Sunday, 16 June 2013

Our June, so far.....

First of all can I say a huge Thank You to all those who commented with helpful links and advice about my Acne Rosacea - it was very unexpected and very, very welcome. The redness has died down but the spots remain, if I turn sideways I look like woodchip wallpaper! I am trying some different cream recommended by Green Girl in Wisconsin which seems to be helping right now. But thank you again for the advice.

Anyway this time of year is our busiest with all the cricket and I've had very little time to write a post or even read everyone else's,; well I say busy and I feel like I haven't had time to stop in the past few weeks but when trawling through my 'phone for any photo's I may have taken lately (still no camera) I found these....
So clearly I did put my feet up one day, I just can't remember it!
We have had some fun though, last Friday I went with a friend to see The Rocky Horror Show, we're both fans and I think it was the 4th time I'd been. From previous shows we knew you stand out like a sore thumb if you don't dress up according to the style of the show.
It's worth the money just to spend the evening people-watching. 
My friend is never so keen to don her fishnets so my back up plan was to have a spare pair and spare wig to ensure I didn't feel a complete plonker! In the past we'd always gone in a crowd but this time it was just the two of us, neither of us could summon up the energy to phone around, collect money, chase unpaid money and buy the tickets, arrange the cars etc. There were 2 shows on the Friday, 5.30pm and 8pm; we opted for the early show just because it was so much cheaper and it meant some food could be added in after the show - big mistake, HUGE! (a la Julia Roberts/Pretty Woman)
We were dropped off in the vicinity of the theatre and ran across the road, glancing around and noticing that there were no other weird and wonderful outfits. A few car horns tooted much to our embarrassment! We entered the theatre and bumped straight into a crowd of elderly, blue rinse ladies enjoying an early evening coffee - their jaws fell open as we walked in! I was going a lovely shade of red by now - Rosacea aside!
We hastily checked the tickets as it feltlike we'd come on the wrong night! No all was correct, what we hadn't factored in was that lots of people were coming straight from work, in office clothes! We were decidedly over dressed!
That's me on the right with long red hair and my friend in a Rod Stewart wig (well it was all I had) Her husband suggested we stood next to the pond for the phot to give a nice back drop - don't think a back drop mattered in this instance!
Obviously we needed to stay away from any naked flames,
we couldn't have worn any more nylon if we'd tried!!
So onto the show, it was brilliant as it always is, Frank n Furter was superb but the audience of the early show was a lot more subdued than how I remember past performances. Not too many dressed up and the "heckling" came from only one or two people. We did however stay in the theatre bar for a while after the show to watch the audience arrive for the 8pm show - they were fantastic.
What sights we saw, many very dapper business men (or so they appeared) in shirts, blazers, ties along with stockings and suspenders! We did wonder how many of them had worn them all day under their suit trousers, several looked far more able to walk in high heels than us!
Saturday saw me being the family taxi, taking Number 2 son to school at 9am for his cricket match then home to take Number 1 son to his; husband had already left for his match elsewhere! I then got a call to say when I picked up Number 2 from school could I take him straight to husbands match as they were one short. I then had to take Little Miss to Number 1 son's match to be minded while I went to my best friends 50th birthday party. I wasn't going to miss it despite the cricket malarkey!
 I left husband directions to the party with instructions to meet me there asap - he got lost and the 20 minute journey took and hour and a half!
 I had a lovely new dress (I don't buy clothes often) but no photos to show I'm afraid; I'm sure it'll get another outing at some point - I hope so anyway.
 My camera still hasn't turned up so I've ordered a new improved one which should arrive mid week - it'll probably take me awhile to figure out how to use it though so bear with me.
In other new this month Number 1 son finished his AS level exams and judging by his spotty face he stressed over them quite a bit. He then went on study leave until all exams were finished and has slept for most of the 2 weeks! We've also had a meeting at his college to get all the information for University applications - scary stuff! Neither the Builder or myself went to Uni so it's all a bit of a mystery to us.  I've drawn up lists of possibilities and grades required. I've checked and written a list of all the open days and I've made notes of what courses I think he might enjoy/be any good at. What's he done you may ask, erm nothing at all!
I also had to join Little Miss at school on Tuesday to do The Race For Life. This was organised in the school field with one of the parents in mind who is currently recovering from breast cancer. It had drizzled all morning but just as they needed to race the sun came out and it was glorious.
The children had to run around the field 30 times and had all raised sponsorship. I had misunderstood and thought I had to compete too, so work dress, glossy tights and trainers on, off I went! I surprised myself most of all as I do no exercise at all, I went around 28 times and then decided to sit with the other parents who were watching as I was feeling a bit silly (and getting dizzy, it's not a big field)! Little Miss did 50 laps "just for fun"
Yesterday Little Miss and I did what appeared to be a trolley dash around the city centre as it's Father's day today and we had nothing. At this time of year all organisation and good intentions fly out of the window! We got a few things and baked him a Dundee cake. We also had to try to find something for Number 2 son's 14th birthday next Friday. He won't give us any clues as to what he'd like as he "doesn't want to spoil the surprise" Well the surprise is we have got him
a big fat NOTHING!
I'm busy on ebay today trying to get some cricket tickets for mid week - the treat is he'd get a day off school! We really can't think of anything else, sweets to make him more hyper than usual maybe.....
I will try to catch up with everyone else's news soon, have a great week!


  1. I'm trying hard not to think about those businessmen with fishnets under their trousers :( Uni application is so complicated isn't it! I remember finding forum helpful for my eldest. Lots of info the brochures don't tell you! xx

  2. You always make me smile I can just imagine the looks from the elderly ladies! Your son's approach to uni doesn't sound uncommon. Our son needed some help too! We found the student room site useful too. It helps to go and look both of ours came up with firm choices after this. Luckily they choose university not too far away (2hrs by car) and good train journeys home.
    Sarah x

  3. You and your friend look a treat Jay! Glad you enjoyed the show. I must live on another planet though..I've never seen the Rocky Horror Show - just snippets of Time Warp of course. I'm sure I'd probably enjoy it though ;o)
    Your hubs got lost? That's because men will NEVER ask for directions if they're unsure!
    I'd be scared too about offspring and Uni - our daughter decided on a year out before going, and then found a wage was better so she never got there.
    Thank you for your lovely comments - Mom's appointment has come through for next Wednesday...goodness knows what'll happen.
    Have a great week.
    Rose H

  4. Goodness me - how do you manage, you seem to have been here, there and everywhere! Love the pic of you and your friend dressed up for the Rocky Horror.

  5. I'm trying to imagine what my Other Half would say if I said we were doing the `Rocky Horror Show in full fig! Having said that, he has done the Dance of the Cygnets in pink tutu, tights and rugby boots on several occasions for various Revues, but he has definitely Grown Up since then......

    FAther's Day passed us by - as it sometimes does. Our boys are far-flung, and remember sporadically but we don't mind, we don't remember either!

    Hope it was all worth the frenzied preparations, and that an Idea arose for the Birthday Boy!

  6. Way to run!
    There used to be a standing Rocky Horror Picture show at midnight in Madison on Saturdays...but that was years ago. I fear my kids will grow up without any knowledge of that cult classic. Way to rock the costume!
    I like that the view of your feet up on a chair looks a lot like mine;)

  7. Oh my gosh, you look simply adorable. But I can see how you might have felt a little off with the rest of the audience in business attire. Don't they do "Casual Friday" there?

  8. I'm giggling at your "anonymous" comments & wonder if your Rocky Horror outfits led them to your Blog !
    I love the Rocky Horror show ! First seen as a student in Brighton & the audience was fabulous.
    Love your " big mistake - HUGE ! " quote which I use a lot too !

    1. Oh blimey, I'm getting hundreds of comments from "anonymous" now - it's getting annoying! Rocky Horror in Brighton must have been fabulous, I saw the Scissor Sisters there - the best venue to see them in I think!

  9. You guys are hilarious _ i love your Rocky H costumes! I see the above comment - I'm getting hundreds of annoying comments too! One blog post I think I may even have to delete about the Sailor's Hornpipe!!!

  10. I LOOOOOVEEE your Rocky Horror outfits - sounds like a fab fun night out. Hope your son's birthday goes well. x

  11. I'm laughing at the thought of you turning up dressed like that only to be met by the stony faces of the blue-rinse brigade!

  12. Blimey, I feel exhausted just reading your blog!!

  13. LOL!!! The part about the old ladies and their jaws hanging open when they saw your was just hysterical! You both look so cute in that outfit, Jay! Best of luck with the son's placements!

  14. HI Jay - love your blog! WHat I know about cricket could be summed up in one word - googly, having seen Land of Hope and Glory!

    Love Rocky Horror - I saw it last at uni in a room full of people just like you - so fun!

  15. Hi

    Thanks for your recent comments :)

    I just popped over for a nosy and was interested to read about someone else's acne rosacea problem. I'll be interested to see how the cream works for you. I've suffered years with this on my nose for a long time, creams didn't help me and after two years on antibiotics (which didn't have much effect) I've finally been allowed to have laser treatment which has been life changing - it's made me look normal (though the rosacea will return. I've written about my rosacea on my blog, beginning with a post in Feb 2012.

    I hope the cream works for you.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping to comment, I will have a good read of your post - the cream isn't working at the moment, I have a review at the docs next week so will see what they decide to do next.