Friday, October 31, 2003

Still up, still fretting about NaNoBloodyWriMo... kind of a nice night to stay awake tho, as it's cold windy and rainy outside... and I am listening to Kruder & Dorfmeister all cosy like.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

I have 7 days off work after Friday's last night shift - what to do?!... thought about going to see relatives etc but everyone works 9-5 Mon- Fri so not much use in that... so now I am after ideas for new and fabulous things to do to amuse myself in London Town. I quite fancy the Saatchi Gallery, seeing the big sun at the Tate Modern, and Of Mice and Men at the theatre. Also have booked a tour of Holmes Place gym in Cricklewood..... yes, I know I am supposed to be writing a 50,000 word novel in November, but all work and no play and all that....

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Stop the world, I'm on nights... just enough time to tell you about a "lovely" patient on my shift last night - he was 22, very drunk, had a stack of porn magazines in his bag, and every time we went past him he insisted on flashing his bits to the world (and not by accident either). Aah the perils of alcohol...let that be a warning to everyone.

That is all.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Well I am cracking on with the planning of my NaNo novel. But I can't believe it's only 5 days to go, and then the real hard graft starts! I am quite enjoying it so far tho, has made my tube journeys more interesting, and at least that's something. Not sure it's gonna be quite Booker-list standard, but hopefully I will make it to the 50k mark in one piece...

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Don't forget! The clocks go back tonight! What will you do with your extra hour? I think I might try to stay up late and plan for my NaNoWriMo novel... only 1 week to go!

Ooh who will be the 1000th visitor??

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Help!

What's wrong with me?! I have just listened to the whole of Slippery When Wet (AND I knew all the words!) and am now working my way through Appetite For Destruction... I am trapped in an '80s rock timewarp and can't get out! I hark back to the days of men in make-up, talc-filled tight leather trousers and poodle perms, back to my youth when I actually really fancied Slash from Guns 'N' Roses (!). I am having to keep my '80s revival muted tho... wouldn't want the neighbours to hear...

I think I have had too much caffeine... I am jigging around in the chair whilst I type, singing along to Sweet Child O'Mine.... I need serious help.

I am in a marvellous mood: I just got paid. Big deal you might think. Yes, but this is my first proper wages! And what I just got for one month, used to be 3 months of student bursaries. So the milky bars are on me! (*grabs coat and hops on bus to Oxford Street - not a tube, obviously, as that'd just be way too dangerous*)

As I'm always banging on about London-specific things, for our non-London readers (if indeed there are any) here are some fascinating facts about London tahn...

A Cockney is someone born within the sound of the
bells of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside - in other words,
a 'real' Londoner. The word comes from the Middle
English for a malformed egg and began to be used as a
pejorative term for a Londoner in the seventeenth
century.

London has more foreign banks (555) than any other
city in the world; incredibly, it has more American
banks than New York and more Japanese banks than
Tokyo.

Lost property found at Heathrow airport includes a
glass eye, a false leg, a suitcase full of dead fish
and the front of a Ford Escort.

In Roman times, the River Thames in central London was
three times wider than it is today.

The Globe Theatre on Bankside is the first thatched
building in central London since the Great Fire in
1666.

Big Ben is the name of the 13-tonne bell (which sounds
the hour at the Palace of Westminster) - rather than
the clock or the clock tower.

The Square Mile is almost an accurate measurement of
the City of London, which covers 320 hectares (1.25 sq miles).

So there.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I've just watched Crimewatch and they had a story on there involving two people stealing a prize giant-pumpkin. Bizarre!

Monday, October 20, 2003

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well it's here. I am now the ripe old age of 27. And I don't feel a day over 26.

Had a good night on Saturday - went to Jamie Olivers's restaurant bar Fifteen, which was very stylish and the service was friendly and efficient. Made it back home at the respectable time of midnight. Got some lovely pressies as well, including the Kate Adie autobiography, and the Frank Skinner book so that will brighten up any future night shifts!

Today however has been a bit of an anti-climax. The Boyfriend has not got out of bed yet (tut tut). My mum did give me a quick ring bless her, but she was busy and had to go out. And a man from the bank phoned me. Sadly he did not congratulate me on my birthay, but was only interested in my new salary. *sigh* So to occupy my time, I have been NaNoWriMo planning...and I've actually got quite a bit done!

Let's hope it's on the up from here...

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Well it's Saturday, my early birthday (actual birthday is on Monday, but as that's a rather anti-social day to have a birthday in my opinion, the celebrations start here). As I sit here with my hair dye on (Nicky Clarke's Licorice ruining another perfectly good towel), I am quite looking forward to tonight!

Also this week I am investigating health clubs, and which ones look like potential places to harbour my urge to sweat and humiliate myself in public. Rang up the Third Space this morning, which looks fab I must say. However, it's so fab it's around £100 per month, which may be a little bit out of my price range. Had a look at the Holmes Places ones as well, which seem a bit cheaper (£60-£70 a month). Have a friend who goes to GymBox in Holborn, which does special deals for "key workers", of which I am now one apparently. That one is £50 a month. Hmm... whoever thought this could all be so complicated? I am looking for pampering, luxury, a steam room, kick-boxing and spinning classes, and all on the cheap. Methinks I might not get quite what I am looking for...

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Oh my god! I thought we were mad doing NaNoWriMo... but here's a challenge to write TWO novels in November aargh!!

And! for a limited time only, Eloon has put up her archives hurrah! and I must say those early entries do read a little like Bridget Jones!

I had the most bizarre dream last night: I was on a London Bus in Newcastle with a Greek man who was incredibly tall and was called Yannis. Then he tricked me, and I got off the bus by myself thinking that new pal Yannis would join me. However, he stayed on the bus. Then somehow I was in a very large house (VERY large) and there were lots of doors. I went up al the stairs to the top and the top floor somehow belonged to Professor Robert Winston, although there were no locks on any of the doors and no signs to say who lived where, so you could just wander in. I found myself wandering around his house in secret. Then he suddenly came home, and me (and my Dad, who'd not been in the dream up to now) had to hide behind his sofa. Unfortunately he found us and threw us out. What the hell does that mean??

Interesting web-find of the day: Regulars Reunited - a place to find your old drinking buddies.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Nice to see that H has joined us for the Nanoo Nanoo novel-writing challenge! anyone else up for it?

sorry.. no proper posts tonight.. VERY tired....zzzzzzzz

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Outfit Update!

Ok...couldn't find a suitably slutty pencil skirt, so bought a halter top from FCUK instead. Unfortunately ended up in Selfridges and bought a fab NARS lip gloss and lip liner! Lads - you don't realise how much cheaper it is being a bloke!

Monday, October 13, 2003

For my birthday (which is actually on the 20th, but we are having the "Do" on Sat the 18th) we are going to Jamie Oliver's restaurant "Fifteen"...this has sparked a wardrobe crisis already... girls! I was thinking of wearing a black pencil skirt with a big slit up the side, beige cord pointy knee-length boots.. but what to wear on the top? any ideas? or should I ditch the skirt and buy something else??! HELP!! (men will probably not understand this post, and I appreciate that).

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Seeing as everyone else is doing it, here's my A-Z...

A-ACT YOUR AGE: 26 (27 in erm 8 days time!)
B-BOYFRIEND: The spicy Kosovan (!)
C-CHORE YOU HATE: erm, most of them
D-DAD'S NAME: Ron
E-ESSENTIAL MAKE UP ITEM: black eyeliner
F-FAVE ACTRESS: hmm...fave actor is easier - Kevin Spacey or Edward Norton
G-GOLD OR SILVER: Got to be silver
H-HOMETOWN: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
I-INSTRUMENTS YOU PLAY: Viola
J-JOB TITLE: staff nurse (yay!)
K-KIDS: none just yet
L-LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: live with a 35-yr old spicy kosovan (see above)
M-MOM'S NAME: Beryl
N-# OF MEN YOU'VE SLEPT WITH: Ooh I couldn't possibly reveal that... a lady has to keep some mystery about her now!
O-OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAYS: At work lots...as a patient, none.
P-PHOBIA: moths (urgh)
Q-QUOTE YOU LIKE: " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
R-RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: nothing specific, but philosophically lean towards Buddhism
S-SIBLINGS: none! I am a spoilt only-child
T-TIME YOU WAKE UP: depends on what shift I'm working. If it's a day off, usually around 9.30
U-UNIQUE HABIT: talking on the phone whilst in the bath
V-VEGETABLE YOU REFUSE TO EAT: mushrooms
W-WORST HABIT: criticising myself
X-X-RAYS YOU'VE HAD: just on my teeth at the dentist
Y-YUMMY FOOD YOU MAKE: risotto, cheesecake...
Z-ZODIAC SIGN: Libra

so now you know!

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Good news: I'm off work tonight (hurray!)
Bad news: It's 11pm but it feels like it's about 3 in the afternoon (aargh!)

Good news: I'm off tomorrow as well
Bad news: I have to be up at 6am for a day shift on Monday morning (double aargh!!)

As if anyone would actually send their pound off...

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Zzz

There may be a shortage of posts for the next few days, as I'm on nights.....I do apologise.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

That flat last night was actually in Finchley Central, and not Golders Green. Bit far out as it was past the North Circular (I apologise to our non-London readers). Not a bad flat, price-wise could have been a bit less, and would have been better if it'd been nearer the tube. So we will just keep looking. But I do quite fancy Hendon / Golders Green or Finchley as my new place of residence. Just a bit more leafy and generally more safe at night. And all those bagel shops! I used to live in Hendon a few years ago and fell in love with bagels! It was marvellous.

I suppose my main requirements for a new suitable living area would be: somewhere green nearby to run in and go for long walks, a supermarket nearby, and somewhere where it's ok to go out at night by yourself and not feel that you're about to get mugged. I do like Queen's Park, but we are almost at bursting-point in our 1 bedroom flat here, and to rent a bigger place in this area would possibly break the bank. Oh well... just gotta keep on looking.

By the way - I started a new NaNoWriMo blog, to keep all that writing stuff separate from the main page. You can find the link at the top there, where it says "writing".

Monday, October 06, 2003

Bizarre

It's 11.20pm and I am getting ready to go out and view a 2 bedroom flat in Golders Green with the view that if we like it we might move there. How odd. I am not sure how good an idea of a flat and the area you get if you look at it after midnight, but I'll keep you posted...

NaNoWriMo rant:

Having some major plot-thinking problems.... first of all I had an idea of writing a story about a woman who has a stalker, andit's someone she knows but she doesn't know who yet..then she gradually gets to discover their identity. Then I thought No! I want to write something more "comedy" and fun...so now I'm kind of stuck. What are other people plotting about?

and should I start a new NaNo blog to keep all of this stuff separate?!!

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Bored? why not waste some time here

NaNoWriMo

I've done it too. I've signed up. Aargh!! Must get plotting and thinking up some ideas for characters! I know Eloon is doing it this year. Any other NaNo Bloggers make yourselves known! We can get through this together!

I have on my computer an Excel "Report Card" that was in last year's forums from NaNo, which allows you to track your progress as you work through your 50k. It has a word count tracker and a little progress chart thing. Anyone who wants a copy e-mailing to them just post a comment.

Night out review

Last night we were wanting to go out, but wanted to try somewhere new. So we headed to glamourous Swiss Cottage to this new bar Establishment, which we knew nothing about, and for no other reason than a) it's on the number 31 bus route and is therefore easy to get home, and b) it used to be the Cube Bar many moons ago, and we quite liked it there. We got there around 8pm and we were the only ones in there save for a barman. And it was freezing. So we sat there for about 45mins with our coats on shivering into our Pinot Grigio, and then people started coming in around 9pm. Up to that point they'd been playing sort of funky salsa / house type music, which was fine. I noted on a flyer (and also on their website I see it) it states: "Gorgeous People, Beautiful Music". Had I seen that before I went in I might have thought twice about entering the premises.

Anyway, after 9pm it all went a bit downhill music-wise (for us anyway). It went a bit Sean-Paul. Now everyone else in there seemed to be enjoying it, but err Sean Paul is not really my scene. Anyway, we stuck it out till 11pm and then hopped on the lovely 31 bus home. To listen to a bit of Coldplay.

And then we got thinking...is there a nice bar (and by nice I mean smart, clean and quite trendy looking) anywhere that plays decent music (and by decent I mean 'with guitars in'). I like indie / alternative music, however I don't dress like I do, and I don't want to sit in a dingy pub to listen to it. So why are there no nice bars that play that type of music?

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Lovely Nigella

I was watching Jonathon Ross last night, and my ears perked up at the mention of him having Nigella Lawson as a guest on next week's show. Lovely Nigella. Now her cookery programmes are no longer on tv, life is dull. There's something about her, obviously she is very beautiful with her flowing hair and her Italian brown eyes, but it's more the fact that she defies everything women are "taught" (whether explicit or otherwise) about food and how they're supposed to enjoy it. Lovely Nigella makes food sexy, in the way that she just doesn't give a shit about calories or putting on weight or any of that "womany stuff", but she just eats food for sheer enjoyment. And to be honest, she looks more sexy than those skinnies on Sex and the City and all other programmes of that ilk. It's so refreshing. Having had various "problems" (ahem) with food in the past, I find delight in Lovely Nigella's cooking programmes, as she makes it ok to actually enjoy food. Especially when you compare her to other women doing cooking items on TV... Eg. Rosemary Connelly, Joanna Hall etc, who are all about so-called "healthy" eating and dieting and deprivation and conforming to the ideal of what women should be and what they should be seen to be eating...

I'll get off me soapbox now.

Friday, October 03, 2003

I'm back! Sorry for the lack of posts this week... have just been dead busy with work and everything. Just finished days, and now have 3 days off to sort my sleeping out for nights on Tuesday aargh! New job is going well, the people are nice and friendly, and I'm slowly settling in. Patients are a bit dodgy, but they usually are haha!! (just kidding... or am I?!)

I am a bit perturbed by my mates from college - it's my birthday soon, in about 3 weeks, and they are "organising" something... all very hush hush and now I'm getting worried. I just wanted to go out for a meal and then on to the Social or somewhere that plays decent music...and all the other girls are into clubbing and all that palaver, which I hate...so now I'm panicking. Fingers crossed they are kind to me.


Oh and it's nice to see some new lurkers in the comments pages!

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Bored? why not try the Me-ish album cover challenge? I think I got only about 10.

Feeling Autumnal

I love autumn. The crisp sunny but cold mornings, big jumpers, falling leaves. I always associate it with new beginnings, probably from school days when I always loved that "back-to-school" feeling (yes, I was an unusual child!). And this morning I had a great run in my local park and felt a pang of hippiness at how lovely it looked.