Tuesday, March 30, 2004

I was so bad, I have bought a total of seven books in since Thursday. On Friday I bought "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland which I have now finished. I also bought two fantasy books by Eric Van Lustbader but those are for the discussion group I belong to. I then saw Douglas Coupland books on a 3 for 2 sale so I bought two more and another by Haruki Murakami. He is supposed to be very good and I have been wanting to give him a try for a while now. So I have broken my book ban in a huge way but hey, I've stuck to my new years resolution and I am trying out new authors.

Girlfriend in a Coma was very good. It really wasn't what I expected. Although the fact that I didn't read the back properly had more to do with that. I didn't realise it was about the end of the world. Actually, I think that it was trying to put the point across that most of us are no longer questioning the world around us. We are too preoccupied by work and getting more. We no longer open our eyes and look around us. I'm guilty of that in a big way. I am so preoccupied by my own thoughts or by my own life that I forget that there is world out there too.

Speaking of being too preoccupied with my own thoughts I am feeling a little guilty. A while ago I was reading the work of one of the most gifted people on fanfiction. I have probably mentioned her before. She emailed me letting me know that she has a new story up but I haven't even been able to finish the last one I was reading. I was just so busy with my reading, stitching, my own writing (which is sill going well) and my own life in general. I keep promising that I will get round to reading it but that has been about a month now. I will get round to it, I will.

I also have some news. I have finally decided on what course I want to do. I have decided to go into modern languages and I am applying to an open university course of French and Spanish next year. This could eventually lead to a Modern languages degree.

The boyfriend and I bought season 3 of West Wing on DVD and have began working our way through them. They had an episode at the start for 9/11. It wasn't shown in the UK but I did find it interesting. I will say that I didn't agree with all that was said but it was interesting.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Friends in work managed to get me out of that strange mood. Had my first ever complaint put in about me by a customer and my manager kicked them out the store, hee hee.

Going to the cinema tonight. Haven't been in ages so I'm looking forward to it.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

I just finished reading Hay Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland. I read it within two days and would have read it within one if I hadn't been working. It was just so good. It's based on the tragic events of columbine and its affect on four people. It has a religious theme. Although I am in no way religious I have to admit that I did find it interesting. It's a book that gets you thinking. Last night it got me thinking about how I have to plan everything I do out. I find that I won't do anything on my days off because I have planned out what I want to do in terms of my stitching or reading. Each week I plan how much of each I will get done and then write about it in my journal. It doesn't exactly make for interesting reading. Even then it just seems so trivial.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I HAVE INSPIRATION. Finally I feel the urge to write and not just the little spurts I've been having since Christmas. I mean full blown inspiration. Also it isn't fan fiction. This is my own original story. I spent all morning before work taking notes. I plan on taking notes for the next month or so until I know exactly what is going to happen and then I will start typing away. I seem to be getting more and more ideas when taking notes so it is better that I keep doing it that way and then I can organise all my ideas. I actually came up with it when going through my ideas book. I was writing some of my favourite passages into my paper journal when I had a vague idea. I immediately began writing some of them down and the ideas just began rolling.

Monday, March 22, 2004

I have finished reading the Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffrey. I plan to read all her books but I didn't think any of them would come close to her Pern series. While this series wasn't better it was certainly just as good. The first two books I loved. I again put off reading War and Peace to read them although I was planning to just read them in work. The third book I was at odds over. I thought that the main character, Killashandra, wasn't the same as she was in the others. Which I think was the whole point but at first I didn't like it. Also a lot of the characters in others were killed off or not mentioned again. I found this disappointing, especially since they were characters I really liked. Despite this I couldn't tear myself away from this book. When Killashandra's behaviour became really odd I actually found myself getting emotionally caught up in it. I couldn't wait to get home from work on Saturday so that I could get home and finish it. Then in the end I was disappointed that it didn't continue. I wish that she would write a follow up to this series. I can imagine what happened next and I imagine that a lot more characters would disappear but I still wanted to read more. There are certain parts of it that I just can't get out of my head. It just keeps running over and over again. When this happens you know you have read a good book.

I have picked up War and Peace. I was a little worried about it as I thought I may have difficulty picking up the thread. It was as though it was only yesterday that I had last read from at. To me this is also another sign of a good book. I have been thinking about going back to uni to study English. Not sure this would get me a job any better than my last degree but it is something to consider.

Friday, March 19, 2004

I don't know why but I have been over reacting to stupid things all week. Not getting upset but angry over things that really aren't that important.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

It's all sorted. She had PC trouble and now I feel bad for being angry. I didn't take it out on her so its not too bad. She is still taking part and we should all be back on track in a few weeks.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I am so annoyed. This round robin thing was going well and three out of five of us had passed our pieces on and the first deadline isn't for another week. One person who received one of the pieces turns out wondered why. She hadn't gotten any of the emails. She knew one was being organised but hadn't heard anything. I double checked. I definitely sent her the email and I didn't get any notification to say that it had failed. I suppose these things happen but I also left massages on the group. Surely she read them? She would have wondered why she didn't get these emails and could have contacted me. I've sent her the email again. She now has just over a week to sort out her fabric, chose a theme, stitch in her first box, write in her journal, paste in some charts and then pass it on. I don't see her managing it and I have the awful feeling that she is going to turn round and say that she doesn't want to do it anymore. It will spoil it for everyone but I can't force her to do it. Why didn't she email me. I can only hope that the worst thing that will happen is that she will ask for a little extra time. That I could handle.

I'm back at work after two weeks off and it was surprising how much I missed it and how much I am glad to be back. My section is a mess but that was to be expected. I think I am at my best when I have a lot of organising to do.

I am now reading The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey and it is very good. I thought maybe I would think that it just isn't the same as the Pern books. While it isn't it is still just as good. I wish I had that kind of talent (to write not crystal sing, lol)

Cross stitching is going very well. I don't have much left to stitch before I move onto the border. I imagine that will take a while since it involves a lot of bead work.

This actually seems all petty compared to the things that have been happening this past week. The bombings in Spain put everything in perspective. My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families. The scary thing is, this is what it is going to be like now. Terrorist bombings and scares. Sure they have happened in the past but the scale is growing and it seems to be more frequent. You can't help but have a pessimistic view of the world after things like this.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I have now finished the scissor keep that goes with the needle case. I am also getting on with Celtic Christmas. I can't believe I actually put it down. It's so nice to stitch. I love using linen. The stitches just seem to come out more smoothly. I am taking part in another charity stitch. A member of the msn cross stitch group is organising lots of charity events. Since the charity group I was a member of ended I thought I would take part in one of them. We are stitching little guardian angels for premature babies. I suggested to the manager that she sets up a charity board for people to organise these things and encourage more members to take part.

Finished reading another Star Trek book. Now onto Prey by Michael Chrichton. It is surprisingly good. It is so easy to read to. Last night I decided to read a few pages before I went to my bed and before I knew it I was 100 pages into the book.

I haven't been inspired with my writing much lately. I thought during this two weeks off I would sit down and get back into it but I haven't. I read over some of the stuff I had wrote when I was still part of a sim group. I can see at the time why I was inspired to write it. Some of it actually wasn't that bad. I thought maybe going back to take part in a sim again may help me get back into the swing of it. I'm not going to do that though. I become all obsessive and get upset when others aren't very reliable in posting. I don't really have the time once I am back at work anyway.

I can't believe I left this until last but I now have my holiday booked. Going to San Fran and I can't wait.

Monday, March 08, 2004

I did it. Yes that is another post beginning with I did it. I finished the flower fairy I had promised my mum for Christmas. I knew I wouldn't get it finished in time so I had put off doing it. With two weeks off coming up I promised I would do it then and I have. Heliotrope fairy is now complete. I also finished stitching a needle case.

My book pile is going down at last. I finished reading all the books in the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin. They were good and I think anyone (adult or child) would get something out of them. True they are fantasy but there isn't a lot of action in them. In other words no sword fights. I also read a Star Trek/X-Men book which was awful. Really don't know what I was expecting but word to the wise. When cross over books are printed DON'T READ THEM. Or at least don't pay good money so that you can read them.

Friday, March 05, 2004

I did it. I handed over my sci fi group to someone else. Thankfully it is someone on the group I know well. I am still an assistant manager but that will probably change over the next few weeks.

Went to the cross stitch craft fair and bought lost of goodies. I bought some nice sparkly fabric for Christmas cards. I also bought a book which teaches how to do hardanger. And I bought a tatty teddy kit to stitch for my best friend. She adores tatty teddies and I thought of her as soon as I saw it.

The manager of the msn cross stitch group is carrying out lots of these new ideas making the site more interesting. She has started a member of the month page. Each month a different member is asked to fill out a questionnaire. I thought that one was a really good idea. Another one is a work in progress page. Each person has a thread of their own to write about how they are getting on with their larger projects. We can also paste pictures or put in links there. I'm impressed and I can see myself getting more involved with the group.

I haven't picked up my book much in the last few days. It does say that before you think of what you want your site to look like you should think of what you want in it. I've already got a rough idea of what I want. I should probably plan it out in a notebook. All I need to do is read on to find out how to do it and then how to make it look nice.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

I'm going to have to give a few of my internet groups up. Mainly my own sci fi one as I mentioned before. So far no one has shown any interest in taking it over. I'll wait about a month and then give it up anyway. I would rather do that than delete it. I am also going to give up one of my cross stitch groups. Probably the yahoo one. I'll still stay a part of the thread swap group as I get a lot of fun out of that but the other one is starting to bore me to be honest. I also don't have the time to keep up with it. The msn cross stitch group I am going to stay with. I really like that one (plus that is where all the members of my round robin are). The manager has recently come up with a lot of good ideas to keep everyone interested. For example she is going to have a member of the month where one member is interviewed. Also she is going to have a freebies page where everyone can post their own designs. Things like that which make it more interesting. You can't do that with the yahoo group. The only thing that it is really missing is a stitch a long page.

I cleaned out my stash yesterday and I read more of my book. I am definitely considering doing something like this in a night class.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Going into town today to buy thread for the floss swap. This months choice is favourite colours. Blue and yellow are my favourite colours but I think I will choose purple aswell. It is a close favourite plus it is my sisters favourite colour.

When I get home I am going to give my cross stitching stash a clean out and then I am going to look over my new book. Still very much excited about it.

Monday, March 01, 2004

I bought a book yesterday which teaches beginners how to design their own web site. I've had a flick through it and I am very excited about it. It looks not easy but at least comprehensible. If I get into it I think this maybe the kind of course I'll do at night classes after the summer.

Oh, I also meant to say that I have given up the sci fi group that I managed on msn. I can't keep it up with all these new projects. The truth is I kind of let it go when I started working full time. I wouldn't have let it happened properly if it hadn't been for the problems I had with some of the members. So in the end I just decided it wasn't worth it. I shouldn't have let those people get to me but it really did take all the fun out of it. I'm still a member of the book discussion group though and I don't intend to give that up. I like it too much.

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