It's my birthday, it's my birthday, it's my birthday!

October 25, 2007

It’s my 30th birthday but I have to get up in 6 and a half hours for work so I shouldn’t take long! I’ve just opened some presents and that was really cool.

Janettee sent me (from Australia) 3 pairs of Emily the Strange undies and the book Underground by Andrew McGahan.

Paul gave me ‘Yes, I’m a Witch‘ which is a 17-track CD of Yoko Ono songs remixed/redone by lots of artists. He also gave me Lines of Life: 101 poems by 101 Women, The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, The Dispossessed, and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

And some anonymous person ordered from my Amazon wishlist but didn’t say who it was. So thank you, whoever you are, for The God of Small Things, Female Chauvinist Pigs and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China. Please let me know who you are so I can thank you properly.

I look forward to enjoying them all.

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It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday!

October 25, 2007

It’s my 30th birthday but I have to get up in 6 and a half hours for work so I shouldn’t take long! I’ve just opened some presents and that was really cool.

Janettee sent me (from Australia) 3 pairs of Emily the Strange undies and the book Underground by Andrew McGahan.

Paul gave me ‘Yes, I’m a Witch‘ which is a 17-track CD of Yoko Ono songs remixed/redone by lots of artists. He also gave me Lines of Life: 101 poems by 101 Women, The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, The Dispossessed, and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

And some anonymous person ordered from my Amazon wishlist but didn’t say who it was. So thank you, whoever you are, for The God of Small Things, Female Chauvinist Pigs and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China. Please let me know who you are so I can thank you properly.

I look forward to enjoying them all.


3 years and counting

October 21, 2007

I forgot to say in my last post that today is Paul and my third anniversary!
Near the Giardini, Venice
Here we are looking gorgeous together in Venice.


Paul's mum in town

October 21, 2007

Paul’s Mum was in town on the weekend and we had a number of lovely meals out, including lunch today at the Tate Modern Restaurant (which has great views of London). Paul bought me a gorgeous Philippe Starck watch which totally rocks (see pic below). Paul’s Mum bought me some gloves from Sage Brown which will be very handy in winter when my hands usually freeze! Sage Brown sell all sorts of ‘exotic‘ leather goods and we witnessed the shop assistant explaining what ostrich leg leather was to a man inspecting a wallet that cost more than £200 (English wasn’t his first language but I think he did work out what an ostrich was eventually).

There is a little pile of parcels on Paul’s wardrobe floor which are all for me for my thirtieth birthday on Thursday and I’m not allowed to open them till then (there are Amazon parcels of stuff Paul bought and there’s a parcel from Janettee in Australia!). I feel so spoilt already.
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Paul’s mum in town

October 21, 2007

Paul’s Mum was in town on the weekend and we had a number of lovely meals out, including lunch today at the Tate Modern Restaurant (which has great views of London). Paul bought me a gorgeous Philippe Starck watch which totally rocks (see pic below). Paul’s Mum bought me some gloves from Sage Brown which will be very handy in winter when my hands usually freeze! Sage Brown sell all sorts of ‘exotic‘ leather goods and we witnessed the shop assistant explaining what ostrich leg leather was to a man inspecting a wallet that cost more than £200 (English wasn’t his first language but I think he did work out what an ostrich was eventually).

There is a little pile of parcels on Paul’s wardrobe floor which are all for me for my thirtieth birthday on Thursday and I’m not allowed to open them till then (there are Amazon parcels of stuff Paul bought and there’s a parcel from Janettee in Australia!). I feel so spoilt already.
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The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden

October 21, 2007

I recently bought a book called How to Raise Your Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. It’s quite interesting. He has also written books called Six Pillars of Self-Esteem and Honoring the Self, which I would like to look at.

The following is from an Amazon review of Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Carmen Matthews:

The 6 pillars are:
1. Live Consciously
This requires us to be fully in the present moment. And for most, this takes a bit of practice, because many of us are
conditioned to disown the here and now, to survive what we have thought that we cannot handle.

2. Accept Yourself
Yes. You have flaws and attributes. You also have the opportunity to enhance who you are, by accepting everything
about yourself. In fact, the only way to enhance who you are is to accept yourself.

3. Take Responsibility for Your Experiences
Through my journey, I have learned to be in conversations where I say to myself, “It comes down to ‘this is where you
end, and I begin,'” Saying such an affirmation has helped me to congruently say what I will and will not experience. And this is quite liberating not only to myself, but also to my interlocutor (most of the time)

4. Assert Who You Are
Honor what you think, feel, believe, need and want. Yes, for many readers this may be a challenge. But the results
of accepting this challenge are wonderfully fulfilling.

5. Live Purposefully
Make an agreement with yourself to reach your highest potential, while you maintain balance in your life.

6. Maintain Your Integrity
Know exactly what your principles are. And stick to them, no matter what others think or do.


The countdown is on

October 17, 2007

In two days Paul’s Mum will be in town for the weekend. In four days it is Paul and my third anniversary. In eight days it is my thirtieth birthday and in nine days my sister arrives for three weeks and my three week holiday from work begins. Yay!!!!

Not that I’m counting down the hours or anything.