Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

God is it that time again already? Sorry, I've been neglecting you. Things (ie. The Baby) have been getting in the way. I promise to try harder in the New Year!

What's new? well Baby E is now sleeping thought the night every night, which is great, although I'd love to be able to sleep in past 7am but you can;t have it all can you. I am about to embark upon a Great Weight Loss Challenge tomorrow - doing the Kellog's diet thing (2 bowls of cereal plus 1 proper meal a day) to get things going, plus some industrial exercising! Can;t say I'm looking forward to it, but need to shift 2 stone of post-baby flab and fast. Getting fed up of only having one pair of jeans to wear.

Well, that's all for 2005 folks, here's to a good new year! chin chin...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Beauty sleep

Baby E slept ALL night last night! No waking up for feeds, just some shuffling which was placated by the dummy. AND she's now going 4 hours in between feeds. Houston, we have finally turned the corner.

I do find that whenever I pass other parents in the street or in cafes, they are all talking about times, 'When did she last eat?', 'How long has he been asleep now?'. I think the secret of parenting is all about watching the clock.

In other news...

This book website has hundreds of full-text books. Just a shame it's not like sitting with an actual book in your hand.

Cooking your Christmas dinner? Feeling angsty at the prospect of burnt roast potatoes and soggy sprouts? Look no further than Chef 999, the roast-rager's sanctuary. There's even a hotline number for frazzled cooks to ring when it all goes pear-shaped. Brilliant.

I am still undecided as to what our Xmas dinner will consist of. As per usual, I will probably end up cooking two dinners, one meaty for hubby, one meat-free for myself. Have no idea what to make tho. Should probably decide pretty soon, what with it almost being Christmas and everyhing. Aah.

Friday, December 16, 2005

That Was The Year That Was...

2005 in books

Here is a list, in reverse order, of all the books I read in 2005. Some I finished, some I didn't (mainly due to the brain-drain that is pregnancy):
currently reading: ALan Bennett - Writing Home
Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
PD James - Death in Holy Orders (didn't finish, was OK, but it got to the point where I didn't care 'whodunnit', so gave up)
Kathy Reichs - Monday Mourning
Tracy Hogg - The Secrets of The Baby Whisperer
Andrea Levy - Small Island
Alan Bennett - Three Stories
Val McDermid - The Mermaids Singing
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman - Long Way Round
Jools Oliver - Minus Nine To One
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveller's Wife
Andrew Taylor - The American Boy
Chuck Palahniuk - Diary
Stephen King - The Gunslinger (didn't finish, as I REALLY hated it!)
Stephen King - On Writing
John Updike - Rabbit, Run
Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind (found in the street!)
Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo (unfinished)
Dennis Lehane - Mystic River (unfinished)
Alexander McCall Smith - The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency (unfinished)
PJ Tracy - Want To Play? (unfinished)
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America (unfinished - all due to feeling a smidge ill with pregnancy)
David Nicholls - Starter For Ten.

Aside from all the book-reading, other notable events that have happened this year include having a baby (naturally!), the Turkish stalker, an armed siege in my street, having a strange man sitting in our car at 4am listening to Jimmy Hendrix at full volume (!), seeing Jamiroquai, hubby getting a new job without even trying, almost buying a house, going to Kosova, traumatising my unborn bay with endless playing of The Libertines, lots of lunches an dpedicures with other pregnant ladies.

It's been a funny old year when you think about it...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Off the wagon

Well, the meditation thing lasted, ooh, all of four days I think. It's just too hard with such a small baby.

Considering doing this freelance + features writing course (diatsnce learning, naturally)... whaddya think?

Nick Robinson's (from the BBC) Newslog.

It seems if you're a novelist, the best thing you can hope for is to get your book included in the Richard and Judy book club list. They always do rather well. Here's the list for 2006. I only have 'Labyrinth' so far, not read it yer, but it looks quite interesting. I must say, having dipped a toe into the pool of R&J books in the past, I have rather enjoyed the ones I've read (Star of the Sea, Starter for Ten, Shadow of the Wind, Time Traveller's Wife, The American Boy... and have Cloud Atlas in the ever-expanding to be read pile). Someone somewhere is doing a sterling job.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Oops, I haven't been doing much meditating... oh dear. It's a bit tricky with a small baby, as peace and quiet and the word baby don't usually go together.

10 of the best bookshops around the world.

It's that time of the year again.. Christmas book round-ups from the year just gone.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

December is find yourself month

Well, sort of. After the chaos of November's novel-writing challenge, I feel the need for something a little more calming. Hence, this is why December is officially Black Dove's 'Find Yourself' month. This month, I will, as inspired by that nice chap at Bluesblog, try to meditate each day, and get back into my ashtanga yoga practice (which I did for the first time in almost a year last night... arms are a tad achey this morning). I'll just start with a breathing meditation for about 10mins a day and see how it goes. Definitely need a bit of calm around here... better go, the baby's crying...