Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Reasons to be cheerful...

There aren't any.  The Sock can't blog properly because the Bedsock upgraded her computer to Windows 7 and obviously that means a load of stuff doesn't work now including Photoshop which we may need to upgrade to get it to work.

Now it looks like the Bedsock may be stuck in Devon at the weekend if the roads are too snowed up for him to drive home and he has all the camera kit and most of the Socks winter jumpers down there too. This will delay setting up the computer stuff even longer!!!

Worse than that it is "no-alcohol January" so I can't even cheer myself up with a few tots of Talisker.

The Sock has found one reason to be cheerful...

Mick Soft's new gardening video

in case you haven't already followed the link on Cleve West's blog. 

16 comments:

elizabethm said...

I suggest you give up no alcohol January right away - make it Feburary which is such a god awful month it can't be any worse. January is going to be cold, cold, cold. You need Talisker.

Yan said...

If all your warm sweaters are hundreds of miles away you probably do need a medicinal dram ...

I know of what I speak, we had no heating for 24 hours, the thermocouple on the boiler failed. It was -7C outside and not very much inside. I nearly kissed the boilerman when he fixed it yesterday afternoon, but I thought it might traumatise him for life!

Plant Mad Nige said...

My dear Sock - alcohol-free January????!!!! Absolutely unthinkable. And extremely bad for your mental and physical health. (Trust me on this, I'm not cluttered with anything cumbersome like medical knowledge or anything.)

For what it's worth, my regime is no booze whatever, on week days but 'way-hey and jollerroos at the week end. That way, you can keep within your weekly, and rather measly 21units but still have a blast.

Oh, and absolutely no booze during Lent. I insist on that, but by then, the Income Tax has been paid, the days are lengthening and the Easter Choc Fest approaches, so dropping booze for 46 days comes easier.

BTW the word verification is slyrlerp - just what you should be doing, now, in your currently sweaterless and Bedsockless state. Go on, slyrlerp yourself some comfort. You know it makes sense!

Arabella Sock said...

February is the worst month but somehow starting a new regime is "easier" in January after the excesses of Christmas. I usually feel so over-sated with food and wine over Christmas that I actually look forward to a period of abstinence. Unfortunately this feeling only lasts for a couple of days. The idea of just having alcohol at weekends is a good one as the the one time I find it really hard to do without is if we lunch out (which we frequently do) and it just doesn't seem right without a decent glass of wine.

Bob Monkhouse was known to always have a glass of whisky prior to a performance and when asked if this was to calm his nerves replied "No, it's because I like the taste!". This is the problem - I like the taste too much!

My warm dressing-gown is in Plymouth too. Mope. How can I exist without my warm dressing gown? What if my boiler breaks down? No-one will rescue me because they can't get up my road 'cos of the snow! Oh no, I will only have the cats to keep me warm!

Rothschild Orchid said...

I agree with the others you need to scrap this "no alcohol January" malarky right away. I thought I was taking extreme measures trying to give up my morning bucket of coffee this month, but my god nothing's coming between me and the Laphroaig!

The lack of warm jumpers situation can be more easily solved, just shove a kitten or two down your top -instant hot water bottle!

Ms B said...

The thought of a kitten or two down your top is much more than I can deal with :0

BTW what you need is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-House-Snug-Lite-Adult/dp/B002GHBRO8/ref=pd_sim_kh_4
which would make an ideal nestste which is the WV!

Yan said...

Yes, a kitten down the top would require ample supplies of sticking plasters, I think. I was reduced to carrying a hot water bottle tucked under my arm yesterday - I haven't got a kitten, and a HWB is quite well behaved in comparison.

Those sleeved blankets look as if you might trip over them on the move - either that or the model is v v short ...

the cycling gardener said...

I commiserate Arabella. I too am suffering a “no-alcohol January” compounded by a “no cycling January” after I fell off my bike, gashed my right leg and severely bruised my right side on New Year’s Day (rough start to 2010). I face the reverse predicament to the Bedsock as I must drive down to Devon on Saturday as my daughter is due back at Exeter University where she has ALL her winter jumpers!!!

Rob Clack said...

I agree about alcohol-free January. I used to try this, but generally ended up increasing my overall intake afterwards. I've given up alcohol-free anything!

I have posted a relevant picture on my blog especially for you!

aspidistra said...

Poor Arabella, what a miserwable start to the new year. Unfortunately I have got to the point where there is very little left for me to give up. I have already given up cats, alcohol and coffee. This only leaves chocolate left to give up. Oh lord. Surely it is illegal not to eat choccy in this weather?

HappyMouffetard said...

At least if you make Feb your now alcohol month, it's the shortest month. Hope the Bedsock makes it back OK x
(WV is sortyps which is probably what you'd get if you stuck kittens down your jumper)
and thank you (and cleve) for introducing me to the joy of Mick Soft!

cw said...

Alcohol free January a daft idea if you don't mind me saying so. I'm not a big drinker but have taken to a nip of brandy with our coffee down at the plot during this cold spell. Good for morale.
Many thanks for links to Mick. Rumour has it that he's thinking of applying for the job at the RHS.

c x

PS Another reason to be cheerful is that the film,Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, is out tomorrow.

cw said...

Alcohol free January a daft idea if you don't mind me saying so. I'm not a big drinker but have taken to a nip of brandy with our coffee down at the plot during this cold spell. Good for morale.
Many thanks for links to Mick. Rumour has it that he's thinking of applying for the job at the RHS.

c x

PS Another reason to be cheerful is that the film,Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, is out tomorrow.

Arabella Sock said...

So no Bedsock this weekend as he is taking the sensible option and staying over in Plymouth. So I am home alone and will have to keep Spook entertained on my own which is hard work, particularly since he has a new game involving a plastic bottle top he likes which he brings to me so I can throw it for him. I've told him that if I had wanted to play fetch I would have got a dog!

Oh dear Cycling Gardener - that doesn't sound much fun. I'm sure that the minute there is an intention to give up alcohol life throws a load of crap at you which would normally make you turn to the bottle! As it is I can't find the Talisker or Tanners Peaty Craig stuff which is very pleasant so we must have drunk it all over Christmas.

I'm looking forward to the Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll film too although the Bedsock might prioritise us seeing Avatar if he ever makes it back home. I saw Ian Dury and the Blockheads live once - fantastic.

Arabella Sock said...

PS. Yan I hope you have one of those furry HWBs. They are the best. Mine's called Woolfie.

VP said...

I saw Ian Dury live too, so I'm also looking forward to the film.

Perhaps you need to heed the advice given out here and stick Spook down your jumper after all. It would certainly cure him of his bottle top habit pretty pronto!

Stay warm!