Monday, 28 January 2008

24 Hours Out The House..Gasp!

Oh my Gawd..I was actually out this weekend, a very rare occurrence for me these days on account of lazyitis and homebody syndrome. I was invited to my friend Maya's birthday party in Edinburgh where I knew I'd see a few familiar faces I had been neglecting for far too long so I got myself some 'get up and go' and got up and went. The 40 minute train journey is always amazing, travelling over the Forth Rail of Scotland engineering landmarks.
I arrived in the city to be met by one of my oldest friends (shes not old but our friendship is, having attended the same primary and secondary schools..danced together to Five Star in the 80's and Morrissey in the 90's). Joanna is expecting in March and I have never seen anyone quite so laid back about the whole pregnancy/labour/baby rearing experience especially as its her first!
We went back to her new house which is a very practical terraced house perfect for a little family. After much catching up and a scrumptious dinner of beef stew cooked by her lovely hubby Hugh, we set out to make the birthday girl a cake. Needless to say it was a joint effort with Nigella Lawson supplying the recipe, Jo doing a lot of mixing, I did the icing and Hugh decorated the gigantic chocolate monster cake very artistically with pieces of Belgian Chocolate (even Nigella herself would have been in awe).

When we eventually got to the party (luckily without any comedy cake mishaps!) it was in full swing and great to see old pals again. Maya looked fantastic and I think it was fair to say a good night was had by all.

The next day was my mums birthday so I was summoned to my brothers flat in the city early to travel back to the homeland laden with gifts and flowers for yet another birthday girl (51..okay so not so much of a girl but she'll smack me if I write 'old woman'...oops). We went out for a nice lunch and then headed home leaving mum eyeing up her newly received boxes of Ferraro Rocher.
East, West..home is best..back to my beloved man and mutt. I'd been away a mere 24 hours but homebody syndrome was back..and welcomed!

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Conversation card,,,anyone?

I am going to attempt to make this blog a bit more interesting and not focus on just the knitting aspect of my life. I am now a member of the knitting forum Ravelry where I can post my knit pics and talk plain and purl to other like-minded knit-wits so those needs are being taken care of.
This plan to develop a more diverse blog is easier said than done perhaps because I do not yet have a clue what else I will find to twitter on about. However, I am well known amongst family and friends for never being short of an opinion or two and yes, I am a self confessed chatterbox. Lets hope this stands me in good stead.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Still Knitting!

I'm still knitting but have diverted my attentions from this blog for the time being in favour of my new blog. What's it all about?
Lou's List :101 Things To Get Done In 1001 Days
The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
After years of making wee 'to-do' lists on tiny scraps of paper and annual resolutions I thought this barmy list idea suited me down to a tea! In my advancing years I am lacking the motivation or inclination to get even the mundanist things completed. So my list contains not so much the unusal or shocking (I've done most of that rebellious phase..shaved my head, danced on stage at a gig, got tattooed, had sex in a phone box etc) but it does contains things I need to get done and things I've meant to do.
Please check it out and add a comment