Tuesday, August 15, 2006


After 2 weeks of wrangling with DHL (including them leaving it with a neighbour, while I was in my house waiting for them to ring the bell, but them not being able to tell me which neighbour they had left it with, ahem), I have finally received the latest addition to my cookery book shelf: Leith's Vegetarian Bible. And ruddy marvellous it looks too. Aside from the lack of pictures (only 16 pics for 1000 recipes), it all looks rather scrummy. Saying that, I'm cooking a Thai green curry a la Nigel Slater tonight. Yum. And what's more, diet-divas, by not watching my weight particularly, I am now down to 2lbs lower than my pre-pregnancy weight woo hoo. Not sure how that's happened, to be fair, perhaps it's the lack of wine, cos it sure ain't a lack of cakes and butter...

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Back in the armpit of the universe

I'm sorry, I've been neglecting you. I did do one post but evil Blogger has eaten it up so I'm re-doing it. Holiday was nice, weather good, staying with in-laws abroad (you-know-where...don't want to say as i've discovered certain people read this blog...).

Read Cloud Atlas on holiday. Enjoyed it, but found parts of it quite hard-going (the futuristic section in particular). I think I liked the Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish best. Currently reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I really like it, but her style of writing does feel like a bit of a creative writing class. I think it's all the metaphors (but then again she is a poet).

Chavtastic neighbours update: after succeeding in getting a legal noise abatement order against them, they were still persisting with the all-hours-of-the-day chavvy dance music. One step away from prosecuting them. On a brighter note, have put an offer in on a flat in outer north-west London yay. It's fab, park at end of street, quite leafy but near a multicultural area with lots of shops, and bedroom + kitchen windows overlook a bowling green. Keep everything crossed.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Feeling much better thank god. Off on holiday tomorrow for 2 weeks... news to follow after the 17th July.... currently 36 degrees where we're going so I'm preparing to melt!

Monday, June 26, 2006


Help! The whole family has been struck down with a horrible bout of gastro. Not pleasant, especially since we all need to be fighting fit for our holiday this coming Sunday. Having not eaten for a couple of days, I'm now on a diet of Lucozade, plain bread, couscous and Pot Noodle, and it seems to be working. I do feel a bit better. Here's hoping I can sort hubby + Baby E out in time...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Hello world

I'm still alive, just been really busy. Baby E is into everything, drawers, cupboards, so keeping busy running around after her shouting 'no!'. Also been busy looking for flats to buy, went to see our first one last night, was lovely inside (if a little bit too small) but the outside was not quite what we wanted, so will keep on looking. All feels a bit scary and grown-up! Liked the area a lot tho, so will aim for somewhere round there as it has lots of shops, a nice park etc. Plus buses to the west end again, yay! It's so hard to find what you want for the right price in the right area, especially when dealing with pushy estate agents... ahh me....

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Where did that week just go? Finally the summer has descended upon Essex, so am enjoying the benefits of having a large balcony / terrace in which to sit.

Made a rather yummy leek gratin the other night out of the splendid Silver Spoon book, hubby even said it was the best thing I've ever cooked (is that a compliment though?!)... better than my Thai green curry? surely not. On the menu tonight (if Little Madam settles to sleep) is a Lebanese mezze feast. Yum.

The aforementioned L.M. (Little Madam) is really clingy at the minute, especially at bedtime. She used to be put int he cot and just go straight to sleep, but now she won't settle, is just sitting up all the time. If you leave her thinking she might play for a bit and fall asleep, she just doesn't and wants cuddles to get her off to sleep (oh is this a really bad habit I've started?!). It took me 2 hours (!) to get her to sleep last night (everytime I put her in the bed asleep she's wake up aargh). Saying that, this morning she did just fall asleep playing in the cot, so fingers crossed it's on the up.

Am now reading Self Matters by Dr Phil (from the Oprah show), and very good it is too. Definitely more me than Feel the Fear (which was good, but a little bit too touchy-feely for me!). It's quite straightforward which is good. Am also reading Philosophy The Basics, which I read when I was about 17 but haven't touched since then. Having a bit of a fiction holiday at the minute, and quite enjoying it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

30 therapy

Not sure if it's having the baby and adjusting to the role of being a mum or because I'm approaching the big three-oh, but I just feel an overwhelming need to sort my head out. To become more confident, get rid of all those hang-ups that've been around for 15yrs or more, to sort out all the shit in my head I suppose. I'm the last person to read self-help books, but started reading 'Feel The Fear...' yesterday and couldn't put it down, read about half of it in one night. Some of it is definitely not very me (the affirmations bit), but I'm giving it a go. It's just positive thinking really I suppose, and there's nothing wrong with that.