List Updated

2 05 2008
  • Finish shopping for anniversary present/card/paper etc for Ricardo – it is 5 years on Saturday
  • Sort out Dad’s present – his 60th is on Saturday also! ARGH must do this tonight!
  • Clean the house.  It is a complete hole.
  • Sort out my craft corner – it is out of hand and no crafting is getting done there.
  • Study, study and more study.  I have to catch up on the reading and start writing my last essay.  I have a day school on 10th May (first one I am attending – I thought it was about time).
  • Work on my new website
  • Tackle the laundry / ironing mountain
  • Pick up dry cleaning ready for the wedding on Sunday (we have had A LOT on lately)
  • Buy some food for us to eat – our cupboards are pretty bare (and a bit grimey… need to clean house pronto)
  • Watch my stories – Gossip Girl, American Idol done, still got Bones and ER to watch
  • So basically I have done the bare minimum.  Oh crap.





    GTD? I would like that.

    29 04 2008

    OK. So today I am trying to be good and positive and productive.  My work to-do list is crazy long and my one for the house is not much better:

    • Finish shopping for anniversary present/card/paper etc for Ricardo – it is 5 years on Saturday
    • Sort out Dad’s present – his 60th is on Saturday also!
    • Clean the house.  It is a complete hole.
    • Sort out my craft corner – it is out of hand and no crafting is getting done there.
    • Study, study and more study.  I have to catch up on the reading and start writing my last essay.  I have a day school on 10th May (first one I am attending – I thought it was about time).
    • Work on my new website
    • Tackle the laundry / ironing mountain
    • Pick up dry cleaning ready for the wedding on Sunday (we have had A LOT on lately)
    • Buy some food for us to eat – our cupboards are pretty bare (and a bit grimey… need to clean house pronto)
    • Watch my stories

    Phew.  Funny how no amount of reading Lifehacker or Unclutterer actually makes this list go down.  By the way, in case you were wondering what GTD means, read this.





    Expensive forgetfulness

    26 03 2008

    I must be getting old – I didn’t get any Easter eggs this year!  But all in all it was a good Easter weekend.  We are lucky in the UK and get two bank holidays (good Friday and Easter Monday).  So as not to monkey with tradition, Rich and I started decorating our house (because what else are you meant to do with a 4 day weekend? This is sarcasm.)  We desperately needed to elimiate the ghastly red in our kitchen so we put 3 coats of white base coat and the first coat of the colour we had chosen only to realise it looked like ass with our kitchen cupboards.  So then we had to paint two more coats of a better, nices, less ass-like colour.  We now have all the woodwork to do (which is always a pain in the bum) so hopefully by the weekend we will be all done. 

    In other news, I managed to leave my hand-luggage at Sofia airport (between security and the plane) – it’s a long story which basically involves me being a ‘tard.  I realised as soon as I got on the plane.  The air stewardess even ran back to the gate to see if she could see but she couldm’t.  The Bulgarian ground staff apparently found it straight away after that but it was too late to get it to me.  I didn’t know this though so there were some angry, hot, silent tears whilst we waited to take off which were the manifestation of my complete inane stupidity (a completely necessary pleonasm).  Anyway, the upshot was that British Airways in Sofia would not send it to me or to Heathrow.  They would only allow me to have it collected.  Now, I do not have a ton of friends or contacts in Sofia so this was a bit of a problem.  Luckily, I stayed at a nice hotel.  After speaking to the even nicer lady on reception, I managed to get them to pick up the bag for me (they provide a transfer service to and from the airport so they picked it up on their next trip out there) and then they very kindly contacted various couriers, provided me with quotes, checked the contents of the bag for the courier (euw laundry, sorry, nice hotel lady), emailed me every step of the way, took payment from me by credit card on behalf of the courier (but did not charge me a bean extra for all the kerfuffle) and yesterday organised the courier to pick up my bag. 

    It arrived by Fedex this morning.  I am SOOOO happy.  The bag itself was a Christmas present from my parents.  Inside, there was a £300 suit (the only posh suit I own) which is now not available and other personal bits and pieces.  I had insurance but once it was found by BA, the insurance company would not pay out or help towards the cost of sending it home (£134 in case you are interested – I think that’s a bargain!).  I just sent a bunch of flowers to the lovely lady Elena who works at the hotel, Grand Hotel Sofia.  If you ever stay in Sofia, PLEASE stay at the Grand Hotel Sofia.  And give Elena a big kiss from me.  She is probably gorgeous as all Bulgarian women are.





    Bag are packed

    16 01 2008

    It’s all very exciting.  Well I am sure it is meant to be.  Right now it is a little fraught as we try to pack, remembering all our essentials (iPod, laptop, SatNav, chargers, clothes, toiletries, books, sudoku).

    I cannot believe we will be in Orlando this time tomorrow fighting over bedrooms!! This is where we are staying.

    I am sure I will be dropping by as the house has wireless and I will have my aforementioned macbook. Bye for now!





    Taking a break

    13 12 2007

    As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been around much. I haven’t been posting much and I haven’t been commenting much. My to-do list may shed some light:

    • Reading for Open University course (essay was completed last night and it sucks. I know this without it being marked.)
    • Finish making Christmas bunting
    • Start making Christmas presents (eek there is so not enough time to finish them all now!)
    • Write and post Christmas cards (I think I have missed overseas posting dates – d’oh!)
    • Finish making Etsy shop sale (bespoke mini quilt)
    • Finish Christmas shopping
    • Wrap presents
    • Plan and shop for Boxing Day food
    • Watch TV

    So this is it for me until Christmas. I wish you all a very merry holiday.





    Busy bee

    9 05 2007

    I have got a ton of things to get done this week which of course means the time is whizzing by. We go away on holiday on Friday evening – I am going to Gatwick straight from work – so I have two evenings (including this evening and it’s already 9.30pm) left at home in which I need to get the following things done:

    1. Do all the washing/ironing (well, ok… maybe not the ironing)/putting away of laundry
    2. Pack cases and hand luggage
    3. Write an entire essay (final essay is due in on Tuesday so needs to be posted before I leave the country on Saturday morning!)
    4. Get all the holiday documents together
    5. Get rid of all unwanted hair and treat my skin. Oh crikey – does California know what is in store?

    In addition, I would quite like to do the following as added bonuses:

    • Do all our admin/filing – make sure we don’t miss any bills/payments while we are away (although I think everything is done by direct debit)
    • Finish quilting my quilt – I *do* know this is not a priority but I would so love to come back and just have to do the binding
    • Clean the house top to bottom – or maybe shove the vacuum about a bit
    • Read the rest of the California and Las Vegas Rough Guide
    • Watch all my TV programmes so I am up-to-date and Sky + is clear for all the TV it is going to have to record while we are away!

    So what the hell am I writing my blog for?!?!?!





    Procrastination for the nation

    21 02 2007

    It’s everywhere I look. Bloggers everywhere seem to be blogging about what they should be doing and what they are doing to avoid doing what they should be doing. Phew! For me it’s that time again. Well, in truth, it’s actually 8 days PAST that time again. I am overdue on my next OU essay and I have not yet written a word. Illness and a holiday have so far given me pseudo-reasons for not getting on with it. Also, my tutor has ignored the two emails I sent to him requesting an extension (both sent BEFORE the due date like a good little girl). So I am in a huff with him for not replying. Yeah, I will show him. Watch me not do my essay. I keep changing my mind about which essay to write so I have done the reading for both. The questions are:

    1. Compare Blake’s poem ‘The Tyger’ with the lyrics of a popular song of your choice, identifying similarities and differences in the linguistic techniques employed to enhance their impact on the reader/listener. Discuss whether a clear distinction can be drawn between the creative genres of song and poetry, OR
    2. Discuss the changing value of the concept of the canon of English literature.

    I know I leave things to the last minute but I am seriously struggling to write this essay. My heart is not in it and when that happens, well, I am screwed. The problem is my heart is not in a lot of things lately. I feel like everything has come to a stand still and I am standing on my own in the middle of nowhere with nothing in front or behind. There is a lot of pressure on me to stick with this course – if I am serious about becoming a teacher – an English teacher at that – then I ought to be able to summon the necessary passion or will to write 1500 goddamn words.

    Ack this isn’t getting my essay written, is it? Sorry for the whinge. I am off to look up the lyrics to ‘Who let the dogs out’ or some such shit and get the fuck on with it.