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November 13th, 2007 (02:02 pm)

current location: office
current mood: okay
current song: Girls Aloud - Not tonight Santa

Thankfully I only have a day and a bit left in the Office of Doom before going to Hereford - got the dentist tomorrow morning and a course Thursday afternoon. This morning, 2 people had an argument over who was going to get to brew up first, and one of them grabbed the box of teabags, stalked off down the corridor with it, and said that she wasn't taking it back to the kitchen unless she was allowed to go first! Get me out of here, please ...

On a more cheerful note, I have finished reading The Chalet School Christmas Storybook, which was absolutely lovely. It was particularly nice that some of the stories were about characters who don't get as much "coverage" as they might in the EBD books.

I've just had an e-mail from my sister pointing out that Christmas is only 6 weeks away and asking if I've got any idea what various people want. Erk - must get my head into the practicalities and stop daydreaming about mince pies and decorations!

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November 4th, 2007 (06:00 pm)

current location: home
current mood: okay
current song: Christmas songs

Lost 1lb this week. OK, it's better than nothing, but it's been my best week in ages in terms of diet and exercise so I was really hoping for 2lbs minimum. Sadly I fear that the chances of losing 12lbs by Christmas, with a long weekend away, Christmas shopping (traditionally involving a gingerbread latte), a visit at some point to the Christmas markets in town (well there's no point going and not sampling the Gluhwein and Stollen!) etc are somewhat remote. Oh well. And why do the Sunday magazines insist on printing articles about smirking people who claim to've lost 10 stone in 10 months or whatever?!!

I did manage to go the gym today, and tried 2 new machines. I really need to get into the habit of going regularly, but I've got a busy couple of weeks coming up ... which I am already stressing about even though there's no point as I can't really do next week's washing etc now! Still, at least I went.

Other things done today:

1. Watched the Paris Open final, which went the wrong way :-(.
2. Finished the draft version of the Christmas drabble. It's not very good, but it's only meant to be a soppy Christmas thing because I love my drabble characters and want them all to have a lovely Christmas!
3. Checked directions to the FOCS meeting. I think I know where I'm going. Although I have no idea what one wears for a FOCS meeting. Especially in Timperley which can be a bit posh LOL. Even if it does always make me think of Frank Sidebottom. Whatever happened to Frank Sidebottom, incidentally? You never hear of him these days. Which has nothing whatsoever to do with FOCS. I do wish I could learn not to waffle so much!
4. More or less sorted out plans for Hereford.
5. Finished workings for Mum and Dad's tax returns. Just want to run the figures through the Office of Doom computer to check that it gets the same answers as me!

Things not done today:

1. Anything super-wonderful and life-changing.

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October 28th, 2007 (01:36 pm)
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current location: home
current mood: okay
current song: Christmas songs CD - just felt like it!

I've lost 1lb this week, so I'm apparently still 1lb more than I apparently was 2 weeks ago, but at least things haven't got any worse. What are my chances of losing 13lbs by Christmas, bearing in mind that I've got a weekend away and various other things likely to involve food between now and then? Hmm.

I have been to the gym again:

Calories consumed on the way to the gym - 210 (had to go into the newsagent's to pay the paper bill, and Sunday is "off diet" day, and I hadn't had a Wispa since they reappeared ...)
Calories burned off on the exercise bike - 100 (18 minutes to burn off 100 calories! Huh!!)
Calories burned off on the walking machine - 75 (18 minutes - even worse than the bike!)
Calories burned off on the walking machine before working out how to get the calorie/timer display to function - approx. 10
Calories burned off wandering round the gym trying to find my way back to the ladies' changing rooms - approx. 5
Calories burned off walking to and from the gym - approx. 140
Net calories burned off - 120
Damage done to morale by seeing 3 stick-thin people coming out of the KFC on Bury New Road stuffing their faces with chips - considerable
Socialising done at the gym - cleaner asked me if it was OK to go and mop the floor in the ladies' changing rooms or if anyone was in there, and I replied that one person was in there.
Average description of other people in the gym - approx. 1 1/2 times my age and approx. 2/3 my size.

Oh well. Better than sitting in with the Sunday papers all day!!

Happy birthday katherine_b!

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October 15th, 2007 (12:36 pm)

current location: work
current mood: nostalgic
current song: Procul Harem - A Whiter Shade of Pale

Today is my 3rd CBB anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, I have given in to temptation and ordered the CBB Christmas book! I've also signed up for the CBB Gather in Leeds - particularly looking forward to meeting the people on my f-list who are also going, and hoping that this time the weather does not put paid to things. *Ponders the chances of being rescued by a handsome single doctor (or even an ugly single doctor would do) in the case of being caught in a snowstorm on the top part of the M62.*

I've just bought tickets for a 1980s nostalgia concert at the MEN Arena in May, LOL. Performers include Rick Astley, Bananarama, Johnny Hates Jazz, Cutting Crew and Curiosity Killed The Cat. That set me thinking about the time a friend and I had a party and decided to make really cool invitations ourselves: we decorated them with pictures of Rick Astley and Brother Beyond (cut out of Just Seventeen and Smash Hits) and wrote "Be there or be square" at the bottom of them. And the time that everyone at school got obsessed with the C.K.T. Cat song "Name and Number" and kept singing it on the school bus. Oh dear!!

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October 13th, 2007 (10:01 pm)

current location: home
current mood: ecstatic
current song: Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Ten million cheers for our footballers for beating Estonia and for our wonderful rugby union team for beating France - in Paris - and reaching the World Cup FINAL!!!

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October 11th, 2007 (09:44 am)

current location: work
current mood: contemplative
current song: A-ha - Hunting high and low

Book musingsCollapse )

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September 30th, 2007 (03:11 pm)

current location: home
current mood: relieved
current song: Simon and Garfunkel - Mrs Robinson

I've put on 3 lbs on holiday; which, seeing as I'd convinced myself I'd put on at least half a stone, I'm actually quite relieved about! A major effort is required with the diet over the next 3 months, though. I really don't know where this year's going: all of a sudden it's (dry and sunny but) cold, it's going dark early and everywhere's full of Christmas stuff!

Continuing with the Noel Streatfeild re-read, I've finished Curtain Up: I didn't remember this one at all but I've really enjoyed it. Continuing with watching all the DVDs I bought months and nonths ago when I got carried away in HMV LOL, I've watched Forrest Gump which I've seen umpteen times but which I love! And, continuing with the holiday photos, I've got as far as Abu Simbel.

Oh poo, it's Monday tomorrow ...

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September 29th, 2007 (07:49 pm)

current location: home
current mood: cheerful
current song: Carry on Cleo music. Keeps going through my head!

Back to earth with a bump, with a morning of housework :-(!!

Haven't done much else today apart from make a start on the holiday album, which has successfully kept me out of the kitchen except at proper mealtimes. I really want to put off weighing myself until next week, but I'd better not so expect rants of self-hatred and lots of tears in the morning!! Why did I eat so much on holiday?! I can take or leave Arabic sweet stuff, it's not like Austrian cakes or Italian ice-cream that I just have to have if they're there, but I scoffed it all anyway because it was there! Oh well. 'Tis done now. And it was very enjoyable!

Whilst doing the holiday album, I've listened to the commentary on United's 1-0 win at Birmingham :-), and watched some of the stuff I taped whilst I was away. I am so, so jealous of Michael Palin for getting to do a BBC series travelling round Eastern Europe! Maybe we could swap, and I could go round Armenia and Georgia and all those other places that I really want to see but which there are no reasonably-priced organised tours of available yet, and he could go and sit in the Office of Doom?

There are 56 unread books in my house. Plus the one I'm reading at the moment. Plus the Narnia books, which I've read umpteen times but which I haven't read my new 7-in-1 edition of. Plus a very large book about the Crimean War which I think I've read but am not 100% sure about. Please will someone ban me from Ebay and Amazon LOL?

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September 27th, 2007 (09:27 pm)

current location: home
current mood: tired
current song: Wishing you were somehow here again (Phantom of the Opera)

Today I have:

1. Flown home from Heathrow. Hooray for lovely Ringway where everyone is nice and helpful and calls you "love"!
2. Put the heating on very, very quickly.
3. Unpacked.
4. Put the first load of washing on.
5. Opened the post - 2 bills, a frightening amount of junk mail, not much else.
6. Taken the photos to be developed.
7. Taken the leftover dollars and Egyptian pounds to the bank.
8. Been to M&S.
9. Been to Tesco.
10. Collected the photos.
11. Hung the first load of washing up to dry.
12. Put the second load of washing on.
13. Deleted 89 e-mails from my bulk e-mail folder.
14. Deleted the vast majority of the 39 e-mails in my inbox.
15. Spent ages catching up on the CBB and LJ :-).
16. Hung the second load of washing up to dry.
17. Ironed the first load of washing.
18. Ironed the second load of washing.
19. Put all the washing away.
20. Zealously avoided going anywhere near the scales.

Egypt is wonderful :-).

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September 14th, 2007 (05:50 pm)
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current location: home
current mood: thankful
current song: Toto - Africa

Relative calmness reigns - touch wood!

The car now has a new right-hand wing mirror, thanks to the very nice people at the garage, who provide free drinks, Enid Blyton books to read (er, possibly actually aimed at young children, but never mind) and smiley service, even to people who get stressed out and upset in their reception area!

I wish that I was a calmer type of person - I know that a broken wing mirror is hardly a big deal in the general scheme of things, but I tend to flap about everything!

I'm locking the suitcase as soon as my phone's finished charging and I can pack the charger.

Hope everyone's lives run smoothly over the next 12 1/2 days :-) - take care of yourselves.

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