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[27 May 2009|04:30pm]
happy birthday dan!
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[08 Sep 2008|12:29pm]
jiminy cricket i just heard elizabeth singing to herself over the baby monitor. singing! she's only eleven days old for goodness sake! maybe i should send her into the x factor?
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[03 Aug 2008|02:32am]
The bouncer standing on the door to the outside smoky area of autonomy just told me to "move out of the way and stop blocking the door please".  

??????  I'm speechless.
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[25 Jul 2008|08:31am]
[ mood | busy ]

My baby's head is 2/5ths engaged! Which is good because at least it's heading in the right direction, but annoying because it means that i need to wee all the time, and I mean ALL the time, and I feel a bit waddley, if that makes sense. Only got four weeks to go, or six according to Gabriel since he's convinced I'll go two weeks overdue and have to be induced. No way! I'm stocking up on the hot curries and hot sex!

The weekend was goooood. Gabriel booked a surprise weekend away to Stratford-Upon-Avon for our wedding anniversary, and it really was a surprise cos I fell asleep in the car and woke up with no idea where we were! We saw amateur dramatics in the park, had a delicious meal and took a punt out on the river. Needless to say, I didn't punt, I just reclined on the floor cushions like I was Elizabeth the first or someone and let Gabriel do all the work. We also had a posh picnic with many different types of cheese and other goodies. Fortunately Gabriel didn't start tripping off the cheese this time (which happened in Bath when he asked for thre strongest unpasteurised cheese in the shop).

Baby's nursery is now painted in fetching shades of lemon and green, with a jungle / safari-esque theme going on. Today I'm going to make a start on the curtains and cot bumpers, it will look so nice when it's all done, I can't wait!

We are planning on having a barbecue either the second or third sunday in august, it'll be our last one for quite a while so everyone must come!

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[14 Jul 2008|10:38am]
[ mood | tired ]

hoorah! we bought a pram on saturday! it's black and red and has a matching changing bag, parasol and footmuff and it converts into a pushchair for when baby is a bit older. and it has lockable swivel wheels and rear suspension! lucky baby! we also bought a huge hamper full of washable nappies, a cot mattress and a nursing chair, which i'd had my eye on for a while but wasn't sure if we could afford.
we had a look at car seats but what i thought we were going to get turned out to not be that suitable after all, and after trying to imagine every situation in which i'd have the baby in the car and where i'd be going, parking, what if it was raining etc, my brain went into meltdown and i had to go out to the car park for a good cry because it was all so stressful! how pathetic i know, but that's what i'm like these days, i end up weeping at anything and everything and although at the time i know it's ridiculous i really can't help it. it's so not me though. good old hormones! and we still didn't end up buying a stupid car seat.

i read in my magazine that a couple had their baby at a hospital they lived so close to (like, practically next door, they didn't even have to cross any roads to get there) they thought it'd be really nice to carry their baby home in their arms, wrapped up all snug. but because the stupid hospital rules are that you have to have an approved car seat to take your baby home in they couldn't. i think they should have just taken the baby and ran, it belongs to them after all!

so if baby decides to arrive early we are more or less ready, apart from painting the nursery and all the millions of little jobs around the house.

it's our wedding anniversary on wednesday. and it's my birthday soon, that'll be exciting won't it? i might go to the seaside or something. or just bum around here complaining about how enormous i feel. five and a half weeks to go! 

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[31 May 2008|06:39pm]
i am now officially jobless. yesterday was a bit rubbish, loads of people at work were all upset, some of them have been working together for fifteen years and were really close, almost like family. i know i'll never be so lucky as to work at such a nice place again, but dem's da breaks i suppose. and at least i've got a nice fat redundancy cheque sitting in my bank to soften the blow! so now i am an unemployed ursula, if anybody is around during the day anytime give me a call cos i think bumming around all day is gonna get boring quickly.
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[22 May 2008|11:34am]
Haven't updated this in about a zillion years. Things are fine, thankyou to everyone who came to my baby shower on saturday, it was loads and loads of fun and thankyou for all the cool presents. and a massive thankyou to dan for organising it, it must have been very stressful but at least it wasn't me getting stressed!

i leave work a week tomorrow! and then i shall be both redundant and on maternity leave (confusing). but at least i'll be able to enjoy the summer properly before foetus-face makes an appearance. work is extremely boring, the only thing there is to do is pack stuff into boxes, and i'm not even allowed to move any of the boxes so most of my day is taken up by sitting around eating biscuits. might sound fun but gets boring very quickly. the stupid work internet won't even let me on here or facebook or anything remotely good.

baby is fine. moving lots. belly button is half in half out. three months exactly to go!
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[12 Mar 2008|11:07am]
i am still off work ill. it's getting quite boring so i thought i'd get a facebook! now dan can stop nagging me.
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[11 Mar 2008|01:37pm]
i am off work with illness. this is most rubbish.

in other news, i am growing out of my clothes rapidly, leaving a barren wasteland of empty coathangers in my wardrobe. this is making planning outfits rather frustrating, like being on holiday but with less to pick from.

oh i can't even breathe. woe is me.
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[21 Dec 2007|06:31am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

I am so very tired, I went to bed at 10.30, slept til about midnight when i found myself wide awake and unable to drop off again. fell back to sleep at some point, only to be woken at about 4.30 by some fuckwit trundling wheelibins up and down the street. Have been awake since then. Work is gonna be shit today. It is however, my last day for a fortnight so i guess it's not all bad. On the other hand i do have to go straight to fosse park from work to finish christmas shopping for gabriel's family. Gosh this is like one of those 'good news, bad news' things isn't it?!

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[14 Dec 2007|07:51pm]
for some reason all day today i've had a garbled version of that fairytale of new york pogues christmas song crossed with something called 'blow the man down' that i heard a drunk man singing over the tannoy at lincoln christmas market last weekend. it's pretty annoying. 
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yellowyellowyellow [12 Dec 2007|05:55pm]
On Monday I went to Ikea and bought a huge yellow shower curtain for £2.99 with which I will attempt to fashion myself a ballgown for the yellow party. This will be most good.
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somebody feed me chicken soup [10 Dec 2007|06:04pm]
[ mood | still rubbish ]

i am ill again. how tiresome. i recovered long enough on friday and saturday to have a most excellent time in lincoln, although it rained literally all day on saturday, which is probably what made me ill again. i did a reasonable amount of moaning about the rain / cold / crowds of people, but managed to get some christmas shopping done at least.
on saturday night we sat about drinking cheap wine from spar, then dan and i decided to go out to an eighties bar while gabriel stayed behind to watch a film. we tried to get into the bar for free by pretending we were with a work's night out and they were already inside. it didn't work. it was ok ish in there, some of the music was good, but the people were a bit frightening, middle aged wankers chatting up teenage girls, and sad old middle aged hags in boob tubes. we left after a while to go onto sugarcubes, the shitty rock club me and dan always seem to end up in when i visit him (and where i did my rolling around drunk on the floor stunt last christmas). they were trying to charge us £3 each to get in which we couldn't afford so we decided to give up. Further down the street the whole road was blocked off by two fire engines, a club called essence (i think) was on fire and the street had been cordoned off. however, next door to / across the road from this was the cell, which sounded like it was playing really good music, like helsinki on a good night, really grindy. there were a few people hanging around outside smoking, so me and dan stood aroud for a bit and in the general confusion of people smoking, the fire engines and the club next door on fire, we bustled our way in past the cash desk as if we'd been there all along. by the time the bouncer realised and thought to check we'd had our hands stamped, i was halfway across the dance floor dragging dan after me! it was so good, i don't think we could have got away with it if we'd been sober! so we saved ourselves about £8 each, definately worth it! we done the best fraud ever!
yesterday i started to feel ill again, fortunately i'd already booked today off work as a holiday but i really must go in tomorrow as i had all of last week off and i think i'd need a doctor's certificate to have any more time off. if id known last week how much more rubbish i'd feel this week i don't think i would have had the whole week off. and i missed the christmas lunch today, it was at some hotel in cosby and i was gonna have roast guinea fowl. oh well, i've only got nine working days left and then i finish for a whole fortnight!

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[05 Dec 2007|07:46pm]
[ mood | rubbish ]

I r ill. And I'm missing Ben's birthday meal because of it. I'd better be well by the weekend as there is absolutely no way I intend missing Lincoln Christmas Market.

rubbish biscuits.

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My life in pictures [16 Nov 2007|09:40pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I just realised it has been almost two months since I last updated, whoops. I can't really be bothered to go into it in great detail, here it is briefly.

October Autonomy (yes I know that was about a million years ago) was fun, at around lunchtime the next day Grace and I kidnapped Spook's beloved teddy bears and went on 'A Bear Adventure'. It was awesome! One of the most fun times I've had in ages! We took the bears on a jaunt around town, photographed it and sent the pictures one by one to Spook. So, here they are for all to enjoy.

The following week, Gabriel, Zara and I went to Nightmare, for the first time in about three years! This was also much fun, dancing around dressed as schoolgirls (not Gabriel), and talking to people I've not seen in ages. And doing yoga the next morning to an audience! Go us!

The weekend after that, Gabriel and I went to an Oscars themed party at my work. The dress code was to either dress in something suitable for a night at the Oscars or go as a character from an Oscar winning film. This was the first time I've ever managed to get Gabriel to wear fancy dress, he went as Lawrence of Arabia, and he won the Oscar for Best Male (but it was partly my victory since I made the costume). I went as Kate Winslet from Titanic.

Then came Halloween, and yet more dressing up as we went out to Retribution and got extremely drunk and spilled things all over the place. I went as a bumblebee, Zara went as a panda. I took loads of really ace pictures early in the night when everyone looked presentable, then managed to delete the entire lot from my camera. Whoops. I was very woeful, and ran around taking more photos, but they weren't as good, as lots of people had gone. I took the best thing back to the afterparty that anybody has ever taken anywhere. I took  Merlin! He'd been alone all day and all night and looked really lonely when we went back to collect things, so we put him in the cat basket, got his litter tray and food and carried him to Zara's flat round the corner! It's a good thing she doesn't live far away. He loved the adventure, I don't think there are many cats that you could do that with, but my Merlin is fearless! He had a right old time exploring and I would definatley take him places like that again.

Last weekend was AMAZING!! Went to London to visit Lucy & M, and Dave too. Managed not to spend too much considering the amount of cocktails I consumed, although there is quite a gap in my memory from when we were at a pub somewhere celebrating somebody's birthday, am quite confused about this. I can't remember getting there, or leaving, and the only bit of being there I remember is sitting on Spoox lap and then sitting on the pavement outside apparently going on about how I had just fallen down the stairs. I really really hope I wasn't annoying in any way, as I know I can babble on at the best of times. I remember all of the party afterwards, which is excellent, cos I had a ton of fun. No photos as I forgot my camera.

I am now having a weekend off, as I am poor and need to catch up on my sleeps. This evening I started to make my Christmas pudding. All the ingredients are mixed and the fruit is steeping in the alcohol, tomorrow I shall steam it for around eight hours and then leave it in a dark place and feed it with brandy every week til Christmas.

The End.
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Really Slow Gin [10 Sep 2007|08:49pm]
[ mood | productive ]

I am in the process of making sloe gin, I feel like Mrs Beeton or somebody. I've added a bottle of gin to the half pound of sloes I collected from Western Park yesterday along with some sugar. Now I have to shake it up everyday, add some almond essence in a fortnight, and then wait until Christmas when it'll be ready to drink. I'm quite excited!

That is all.

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FREE STUFF! (Well, free junk actually) [18 Aug 2007|02:32pm]
I don't know what to do with the rest of the decorations from my party last weekend. Does anybody want any of the giant tropical leaves I made? I have already given away the foam fruits and some of the dangly things, but I'm a bit reluctant just to throw the rest of it away. It didn't take me too long to make the leaves but I'm not gonna use them again, I just can't bear to see them go in the bin, and Gabriel refuses to put them in the loft as we already have tons of junk up there we don't use. They are wire covered leaf shapes and I'm sure would look good in somebody's living room! If anybody wants them, just let me know, I would like them to go to a good home!
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more kitty love [17 Jul 2007|07:23pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I was really hoping for this to be a quiet week at work, since I'm still running the footwear lab. I thought I'd be able to sit around, playing on the internet and talking to Laura. But no. Because I had Friday off sick after getting trashed on Thursday night I'm still catching up with work, so I've not even had chance to have the tiniest look on the net at all! It's very annoying, I like wasting time and getting paid for it.

In other news, we now have a name for our gorgeous little kitty - Merlin, or Merlin Ambrosius when he's been naughty. I know quite a few people expressed an interest in Skullfuck, but somehow, surprisingly, I think Merlin suits him better! He is still being very cute, he has me wrapped around his little finger (or paw), he even gets carried to his food bowl! aww and the little noises he makes, soooooooooo sweet!!
I really want to take some more photos of him, but he refuses to sit still and they keep coming out all blurry!

He has also learned how to claw his way up my leg to get onto my knee, I wonder how long it'll be before I come home to find him sitting at the top of the curtain pole!
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[12 Jul 2007|10:12am]
Oh my god I've got a pair of Little Mermaid shoes in for testing. I wish they would fit me but I can't seem to squeeze my feet into them.
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KITTEN!!! RARRRGGHH!! [11 Jul 2007|08:47pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

I'm so excited, I keep needing to wee! We went to have a look at some tonight, and we picked a gorgeous little tom cat, he's 7 weeks old, and is a really nice pale shade of ginger with a white belly. He's sooooooooooooooo cute, I really wanted to bring him home tonight, but we didn't have the food and cat litter and stuff, also I would be really worried about leaving him on his own all day tomorrow and friday while I'm at work. So we're going to pick him up on Friday evening, that way I get to spend the whole weekend with him to make sure he's ok. So I probably won't be leaving the house for the entire weekend, so if anybody wants to see me they'll have to come round here! Which is fine by me as they see my beautiful little boy! I don't know what to name him, I think I'll have to see what  his personality is like first. Gabriel is talking about naming him after a Greek hero, so probably something hard to spell and unpronouncable. Personally I like Ketamine the Catamine. Only joking. I will post pictures on Friday and maybe people can come up with some suggestions??

Friday seems like such a long time away, it's gonna go so slowly...

I now need a kitten picture for my user pic, my old rat is the best I can do at the moment!

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