Monday, 23 October 2017

The many faces of Coco the Dog

Our little gorgeous bundle of fur is growing up fast. She's a Staffy, so whilst she is now nearly fully grown in length, she will no doubt thicken out as she gets older. Its hard to think how much she has grown, but let me tell you this dog has personality!!

I decided to take a look back at the many faces of Coco starting at 10 weeks old when we first bought our little furry baby home to now at 15 months old. Its ridiculous how much I love this little lady.

Our little girl makes us laugh every day. She's so mischievous and funny, loving and cuddly, full of life and happy to fall asleep anywhere! 

She has turned into the most lovely natured kind dog as she grows up and I am very in love with her. She has turned us all into mush and made everything so much fun. 

Even when she does things wrong, which she will - she is still a baby, still learning, I just cannot be cross with her. She just looks at me with her sad eyes when she knows she has been naughty and I can't help making a fuss of her anyway! 

I find myself unable to go shopping anywhere without bringing her a treat back. We no longer go for meals and clear our plates - we always have to bring her a little bit of meat back. 

We went for many years thinking about when it would be the right time for a dog. I'm sad we went so long without one, but it meant that when we had one, we had this one - Coco. She was meant for us. My little furry little girl has stolen my heart. 

This Time its going to be different :)

I am setting the bar high this time. I am boring even myself with my constant aim to lose weight and get fit. Don't get me wrong - I do succeed, sometimes, but then I derail and end up back at square one.

So my plan this time, is to reward myself with things that really will motivate me. For instance, I need my hair cutting. Its a mess. But I cannot have it cut and coloured until I have lost weight. That way, my hair will annoy me, forcing me to lose pounds first. Its almost like being punished, which for me does work.

First of all, I need to have my goals in mind. These are Goal 1 - short term, and Goal 2 being long term.

  • Goal 1 = 2 stone to lose before I can go on holiday. 
  • Goal 2 = 4 stone 6 pounds to reach perfect weight
My list of punishment and reward for Goal 1 looks a little something like this:

  • 2 stone to lose
    • Mini goal 1 = 6lbs
      • Eye cream
    • Mini goal 2 = 9lbs
      • Mascara
    • Mini goal 3 = 12lbs
      • Red lipstick
    • Mini goal 4 = 1 stone 
      • Haircut
    • Mini goal 5 = 1 stone 2lbs
      • Handbag
    • Mini goal 6 = 1 stone 4lbs
      • Ear cuff jewellery
    • Mini goal 7 = 1 stone 7lbs
      • Book holiday
    • Mini goal 8 = 1 stone 9lbs
      • Beach towels
    • Mini goal 9 = 1 stone 11lbs
      • Pedicure
    • Mini goal 10 = 1 stone 12lbs
      • Velvet Adidas tracksuit
    • Mini goal 11 = 1 stone 13lbs
      • Acrylic nails and false eyelashes 
    • Mini goal 12 = 2 stone
      • Off shoulder jumper

My Single of the Week - Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes

My new single of the week is from the wonderful Sam Smith with 'Too Good at Goodbyes'.

Sam Smith is one of our best here in Blighty - his voice is simply beautiful. His voice is so soulful its hard to think he is still just 25 years old. Such talent in one so young.

His vocals have never been better showcased in my humble, than in this absolute gem of a song. He has some great hits in his back catalogue, but this one appeals to me on a deeper level. Its just so raw. Sam has featured on some great tracks before releasing his own material, but its his solo output that truly show his talent.

This single 'Too Good at Goodbyes' is the lead single from Sam's second album, The Thrill of it All. His first album, In the Lonely Hour, was released in 2014. It reached number 1 in the albums chart.

The official video that accompanies the song, is a simple stripped back video. It suits the song, and its very effective, and it also shows the physical transformation of Sam himself. He has lost over 50 pounds and he looks almost unrecognisable from his former self. Kudos to Sam!

I love how humble Sam Smith is too. This song, is part pop, part soul, and very orchestral, but he comes out with comments in the press like worrying people won't want to hear his voice again. Seriously, I could never tire of his voice - its so rich and yet so effortless.

A bit of a sad song this one, but its a lovely song for the Autumn / Winter season when the nights are long and the days are short, and we all feel a bit more morose as a result. This suits the season.

I love Sam, and I love his latest output. Here's hoping for much more to come.

If you haven't heard this song, or haven't heard his previous stuff, including a James Bond theme no less, then quickly, go google or youtube him and enjoy. You can also check out My Music page here for more of my music choices, singles of the week and music stuff. Happy listening :)

10 Scary Film for Halloween #2 - Salems Lot

Salem's Lot. Even the name sounds sinister. Jerusalem's Lot to give it its full and correct name. Originally a Stephen King book, released in 1975.

You will know already that Stephen King is the master of horror, and you know that as one of his books, its going to be 1 - scary, and 2 - great. Salem's Lot is quite possibly the best of his scares. 

This is a classic film and is packed full of scares and jumpy bits. Its based on the book, and was released in 1979. It revolves around Ben Mears, played by David Soul. He returns to the town he grew up in, only to suspect something is wrong.

What is wrong, is that the town is being turned into vampires! A mysterious new arrival in the town, Mr Straker and his elusive and unseen partner Mr Barlow, open their new antique shop and purchase the town's alleged haunted house. The Marsten House was the scene of Mears being scared as a child. Its no less scary as an adult he soon discovers!!

Make no mistake, this is one scary, scary film. I feel made all the more so by its aged appearance. Mr Barlow is the ultimate scare - think old school vampires, but the Glicks tap tapping on the window is the single most scary scene ever. Not so much while watching but you just wait until the next time a branch taps on your bedroom window in the night!

Vampires and gothic horror at its best. James Mason as Straker was an inspired choice, but this is so well written and so utterly scary, that it couldn't fail to give you the spooks. Stephen King, master of horror at his very best here.

Be warned - if you watch this, you will never hear tapping on the window without remembering the Glicks!! Brilliant choice for Halloween this one.

My Top 10 Beers

  • Peroni
  • San Miguel
  • Stella 4%
  • Becks Vier
  • Kronenburg
  • Samuel Adams
  • Cobra
  • Sol
  • Budweiser
  • Carling

Day Eight of My 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Eight:

  • 50 Donkey Kicks
  • 100 Bicycle Crunches

Day Seven:

  • 3 x 60 Second Planks
  • 200 Jumping Jacks

Day Six:
  • 50 Supermans
  • 50 Squats

Day Five:
  • 100 High Knees
  • 75 Russian Twists

Day Four:
  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides

Day Three:
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches

Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

Sunset over the Pool Cretian style

Is this beautiful or what? The sun was setting when I snapped this quick snap of the pool at our hotel. It captured the moment perfectly resulting in this gorgeous shot.

I wish I was there still :)