Monkey Magic

27 04 2007

I was home alone again last night while ricardo had an overnight business trip.  Monkey welcomed me home…


Note the chinese take-away menu, the PS3 controller, the DVDs… I think this is classed as ‘licence to do bugger all’.  The ironing, filing and other chores that need doing did not get done.  I checked upstairs and found…


I couldn’t help but take a few more photos


And then when I got them together, that’s when the magic happened…


This is my favourite shot:



Letter to a stranger

25 04 2007

Dear Bitch Who Knocked Me Over On The Tube This Morning And Didn’t Even Apologise,

Thanks for ruining my Tuesday.  Skank.



Blossom white on sky white

23 04 2007


Our tree was the prettiest tree on the street before today’s rain ruined the blossom blooms.

Am glad we took these photos after all even if it was a dreary day when we took them.  Aint spring grand?


Dear oh dear

23 04 2007

Mondays are pretty rubbish.  So to cheer you up, please feast your eyes on these gems taken from British quiz shows.  Lordy.

Question: What is the world’s largest continent?
Contestant: The Pacific

Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

O’Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth … er . . . er . . . three?

Eamonn Holmes: Dizzy Gillespie is famous for playing . .. what?
Contestant: Basketball.

Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loincloth did he play?
Contestant: Jesus.

Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Contestant: Barcelona
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain

DJ Mark: For Pounds 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
R from Rowley R: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?

It makes me sad to read these!  🙂

Bed, train, sofa…

19 04 2007

As evidence of my recent procrasination to avoid doing the dreaded essay (I promise I wont mention this again – so dull, I know), I have finished off three books which have been in my handbag, by the bed and in the lounge for snatched moments of reading.

These books were all totally different which helps when I am reading more than one book at a time – my tiny brain can’t cope otherwise.  Being very forgetful, I have to have a different book for each type of reading session – if I read a book in bed at night it has little to no hope of making it into my handbag in the morning for me to read on the train.  I love how I get something different out of different types of book I read.  I love that I am able to enjoy popular detective-style fiction, like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, right along side reading one of the best writers alive today, Margaret Atwood. 

  • The Hard Way Lee Child – this was classic Reacher stuff.  Very readable and difficult to put down.  The character of Reacher is kinda dreamy – so capable, strong, clever, serious and all that good stuff.  And he makes mistakes.  But he makes up for them.  He likes strong women which is also pretty cool. 
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – The book runs three story threads concurrently.  Firstly. there are the memoirs of Iris Chase, tracking her eventful life.  There are excerpts from The Blind Assassin, Iris’s sister’s posthumously published book and then there are the pulp fiction stories the hero of Laura’s book tells his lover at their trysts in cheap hotel rooms.   Whilst Atwood has come under some criticism with this book for the appearance that the political elements of the book being bolted on to the romantic tale, I didn’t care.  The book for me was about family.  Love.  Sacrifice.  Poverty and wealth.  Mistakes.  Regrets.  I found the pulp fiction sections a little wearing after a while but the main story – about Iris, her sister and what became of them both – was captivating.  I loved The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, so I will be certainly seeking out more of Atwood’s work.
  • A Lotus Grows in the Mud Goldie Hawn – Goldie’s autobiography did not really throw up any surprises about the type of person Goldie is.  I think how she comes across on screen, in interviews etc. is pretty close to how she comes across in her book.  Full of life, optimism, love and spirituality, Goldie’s autobiography manages to give intimate glimpses into her world without giving it all away.  It took me quite a while to read this – I tend to read things slower that don’t pull me along (maybe I am a lazy reader like that).  But her appealing, bubbly nature is rather endearing and I enjoyed reading the insight into her life.

Next on the reading list: Lionel Shriver’s Double Fault and High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

By the way, I haven’t posted about it, because frankly, I have no idea what to say about it but it is on my mind.  I cannot express my sadness or my frustration and anger. 

6 down, 1 to go

18 04 2007

It is 12.43am and I have just sealed the envelope containing my essay.  It will be delivered tomorrow which will be late but I think I will get away with it.  I am not getting in the car to drive over to Cov now.  I am just too tired.

But I did it.  So thank cheese for that.

Now just one more essay (to be written before I go on holiday – how on earth am I going to manage that?!) plus the small matter of the exam on the 12th June for which I am totally unprepared.

Right now I don’t give a monkeys.  I just want my bed!

Essay status report

17 04 2007

Time now: 5.50pm

Time essay due in: Midnight

Word count required: 1425 being 5% off the minimum1500 limit as is allowed by Open University law.

Word count written so far: 172

Words per minute rate: 11.46

Estimated completion time of essay: 110 minutes

Location of me: London (at work doing my essay after working hours)

ETA home if I leave in 110 minutes (plus time to finish blogging) : 10pm

Location of tutor: Coventry

Estimated time to get home from station, print essay, proof read and get from home to tutor: 45 minutes

Estimated time of arrival at tutor’s house: 10.45pm

Time to spare: 1 hour 15 minutes. 

Easy.  Let’s just hope the train is on time.

p.s. time wasted posting this post? Priceless.