our minds - but its good and its to do with better job prospects!!! Quite exciting but a lot to think about!!

Love Laine - have a good weekend all.


Thursday, 9 February 2006

Hiding behind the settee

Yikes, I'm hiding behind the settee coz I know your gonna get me!! No I havent started that dreaded essay yet!!! I know, I know!!!!  Well the time just goes doesnt it!!! I've got tomorrow off - so I'm gonna start it then!!! Hopes!!!!

But first thing in the morning I've got to go with John and we are going to book our holiday!! Yeeeee haaaaaaa!!!! Think we are going to Majorca - Calador (dont know how you spell that!!). Only taking the four boys as Emma is going with her friends. We will probably just go for a week - the last week in August. Can't wait!!!!!

It's sooooooooo cold today - just can't keep warm!!! Can't wait for John to come home so I can have a nice cuddle to warm me up.  He has been somewhere very special today but I cant tell you about it yet - but I am bursting!!! Cant wait to tell you guys - you will be the first I promise!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right Im gonna go and curl up on settee - now its safe to come out - or is it?

Laine xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Feeling guilty

Hi Guys,

Why do I feel guilty? Well my little Joe (pictured above) can act very well and pretend he is ill as I thought he was doing yesterday and this morning.  Well Sam was off for three days last week and it usually happens that Joe will try to blag some time off too.  Anyway, I sent him yesterday under protest and he was fine - few sniffles but not much else.  Then today when he got up he was very very quiet and didnt complain - so I took him into school and said that he was feeling poorly - they said they would ring if they thought he was.  Anyway, I got a phone call before school started  - my best mate Maria had found him in the playground crying!! Oh my god did I feel guilty!!!  Anyway, Maria said she would take him to his teacher and then I didnt hear anything all day.  But, as soon as he got home he laid on the settee and fell asleep - i took his temperature and it was over a 100!!! God did I feel bad - poor little mite - anyway I told him he can stay with me tomorrow!!! Even though Ive got college and that - well I'll have to take him with me and miss the lecture at 1:30pm.  I will be really spoiling him tomorrow!!!

Im frustrated because our very expensive graphic card, that we have had just over a year (so guarantee ran out!) has given up the ghost!!! So Im having to work on the onboard graphic card and it is very slow and the refresh rate is so frustrating!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr Im gonna have to buy a new one fast!!!! Anyone know anywhere on the net to buy a good one - preferably one that I can play my Sims on LOL.

Take care all

Laine xxxxxxxxx (and no I havent started my essay yet!!!!!!!)


Monday, 6 February 2006

Monday Monday

Hi Guys,

Sorry yesterday's entry was a bit long winded!! Its fun doing the survey but boring reading it!! Bet your eyes popped out. 

Cant believe its Monday again already - the time is rushing by it's already 6th February!!  OOOh my brother is 38 on Wednesday - I remember is 4th birthday vividly!!! cripes!!! 

Had my hair done today - really pleased with it - just had a cut but makes me feel alot better when my hair is in control LOL.

Well I havent started my essay yet - dont know where to begin - must have it done by 27th February though and time is running out - only 21 days to do it in - thats 3 weeks - that sounds better. LOL This time next week who wants to bet I havent started it still!!!!

I took some more pics on Sunday - thought I would share some with you - it was very very cold and dull day. Not nice for photos.  Also put in a pic of what they all look like together on the wall.

Love to you all

Laine xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 5 February 2006


1.You can press a button that will make any one person explode, who do you choose? 

Errrrrrrrrm that's a hard one coz I don't really hate anyone but probably it would be anyone who on purpose hurt another human being or living thing.

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence.

Ermmmm hmm let me think - probably any heavy metal band.

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

OOOOOOOOh no I could never hit anyone in the face.

4. What is your favorite cheese?

A nice strong English cheddar preferably melted on toast!!! mmmmmmmmmmmm.

5. You can only have one kind of sandwich.

Tuna and mayo in granary!!! yum!!

6. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie-celebrity of your choice. We are talking no strings attached sex. Who would it be?

Johnny Depp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who is it?

Awwwwwwww Robbie Williams of course!!

8. Now that you've slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! What do you spend it on?

A new outfit!!!!....

9. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you going?


10. Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Now that you are in the new location, where are you gonna go to spend that?

In the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios my favourite place to eat!!!.

11. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. "Be brand-specific", what is it?

Pernod and Black please!!!!

12. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

Who is Rufus? LOL Im going to go to the 1930's then I can be around to see Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison and enjoy all the rock and roll and stuff.. When I get there I would party party party.

13. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

The men do as they are told by us women LOL

14. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what's the premise?

Pimp Elaine's ride - I get my car done up just how I like it!


15. What is your favorite expletive?

What does that mean?!"

16. One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies dont do anything they just stand there what do you do?

Cuddle up back under the covers with my john and hope they go away! Crikes!!!!!

17. Your house is on fire! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. What will it be?

Well it would have to be me bag!!! Got me life in there!!!

18. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What's it gonna be?

The power to have lots of money for ever and ever....


19. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool stuff... you can move to anywhere else in the world!

Im going to Florida again just because I love it so much....

20. This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age. Check it out. You have been eternally banned from every single bar in the world except for ONE:

hmmm it would be a bar just for me and my man and it would have a cozy sofa and next to that a lovely log fire - and romantic music playing....

21. Hopefully you didn't mention this in the super-powers question.... If you did, then we'll just expand on that. Check it out... Suddenly, you have gained the ability to FLOAT!!! Who's house are you going to float to first, and be like "Dude check it out I can float!

I'd go to Sharon Osbournes house coz Ozzy would just love it and would probably float with me!

22. The constant absorption of magical moonbeams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier have given you the ability to resurrect the dead person of your choice. Who is it?

Aww my lovely nan so I could just tell her all about my kids and how happy my john makes me.!

23. What's your theme song?

Don't worry be happy!

Well it was just for fun and the fact that I didnt know what to say tonight - Im not going to tag anyone - but if you leave your link I'll look see what your answers are too. love Laine xxxxxxx 

Friday, 3 February 2006

London pics and stuff

Hi guys - I'm sorry I didnt take as many pics as I would have liked to - but your not really allowed to take pics in the galleries.  Anyway this gives you a taste of some of the work I saw and here is a list of sites you can look at (if you want) of the galleries I went to. 1) Modern Art, 2) Whitechapel 3) David Risley Gallery 4) Wilkinson Gallery,  5) Vilma Gold (Alisa Margolis). Anyway I havent tried the links yet so hope they work ok - first time Ive done that - let me know how you get on if you do try them.

I went for another walk this morning and took lots more pics - really getting quite obsessed about going out into the woods and snapping away with my camera - I really ought to learn how to use my nice posh one then I might be able to take even better pics.

Got to go to work tomorrow - boo hoo - well we are doing quite well my mate Maria and I - we have about two to three weeks to finish and we have two lodges left to do completely then its going round hoovering and carpet cleaning and putting in missing items - I think we will be ok. 

My Sam not been well this week - he has been off school for three days with this nasty cold and sore throat - he seems much better today though.  We have all the boys this weekend,  James, Chris, Sam and Joe!!! Sam went with John to go pick up Chris and James tonight so its just been me and Joe for the evening - quite nice really. 

Must start my essay this weekend!!! Ive got to write about my own personal development in the art world - 2,000 - 3,000 words.  Got to hand it in on 1st March but I need to get it done by 28th as i have to go into hospital to have a small op (epidural) on my back because of my sciatica!!!  Anyway they have given us two days off college next week (thursday and friday) to write the essay - what the betting I dont do any of it!!! LOL

Have a good weekend all of you - I will write again on Monday.

Laine xxxxx

London again

Hi guys - well I had a great time in London - fantastic actually - we went to all the back street galleries that only artists and students tend to know about - it was really good - I have a few pics but not many I will post them this evening.


Laine xxx

P.S. I havent had time to look at all your journals - I will do tonight - I hope you are all ok. xxx

Thursday, 2 February 2006


It's 9.00am and I'm waiting for my friend to pick me up! I'm all excited to have a day out - I'm going to London!!! If Im not too tired when I get back I will tell you all about it - it's going to be a long day! Love Laine xxxxxx