Monday, 17 April 2017

I'm in a video

I didn't like being in it but my sister said I sounded like a professional teacher or lecturer from her school. That'll do me! If the little sis is proud, then I am. And I'm proud of the hard work I put in to work on the scheme in the first place which led to the video. It's a video about Nextgen and VFX Apprenticeships of which our company was one of the first to be inolved in, we're also the smallest. It was way outside of my comfort zone and I really do feel like I've gone back a few years to being involved in education again at times, useful back knowledge to have though!

I'm at 3 minutes 20!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

5 joys number 9

This blog post is late, so there are more happy things than just 5, but I like to keep to a routine so I'll stick to 5! Because it's late, at least 3 things in there are theatre and some newer things I've done are missing!

Things that have made me happy in the last few weeks need to be noted, even if late. It's the only consistent in my life and on this blog right now, that's not a bad thing, it just means life is very busy and it's very important to me personally, that I have these blogs to look back on in future, as that's the only reason I've consistently kept up with my writing, private and public. It's for me.

On with the list anyway.

1) The warmer spring weather has been amazing right? We have light later in the day and we don't have to wrap up warm. The blossoms and daffodils are abundant and last week I ate pizza outside in the church garden in Soho and then went home for an early afternoon of DIY in my garden. T-shirt only! Whoop! Summer soon and more community gardens meetings and volunteer days and summer fetes and holidays and ice cream! All of the things!

2) She loves me was such a great little show at The Menier Chocolate Factory and I didn't realise how many songs I knew from it. A brilliant old fashioned musical.

3) The Girls was just amazingl. Wow! It made me laugh and cry and grab Kathryn's arm and have all of the feelings. Well done Gary Barlow and the team behind it, truly heartwarming piece of theatre and I felt very lucky to see it so near the beginning of the run.

4) American in Paris was again, stunning. The dancing and choreography was incredible. A must see and the director was sat just behind us because it was a preview night!

5) International Women's day, just because. I took the guys from work to a panel of women from our industry. Drinks afterwards and a great room of women and men to chat to.

I'll go now. This blog is way too late, some of these things are weeks old. I couldn't even write that much!


Monday, 6 March 2017

5 joys number 8

1)  I re-discovered my love of reality TV talent shows when I was feeling a bit ill, Let it Shine and The Voice. Let it shine finished on Saturday. I enjoyed Take That getting back together for the finale waaaaaaay more than I should have! Let's not even mention that I'm also just starting Celebs go sating series 2. I think I need help.

2) Sian has nearly finished my Mosaic, it looks beautiful. I can't wait to share some photos, but I can't yet!

3) I've booked a few holidays. One hen do abroad and one spa break up North with the mum and the older sibling. Holidays are definitely a joy to look forward to.

4) Last Sunday, I thought I was going to an "Emergency Meeting" for my gardening community group. I had been catering the night before and when I woke up, I was tired, grumpy and not in the mood to have "Emergency Meetings"! But I went and I tried to smile and when I got there, my lovely friends had only gone and made me a surprise early birthday afternoon tea! I honestly was so overwhelmed and surprised. It was just perfect and lovely and cheered my mood up more than anything could have. Such warm, loving friends with so much interesting stuff to talk about!

5) This weekend just passed was my actual birthday and all my friends came out for dinner and drinks. It was so lovely to have them all there.

** Disclaimer, I should have posted this last week!

Friday, 27 January 2017

5 joys number 7

1) Oh dad, mum's gonna get jealous as you're starring at the top again! But we did it! We bought my scooter! Another fun day on Sunday out on the bikes all afternoon and the rain even held off until we go home and then it started again!

2) Miranda's little sister Louisa got engaged to Steve and we had the party last Saturday. I like nothing better than yummy cakes, sandwiches and tea so this was a good little party. Congratulations to the happy couple!

3) I still can't find the words to describe what Amber Riley's vocals did to my senses on Saturday night when we went to see Dreamgirls. My friend Lesley described it really well on my Facebook. "I felt as though I'd been punched in my solar plexus & was pinned to my seat. Quite stunning." The show was such a drama to get to on time after the engagement party but we arrived at the theatre on time, and from the second the curtains were up and she opened her mouth to sing, I tingled and it didn't stop the whole way through. There were tears from the man next to us and at the interval Miranda and I had to go outside for some fresh air. We just stood in silence not knowing what to say to each other. I'll remember it forever and would see it again in a heartbeat.

4) I got a full length mirror. This may not seem like a big joy to anyone else but for me it is, I moved into my flat on the 26th of November last year and have been trying to work out what my outfits look like from a reflection in some warped door window glass.... basically I couldn't get dressed into anything other than jeans and a T-shirt because I was scared I'd look like a freak!

5) Drinks with the work team on Friday were lovely. Got a couple of new people started and taking them out for a pint and a little bond after work on a Friday is such a lovely way to get to know each other.

5 joys number 6

1) My first joy of the week is girlfriends. Despite the fact that I get on with more men than women and I'm surrounded by men every day with limited female contact, there is the disappointment that comes with having so many men around me who aren't quite on the same emotional level, and sometimes that can make life hard! (brace yourself men if you are reading this, yes it's a broad statement and yes, it might hurt but it does apply to most of you that are in my life!) They aren't as loyal or emotional, they are forgetful and they never treat me that nicely or carefully, well not as much as the girls anyway, girls just are better at that stuff. So it's something I have to live with and get the girl time when I can!

So I am joyful, because this week my ladies have been amazing when I've been feeling so rubbish about myself and it was amplified by having the annoying boys around!  Sian came in at a good time and spent 24 hours listening to my woes and building me a beautiful mosaic. Miranda also called to check on me the other night and we ended up in a 2.5 hour conversation similar to that of when we were teenagers. I followed that with a FaceTime to my girl Jaye in New Zealand who was as glamorous as ever and has always been there for me since we met 5 years ago in New Zealand, followed by another hilarious face time with her on Sunday night for over an hour when she had been up partying all night! Amy also facetimed me at work this morning with her lovely pink hair. She always remembers and thinks of me. Big love for these ladies and how they've come through for me recently even if it does mean a few late nights!

2) My dad. Sometimes when you're having a bad week and things get on top of you and you're on the M1 having a little cry in the service station, you just have to call dad, even if you are a very grown up 34 years old. He's comforting and knows just the right things to say and he makes you come over to his house for a ride on the back of his scooter in the winter sunshine, freezing your butt off, pushing the adrenaline up and finishing with a nice glass of red wine in a warm country pub. Then he gives you a nice album of music he bought for you afterwards. I'm such a daddy's girl....

3) That nicely leads into my next joy. I bought a scooter! We went out for a ride on Saturday and I bought this little number. Now I can join his scooter rides and so can Miranda and Louise who just bought a vespa. Yuss! Makes doing my CBT worthwhile! Here's a still from the video dad took of me on it. I can't wait for the Summer! Not sure if I'll actually commute to central London but you never know!

4) Sunday cooking again. This needs to be a regular tradition in my house and I think it might be. I have so little time to cook for just myself, or anyone else and Sunday is the perfect day. Mum has started popping over when she finishes teaching so that I can feed her leftovers or feed her at the same time, depending on what we're having. This week we cooked a huge batch of chilli, followed by a chocolate cake served warm with ice cream. So good!

5) Moana, what a lovely movie! A Disney film with a gorgeous story, a strong female character, beautiful animation and no silly love story! Fave film of the week and a warm fuzzy on Saturday night with a glass of wine.

This is quite a female strong post, apart from the comments about my dad. Great one as it was women's day at the weekend and all those wonderful marches happened!


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Myers Briggs Test

So I did a Meyer Briggs personality test thing and I got my result. Apparently I'm an ESFJ

I took the test here: and this was my result which I just wanted to record somewhere because I actually found this one quite interesting.


Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging 
Guardians of birthdays, holidays and celebrations, ESFJs are generous entertainers. They enjoy and joyfully observe traditions and are liberal in giving, especially where custom prescribes. 
All else being equal, ESFJs enjoy being in charge. They see problems clearly and delegate easily, work hard and play with zest. ESFJs, as do most SJs, bear strong allegiance to rights of seniority. They willingly provide service (which embodies life's meaning) and expect the same from others. 
ESFJs are easily wounded. And when wounded, their emotions will not be contained. They by nature "wear their hearts on their sleeves," often exuding warmth and bonhomie, but not infrequently boiling over with the vexation of their souls. Some ESFJs channel these vibrant emotions into moving dramatic performances on stage and screen.
Strong, contradictory forces consume the ESFJ. Their sense of right and wrong wrestles with an overwhelming rescuing, 'mothering' drive. This sometimes results in swift, immediate action taken upon a transgressor, followed by stern reprimand; ultimately, however, the prodigal is wrested from the gallows of their folly, just as the noose tightens and all hope is lost, by the very executioner!
An ESFJ at odds with self is a remarkable sight. When a decision must be made, especially one involving the risk of conflict (abhorrent to ESFJs), there ensues an in-house wrestling match between the aforementioned black-and-white Values and the Nemesis of Discord. The contender pits self against self, once firmly deciding with the Right, then switching to Prudence to forestall hostilities, countered by unswerving Values, ad exhaustium, winner take all. 
As caretakers, ESFJs sense danger all around--germs within, the elements without, unscrupulous malefactors, insidious character flaws. The world is a dangerous place, not to be trusted. Not that the ESFJ is paranoid; 'hyper-vigilant' would be more precise. And thus they serve excellently as protectors, outstanding in fields such as medical care and elementary education.
(ESFJ stands for Extravert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging and represents individual's preferences in four dimensions characterising personality type, according to Jung's and Briggs Myers' theories of personality type.)

Friday, 13 January 2017

5 joys number 5

1) I cooked the first roast since I've been in the new flat. Chicken, stuffing, potatoes, cauliflower cheese, triple chocolate trifle from Tesco with Raspberries for dessert... I'm not saying it was all made from scratch, there was a little pre-bought cheating but I'm not claiming to be Martha Stewart!
It started with a lovely dog walk, which ended in the local pub with a pint. Then we headed to mine and cooked. I honestly can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday, Ali and I killed it and the roast was perfectly timed and everything... high fives all round!

2) My friend who has been ill for years, it's one of those you have for life, finally got a diagnosis. No details because it's her private life but it was a big sigh of relief to finally know.

3) I went to my first work "networking event" on my own without another friend or colleague, by choice! And I enjoyed it! Everyone gets nervous about these things right? And it's a good feeling when you make a few friends over a glass of wine and leave feeling like you might have met some new friends.

4) Money for Nothing on BBC one is my new discovery. I can't wait for the new series, it's hugely inspiring for me and has put me right in the spirit of being creative. I have a lot of project ideas on the go.

5) The Halcyon - I couldn't be prouder. Those who know me well will also know that I don't often make a point of watching the programmes I've produced on, but I love it! It makes me so proud to have been a part of the process of making it. Also the soundtrack is brill and has new songs from Jamie Callum and Beverly Knight. Seriously, if you haven't watched it yet, catch up on ITV player and get in with the rest of the UK, everyone's talking about it!

PS all photos were stolen from google this week. I did not take a photo of my chicken, I just wanted to decorate the post!