31st December is always a funny day - there really is a feeling of fresh start and new hope for a new year. This has been a lovely year in so many ways.
We won't be doing much tonight - my mum and stepdad are coming over and we are making a nice meal. I doubt we'll see the New Year in, I simply can't stay up until midnight at the moment! (Must turn the phone off though if we do go to bed!)
Here's my inaugural Friday shuffle - please bear in mind that there's not many tracks on the iPod at the moment as I only just started to put things on, so it could be a bit repetitive.
1. Shine - Take That
2. Perfect Day - Kirsty McColl
3. I Still Haven't found What I'm Looking For - Coco Freeman featuring U2
4. High - James Blunt
5. Untitled - Oasis
6. Frozen - Madonna
7. Mancunian Way - Take That ( this is quite a funny song, there's a big fly-over sort of thing linking east and west Manchester called the Mancunian Way, and I used to have to travel across it to work every day. If I still did, I would have to play this song whilst I did)
8. Here With Me - Dido
9. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
10. I'm Not Brave - Kirsty McColl
Dix, Wonderwall was number 14 on the shuffle - not quite kismet today!
Not too bad - if you're going to have two repeated artists you can have worse than Oasis and Kirsty McColl.
There's a couple of my CDs that aren't recognised by iTunes and therefore have transferred with their titles as "track 1, track 2 etc". Is there any way of manually putting these in?
I don't really have any New Year's resolutions - I need to spend less time at work, as some of the time I spend there after school is chatting/procrastinating, and I don't have the time for that these days. I also don't want to put on too much weight, I think I'm about right for this stage in my pregnancy, about a stone, but I need to keep an eye on my chocolate and carbohydrate consumption. I want to spend less time on the Internet/crap tv. Most of my evenings are mindless surfing/staring at tv that usually I have seen before (Friends re-reuns on E4 usually). As a consequence I have read less and there are DVDs I haven't watched yet. There's a new facility on my cable to watch things that were on last week again and at your own pace ( a kind of low rent TiVo, so I could use that). My January resolution is to get things a bit more organised for the baby, starting with reorganising the bedrooms so that A is safely ensconsed in his new room before the baby comes. I have nearly paid off my credit cards, should be done by mid Feb (managed Christmas without using them at all!!! Yay me!!) so that will go towards my financial cushion for the unpaid part of maternity leave. Since I found out I was pregnant, and paid of my student overdraft, I have saved £100-£200 per month, so once they are paid off, that will go up to £400 per month. I should have 2 months salary saved by the time I'm not paid any more. So that needs to be kept on track, which is another reason to start getting things together for the baby gradually rather than all in one go. Luckily, I don't need anything big, just clothes, nappies and bottles etc ( still needed even though I am really hoping to breastfeed again).
So actually, that looks like quite a lot!
Happy New Year to all those who read this little blog. It's two years old this week! Hurray!