Monday, January 31, 2005

Antenatal do-dah

It's official - well, I told the GP about the pregnancy thing this morning, so it's officially documented somewhere! Have my first ante-natal clinic on Wednesday (yes, in 2 days!), which is a bit scary but quite exciting! The due date as given by the doctor is the 18th of September, which seems like a long way off, but I know it will fly by. Have just found out that 2 girls from my nursing course are also pregnant, so that's nice. Going out for dinner tonight with one of them, so we can catch up on girly stuff.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Zzz...

Today is the first day for a couple of weeks I've actually been able to do stuff. Nothing massive, you understand, but have at least caught up with a bit of housework etc, as for some reason today I don't feel quite as sick + tired as I have been. Saying that, now I've sat down, I'll probably go to sleep!

Friday, January 28, 2005

Big News

Well, you've waited long enough... so here it is... the Big News....



I'm pregnant! yay! The mini-me is only about 8 weeks at the minute, so still early days, but despite it's small size, I feel rather ill!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Music, music, music

Everyone else is doing this so, hey, why not...

1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
34.46 Gigabytes, or 7324 songs. They're both mine + hubby's, although a sizeable proportion are mine.

2. The cd you last bought is:
God, I haven't bought a CD for so long...I actually can't remember.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
"All of My Love" by Led Zeppelin. Hubby was playing it and reminiscing about his youth!

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
1. "Lucky Man" by The Verve.
2. "Lilac Wine" by jeff Buckley.
3. "5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus" by Vaughan Williams (classical, I know, but rather fabulous).
4."Life on Mars" by David Bowie.
5. "Just Another" by Pete Yorn.

5. Who are you going to pass this stick to? (3 persons) and why?
hmm.. anyone who'll have it! Pete, H, and Kelly maybe (who doesn't have a blog, but who can answer in the comments section!).

6. Your favorite song with the name of a city in the title or text:
Got to be "London Calling" by the Clash.

A song you've listened to repeatedly when you were depressed at some point in your life:
Hmm... maybe "Venus as a Boy" by Bjork, after a particularly nasty break-up many moons ago.

Ever bought an entire album just for one song and wound up disliking everything but that song? Gimme that song:
Well, as far as downloading albums goes, the most recent one that comes to mind is The Rasmus.

Your least favourite song on one of your favourite albums of all time:
Columbia, on Definitely Maybe by Oasis.

A song you like by someone you find physically unattractive or otherwise repellent:
The Ace of Spades, Motorhead.

Your favourite song that has expletives in it that's not by Liz Phair:
"What a Waster" by the Libertines.

A song that sounds as if it's by someone British but isn't:
Ooh god, can't think of anything.

A song you like (possibly from your past) that took you forever to finally locate a copy of:
Hmm not sure this is a problem anymore, thanks to t'internet.

A song that reminds you of summer but doesn't mention summer at all:
Don't Look Back in Anger, Oasis.

A song that sounds to you like being happy feels:
There she Goes, by the La's.

Your favorite song from a non-soundtrack compilation album:
eh?

A song that reminds you of high school:
"Sweet Child O'Mine" by Guns + Roses. I remember my mum writing me a "sick note" so I could go and see Waxl et al in Gateshead Stadium with me chums when I was a mere 14. Aah happy days!

A song that reminds you of college:
Anything from the Leftfield first album.

A song you actually like by an artist you otherwise dislike:
That Craig David + Sting one... forgot the name, but it's not that bad.

A song by a band that features three or more female members:
"Pretend We're Dead" - L7.

One of the earliest songs that you can remember listening to:
"Super Trouper" by ABBA.

A song you've been mocked by friends for liking:
Hahaha when I was at school and liked my punk music, pretty much everyone mocked me!

A really good cover version you think no one else has heard:
"Heard it on the Grapevine" by The Slits.

A song that has helped cheer you up (or empowered you somehow) after a breakup or otherwise difficult situation:
Oh probably What a Waster again! Suitable for all the world's ills. :op

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Carry me home

Today's Albanian word is me bajt: to carry.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Jan 24th - the most depressing day of the year?

Hubby is re-staring his driving lessons tomorrow, so look out, London!
London is experiencing some weird weather today - a minute ago it was snowing heavily, and now it's sunny again.

Is today the most depressing day of the year? This man says it is.

The "Tescoisation" of the British book business.

Discrimination against people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in the NHS?

Interesting story of a man with brain injury.

Google set to rival BT with home telephone service.

Amusing classified ads.

Today's Albanian word is me vozitë: to drive.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Music for the Morning After

Today I have been mostly listening to this, and bloody good it is too.

Went to Queen's Park cafe this morning, for a nice breakfast. Hubby had the Big Boy's option of a fried breakfast, and I had the (not very much) healthier option of homemade muesli with half a jar of honey on top. Yummy.

Hyperchondriac's paradise - those mundane symptoms, and what they could mean!

What have Peter Sutcliffe, Elizabeth Jagger, Clive Owen and Salman Rushdie all got in common? They're all featured in the BBC News online's "faces of the week".

Today's Albanian word is me lypë: to look for

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Queen is Dead

How bloody annoying - have just sat with my finger on redial for 40 minutes, trying to get through to Ticketmaster to buy Queen + Paul Rodgers tickets. Hubby was redialling Wembley Arena direct. I finally got through, and then they said 'oh no, there's no tickets left'! AARGH!

Will have to make do with the Tsunami concert on BBC 1 tonight instead. Hhmph.

Nice blog found via Blog Explosion.

Disturbing reading about the teenage killer who was obsessed with the occult.

Waterstone's blogger sacked for satirising his boss in his weblog.

Today's Albanian word is me gjetë: to find.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Sage, date, mistake...

How annoying. I've just written a post here, and it's vanished!

Back in London now. Was nice to go up north and be looked after (if not a tad on the chilly side). Went to a fab concert at the new Sage centre in Gateshead.

Cor, 'ave a date, it's little Eid. Pictures of the Hajj pilgramage to Mecca.

I thought my cousin's 9lb 5oz baby was a whopper, but here's a story of a woman in Brazil who's given birth to a massive 16lb 11 oz child! OUCH!

Booker prize controversy.

Today's Albanian word is gabim: a mistake.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Still Alive...

Thanks for the words of concern, anonymous commenter, but I am fine and dandy. My parents have dial-up and daddio is a tad on the overconcerned side about how long one is spending on t'internet, hence the lack of posts. I am returning to London tomorrow, so normal service should be resumed ASAP. Have Big News, but that might have to wait a while...

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Nippy up North

Greetings from Newcastle! It's a tad on the parky side, but that won't stop me.

Have changed my ashtanga yoga workshop from the full primary (intermediate to advanced) to half primary series (more beginner to intermediate), as due to a lack of practising regularly, my practise level is not what it once was.

Have also booked myself a place on a creative writing course, in the hope that it will spur me on to more creative things.

Went shopping in the sales today - bought two pairs of Diesel jeans, and a pair of lilac Puma trainers (no, really, they're quite nice!). Still suffering with the shin splints up one leg, doing the leg elevation + ice pack thing (well, not when shopping, obviously), but nothing seems to be helping much.

And congratulations to my cousin who gave birth to a rather large (9lb 5oz) baby boy on Monday night.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Cabbage?

Today's Albanian word is lakën: cabbage.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Off up north

Tomorrow morning I will be found on the 10am train to Newcastle. Can (hopefully) still blog from there, so normal service should continue.

A list of books banned in India (interesting that some of them were banned by the British and still remain on the list!)

Research shows that the brain activity of gamblers is similar to that of drug addicts.

The GI diet. It's the new Atkins, apparently.

Today's Albanian word is luftë: war.

Monday, January 10, 2005

A month of fabulousness

I'm back from the oblivion that was work. Urgh. On a more positive note, however, I now have four weeks' annual leave (hurrah!)... which is nice.

On Friday night I met up with an old friend and we went to the free 'Commuter Jazz' at the Royal Festival Hall. Very good music, packed full of people, and free, which is always a bonus. I will definitely be going again, and can't recommend it enough.

In other news, I have booked my place on the Guruji ashtanga yoga workshop here in London, in March. If you're interested, book soon, as I suspect the places will fill up pretty quick.

Unfortunately, have had to put the Count of Monte Cristo on hold until I have finished the Book Group Online January choice: The Plot Against America. Have already started it, and it looks pretty interesting so far. A bit outside my normal reading-range, and all the better for it.

Timeline of the Tsunami Disaster.

BBC plans new book club for daytime tv. Bit disappointing of their choice of authors to sit on the panel, couldn't they get anyone a bit more 'literary'?? I'd have like to have seen perhaps Will Self, Martin Amis, Hanif Kureishi, even Germaine Greer... all depends on the type of audience they're going for I suppose.

How the recent disaster will affect book publishing and reading.

Today's Albanian word is me kanë kundër: to be against

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Sign

Today's Albanian word is nënshkruaj: to sign.

Friday, January 07, 2005

All quiet on the western front...

Sorry, working a lot of hours this week (4 13 hour shifts in 5 days, mmm nice!).
Back soon.

Today's Albanian word is dëshmitar: a witness.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Doorstopper

As another new-year's-resolution-type-thing, I went to my local library today. Why didn't I do this before?? I have been spending tons on Amazon, totally forgetting that there are huge buildings full of free books to be had! So after I finish reading Starter For Ten (which I am enjoying a lot, anice light read), I will be starting The Count of Monte Cristo (a whopping 1300 pages!), and if I ever get to the end of that, A Handful of Dust.

Blog-reading takes off in America.

Prescott says he will provide affordable housing for £60k... but right at the bottom of the article, it says:
Already surplus land owned by the NHS, mainly old
hospital sites
, is being transferred to the government's national regeneration agency, English Partnerships, as a first step in the Prescott initiative.


Aah, so they have closed all the hospitals, so they can build token 'affordable' houses on the land (hmm an attempt to buy some voters in the run-up to the Gerenal Election methinks). Nice.

Today's Albanian word is me hup: to lose

Monday, January 03, 2005

Plot away

Busy with working on the novel-plotting using Dramatica Pro. It's rather good, if not a little on the complicated side. Have changed the plot somewhat, from a stalker story to one about an obsessive mother. God, will I ever write a jolly novel?! Have become a little too involved with the writing software... have spent about 5 hours on it today alone. It does force you to do the bits that you might normally want to forget about til later on, which can only be a good thing.

Today's Albanian word is me fitu: to win.

Writing

At the recommendation of Georgina, came upon this great writing community.

Also downloaded Dramatica Pro writing software.

New writing blog.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Welcome to 2005

Happy Noo Year to one and all! I worked night shifts over New Year, but we had a good laugh, it wasn't too horrendously busy, and it was all ok in the end.

Currently reading Starter For Ten by David Nicholls. STill waiting for The Plot Against America to arrive in the library, so I can read it with the Book Group Online.

Tsunami interactive country guide.

Wales is planning to hold a 'Live Aid' style Tsunami concert.

What a w*nker.

Meditation lowers kids' blood pressure.

Stem cell research on liver disease.

Atkins controversy.

As a new year's resolution, I have decided to re-instate the "learn an Albanian word a day" thing... so here goes...
me pushu - to rest.