This blog is my blather blog. I have a new blog for my craft stuff so people who enjoy a smorgasbord of craft attempts don't have to read about the hilarious last attempt of Toby to fill the DVD player with jam. That craft blog is Coffee Good, Morning Bad. I also have a copywriting blog - which will be sporadically updated with articles, interviews and news - for my copywriting business Poppy Copy I have a gaming blog which is purely about what I'm playing (or not) on my profile at weplaythis.com I also have a flickr account, last fm account, twitter account, I'm somewhere on facebook, pownce, vimeo, seesmic and yahoo! live. Feck it. I am the internet.
No, really, my brother jokingly accused me of having an internet double life he didn't realise about because Google will give you a million mentions of me. I will try and put some links in the sidebar here so you can find me all over the place if you so wish. Internet stalkers your life just got easier.
Today I'm doing something I have never done before. I'm using an eating plan. This isn't a diet as such, as I have no major intention to lose weight, but a commitment to actually eating healthily. Since having Toby I have become incredibly lax about my own diet and health. The more hours I put into his wellbeing and appetite the less that seems to have gone into mine. For Paul it is much more of a slow and steady weightloss diet but I think it's nice that we can do this together and support each other.
Besides, I think we will each need to be a tower of strength for the other. The first clue was when Paul was at Sainsburys for over 2 hours trying to find the hitherto unknown articles - beanfeast, Quorn chicken strips, lower fat salad dressing - but now I've looked at this week's menu plan and it has at least 3 servings of houmous and all the cereal seems to include dried fruit. Bleurgh!
I always figured I'd know when my baby was no longer a baby. A couple of days ago he turned 18 months old which is the time most baby books say 'no longer our territory, you're on your own now soldier!'. He celebrated by being pretty stroppy, eating nothing but two yoghurts and catching us all on the hop by sleeping through for the first time in yonks. Standard small toddler fare.
But then. But then. It took me noodling about with new desktop pictures to come across this one again. Taken in early November, it actually made me catch my breath. Walking on reins? Wearing a Bob the Builder hat selected by small self? Heading towards the road in a different direction from Mummy? This is toddler stuff all right.
I have dreadful suspicions I might become one of those awful women who ruffle the hair of their 33 year old son, who is married with 2 kids, and say 'But he's still my baby!'. If anyone catches me doing that, please show me this picture again and remind me he grew out of babyhood and into his own little person a long time ago.
Facebook. Wasn't convinced when my brother joined. Was persuaded to join. Joined. Discovered loads of old friends. Discovered loads of friends wanted to pelt me with snowballs, X me, give me my own solar system to nurture, compare taste in cheese. Discovered that Facebook is happily telling everyone what I buy and when. Switch off the Beacon alerts to my profile. Discover Facebook still knows but just isn't telling, like a creepy next door neighbour looking over the garden fence.
Nic tagged me, so here is 8 random facts about me. But first, the rules:
1: Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
3: At the end of your blog, Chose people to get tagged and list their names. Or don’t. Who’s going to check?
1) I used to be a chorister - complete with the daftie outfit and everything. I get all nostalgic at Christmas remembering the services I used to sing at over the Christmas period.
2) I'm a Nintendo fangirl. I have owned every console since the SNES and even borrowed my neighbour's NES for a while and discovered the joy of Super Mario Bros 3, when I was 9. I didn't have a Virtual Boy though. Although I'm not sure anyone did in the UK. However, I've never bought a console at release and rarely buy a game on release day.
3) Since having Toby I have become a tea addict and find it hard to function without a morning cuppa. I like English breakfast blend in the morning and Assam or Ceylon in the afternoon. However, at home I tend to stick to a fairtrade blend teabag because it tends to be just me drinking it.
4) I have an underactive thyroid. I take thyroxine to correct it and have done for the last year.
5) As has been documented here before, I am a big lover of the soft drink root beer. To most people here it tastes like TCP but to me it is just scrummy.
6) I am not a film watcher. I have to be really interested to bother to watch something - can't truly remember the last time I went to the cinema, probably Nov 2005? - but if I like it I will watch it on DVD repeatedly. I am a bit obsessive compulsive in my viewing. I don't watch a lot of stuff but I will devour things if I like them. I'd happily watch QI for hours and hours. The all-weekender things that lazy TV schedulers do? They're made for me.
7) I'm currently reading 'The Interpretation of Murder' for a book club I've set up. Review to follow.
8) I hardly listen to music anymore. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, podcasts and radio 4/7. My last audiobook purchase was Bill Bryson's short book on Shakespeare. I listen to stuff on the bus or just before I go to bed on my ipod.