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24th May, 2009

Sunset

Lesson evidently not learned

Did I really say on 17th May last year that I'd learned my lesson after having hugely peeling shoulders? It seems as though I did, and I've not, because my arms are quite a fetching shade of Barbie pink.

Anyway - I think I've lost the point of this blog. Not canceling it, because there's a couple of years of my life on here, but my book blog - http://oxford-reader.blogspot.com/ - is more telling of my life now. I'm still reading everyone else's blogs, but if you want to know what's going on in mine, I'd say go and read my other blog!

22nd Feb, 2009

Sad

A note on death

I know I've got to write about the past couple of months, and once I figure out a way of saying it all, without being boring I will. However, in the meantime, I will direct you to the following piece in the Times.

I'm friends (for 'friend' read 'I know her a little bit, and look up to her more') with the author Justine Picardie. We're blogger friends more than anything else, and today she posted a link to a piece she wrote about Jade Goody and her ever so public death. I don't want to join the legion of facebook groups that have sprung up to support her, for it makes it feel like a popularity contest, but this piece makes sense, and also puts the 'dying in the media' question into perspective, for Justine's sister did it too - not in quite the same way, or with quite the same fanfare, but she also received a lot of negative criticism.

Here's the link, and if you feel more people should read it, pass it on.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article5779740.ece

14th Feb, 2009

Sunset

Valentine's day family history

I really have no desire to celebrate Valentine's day in the form it has taken in the twenty first century, but for the sake of family history, I should like it to be remembered that 70 years ago today, my grandfather proposed to my grandmother at a Valentine's day ball. As she proclaims on her facebook status (yes, Granny, at 87, does indeed have a facebook page) if she hadn't said yes, a lot of people wouldn't exist ..... and that very much includes me, so that's the single reason to be greatful for this hyped up day!
me

Long time no ... well anything

Oh good gracious, I've not posted in over a month, and quite frankly I don't seem to have the inclination to do so. There's lots to write about - new jobs and stuff like that, but when I think about it, it just seems to be a sheer waste of time.

Odd really, when you think how much I posted when I started this, and how into it I was. But then every second thing seemed to be fun and interesting, and now, it's all so dull!

I'll get over it, and I'll start posting again, I promise - not least because I got an email from a god mother asking if I had died! No, don't worry, I'm still here!

31st Dec, 2008

darcy

New years eve

Happy New Years eve everyone!

I'm going out in a cape that makes me look a bit like Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman. I'm hoping a Jeremy Irons look alike will turn up at Cafe Rouge!

Onwards into 2009 :-)

26th Dec, 2008

Sleep

Tipping the scales

Well that is odd, I must say .... I got on the scales just before my bath this morning, and discovered I was under 12 stone for the first time in about six months ... yes ok, I'm 11st 13 now, but still!

Whoever heard of someone losing weight during Christmas?!?

Not to worry though, I'll probably make up for it today - Boxing day at my sisters where I shall eat and drink and go crazy with children!

20th Dec, 2008

emma

If my friends could see me now ....

There are not words to express how much I love Strictly come dancing. Although I'm damn well going to try!

I've loved this season so much. Fourteen weeks of grace and wonderful performances. It's been the best series so far, and has provided some great moments:

Austin's jive
Cherie's rumba (and American smooth)
Tom's quickstep
Lisa's Vienneize waltz
Rachel's rumba

I could go on and on (and I suppose I must mention John's caveman moment. But I'd still rather someone broke his leg or something, so he couldn't dance anymore). It's been a stunning year!

And Tom won! I'm amazed, but very happy for him. In the end it was such a close call between all three, Lisa was heavenly, Rachel was flawless and Tom's boundless energy was simply irresitable. His show dance blew me away.

So that's over for another year - I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself on a Saturday night!

16th Dec, 2008

Sad

Oooh!

I have an important announcement. So important that I may even climb the scaffolding of the house opposite and proclaim it. Loudly.

Do you want to know what it is?

I CAN SEE MY FLOOR!!!!!

No, don't get all huffy - this is stellar stuff. Me being able to see my floor is as rare as a blue moon. It hardly ever happens, and when it does it generally doesn't stay available to view for more than a few seconds.

Also, I've organised my books. This is less important, because all I've really done is move them about a bit, but still. Books, in a sort of order is better than just having them strewn across the floor, non?

15th Dec, 2008

Amused

I'm still here!

Oh my goodness, it's been a while, hasn't it?!!

I seem to have got out of the habit of posting. Most people know what's going on through facebook, and I don't seem to have the energy to write huge ranting post, so I don't say anything.

I'm currently enjoying my three days of work each week (although I shouldn't say that too loudly, as it's very important I get a full time job soon) and reading lots, although not as much as I should. I'm attempting to read the entire 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon' - something which caused me a lot of problems last year.

Looking forward to xmas - Tiff is coming for xmas day, which should mean the stress of the day is lessened, and I'm actually going out for New Year's eve - something I've never done before, quite excited.

How is everyone?

20th Nov, 2008

me

Planes and boats and trains

Have nothing to do with what I'm going to talk about, but that was the first thing that popped into my head.

It's been a bad week really. Starting out on Sunday when I had a massive argument with la mere, which ended up with me crying like a three year old because I was so angry at myself. I think I was also upset over the outcome of Strictly, which I know sounds pathetic, but I've been really involved with it this year, and with Cherie, my favourite, being voted out in favour of Mr S. it just served to dent me further. As much as I don't like Mr S., I am quite disatisfied that he has chosen to quit. To me, it's selfish, and he didn't come across well in any of the interviews that he did. James Jordan (Cherie's dance partner) said he'd succeeded in making the show all about him, and I agree - although the way James said it was a little overstated. He's going to get so much flack for that!

I've also had a headache for about four days, and I think I need my eyes tested soon.

Job applications are continuing apace, but the amount of things out there are definately slowing down - although I'm not entirely sure if that's because it's getting closer to December, or because of the economic climate. I know Brookes has a freeze on recruitment, but I don't know about anywhere else. I keep finding fantastic jobs, then realising they are in York or somewhere. I can just about commute to London, but I really can't afford to move anywhere as yet. Having said that, however, I have applied for a few things at UEA ....

Heigh ho my dears. Think I better go do a couple more applications!
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