Saturday, 20 September 2014

What's on my iPhone 20/09/14. Sam Smith- I'm Not the Only One

A few weeks back DH and I celebrated 7 years of marriage. We didn't quite get to celebrate, as DH was away and then I was sick. But I feel very lucky to have been able to spend 7 happy years together with the man that I love. I hope that we will spend many more together.

However, this song by Sam Smith has been on repeat on my playlist. It is about infidelity. And it is heartbreaking. Although I am fortunate not to have experienced this first hand, I know many people who have done. 

"You and me, we made a vow
For better or for worse
I can't believe you let me down
But the proof's in the way it hurts"

Enjoy the song. And if you are experiencing a situation like this, stay strong and have courage.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

A little update

Oh my word! How time has flown! I cannot believe that it has been more than a year since I posted on this blog. Well lovelies I have been busy and I am very excited to share the updates on my life in the last year. Things have been crazy hectic (and no I am not pregnant haha) and I am still trying to catch my breath after the craziness of 2013. So what is new in my life and what hasn't changed one bit? Here goes:

More of the same
♥ DH and I are still married. 

I may have turned into a little bit of a monster during the last 6 months of my PhD so this is cause to celebrate. DH was so extremely patient with me. Ahh it was probably a wise decision to marry him. We will be celebrating 7 years of wedded bliss (at least for me) this September which is exciting. All talk of the 7 year itch will be ignored!!!

♥ I still love filofaxes

Well you all knew that wouldn't change so no surprises there!

♥ I am still a bag lady
I can't help it if my bags don't seem to understand the word 'contraception' now can I? I tell you they just seem to multiply although I now officially have no space for more and have been (kind of) implementing a one in one out policy (maybe..... sort of....well that is what I say to DH). haha

All change

♥I had to retire my Malden

This makes me so sad. Poor old Malden had a serious accident this year. He was completely bursting anyway and I managed to drop him and damage his ring mechanism. So now he won't close properly and I had to move back to my Adelphi.
♥ We moved house to get the best of both worlds

Ah la Kirsty we moved to a lovely village last year June. So we are coming up to our 1 year 'house move' anniversary and each day I love the house and the not so new area more and more.
♥ I finally started driving

Well although I am a scaredy cat I have no choice but to drive to work on some days. DH still hasn't forgiven me for curbing the alloys within a few hours of getting my new car last October (it was so HIS fault) but hey ho I bought it! hahaha

♥Oh yes the new car
Lovelies, Aygo and I just weren't getting on, mainly because I just really dislike manual cars. My feet are digital so it is either off or on with me. Got fed up of the so and so clutch (forgetting to change gear and STALLING AT JUNCTIONS was just not fun, did I tell you I HATE roundabouts... vile things) and replaced Aygo with a little A1 instead :-) Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better I tell you. No regrets there! Except........ I still HATE roundabouts!

and wait for it.....

♥ I am officially Dr Dr CP!!!!

Well to be honest who says Dr Dr? No one. So actually getting the PhD made not an ounce of difference to that! haha. But it still gives me a little glowy feeling inside when I think that I accomplished that even after a previous horrid experience with an academic bully from hell. And I finished on time and got a commendation. So BOO YAH- back in your face (to the horrid person not you lovely people of course). NEVER let anyone in life tell you what you can and cannot do!!!!

So that is it for me now. What's going on in your lives? Please share with me. I have missed you :-)

Sunday, 17 March 2013


Hi lovelies. I know it has been FOREVER but I have been and I still am very busy with the final year of my PhD. I do miss all of you though and all the filofax addicts will  be pleased to know my lovely Malden is still by my side. I am coming out of my blog hiatus for a very special guest post. I am really pleased to have Alison Morton on the blog today and she has written about her new novel Inceptio. It is a fantastic read (I would love it to be made into a movie) but without further ado..... here is Alison!

Thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog today, Kyla.

My debut novel, INCEPTIO, was published this month, the end of three years of slog – researching, writing, and polishing. It’s a thriller, so it’s doubly exciting.

It started off when I was eleven. I was fascinated by the mosaics in Ampurias (huge Roman site in Spain). Who had designed and made them, whose house were they in, who had walked on them?

I asked my father, “What would it be like if Roman women were in charge, instead of the men?” Maybe it was the fierce sun boiling my brain, maybe it was just a precocious kid asking a smartass question. But clever man and senior ‘Roman nut’, my father replied, “What do you think it would be like?” Real life intervened (school, uni, career, military, marriage, motherhood, business ownership), but the idea bubbled away in my mind and INCEPTIO slowly took shape as an alternate history thriller.

How is an ‘alternate history thriller’ different from a normal thriller? 
Alternate history is based on the idea of “what if”? What if King Harold had won the Battle of Hastings in 1066? Or if Julius Caesar had taken notice of the warning that assassins wanted to murder him on the Ides of March? Sometimes, it could be little things such as in the film Sliding Doors, when the train door shuts and Gwyneth Paltrow’s character splits into two; one rides away on the train, the other is left standing on the platform.

The rest of the story from that point on develops differently from the one we know. In my book, Roma Nova battled its way from a small colony somewhere north of Italy in the late fourth century into a high tech, financial mini-state which retained and developed Roman Republican values, but with a twist. It’s really fun working this out! The thriller story then takes place against this background.

Stories with Romans are usually about famous emperors, epic battles, depravity, intrigue, wicked empresses and a lot of sandals, tunics and swords. But imagine the Roman theme projected sixteen hundred years further forward into the 21st century. How different would that world be?

So what’s INCEPTIO about?
New York – present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe. Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, a ready-made family and a new career. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant special forces officer Conrad Tellus who rescued her in America, isolates her.

Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it...

And next? I’m working on PERFIDITAS (Betrayal), the second book in the Roma Nova series.

You can read more about Alison, Romans, alternate history and writing here:
Twitter: @alison_morton

Have a wonderful day all of you and I hope you go out and buy this book! 

Friday, 7 September 2012

This is not goodbye but........

Hi lovely people. I am just touching base to say that I arrived safely back in the UK on Sunday after spending a lovely vacation (sans DH) with my family back home in the Caribbean. I really had a wonderful time catching up with my friends and family. And I was true to my word and did absolutely no work whatsoever! So I am well refreshed.

I just wanted to let you know that while I am not closing down the blog I have to admit that I will not be blogging very often as I will soon be entering my final PhD year. I have a lot of work to do still and I feel that I just cannot commit to blogging on a regular basis anymore as by the weekend I am quite mentally spent! Anyways I will always be responding to emails and will pop up on twitter now and then so don't forget me.

Also DH and I are celebrating 5 years of wedded bliss this Saturday. I just don't know where all of that time went! Time really does fly when you are having fun. Another wonderful couple, Steve and Alison Morton will be celebrating their wedding anniversary today and I just wanted to wish them the best as they have made many more years together than we have! hehe. I cannot thank them enough for the wonderful time we had in France last year. 

Anyways I am on call so need to rush off now. I hope all of you had a wonderful summer!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Leaving on a jet plane.......

I am so looking forward to flying back to Trinidad for 3 weeks of relaxation. It has been a rather busy and stressful year for me so I will hoping to just kick back and relax.

I will therefore be on a blogging break until around mid September. In the meantime check out my posts on Trinidad and Tobago or just continue to browse around and enjoy my older posts.

Take care and enjoy the rest of August!

I hope that so and so rooster doesn't keep me awake!!! hahaha!
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