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Sun, Jul. 14th, 2013, 08:38 am

I've been very quiet here, mainly because I've had BIG NEWS that I couldn't share yet and everything else has seemed pointless in comparison. Now, though, I can share it freely and say I'm going to have a baby. Had my first ultrasound scan this week and the kid is looking healthy. Due late January.

Happy and scary.

Found out I was pregnant a whole week into new job, which meant an awkward conversation with line manager, but at least I know my contract isn't going to end partway through pregnancy or maternity leave (a major hazard of fixed-term contracts and IMO one of the main reasons women are put off working in science).

Sadly, maternity leave not as good as my last job, but at least I get something.

Sun, Jan. 8th, 2012, 05:07 pm
Stealth veg!

Don't like leafy green veg but want to get the health benefits? (or like it but want an easy way to include more in your diet without feeling like a rabbit? Or want an easy way to get more veg into your kids?)

Some of the other people on the same low-sat-fat diet for MS as me have introduced me to the concept of green smoothies. Theory is, make a smoothie as normal in a blender, but instead of using all fruit, 40% of the ingredients are leafy green veg (kale and spinach recommended particularly often). You might need to blend it slightly longer to get it smooth.
Simple as that. The key point is you can't taste the veg, it tastes just like a normal fruit smoothie. Don't believe me? Give it a go...

Thu, Mar. 3rd, 2011, 06:57 pm
A Dance With Dragons

T - 131 days, and counting...

See grrm

Fri, Feb. 25th, 2011, 07:14 pm
Un Lun Dun

Finished this today, and it's extremely good. I can't help feeling how much a little me would have adored a book where the hero is a *girl* and not the pretty one everyone pays attention to - and some very cool fantastical ideas. I still love reading good kids SF/F. 5 stars.

Tue, Nov. 16th, 2010, 09:24 pm
Run!

Following the bandwagon of many friends I've signed up for next year's Great Manchester Run (but hey, apart from the lovely Mr Harber, you were all following my bandwagon from this year ;-) ).
Was happy last time to come in at just under an hour and a half (honestly, was happy even to complete it). Must actually fit in more than 2 training runs this time round...

Mon, Aug. 30th, 2010, 04:34 pm
Pointless distraction

Name a cover version that's better than the original - I'll start the ball rolling with Metallica's cover of "whiskey in the jar"

Sun, Jul. 25th, 2010, 02:16 pm
Tatton park RHS flower show

Show gardens mixed - some fantastic, some tedious groupings of bedding plants. Ace range of specialist growers. Walked miles. Returned with lemon thyme (will live indoors as last time I had one the slugs stripped it bare in 1 night), Gaura lindheimeri 'whirling butterflies' (tall and airy with pretty white flowers), Agapanthus 'navy blue' (to stay in a pot till we've moved house) and 3 different ferns (coz they'll cope with the dark damp back garden and maybe brighten it up a bit).

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010, 07:48 pm
Factory farms petition

Cruel and horrible...
From http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/factoryfarm - sign the petition!

Big companies are planning to build huge 'mega-dairies' in Lincolnshire. These huge, US-style factory farms keep cows inside all year to get as much milk - and as much profit - as they can. The cows aren't even fed on grass.

But lots of people don't want these intensive farms to come to the UK. There would be an increased risk of disease spreading, and the huge amount of waste that the cows produce can create real problems for the farm's neighbours. And smaller, traditional dairy farmers could be put out of business if these big farms become more commonplace.

But if enough of us come together to put pressure on Lincolnshire councils to stop these big factory farms, we can make sure we don't end up with lots of them in the UK.

Sat, Jun. 26th, 2010, 12:18 am
work, garden

Getting into a rhythm with work now. Still end up doing a 40 hour week, but with a few early finishes built in, and I know if I feel like I need to, I can always slow down. Some cool colleagues. Starting to build up work, which is great. I'll be doing a v brief presentation at the account team meeting in July, so I was preparing a slide for it - literally just a "hello, here's what I've been doing" affair - 1 slide - 2 mins. Made me reflect on what I have been doing, though - which generally cheers me up and is something I should make time to do more often. Good to have some truly free time, though, and much of mine has involved the garden. It's fabulous this year - the harsh winter followed by summer sunshine seems to have worked well for the plants. My agapanthus has 2 fat buds on it, the clematis, violas, fuchsia, lavender and rose are all in full bloom. Trying to make plans to see people, too.

Thu, Jun. 24th, 2010, 08:36 pm
Relaxing evening again

Had an early finish today at 4.30, drove over to Cheadle to pick Karl up from work, went to Nandos to eat out, came home and found a Buddleja Buzz had been delivered that I ordered months back and had forgotten about, planted it, watered other plants, sat in the sunshine reading for a bit, did the washing up from breakfast, booked for Odyssey. And it's still only 8.30! Aaaaaaahhhhhhh

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