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Back to the real world…

It already seems a long time since my holiday. I have spent the past week faffing about trying to fix my internet connection which has been sporadic at best, dropping every couple of minutes at worst. #2 son was here and his connection was fine, so it was obviously my laptop which was the problem. I tried everything I could think of to fix it, rang my Mac guy for advice, followed his suggestions but no joy. To cut a VERY long story short, after days of increasingly desperate measures (including buying a new router) I was diverted by a pop up which kept appearing during my few and far between connected moments. It was called ‘Real Player Downloader’ and had started appearing since I updated ‘Real Player’. I decided it was so annoying that it had to go. I googled how to get rid of it – and found a thread on an Apple forum suggesting that if network connections were constantly dropping, Real Player Downloader might be the problem. I deleted it and lo and behold, hallelujah! Internet restored and no irritating pop up in one fell swoop. Joy.

When I haven’t been fiddling with my laptop, I have been searching for the garage keys which I had just before I went to Los Angeles, but which have now vanished. Can’t blame anyone else, I have lost them. I have given myself until Monday to find them and then I shall have to call out a locksmith – so annoying! It’s a good job I am so mellow after my trip or I would be going mad after such a frustrating week.

I thought I would have been making lots of lovely books by now but I have been so distracted and next week looks no better. I have some lovely friends from Vancouver coming to stay next weekend as we are all going to a wedding together, so I have gone into sort-the-house-out mode, which involves lots of dusting and tidying up. I like it when I have visitors because apart from the fun of having people to stay, it also means my house gets a thorough clean. Housework is so not one of my favourite things.

I’m really looking forward to the wedding. The bride is the daughter of some friends of mine and as they are an Indian family the wedding is going to be a traditional Sikh ceremony and we have all been requested to wear traditional Indian clothes. Most of the female guests are looking forward to dressing up, but from what I understand, the English male guests have chickened out and are wearing lounge suits! I am SO looking forward to wearing the shalwar kameez I have bought – which is a 3 piece outfit consisting of a knee length tunic over loose trousers with a matching shawl – all made out of silk and beautifully embroidered with sequins and beads. I promise you lots of photographs after the wedding next Saturday. One good thing is that I intend to make them a photograph album as a gift so at least I will have a new book to show you. The groom is a photographer – so no pressure there then….

Finally, à propos of absolutely nothing – but especially for Creechman who has a penchant for blonde actresses (and brunette actresses come to think of it…..)

This is SO cute, I’ll never eat octopus again (not that I could ever eat octopus now – all those tentacley suckery bits…..


21 responses to “Back to the real world…

  1. Teresa September 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    OMG, I have to show dh the “finding keys” cartoon. Bwahahaha! Hope you’ll find yours though.

    Very cool about being in an Indian wedding. I love their fabrics (even if some are rather gaudy). Can’t wait to see the photos. Have fun at the wedding and with your friends from Van!

    Oh and lucky you for having an easy fix for your connection problem. :}

  2. Diane September 21, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    So do I! The garage is my hidey hole where I put all my ‘stuff’. I need to get in there or my ‘tidying up’ is a non-starter!

    My wedding outfit is either coral coloured silk with ivory coloured embroidery or fuschia pink with turquoise, neither very subtle and both scoring very highly on the ‘bling-ometer’ !

    Just added a video I just found, if you can bear it, you must watch it, it’s SO funny!

  3. 70steen September 21, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    aww cute video …

    Know what you mean about big house clean when visitors are due … that is when my house gets a good ‘bottoming’ (as my Nana would say)

    The wedding sounds ab fab and it is fantastic to dress up and push the boat out … can’t wait to see the photos

    Oh bu*g**ation about your garage key… you know darned well it is siting in the most obvious place laughing at you :-) …… so frustrating for you.

    So how is the sunshine down there.. it has ben the most glorious day of the year up here …. wasn’t it the last day of summer yesterday too ???

  4. Diane September 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I have decided to stop looking for the keys , it is driving me insane and as I need to get at the garage pronto, I am calling a locksmith tomorrow morning.

    Keys, wherever you are, you are destined for the bin unless you turn up tonight. You have been warned…

    Yet another sunny, sunny day, isn’t it fab?

  5. Daddy Papersurfer September 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    So that’s why you’ve been over at my place looking for your keys! Anyway, I’ve looked everywhere to no avail I’m afraid ……. have you looked in your knicker drawer? I could look for you if you want ………

  6. creechman September 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Blonde vs. Brunette actresses.

    I prefer tennis players.

    Does not matter what color their hair is, as long as they don’t CUT IT SHORT in some sort of homage to Anne Heche.

    They seldom need bras, except for Serena, who needs a truck full of support.

    But Maria, and Anna – nah. Their uplifting chests need little elastic.

    I also like Elena, Patty…

  7. strugglingwriter September 22, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Liked the Reese Witherspoon thing. He he.

    As far as the keys go, I have a specific shelf I put them on as soon as I get home. This works well for me. I learned from my Dad’s example. Well, I did the opposite. He’s always looking for the keys.

    Just finished up my second hockey game of the weekend. I’ll probably be even too sore to type tomorrow.

  8. Scratch Bags September 22, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Oh! someone there in UK is going to attend an Indian wedding. I am pretty excited about it. I love Sikh weddings epcially the dance part, although its loud but I have always enjoyed it. My maternal grandmother is Sikh but my mom got married in a Hindu family so I am somewhere Sikh myself. Can’t wait for the pictures.:)

    Oh! let’s not talk about the keys. :D

  9. Diane September 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    DP – I have caved in, the locksmith has just been and I am £85 lighter. I’ll probably find the keys now….

    creechman – your concern for lady tennis players’ and their undergarments is commendable (if spooky). I myself worry about the state of Nadal’s undies and why he has to keep fiddling with them before every serve…. (insert your own joke about balls here)… :-)

    SW – that is THE most irritating thing. I have a tray I normally throw all the keys into but I guess I was so busy packing, I didn’t put them there. They are probably in a pocket somewhere…
    Good luck with the hockey game – hope you aren’t too stiff :-)

    Scratchbags – I am really looking forward to it – it should be so interesting and fun. there are about 450 people going! It will be so colourful, I shall make sure I take lots of photographs :-)

  10. 70steen September 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    £85 gee wizz…. I hope if old key turns up the bin is too good for him ;-)

  11. writinggb September 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Try the top of the fridge — that’s where our keys always end up!

  12. Diane September 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    70steen – it will be flogged to within an inch of its life – I just know the little b*st**d is sitting there somewhere in my house laughing at me….

    writinggb – if only – my fridge is all built in…
    Under the fridge however…… :-)

  13. laketrees September 25, 2008 at 5:42 am

    internet dilemmas must be contagious as Charlottes 2nd computer crashed after a recent powercut…
    we are “sharing” mine :0
    thanks for doing the handbag tag…

  14. creechman September 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Hey man, don’t make fun of my penchants. Reese WithherSpoon is not exactly Becky of “Vanity Fair.” Or I guess she was.

    Your keys are where my glasses must be, on the island of misfit personal accoutrements.

  15. Diane September 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Kim – I know several people who are having internet ‘issues’ at the moment – not funny at all :-(

    I liked the handbag tag – an easy one to do!

    creechman – along with the odd socks….

  16. TorAa Mirror September 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    How many times have I search for my Keys?
    As you did. Well, most oftenly i had them in my left hand. Stupid?

    Wish you the very best for the Wedding.

    Besides, I’ve had to comment: You have a very interesting blog.
    We learned to know it from RennyBA.

    And we say thank you for your greetings to Anna.

    ps. You will find several posts on our blog with both RennyBA , his wife and the both of us and other blogger friends.

  17. creechman September 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    If we are going with blonde parodies, how about a Kirsten Dunst?

    You know, Miss Mary Jane Watson to Mr. Spiderman?

    The girl next door?

    Dunst, Munst, Shunst – nothing rhymes.

    So you just kind of have to make fun of her for being beautiful.

    That’s two blonde plugs on a the blog of a brunette. DANGEROUS territory.

  18. Shinade September 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my we are going through much the same thing here. I just returned home from Maine.

    What was supposed to be a month’s stay turned into five months. It’s a long story and wasn’t much fun.

    But, I’m glad to be home. And yes you are probably right about your keys.

    Now that you have payed a locksmith they will turn up. and, the Reese Witherspoon is hilarious!!

    I hope you have a delightful time at your wedding!!:-))

  19. RennyBA September 29, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I would have gone nuts I had the alt 3 connection – must have felt like a tragedy!

    Looking at the #2 cartoon I was thinking: why is it so that you always find things the last place you look? Now; maybe it isn’t? :lol:

    Btw: It doesn’t apply to me either – just ask my Diane :lol:

  20. papercages September 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Lucky you with the connection fix. I’ve lost one set of keys in my life–ten years ago–and it still hurts. : ) Thanks for sharing pics.

  21. Diane September 30, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    TorAa – I’ve still not found the keys :-(
    So pleased you enjoyed reading my blog.

    creechman – they say blondes have more fun but I would have to dipute that!

    Shinade – welcome back. I love to go travelling but it nice to come home. Just written about the wedding….

    Renny – it was a tragedy, mainly because of the time I wasted trying to fix it!
    Good job you have Diane to keep you organised then!

    papercages – welcome! Still no keys, I had to resort to the locksmith – such a pain – and the old keys are still missing. It’s a total mystery…

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