Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Found it!

Holy crap. After a few hours of trawling through endless reams of paper, boxes under the bed and files on top of the bookcase, I finally found the passport... under the computer (ie. nowhere near where I was looking for it). On the plus side, I've thrown away a whole box of papers I don't need anymore. Why is it that when yuo're a student people feel the need to give you endless bits of paper for no reason and which you will never refer to ever again?


Now that we are moving on Thursday, I've only gone and lost my ruddy passport, which I need a) to get the deposit out of the bank, and b) as ID. Bugger. Now I'll have to spend the whole day turning the house upside down to look for it, when I should be packing.

Friday, January 27, 2006


That's a good word to describe the state of our flat at the minute. We have started packing up some stuff, mainly clothes and my vast collection of books. I will definitely need to buy a second bookcase once in the new flat. I seem to have little piles of books all over the place.

Finally finished reading Alan Bennett's "Writing Home" after about 3 months. Mind you, I've mainly been reading in the bath, and it's a 400-page book. I did enjoy it, but foudn myself skimming over some of the theatre-stories, not being much of a luvvie myself and not knowing who some of the people were. I particularly remember A.B.'s quote about a keeping a diary helping to slow down time. Perhaps that's why I do this blog, I suppose it is a sort of diary, although I try to steer clear of 'today I did this and yesterday I did that', unless it's mildly amusing or remarkable. The bit I liked best in A.B.'s book was The Lady In The Van, the story of 'Miss Shepherd', an eccentric old lady who lived in a van outside A.B.'s house for many years. Hilariously written with a poignant touch at the end.

SWSL's review of Writing Home.

Have now embarked upon 'Labyrinth' by Kate Mosse (with an 'e', although to be fair, that could well describe the other Kate). Incidentally, the writer-Kate has a super website, well worth a look.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Well she loved the carrots! It was worth the effort.

"Domestic Goddess" in burnt pan shocker

Ahem. Bonus mummy points to be removed forthwith... I burnt the carrots and the pan. Whilst I am clearly not a domestic goddess by anyone's standards, I am, at least, now aware that our smoke alarms do not work.

More carrots are boiling (in much more water). I hope she appreciates this when she's older.


This last week, we started giving baby E some 'solids', although that isn't strictly the correct term for something that looks like watered down wallpaper paste. At first, she didn't seem to know what to do when a scoop full of baby rice was deposited in her mouth, but yesterday, for the first time, she wolfed it down. So today, I am playing the part of domestic goddess (ahem) and am cooking some carrots for her (at 8.23 in the morning, surely I get extra mummy-points for that?).

A life in brown and white: an interesting article about prostitution from today's Guardian.

Article about Tehran's women who have a keen eye on fashion.

Right... better check my carrots...

Monday, January 23, 2006

Weighed in yesterday and have lost another 2lbs since starting the GI diet, so that's a total of 9lbs since New Year and 2st 9lbs since having the baby (shock!). Finding the GI diet easy, but a bit boring so have ordered 2 AWT cookbooks off Amazon to assist! (plus Bleak House and the Count of Monte Cristo! oops however did they get into the basket?). Still can't fit into any old clothes (was I really THAT thin before?), but have packed them all now so by the time I unpack them I'll hopefulyl have more to wear.

Did I mention we're on the move very soon? To Essex, no less (leave your stiletto and handbag jokes at the door please), and righ next to Epping Forest. Can't wait, especially since we have had one or two unsavoury things happen very close to home of late.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

G.I. Jane

Well, after my successful 2 weeks on the Kellog's diet, I lost half a stone. As you're onyl supposed to do it for a fortnight, I've moved over to the GI Diet. Not a punishing military regime, but a healthy way of eating based on the length of time it takes your body to digest certain foods. Having started yesterday, I must admit I feel pretty good, and not hungry all the time a la Special K fest. I was a tad miffed when I weighed out my portion of pasta (only 40g dry weight), when before I would have eaten about 5 times that amount. But I didn't feel hungry afterwards, must've been the beans + veg. Had a massive breakfast this morning (out of the book!) of porridge with skimmed milk, a small muller-light, blueberries and a small apple all mixed in. Was very tasty and hard to believe it was low fat! I think I'm going to like the GI thing...

Friday, January 13, 2006

After the frenzy that was NaNoWriMo, I've now started the hideous task of editing the stuff I wrote. It's pretty painful, but thanks to some kind comments on my work, I have a better idea of where I'm going with it. And I'm only on the first chapter. Gah! I have to say it's much more difficult to make something sound good rather than to just get it down on the page. I always thought the hardest part woul dbe to write the first draft, but I think I might have been wrong. And it's amazing how you don't notice some really obvious mistakes when reading it through on the screen (rather than on the printed page).

The weight-loss thing is still going well, have lost another couple of pounds I think, although am saving the big weigh-in for Sunday (the 2 week mark)...

Some comment on the Whitbread prize list + winner.

Does it matter that James Frey has said he made up some bits of his supposed drug-addiction memoir?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


After one week on the Kellog's diet, I weighed in on Sunday having lost 5 pounds! Go me! Still quite a way to go, but at least now I'm only just over 1st above what I was when I got pregnant. Would like to lose another 1st 9lbs tho, to get back to what I used to be a while ago (ie. thin!). Have immersed myself in any moments of free time in the wonderful weird world of Winsor Pilates. It's a little bit too American for over here, for instance she doesn't say butt or buttocks, but "seat". WTF?!

Thursday, January 05, 2006


The Top 10 New Year's Resolutions are, apparently:

1) Spend More Time with Family & Friends
2) Get Fit
3) Lose weight
4) Quit Smoking
5) Enjoy Life More
6) Quit Drinking
7) Get Out of Debt
8) Learn Something New
9) Help Others
10) Get Organized

As a non-smoker who doesn't drink very much and has no desire to help people, some of them don't apply to me. But I am endeavouring to get fit and lose weight - yawn, I hear you cry. The major things I hope to achieve this year are to get published (both journalism and a novel)... and it looks like the first one is well on the way to coming true, having just got a column in a magazine (all to be revealed on publication day!) for 4 issues.

The Kellog's diet is rather dull, I feel hungry most of the time. I naughtily sneaked onto the scales yesterday and had lost 3 lbs, so am going to try to stick with it. Have a horrible feeling once you eat 'normally' again, you'll just pile it all back on. And this freezing cold weather is not very motivating for doing exercise... excuses excuses!