Saturday, August 30, 2003

What's new? well I added in a message board (idea shamelessly stolen from H, just to trial it really... and I am working all weekend waaaah! My fault cos I booked the shifts myself. I think my boyfriend is now off all weekend tho... is he trying to tell me something you think? Anyway, on the plus side you make more money per hour on a weekend...hmm that was the incentive to book the shifts initially, but now I have to actually work them I'm not so keen. Today I am on an orthopaedic ward, tomorrow 12-hour shift in A+E. More looking forward to tomorrow's than todays, but hey, beggars can't be choosers. Anyway... must get in the shower and iron the Big Dress. See you on the other side.....

Friday, August 29, 2003

Woo Hoo!! Someone bought me something off my wish list! Not through this site, but through Nervousness. If you're reading this - THANKS SO MUCH!

And am I the only person in London not to be affected by the blackout?? I was home all night, and only realised anything sinister had happened at around 11pm when I was lying in bed listening to LBC radio. Lots of conspiracy theories abound... one interesting one is that both the American and London power-cuts are related to that computer virus last week, as apparently the National Grid (and US version) could be 'hacked' in a similar way to that in which the virus works.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Oh and Eloon... WHERE are your archives lady?!

Couldn't help myself, I'm back blogging again! Well I survived my day of work in my holiday...it went ok, I worked on a renal ward... have booked about 9 shifts in St Mary's A+E department over the next few weeks, which I was quite looking forward to... only now Cacoa has really put me off. Oh well...

No updates today, as I am working (urrgh!) .... maybe tomorrow...

Monday, August 25, 2003

Well my ideas of raving into the wee hours were scuppered by falling asleep at 9.30 pm and not waking up again till 9.30am.... what a hardcore raver I am....

Sunday, August 24, 2003

Went to an Asian wedding today (my first), one of my mates from the nursing course. The "wedding" wasn't a ceremony or anything...just a nice curry and then a big photo opportunity. Funny to see my mate pretending to be well-behaved and 'modest', always looking at the floor, as normally at college she's always cracking jokes and laughing. Everyone there looked fabulous - all beads and sparkles.. I felt very plain Jane! My feet are killing me now as I had my pointy boots on (from Jigsaw!) and I haven't worn heels for ages. All in all a very civilised (and booze free!), totally different experience to the usual British dad-dancing-in-his-cardigan-to-ABBA ritual I am used to. But what's a wedding without a bit of ABBA?? Bizarrely I have another Asian wedding to go to in one month, which will be a bit different to the one today as it's on a boat on the Thames, which will be nice. Anyway.. I'm off to make up for the afternoon's lack of alcohol, and have a few glasses of wine...

Til tomorrow readers...

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Just for you Eloon, here's a shoe-related link!

Oops just realised I was supposed to post these "interview me" rules... anyone else who wants to join in just leave the Q's in the comments section (if it's working!):

1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3. You'll update your website with my five questions, and your five answers.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

My god.. that's THREE posts in one day! What's going on?!!

Plus I am well-chuffed to be elevated to the position of "new best friend" by Eloon... cheers luv!

Ooh just found this site via Autopsy report ... Virtual Autopsy. Not as grisly as it sounds! There are case studies and the site gives you their presenting symptoms and history, and then you can guess their cause of death by looking at pictures of their autopsy (not whole body pictures! just organs etc). Lots of medical jargon, but very interesting for anyone who works in that field...

As Eloon reckons the big blog craze this week is "interview me", here are her questions (and my answers)....

1. Describe your perfect day.
I suppose it would be going out for the day with the Boyfriend. Might sound odd, but we don't see much of each other. Despite the fact that we do live together. He is a bar manager, so he sleeps a lot of the day and gets up around 2pm, then leaves for work around 4pm, and comes home around 4am some nights. And what with me working shifts as well, seeing each other for any "quality" time proves quite difficult. So on my perfect day we'd have a nice long walk in a park (perhaps even Kew Gardens, my new favourite place), followed by a coffee and a chat (should I be wishing for something more expensive / unusual?!!). Then in the evening we'd go out for dinner (where I'd have risotto, my favourite!) and have plenty of drinkies and then go home and you can guess the rest hehe. I suppose my perfect day would just be a "normal" day for most people, but since we don't lead "normal" lives time-wise, that's my perfect day.

2. What's the sickest thing you've ever had to do in the course of your nursing duty?
Haha. God there have been so many, where do I start... On my first ever placement I had to take the bile that someone had just projectile vomited, and attempt to measure it. That one was pretty unpleasant. Or more recently we had this young lad in who came in with a number of police officers (he was in custody). He had apparently swallowed a large amount of wraps of crack cocaine in an attempt to hide them from his friends in blue, and every time he went to the toilet (not for wees folks!) he had to do it into a bedpan and yours truly had to fish through the contents checking for wraps of crack cocaine. On a night shift as well. Yes that was pretty unpleasant as well. Sadly I never saw any exciting bits in his bedpan!

There have been too-many-to-mention incidents of cleaning up old ladies with horrendous diarrhoea, etc. But usually the worst incidents do involve number twos. Whoever said nurses don't mind dealing with that type of thing is so wrong.

3. How will you vote in the 2004 London Mayor Election?
Hmm good one. Last time I did vote for Ken, and I may do so again. I think he may not be as popular this time around as he was last time, so I'm not convinced he'd get elected again. I kind of agree with the congestion charge, even tho it's a bit drastic, I think something drastic was needed to stop so many cars going through the centre of town. However, I think there should be discounts for "keyworkers", like nurses, teachers, etc, as the hospitals and schools in the congestion zone may have problems recruiting staff because of the charge.

Saying that, and whilst being a staunch lefty, I do actually like Steve Norris (the Conservative candidate). I used to listen to his radio show on TalkSport, and he does speak a lot of sense (despite being Conservative!). So if I go off Ken (and if he keeps on raising the tube and bus fares, I may just do that!), then Mr Norris would come in a close second. As for other candidates, I am unsure as to who the Labour candidate is. If it's that Nicky Gavron, I doubt if I'd vote for her, purely on the basis of there is something I just don't like about her, but I can't put my finger on it.

4. What is your recipe for Spag Bol?
Do you know that I have never cooked a Spag Bol? Being vegetarian, it's not something I've ever eaten! However, since you asked, I will give you my recipie for my favourite food: risotto!

You need to shallow pan fry an onion and a bit of celery (v. finely chopped) until they are soft. Ideally you should put them in the blitzer until they are like mush, cos this bit os only for extra flavour. When they are soft, add the packet of risotto rice and give it a stir. In another pan you need to have about a litre of vegetable stock (or meat stock if you swing that way). The secret of good risotto is to only add the stock to the rice a ladle at a time. And constantly stir it in. Sounds like a lot of work, but actually it's very therapeutic. And the food seems to taste better the longer you have faffed about with it (that's a technical term actually). So once you have added all the stock to the rice (little by little folks), then you have two choices... for the lower-fat version, add in some philadelphia cheese (other soft cheeses are available) and some low-fat cheddar. Stir in, along with salt + pepper, and any cooked veggies you fancy adding. A nice touch is to add in some lemon juice and a bit of zest. You can add in some fresh coriander as well, which is lovely. The other version comes from the Nigella book where you mix together an egg yolk, lots of parmesan and some single cream and then stir it into the risotto. Then add a bit more parmesan, and the lemon. I love risotto, because it's versatile: you can add in whatever veggies (or meat even) you like, any herbs you like, and anything else you like (but maybe not chocolate). It's such a "comfort-food". But I can really eat and eat with this one, hence the invention of the lower-fat version hehe.

5. Have you/do you ever pander to any boyfriend's requests for nookie in uniform?
Hahaha. Err well let me first point out that my uniform is truly horrid. The student uniform was lovely tapered (bleeeurgh) trousers and a foul blue and white striped tunic. Not exactly a turn-on eh? And before that I was a health care assistant, and I had to wear a big stripey dress, which was even less so. I have been with the same boyfriend for almost 6 years now, and before the nursing job I worked in a health club, so no exciting uniforms there either I'm afraid. We'll see what the new staff nurse uniform brings with it...

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Recent hits on my site include: "men wearing spandex catsuits" and "mess with my toot toot"... oh dear.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Got up hideously early (ie. 7.30am... well I am supposed to be on holiday!) due to horrid workmen coming to fix lights / doorbell / leaky toilet / sash windows that don't open. They came and did the whole lot in an hour and buggered off, leaving a whirlwind of chaos and much hoovering to be done. But at least they were quick, bless 'em.

Had some mate of the Boyfriend stay over on the settee last night, he looks like the American John Lennon. Most unnerving. Thoroughly decent chap mind. Don't think he was too chuffed to be woken up so early when they didn't get in until 4am.

So now it's almost 11am and I am stuck for what to do... I feel another trip to the park coming on... after a bit of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, of course. And more toast possibly.

Hmm...I fancy a long walk on Hampstead Heath or somewhere.....

Monday, August 18, 2003

Worrying

I have my hair in bunches and have been dancing round the living room hoovering as I go, singing along to Sexx Laws by Beck. And not a drop of alcohol has touched my lips. I'm worried.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

We Will Rock You: Review

Saw this on Thursday with my mum. The Dominion Theatre is a great, small-ish but intimate venue, not too big so you can't see the singers' faces. We had good seats in the stalls. My mum was so excited she even bought a "glow-stick" to wave during the finale!

The musical is set in the future (around 300 years from now) when all musicians are identical and all music is downloaded from the internet. The main characters (Scaramouche and Galileo Figaro) are striving to discover where the original 'rock' music and its instruments went to, and to get them back again. There's also a bit of a love story between the two main characters. The songs are cleverly weaved into the story, which is much funnier than I thought it would be. One female character in particular, Scaramouche, is very Ben Elton...the jokes and the tone.

The audience were relatively subdued until We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, when everyone seemed to do the hands-in-the-air Queen clapping bit. A standing ovation at the end, and then we piled on to the Central Line for the journey home.

All in all it's well worth seeing...the music was very rock-y and the guitar solos were done in the style of Brian May. Lots of funny bits and sing-a-long bits.

Saturday, August 16, 2003

OK panic over... I just managed to coax the bird back into the cage. Phew! I was starting to sweat.

Mother dearest has gone back to sunny Newcastle now, so here's a quick fill-you-in on what's been going on round here this week. Lots of shopping. Saw "We Will Rock You" (fab). More shopping. Went to Kew Gardens. Took lots of arty flower photos. Then wound the film on and it snapped. Got extremely angry. More shopping to make up for it.

And that's that. And to add to my distress, my pet finch has managed to escape from the cage and is now flying freely in my bedroom... and has been for over 5 hours now. I can't get the bugger back in! Help!! I have added more food inside the cage in a desperate attempt to entice it back in, but no luck so far...

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Just a quick update to let you know my mum is staying here for a few days and I don't have time to update properly.. more news later...

Monday, August 11, 2003

Went to the GP nurse for a "women's" appointment... and I have put on about 10 pounds (5.5kg) in the last year. Bloody hell. Now I feel like I need to lose it again. Lots of my clothes don't fit so well now, and it's all rather depressing. I think it's because I used to do lots of exercise, and what with running around on the wards and general laziness I haven't been doing any whatsoever. Any diet / exercise recommendations gratefully received... I'm off to attempt the Tae-Bo dvd... hmm in this heat? am I nuts? probably.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Had a very civilised day in the end - went to the park and read 1984 for a good couple of hours. Then had a nap (hurray!), followed by dinner from the chip-shop and then an hour spent with a glass of wine trying to do some "creative" writing. God, soon I'll be eating After Eights and listening to Radio 4 at this rate...

Alexei Sayle has a new book coming out... I have a copy of "Great Bus Journeys of the World" which is really funny, if anyone cares.

And is this how the BBC is gathering weather information these days??

Jesus I'm tired... the Boyfriend woke me up at 5.30am complaining he was too hot and then got the fan from the lounge... only that fan is dead noisy, so then I had to put up with the sound of the fan and his snoring.... suffice it to say that I have been awake since then and haven't been able to get back to sleep.

Plan for today? hopefully get some sleep at some point, do some yoga, go to Queens Park to read a book.... other than that who knows?

Friday, August 08, 2003

Well we didn't make it to the gig last night... it was WAY too hot to brave the number 31 bus (tiny bus, always packed like sardines!) so we just stayed home and had some drinkies.

THANK THE LORD I've finished my placement now! I am no longer a student nurse! woo hoo! Start my staff nurse job on 22nd September, so I have a few weeks' grace to get myself prepared. Today at work was really hectic.. this poor old man had a hypo (he's diabetic) and then got really drowsy and was semi-unconscious... always happens on your last day!!! You want an easy shift and it's always like that isn't it. After an hour and a half of me + three doctors sweating profusely he was sitting up in bed eating his dinner. Funny how quickly things change. At least the poor bugger's ok now tho...

Well I am off to de-stress with a LARGE glass of white wine and a bit of Jamiroquai...

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Phew! It's fecking hot here in London. Can't complain, otherwise it'll be windy and rainy. I think the whole of the UK is on tenterhooks to see if it really has been the hottest day EVER today... at night in London it's the same temperature as it is in Newcastle during the day (and my mum is coming to stay next week... it's going to melt her!).

This afternoon, as I was blissfully peeing in my own bathroom, I overheard a conversation outside between the bloke from downstairs and the bloke from upstairs. Bloke from upstairs (who has some twentysomething relative staying with him) was telling bloke from downstairs that his relative had been arrested for something-or-other and apparently the police came to search his flat last night. He was telling him he doesn't know if he's been released or what's happening. Crikes! But it was the best eavesdropping I've done in ages!

Apparently tomorrow night we are going to some gig in the Camden Underworld. Even just the name is making me feel overheated!

Monday, August 04, 2003

It's the last day of uni tomorrow... and then on the 22nd September I start my job as a fully fledged scary staff nurse... watch out London, I'm coming to get you! It feels a bit sad to leave college, as the past two years have just flown by. But it's not like we have been on placements with our friends much, so we will probably see each other the same amount as we do now.

If anyone has any ideas where I might find a suitable outfit for the following, please do let me know. I've got two Muslim weddings to go to - one in 3 weeks and one in September. For both of them you have to dress "modestly".. ie. no upper arms, cleavage or legs out. Bit restricting... have no idea what to wear. Black trousers is a bit boring for weddings I thought... but then again I haven't been to one since I was 9 so what do I know. One thing I am looking forward to is that both weddings are having Mendhi parties the day before...

Oh I broke my supernoodles period of abstenance yesterday and had a pack of my favourite Mild Curry flavour. Well worth the wait tho.

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Well I am back from the Ocean... it wasn't bad, but the music was very R'n'B, which is totally not my scene... so now I am home I'm getting my fix of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Friday, August 01, 2003

Amazing factoid: I've not eaten any supernoodles for three days now!

If you don't live in London, this post may be a tad dull... bt then again, it could come in handy if you're planning a visit so listen up. The Silverlink train service is well dodgy. Not the timetabling or the condition of the trains (although sometimes both leave a lot to be desired) but the people on it. For instance, on today's journey between Brondesbury Park and Homerton, there have been malodorous people begging on the train, two fights, large groups of drunken youths with beer cans (hark at me! you'd think I was 104)...there are a few "normal" people travelling, but on the whole it's social drop-outs and stinky people generally (more so than the Tube).... what's going on?

To further add to my love of Hackney, I am going on a work-do to this place the Ocean in Hackney... anyone know it? any good?? Looks surprisingly nice from the website, but then they always do don't they.

Website of the Week: Beer in the Evening: a catalogue of drinking venues across the country. Even allows you to plan pub crawls!