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09 November 2007 @ 11:57 pm
Would you say that you read about the same amount now as when you were younger? More? Less?

I'd say I probably read less than when I was younger and the simple answer is time. Right now, I only have one time of the day that I can read _ after I've got up, fed Patrick and had some breakfast, I go back to bed for a couple of hours (because I work nights) and I read for about half an hour then. So less. But I try to make a point of reading every day. 
09 November 2007 @ 12:02 am
Ah ... the fun really does never stop. I've just had five days off work _ well, from last Thursday to Monday _ and it was niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice ... just being at home, playing Mum, without having to worry about going to work.
My mother moved into her new flat on Friday and the Family was summonsed for the big move. Which meant my brother and sister in law bustled about efficiently doing nearly everything while the rest of us stood around pointing at rocks.
Well. Not really. My mother didn't have a rock garden. 
It's a weird feeling, knowing that the house you grew up in now belongs to someone else. I lived there for .... about 20 years I guess. And now MY home belongs to other people! It feels like they stole it, or something. Mum's new flat is nice, though; small and cosy, and she has nice neighbours. I just need to keep reminding myself that she's done what's best for her, although I'm sure she'll miss it as well.
So I went back to work on Tuesday and we slipped back int o our admittedly half-assed routine. We need a routine because we both work and we're both busy, but it's really not that strict. And, of course, it revolves around Patrick; the centre of the known universe. Which used to be me, until he came along and staged a cuteness coup. 
Babies, eh?
Some nice weather would be good, though. I mean, it's November in the Southern Hemisphere and it is cold, wet and windy at the moment. How about some sunshine? Some warmth? Won't you please think of the children????? Or if not the children, then me.
The novel is ... going. I won't say well or anything like that because I only have about 8 pages done. But it's better than nothing. I'm not getting a lot of stitching done, but I am managing to keep up with my reading (yay).
Next post: pix of baby and cats.
If I remember.
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04 November 2007 @ 11:56 am

Finally started my nano, but I"m not going to kill myself trying to get to 50,000 words. Not with everything else I have going on. Anything I get down in the time is a bonus. :) I was blocked for three days, then the idea came to me in the shower. A terrible cliche, I know, but true all the same!
I"m enjoying my long weekend off; just playing Mum and hanging out at home mostly. My mother moved into her flat on Friday, and we're going to get her a housewarming present and go and see her today. I know it's a good thing for her, much better than rattling around in that big house, but you know, it's weird when the house you grew up in is sold. So I've been babywrangling, and reading, watching TV, and doing a little stitching _ less than I thought I would, but every stitch is a stitch forward, right? I have the cutest chart started of two kittens in a garden, but I'm trying to hold off the cuteness until I've finished the stained glass card for my sister for Christmas. The kittens are calling, but I'm resisting.
For now.
And, of course, last night I just *had* to start the nano while the idea was still fresh. I'm not sure what direction it's going to go in, but I'm happy to be led around by the nose by my characters. The most frustrating thing is that the Nano site seems to keep going down. *Sigh*
We had some excitement yesterday with Patrick as well _ he was on his tummy on his change mat, bent his legs like he always does and he moved!! Just one knee-shuffle forward, but still. He hasn't done that before. 
I do believe that's all I have for now. Must feed baby.

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01 November 2007 @ 10:23 pm

This is the first one that I've done:

What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping?
Yes! I love a good horror story _ something that really raises the hackles.  There's nothing better than a good scare.

I thought about asking you about whether you were participating in NaNoWriMo, but I asked that last year. Although . . . if you want to answer that one, too, please feel free to go ahead and do both, or either, your choice!
I did the Nano in 2004 and "won" with 50,000 or so words of ... dross. I never edited it and it put me off both writing and nano for quite some time.
I've signed up again this year, but I don't know how well I'll go. I'm already considering abandoning my first idea and doing something else but I have no idea what.

28 October 2007 @ 11:41 pm

So Nano is due to start on Thursday. All very exciting and I'm glad I've signed on to do it again, although I'm aiming slightly lower. If I can write 30,000 words, I'll be happy. I can't spare any stress at the moment, the stress I do have is already working overtime and can't possibly handle anymore. So I'll start on Thursday, writing longhand _ that way I can write anywhere _ then the plan is to transcribe the story once a week; I'll see how I go.
Still picking away at TW's Mermaid; boy, is that becoming a broken record! But I really do need to get more threads. It feels like about 206, to be honest. I'm also working on the cat card for Jeremy still, and a stained glass card for my sister for Christmas. If I get it finished. We'll see. 
Work is fine. The cats are fine. The Husband and the baby are fine. 
I'm knackered!

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25 October 2007 @ 11:33 pm
... I'm sure that time hasn't actually sped up, but it sure feels like it! We started Patrick on solids last Saturday and so far he's taken to pumpkin really well, and he doesn't mind the baby rice. Doesn't like avocado and the jury is out on carrots. So not a bad start, I think.
He had his five-month shots on Tuesday and it was better than the other two times. By which I mean he wasn't as grizzly/clingy as he was. I still felt bad for him, though.
Apart from baby and work, everything else is sort of fitting into little pockets of time. I'll have a pocket of stitching, or a pocket of readin and as long as I HAVE a pocket, I'm fairly happy. I'm picking away very slowly on TW"s Mermaid. I still have a lot of threads to get but not really the funds for them at the moment. I'm also working on a cat card for Jeremy for Christmas, froma UK magazine. I've completed the "K" on Patrick's Dinosaur alphabet, too. So I am making progress. 
I've hit something of a reading wall at the moment, but that happens. I'm reading Towards Another Summer, by Janet Frame, a novel she wrote in the 60s but held back for posthumous publication as it was so intensely personal. It's very good but it takes a little work to read, if you know what I mean. (Whoever "you" are ... maybe I am alone in the universe ...)
H'm .......... must go ......... do stuff.
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17 October 2007 @ 08:47 am

I hope I can remember how to do this ... ah! This is my most recent finish, DD's Here Be Dragons, on 16-count rustico aida. )

This is a cat ,,, Piper in the upturned washing basket (that she got into herself) and lastly but most certainly not least...

Patrick! :)

16 October 2007 @ 12:20 pm

I hate earthquakes. Oh, how I hate earthquakes. We had a goody _ a 6.7 just after 1.30am this morning. I was just getting ready to go to bed and thought for a minute I was getting dizzy because it was one of those rolling ones. But no. Twas a quake.

Now, I thought cats were supposed to be attuned to this sort of thing. Apparently not my cats. I sat down on the couch, willing it to stop, and two of our cats _ Sam and Marx _ were sitting on the floor looking at me as if to say “What’s happening? We didn’t feel anything.” Thanks for the advance warning, guys.

Thankfully Patrick didn’t seem to notice anything _ I had the baby monitor in the living room with me and all I heard were a couple of sleep-groans. So hopefully he’s taking after his father who, yes, slept through yet another quake.

Patrick was christened on Sunday, and a good time (I think) was had by all. My mother is happy it’s done, and I’m just happy it’s over. I’m not used to our living room being overrun by family members and I’m not sure it’s an experience I really care to repeat, although I don’t know what we’re all doing for Christmas.

It’s far too early to think about that, despite the decorations I saw in the Warehouse.

I’ve signed up for Nano but I’m not optimistic about “winning.” I’m thinking of just using the time to get into good writerly habits again, and just write as much as I can. That way, the pressure isn’t going to kill me.

My boss might, after I was monster-late for work again yesterday, but hopefully the pressure won’t. And I was accidentally monstrously late _ I didn’t have an up to date roster and didn’t realise I was on early.

I’m still working on the “K” of Patrick’s dinosaur alphabet, and picking away at TW’s Mermaid, although it’s going to be a while before I get all the threads I need for that. I’m pretty sure, though, I had a dream about blended threads … h’m.

I’m reading Death of an Expert Witness, which I’ll have to renew at the library, and Momzillas which I just started and it’s eh … it’s okay.

What else. I have to ring the docs and book Patrick’s vaccinations. Speaking of Patrick, it’s time to get him up from his nap.

Baby snuggles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


09 October 2007 @ 12:09 pm
 ... oi! Easier said than done and I've been trying to get back here for days! Good intentions, and all that. Ah, well. Things are moving apace here. By which I mean we're on the crazy rollercoaster and someone's flicked the lever.
Work/baby/hubby/hobbies/cats .... that's my life at the moment, and I'm just grateful that I can still put the word "hobbies" in there!
I finished DD's Here Be Dragons, which is for me, but I'll be storing it until I can afford to get it framed. Now I'm doing another letter on Patrick's dinosaur alphabet and then I'll be picking away at TW's Mermaid _ I joined the SAL on the Wagon. It's one that I've been wanting to do for the longest time. Unfortunately I still have what feels like 106 threads to buy!
I rented some Stargate last weekend _ series 3 and 4 but only managed to watch series 3 and about 4-6 episodes of series 4. I found it handy to have something like that when I'm feeding Patrick in the morning because, let's face it, morning TV is .... shite. So, if I remember (ha!) I'm going to rent series 4 again this weekend.
I managed to finish a couple of books, even (go me!). The Book of Names _ a thriller about a shadowy religious group bumping off the 36 righteous people and Lucy in the Sky; a chick-lit novel. Not bad, both of them.
I think that's all I have. I won't comment on The Loss, because I don't really follow sport. 
Peace out.
29 September 2007 @ 11:01 am
I don't think I was even this tired when Patrick was brand new and still having a stupid o'clock feed. 
I'm just not a morning person. But, you know, we battle on.
It's Saturday ... woo hoo! I have nothing better to do than fold mountains of washing and watch DVDs. Which isn't actually a bad day, because I don't mind folding washing _ it's one of the few housework things I don't mind. 
One of Jeremy's workmates is over and they're doing nerdboy computer-stuff. They had an obscure exchange before involving lots of numbers and I swear, it sounded just like this one from Flying High 2: (Courtesy of www.imdb.com)
Clarence Oveur: Unger.
Unger: Oveur.
Dunn: Oveur.
Clarence Oveur: Dunn. Gentlemen, let's get to work.
Simon: Unger, didn't you serve under Oveur in the Air Force?
Unger: Not directly. Technically, Dunn was under Oveur and I was under Dunn.
Dunn: Yep.
Simon: So, Dunn, you were under Oveur and over Unger.
Unger: Yep.
Clarence Oveur: That's right. Dunn was over Unger and I was over Dunn.
Unger: So, you see, both Dunn and I were under Oveur, even though I was under Dunn.
Clarence Oveur: Dunn was over Unger, and I was over Dunn.
Small things, and all that.
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