Thursday, September 30, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
I also bought some craft things. I bought a pad of different papers which I thought might come in handy for my card making and scrapbook. I also bought some Christmas stamps which I plan to try out on some cards tomorrow. And then I bought what I actually went in for white threat and cards to finish the Halloween cards.
I attached the Halloween designs to the cards last night and I'm pleased with the end results. I hope the little ones like them.
I am still reading the Eric Van Lustbader book but I am finding it difficult to get into. I don't have any notes on the first one after all. At the time I was starting a new job so I neglected writing up these things. I do remember quite a lot I'm just finding the story a little dull and slow paced. That and I want to get into the Douglas Coupland book. I'll keep going with it though, it might improve.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Actually got some stuff done.
What else did I do? Well, I updated my CV and filled in an application form for a promotion that I am going for. Don't think that I will get it but I am going to try anyway. I also registered for the French Open University course. I am only going to start with French. The reason for this is that the beginners Spanish starts in November and it is a little late to register. Instead I am going to leave that one until next November. It just means that I will be doing the course a little slower than I expected but there isn't a time frame in which you have to complete a degree.
I finished a Christmas card yesterday too. It is only a freebie from one of the magazines and so not worth photographing (a cute card though). I then started the next round robin design. I have left this one a little later than the others because of my holiday but I still have time to get it finished and then pass it on. This one has an angel theme. I chose a design from one of my books. The angel is flying through the air carrying a basket of animals. It's sweeter than it sounds. Later today I will fill out the little journal that we pass along with them and I should have the design finished by the end of the week.
Lastly I made a start on catching up with my penpals. Hopefully I will get another one today and then that's me more or less caught up with everything. Oh, I forgot to mention that I picked up my books again. I'm just studying the stuff I went over before the holiday and next week I will move onto the next part.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Sunday, September 26, 2004
One of the things I have to do is look up notes I may have taken on book one of the Pearl saga by Eric Van Lustbader. It was almost a year ago I read it and I am now reading book two. I think I have remembered most of it but I would still like to read any notes I might have on it in case there is something important I have forgotten. Haven't read much of book two so all I can tell you is that it looks promising.
I think I am coming down with a cold. My nose has been all yucky this morning and I've been sneezing all morning too. I hate colds.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Ghost Light and Survivor
While I was watching it I finished stitching those Halloween cards. I got the day glow thread yesterday and it really does glow in the dark. Yes, I was sad enough to test it out! Next week I will get some nice brightly colour cards to attach the stitching to. Somehow I don't think that the pink ones I bought for the charity stitch would be a good choice for them. Next I am going to do some Christmas cards.
After watching the DVD I finished reading "Survivor" by Chuck Palahniuk. A friend recommended this one to me. Most of the way through it I couldn't decide whether or not I liked it. It was a good book and I found that the more I read on the more difficult it was to put down. I still don't think it is one of my favourites but I would consider reading more by this author. I think what partly put me off was that I didn't like the film "Fight Club" based on his movie of the same name. I must be the only person in the world who didn't like it. I did get the ending and from that I can see why everyone does like it but the rest of the film just didn't appeal to me in the slightest.
Again I haven't done any writing or studying this week. I have nothing planned for my days off this week so I will be doing some then. Last Sunday I was still jet lagged and then on Monday I was visiting my best friend. I have lots of ideas so hopefully I will get the chance to work on them.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Finished Song of Susannah
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
I feel bad actually. I've told more than a few people that he is going blind and so the Dark Tower is going to be his last book. Oops! Glad he's not. I'm glad he isn't giving up writing either. I have enjoyed the Dark Tower series and would say that it is his best work yet. I am looking forward to see what else he produces.
The Darks Tower
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
I love Halloween. I love the costumes and all the stuff you can buy at the shops. I love the Halloween cross stitch kits. I just wish that a bigger deal was made of it here. When we were in America there was actually a Halloween store filled with every kind of costume and all the bits and bobs to decorate your house. In the Disney store there was a huge Halloween selection. I bought my sister back a beanie Mickey dressed as a pumpkin but there was so much more. I could have went nuts and bought everything. My best friend mentioned yesterday that a few years ago the Disney store here had a villains line for Halloween. They had a selection of good with the Disney villains especially for Halloween. I'm sorry I missed it. Apparently though it sold very well but they still haven't brought it back in again since. I may take a gander nearer the time to see if they have anything.
Still, I think it is a shame that although we celebrate it we don't really go all out the way the Americans do. Maybe when I get my own place I can have Halloween parties and use it as an excuse to decorate the house, lol.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Still tired and Stephen King
I also did some reading. I finished reading "A Coyotes in the House" by Elmore Leonard. Another children's book and quite a good one. In this a dog has decided that he is fed up with being a Hollywood star and a pet and wants to live on the wild side. So he asks a Coyote if he would swap places with him. It is a funny story and very sweet. However, everyone I spoke to claimed that it was amazing and I wouldn't go that far. I would recommend it though to kids who want to read something light and a little bit different.
I am now reading the sixth book in Stephen Kings Gunslinger series, "The Song of Susannah". I started it last night and already I am a third of the way through it. The last book was a brilliant one and I think that this one is going to be in the same league. It took me just reading the first chapter to remember all the strange occurrences throughout the story and all the questions we were left with at the end of the last one. So far none of those questions have been answered but more information is being given as I go along. It think this one is going to be just as strange as the last one too. I love the illustrations too. I don't have books one to four in hardback so I don't know what they are like. However, the illustrations in books 5 and six are very different in style. Both are very dark but the illustrations in book six seem to be as though from a dream. That's the best way I can describe it. Anyway, I think this series is Kings best work. Can't wait to get onto book seven which is out this month.
As yet I still haven't done any crafts either. I have got some inspiration though after looking through my magazines today. I am thinking of making some Halloween cards for my nieces. I just spotted them in the mag today and they are very cute. I'll post a picture when I do them. I also plan to make some more Christmas cards soon.
Both my writing and my French have been left behind a bit. That is something I am going to make a point of working on next week. I will have to register for my French course soon and I don't want to get too far behind on all the work I put in before my holiday. Also I still have that doctor who story niggling at the back of my head. So I haven't ran out of inspiration or ideas I just haven't had the time to work on it. I will finish it.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Paralympics and West Wing
West Wing Season 4 is finally being shown on terrestrial tv. The box set on DVD is out next month but never mind. Actually I found it difficult to pay attention to it. It was good to finally see an episode that I hadn't seen before with all my favourite characters but I was basically just trying my hardest to keep my eyes open. I can't even tell you if it is a good episode or not. It is part one though and part two is next week (unless of course good old channel four decides to play havock with the schedule like they usually do).
I will try to keep up with the paralympics though because I am interested in it. Britain did well in Sydney and came in second on the league table. From what I have been reading we are expecting to do just as well this time round.
There was a lot I had wanted to do too. I wanted to get back into my usual routine of some study, writing and then doing some crafts but obviously I haven't been able to do that. I will tomorrow though.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Crafts & Writing Update
To be honest I haven't even thought about my writing. Will take a look at it at the weekend.
Shadowmancer, The Divide and Absolution Gap
I finally finished Absolution Gap this morning and I loved it. In the beginning it was a little confusing because there were two timelines. One involved the characters we knew from the previous books and the other involving different characters. I couldn't see how these two timelines were at all linked. It became obvious near the end though and I thought it was well done. I was a little disappointed with the ending though. It just didn't feel as though the enough time was spent on it. It felt as though it linked the two together and then it was a little rushed. I would still highly recommend it however. It is a great trilogy for most sci fi fans.
Over my holiday I read another children's book called The Divide by Elizabeth Kay. This was a great book and a quick read. I think that any kid who likes the Harry Potter books will like this simply because it has magic and lots of mythical creatures. I would also recommend it to others as it is both moving and funny.
I'm an idiot and sports stuff
Since being in San Fran have expanded my recent interest in sports. When on a tour of the SF Giants baseball park I took a huge interest in that. It is nearing the end of the season but I am going to try to keep up with it. I have to admit that I have always liked the look of baseball and would love to go to a match someday.
Also watched some of the American Football and some of the tennis US Open. Can't say that I followed the football too closely but I do like the tennis. Again something I have always wanted to follow but never have. A young guy from Dumblane won the Jr US Open which impressed me. I also heard that he did very well in Wimbledon too.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Anyway, as I said there wasn't a day we didn't do anything and we visited most of the normal tourist places. We toured alcatraz, we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge, we took a tour of the Ball Park, we walked through China town, we walked around Golden Gate Park and we went shopping in union square. We also visited the zoo but didn't have time for the Castro or High-Ashbury. I regret not seeing those places. Of course that just gives us an excuse to go back again. When we walked over the Golden Gate Bridge we walked down to Sosalito which is a beautiful place. We also did a trip to Yosemite. That is another regret. Because there was so much traveling involved we were lucky if we spent more than 3 hours in the park. I think that next time we will make a point of bringing the right footwear and spend a few days so that we can go hiking and really see it properly.
We also sat in Versuvio which was the bar of choice by both Jack Kerouac and Ernst Hemingway. We then went next door to the famous "City Lights" book store which is a lovely place to browse (and of course we bought a few things).
I can't for a minute decide which was my favourite. I think if we had been able to spend more time in Yosemite it would have been that.
Monday, September 13, 2004
One last Olympics Update
Britain came 10th. We won 30 gold medals, 9 of which were gold. Kelly Holmes won a second gold meal and this time for the women's 1500m race. She did so well that on the closing ceremony she was chosen as the flag carrier.