Monday, 28 February 2011
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Friday, 25 February 2011
In the past, one of my favourite finds has been 'Who will cry when you die?'. A random find in Sri Lanka when we visited Laura in Colombo, and an absolutely dreadful title, but full of very fundamental ideas about leading a more constructive life.
But lately, having found myself enjoying his Guardian column, I was compelled to buy Oliver Burkeman's book 'Help! How to become slightly happier and get a bit more done.' . Not claiming to be so enormously helpful that it will transform you life, it does instead dip into almost every self-help book ever written, giving a pragmatic appreciation of each fad, craze and tip.
With lots of easily digestible snippets about topics from limiting procrastination to stress management, it is a fun, easily accessible and realistic guide to sorting some simple bits and pieces out.
And, if you are not yet convinced, have a look at the freebie tips in his Guardian column.
Monday, 21 February 2011
So pleased that the GIANT cupcake came together for our expectant mothers tea party at work today. As there are so many of us (7 in total, I believe) leaving over the next 6 weeks on maternity leave, it made sense to have a joint celebration. OK, so I may have pitched the 'Tea Quiz' questions at a slightly challenging level, but it was still tremendous fun.
And I overdosed on cake so much that I was still eating it when I arrived in the kitchen to find an unexpected birthday celebration for me with even more cake!
Luckily I went for a swim this evening to work off the many doses of cake, and then came back home to relax, watch Glee and get through some of my accumulating Internet based jobs.
And am now in bed, blogging away, with Azuzu pootling round me trying to do serious damage (bless!) to our bedsheets, every now and again coming to nuzzle me as I type ...
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Then to the Hive for brunch with Charlie, Jon, Alex, Andrew and Jason, before heading up to Hitchin for Cat's baby shower. Was good not to have any time pressures on me, so I didn't need to aim for a particular train and could amble through Hitchin, following my map, at my own pace.
So good to see Cat happy, rested and clearly ready to pop. At 39 weeks, she makes me feel teeny tiny, even though I feel bigger, heavier and less mobile day by day. Great to catch up with her, to share tips and generally be happy and positive about what lies ahead for both of us. And she kindly gave me a lift back to the train station, which was well received.
Then back to Brixton, where Charlie was having a film fest (True Grit followed by Inside Job, phew!). In anticipation of the expectant ladies tea party we planned for work tomorrow, I felt the need to make a cake, and after being presented with the giant cupcake mould by Ruth I couldn't not try it.
It eventually came together, though took more mixture and more cooking time than I anticipated. And, what with less sleep than I would usually like of a busy weekend and having had a bit of an active day, felt pretty spent both physically and emotionally at the end of the day.
Yet another sign to take care of myself, as I now sneak into my 33rd week of pregnancy!
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Then to Drink, Shop, Do to chat, eat cake and drink tea with some lovely ladies, Norris, Kirsten, Erika, Natalie, Becky and Mink ... so lovely to see them all, and in such beautiful surroundings. Apparently an old bathhouse, they have filled the space with old style tables and quirky chairs, and serve tea in china cups and facsinating teapots. We even had some sherbert, sugar overdose!!
Then met with lots of others at Sen-Nin Teppanyaki for dinner, which was lots of fun. The chefs were as entertaining as at our last visit, with omelette throwing and egg tossing ... being the birthday girl I had try try tossing the egg into my chef's hat twice ... and I did it both times! What a miracle!
Food was delicious and fresh, though I became full very quickly after the afternoon's grazing.
Then we fortunately found an empty pub (The Famous Cock) right by Highbury and Islington tube to have a couple of drinks, and where I was presented with a beautiful jigsaw which everybody had drawn. Then back to ours, where the usually absent Azuzu responded favourably to the floods of people by being super-sociable and friendly, which confused Charlie-Fish no end!
Late to bed, very happy and pleased all the plans came together. Thanks to all who made it such a special day!
Photos will be forthcoming ... watch this space!
Friday, 18 February 2011
Charlie submitted a very promising entry to the 'what should the Trinity look like after the summer refurb' competition, and it was a fun evening all round. After what seemed like infinite pineapple juices, tiredness washed over me pretty quickly, especially as Thumper was in a particularly rib-stretching place. It is wonderful when she moves, but sometimes really quite uncomfy.
So went home and happily in bed by 1am to find a little birthday present under my pillow ... what a sweet Fish!
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Exhausted, after a busy few days, gratefully went to yoga (pretty sure I feel asleep at the end of the final relaxation), and now having a restful evening in. Feeling very indulgent after eating the remaining chocolate fondant pudding, and incredibly full as I accompanied it with a pint of milk.
The tummy is very round and full, especially at the moment. Really great, and still feeling very geared up for the birth ... please can this feeling last!
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Thank you Fish!
Today was a non-stop day, getting in early to get everything ready for handover, then to the pub for a quick celebration of a colleague being promoted, then to NCT (via Subway), then to the pub with NCT compadres, then home for a little more work before bed and blissful sleep.
Vibrant and exciting times, before the world changes completely
Monday, 14 February 2011
So, got back fairly late and indulged by watching Glee, and taking great pleasure that Azuzu was happy to make friends again. Also finished off the lovely beef in red wine casserole from the weekend with dauphinoise potatoes, delicious! Finished off with a relaxing bath, and Charlie Fish has come back happy and refreshed from Go club.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Anyway, as part of my relaxation, indulged in some TED videos, which as usual made me feel inspired to completely improve my life but not 100% clear as to how. But fabulous presention, all the same, and lots of very good lessons, this particular one about work/life balance:
And also watched my favourite 3.5 minute video on how to be successful. Easy peasy ...
Friday, 11 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
But, after a bowl of pasta and a walk to our NCT class, eventually felt a lot better and enjoyed the relaxation exercises we went through ... should be very useful.
And decided to try and coax Azuzu out of hiding. He is still not very sure, but hopefully he will feel a bit happier to explore now, maybe when we are out of the house during the day.
And, just to finish off, a lovely pic of myself and Danni when we went to see her in Jan, courtesy of Erika:
Monday, 7 February 2011
Picked up a beautiful John Lewis moses basket from Collier's Wood, along with a few fitted sheets. Always a source of cheer to pick up another piece of kit!
And now, after I have made a yummy spaghetti carbonara for me and the hard-working, screenplay-writing Fish, considering going to bed at a stupidly early hour to get back to normal service.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
I genuinely feel very lucky. Despite a couple of small hip twinges and the mild sickness at the beginning (par for the course with most successful pregnanies, I understand), it has been just wonderful. Feeling the baby move, knowing Charlie and I are going to go into this incredibly physically and mentally demanding adventure together, imagining what life might be like after the birth (I am sure I cannot even imagine) ... all of this has been so inspiring.
As I mentioned at last week's NCT class, I feel a bit like my body is finally being used for what it was supposed to be used for. After all, what is the point of having childbearing hips, a ridiculous chest and bleeding once a month if it doesn't get used! This is partly why I will be disappointed if I cannot breastfeed, I will feel somehow cheated, but i'm sure I will cope (and of course try very hard to make it work)
And so good to be proud of my tummy for once, having spent a lifetime mildly despising the wibbly pointlessness of it. I am now feeling heavily pregnant, even though I know I have a long was to go (grow). And everything all feels very sorted in preparation for both the birth and the baby, though looking forward to getting some more NCT classes under my belt and also starting yoga next week so I can get my breathing exercises sorted out.
And I am nervous about the birth, of course. But I will be giving it my best shot, keeping fit in preparation and staying focussed on just doing what is needed to get the baby out. Not long now, 2 months away ...
... and in the meantime, Elle and Marion are popping round this afternoon with Azuzu and Frazzle, Elle and Matt's cats who are persona non grata since Matt developed allergies. Marion and Robin will be looking after them soon enough, but as they are working out the sale of Robin's house over the next few weeks, we have agreed to take them in in the meantime.
Frazzle, the chilled out lady
How does my foot smell, Azuzu?
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Made a good start of clearing the shelves on my side of the room, and simultaneouly sorting some well needed bits of the spare room (clearing space in the wardrobe, consolidating videos etc) before meeting up with Caroline and Nathan in San Marino cafe (as the Hive was full, and The Rest is Noise is now sadly completed gutted). Now married for over 2 months, they were on good form. Good to hear about their honeymoon in India (sounded very luxurious) and they asked lots of questions about Thumper. Really pleased to have caught up with them properly, we are all so bad at meeting up, especially considering we live so close.
Back to the tidying, and sorting out the drawers and shelves and shoes on the other side of the room. It is joyous to have such a clean and tidy room now, though still more to do. Also picked up the lounge a bit as it was starting to be a bit crazy with all the 'to be sorted' piles.
Charlie eventually came back from his Business Analysis course, and we had a lazy evening with pizza, tv and more tidying (in my case).
Friday, 4 February 2011
As Charlie is still in a cinematic frenzy (while he still can be), and was off watching The Fighter, I had a relaxing evening getting through some little tasks and eating even more!
Overcome by tiredness, fell asleep under a blankie on the sofa. Exhausting!
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Then went for a swim, which was pretty peaceful, then back home with Fish where we happened to watch a tv programme about a tribe who live in the treetops. Really well made and fascinating!
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Managed to fix our squeaky step today, and then met up at George IV just off Kingsway with Charlie and Lucy, who was giving us her expert opinion about Charlie's job situation, as well as having a lovely chat about babies, as she is only a little less pregnant than I am.
Then we went for an indulgent dinner at Belgos, with yummy garlicky Steak Frites, before heading back home for another game of Scrabble. Lots of Scrabble going on at the moment, and I am definitely holding my own , despite endorphin fuelled baby brain.
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Went to see the Midwife, which went well. Although yet another different person, she was very nice and communicative. Blood pressure fine, wee fine, baby heartbeat fine. She took some blood, which hurt a bit, in order to check my blood group and to check to iron levels apparently. And she told me that the baby's head was down, which is exciting. Not necessarily permanently, which is no surprise as Thumper is a consummate wiggler, but good to know she knows which way 'out' is.
Then in the evening went to our first NCT class. Lots of south London couples, everybody very jolly and pleasant. Discussed pros and cons of pregnancy, all the extra weight women have to carry around, and how to do pelvic floor exercises properly. Very straight forward and pleasant instructor, Maria. And a nice bath when I got home, with some Glee and Charlie Brooker thrown in for good measure.