Monday, May 31, 2004

This morning I decided to practice some drawing. I've decided to concentrate on simple things. Just observing them and drawing them. I think my problem is I don't pay attention to what I am drawing. I read somewhere that most people have this problem, they don't really see what they are drawing. Despite the fact that I know this the outcome hasn't changed much.

I spent yesterday watching DVD's and stitching. I really should think of an activity that doesn't involve me staying in the house all the time. I am thinking of taking my drawing outside. After this week I won't get peace in the house with my sister off so I might find a park somewhere and just draw. Weather providing of course. Although I like rainy days I don't want to sit out in one.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Just a quick note before I go out. Yesterday I left to go to work in such a black mood and I have no real reason for it. PMS may have something to do with it but I usually don't duffer from it that bad. Anyway I got into work and quite a few others were feeling the same way. By lunch time we all managed to shake it off and were back to our usual joking around. It's amazing what working with such a great group of people can do for you. It's even more amazing what a great group of friends can do for you. They are such a varied group and each one of them is brilliant in their own way. I have never met a crowd like them and feel that each day I work with them is a privilege. I know that when I move on from there I am never going to have an experience like it again.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

On the 8th June we will see Venus cross the sun. Apparently this is something that rarely happens. How cool is that. It will take 6 hours to happen and it will look like a black spot is traveling across the surface of the sun. It's amazing the things you learn from a wildlife magazine. Just a pity I won't be able to see it (not unless I want to be blinded). Mind you it will probably be cloudy that day. The weather seems to have changed again. No more warm sunny days just rain, rain and more rain.

I tried out my pencils and sketch pad last night before going to bed and the result was disastrous. I could use the excuse that I was tired but I know that wouldn't be completely true. Hopefully I just need to keep practicing. I've decided to draw from the garden since I have become nature obsessed over the last few months.

Speaking of nature. Bill Oddie is back on TV next week so I will be watching that. There was a picture of him on the radio times with a robin flying onto his hand. It was amazing. I would never get over an experience like that. It looked almost as good as David Attenborough swimming with elephants.

I have updated my webshots with another picture of Celtic christmas . In the photo I have finished about a third of the border. I have since stitched a little bit more that that but not much. I haven't really had the time to do much more.

Friday, May 28, 2004

I admit it. I put my right hand up and admit that I cried over the last episode of friends. I did not cry over ER though which probably makes me cold hearted. But still, I am going to miss that show. It doesn't matter that they are on TV all the time and that I have most of them on video. I think it was around series six or seven that I began to get bored and thought they should end it soon but it started to pick up. I think they were right to end it on a high.

I went shopping as I said I would. I spent far too much. Season 1 of Dawsons creak on DVD was on sale. I couldn't help myself so I bought it. Yes, I'm never going to hear the end of this one but hey I like it. Bought some pencils and a sketch pad as I also said I would although I have still to try them out. Not sure when I am going to get that opportunity. I also got the threads I needed and some scissors.

Anyway, work was busy and very stressful as there was so much to do. By the time I got home my feet were so sore and so I had a long hot bath which has now woke me up. I might do some reading. I started that Penguin history of America which is quite good. Obviously it isn't going to get too descriptive but it makes for a good read and if there is anything that really catches interest I can always read in more detail from other books. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" came out on paperback today so I bought a copy. I've been looking forward to reading it but the hardback was just so huge I decided to wait.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Last night I managed to finish reading "Ombria In Shadow" by Patricia McKillip. At first I wasn't sure I would like it and at one point I thought it was going to be really boring but it did improve. It is about plalce conspiracies but there is more to it than that. It involves a shadow world which Ombria is in danger of turning into should the young prince be killed or the regent breaks his will. The illigitamate cousin does all that he can to protect him but even his life is in danger. I think I would like to try more of her work.

Not many people are pleased about Billie Piper being cast in Doctor Who. A few people I know have suggested that they should have stuck to chosing an unknown like they used to do.

I get paid tomorrow which means I get to buy more books. Also I'm going to buy the threads for The Castle. I plan to get some pencils and a good sketch book. I am determined to take up drawing again.

I actually sat the other day and organised how much time I should give to each of my projects every week (this was instead of working on one of them). By the end of it I had added something else onto the list. A few years ago I began reorganising my photo albums and never got round to finishing it. I have promised myself to pick up where I left off.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Since moving to the kids department in work I am being given more and more to do. I am being asked to help promote titles and come up with some ideas. I'm chuffed to have been asked. I think if I was only to stick with my section I would be bored. Today I decided that I was going to sort the tables once and for all as they were badly needing it. It took me a while but I am really pleased with the results. Couldn't stop looking at them. Today was definitely a good day in work.

I'm growing to like "Ombria in Shadow." It's still very much palace intrigue and conspiracies but there is also some magic in it. I would definitely consider reading more of her work. I haven't really been able to get into "Tales of Earthsea" much. I just haven't had the chance to read it properly during breaks. It's usually been too busy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Billie Piper to play the new Doctor Who assistant? That's just wrong. I was looking forward to it coming out but now I am not even sure I will watch it. If they were looking for someone even more annoying than Bonnie Langford then congratulations they've found her.

My boyfriend is thinking of buying a guitar. It would be something we could both learn together. I've always wanted to play the guitar and we really need something else we can do together. Just watching DVD's all the time can't be good for us. Mind you I am usually stitching at the same time (something that drives him up the wall).

I've decided to continue reading "Ombria In Shadow" by Patricia McKillip at home and take "Tales of the Earthsea" by Ursula LeGuin into work with me to read. This is just because I love the cover of the McKillip book and I don't want it to get damaged.

I bought the new wildlife magazine and so far it looks pretty good. There is a good article about sharks and another about aardvarks. The only problem is that it lists a lot of good books in the back. It is so tempting to want to buy them all. Mind you my collection of nature books is very small so maybe I should buil up on it (any excuse).

Monday, May 24, 2004

I did some updates to my blog. I actually filled out my personal profile. I turned my weblog pink and I actually managed to get the comments section working.

I went to see "Troy" which was amazing. A few people walked out because it wasn't true to the story but I don't think it ever pretended to be. Brad Pitt was actually good (not a huge fan) and Orlando Bloom was a bit of a wimp but he looked good doing it. Saw a preview for King Arthur and I'm looking forward to seeing that. Also lets not forget that Shrek2 is out soon.

What else have I been up to? Well I am now reading "Ombria in Shadow" by Patricia McKillip which is quite good. Very much a fantasy novel with the whole idea of evil ruling the city while the good try to think of a way to get rid of the evil. I think it is the first proper fantasy novel I have read in a long time.

I am getting on very well with Celtic Christmas and I did manage to get my updates downloaded into my webshots site. I am now about halfway through the border. I think I will finish it in the next couple of weeks. I am evening planning my nest big project. I've decided to try my hand at a Teresa Wentzler design called "The Castle". Since I love dragons it is about time I stitched something with a dragon in it.

I managed to change my weblog to pink and the comments part is now working. Before you had to click on my name before it would appear.

I'm getting through Celtic Christmas very quickly and I'm already thinking ahead to my next large project. I've decided to do The Castle next. I love dragons so it is about time I worked on a dragon design.

Now reading "Ombria In Shadow" by Patricia McKillip. It's very strange, not at all what I expected. But I am enjoying it.

My French is going well and so is my work.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

I have more updates to post to my webshots site but I can't get on it. I'm not sure if the system is down or if it's just my settings that have disappeared. It's so frustrating because I really wanted to post them and then comment on how far I have gotten on the msn cross stitch group. I'm doing really well. I have finished the beadwork and have made a good start on the border. If I keep this up I will be finished in a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Have picked up my stitching again. I have finished the celtic lady in celtic christmas and I am now working on the bead work before I make a start on the border. I have updated my webshots photo's of my progress. I am very proud of her and love working on it. It has been a while since I did any work on her but it feels as though I just left off from yesterday.

Reading is going well as is my French. I have inspiration on lots of different projects. Unfortunately I can't do them all. So I am going to have to sit down and try and put a structure to everything running through my head. I probably drank too much caffeine which is why I feel the need to do everything at once.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I finished reading Hard-boiled wonderland and the End of the World. It was very strange and not at all what I expected. Now that I have finished I am still not sure what to make of it. It was good though and I am going to do a book review before work. I am now reading Acorna by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Bell. So far I don't think it is anywhere near as good as the Pern of Crystal Singer series. Hopefully the series will get better as I am now halfway through the first book.

Went to see Van Helsing. The boyfriend liked it but I wasn't impressed. For all the effects and action it was still really dull. I felt as though they were trying to hard by putting as many famous monsters as they could into one film. Plus Dracula's little servants sounded too much like Daleks.

Was becoming bored with the internet but have found a really cool craft site. I think I just need to expand on my favourite sites a little more. I'm going to make an authors folder and put (funnily enough) authors websites in there. I'm going to see if there is maybe a good website to help people learn languages.

Speaking of which I am loving my new French book. Because it follows the way we learned in school I'm remembering so much more.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I finished reading "Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre and it was actually better than I thought it would be. I wouldn't class it as one of my favourite books and I do think that one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was that I had such low expectations of it. I found that it was a little difficult to get into. A friend who is also reading it felt the same. She said that it was difficult to get into his frame of mind which I agree with. Once you got used to it though it did start to pick up. Most people I know didn't like the ending but I did. I suppose it was a bit of a cop out but I wouldn't have been happy if it had ended the sad way although it may have had more of an impact. I have now just started "Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami. I've heard good things about this author and I'm looking forward to getting past the first few pages. I decided to try this one first because the back of the book said that it had a science fiction theme. I also have the "Wind Up Bird Chronicle" by the same author. I bought that one because it was recommended at the back of "Miss Wyoming"

I got my art book through, "Learn to Draw Fantasy Art". My sister would say 'I told you so' because so far I'm not impressed with it. I've only had a brief glimpse through it and it wasn't really what I was expecting. I will look through it properly later though.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

I just finished my fourth Douglas Coupland book and again I loved it. This one was "Miss Wyoming". I don't really know how to explain why I like them so much. I think maybe it is partly to do with the characters. The books aren't really that long and are very easy to read. Yet the characters always seem to have so much depth. I did enjoy "Miss Wyoming" but my favourite is still "Hey Nostradamus". I was tempted to buy more of his books but I put it off. I will put "Psychotic Family" aside to buy next month. I am now going to start "Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre which won the booker prize 2003. I've heard different things about this one but hopefully I'll enjoy it.

Was at a works night out last night. So many people are leaving just now. It isn't going to be the same. I still love my job though. I had a good time although I didn't stay long. I have been so tired recently that I haven't been able to do much but read. I think it is because I have stayed up late a few nights to finish a book and haven't allowed myself to catch up on my sleep.

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