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December 31st, 2008

2008 Meme

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1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Passed my driving test.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not all of them. I haven't thought about next year's yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More money! (Not likely though... )

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Passed my driving test first week in August. It was about the best day of the year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
As above.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not speaking to someone close for a long time after an argument.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My car!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My boy Joshua did very well this year, passing national reading test, karate gradings and a swimming level.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
One of my work colleagues behaved intolerably in the latter half of this year.

14. Where did most of your money go?
No one place although we were disgusted with the cost of our holiday.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting pregnant and getting the kittens.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I haven't listened to much music although various songs that Joshua listens to stick in my head. I liked Kylie's WOW.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? Happier.
b) Bigger or smaller? Waaaaaay bigger!
c) Richer or Poorer? About the same, I think.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Socialised with friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Smoking cigarettes.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent at home with the family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

22. How many one-night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Loads... Bones, Heroes, Apparitions, CSI, Law and Order, NCIS

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
I read loads of books this year. I have read all of Conn Iggulden's Emperor and Conqueror series (reading the latest Conqueror one right now, Bones of the Hills). I also read Tolstoy's Anna Karenin, difficult at times but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Also Bernard Cornwall's Azincourt was superb. I re-read a few Murakami also.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

27. What did you want and get?
A new kitchen, lovely, jubbly. A car. Pregnant. Kittens. Oh, what a good year when I reflect! And I got to keep my job after loads of redundancies.

28. What did you want and not get?
A dog. We don't have the room. A holiday overseas. Didn't happen.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Loads... Dark Knight, Mongol, 10,000 BC, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hancock, Sweeney Todd

30. What did you do on your birthday?

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Probably not having an argument with someone close to me.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Non existent.

33. What kept you sane?

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Barack Obama has done amazing. The continuing loss of the young life of British forces.

36. Who did you miss?
My baby sis, Laura, who is in the RAF.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Personally, I can't let things stress me and worry me so much as it won't change matters (and it makes you ill). So I know it sounds dumb but just chill. Don't worry too much.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Can't think of any off the top of my head.

December 23rd, 2008

Season's Greetings!

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Ahhhh, on holiday at last, but unable to put my feet up yet!

As I'll probably not be checking online for the next wee while - way to much to do, I just wanted to wish all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice and Seasonal Greetings, and to have a brilliant New Year when it comes!

Love and hugs


November 23rd, 2008

Quick Post

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Just a quick post to say that this week we found out I'm having a girl! I was totally amazed that the lady told us when I went for my foetal development scan on Tuesday but Joshua was in with Graham and I, and the lady doing the scan was lovely.

Despite signs around the scanning dept telling people not to ask about the sex, she asked Joshua whether he wanted a brother or a sister. Possibly because we went into a different unit for my scan?

Joshua promptly whispered in my ear and then told her he was allergic to girls! Then she turned to me and asked me if I wanted to know. As Graham and I had already talked about it, I told her that we would and she then turned round to Joshua and told him he had better pack his bags then as a wee sister is on the way!

Joshua was very intrigued and interested in the scanning. I've now had to take out my belly button ring as it interferes with the scanning and I'll get another one at 28 weeks. Not sure why I'm getting so many scans this time round. Possibly as I'm over 37 and classed as 'high risk' as I am epileptic and on medication for that.

Anyhow, back to housework. Making a big effort to have the place looking nice for Chrimbo time so I am doing a bit at a time, Joshua's room has had a clear out last night and today. (Big box of stuff to freecycle and loads in the bin!)

November 9th, 2008

As the title suggests, I'm not feeling too good right now. For the entire day on Friday at work, I was sneezing and I just knew that the cold would hit me this weekend. Joshua has his usual karate on Saturday morning between 10 and 12 so I managed to persuade G to take him in the morning so that I didn't need to rush and get dressed to take him (even though I now have the car, I would still need to look presentable to take him into the place and I certainly wasn't feeling it).

I wasn't too bad first thing Saturday morning. I got up at the usual weekend time (8ish) and had breakfast/did dishes whilst G took Joshua out but my nose started so I went to pick Joshua up and dropped by the Co-op to pick up Kleenex Balsam tissues (didn't want a Rudolph nose) and some eggs and stuff for lunch. I made a start on some work I had brought home which has been sitting on my desk and cooked lunch.

By the afternoon, I couldn't move without my holding tissues under my nose and my head was pounding. I shut down the computer and lay down whilst watching the rugby and ending up snoozing for a couple of hours. I didn't have any Lemsip and I didn't want to take too many paracetamol either being in the mother-to-be condition - now 19 weeks and with a *huge* belly.

As we'd had a decent lunch and I was starting to feel worse, I wasn't too bothered about dinner, I made Joshua something a bit more substantial though. I had an early night. After finally managing to settle and sleep, I woke up at 3.30am and couldn't sleep for at least an hour. Tempted as I was to get up and have a hot drink, it would end up keeping me awake even more so I snuggled down with more tissues. I got to sleep again and woke at the usual time this morning - managing once more to persuade G to take Joshua to his usual Sunday activity - swimming lessons. I certainly wasn't up to getting a chill in the pool.

So this afternoon, I started to feel a bit more clear headed. I had a hot bath after doing some housework and I've got more work done which will help to clear the mountains on my desk. In addition to my actual work, we were all supposed to have finished some online training in money laundering about two months ago. Having such a busy department has meant that I don't think any of us have finished it. I have managed to make a serious dent in it this weekend though and I might even finish it this weekend if I put my mind to it this afternoon. It's not that it's difficult - just time consuming - and when you have such a huge amount of work to do, a spot of training is not number one priority. However, after having done quite a bit of the training this weekend, I now realise that it is our personal resonsibility to know and understand the money laundering that we need to do for our clients (*seriously personally liable*) and I am glad I have taken the extra bit of time to concentrate on it and get it done. Whilst discussing our progress with the training last week, our supervisor had the cheek to call me mean for not 'sharing' my answers - in other words, cheating - so that she could just go through it and use my work. I told her that her training was not my responsibility. She seriously pisses me off sometimes but I will revel in the fact that I have completed my training and she hasn't started hers when I go in to the office. She hasn't got a clue, I have no idea why she has a job.

Anyway, my mum is presently trying to persuade me that going to work in my condition i.e. pregnant with cold, is not a good idea. I know this, however, my work will only pile up on my desk then I will be stressed out even more when I return from being ill. I might as well fight my way through it.

Ho hum, just finished all the tissues. Darn. Anyhow, I don't want to think about work too much. It has been stressing me out. I'd rather think about Xmas hols! Woo hoo! I've got a new table so I am really pleased as we will have lots of room for Xmas dinner. I'm not a religious person at all but I love this time of year. Yummy food, baking, prezzies, Joshua's face, putting out cookies and milk for Santa (leaving crumbs!). It's brilliant!

October 22nd, 2008

Update, no really

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I haven't updated for ages so after a verbal arm-twisting via my husband and a telephone, I can finally announce (to those who haven't already heard on MySpace and Bebo) that I am pregnant. 16 weeks today to be precise, due on 7 April. I don't know if it will be a boy or girl, they don't tell you at the Queen Mother's hospital (Glasgow) now. Policy. I thought it was in case anyone sued them but some smart person suggested to me that it might be certain religions looking for a boy child specifically in order that, well, you know. I won't finish the sentence as it's obvious what could happen if it is not a boy child.

We are v v v happy, of course, with whatever comes although I can't say the same for Joshua who adamantly believes it will be a wee brother. He is very excited and has told his entire school. I think he will be a good big brother to 'Baby Bump'. He is very helpful at home and already wants to go and buy all the necessities and is picking nice things out of the catalogue and so on.

Not much else to update on. Graham's father is no longer living with us and so the week is the usual busy to-ing and fro-ing from home to Joshua's school, work and karate and swimming. Joshua and I swim at least once a week however I was slightly agitated to discover that I shouldn't be doing breaststroke at the pool due to the way your legs work... I mean, I can't crawl and swimming is better exercise than none, right? (I was previously working in the gym but most of it is too high impact to do right now.) 

I'll carry on until I feel uncomfortable and maybe find some other exercise as I don't want to end up with an extra stone in weight from this pregnancy like the last one. I found it really difficult to lose weight after Joshua was born. I was so much slimmer before I was pregnant with him.

Anyhow, I've got work to do (brought it home). I had better do some...


September 9th, 2008


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Haven't updated in a while. Most of my news is either car or work related.

I was quite busy at the weekend and I've been driving all over the place. I had a great time driving to Greenock, Gourock, Paisley, Larkhall as well as various places in Glasgow. And my fuel consumption was next to nothing. He he. Obviously part of the travelling detailed above was on motorways, and it was a bit scary at first but I didn't have any problems. I had a couple of nice drivers let me in front of them whilst coming on to the motorway which was good. I'm getting used to the car and I feel quite comfortable in it now. It's very easy to manoevre and nifty around tight corners and so on.

Work has been hectic mad busy. They laid off most of the staff early this year and left a small team of us to deal with all the old cases and the new ones coming in. They did not expect as many new cases as we have had in the last month. It has just been crazy and we are all up to our eyeballs in work.

Anyhow, more later, I have a three way conversation going and I can't keep up the typing!

August 5th, 2008

Shiny happy person

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Ohhhhm so happyyyyyy. I haven't updated for a while so sorry about that. On Friday, I passed my driving test, yippee!!! (Second time round.) AND THEN I bought a shiny new red car, doncha like it??? It is very cute indeed. For the people wanting to know, it's a 5-door hatchback 1.3 diesel. It has very low emissions and therefore v v low road tax, yippee! Does about 70 miles to the gallon, way hey!

So I have been out a couple of times since I got it yesterday and I went to the supermarket myself today and managed to park okay. I am so very happy!

More updating later...


July 11th, 2008

Kitty Cats

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I haven't updated for ages so I thought I would post current pictures of my babies who are now 4 months old. Corky and Molly are big pets (especially Corky who acts like a puppy, licks you and comes when you call him!).

You can go here for more... Kitty Album


May 21st, 2008

So I was intending to post some photos of the kittens as they are very cute and I managed to get a few shots over the last week but Photobucket is being a pain in the neck and not recognising my login.

They have been very good, in general (with the one exception of a toilet situation in my washing basket), and are now cuddling up with us all and playing happily, eating well, etc. They seem very settled already which is *great*.

After a bit of a sluggish week, feeling like stuffing myself silly these past couple of days with carbs, snacks and sweeties and not having done any proper exercise since last Wednesday, I was fully expecting to have gained the tiny amount of weight I lost last week, but, hurrah! I actually managed to lose another teensy amount so I will forget that I was stuffing myself silly and get back on track straight away! (Total weight loss is now 1kg, not much I know but better than a kick in the teeth.)

Joshua and I walked to school today and then I went to the gym for a good workout this afternoon - 13 minutes on crosstrainer warm up, warm up stretches, 6 minutes spinning (after which I could happily fall over), 10 minutes rowing machine and then 15 minutes on the walking/jogging/running machine, unfortunately, mostly 'power walking' rather than jogging as my legs didn't want to work properly, followed by cool down stretches.

Anyhow, we are going camping on Friday, really, really looking forward to it. It is supposed to warm up from tomorrow and it isn't forecast rain either (like last year's very wet camping). It's a quiet site where we intend to kick back, have a beer, cook BBQ, play tennis or footie in the field, walk on the beach or some light hillwalking and so on. Perfect.


May 17th, 2008


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The kittens are here, yay! They are absolutely adorable. After a couple of hours of being shy and exploring the living room and kitchen then snoozing as they had had a busy and tiring day, they started to brighten up and play.

The ginger boy, (now called Corky) is very friendly and snuggled into me last night whilst I was watching late night tv with very loud purring - he's very cheeky and funny. The wee female tabbie/tortie (now called Molly) is still a bit more shy but both of them are coming over to say hello now for a wee pet.

They have both taken to the litter tray okay (thank goodness), and they have both had a wee bite to eat as well so that's a good start. They are very playful this morning, haring about the room playing 'cat tag' as Joshua calls it. They are chasing each other's tails and pouncing on each other.

On a sad note, the second dwarf hamster died yesterday - it's very strange as she was very active this last week on her wheel and I had cleaned her cage last weekend and she was fine. So we now have a predicament about how to explain to Joshua - we didn't handle it very well with the other one! She's not had a bad innings though, a typical lifespan from what I have read.

I think we will just concentrate on these two now. They will require more attention in terms of food, grooming and cleaning. You can't leave a litter tray for a week! (Especially when it's in the kitchen!) Joshua is big enough to take some responsibility now though. I am teaching him how to feed and clean the tray.
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