Saturday, January 2

New Start

It's five whole years since I started this blog, and it's time for something new. Please click below to go to the new and improved version of my corner of the interweb.

Wednesday, December 30

Is it really almost six months since I last update this? Here, have some photos that should (sort of) fill in the gaps...

Yup. That'll do.

Thursday, July 16

I am still alive, honestly! Life has been so amazingly hectic lately, I feel like I've barely had a chance to sit down in the past two or three months!

My Nanny died at the end of May. Although she had suffered from dementia for the past 7 years and had been in a care home for the past 5 years it was still a huge shock, and took a while for things to return to normality.

At the beginning of June Mum, Dad and I spent a few days in Prague. It's an amazing city and we really didn't have enough time to explore all of it. I'm thinking of going back near Christmas.

The end of June was the end of my time at the DVLA. I had a brilliant last day at work and leaving do and I miss all (ok, some of) my old colleagues a lot. I started my new job at the very end of June and have been completely over whelmed and baffled with the amount of information I've had to take in over the last three weeks! It's a brilliant job though, and I know it's a step in the right direction and will give me so much more satisfaction than my last job!

On July 3rd I went down to London with my Dad, Nicky and Vick and went to see the ever amazing Cat Empire. Absolutely outstanding gig, and as has been the case every single time I've seen them live, I just wished I had tickets to the gig the following night as well!

And up now up to yesterday - my car decided to break quite seriously on my way in to work yesterday morning. I managed to just about get there and rang the AA, definitely got my money's worth from my very cheap membership with a drive to a garage to get a new part, and then being towed all the 18.5 miles home by a very friendly chap called Chris. Unfortunately the car still isn't fixed, and is likely to be quite expensive, but I'm being driven to work and back every day so it's nice and relaxing for me!

As always, the best way to keep up with the daily goings on in my life is through Flickr, where I'm still managing to keep up with Project365 apart from a slight lapse a couple of months ago!

Now, I have some very exciting things to be getting on with like washing up and making dinner. Thrilling!

Sunday, March 15

Toast has gone to visit his brother in Ratfink Heaven.

Monday, February 23

I'm still alive, honestly! I've also managed to keep up with Project365 for a whole 54 days so far!

Not much else to report on the life front at the moment. I'm planning a trip to Manchester soon to see Big Brother (I should probably tell him about this at some point!) for food and laughter and probably gin and tonic.

Now I'm wondering if pancakes for dinner would be wrong?

Friday, January 9

I am updating this from my brand spanking new Sony Vaio. I'm in love! It's only taken me a few days to finally get it to connect to the internet, and I'm making loads of typing errors because of the slightly smaller keyboard, but oh my god I'm in love! I'm still transferring over all my files (almost there, only about 10gb of photos left now!) and learning how to use Vista, and generally finding out what it's capable of.

Project 365
continues, and despite the fact I've been back at work a whole week and have actually left the house, I've managed to keep up with it for 9 whole days (about to upload photo number 9). I need to start finding more interesting things to photograph if I'm going to go this for a whole year though!

Right, time to carry on moving the files over.

Thursday, January 1

A belated Happy Christmas and Happy New Year from me. Christmas was wonderful, I spent a few days at Mum and Dad's and spent time with my wonderful (and slightly odd) friends and family.

Last night was new years eve and I spent my evening with mussels and home made chips, chilli chocolate and season six of 24 on DVD. Pretty much the perfect night. So far 2009 has involved waking up late, turning 24 back on, and taking down my Christmas decorations.

Tomorrow I'm off to Londinium to see Vickybox for Christmas presents and Dim Sum! Can't wait :)

This year I intend to take more photos (why could I possibly need to take more photos?). I have decided to give Project365 a go, and will aim to update my Flickr account every day.

Friday, December 12

Because my life is still so uneventful I have nothing of interest to write...

You have to look at the list and put in bold the books you have read. Then underline those that you intend to read. Finally italicise the books you LOVE.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I have a job interview next Thursday! Erp!

Tuesday, November 25

Pinched from the ever wonderful Knitted Terrorists. Those in bold are the ones I've done...

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors (Dad is researching our family tree at the moment, it seems at least 5 generations of my family are from Northamptonshire!)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (from the car window trying to find Pisa airport on the way back from Tuscany!)
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

Saturday, November 8

I am still alive, honestly. I think I've just about accepted the fact I am back in the country until I can scrape together the money to escape again, but I'm still not entirely happy about it. Spain was fantastic, as always. I got to drive a bus all week, which at times felt like the Old Folks Home day out, but at other times (when Dad, Col and I went exploring) was a lot more fun.

Since I've been back home things go on as usual. Work is ridiculously boring. Nothing overly exciting has happened, really. My 18 month long saga with npower continues after they sent me a £505 gas bill (they don't, and never have, supplied my gas) so I've written another stroppy letter. I still hate how annoying loud my neighbours are. The Secret Christmas Knitting continues...

...and needs to continue a bit more, so that's what I'm off to do now. Along with Time Team on the TV and a cup of tea.

Sunday, October 19

Sunday, October 12

I have had the most enjoyable weekend with Vickybox! On Friday morning I headed down to Londinium. We met up in St Pancras for crepes for breakfast, and excitement at the half price sale in Fat Face! I purchased a rather delicious top for the bargain price of £16, and two pairs of knee high socks, because knee high socks are the best in winter.

We then headed off to Ally Pally for the Knitting and Stitching Show. Vicky is now officially a knitter, having purchased her first yarn and needles! We wondered around stroking things and trying to decide what to buy. I came away with some rather wonderful Fyberspates "scrumptious chunky" in red, some 6mm lantern moon straight needles, and some 2.5mm lantern moon DPNs. Chocolate and sweeties were also purchased and scoffed quite quickly!

On the way back in to town we went through Wood Green station, and Vicky was the lucky "one in ten" to get stopped and searched by the police there that day. The poor lad who stopped us looked about 18 and terrified. He was very apologetic though, and made us laugh!

After a stop the Tim Hortons shop (not an actual Tim Hortons shop, a shop that sells Canadian goodies though) for coffee for various people, we went to our current favourite restaurant, Wahaca for Nopalitos, pork pibil, agua fresca and pork scratchings.

This was followed by more wondering around, and me not being able to walk very far because of the ridiculous amount of stuff I'd bought! We headed back to Vicky's for playing on the Wii (we love lego Indiana Jones!), poking the cats, and Vicky's first knitting lesson (she's a natural!).

The next morning, after more Wii-ing, we went to The Toad's Mouth Too for a Full Toad and a huuuuge hot chocolate. We also took lots of very silly photos.

This was followed by wondering around Borough Market and drooling over all the delicious looking foodstuffs on sale. I think if I didn't have such a large amount of stuff to carry around already from the previous day's purchases I would've spent a lot of money! (And stank out the whole train home with cheese!)

I entertained myself on the way home by working on Secret Christmas Knitting Project 1 and getting strange looks from the other train passengers. You'd think they'd never seen knitting before! I also got odd looks when I started taking photos of myself, which made me laugh.

So, my haul from the weekend:

Now I'm doing more Christmas Knitting, eating chilli fudge from Burnt Sugar (purchased at the market) and watching the X-Factor.

Saturday, September 27

I have overcome Second Sock Syndrome once again! These are quite possibly the most comfortable socks ever.

Pattern: A slightly modified Widdershins.
Yarn: Posh Yarn Lei (65% supermerino, 20% bamboo, 15% silk, 100% amazing and gorgeous).

Now on to some Christmas knitting!

Also, only two weeks until I fly off to sunny sunny Spain!