Monday, December 27, 2004

 

Book Crossing

I have heard of people doing this before. You finish reading a book which means a lot to you. Instead of just leaving it to sit on your shelf you pass it on for someone else to read. It doesn't even have to be to someone you know. You can leave it on a bus or in a coffee shop for someone else to pick up. There is now a website dedicated to it called book crossing .com. Actually the site has probably been there a little while but I just newly came across it. On this website you register the book you are leaving. You write your own journal notes on it and your book is given its own ID number. If someone else picks it up they then write their own journal notes on it.

It sounds like a really good idea. I can understand that it won't always work but it is certainly worth trying even if it is just out of interest. I might consider doing it. The only problem is that I would have to buy a fresh copy of the book. I have problems giving books away never mind giving away ones that mean a lot to me.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas.

I had a great Christmas despite the fact that I was ill most of the time. At the moment I am recovering from the flu. I got lots of great pressies and everyone seemed to like the gifts from me. Christmas day was quiet with just my boyfriend and family. It was nice though. I have to admit that I am glad that the rush up to it is over. It doesn't matter how organised I am to begin with it always goes to pot and then I get stressed. Well it is over now and everything turned out well.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

 

Updates

First of all my Christmas shopping is finished and most of it is rapped and under the tree. I want to get a couple of extras. I want to get something extra for my boyfriend and my sister. Something small but fun. I even bought the secret Santa gift for my work. Now I can relax and enjoy the run up to Christmas with lots of Christmas songs and movies. The only thing I am not enjoying is trying to get home from work. In the morning going in it is okay since it is so early. Going home though is a bit of a nightmare. It's just so busy and everyday now feels the way it does when I try to get home on a Saturday. No point in stressing about it though. If I do that I only spoil things for myself.

I have also been able to do a lot of stitching. I got quite a bit of the Castle done. I have just about finished the dragon and now all I need to do is a few finishing touches to the face and the end of the tail. I will then begin work on the rocks which hopefully won't take me too long. The part I am dreading is the backstitch. There is just so much of it but I can usually do backstitch quite quickly and it does make a big difference to the design.

The scarf was a big hit with my sister. At first she didn't believe that I had made it. Apparently all her friends at uni were asking her where I bought it for her so that they can get one. She quite smugly told them that I had made it. I'm glad she likes it. Since she likes it so much I have plans to knit a blanket for her next year. She loves the blanket my gran made for her so I thought it would be a good idea to make another one that way she can swap them around when they are being washed.

I have begun writing again. I was inspired by a book I read during the week, "Life After God" by Douglas Coupland. It didn't inspire me because of it's style or because it was so good (although it was good). Basically after I finished it I just felt so depressed. It made me think that I don't want to go through life without having achieving something or without attempting to anyway. A big thing for me is my writing which I have put off in the last six months. I have decided to move on from fan fiction. I apologise as I know there was one person who reading something I was working on. It doesn't mean that I have totally given up on it. I still enjoy doing it. It's just that I now want to concentrate on my own work. I have notes for a possible trilogy which I have decided to aim at children. I have got back to it again and have begun writing passages for the first book. So far I am pleased with the way it is turning out although it will be a very long time before it is completed.

I'm not sure if this is the way the book is supposed to make you feel but it's the way it affected me. It is not my favorite Coupland book but it was still good. I now have to wait almost a year for his next book.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

 

Blunkett

Blunkett resigned after allegations that he had given his lovers nanny extra help to get a visa. This is after him sending so many asylum seekers away. There was a photo of him in one of the papers. In the photo it was obvious he had been crying. I don't agree with his views on most things. Actually in most of his views I completely disagree. When seeing this photo though I couldn't help but feel for him. I don't like seeing anyone cry. Not because it makes me feel uncomfortable. I guess I just felt so sorry for him. He obviously loved his job a great deal. I also think that he truly believed he let people down. Despite what he did and what he believes in I can't not feel for him.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

 

Relaxing Day

Yesterday I had a lovely relaxing day. I spent most of the day listening to Christmas Carols while writing out my Christmas Cards. I also wrote out a few letters that I needed to do so I am now up to date before Christmas (that almost never happens). I'll post them all out next week.

I also did some more stitching to The Castle and as you can see I even took the time to update it on my webshots page. I also fixed the loose ends on the scarf for my sister and posted a photo of that too. I now just need to wrap it but that will have to wait until tomorrow when I get home before her.

I finished "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith. I'm glad I read it, it was a good read although I still say I would have fallen in love with it had I read it when I was a teen. I would still recommend it to those who want to read something that maybe takes them back to being a teen. It isn't for everyone though. If you aren't particularly girly or don't like books with even a little romance in it then it isn't for you. It wasn't just about romance it was also about families, friendship and growing up. I'm now curious about the film.

I also watched "12 Angry Men" for the first time. For all those movie lovers I know it's shocking that I haven't seen it before. I loved it! It was so clever and moving. I definitely want this one to add to my DVD collection.

The most exciting thing of my day (and the sad thing is that I am excited) was that I got my course materials through for my open university course. I got a couple of books including some exercise booklets and my course work. I was also sent two video tapes, CD's and some blank tapes. Today I am going to spend some time going through them. I can't wait to get started. I have all the dates for my course work and thankfully the first one isn't until the end of march. My training for my new position will be over by then and I will have had a chance to get settled.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

 

Finished scarf

I finished the scarf I was knitting. I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I just have to get rid of the ends from when I went onto a knew ball of wool. Since it is for my sister I have to wait until she goes out to work tonight to do that. I'll post a picture of it then. I was knitting while my best friend was over and she greatly admired it. She actually said that she should get it instead. It is actually just as well because I have plans to knit her one with the same type of wool for next Christmas. She liked the purples in the scarf but I was thinking of using blue instead since that's her favourite colour. Lets hope the shop gets it back in after Christmas.

I am about two thirds of the way through "I Capture the Castle". It isn't what I expected it to be. I didn't realise that it was set in the 30's. Actually I didn't realise how old the book actually is. It is good although a little bit soppy for me. Too much of it is about falling in love. I think if I had read it while I was a teen I would have fallen in love with the book. I would like to see the film based on it.

Friday, December 10, 2004

 

My Wool Came

I ran out of wool for the scarf I was knitting. I thought I would have enough but didn't realise how little you get in a ball. Apparently it is hard to get a hold of but I got it through today. I might get it done in time for Christmas after all.

I picked up The Castle last night for the first time in ages. I was planning to stitch some of it today but since I got my wool I will be working on that instead. It's a shame in a way because I was getting back into it again.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

 

Christmas equals Lazy

I'm not being lazy at work. If anything the Christmas period is causing me to work harder. I mean it is making me lazy with all my hobbies. Since December all my crafts have gone out the window. I haven't touched anything. I made one card for a friend. But I still have some birthday cards to make. I still have a scarf to finish (although that has more to do with the shop not having any of the wool I need left). I have all the things I need to start the zoo scrap book pages but haven't made a start. I haven't written a proper book review in months. I have also neglected my journal. To be honest I am just too tired to do anything else but sit and read (this explains how quickly I read Jonathan Strange).

The only thing I have done recently is finish the round robin square which is due this month. The next one I stitch will be for my own piece. I still haven't received mine yet but I don't think I will get it before Christmas. It has still to be passed on to the person before me. It is late but the member who is holding it up has very good reason so I am not going to get all annoyed or worried. I'll get it eventually and with all my plans for after Christmas I won't be able to start it straight away.

I am very much taken with knitting. I plan on buying a book that has patterns for knitting blankets. I think that a few of them will make Christmas presents next year.

 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I finished this today. After what I felt was a very slow start this turned out to be a very good read. I found it to be a bit slow for the first one hundred pages but after that I couldn't put it down. Especially in the last part of the book. The story is based on two unlikely characters who get together to try and restore magic to England. While this story is being told we are also given some details into the history of magic and mans relationship with fairies. It is set during the early 19th century and so tries to put across some of the atmosphere of those times. There are some phrases in there which I am sure would never have been found in the book had it really been written in those times. I think that was part of the charm though. I liked the fact that the author freely expressed herself using modern terms when she felt the need to. Other than the slow start the only thing I found irritating was the footnotes which I found to be a little excessive. They gave a history to the idea of magicians in Britain but at times I found them to be irritating. It is my own fault though. Occasionally I would be paying too much attention the actual interaction between the characters that I wouldn't notice that there is footnote mark until I see the actual footnote at the bottom of the page. I would recommend it though. You don't have to be a fantasy or even a Harry Potter fan to enjoy it. As long as you enjoy a good long read then you might get something out of it.

I am now reading "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith. I haven't read much of it yet so don't want to judge. I have heard from a few people that it is a great read so I am looking forward to getting into it.

I am also reading "Christmas Mystery" by Jostein Gaarder. I learned about this one last Christmas but it was too late to begin it. So this year I made a point of buying a copy before December. With this book you are supposed to read a chapter a day up until the last one which lands on Christmas Eve. Every day a little boy is opening the doors to a magic advent calendar. In each door he finds a sheet of paper which tells part of a tale. It's a very sweet story and I am very much enjoying it. I am also trying my hardest not to just finish it rather than read a chapter a day.

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