And on the 6th day, God created Manchester

13 05 2008

I have not been very chatty lately, mainly due to the fact that I have been über-busy and also I have an essay to write, due Friday (dun-dun DUUUN).

I fully intend to write about all the cool stuff we have been up to (2 weddings, a Christening, an anniversary, a 60th birthday celebration to give you some idea) but right now I should be working on my essay so no dice.  Well, actually, since it is the middle of the day, I should be working so I am off to do that now and will catch you all later.  In the meantime, during a trip to my favourite city, Manchester, after a family funeral (oh yes, I have been to one of those too), my parents and I were walking back to the car in the city centre after having colelcted the will from the solicitors and Dad noticed this unassuming little pub. 

It was where Mum and Dad first got together, some 40 years ago.  28th June will be their 39th wedding anniversary.


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.

Suck on that, essay

5 04 2008

I totally nailed my essay.  I wrote it in one day as per usual and I got a really decent mark.  I am so completely psyched.  I know no-one says psyched anymore but I am old and I don’t care.  Woot!

Sunday snapshot

30 03 2008


Bryan Greenberg’s album Waiting for Now


Pride and Prejudice and October Road

Crushing on:

Bryan Greenberg (see the theme?)


George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Euripides’s Medea


Anything but write my essay. Yes, it’s THAT time again.


I was somewhere else, like North Carolina or Massachusetts or San Francisco


For positivity and answers

New things in 2007 – update!

5 01 2008

So this is what I managed to do. I was aiming for 50 new things but apparently I am quite dull. In 2007, I have:

  1. Felt the testicles of a ram (what a start!!).
  2. Made pottery on a hen weekend.
  3. Learned some new phrases.
  4. Visited Ireland.
  5. Walked on The Burren.
  6. Drank Guinness in a Irish Pub in Ireland.
  7. Started to make a patchwork quilt. I was going to wait until I had finished to add it but it’s been ages since I had done something new.
  8. Skipped an essay. Nowt to be proud of, to be sure, but it is something new for me.
  9. Been to a Hobbycraft and Sewing for Pleasure fair – everyone at work mocked me but who cares.
  10. Seen the Pacific Ocean.
  11. Traveled on a cable car in San Francisco.
  12. Stayed in a yurt.
  13. Driven down Mullholland Drive and saw the Hollywood sign.
  14. Been horse riding in Arizona.
  15. Flown into the Grand Canyon in a helicopter.
  16. Gambled in Las Vegas (only $4 or so but it still counts as a new thing).
  17. Played with my new MacBook. I still think I am PC deep down but it is nice to have a new toy!
  18. Wandered around the Leamington Peace Festival.
  19. Played Buzz on the PS3 – so much fun!
  20. Met a blog friend in the flesh.
  21. Tried Miso Soup at last!! It is delicious (if it’s from the right place).
  22. Finished my first mini-quilt. This may seem like duplication (see number 4) but a) it was not the same quilt – that one is a patchwork larger quilt and b) it is not finishedit is now!!
  23. Been to see a concert at the O2 arena (which used to be the Millenium Dome).
  24. Learned basic HTML (like how to do page breaks and add links without the aid of a safety net!)
  25. Met a MySpace friend in the flesh.
  26. Worked part-time. This is the life! A 30-hour week may sound like it is almost full-time but wow! It is good having some spare hours in the day.
  27. Made a Jack O Lantern for Halloween.
  28. Made Spicy Toasted Pumpkin seeds.
  29. Made cushion covers using one of my new craft books The Impatient Patchworker.
  30. Eaten a delicious Sardinian Fish Stew at a lovely pub, The Oxford Arms.
  31. Subscribed to Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple magazines.
  32. Been to see Foo Fighters at NEC Arena. (Full disclosure: First time seeing them there).
  33. Seen Queen tribute band Queen B.
  34. Worked at a Children’s Centre.
  35. Handmade a Christmas decoration.
  36. Read lots of new books.
  37. Driven a company car (of sorts).
  38. Cooked a turkey dinner.  I did it on Boxing Day for my family and it ROCKED.  I didn’t ruin it which was a major shock.

I will be keeping a new list for 2008 simply called ‘New Things’.


4 01 2008

I should be writing an essay (due midnight tonight, word count = 0) but as is my way (which you will know by now if you have ever read my blog ever), I suck. I have not yet finished the reading and I have a lot of actual work to do (the kind that puts food on the table). I predict another anguish-heavy evening of writing something sub-par and not nearly as good as I could actually write if I, say, applied myself. This is something I talk about a lot but I really wish that one day, the work-hard fairy would come along and sprinkle me with her motivation dust.

On the bright side, I am really doing my bit for the environment with my massive conservation programme. Conservation of effort counts, right?

ps I can’t believe I have only just added a ‘slackin” category since that is how I spend most of my life.

pps.  I too am bored of my lack of motivation.  Sorry about sharing it with you AGAIN.

ppps.  It also annoys me when people write pps and ppps – it really does not mean anything.  Post post script?  Post post post script?? Argh.

I’m still here

3 12 2007

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I just lost the words necessary to write a blog. It probably had something to do with the essay which was due on 16th November for which I got a 2 week extension and finally submitted yesterday. My wonderful tutor has already marked it and it was a good mark. Very good actually. I am so chuffed but slightly daunted by the fact that I have another essay now due for Friday. That’s what you get for getting an extension. I am really enjoying this course though. It is refreshing to be doing some new subjects. The course is Introduction to Humanities which means a) it’s varied and b) it’s easy (hence the good mark) – it’s only a first year level course. My first essay consisted of 4 disciplines: art history, literature, music and philosophy. Literature was the easiest simply because that is what I have been doing for the past 3 years in the other courses I have done for my degree. Art History is interesting and I think I will cope OK. Philosophy is fascinating and I cannot wait to do more. I do love to ruminate. However, I think I am going to struggle with the music part because it is so different to anything I have studied. I love listening to all kinds of music (despite what my previous post have led you to believe, I do know there is more to life than the Foo Fighters – just about). But working out all the different parts and writing about it is not as easy as I would have thought.

Anyhoo I am super glad that I did ok in my first marked assignment and despite having to get through a ton of reading, I am looking forward to tackling the next essay. Subject: Classics – The Colloseum.

Later this week, I will tell you about the Christmas decorations I am making.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.