Monday, December 29, 2003

And if you're wondering what I am doing on the internet at this ungodly hour, I am starting a run of five night shifts tomorrow (yay over new year *aargh!) so I am trying to psych myself up for it..... yawn.....

New Year Revolution

I know it's only the 29th of December and everything, but I have been giving these some thought over the past few days. I know everyone makes resolutions and breaks them by 7th Jan, but I want to give it a go. New year, new start and all that...

1. to not buy any more books until 2005 (yeah right, but we all have to make resolutions we will break, right?)
2. to write in my journal more (I try not to do too much personal stuff here, otherwise it'd get a tad dull for you lot if it turned into a personal whining record)
3. to do more creative writing (haven't really done much since the failure that was NaNoWriMo, and it'd be nice to try to do some short stories or something... if I like any of them enough, I might even post them on the 'writing' bit of the site)
4. to buy a house (yes, boring and very "grown-up" but I fear the key-homebuyer loan for nurses will run out soon, so I want to get my little flat while the government is still prepared to give me 50grand towards it... I am looking round the Wimbledon area, so any Sarf Londern bloggers beware...)

And any more that I think up I will add them in as and when.... I am NOT aiming to lose weight in 2004, although I am going to keep going to the gym and doing the yoga and everything. And I most definitely am NOT giving up chocolate.

Back in the Big Smoke

Well, the trip to Newcastle was brief but much-enjoyed. Actually, having thought about the excesses and merriment of Christmas Day, I thought the other day how far I've come [serious blogging alert!]. Even this time last year, the thought of having to sit down and eat a massive meal with other people would have filled me with dread (and in fact is probably the reason I have not been up to Newcastle for Xmas for the past three years or so). I should point out to newer readers I have had an eating disorder in the past, and hence why big meals were not really terribly 'enjoyable'. But this year I have really enjoyed Xmas, and enjoyed the eating and everything, without worrying about how fattening everything was. And I can honestly say that this year, one of my new year resolutions will not be to lose weight. For the first time in many years! I suppose that for many people (and probably most men) this post seems a bit strange... but from someone who has had "eating problems" for ten years of their life, to actually say you've enjoyed Christmas is a major achievement. I am secretly quite pleased (and surprised!) with myself.

Friday, December 26, 2003

Blogging from Newcastle...

Had a lovely Xmas yesterday... went to my uncle's house (who I've not seen for years). There was 12 people, and he got rather carried away with the festive cooking thing... we had eleven courses, each with its own wine and drinks. Food was very nice... and they bought a M+S parsnip and nut roast especially for me (being an awkward veggie and all). Each course had a new round of presents for everyone, and the whole day was truly fabulous. The meal was rounded off with vintage Moet and caviar (I passed on the fish eggs)... Much better than a quiet day spent at home with a vegetarian curry and Eastenders (which is what I'd probably have done had I stayed at my house!).

Present-wise, I have accrued some Armani perfume (from The Boyfriend), lots of chocolates, smellies, some cosy slippers and Belgian choccie biccies (they'll last about 5 minutes in our house). I know it's not about the presents, but it helps no?

Anyway, I am not normally bothered by Xmas, but the effort that The Uncle put in and meeting up with lots of cousins and people I've not seen for years was really great. Only bad thing was The Boyfriend had to stay at home in London, due to him being loaded with flu. Typical!! I did feel a bit guilty leaving him to snivvel by himself, but he insisted I came up anyway and it'd be rude not to... There's always next year...

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Well, I have now finished work for over Xmas... I am off to Newcastle tomorrow till Sunday night. The plan: start reading The Little Friend on the train...tomorrow we arrive in Newcastle and in the evening are whisked away to some pub where my mum's church singing group are doing a carol concert (bear with me!!)...then Xmas Day we are going to my uncle's house where there will be long-lost relatives galore... then after that I am not too sure what will happen. Perhaps some nice days out in the car in the Northumberland countryside.

Try the BBC Test the Nation quiz about 2003 thingiebob.. I got 42 / 70..."distinctly average".

Anyway, dear reader, the merriest of Christmases to you all... back on Sunday (unless Dad lets me on his computer long enough to update the blog).....

Monday, December 22, 2003

Now I have joined the ranks of the great employed, we are thinking about a 10-night break sometime round the end of February / beginning of March. Thoughts are either Prague, Venice or Rome. Can't decide which at the moment. Any readers been? any recommendations of what to do / where to stay / anything else that might be helpful? or perhaps other fairly cheap places to go?

Ooh! and now I will be able to snap it all with the new camera! Hurrah!

Woo hoo! I just got my digital camera through the post! Now I just have to figure out how to use it.....

still no sign of the mobile tho.....

Friday, December 19, 2003

Well, after muchos fiddling with the computer (again) it's now fixed ... yay! Hope you all didn't miss me too much (ahem!). Another marvellous day at work - I have been called a slag and a c*nt by one particularly lovely patient. Cheers mate, you really made my day!

Thursday, December 18, 2003

No blogging for a while due to The Boyfriend "fiddling" with the insides of our computer and blowing it up! aargh! I am writing this from SleasyEverything in Oxford Street. Hopefully all will be fixed very soon....

I leave for Newcastle on the 24th but I can use the Parents' computer up there, so will update from there.

Merry Xmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Everyone else is doing it so......

piggy jpeg
You are Miss Piggy.
You are talented and the center of attention. At
least you'd like to think you are. You're
really just a pig.

"Moi", "Moi" and
"Women Who Run With Frogs And The Frogs Who
Better Wise Up Quick"

"To Have and Have More"

If it's expensive, it fits.

Eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, nose, cheeks, hair,
ears, neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, hands,
fingers, legs, knees, ankles, feet, toes and so
on and so forth.

Singing, Dancing, Directing, Producing, Writing,
Starring, and Being Famous.

What Muppet are you?
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Monday, December 15, 2003

Just ordered the phone... and also this... I thought other people were supposed to buy you presents at Christmas?

Arose at lunchtime after last night's late night boozing session... and now it's time for a marathon house-tidying session. Oh and I have seen on Dialaphone a good deal on the Sony Ericsson T610 camera-phone with Vodafone - 600 mins off-peak calls a month plus 250 texts for £50 and then £16 a month.... hmm methinks I might have to have a little spendy!

Oh dear.. I'm now on the red wine.... have the hiccups. Not good......

Sunday, December 14, 2003

And I see on the news that they have caught Saddam.... but doesn't he bear a more than striking resemblance to Grizzly Adams??

Had a busy weekend at work...more patients trying to abscond, lots of arguments with an intravenous drug user about when he can have his methadone / painkillers / anything he can get his hands on, scabies (not mine), manky leg ulcers... feeling a bit stressed, self-medicating with Pinot Grigio.

Happy Birthday to Peter who is the ripe old age of 31 today.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Met up with a friend for lunch in Wagamama today... I do love Wagamama - it's fairly cheap, the portions are big and the food is healthy. The atmosphere is busy but friendly...What more could you want! (well, perhaps it would be nice if the meals came together, but that aside, I love it).

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Well I had a right old spend t'other day - bought a new coat (Next), a new handbag (Whistles), and two womany pink jumpers (Gap). But no shoes.

Today at work has been "interesting" to say the least... have spent at least one hour on the phone trying to contact the local police station to report a patient missing who kindly absconded from our ward with his cannula still in his arm. South London police do not answer their telephones during working hours it appears. And when they did answer, they put me on hold for 15 minutes. Nice. The lovely man decided to return over five hours later, smelling strongly of alcohol but denying he had ever left the building. Hmm....

Work Xmas party tomorrow night... I feel like I could do with a bit of a drinky myself!

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

The milky bars are on me! (part two)

I got a letter today from the Inland Revenue. Thinking it would be just another dull report on how I need to pay more tax or just a P60 or something equally dull, I stuffed it in my handbag for later. Just opened it now and it's a cheque for £600!!!!! I have yet to quite figure out quite why they have sent it to me.. it says something about "repayment of income tax for the year 2001-2002".....?? I am itching to get on the bus to Oxford Street and get shopping, while at the same time I am hoping it's not some kind of cruel mistake.

Aah imagine all the coats / bags / shoes / books I can buy!! Oh and the odd Xmas pressie for the family (obviously).

I'm a generally unfuckwitted, liberal, disgustingly generous, relatively well adjusted human being!
See how compatible you are with me!
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Monday, December 08, 2003

Feeling decidedly sorry for myself - missed the great blog-meet attended by everyone it would seem except myself...and I am streaming with cold. Bah! Must get myself well for the great Work Xmas Party thing on Thursday night! It's only in some cruddy pub in Waterloo (mmm classy) but hey it's a night out. And I'm still new-girl and haven't sampled the delights of the new work-social-scene yet. Flu - be gone I say!

Friday, December 05, 2003

Well, have sort of abandoned the apple-free diet for a more liberal one. Fought my way through the sea of second-hand clothes and crack addicts down Portobello and stocked up on fresh produce. Also bought some rather expensive Echinacea, Goldseal and Cat's Claw tablets and some rather inexpensive Robitussin. Fingers crossed.

Why is it that all cough mixtures taste like shit? fruity shit I grant you, but shit nonetheless. Why doesn't someone invent cough mixture that tastes like chocolate? or cheesecake...? mmm. As if feeling ill isn't bad enough, you have to force foul cough linctus down your gullett and shudder at the aftertaste. And what's worse, I am due back at work tomorrow. Hhmph!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Went to an ashtanga yoga class last night for the first time in ages... and my god do I ache today?! I did enjoy it tho, which is probably why I went into it gung-ho, full-tilt....hence the aching muscles! Was planning a return visit today to the gym, but I might have to give it a miss. Throat is also getting a bit sore... not again!

Relevant web-snippets:

Article on Boosting your Immunity

Questionnaire to determine your Ayurvedic dosha ... I'm a Pitta. But have somehow worked out that I have a Vata imbalance (hence the tonsillitis, fatigue and general feeling shittiness). Wish me luck as I embark upon the great Vata Balancing Diet Plan......

Bugger! Have just noticed that I am supposed to avoid apples... yesterday I bought two 1kg bags of Granny Smith's. I can eat them cooked tho...stewed fruit anyone?

Think I might toddle on down to Portobello Market to stock up on 'allowed' fruit + veg.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Link of the Day: Mr Picassohead (via Mefi)

The past week, in numbers

Bottles of champagne drunk: 1
Minutes spent queuing for gown / photos etc at graduation ceremony: 80
Number of Rothko paintings seen in the Tate Modern: 6
Rich tea biscuits my mum eats in bed every morning at 8am: 2
Egyptian mummies seen at the British Museum: about 12
Mince pies eaten: 2
Number of times The Boyfriend has attempted to recreate the Beyonce dance from the Crazy Right Now video (it was a bit more David Brent than Beyonce): 2
Books bought (despite the no-more-book-buying-till-I've-read-the-ones-I've-got resolution): 4 (The Little Friend, Northern Lights, In Cold Blood, and The Autograph Man)
Money spent M+S Food: £30
Minutes it took me to get hair + make-up done for the graduation: 70
Times I've thought about giving up everything to go to India and live in a yoga commune: 2
Dishes eaten containing spinach: 3