Friday, November 23, 2012

Doing Battle

I was called aggressive and a bully this week. Which I find really amusing seeing how the person calling me these names was giving it as good as she got it. Sure, I'm no wallflower and when I feel like I've been wronged, backed into a corner or being taken advantage of, I will speak out - loudly. How people receive that is up to them but I'm not apologizing for the way I feel.

Lately, I've been having a rough go of it. I've had one friend yell at me over something something my daughter said (which was hilarious and harmless). I put it on Facebook and she went ballistic. I was so taken aback by her viceral reaction I unfriended her - online and in life. Then I had an altercation with another friend, one I've never had quarrel with, regarding my nanny. Both times were really, truly upsetting to me and I'm watering them down for this post. But I feel that in both situations BOTH parties only saw ME as a problem and themselves as a victim therefore no apology was needed for me. In both cases I apolgized the same way: I am sorry you were offended. And I am. But I'm not sorry for what I did: defending myself.

Is it just me or are relationships becoming increasingly difficult to maintain now? Perhaps it's just that both relationships are only 2 years old and I guess I didn't really know either of them. I felt really wrongly accused by both. I am not a mean person, I am generous with my time, my feelings, my hospitality (apparently my nanny as well) and I try to cultivate my relationships with care. I feel that this worked against me in both instances.

At work I am aggressive, it's the nature of the business. I am not afraid to speak out for my clients, myself and for the company where I work. I try to keep that part of me in business but it comes out when I feel at a loss in my personal life.

I was really down for a few days this week, gutted, as the British say. But I need to move on now. As Fen said, 'You don't need this. Stick with people who are good to you.' I think I'll listen to him. He never falls out with friends or has quarrels - then again he doesn't spread himself thin like I do.

As for the rest of the friends I've made here - love 'em all. So many good people to be with, why focus on the ones that made me that unhappy? Moving on...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dancing at Cross The Pond

Each night as I make dinner, I turn on music so we can dance in the kitchen. I've been doing it ever since we moved to London as a way of keeping the kids engaged and spending time with them while I prepare our tea. They love it.

So, it was an easy decision when I was asked if I'd like a copy of Pop Party 10. I thought, "Great, music for the kids to dance during meal prep!" I had NO idea.

The CD arrived and I popped it in. I thought it was going to be kiddie music but it was MY music! Psy's Gangnam Style was the first track on the CD and the kids went crazy dancing. The best part was, I popped in the DVD too and the first track: Psy again! Well, let's suffice it to say the kids and I are masters at the Gangnam Style dance. It's hilarious! They love that DVD (the toilet scene brings a huge round of giggles!).

The album is packed full of chart-topping smashes from the biggest names in pop from Justin Beiber (even though I am NOT a fan), Cheryl Cole, JLS to Katy Perry and to name but a few. The album features a bonus DVD packed full of great music videos which budding pop stars can dance along to. The album also includes lyric cards which has seriously helped me as I am lyrically challenged (in so many ways!)


A friend was over with her kids and she loved it so much she wanted to borrow the CD to burn. I told her to buy it! Aren't I a stinker?

The funny thing is, we dance anyway, and the kids were seriously tired of the same old tracks on my iPod. This has injected a whole new bunch of songs for us to boogie down to. The truth - I love it the most. It's already downloaded onto my iPod so I can take it with me! And no, I don't dance in the streets, but I'm seriously tempted to!

Track Listing:

CD

1. Psy Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
3. Maroon 5 Payphone
4. Tulisa Young
5. One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
6. Justin Bieber Boyfriend
7. Cheryl Call My Name
8. Ne-Yo Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
9. Jessie J Domino
10. will.i.am Feat. Eva Simons This Is Love
11. Fun Feat. Janelle Monáe We Are Young
12. The Wanted Chasing The Sun
13. Rihanna Where Have You Been
14. Cover Drive Twilight
15. Olly Murs Dance With Me Tonight
16. Katy Perry Part Of Me
17. Stooshe Black Heart
18. Conor maynard Cant say no
19. Alyssa Reid Alone Again
20. Rizzle Kicks Mama Do The Hump
21. JLS Proud
22. The Saturdays 30 Days
DVD

1. Psy Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
2. Tulisa Young
3. One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
4. Justin Bieber Boyfriend
5. Cheryl Call My Name
6. Jessie J Domino
7. The Wanted Chasing The Sun
8. Cover Drive Twilight
9. Olly Murs Dance With Me Tonight
10. Stooshe Black Heart
11. Alyssa Reid Alone Again
12. JLS Proud
13. The Saturdays 30 Days
14. Justin Bieber Behind The Scenes "Boyfriend" Video
15. The Saturdays 30 Days - Behind The Scenes [Music Video]



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Spam Attack!

I've been attacked by spam. I had so many Anonymous spam comments I had to shut down for a few days to get rid of them all. I think they got them all, but who knows. I've been at this for three years.

Because of this, I've been forced to reintroduce the word verification to  my comments. Sorry about that. They are a pain, but I have to avoid the spam attacks in the future. I was averaging 6 a day for the past two months. They were taking up too much time and space for me to ignore. I'm hoping they are cut out now.

Back to blogging this week! I have much to tell!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Taking a Break

Things have been topsy turvy for me lately and I need to take a mini-break from a few things, including the blog. But I will be back. Thanks for your patience.