Smashed screen

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Have you ever done this? I have to two mobiles, and I was totally gutted. The most recent, was my HTC mini. I loved that phone, but I also valued the skin on my face. I put it aside, not having the heart to throw it away. I went on to buy a new mobile, but it was nothing, compared to my HTC. I asked in the phone shops, how much it would cost to repair, but was quoted £100. That is money, I refuse to pay when it could go to other uses.

My daughter’s son got hold of her mobile, and threw it on the floor, smashing the screen. She took it to one of those cheap stores, and they quoted £40, to fix it for her. It seemed reasonable, and I considered taking mine there, but when she got it back, it was never the same. It continued to freeze, the touch screen barely worked, and she ended up getting a new mobile.

Knowing that Ebay, and other such sites, do spare mobile parts, I figured that if I ordered a new screen, and followed a Youtube video (they have videos for everything!) then I could fix it myself. I found a screen for £40 which I ordered, the video looked fairly straightforward, but knowing me, I’d probably snap something off! I decided to pass the job onto my dad. It took a while, with a few minor hiccups, but he done it, and now I have my mobile all working perfectly :)

The moral of the story is, if you love your mobile, as I did, there are cheaper options, although a little on the tricky side, but it can be done :)

Dressing up day

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Most schools love to put on dressing up days. They are usually because of subjects the children have been learning, and it’s a way of making education fun for them. While this is all well and good, what about the children who don’t like dressing up? Or the parents, who can’t afford to go out and spend a small fortune on an outfit. My children don’t own any dress up clothes, it’s not something they are interested in, but this particular day at my child’s school, is come as a caveman. Now really, why would my girls have a caveman outfit? it’s not exactly girly. And to be honest, I refuse to pay out for something they will only wear once. While it’s true, that if you didn’t have the funds to go and buy something, then you could probably rustle something up. But then you face the drama of those certain children, and there is always one, who have a brand spanking new outfit, and feel the need to take the mick out of your creative attempt.

I personally feel that if the school wants a dressing up day, then they should make it a classroom activity, getting the children to design their outfits and help them make it. This would solve all these common problems, and would prove far more useful to the class subject. I mean, the cavemen didn’t exactly pop down to Asda, or some other store, and buy their clothing now, did they :)

Sentimental attachments

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Have you ever had something that you really loved, and for whatever reason, you no longer have it, yet nothing similar quite compares? It could be your first love. You felt as though the world may end, if you missed even a second with them, but then the relationship breaks down, and no-one else quite lives up to your first love.

It could even be a possession, or an item of clothing. A favorite mobile, which did everything you wanted it to, but then broke, and no other phone compares. I’ve had one like that :) Or a favorite pair of jeans, so comfortable and a perfect fit, but sadly constant wear and tear, render them fit for the bin. You’ve bought hundreds of pairs since, but none compare, and that one pair, just sticks in the back of your mind driving you insane with the hunt to find an exact replica.

All of those have at one point plagued me, but my utmost sentimental attachment is my first car. An extremely old model, no power steering, or electric windows. It had an unknown leak in the backseat, which I cursed on many occasions. Not forgetting the rather scary times, when I got locked in randomly by the central locking, or even when the gas pedal used to press itself down, without my foot being anywhere near it! Despite all these things, and the fact that I have a new car with power steering (no more pop-eye biceps :) ) electric windows, and a much smoother drive, It just doesn’t seem to compare. Maybe it’s because that was my first car, I don’t know. All I do know is, that I miss it.

Why do we form these attachments? And why does nothing else seem to compare, especially when in my case, it’s a much better deal? Let’s hear your attachments, especially if you managed to move past them :)

Would you change?

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Would you change yourself to please someone? Obviously when you partner with a person, some amount of change will come about. Instead of being only responsible for your own wishes, you have to compromise when you become a couple. Certain things will change. Be it reckless spending, that you were previously able to do without anyone to answer to, but now as a couple money may have to be managed more appropriately, especially if you have moved into a new home. Or maybe shameless flirting, after a few drinks on a Friday night. You may have habits, that your partner finds annoying, and vice versa, so you attempt to rectify them to keep harmony. But really, how much change would you make, in order to please the one you love?

As teenagers, most of us have all at some point, changed our ways in order to attract the attention of a prospective crush. Is it worth it? As the quote above points out, you’re basically lying about who you really are. Is it worth losing yourself for the sake of another? I’ve known many friends who have done this. They go on to marry the person, and spend the rest of their lives miserable, having been molded into something they are not. If you are not happy with who you are, then change for yourself, not for others.

Have any of you done this? I know I have, and it will never happen again. I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, then that’s up to you :)

Freebie alert!

We all love freebies, and I have one for you right now :) However, this is a conditional one. I’m looking for reviewers for Twisted Bloodlines, book one in the series. I need roughly around twenty lovely people, to leave reviews on Amazon, in exchange for a free copy of the book :) If you are interested, please leave your name, and email address, and my lovely publisher Miranda Stork will send you your free copy. You can either leave your details in the comment box, or email me directly at lujjacks@live.co.uk. I’ll look forward to hearing from you, and happy reading :)
Details of the book are below. It’s the first of six, in my paranormal thriller series. The first three are out now, with the fourth due some time next year. If you like your books full of hunky shifters, love triangles, and evil villains, then this is the book for you. It follows a dark story line full of twists and turns, with quite a few steamy moments, and best of all, it’s free to you lucky twenty :)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00008]  Megan has never had what most would call a normal life.

Her childhood and teen years were spent on the run with her family, hiding from a horror so great it defines their world. Friends and homes are traded at a moment’s notice to escape from their worst nightmares.

Years pass, and her mother settles down with her new step-father, a kind man who does his best to protect them. Life lulls into a safe pace, and Megan finally feels as though she has control of her future for the first time in her life. But that peace is shattered with the arrival of a new family member, one that bears a striking resemblance to a savior of her past…

Confused by her deep emotional connection to him, things unravel fast. She learns that the people she lives with, even her own family, are not what they seem. Her only friend who helped her piece her life back together changes overnight, and she is left dealing with the fallout on her own…

As events unfold, Megan finds herself face to face with the horror that has haunted her since childhood. But will she be able to escape from her twisted bloodline?

The dreaded visit

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What is your worst nightmare scenario when visiting someone’s house? Maybe they have so much clutter, that you can barely see the floor, and you politely shove things aside with your foot, in order to make your way through their house. Or perhaps they have creepy paintings, or ornaments whose eyes follow you wherever you go. Leaving you returning home, and having nightmares for the rest of the week. Maybe hygiene isn’t there top priority, and you find yourself sitting stiffly on the edge of the sofa. Too scared to move, in case you touch the odd looking lump of something unknown, resting on the cushion beside you.

Perhaps your worst nightmare is that they have purchased another expensive item, and are about to spend your whole visit, explaining each and every detail, leaving you raging with jealousy, or boredom :)

My worst nightmare is a dirty toilet, and no toilet paper in sight. I have been heavily pregnant, busting for a pee, and still not used a toilet because it was dirty. Seriously, how hard is it to clean a toilet? I have four males, and four females in my home who use the toilet. I’m constantly in there toilet brush in one hand, and bleach in the other. I can’t bear a dirty toilet, and I always have plenty of toilet paper. It’s okay for males when there isn’t any, but what do they expect a female to do?

So there is my nightmare, obviously I have come across other minor things, but that is the worst for me. What are yours?

Ageism

Listening to the radio today, they were discussing whether there should be an age limit, for when you should stop doing certain things. For example, wearing bikinis, kissing in the street etc. Most of the callers targeted people aged 40 and onwards. Should there be an age limit? Why should someone aged 60, for example, not be allowed to wear a bikini? Is it because people don’t wish to witness the sight? While it’s true that for most of us, things start going south, after a certain age, does that mean we need to cover up for other peoples sake? If we’re comfortable in ourselves, then why should it matter? Everyone is an individual, age shouldn’t make any difference to our personal habits, if we don’t want it to.

I think it’s sweet to witness an old couple, kissing in the street. It shows that even after all these years, their love is still going strong. Unless of course, they have recently gotten together, which is all the more sweeter :)

One comment, was about riding a skateboard, and that they thought you stop at 60. If you can do it at that age, fair play to you. I can’t even ride a skateboard, at my age:)

What are your views? Should age matter?th (15)