Monday, 21 October 2013

And they call it puppy love...

Life recently in the Daboo household has been taken over by one adorable, cheeky, precious, funny, loving, snuggly boy. No I don't have a boyfriend although if he fit all those words I would be very happy! Meet Daboo kid no.3...
This is Archie, our wonderful 13-week-old black labrador! Technically my mother's dog (as you can perhaps tell by the unshortened version of his name-Fibonacci) he has taken over the home and ensured that everything now revolves around him! He loves his cuddles and also has his very crazy puppy moments! He will eat anything and everything and permanently looks at us like he's half starved. I promise he's not, we feed him 4 times a day so he almost rivals me! 
He is incredibly sociable, wanting to meet everyone he sees and give them a big lick, hug and chew. He is inquisitive and very entertaining, often getting into fights with towels, coke bottles and his own tail. Every day he seems to break his own high jump record, making more and more safe places unsafe- I'm sure that our house will soon be the most uncluttered one in the country which, if you've ever seen it before, you'll understand is unimaginable.
As I write he is charging from window to window as he chases the lawn mower. 
While unspooked by most things, his own reflection does cause him some bother. He likes to run around and thanks to his supersonic growth rate, our stone floors and his lack of care he often falls over...he is getting rather adept at forward rolls! Do they do doggy gymnastics?
It's safe to say he's won the hearts of the entire family and you'll see a lot more of him!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Long time no blog

Canada and the moot was crazy; hectic, bewildering, exciting, fantastic, challenging fun. I met some amazing people, tried and learnt loads of new things, struggled a bit and laughed a lot. Since I've been back life has been a struggle but I'm soldiering on and trying to keep a positive outlook! 

For the past two days I've been up in Cambridge with the sister, helping at the fresher's fair and spending some quality sister time. Last night we and some of her friends spent a brilliant evening being crafty and autumnal, decorating pumpkins! It was great fun and some very different pumpkins were produced. Some were pretty, some (aka mine) were funny, some were painted, some had sequins, some were covered with leaves but all were awesome! I had seen an idea on Pinterest a little while ago of painting a pumpkin to look like a minion from Despicable Me and couldn't resist!
Here's my finished product. He's called Ivan:
This was my sister's:
And here are all the finished products:
Great fun and highly recommended. I have decided to make it my mission for the year to do as many crafty things as possible (in case you didn't know Birmingham very kindly agreed to defer my place for a year to allow me time to recover). So it begins...

Girls on tour...

Well it's fair to say that I have rather neglected this blog! Lets change that right now.

An awful lot has happened since I last posted and I haven't felt like writing about a lot of it. In short, when I was in Sri Lanka my eating disorder retook control and I have spent the months since then focussing on healing myself. It has taken some time to set up a good team behind me and progress has been slow but positive. 

Fear not though, some interesting things have happened in my life too and, in an attempt to semi-interest you, that is what I'll tell you about. 

At the end of July, my Mum, sister and I all set off to New York. There we met up with my aunt who lives in Pittsburgh and spent a brilliant girly long weekend shopping, exploring, seeing a Yankees game, seeing Cinderella on broadway and picnicking in Central Park. 

It was great fun; hectic, fast, jam-packed and awesome. We were staying in the Midtown Hilton (very fancy!) so had great access to so many great places. It was only my second time visiting but both times I've wished that I had a billion more hours to spend there. 

After New York, Mum, C and I flew the short hop over to Ottawa. As our taxi pulled out of the airport, all we could think was how quiet it was. Granted, we had just come from one of the busiest cities on earth but still, I think Ottawa is the quietest, cleanest, most picturesque city imaginable. We properly laughed when the taxi driver apologised that it was "so busy" because of the long weekend! 

C and I would be meeting the rest of the contingent in Ottawa but we had a few days there as a family first. We stayed in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier It was literally Cinderella's castle! Ottawa is a lovely place. We met up with some family, went to the Cirque du Soleil, did some more shopping, saw the changing of the guard ( strangely familiar!) and lots of other touristy things! 

Sadly our time with mum soon came to an end and she got the train over to Toronto whilst C and I headed over to uOttawa to meet the rest of the UK contingent for the World Scout Moot 2013. Tbc...