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Amelia can sit up now :-) She first stayed up unsupported on Friday night and she's now immensely enjoying practising her new skill. And falling over, of course. Today she has been playing with Scoop from Roisin's Bob The Builder toys and having long conversations with him!
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26,486,270, still about a million off David's best.

Aced: 54/60
All cleared 18/60

Been working on getting ace scores on levels last few times I've been playing, going to try clearing all the pegs for the next few games. I just can't get good scores on the ones I have left to ace - four of Splork's levels and the last two master levels.

Finished 39 of the 6 challenges.

Roisin likes to play, her favourite is Tula. I finished her adventure so she could quick play all the levels. She's surprisingly good at it.
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Your rainbow is shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.


Nov. 20th, 2008 09:07 pm
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I really want to bake brownies, or blondies, to the recipe in the Sue Lawrence book I have out from the library, but I'd have to go to the shop for decent chocolate. I could do blondies but my vanilla essence is cheap synthetic stuff and I have no nuts as I used the last in Nigella's Breakfast Bars so they might be a bit rubbish.

I have Cox apples instead.
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Bollocks. The flat screen monitor on my computer has been a bit temperamental for a while now but a good thwack on the top usually sorts it. This morning, however, it's flickering a fetching shade of lilac with delightful stripy lines intermittently. Pretty, but hell on the eyes. I can't lean forward to give it a thump either without squashing or disturbing the nursing babe.

Ah, it's sorted itself again. Hurray. Maybe I should swap it for the bigger, newer monitor on t'other PC that isn't being used so much at the moment. Oh, now I have a change, a pretty lavender screen. The colour is prettier than the green tones we got at work when one of the monitors died there :-) It also makes my user icon look like a funky negative image of me!
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It's such a lovely late autumn day here that I'm going to go out for a stroll down to the market for a browse. If nothing else, I'll stock up on some fruit and vegetables and crunch over some large mounds of dried leaves. It's been very windy here the last couple of days so the deciduous trees have suddenly lost most of their leaves.

Then I'm going to come back and have scrambled eggs and toasts for lunch. After that I'll sort my vegetable rack, if I find one at the shops on the way back from the market, and finish tidying the kitchen.
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As seen on many other journals:

Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don't care how small. You're happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. No pressure.

1. I'm having lots of fun playing Peggle Nights, having discovered Peggle earlier in the week.
2. There's a pile of good books waiting for me to read them and I'm getting quite a bit of reading done lately.
3. I'm on maternity leave. No work hassle and no commuting in rush hour :-)
4. David makes me lovely cups of tea and brings me endless glasses of water.
5. It's autumn. I love autumn!
6. My kitchen has been thoroughly cleaned.
7. I have a lovely, cuddly baby snuggled asleep in my lap right now.
8. I've found the blu-tack.
9. Roisin drew a fantastic picture of a green dinosaur.
10. There's a tub of Old English Sticky Toffee Crunch ice-cream in my freezer and it's scrumptious stuff.


Oct. 4th, 2008 02:17 pm
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Tracey from the family-from-hell across the road has just reversed into our car, making it shake so that David noticed from an upstairs window, and then driven away without stopping. Lovely. David has been to inspect the car and there's a small scratch that may well have already been there so it's hardly noteworthy apart from the fact that it's bloody bad to hit something and then drive off without checking what damage may have been done.
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The meme is:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes. Don't fix your hair. Just take a picture.
Post that picture with no editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

Yes, my hair is wild )
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  • Roisin didn't have her school sweatshirt when she was collected yesterday. David went back in to look for it with her, but it was nowhere to be found. The assumption is that one of the other children picked it up after PE and I'm hoping it'll turn up in the lost property box at the end of the week, having been returned by a parent/carer.

  • I do have hopes that the load of washing I've hung out will dry today - there's already a lot hanging in the bathroom drying up there. There is occasional sun today and a slight breeze but the sky holds ominous, threatening clouds.

  • I've just had a very nice bowl of porridge. I wish I could develop a taste for eating it unsweetened but I just can't. Today I just added a half-teaspoon of brown sugar and that was fine for me. It would be better if I used sultanas or pineapple or similar in it, but I don't like that.

  • Amelia was asleep but she is just waking up. While she's awake I must get the stairs and landing vacuumed as the noise wakes her if I try to do it while she's asleep.

  • She has an appointment at the orthopaedic clinic at the hospital on Friday to check her hips out due to family history. It's a bit of a nuisance as the appointment time is 2.15 and it'll be pushing it a bit fine to get back and collect Roisin at 3.15. The hospital is 15-20 minutes drive away so if there's any delay there we won't make it back on time. i'm going to take Amelia because David doesn't have the equipment to feed her and David will collect Roisin.

  • Roisin is incredibly slow at getting dressed in the morning. Today, as yesterday and Monday, was a battle royal. She just lies on her bed until prompted/reminded/chased about 3-4 times. It's not that she can't dress herself, she just pretends to be incompetent in the morning. It's just as well we allow plenty of time, although D fell back to sleep after the alarm this morning and didn't wake until 20 minutes later.

  • I don't like Asda Organics houmous very much. It has a funny burnt seed/nut type of flavour. That's one I won't be getting again. I'm not keen on shopping at Asda anyway, not just because they are part of Wal-Mart and their local employees aren't very happy but because it tends to be chaos in the shop.

  • We had turkey burgers for diner last night; they were just OK. A bit bland, possibly due to the fact that I omitted the finely chopped onion disliked by Roisin. I wanted to mix some grated apple into the mince but forgot. As it turned out, they were moist enough anyway, but not terribly tasty. Tonight I have a hankering for kebabs and rice.

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Oh, the joy. We have broadband internet again after having nothing since Friday. I have had LJ withdrawal symptoms! It's so strange not being able to just Google things, too. We do have a reasonable collection of reference books at home but some much stuff I want to know I rely on the net for.

If I've missed anything, let me know!
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I'm reading a very enjoyable historical crime novel at the moment, The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin. It's the second in a series featuring Adelia Aguilar, a graduate of the School of Medicine in Salerno, set in 12th century England. I haven't read the first one but it doesn't make any difference, it's easy to get the background. Interestingly, I've just discovered that Ariana Franklin is a pseudonym for Diana Norman. Recently I went looking because I thought it had been a while since I'd seen any new books by Norman. I only checked one of the British books in print databases, though, so never came across a reference to her new publications under the Franklin name.

I've got a week off work coming up so I'm looking forward to catching up on some of the pile of books beside the bed. And the pile on the living room shelves. And the landing shelf. And there's a few in the car too, I seem to remember...ah, bliss.

Last night I finished P.D. Martin's first novel, Body Count. A bit gruesome in places, and I'm not very good at doing gory at the moment, but fast paced and an easy read. It wasn't as predictable as I feared, either. I was convinced that I'd spotted who the killer was very early on, but I was proved wrong at the end.

Recently I've had a pleasant re-read of Maeve Binchy's The Glass Lake and that was just what I was in the mood for at the time, familiar comfort reading.

I finally read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I remember borrowing it when we first bought it for the library back in 2002 but I never got into it. On the recommendation of B at wotrk I took it out again recently, and this time I flew through it. It was fascinating, and so beautifully written. It reminded me quite a bit of To Kill A Mockingbird. It didn't have quite the same feeling of innocence, but there were large similarities between the characters of Atticus and August. A sense of widsom, and calmness and tolerance, and the ability to teach without preaching.
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From lots of people, the language meme:

I grew up in the south-east of Ireland.

Language meme )


Feb. 27th, 2008 02:36 pm
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Earthquake last night was apparently felt as far up as Newcastle. Didn't notice a thing. A straw poll of customers through our door today revealed one person who'd felt anything, nobody else noticed anything.


Feb. 17th, 2008 11:16 am
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It's been a long time since I've had lasagne. I don't eat lasagne unless it's all homemade, which in practice means that it's my own, my mother's or my grandmother's, and of those three I think I like my mother's best. But now I want to eat lasagne, so I think that's dinner decided for tonight. Now I must just go get the ingredients as I'm out of passata, need mince and indeed the lasagne itself. Mmmn.

[livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette had better eat it.

Last night's dinner was at her request - fluffy mashed potato, Cumberland sausages and beans. It was tasty.


Feb. 3rd, 2008 11:32 am
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I have just had a fit, thinking the washing machine had died and us with mountains of laundry to do - but as I eventually realised, the machine is not going to fill with water when the door is still open. Must run the machine through later on a hot wash, it looks a bit grubby though the clothes all seem to be coming out perfectly clean. Apart from one shirt of David's, but then he used it to wipe something unpleasant off the floor and didn't think to put stain remover on the patch on the shirt...

I wonder if bicarbonate of soda will clean the gunk residue off the drawer? It did a wonderful job on removing the unpleasant smell of sour milk in the fridge and of course it's wonderful for some stained dishes. Hmm.

I intended to take Roisin swimming at lunchtime and then go upstairs to the cafe afterwards for a scone and tea but it's very wild and windy here and she is refusing to go out. She is terrified of the wind. She cried on the way home from school two or three days this week as it was so blowy and she had a restless night last night as the wind was howling at her bedroom window. Unfortunately the prevailing wind and the worst gales we get tend to blow straight at her bedroom window. I've offered several times to turn her bed so her head isn't as near the window but she won't have it.
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No, actually, my own stupidity ate my entry. I forgot the end of the cut tag so I deleted the post instead of editing it. Oops.

I blame the two hours on the bus to work and the two hours home on the bus for my utter lack of any brainpower at all tonight. (Car failed MOT but nearest day good garage could get it in for new brake discs is next Thursday (10 days later!) so I can't tax it. )

There was a small update in the entry, it was funnier the way I had written (and deleted it) but it won't write itself that way again now. It's behind the cut if interested.

Butterfly )
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] geekette8! :-)
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] the_muttster! :-) Hope it's a good one!


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