Wednesday, March 03, 2010

So you're my replacements! A dandy and a clown!

For the sake of fairness, I really should start this blog off by saying that I have NO CRAIC at all, seriously. It's going to be quite a boring one, but the next wee while is going to be really busy and I might not have the chance to update too much, so there we are.

In my defence, it has been a super-busy couple of days. The projects I'm working on have kicked into gear and there is a lot of work to do in a short space of time. My job doesn't normally involve a lot of printing and photocopying, but it is what I have been doing a lot of for the past week. I had a very long day on Monday, leaving the house at 7am and not getting home until after 8pm. I consoled myself on the long day by buying a sandwich and a vanilla macaron from Paul on my way home, which was amazing.

I worked from home yesterday and today and have been pretty busy again. I was feeling really rough all day yesterday, but back on good form today. It definitely helps that the sun has come out, and that I can go out and about with bare legs. I have been enjoying wearing my variety of coloured tights but it is nice to have the option not to. I know it's just wishful thinking, and it'll probably turn really cold again soon, but I am going to make the most of it! I wore one of my new dresses today:
Fever Copacabana sun dress and my new Irregular Choice Matronix shoes. Hurrah!
I am very pleased with this dress, it isn't one that I would have naturally gravitated towards in the catalogue, but I love how it looks on and I think it is very flattering. I'm looking forward to being able to wear it in the summer with sandals, rather than covering it up with my cardigan (not pictured, but I have a lovely bright pink cardigan from M&S to wear with it) Speaking of cardigans, actually, I bought a lovely purple one yesterday from Warehouse. It was reduced, and I've been eyeing it for a while, so I was very happy. At least, I was until I caught sight of my face in one of House of Fraser's billions of mirrors and realised I looked ghoulish with tiredness!

I'm going to have to be very restrained with the spending for the rest of the month, because we've just paid the electricity bill and need to buy a new vacuum cleaner and also because it is Nic's birthday next week and we have plans to celebrate it properly at the end of the month, so I'll need to keep money back for that. That said, I have just bought a wee dress on eBay and will keep my eye out for good bargains between now and the end of the month also! I have some plans for April involving my Fever discount, however, including:

Scribble dress. I tried this one on in Aspire on Saturday and, I think it might need a wee bit of alteration at the top, but the skirt is so floaty and gorgeous!

Amazon maxi dress. The picture doesn't really do this lovely justice, but it is very glamorous.

Anyhow, enough about dresses (for this blog post, at any rate!)

As I have been spending LOTS of time on the trains over these past few weeks I have been getting lots of reading done. I picked up Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym in The Works last Sunday, and read it very quickly. It was her first novel, and is characteristically delicate and funny. It tells the story of two spinster sisters and their romantic notions. As with her other novels, she writes very humorously about social niceties, and rivalries, and feeling awkward, and quite often I found myself laughing out loud. After that, I very quickly read Being Committed by the wonderful Anna Maxted. It was one that I found difficult to put down, because it was so good. I won't describe the plot, but I will say that her novels are well worth reading. They are quite different to the kinds of novels I usually read, but I have read three of her novels now and loved each one. I'm at a bit of a reading loose end right now, I'm going to have to have a poke around my bookcase and see what is waiting to be read. I need to get back into my writing as well - I've had a bit of a break from it over the past month or so because I've been feeling so emotional, and I didn't want my ideas to be too coloured by what was going on in my life as I want to write about friendship. I'm feeling steadier now, so I need to get back into it.

Nic bought a new stylus for his record player and he's currently playing my single of Boys Don't Cry by The Cure...hopefully he'll put on some Kate Bush soon and I can go and have a jump around the room to Wuthering Heights. YES!, instead he has put on some Ian Dury, so I'm going to leave you with that....

...Van Gogh did some eyeball pleasers
He must have been a pencil squeezer
He didn't do the Mona Lisa
That was some Italian geezer

There ain't half been some clever bastards
(lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders)
There ain't half been some clever bastards

Einstein can't be classed as witless
He claimed atoms were the littlest
When he did a bit of split-em-ness
He frightened everybody shitless

There ain't half been some clever bastards
(Probably had help from their mums, who had help from their mums)
Now that we've had some
Let's hope that there's much more to come....