Sunday, November 30, 2003

Sorry... no blogging till Tuesday... parents staying.. graduating tomorrow.... more news soon....

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Well what's been happening around here then folks? Busy busy at work (as per usual)...have also been accepted as a "freelance writer" by some internet site to write model answers for college papers and articles and stuff.... for a fee of course! Pondering a career move in about 4 months to intensive care... enjoying Charles Dickens book much more than expected... thankfully, a day off tomorrow. However, my parents are coming down at the weekend (for 4 days!) so I need to do some much-needed tidying up etc before they get here. It's my graduation on Monday next week, so that's why they are coming.

Anyway... I'm off to relax with a big glass of wine and a bit of Definitely Maybe..... 'Slide Away' is definitely a top tune.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Well after last nights little "event", it's very much business as usual here. No mention of the horrible evening.... till the next time I suppose. The plug stays in place!

How do you know when it's time to pull the plug on a relationship? This is my second 6 year relationship, but I fear it's coming to its sticky end. For example, last night we went out to the pub for a quiet Friday night drink. Got there, no one is saying anything to each other (us, not the other punters)....after about an hour of silence interspersed with half-arguing, decided was probably better to go home. Boyfriend states he does not like going to pubs and never wishes to go to one again (even though he works in bars, and I suspect that if The Mates rang up to go to a pub, he'd be out like a shot). From now on we will only stay in, apparently.

Not a very exciting prospect for the rest of your life, eh? I don't want to be out all the time, but it's nice to have the option, no? What to do?!!

Yesterday's "team-building" thing was even worse than I thought. Still, I got a free lunch and a free hospital mug. Which was nice.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Tonsils are on the mend, and therefore I have to go to a "study day" at work tomorrow, just an introduction to the hospital etc. I have been informed will consist of lovely team-building exercises, the point of which is "to get to know each other".. pardon me for being anti-social, but if I am on a study day and am very unlikely to meet any of these people ever again, why do I need to 'get to know them'? It all sounds a bit David Brent to me, only probably not as funny.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

An excellent article in Yoga Journal today which gives 9 sequences of yoga poses which are suitable for beginners.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Tonsils still throbbing. On the plus side, I have now finished the Frank Skinner book, and am on the verge of starting Great Expectations (get that, Daddio). Unfortunately, this time around with the antibiotics they have made me more sick than last time. What's worse? having throbbing tonsils, or feeling like you're gonna hurl all the time? Life is cruel sometimes.

Monday, November 17, 2003

It's tonsillitis... no wonder I felt so shit, explains a lot. Good points: have the week off work! Bad points: have to take the horrible antibiotics that make me feel like I am going to vomit all the time.

Daytime telly here I come!!

urgh. been up since 6am due to sore throatiness and general feverishness + shittiness. Off to the GP as soon as they open their doors to see if they can give me anything to relieve it.

On a more positive note, went to see Kill Bill last night - very brutal, but also quite funny. I liked it.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

I have said it before and I'll say it again - I really am going to try to stick with it this time... I will not buy anymore books until I have read the ones I have bought already. Which is a shame, because I'm dying to read Donna Tartt's The Little Friend, but have resisted buying it so far. This week I started reading one of my birthday books the Frank Skinner autobiography, and I'm about two-thirds of the way through now. Very easy reading, and very funny. But what to read next? Feel like I should educate myself and read that Charles Dickens book my dad bought for me (my dad runs the North of England branch of the Charles Dickens Fellowship, where they meet up and discuss Charles Dickens and watch plays and that sort of thing, it all sounds a bit Radio 4 for me), and to be quite frank I think he's horrified that I have never read any C.D.

At a rough estimate, there must be at least 60 books gathering dust on my bookcase (and under the bed, and under the shelves), none of which have been read (I must point out I do have other books, on top of the 60 which have been read). So that's it, it's decided, I will read all (or at least some) of the great unread before I buy anymore books. And besides, I don't actually have any room for any more books in this flat. The books have taken over already. Perhaps I should do a Bookslut and make a list and review them as I read them (although mine probably wouldn't be as cultured as theirs is). Right...I'm off to gargle with salt.

After a blogging hiatus, I am back Back BACK! But in a cruel twist of fate, I woke this morning to find myself almost unable to swallow, and having a feeling of glass stuck in my throat (keep your naughty comments to yourselves please, I'm ill). Feel generally well apart from this minor setback (apart from very aching legs, but methinks that is more due to yesterday's killer cycle class at The Gym than any sinister flu strain). My hair is so greasy it's pointing up to the sky all by itself... I may go back to bed...

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I am revived, after some nice dips from Somerfield, a Radiohead album and a Pilates class, although not necessarily in that order.

Bag of shite

Sorry no posts this week, have been feeling a bit shitty mood-wise. Normal service will resume shortly.....

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Bah humbugger! Been at work all weekend, but goody goody gumdrops - day off tomorrow. But tomorrow is the day of reckoning - have a lovely visit to the GP (urgh with all those patients!) to check my blood pressure and get the Verdict. Perhaps unwisely, I am rather drunk at this moment in time, which will do my blood pressure no end of good. Oh dear. Hic!

Friday, November 07, 2003

Oops....just got up from my "nap" (ahem).

I am 87.5% British, just like
Mr Bean
Shy to the point of ridicule, you've probably never been out of the UK.

Take the Brit Quiz at

Quiz written by Daz

Via Meish

And what's all this about this 'story' in the news about Prince Charles... there's some story, no one is allowed to talk about it, but everybody is. But whatever it is, he reckons he didn't do it.. Eh?!

Feeling sleepy now... don't know why. I mean, 7.30 is not that early. Could be something to do with the fact that I stayed up till half past midnight, shunning the early night in favour of a clear-out on a massive scale of the collection of papers that has been growing under my bed for the past few months (years). So in the style of those "clear out your clutter" programmes my under-bed area is now spotless. Next stop - the wardrobe!

Thanks to The Boyfriend snoring like a trooper at 7.30am this morning, I have been up and about ever since. And already it feels like late afternoon. I'd forgotten how annoying breakfast television can be, especially when Robin Williams is going full tilt at 9am... now I do find him funny, but it's just a little bit much to stomach at this hour of the day. Might as well get to work on the novel...

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Went shopping today. Lots of treats for self - new jeans, lots of smelly and pampering items from new favourite shop , and new make-up. So! A girlie night in is on the cards...lots of pampering, plucking and polishing. And I will wake up a new woman.... or something.

Erm maybe I should have bought some Xmas pressies for people...after all, only 7 weeks to go aargh.

Is it only me who thinks that having to get off a London Bus due to it cutting its journey short because the bus is running late, and then having to wait 20mins for the next bus is verging on the ridiculous?

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

I have managed to get through Bonfire Night 2003 without seeing a single firework. I have heard plenty, however. Sounds like Beirut in Queens Park at the minute. Off to nurse my head with a little LBC (I know!) and an early night.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

I am thinking of getting a new mobile phone, a one with a snazzy camera so I can take irritating pictures and start a mobile-blog (like you-know-who)...which camera phones are good? I was thinking the Nokia it's not too bulky, and usually Nokia phones are easy to use.

No wonder I've got high blood pressure - I feel like trying to have a civilised conversation with The Boyfriend at the moment is like banging the oven door against your skull. In the past two days I have tried to broach the subjects of mortgages and train tickets, and both days he's practically put the phone down on me in a grumpy fettle.

On a more positive note, after yesterday's novel-writing hiatus, I am now running at a grand total of 4816 words. And I'm not done for the day yet either!

Monday, November 03, 2003

I am back from shopping empty-handed. Why is it that when you have money to spend, you never see anything you want?

Fecking marvellous...

Started off the day with lots of enthusiasm, went to the gym for my induction. Turns out I have "high blood pressure" and they won't let me do anything there (not even t'ai chi, and I thought that's supposed to be relaxing!) until I've seen my GP, and I can't get an appointment there till next week now I will have to stay at home and write my novel. Urgh. Or I could go shopping. Ooh. I'll get me coat.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Finally joined the gym today... going back tomorrow for some proper sweating (today was just the grand tour and handing over of bank details). Let's hope it will fill me with inspiration for the NaNo novel. As I suffer on the elliptical training machine, I will be plotting what will happen in my sabotage-at-international-drag-queen-contest story (which is not, incidentally, based upon personal experience. I have never partaken in an international or otherwise drag event).

Saturday, November 01, 2003

OK.. had another glass of Pinot Grigio, and just wrote 1286 words... that's only 3% of the final word count kids.... bleeurgh

Well, it's Nov 1st, the start of NaNoWriMo, and I am a little bit drunk.. (just had a reunion with an old flatmate from 5 yrs ago) and haven't started the grand novel just yet... still, only 21.49.. plenty time (ahem)...must write at least 1667 words erm NOW!.....