Friday, December 31, 2010

Cheesecake & The Gibbiot vs Unhealthiness

Hmmm Cheesecake & The Gibbiot sounds like an unconventional detective agency – I like that. (Nothing to do with the content of this blog just a thought)

Sometimes you get an idea. You think to yourself “I could do this thing and it would be good”. Then you share the idea with someone else and they say “Yes that is I good idea I will do it to”. Meanwhile back in your head the sensible part of your brain is finally awake and screaming “YOU AGREED TO WHAT!”

That is what has essentially occurred in this case. In a moment of, all to frequent, madness I decided I would try for 20000 sit ups in 2011. I then compounded my mistake by mentioning to this loon. It appears I will now have a fellow traveller on my journey.

Ok so it didn’t quite play out exactly that way. Cheesecake and The Gibbiot discussed it sensibly and we have agreed to this health inducing scheme.

I, for my part, intend to start on Monday 3rd Jan 2011. There you go I have actually written down a date thus committing myself to the whole enchilada.

Will every sit up be perfect? Probably Not. Will I be able to walk after the 1st week?  Unlikely. Am I determined? Currently YES!

Wish us luck. Perhaps next time we meet I will be half the man I used to be? (You understand I mean that in a good why right? Wait…. where are you going? Please don’t run away)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 - The Year of the Cheesecake?

I've been thinking about this for a couple of days now and I thought I would finally write something down. I have decided that in 2011 I'm going to go the whole resolution route. If my little escapade last year taught me anything it was that if I stick to a task I can complete it. Bearing that in mind I have decided I'm going to do the following.

  • 20000 sit-ups in 2011. I figure if I can cycle 500 kilometers in 2010 then I can up my game and try something I bit more hardcore as it were.
  • More writing - Not in the way you think though. I've bought myself a diary and I'm keeping it to myself. I think it will help me make sure I remember things a bit better. I find unless I have a to-do list my personal time management really suffers. Fuck that sounds awfully grown up. Not sure I like the sound of this or not. Time will tell.
  • More reading - I think I need to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit more. I tend to fall back on the same genres and themes whenever I look for a new book. Hopefully this will broaden my horizons a bit. 
  • Eating better - I always suffer a bit around Christmas. At the moment I am firmly wallowing in the post Christmas doldrums. I need to eat better. More of my five a day and all that. I hope this will work well in conjunction with point one.
  • Try and get over my shyness - Once I know you I'm all good but until I do I tend to be bit awkward and can a appear somewhat brash. This is all front on my part (God this is why I love the Interweb. I can pretend I am talking to myself and it is much easier to get this sort of stuff out there). I just need to get better at talking to people face to face.
So there you have it. Will I achieve all these goals? Will I be a farty blubbery mess by the end of January? Fuck knows. Hang around I'm bound to let you all know.

PabloCheesecake vs the Bookshop of Woe

Strap yourself in. Things could get bumpy.

Unfortunately since just after Christmas Day Mrs Cheesecake has been feeling under the weather. Today in order to give her some peace and quiet I decided I would pootle of to town and spend some book vouchers I still had lying around.

I arrived at my local book emporium, not naming any names but it rhymes with Otterstones, to discover the Sci Fi and Fantasy section was closed. Arrrrggghhhh not the chuffing Dark Fantasy/Dark Romance ohh no. Nor the Erotica section which seemed to be doing a brisk trade. Nope my old fav was in accessible do to some sort of flooding?

Now I should stress this isn’t a moan about the staff. They are all very friendly and very helpful. My problem is that there were shelves and shelves given over to things like soft porn but they couldn’t have just moved that out the back for a bit? Seriously is Erotica selling better than Sci FI and Fantasy? (No not that kind of Fantasy you dirty sod) I just wanted to browse a little but I was denied. I ended up in the diminutive horror section. For reference this is stuck between Dark Fantasy and Erotica so I was getting the full on dirty mac stare from other patrons (which was nice obviously).

Later I stood and watched a while as various other geeks wandered up to the closed section looked around in a slightly lost/distracted fashion and then shuffled off in a irritated manner.

Damn but genre peoples are given short shrift aren’t we?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Booty

If you are expecting me to enlighten you with a tale of Christmas bottoms then this is so not the blog your looking for.

Ahh your still here. Then I will outline, in brief, the precious prezzies I have snagged this Yuletide.

  1. A pair of Doc Martens Paratrooper Pro boots from my other half. I can now stomp about till my hearts content.
  2. Marvel heroes t-shirt
  3. Farscape complete boxed set - 87hrs of sci-fi goodness. This may take a while to get through.
  4. Hood, Scarlett and Tuck all by Stephen Lawhead - A nice trilogy reworking the Robin Hood legend.
  5. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1 & 2
  6. A Moleskine 2011 diary.
Not bad for a 36yr old geek.

A hope everyone else was as lucky. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Christmas onslaught continues...

Up and out the house at 8am this morning. Straight to the local Tescos and we blitzed our Christmas food shop in two hours. The good news was that the shop was reasonably quiet so I didn't suffer my usual trolley rage. We have been saving vouchers all year so we were able to spend a small fortune and get lots of luverly grub and then get the cost reduced by 50%. I bought a tub of fizzy cola bottles and my annual twiglet habit has also been sorted for another 12 months.

I also purchased some splendid new lounge wear. Regular readers of my blog may remember my Animal PJs from earlier this year? Well this time I think I've gone one better.


They are, as ever, subtle and in keeping with most of the rest of my wardrobe. Marvel characters all over them. I'll have to see if I can find some DC ones as well. I may go all out and get some of the SpongeBob Ones to complete my collection.

Elsewhere we managed to do some tinkering around the house and completed a number of little DIY projects. The best example is that we finally have coat hooks so the bannister is no longer the de facto place for all coats. Nice to see the gargoyles next to the fire place as well.

Christmas is on the horizon and the next couple of days should be fun. I'm looking forward to seeing family and over indulging on an almost biblical scale.

Merry Christmas all. Have a good one friends.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I forgot the title....oops

I really don't think I should be watching Pineapple Express after an afternoon of drinking. This film is seriously weird. Gary Cole is a comic god though. I've decided to try another blogging tool. Today's blog is brought to you by ecto. Much like Mars Edit it seems to cover all the bases when it comes posting a blog. I'll try it over the next couple of weeks and see how I get on.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Christmas Tune

There are many wonderful Christmas songs out there but this is my favourite with out a shadow of a doubt. 

This was the encore at his gig in Nottingham last night and when he finished you could hear a pin drop. Just stunning stuff.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twas the Thursday before the Thursday before Christmas

Only got one more day of work left in 2010 so I'm starting to get excited at the prospect of two weeks out of the office. When it comes to Christmas I'm a big kid at heart. I look forward to falling asleep in front of old films on the TV, admittedly the low level narcolepsy probably helps with that.

I also like preparing food for Christmas dinner. This year I am going to engineer a monster trifle. It's been a while since the incident so I reckon it will be ok....Ohh sorry you want to no what the incident was do you? Ok I'll spill A few years ago in a fit of pique I purchased a family size trifle from the local supermarket. In a case of eyes bigger than belly, which I know is hard to believe, I demolished the entire thing. Turns out this was not a good idea. I don't think I have had trifle since. This year however I'm gonna get back on that horse.

I am also considering attempting to tackle one of my great white whales. Game of Thrones will be on TV next year and it seems sensible to read the books. I've got my posts for The Eloquent Page in hand so I think the time is nigh.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Time And Relative Dimensions in Tea (or Coffee for that matter)

Looky looky what arrived in the post yesterday. This is just the best thing in the world and ( I know your wondering) yes it is bigger on the inside.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Assorted Bits and Pieces

Mac Software

Now that I am more comfortable with my shiny new MacBook I've been delving into all the different applications that are available for me to try out. So far there have been a couple of apps that have impressed. I installed Delicious Library 2 last night and had a play. Wow how cool is this. Using the webcam it reads the barcode on an item eg book, blu-ray or DVD and then imports all the details direct from Amazon into a collection database. It works very well. I am seriously considering purchasing a licence so I can add all my books and DVDs. The demo version is limited to 25 records. Best feature is it tells you exactly what is imported. Spookily it sound a bit like Stephen Hawking!

The other app is NewsFire. This is an excellent RSS feed reader. It manages to cope with the 94 feeds I fool without so much as a grumble. It also displays the information in a very readable format. Best of's free!

Tis nearly the Season to be Jolly

I know it's only the 2nd December but the wintry weather has made me come over all festive. I'm lucky that at the end of a long cold day I get to shuffle back to our little Hobbit hole and cosy up next to her inside the doors. I'm an Autumn\Winter kinda guy, what can I say I always have been. I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks of large dinners and putting my feet up in front of a roaring fire.


Glad to report I managed to raise £65 for charity in November. My moustache wearing helped raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer charities. Next year I am going to attempt something a bit bigger but more on that in 2011.

A New Tattoo

Mrs Cheesecake is getting some new ink. Arty type that she is she has designed it herself.


I, as ever, am jealous.

Good night peoples