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So, I'm now running 5 days late and counting. I saw the midwife on Monday and she reckons baby may well turn up of its own accord at the weekend - but all is well in the meantime and there's no need to try do anything to hurry it up just yet. Seeing them again next Monday. Quite happy to continue to potter about and enjoy all this unexpected leisure time - definitely not bored yet.

So what I have I been up to? We bought a new bird table from the RSPB and built it. I've finished the last Wheel of Time book (review on librarything), read a book on coping with starting a family from Relate (review on librarything) and started the next in Tad Williams' Shadowmarch series. I finished my jigsaw. Clare came round for lunch at my house, I took cake round to visit Lucy and Edward, and I've had lunch in town with Cat from our NCT antenatal group (3 of whom now have baby boys - the rest of us are still waiting). The internet did a good impression of being fixed for 10 days, and then broke again, so I've got another engineer booked for Monday (if I'm around!). And today I've done some more baking - chocolate fudge cake (using this cake recipe and this icing recipe) and cornflake cakes (using up the icing, which turned out to be about twice as much as needed). It's all good.

bird table
fudge cake cornflake cakes

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A set of questions apparently doing the rounds:

What are you currently reading?

Tad Williams: Shadowplay (or whichever one is actually the second one in that series - I get the names mixed up). I'm quite enjoying it, and liked the first, but left rather a long time between them (due to waiting for the rest of the series to be finished) and I'm not making as much time to read as I used to, so it's slow going.

Also reading The Mysteries of Udolpho via the Great Reads app on my iPod - but that's definitely stalled.

And Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things as a set of shorts to dip into.

What have you recently finished?

Terry Pratchett: Where's my cow? I've read quite a bit of Pratchett so far this year (Dodger, Snuff, Unseen Academicals and I Shall Wear Midnight). Plus Spares (Michael Marshall Smith), Impakto (Richard Calder), On the Black Hill (Bruce Chatwin), The Light of Day (Graham Swift), and The Athenian murders (José Carlos Somoza). Not a huge number of books for a whole year!

What do you think you'll read next?

A Memory of Light (the last in the Wheel of Time series) by Jordan/Sanderson will probably be here in time to start that next - but I do have the to-read pile of doom. So possibly I'll pick one of those instead - there's the rest of the Tad Williams series of course, and some Iain (M) Banks, plus a fab box set of the books True Blood is based on which Emily got me for my birthday.

Some things

Oct. 6th, 2012 03:37 pm
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Item: Train tickets. Greater Anglia have sent me a voucher for £5 off train tickets - to refund my £1.20 and give me £3.80 extra for the inconvenience. I wonder if I should ask them how to use a voucher in the ticket machine :) Shelford station only has staff Monday-Friday 6am to 10:30am (I thought it closed much earlier than that actually, I'm pleasantly surprised!). They've confirmed the London Terminals ticket is OK for changing at Tottenham Hale, and said that basically if I have a similar problem again with the ticket machine there's no alternative but to pick the best ticket you can think of and then complain.

Item: Pregnancy. Still pregnant :) Definitely getting a visible bump now. Had my flu jab today, with no incident. Next appointment is my "foetal anomaly scan" at 20-weeks, aka 23rd October. Not quite definitely feeling the baby move yet - a couple of feelings that *might* be that or might just be tummy gurgles.

Item: Baking. After the success of last week's buns today I've baked cookies. Dairy-free chocolate cookies to be precise. They look rather good. Recipe.

Item: Books. I've finally finished cataloguing all the books and maps onto LibraryThing - though looking at Heather's I've been reminded there may be a knitting book lurking in a drawer with all the yarn which I've missed. There are 415 books in our catalog - and roughly 320 in the list to sell/giveaway. If you're interested there are still some books left here. At some point I shall give up and give the rest to charity though. I was particularly bemused to find there was one book which the internet entirely refused to believe exists, even though it has an ISBN, so I had to add it completely manually! This one! It feels good to be finished, but I keep wondering what to do next :)

Item: Slimming World USA. Slimming World are launching their site in the USA in earnest this month, with a "Lend a Hand" campaign which gives me the heebie-jeebies. It feels at best patronising and at worst downright insulting. However I do have to admit that Slimming World has in fact been a great plan for me in terms of losing weight, maintaining that weight loss, and even continuing to eat healthily while pregnant. I don't believe it's the *only* way to do so, or even necessarily the best. I don't believe that everyone who is overweight or obese should in fact want to or even need to lose weight. However, all that aside, if you're in the states and interested I have a referral link and you can go find out more here.

I think that's about it for now :)

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I'm not sure quite how to charge for these. I think in the interests of simplicity I'll say a flat rate of £1 per book - we can arrange discounts for bulk purchases if necessary. I'd prefer people who can collect from Shelford - or from Cambridge city centre if you only want a small number. If you want any of these posting it will definitely be extra on top!

Read more... )

Mail me on eleanorb @ gmail.com if you're interested in any of them - and feel free to make me an offer. My only proviso is that I don't really want to split the Chalet School collection and would rather pass it on as a whole set - with significant discounts if necessary.

sold )

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The book I am reading: Diaboliquement votre by Christopher Pike. I believe the English title was Scavenger Hunt. Edit: Oh, and I'm also reading Mrs Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho on the Great Books app on my iPod.

The book I love most: I love a lot of books, I can't pick just one, so here's a selection. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

The last book I received as a gift: Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy, from Steph for Christmas

The last book I gave as a gift: The City and the City, China Mieville, for Steph for her birthday.

The nearest book: As it so often is, Programming Perl, 3rd Edition by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Jon Orwant.

[With apologies for being a day late!]

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This year I got re-hooked on LibraryThing, and as an approach to gradually cataloging my books I've made an effort to add and review every book I read this year. The result is 64 books finished, and two borrowed ones I'm partway through. Quite a few were re-reads, and a reasonably large selection were children's books, or the total would be rather lower. I shall continue cataloging next year, although perhaps I won't keep up the reviews. You can see this year's selection here:

Books of 2009

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It seems like ages since I wrote anything here. In the meantime I have:

  • Had a CT scan for my kidneys (actually that was before my last entry), but not got the results yet, despite it being nearly 3 weeks now
  • Had some friends over for dinner, on one of the hottest days of the year, and really enjoyed eating with the patio doors open beside us
  • Been given an appointment for July 28th to go talk to the surgeon at Addenbrookes about having my dodgy parathyroid gland out. Apparently I should get the date for the surgery itself on the day, so looking forward to that, though no doubt it'll mean more waiting.
  • Reached the point where I've lost 10% of my body weight, and so should be seeing positive health results provided I keep it off (there's the rub!). Will go see GP (once the damned CT results arrive!) and ask if I can come off the pills. At least the metformin, since it seems to upset my digestive system a bit whenever I forget one or take one with too little food. Have decided to lose a little more and stop at either 90 or 85 kg.
  • Been to a fab BBQ in Histon with Mike's colleagues followed by a bijou party for Pete's 30th, both of which were excellent.
  • My sister now has a date on which they plan to induce her baby (at just over 38 weeks, for health reasons), which is a week on Monday! So excited and looking forward to visiting her and the baby (and Dave) the following weekend assuming all goes well *fingers crossed*
  • Had a day off today to make sure I do use up all my holiday before the end of September. Will still have a week to spare to hopefully go away in August.
  • Looking forward to Rae's hen night in Cardiff in mid-August. Half wishing she'd gone for the hen weekend approach given how long it takes to get there. I will be on a train from Shelford before 7am on a Saturday. Ow.

There's probably other stuff too, but that's the main events. I've generally had a few chilled out weeks, with far too much time spent playing the Sims, and doing quite a bit of reading. I should give Tom his book back now I've finished it. I have applied for a library card and will see if I can borrow the rest from the library in the village. I have at least got round to cataloging the books I've finished over the last 2 months now, and reviewed them all over on librarything. I'm still really glad it's the weekend though.

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I just finished cataloging (manually) all the books I've acquired or read this year (two of each) and all the books I read last year (57) on library thing. As http://www.librarything.com/profile/lnr_blair

Only then do I think to check if I already had an account under another name. http://www.librarything.com/profile/eleanorb

Ooops. I wonder if I can merge them? Ah of course, I can get a list of ISBNs from the old account quite easily, and import them into the new account.

Book swap

May. 17th, 2008 12:09 pm
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I have these two Discworld novels in hardback. I have all the rest in paperback. This bugs me, I'm a sucker for things matching. If anyone likes hardbacks I'd like to either a) swap these for the paperbacks or b) sell them for what the paperbacks would cost me, say a fiver each.

Any takers?

The Truth and The Last Continent

Oh and if you click through the rest of the gallery has lots of photos of my mum's garden, and a photo of the lads as close as they got to flying. The weather didn't co-operate, so they just got to have a look at the plane and be shown the controls instead, we'll be trying again the first weekend in June, since we're up for my grandparents' diamond wedding anniversary. It was a nice weekend anyway, good company and good food. Last weekend was nice too, with Jan and Owen's birthday party being easily good enough to make up for the 7 hours on very hot coaches getting there and back. This weekend will be a quiet one to catch our breath a little. Shame the sun didn't last though, although our garden is happy for a bit of rain.

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I'm not going to try and play catch-up, mostly because I simply can't remember anything particularly exciting of late. At least until this weekend. Emily and John have finished decorating their room, so the guest room is now available for the first time, and they invited me to stay, to coincide with my birthday, or at least the nearest weekend to it.

So we arrived on Friday night to find that Steph and Dave were also staying the night, though on the living room floor. A nice curry from the local takeaway and lots of chatting and drinking ensued, with children in need on the telly as background, and us getting to bed around 1:30am.

Saturday Emily had to work, and John had taekwondo, family and football, so Steph and Dave took us off to spend the day out and about, but not before we'd had danish pastries and crumpets for breakfast. Being in Hull, and Mike not having seen it before the first stop was... The Humber Bridge. We didn't go over it in the end, as I'd thought to toll might be a bit expensive for just driving across and back, but in retrospect maybe that was a mistake. However we did walk down from the visitor area under the bridge and down to the shore, which was briskly windy and rather cool, in both senses, especially impressive when the sun came out. Then we walked back up through the trees of the country park, which was rather lovely, and kept us nice and sheltered. Then we headed into Hull and spent 45 minutes trying to get parked. Here we had time for lunch and a bit of pottering, and looking at some historic ruins, before heading over to the shiny new St Stephens shopping centre to find Mum and Dad buying shoes in Em's shop. Well OK, mum buying shoes. Steph then joined in, while I popped into New Look to find a top - it's nice to be in one that actually stocks the Inspire plus-size range. Then the six of us headed over to a rather nice pub called the White Hart for nice beer, before heading back to Em's.

Mum, dad, Steph and Dave headed off to check into a hotel for the night, while Em and John tried not to panic about the oven not working. Thankfully it eventually got up to temperature, allowing us to have a lovely 3 course dinner. Steph and Dave provided a starter of cold meat and assorted anti-pasto with bread and salad, Em and John proceeded to stuff us with chicken and bacon cooked with cherry tomatoes, along with broccoli, spuds and butternut squash (hint, you can roast it with the skin on, and then either eat the skin or remove it while eating, which is much easier than trying to remove before cooking, and hadn't occurred to any of us but John). Then we needed something of a break before we cracked open the champagne and cerise liqueur and tucked into the tiramisu, all courtesy of mum and dad. It was another lovely evening sat around talking.

Sunday morning they all came back for a big cooked breakfast at about 11, leaving me just time to finish off my French Harry Potter before I had to get up, and then they insisted I open my presents a day early, since otherwise they wouldn't get to see what I thought. So now I have some lovely artwork on the wall in the living room (though I doubt that will be its final home), a gorgeous lamp sitting by the stereo, a fab clock made from a CD with a picture of a VW campervan, and a huge box of dark chocolates. We barely had time for all the food to go down before it was time to head out yet again to the Pipe and Glass pub in South Dalton (http://www.pipeandglass.co.uk/), for a 3 o'clock Sunday Lunch. The website has menus which are rather out of date but can give you an idea of just how good the food is. I had the hare, pork and fois gras terrine to start with, served with toast, pease pudding and a sail of air dried ham. Followed by a lamb casserole with rosemary dumplings and carrots cooked in local honey. And finished with a fabulous warm plum and almond tart with eggnog ice cream. And then they even brought us truffles with our coffee. We could barely move by the time we left at around 6, but it was utterly utterly wonderful. And just a shame they didn't have space for us to sit in the bar for a bit before we ate. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.

When we got back to Em's again everyone else had to get off, to get home and get a reasonable night's sleep, but we sat up watching telly for a while, including Top Gear which had an item featuring not only the Humber Bridge but the Alfa Romeo 159, which happens to be my dad's shiny new car, in rather an impressive coincidence. It was strange seeing James May down on the beach in the exact spot we'd walked past only the previous day, in the car we'd just been driving in. We didn't have room for dinner, just a very large gin and some pringles, before we bid them goodnight and thanks for having us. Sadly while Emily had booked the week off work she ended up having to work on Monday after all, for the induction of a new team leader, which was definitely a shame.

So in the end my birthday itself featured a lie-in, a long journey, a lazy afternoon geeking, and a lazy evening watching TV and eating fish and chips. Very quiet, but lovely nonetheless. And today I got chocolates in the post from Janet, and couldn't be happier, noting it's also now 2 years since Mike and I went on our first date. Yay!

Book meme

Feb. 16th, 2006 09:40 am
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I will read the first book which is suggested in this post's comments section.

So long as I've not read it already, and I can get hold of a copy. Ta [livejournal.com profile] zenithed great idea (the meme itself) and [livejournal.com profile] bopeepsheep (the suggested book). Feel free to suggest more, but I don't promise to read them.

Weird books

Jan. 8th, 2006 12:23 am
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Alan Garner's Moon of Gomrath: sequel to The weirdstone of Brisingamen which I read over Christmas I borrowed this and brought it back to Cambridge with me. Children's fantasy novels at their best these, drawing strongly from British myth but keeping a modern touch. A touch which doesn't seem all that dated even though they're now over 20 years old. This one suffered a little from me being so tired I had to put it down through not being able to keep my eyes open partway through, and I lost the thread of the plot a little when I picked it up again. Still, good stuff.

Much creepier is Charles Burns' Black Hole which I just borrowed from Richard. A very dark little tale it's dated back in the early 70s in small-town America, and centred around the kids from one high school. Nice kids some of them. And some not so nice. And a rather nasty bug that's apparently sexually transmitted, which does more than make you a bit uncomfortable for a week. Imagine if each time you have your period your entire skin moults. Or what it would be like to have a tail like a lizard's that grows back each time it breaks off. And these are the lucky ones, the ones who seem almost normal. It's done strange things to my mood really, but it's very very good.

Anansi Boys

Jan. 3rd, 2006 02:04 am
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No-one ever wrote a book just for me before. Thanks Neil, I loved it. Even if I have rather scuppered my early night so I'd be bright and breezy for work tomorrow. Thanks ernie too


Oct. 11th, 2005 11:17 pm
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Things that have made me go gah over the last couple of days:

  • Discovering the last 2 slices of bread are mouldy, *after* gaving gone to the effort of toasting them
  • Eggs which don't roll in circles and instead smash themselves on the floor when you're not looking
  • Being full of cold, and hence off work and missing a gig
  • Letting myself get worked up by generalised insults which I should learn to ignore
  • Not just getting over it already

And last, but by no means least by a long way:

  • Finishing page 360 of Harry Potter et le prince du sang-melé and discovering that the next page is page 373.


Oh well, at least I won't stay up too late reading it again

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