Friday, February 27, 2004

We've been talking about the monarchy at work and if it will last past Charlie. I think this might help us decide.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Oh look, next door is up for sale. A snip at just under £330,000.

So what do you think the odds are of getting Tara into one of these to dry her off a bit after she's been outside.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

I went swimming last night. Lots of fun. Honest.

I managed to do 12 lengths. That's double the lengths I could do when I started. So that's all to the good. Four of those I did with a float which sounds like they should be easy but really just means that your legs have to do all the work.

My breast stroke seems to be coming along ok. I can usually go quite a long way before my legs get confused and the stroke disintegrates. Its much better than it was, now I feel confident enough to try the other strokes knowing that if it all becomes too much of a faff I can revert to the breast stroke and not make an utter fool of myself.

The front crawl continues to elude me. Trying to keep my legs straight while kicking doesn't come naturally to me. And I could really feel the muscles in my thighs begin to hurt. But that's just exercise for you. The breathing is a bit of a struggle as well. I just put my head down and kind of forget to breath until it becomes quite urgent. And getting a breath by turning my head to the side isn't working very well at the moment. I must ask my teacher on Thursday how this is meant to work.

The back stroke is very relaxing. All those breathing problems simplified by facing upwards instead of downwards. I was even beginning to get the hang of having my palm facing outwards when it goes into the water.

All in all it was pretty good. I'm still all enthusiastic about it which is good.

I decanted a packet of loose turmeric into a spice jar last night. Obviously I forgot to wash my hands immediately afterwards. My hands are yellow. Bright yellow. I suppose its colourful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The best news so far this year - Johnny Depp wins.

And hurrah, I'm Captain Jack Sparrow, savvy?

Which Pirates of the Caribbean character are you?

Details of Sundays feast are over on my food blog.

The food blog seemed like a good idea at the time but sadly it only gets updated about once a week. Mind you that's because I make enough food to last for the rest of the week :-)

Friday, February 20, 2004

Only two of us turned up for the swiming lesson last night. So we got double the attention from the teacher which is good. And double the exercise which is also good. But oh so tiring.

This week I got to use my arms and legs. And do three different strokes (breast, crawl, back). I fear this means I wont be able to move my arms at all by Saturday! Lots of fun though. Apparently my crawl arms are ok but my left leg is doing a completely different stroke to my right. I have a feeling I'm going to end up spending a session holding onto the edge of the pool and just kicking furiously like we did when we were children.

Oh and I have no coordination. Back stroke seems really straight forward. I mean how can you drown when you're lying on your back with your face out of the water? But you have to hit the water with your palms facing outwards and then somehow get them all the way back round again without sinking. Its impossible I tell you.

Here mum, this might be useful, a Low-Carb Blog, though to be honest I haven't really looked at it myself. Might be very american.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Oh, look at the price of a terraced house in Cambridge. UpMyStreet

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Its amazing what some people notice.

Animals on the Underground

Monday, February 16, 2004

I am, because i know not why, also beginning to run a couple of other blogs. Theoretically I'm using this as a way of learning HTML and Cascading Style Sheets but who cares. Its a learning process though. Thats why its taken me all evening to post about the cocktails I made at the weekend.

The Domesticated Blog!

I'm hoping all these blogs will eventually look a bit more sophisticated as I learn. Any day now, honest.

And that reminds me. I must implement the comments feature on mums blog soon.

Now I dont care if they get rid of the window blinds and I quite like the idea that they'd get rid of the relining seats but I am very concerned that they are considering restricing the type of luggage you can take. Unless, of course, they are considering allowing us to take huge suitcases full of Xmas pressies for free.

Now here's a really wonderful photograph of weather.

Scary hat with FANGS. Scroll down and read the ten reasons you need this hat.

There's a hobby for everyone. This might be perfect for mum. It would be something to do with those five year old tea bags rather than being forced to throw them out.

Friday, February 13, 2004

1. Are you superstitious?
No. Walk under ladders and you will be unlucky because people will drop things on your head. Spill salt, you're a bit clumsy and you'll have more accidents. Break a mirror and you will have bad luck because your room is filled with millions of tiny shards of glass. Shoes on the table, unlucky only in so far as you're spreading the dirt on your shoes too close to your food.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
It would be very unlucky (or at least foolhardy) to divulge that information.

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
If you get lost on the mountains at night and accidentally walk into a fairy ring you will never find your way home. Unless you remember to take your jacket off and put it back on inside out. That'll fool them.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
No, don't believe in luck either. Did once own a lucky t-shirt that I used to wear to horse riding competitions. It also had the advantage of being plain white round the top so it could pass for a show shirt

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
No definitely not. But there was that book that we read out loud that said Aires would argue with everything and Sharon piped up to say that they didn't

So I walk into the chemist and I'm browsing through the isles looking for contact lens fluid when a voice rings out "I didn't recognise you with your clothes on.". It is so obvious that this is not aimed at me that I carry on looking for fluid.

"Georgina, hello". Oh ok, obviously is aimed at me then. I look up. My swiming teacher also works in the chemist. I feel oddly relieved!

So I went to my swiming class last night. My legs still havent recovered. The teacher is really nice so thats a huge help. Apparently I have a good breast stroke arm, a good front crawl bum position and a surprisingly good butterfly stroke kick. Its only a pity that I do all of these at the same time.

So spend the class trying to correct my kick so its more like a frog and less like a butterfly. I can get some approximation of it for about six strokes and then my legs get confused and I just flail about. Thank god for floats.

Oh dear god, in germany they're encouraging men to use a new bit of software by showing that its 'So easy even a woman could use it'. And this is a local council.

To counter that heres a link to It won't be of interest unless you're into technology but at least its proof that there are women out there who know how to use a computer!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Track Everything

Totals so far:
WW pts: 18 pts
Cash: £7.90

Lunch - Snackerjacks and a sandwich: 6.5pts
Snack: Coffee and cake: 4.5 pts
Shepardess Pie: 7 pts

Half an hour swiming

Lunch: £1.90
Magazines: £6.00

Astounding. Got to the platform for the Northern Line at Kings and there was a tube coming every single minute. Wonderful stuff.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

You know, I really must go and see some of England one of these days.

County map
I've visited the counties in yellow.
Which counties have you visited?

made by marnanel
map reproduced from Ordnance Survey map data
by permission of the Ordnance Survey.
© Crown copyright 2001.

Track Everything

Good news, I'm 19.5% of the way to being my target weight. Hurrah!

Totals so far:
WW pts: 5.5 pts
Cash: £0.00

Lunch - Baked spud and topping: 5.5pts

Will standing up to do a bit of ironing count?

No money on lunch as I brought it in from home

So I went to the Cripplegate (love that name) camera club last night.

Didn't start off too well as my constantly failing sense of direction took me down some dingy wee street between two housing estates. But once out the other side and all the way back round to were I started from (using the lovely well lit streets this time) all was well.

There were four other new people there last night so I didn't feel too conspicuous. The camera club is populated by the usual array of camera geeks and amateur photographers. There was the usual quota of odd looking wee men. I'm sure one of them was wearing a deerstalker and I did get chatting to a steam enthusiast. Unlike the Cambridge Camera Club there wasn't a host of little old ladies, I'm not sure where they hang out round Cripplegate on a Tuesday night.

Anyway, they all seemed to be nice people and thats the important thing. I think I'll go again next month.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Track Everything

Hanging around town this evening waiting for the Cripplegate Camera Club to open so not going to be virtuous, just going to be a bit restrained.

Totals so far:
WW pts: 15 pts
Cash: £6.50

Lunch - Spicy Veg and Rice: 6 pts
Dinner - Chips: 9 pts

Walking all the way to Cripplegate, its almost 5 minutes away. Not impressive.

Lunch: £3.50
Dinner: £3.00

Irish Kilts - not completely sure this was ever a good idea. But scroll down to find the picture of the bloke in the casual kilt. Well thats made my mind up on the matter and no mistake.

Monday, February 09, 2004

A really fierce looking dog.

Track Everything

Paula and Simon came down from Hull at the weekend. There was no counting of points. Though there was the careful removal of croutons from salas as they're both on the Atkins.

Right time to get back on the wagon.

Totals so far:
WW pts: 10.5 pts
Cash: £3.50

Lunch - Spicy Veg and Rice: 6 pts
Dinner - Home made carrot soup: 4.5 pts

Yeah right.

Lunch: £3.50

Those Clangers were swearing all along!

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Wheeeeee. We have a webcam.

And now I can tell that my parting is very crooked!

Friday, February 06, 2004

I know the figures are a bit old now but how have we lived down the shame of being beaten in the rankings by the Sacred Heart!

Hairpieces for heifers

Ian's getting very ambitious in his literary strivings. He plans on entering The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest!

I went swimming last night (big round of applause please) and even more importantly signed up for adult improvers swimming classes! Very exciting.

At the moment I can swim well enough not to sink immediately. Sadly I dont have much forward momentum so it took me 20 minutes to swim 8 lengths. So thats about 240 metres. 20 minutes to swim a quarter of a kilometre. That'll be why I need the lessons!

Ironmonger Row Baths

And the turkish baths are meant to be wonderful but they're being refurbished at the moment.

Track Everything

Must remember not to stuff my face full of mascarpone and honey when I'm a bit peckish!

Totals so far:
WW pts: 32 pts
Cash: £2.15

Lunch - sandwich and snackajacks: 6.5 pts
Dinner - half a pizza: 13 pts
Snack: 9.5 pts
Wine: 3 pts

Lay on couch: 0 pts

Lunch: £2.15

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Wee buns New York style.

Oh, oh and I mean to say earlier. My new favourite ingredient is the smoked paprika that mum bought me. Now it comes in a lovely wee tin so its more cute than your average spice but more importantly its gorgeous. Its really tastes smokey, it makes everything a beautiful dark brick red and its quite spicey hot.

So far its gone in anything thats involved tomatoes (almost everything I cook) and to coat wee new potatoes for roasting.

Thank you mum :-)

Track Everything

Totals so far:
WW pts: 18.5
Cash: £39.80

Lunch - Spicy Veg and Rice: 5.5
Wine: 3.5
Beer: 2.5
Dinner - Veggie burger and chips: 9.5

Swam for 20 mins: -2.5 pts

A game for my gameboy: £16.70
Lunch: £3.50
Drinks in the Swan: £5.10
Meal in the Crossed Keys: £14.50

We just got a new water cooler at work which perversely also does hot water. So I went to the wee hippy supermarket next to work and bought myself some Bengal Spice Herb Tea, as you do. Its wonderful. Well wonderful if you like cinnamon and vanilla a lot.

And given that those are two of Ian's favourites I must remember to bring some home for him.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

This website allows you to tick all the countries you've been to and then generates a wee map showing how much of the world you've been to (the red bits). Looks like I'm going to need to go on a few more holidays.

create your own visited country map
or write about it on the open travel guide

Track Everything

Totals so far:
WW pts: 17
Cash: £5.98

Lunch: Salad 3 pts
Snack: Walnuts 1.5pts
Dinner: Pasta and Mushroom sauce 11.5pts

Lunch £3.99
Tea bags for work £1.99

Just in case Ian reads this I thought he might like a link to things that live behind kitchen clocks.

I always find these types of things entrancing. Its the way the words just bobble around.

The Big Read" - Top 100 Books: A list of the ones I've read.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Ian's folks have found a new house!

Now I'm not saying that Jesus doesnt deserve a Valentine's Card from someone but a hundred dollars seems a bit steep.