Friday, 28 June 2013

I have moved!

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Where to start!

I haven't blogged in a long time, and for a REALLY long time on this blog.  Things have changed quite a lot so here is a brief update of my life...

-I am now 33-eek!
- my little boy is nearly 5 and a half!
-Still married, and mostly happily (except arguments over the TV remote)
-I had my gallbladder removed, my first ever operation
-I started going to a Catholic church and am going to convert, something I didn't expect, but it feels right
-I walked a marathon
- I am half way through an OU degree
-I have learnt to crochet
-I had a miscarriage
-We had our wedding blessed
-I stopped biting my nails once and for all
-We holidayed in Madrid
-I broke a world record!  Part of a group who made the most sandcastles in an hour
- I am back on antidepressants, but actually happier than I have been in a long time.

In terms of reading, I have read a lot since my last post, probably 150 books.  But rather than try and catch up, I'll just tell you what I have been reading this month.

I am now going to a bookgroup with a select few from my old church.  We have read quite a mix of books, and this month we read 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed.  I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, completely different to my usual read, but have loved it.  The real life story of a woman who walked the PCT in America, and how much she grew along the way.  Everyone seems to have enjoyed it though, very glad to have tried something new. Our next book is my choice, 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn.

I have also read 'Wedding Night' by Sophie Kinsella (disappointing, it didn't really have much story at all), 'The Storyteller' by Jodi Picoult (different to her usual style, I loved the idea of the story but didn't think it one of her best) and reread 'Raising Boys' by Steve Biddulph (hoping for some enlightenment that didn't come) this month, plus dipping in and out of various Catholic books-Youcat, RCIA books, Oxford dictionary of Saints....

Friday, 18 February 2011

Catch up post

Well, I have been a looooooong time without posting and I am trying to get myself more motivated to do things. Since my last post...

...I turned 31-eek
...I have completed 2 10ks, my best time was 1:23:59
...I completed a half marathon, very slowly (3:15:
...we have decided not to have any more children
...we have begun discussions about having a wedding blessing
...I have started enjoying doing jigsaws!
...I have started making patchwork stuff for the house, with the aim of making a duvet cover little boy turned 3
...I have reached a weight close to the weight I was when I got pregnant-now lost a total of 21lbs
...I have registered for a walking marathon in October
...I have got tickets to see Take That in July :)
...I have made a list of things that I want to do to try and make myself get off my bum and do them.

I haven't been reading as much as I have been doing other things, but am still reading on average a book a week. I really enjoyed Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier that I read recently and just started The Fry Chronicles which I am enjoying too-might list my reads here sometime, but not today!

Monday, 2 August 2010


I just feel the need to document that I have started running seriously. I have never been sporty- the last child to be picked for sports at school- and until last week had never run a complete mile. However, I am now feeling driven to run, and my first 'proper' race is a 10k run on 5th September. I highly doubt I will run it all, but I intend to give it a bloody good try!

July 2010 reads

Tipping the Velvet- Sarah Waters (started in June)
1000 songs to change your life (time out)- Various
Thrifty ways for Modern Days- Martin Lewis
The Accidental Marathon- Lucy Hawkins
My Cousin Rachel- Daphne du Maurier
The Three most important lessons you were never taught- Martin Lewis
The Money Diet- Martin Lewis
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit-Judith Kerr
Absolute Beginners Guide to Half Marathon training-Heather Hedrick

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

June reads

The End of the Affair- Graham Greene (started it in May)- Enjoyed this, but not so much the female point of view. Thought it was interesting that Greene had been in an affair and based the book on his experience.

Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen (started it in May) Still plodding through this....

The Iron Man- Ted Hughes A kids book, and very short at that,about an iron man who is feared but then becomes the hero. Interesting short read, 6/10

Wife in the North-Judith O'Reilly Entertaining non-fic about a city family moving to Northumberland.

Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh - not finished this yet, but will by the end of the month

Best of Black Lace women's erotica (!)- various These are saucy short stories that I bought out of curiousity!

Wall and Piece- Banksy I have suddenly become quite interested in Banksy since seeing one of his works when I was in London. This book is very interesting, shows lots of his work and also discusses the value of graffiti and its place in the modern world. (Mainly pictures)

What to Expect when you are Adopting- Reading this as it is something I felt like I needed to look into more. We may not have any more children, but it was interesting to read the process.

Friday, 18 June 2010


I can't bloody well stop sneezing and it is so annoying. I sound like a mixture between a piglet snuffling, a vuvuzela and a hysterical woman. GO AWAY HAYFEVER!

I have been very uncrafty lately, need to start thinking about any Christmas projects that need doing. Hmmmm. And the debate about whether to invest in a sewing machine rages on. I really would like one and the idea of being a domestic goddess is appealing, but the reality is always different isn't it? Would I really use it much?

Reading wise, I will do a seperate post and update about books, book group and that sort of thing. I have also been toying with the idea of trying to write a book recently. A friend has just completed her first one for Mills and Boon and is cracking on with the second, and whilst I am not sure I have enough romance or raunch to do that, I would like to try and write a novel at some point in my life. Surely all the reading I have done would help. Or maybe it would hinder, as I expect anything I wrote would be something I have previously read and buried somewhere in teh depths of my mind.

What else....well, I am getting quite into vintage clothes. The only issue is sizing, and I am no skinny minnie and a lot of the clothes I like are too small, and it isn't like shopping in a mainstream shop where you can just get the next size up! Hopefully tomorrow I can get to one of the vintage shops and find some bargains. Got some cool sunglasses last week for a fiver that I really love. Hubby says I was robbed! But I think they are fabulous.