Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It's the obvious next step...

Yes, I'm afraid after almost 3 blog-free months it's fairly obvious to me and probably all of you that this blog has passed over to the other side of the blogosphere. Apologies for that :-( In my defence, the last few months have been fairly busy, and in my other defence I don't think the next few months are going to get any less busy!

However, if you're bored one cold and rainy afternoon do head over to - pictures of hen and stag dos, the wedding, honeymoon and our new flat. Any large new and exciting pieces of news will probably go up here, but don't hold your breath for regular updates of the Partridge household!

Thanks to you faithful readers who hung on to the end. Keep posting, I love to read!

Mrs P Xx

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Life update

Hey troops. I know I'm rubbish at this whole blogging thing, but I am trying to keep it ticking over. And this is my third post in a month, that's pretty good going for me!

So, things going on in my life at the moment:
  • God is good. God is always very good, but sometimes we're (I'm) just better at noticing it. Thank Him that He is steady and unchanging, unlike us!
  • There are exactly 67 days left until I get married to the most wonderful man in this world - wonderful because he sends me beeeooootiful flowers for no reason, is willing to listen when I'm worried and/or freaked out (last night a prime example, thanks Dave), is strong where I am very very weak and gives the very best hugs in the world. Hooray :-) Isn't it amazing how God molds and shapes our partners to be exactly who we and He needs them to be? Something that's blowing me away at the moment.
  • I have 7 weeks left at work, which in some ways is a good things cos there are so many exciting things to move on to, but also quite sad cos I'm gonna miss so many people. God has blessed me with some very special friends through this year, and has used them powerfully in many areas of my life - to challenge my thinking, to support me through tough times, and to remind me primarily of His goodness. Christ Church has been a haven to me this year, and I also get on so well with my colleagues, it's been fantastic to be able to talk openly about church and my life, and to answer a fair few questions relating to God and the gospel, and the gospel-driven life that I aim to live. Please pray that more of these opportunities would be presented in my last few weeks here, and that the Holy Spirit would be preparing hearts.
  • My Mum is doing a stirling job on all things wedding. My dress is very nearly done, flowers are thought about, cakes are baked and waiting to be iced, invitation replies are coming in thick and fast... I have been blessed with a truly talented Mum. Thanks Mum, you're a star.
  • I still have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do after I graduate. I not really worried about it, more excited to see what God's got in store. But if anyone gains any heavenly insight I'd love to know!
  • I like herbal tea. A lot.
  • Dave and I have a flat to live in next year - yay! We found out a couple of weeks ago, it's exactly what we wanted in that it will allow us to show hospitality but is not as expensive as it could well have been. So make a date and come visit!

Enough for now. Have a happy 4 day week everyone!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Birthday Fun!

Yes, that's right, I have now hit the very adult age of 21. Scary stuff! As has Dave - his birthday is 8 days before mine (here starts a life of joint birthday presents, methinks!), so belated happy birthday my honey.

So yes, basically I had my birthday and it was much fun. I had drinks with famly and friends on Saturday evening, and then had the family plus an honoured Esther but minus brother-in-law Dave for lunch on Sunday. We also heard our banns read on Sunday morning in Church, which was pretty cool. Made it feel momentarily very real!

A great opporunity to take lots of pictures (with our newly replaced digital camera, how exciting!), so I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce you to various members of my family:

We'll start with the obligatory picture of Dave and me, just so you've go it out the way. This is us at the pub on Saturday night:

This is my lovely Mum, Jenny. She hates this picture, but hey, never mind!

And here is my oldest sister Lucy and her husband of 2 and a half years, Gavin:

My Middle sister Helen:

...and her husband of nearly 6 years (wow!), Dave:

And, of course, there's baby Joshua who is now 4 months. He's so cute!:

So there you have it, my family in a nutshell. One day soon I shall give you the lowdown on some friends too. If you have a violent desire not to be featured then speak now or forever hold your peace!

Love and hugs all. God Bless xXx

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Time fillers...

Have been abused (justifiably) for not updating recently, so here's something to keep you all busy. Hope things are going well for all of you who still frequent this place. Good luck if you have exams coming up. And Mum, if you read this you have to leave me a comment!

A is for age: 20
B is for booze: which is nasty
C is for career: Engineer/teacher (going through a career crisis before even starting, oh dear!)
D is for dad's name: Chris
E is for essential items to bring to a party: Hugs
F is for favorite song at the moment: Loving Jack Johnson's song, but can't remember what it's called - something about things being better when we're together. Also Miracle Maker and Every Little Thing by Delirious?, but they are always gonna win!
G is for goals: To glorify God to the best of my ability in every situation (gonna be a tough one to meet) and to be a great wife and, God-willing, mum.
H is for hometown: Exeter
I is for instruments you play: Trumpet and Saxophone
J is for jam or jelly you like: Strawberry, every time
K is for kids: See G! Love them, but want to wait a while before I have my own - am very happy being an auntie just now :-)
L is for living arrangements: In a house in Egham with 5 other distinctly random people
M is for mom's name: Jenny
N is for name of your friends: Jesus (has to be!), Dave, Es, Cat, Meg, Ilinda, Andy, Vicky, Holly, Tilley, Emma, several Sarah's, Hollie, Barney... many (disclaimer: in no particular order, and if you don't appear on this list it doesn't mean you're not my friend, it means I got bored of typing)
O is for overnight hospital stays: Several - tonsilectomy at the age of 4, appendectomy at 8, knee operations at 9 and 10, query menengitis at 11, possible collapsed lung at 20 (wow, good effort - managed to do quite well during my teenage years at least)
P is for phobia[s]: Slugs - really honestly :-S
Q is for quote you like: "Another month ends. All targets met; all systems working; all customers satisfied; staff eager and enthusiastic; all pigs fed and ready to fly". Lol! It's up in my office, and highly relevant just now!
R is for relationship that lasted the longest: 2 years and 3 months. A mere drop in the ocean
S is for siblings: Helen and Lucy - 26 and 28 (hehe, they're nearer 30 then 20...!)
T is for travel: France, Austria, Venice, Holland, Scotland, Wales, Lake District, Jersey, Guernsey...
U is for unique trait: Truly weird fingers
V is for vegetable you love: Pepper - would have it in everything if I could! (Although, is it actually a fruit, given that it has seeds?)
W is for worst trait: Inability to say no or lack of self-confidence
X is for x-rays you've had: Knees, Wrist, several fingers, Collar bone, Chest x2
Y is for yummy food you make: Chocolate Brownies, yum!
Z is for zodiac sign: Taurus

Firsts: First job: Finance department, WA Systems
First funeral: My Grandad
First piercing: Ears (very definitely my only!)
First credit card: Nil
First enemy: The devil
First favorite musician/band: Delirious? (The ? isn't cos I'm not sure - it's part of the title)

Lasts: Last movie watched: 50 First Dates
Last beverage drank: Mango and Passionfruit fruit tea :-)
Last meal: Lunchtime sandwich (plus an apple and biscuits during the afternoon- I think I have worms!)
Last phone call: Mum
Last CD played: Either Chris Tomlin's latest or Kelly Clarkson
Single or Taken: Taken
Birthday: May 14th (not long to go...)
Hair color: Dark blonde
Eye color: Blueish greyish Green - permanently going though an identity crisis I think

Right now what are you wearing: Blue trousers, cream top, red cardi, shoes, socks and underwear!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Muchos apologies, life's been crazy! To be honest this is a cop-out post, but could be quite fun (although if you ever wanted to tell me you hated me then I'd rather you did that in private. Otherwise, go wild!). So:

Put the answers to the following questions in my comments box:
1. Who are you?
2. Have we ever met?
3. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
4. Describe me in one word.
5. What reminds you of me?
6. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
7. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
8. Are you going to put this on your weblog and see what I say about you?
9. What do you love like a fat kid loves cake?
10. What makes you come back here?

(Note: This is not simply a way of getting more people to post comments, although it would be nice...)

In general life, work is busy (hence lack of postage), wedding plans are going well, I miss Dave like no one would believe and my friends and family are all fabulous as per usual :-) Will update properly soon...probably ;-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Wonderful Man and Other Stories

It's Dave and my 2 year anniversary - awwww :o) and I got flowers!! Not just any flowers I might add, but 12 very beautiful red roses, completely unexpectedly. (This picture is not these particlar ones, but a previous bunch, as I have no means of photography or transfer onto computer at work so can't photograph todays lovely arrival). They are beautiful, and although he is naughty for spending his money, I love and appreciate them very much. Thank you Dave, I love you.

Ok, slushy bit over, I promise. Oooo, except to say that on Sunday it was 6 months to go until our big day - being inside the 6 month barrier is very nice!

Right, actually moving on, had a lovely lovely weekend. Friday night I was feeling rough , and Dave came to dinner on his way down to Guildford for the weekend. But being the very wonderful man he is he stayed for the night (in my spare room!) just to be there for me, which I also appreciated beyond belief! Then Saturday morning he headed down to Guildford and I went on the Christianity Explored Day away. It was great to catch up with the students I'd had on my table last term, especially a couple of girls who travelled over from London every Thursday, but go to a different church on a Sunday so who we don't get to see. It was a great looking at the various aspects of life as a Christian. Very challenging, yet hugely encouraging at the same time. God has made so many wonderful provisions for us, in His church, the Bible, the opportunity to pray, and of course His Holy Spirit. What a good thing He doesn't leave us to stumble along on our own!

Then I headed down to Guildford to visit Cat. Much fun and laughter had at their house as her 3 lovely housemates were heading out to their department ball looking beautiful. And they still did 6 hours later when they returned and Cat and I were still up chatting - achievement!

Sunday it was great to be back at Millmead - I miss those people so much, and the teaching and music is ACE! And Ali and Marianne (whose wedding we went to in September and who now live up North) were there too - the last people we expected to see, so that must be the best surprise of the weekend. More time spent with the ladies at number 18, and a visit to see Dan, Sarah, baby Hannah and bump!! Very exciting :-) Baby Hannah has grown up so much, and can't really be called 'baby' any more so I shall have to leave that habit behind me! It was great to catch up with them though, they are so wise and have such an insight into Dave and I it's almost scary, but I shall always appreciate their wisdom and care for us, it's been a real encouragement.

Rubbish, this was only meant to be a quick post, sorry everyone. Let me just leave you with the news that Surrey CU are having their events week this week (specific info on the website, link somewhere there -->), so please pray that God would be working in the hearts and lives of those hearing the gospel this week, and that His kingdom might be extended! Thanks all.

Coming soon, pictures of Ali and Marianne's wedding, as I finally got them off Cat! Wait in eager anticipation...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A true child of the '90s!

I've received this as an email from several people now, and it's really quite fun, but I wanted to refrain from filling up random inboxes with my unwanted nostalgic moments. So I've inflicted them on you lot instead!

Anybody under the age of 15 should not re-send this. Just because you were born in '91 or '92 doesn't mean you're a 90s kid. It's not like you could remember some of the original Simpsons.

(I've emboldened the ones that apply to me and suggest you do the same so we can share the shame - er, I mean nostalgia!)

You know you're a 90's kid if...

1.You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air" - I'm ashamed already (and yes, I mean ALL of it!)

2.You've worn leggins and felt stylish.

3.You yearned to be part of the Baby-Sitters club.

4.You use to love playing with your MY Little Pet Shop.

5.You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons. Oh yeah - today's youth don't know what they're missing

6.You wore a ponytail on the side of your head and had scrunchies. - and my sister did do the ponytail thing - man, we were cool!

7.You remember reading "Goosebumps". - Think I only read it once cos it freaked me out, but I remember everyone else in the world loving them!

8.You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off".

9.You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf. - Well, why?!

10.You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school. :-)

11.You remember the craze then the banning of yo-yo's.

12.You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence - am very good at controlling it now!!

13.You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together. - SOOOOO true

14.You collected pokemon cards.

15.You wore socks over leggings scrunched down.

16.YOU wore leggings. - And looked COOL!

17.You knew what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare".

18.You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell". - such a good show

19.You played and or collected "Pogs". - I still have them :-D (but don't tell Dave, shhhh...)

20.You used to pretend to be a MIGHTY MORPHIN Power Ranger.

21.You had at least one GigaPet, Tamagotchi or Nano and brought it everywhere

22.You watched the ORIGINAL Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles

23.Yikes pencils and rubbers were amazing

24.You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out. - so much so that I never had one :-(

25.You used to wear those stick on earings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.

26.You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

27.You thought it would be so cool to be Alex Mack.

28.You know the Macarena by heart. - there are people out there who don't?

29."Talk to the hand" ... enough said.

30.You thought Brain from 'Pinkey and the Brain' would finally take over the world.

31.You were made to wear a pair of leggings with the straps on the bottom. - MADE, so the operative word in that sentence

32.You owned at least one Bum Bag - must have had 3 or 4, but they were mostly used for 10 tors training!

33.You collected tazos.


35.2 words ... SPICE GIRLS... - never owned an album though - phewf for small mercies after my pitiful show in this. I never knew I was such a child of my time!!