Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Lazy blogging - another meme, but I like it...

5 Boys Names

Alfie - naturally

5 Girls's Names


5 Books
The YaYa Sisterhood books (I really do like them) - Rebecca Wells
Something Might Happen - Julie Myerson
Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel
Pride and Prejudice

5 Singers
Joni Mitchell
Paul Weller
Will Young
Morten Haarket

5 Films

Some Like It Hot
Bridget Jones Diary
American Beauty

5 Drinks

White Wine
Sparkling water
Red Wine

5 songs

Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
Groovejet - Spiller
Wonderwall - Oasis
Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Saturday, January 21, 2006

And the next one:

Seven Times Seven Meme:

Seven things to do before I die:
- Go in a hot air balloon - which is odd if you read the third item on the next question
- Throw a really kick ass party
- meet Stonecutters
- Dance at Alfie's wedding
- go on another cruise
- buy myself one of those Red Letter Days where you can record a CD in a proper music studio
- lead a long long happy life

Seven things I cannot do:
- enjoy a Michael Jackson record
- only eat ONE chocolate/square
- anything that involves heights/bungee jumping/parachuting etc - unless maybe Alfie or Mike's life depended on it
- finsh Sebastian Faulks "Birdsong"
- Or "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
- Keep my resolution to only surf the Net 1/2 an hour each day
- find a form of exercise that I actually enjoy and doesn't feel like the worst punishment ever. I am incredulous when I hear people say "I just LOVE the gym". I mean, really? More than reading on your sofa or vegging in front of the box with a glass of Pinot Grigio? I mean, really?

Seven things that attract me to blogging:
- it's writing a diary without getting hand cramp
- it's as private as I want it to be
- if I'm having a boring life I can do a meme
- I might extend my circle of cyber friends
- I am incredibly nosy and love reading the details of others' lives, especially when they are very different to my own
- you don't have acres of blank pages looking accusingly at you if you don't add to it for a while
- the comments section

Seven things I say most often:
- Oh my Lord!
- Shit!
- Okerly dokerly ( yes, I am Ned Flanders)
- Love you
- Thank you everybody, now...
- Yeah but, no but..
- Shall we have a glass of wine?

Seven books that I love:
- Something might happen - Julie Myerson (in fact all of hers)
- Gone with the Windsors - Laurie Graham(ditto)
- The YaYa Sisterhood books - sorry, but I really do
- The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (I had it before the hype)
- Anything by Jilly Cooper - the drama! the scandal! trying to guess who everyone really is in British upper class life!
- Pride and Predjudice
- Chocolat

Seven movies I (could) watch over and over again: ( I had to change the title as the seven movies I watch again and again are all kids ones!)

- Some Like it Hot
- American Beauty
- The Full Monty
- Flash Gordon (but only if my sister was there)
- Love...Actually
- I can only think of five. I'm not a huge film buff

Stealing memes from Dix

Two to be precise:

List and Explain Five Weird Habits:
1. If I am ever watching teletext, I have to return the counter to 100 (the "home" page) before switching it off. This is probably an archaic habit now, because teletext has more or less been superseded by digital televisions internet service now

2. I absolutely HAVE to use correct spelling and punctuation in text messages. Not for me the whole "gr8" or "c u l8r". I use commas, colons, the lot. Seeing text speak completely makes my blood boil. Also see: people who type in capitals on bulletin boards.

3. My tops have to hang in colours in my wardrobe - all the balck ones, all the red ones etc. Bizarrely I do not have this prediliction with my "bottoms" although skirts and trousers have to hang separately. Jackets and cardigans are also colour coded.

4. I say "hello, Mr Magpie, how's your wife and family?" whenever I see a single magpie

5. I read my favourite websites in alphabetical order each day. I could never read "It's Only Smoke and Mirrors" before "Confessions of an English Actor/Mother/Whatever". That would be weird. It means I have always read Poppy's version of events before I get to kara's.

I had to think hard about that and I don't think they are too weird. Oooh, I remembered another, I don't like to mix food on my fork when eating, and rarely will I eat a sauce such as gravy, as it makes food icky and sloppy.

Next one;

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Hello to my six readers

Thanks for signing in below - and again, a major apology to my dear friend Poppy for initially missing her off the post. Mwah, darling.

Working like a ******* this week, and still i don't seem to have enough time. Really loving work at the mo, I feel motivated and effective despite all that. There's something lovely about education and little ones - they can be like little sponges.

Had a visit to the in-laws this weekend which can be a bit of a trial - they're not unpleasant or anything, we just have nothing in common, and to be frank, if you looked at thier house, not even my child - ie thier grandchild. Despite school photos being sent and (on the approximately 10-12 occasions he's seen him in HIS WHOLE LIFE) M's dad taking photos with his camera, there is not evidence of M, me, or our son in that house. M's sisters - check. m's nephew- check. Us? Personae non grata. So, bored, and slightly cross about the waste of a precious weekend day. My SIL is lovely though.

Lost all but 2lb of the Christmas half stone, but not had a great week this week - not readful but not great, so will be happy to sts.

Finished the John Peel autobiography last night - it's a really great book- he wrote the first half and his wife completed it after his death. he's not someone who I ever really listened to apart from occasional enjoyable forays into Home Truths on Radio 4, but someone who has been in the background of my life. I did enjoy it though.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Apparantly it is De-Lurk week

So if you (ever) read my blog, can you just say "Hi"?

I'm fascinated to know, as I suspect I only have four readers: Dix, Beege Poppy and Sal (and what lovely readers they are too - love you lovely girls)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Positive mental attitude continues

Not too bad a week, even though it meant going back to work.

Still off the pop, now one week and counting. Have arranged to visit the lovely Rowena at the end of January, so that will be the official end of the teetotalling, and I feel really good that I know that we will do it. I need to, because I put five pounds on over Christmas, which added to the 2lbs put on the week before makes (hey, good job I am a school teacher) 7lb - half a stone, although this is apparently the amount that the average Briton adds to thier figure each festive season, so get me - I'm average!

Of course, replaced chardonnay and pinot grigio with chocolate at times, so need to do some work on that. People at work are bringing in thier stuff that they have left over for the staff room, which makes me cross - I mean, they are being kind, but don't they know how poor my will power is when it's been weakened by Green and Black's and cadbury?? Plus, I don't have switch off switch once I have had one - hence my ability to completely give up wine, but not have only two glasses a week or something.

I can't remember if I wrote about this before Christmas, but I asked for a transfer to the Juniors before Christmas, for lots of reasons, and I'm hoping to find out in the next couple of weeks. What I do know is that whatever happens, I will be teaching a new year group, so that's exciting a scary prospect all at once. Loving being back and everything being normal again after the upheaval that was the festive season - normality is bliss (clearly I must be on the Autistic spectrum somewhere!)

Made a big effort to get in tough with a load of friends today, it's an extra Resolution to keep in touch more, and do more in the week with people.

Been reading Jodie Marsh's blog - is it wrong to be quite liking her? This is before she has gone into the Big Brother house, so it'll be interesting to see whether the persona portrayed on that will be the same as the one in her blog.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

Feeling ridiculously positive about 2006 - this year is the year I beat the evil God procrastination and get on with things!

Day one of the drying out yesterday: first challenge, an afternoon at my Dad's, offered wine the minute I walked through the door (it comes out of the tap there) and just simply said "no, I'm on the waggon until Feb 1st." Not too hard!

Feeling worried that I've put on loads of weight over Christmas- I've tracked everything I've eaten and drunk as honestly as possible, and it's a bit scary. Mind you, there's not that much chocolate, only one mince pie, no Christmas pud or cake, so I bet it's not as bad as other people. I had to face the fact that if it weren't for the wine, I would have probably done okay - does that make me an alcoholic? Hopefully that does mean that any gain I've made should be off quite quickly with a month on the dry. At least I had lost that weight before Christmas. Even if I have put all of that back on I'm back where I started and not 10 lbs heavier than that (oooh, get me, I'm Pollyanna)

Back to work tomorrow and the positive attitude will have to keep on there as well - I can't let others get me down, I was really guilty of that towards the end of last year, and that's no way to be. I have found that I have felt a lot better being honest and open about things, and that will need to continue. At the end of the day, I think it is appreciated if someone is up front and truthful rather than devious and bitchy.