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Mainly because I had a visit from [personal profile] ninox and [profile] a_pawson - which meant I had to be social (and surprisingly enough I enjoyed that) . It was great to meet [profile] a_pawson at last, having heard so much about him
I was espeically pleased that [personal profile] ninox loved Leeds' Victorian architecture as much as I do - there don't seem to be many of us who do. It was so great to see them, and I hope we can get together more often. 
I am so impressed that [personal profile] ninox is going to Aber again this week, as I am still so far behind with my module. Maybe this will be the kick I need (not that I got much done this weekend, but never mind)

Also the holiday plans are finally taking shape. Hotels and buses are booked (Megabus again), and Morrisons very kindly provided me with a bogof voucher for Thorpe Park, and one that we might use to go to Warwick Castle. Final hotel details will be worked out at knitting tomorrow.

I have started the looking after myself regime and made good progress on the Knit and Purl cats for Mum. Also managed to eat quite healthily for once, despite having all you can eat Chinese for lunch. 

All in all I am quite happy with my weekend - which in itself made a nice change.

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But the rest of the weekend has gone well, study wise. I feel less worried about where I am  - although I still have to figure out that assignment. I shall look at that next weekend and see if I can get my head round it.

I was not, however, pleased to find out that I may have migraines. I really don't need any more health issues than I already have
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I have just worked through the CD rom for the Principles of Information Retrival Module - and it isn't that much more helpful than the module itself, although the missing diagrams were there.

I got 60% on the test without doing the exercises, so I think I will manage ok.

I will look at it again when I have finished the cataloguing project I am doing this summer, so see how well it matches what I have learnt in practice.

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As I have decided that:

1: I really need to get rid of a *lot* of stuff
2: I really need some extra cash

I am about to brave the world of Ebay selling  - wish me luck folks.

Now, I just have to be ruthless and decide what I can bear to part with ....

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Yay! I have purple back again!

I have not made any progress at all on Mum's present, as she was here all weekend, which meant I couldn't work on it.

We did get my dress made for York though (thankyou Mum) and as my green linen dress still just about fits, I should be ok <fingers crossed I get through kit check>. There wasn't enough fabric for a sash, which on the one hand is a shame, on the other hand is probably going to stop me looking like a sack of potatoes tied in the middle (and yes, the dress is brown....). I have just finished pinning the hems, and should get them sewn tomorrow or wednesday. I don't know if I will get any of the embroidery done though, as I have to get on with the knitting olympics scarf.

Speaking of which, the scarf is progressing - slowly - as this weekend reinforced my inability to count and talk at the same time. Which will be interesting if I do have to take the scarf to York ... It might be done in time. I also need to choose what I am doing next (well when I have finished the cushions), and it will have to be something easy again, if I am to take it to Aber with me.

The Physio is very pleased with the progress I am making, and I don't have to see her again for a month, which is good. I am also really convinced it is work that is causing the problems, as I was a lot better at home last week, despite napping in awkward positions in my armchair, than I am after less than a full day at work. Not that anyone at work cares .... <sigh>

Lunch was a success yesterday, and Blue was the model of doggy good manners - a perfect guest. Perhaps I can try some more ambitious entertaining when I have the table in the garden this summer. This makes me feel almost grown up, I am not sure I like this.

I am still at a stall with my study though. I will set myself the target of settling to it after York. I have enough credits for the study school  - and I hope to have this module done not long after the study school anyway - if not by the study school

I have not lost any weight since last week, but I have also not gained any. All bets are off for next time though, as I know I won't eat well at York.





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First things first - I hate my sinuses! I still have the stinking cold I was off work with yesterday, and now the inflammation in my sinuses is making the remains of my abscess hurt <ggg> The sooner I get an ENT appointment the better.

I have finally started the cross stitch, so I feel a little less stressed about that, although I have no idea yet if I can get it done and framed in time. A lot of that depends on what happens when I go looking for the 'other' framers that I can get to by bus. I do feel so much better for having started it though. I have also started my knitting olympics project, as the winter Olympics are now underway. I was wondering if the scarf was 'too simple' a project, but I had another look at the pattern, and each bit is 54" long, so that is 162" of knitting in total - that is a lot of knitting, especially with everything else I have on at the moment.

This weekend is primarily going to be a study weekend, as I am way behind (what is new) and this is starting to weigh on my mind a little. I really don't know why I am having so much trouble settling to this, as I am actually enjoying this module. I also need to sort my CILIP membership, but it is looking like that will have to wait until Mum is here next weekend.

My Aunt and Cousin are definitely coming for lunch next Sun - so that is another thing for me to worry about, as there is so much I need to do to make the house fit for visitors. Not to mention working out what on earth I can cook. Ah well, enough wine and all will seem well!

Speaking of cooking, the cookbook I won from the Scwarz webiste has finally arrived. I have won: Great Indian Feasts by Mridula Baljekar. What I wasn't expecting was that I also got 6 jars of spices as part of my prize (this may have been mentioned in the original competition, but that was 3 months or so ago, the email I got about 6 weeks ago telling me I had won certainly didn't mention any spices), I got: Ginger paste, Garlic paste, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Garam Masala and Hot Chilli Powder, none of which I had in, so I am really pleased with this. It certainly made my morning. Although I don't really need the garlic, as I still have about 10 heads that my Uncle grew. Maybe this will all kick start my cooking again - I really do need to eat better as well, especially if I want to keep losing weight.

I just had a letter from the library, they claim that Stictch N Bitch is out of print, but I have just checked with the suppliers we use at work, and they disagree. I also have a feeling I have seen it in the shops recently. So I shall check Borders on Monday and go hassle the library about this on Wednesday. Even Amazon thinks it is still in print. I don't mind paying for an interlibrary loan - I do mind that the library can't seem to find out the most basic information (not to mention I really can't believe that Stitch N Bitch is out of print, what with the upsurge in knitting at the moment)

Back to the knitting - apparently there is a really good haberdashers (that does buttons, something I have had difficulty getting), not far from my cousin's husband's shop. She could have told me .... I shall have words about this on Sunday (well only if the shop is any good - Mum and I may call in on Saturday if we can).

Finally, today my Grandad would have been 87 - so this update is dedicated to him.















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I must, I must, I must start the cross-stitch for Mum's Mothers' Day present. Especially if I am to have a hope of getting it framed in times.

I also really must do some study, but there are still those motivational issues. The cataloguing module won't be ready in time for me, and it would be an undergraduate module anyway <sigh>, but there are some other options, so all is not lost. At the moment I am stuck in a real fug about it all, even though I am actually enjoying this module.

I seem to have acquired a life in the past month without me noticing it, as I have suddenly become really busy. This is an odd feeling, I am not used to having a life. One of the things coming up is my first bit of 'proper grown-up entertaining' in my house. My Aunt and Cousin are coming over the sunday after next, and I must confess to being somewhat nervous about this. My cousin's house is so immaculate, and she made us such a wonderful lunch - and I don't even have a table. I shall see what I can do though.

I have just discovered there is an EHellion in my city after all! We are going to try and arrange a meet up. I do hope I can get to see all the people I want to this year. I really must pass my driving test .....

I saw some truly bad knitting patterns this weekend. The man-cardigans were shudderworthy ......













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I have not been at work today as I have not been so well. But the day has not been a complete waste.

Not only have I actually done some study, and finally feel like I am making some progress, but I have learnt a new technique in knitting.

I was almost at the end of the ball of wool, and needed to join a new ball on, and was wondering what technique was best. A very helpful online friend of mine suggested a method that I had never heard of (the Russian join). I was a little wary, but for the first time I have taught myself a new skill (as opposed to having Mum teach me) from pictures and videos online.

On the plus side, I also don't hurt so much - although this does mean I have to go back to work tomorrow, which is less good.









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I am not sure how good an idea this is, but several friends have been on at me to get a LJ, so here I am.

This year did not get off to a good start, so I made 2 resolutions:

1: Sort my health
2: Keep in better touch with people

This LJ is part of resoultion 2. Mostly I will be talking about my degree - MSc(Econ.) Library and Information Studies, distance learning from the Universtiy of Wales Aberystwyth - and my crafting, which at the moment is cross stitch and knitting.

 I have not done any study yet this year, as I have had real trouble settling to it, but I need to get a move on with it, finding the motivation is hard though. I seem to finally be getting some support from work though, which makes a change. Pity I am not getting the same support about my health - especially as they are the main cause of some of the problems.

Craft wise things are a little better, as I have done my first stitching of the year (card for my Mum, pic to follow) and have signed up for Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics, for which I will be making a scarf. I know this doesn't sound much of a challenge, but it is three thin scarves that are to be plaited (Platied Scarf from Home by Debbie Bliss), and I do have to study as well. Not to mention I am still a very new knitter.

Healthwise things are looking up, as I have seen the Doc, and started Yoga. I have also lost 1/2 stone since the beginning of the year (not in a healthy way, but lets gloss over that).

Thats all for today, chores and study are calling.








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