sore lower back – ouch! and the selfish gene

March 13, 2008

I came home from work today after spending half an hour lying on my back under my desk. Now I’m sitting in bed with really sore lower back pain. I should probably be lying on my back but after doing that for the last few hours I got bored!
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I’m currently reading the Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (I’m up to page 28) and I’m enjoying re-learning the biology I learnt at school but have since forgotten. I’m hoping to know all about evolution and biology when I finish (well maybe ‘all about’ from one book isn’t possible, but I’ll know a lot more than before).

I really want to read more nonfiction this year. And I decided I had to stop buying books so I went and requested a heap of books at my local library and I now have nine books waiting for me! I may have gotten a little carried away with the requesting. I seriously thought about going home via the library today to pick up the nine books but decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to carry a huge sack of books home with a sore back! Wow, I’m so sensible.

Anyway, I’d better get off the internet and lie down flat again I suppose.


Sickness in London

January 13, 2008

Well I have just gotten over tonsillitis, again!!!! I went home early from work last Tuesday and stayed in bed pretty much till Sunday.

I missed Renee and Jason’s farewell drinks Friday night, Lauren and Roz’s farewell party in Brighton on Saturday afternoon and Tina’s 30th birthday party Saturday night back in London (and I had planned to go to all of them!). I am on antibiotics – my third course of them in the last couple of months. I’m wondering about getting my tonsils removed as it’s the second lot of tonsillitis I’ve had in the last couple of months and I do get it every year, I think.

On Sunday, I went to the Tate Modern gallery to see the Louise Bourgeois exhibition again as it was finishing on the weekend. Her sculptures are really amazing and some are quite frightening. I also watched quite a few of William Kentridge’s beautiful animations. After that, Paul and I went into town and wandered around a bit, looking in shops and wandering through streets and alleyways and had dinner at Wagamama in Leicester Square.

I’m so over getting sick!


I'm back

January 5, 2008

After stupidly letting my domain name expire, it’s taken a week or so to get the new registration sorted and back online. Whoops. Better not do that again.

So what’s happened since then?

On Christmas Day we had lunch with Renee and Jason and a colleague of Renee’s at a restaurant called Little Bay. It was pretty cool with great, crazy decorations but as London has NO public transport on Christmas Day (yeah, I can’t believe it either) we spent £30 each way on cab fairs. We could have walked there like Renee and Jason did but it may have taken us longer than their two hours (each way). Plus, it was raining. It was very yummy food and we enjoyed ourselves until a woman came and told us she’d booked the table from 3 (it was nearly 3.30 by this point) and her Aunt had diabetes and needed to eat soon. If she had booked a table from 3 and the restaurant wasn’t seating them, she needed to take it up with the restaurant. We guessed that the restaurant people must have told her that we were sitting at ‘her’ table. And she didn’t actually ask us to leave or be quick – she just told us we were at her table and her aunt needed to sit down! I think our booking was from 12 until 3 but we left pretty much as soon as we’d had all our courses (which hadn’t finished arriving when the woman approached us) and we hadn’t had anything said to us by the waiting staff about being there too late – if there was a problem, it was the restaurant’s fault. I still can’t believe that woman thought it was ok to come and interrupt our lunch. Strange!

I didn’t go out on New Year’s Eve because I had a head cold so Paul and I stayed home watching interesting videos online. And now I’m back at work again.

Paul and I spent a lot of our break at home, tidying, reading, surfing the internet. We did go and see Will Smith’s new film I Am Legend which was ok for a vampire/zombie film – nothing spectacular.


I’m back

January 5, 2008

After stupidly letting my domain name expire, it’s taken a week or so to get the new registration sorted and back online. Whoops. Better not do that again.

So what’s happened since then?

On Christmas Day we had lunch with Renee and Jason and a colleague of Renee’s at a restaurant called Little Bay. It was pretty cool with great, crazy decorations but as London has NO public transport on Christmas Day (yeah, I can’t believe it either) we spent £30 each way on cab fairs. We could have walked there like Renee and Jason did but it may have taken us longer than their two hours (each way). Plus, it was raining. It was very yummy food and we enjoyed ourselves until a woman came and told us she’d booked the table from 3 (it was nearly 3.30 by this point) and her Aunt had diabetes and needed to eat soon. If she had booked a table from 3 and the restaurant wasn’t seating them, she needed to take it up with the restaurant. We guessed that the restaurant people must have told her that we were sitting at ‘her’ table. And she didn’t actually ask us to leave or be quick – she just told us we were at her table and her aunt needed to sit down! I think our booking was from 12 until 3 but we left pretty much as soon as we’d had all our courses (which hadn’t finished arriving when the woman approached us) and we hadn’t had anything said to us by the waiting staff about being there too late – if there was a problem, it was the restaurant’s fault. I still can’t believe that woman thought it was ok to come and interrupt our lunch. Strange!

I didn’t go out on New Year’s Eve because I had a head cold so Paul and I stayed home watching interesting videos online. And now I’m back at work again.

Paul and I spent a lot of our break at home, tidying, reading, surfing the internet. We did go and see Will Smith’s new film I Am Legend which was ok for a vampire/zombie film – nothing spectacular.


Weekend plans

December 1, 2007

Tonight Paul and I are going to Modular at the nightclub Turnmills. I can’t believe that I have lived in London for so long and haven’t been out clubbing. I’m very excited about it but also worried about a) not being able to stay out very late and b) my (recently sprained) ankle not being able to take the dancing pace for long – but I will just try to rest it when it’s sore. Today I got some new Reebok sneakers that I’m going to wear tonight. Hopefully comfy shoes will help.

I’m currently reading Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin in the Earthsea Quartet book I have. I was reading it on the train on the way home from work last night and some random woman asked me where I got it (from Amazon) and how much she loved it and she told me she was into Vortex Healing and I should look it up and it had totally changed her life and healed her dyslexia. She is Irish, currently living on a farm in Portugal and just in London because Amma is coming next week. She was very friendly and enthusiastic. She was off to yoga somewhere.

Last night I had planned to go to the Tate Britain for a members only night but Paul was sick and it was raining so I didn’t go. I hope he’s ok to go out this evening. We’re going to a party first too.


sick, again!

November 28, 2007

I saw a doctor today as I have been coughing, a lot, for the last 11 days, and it seems I have a chest infection! Bloody hell. She didn’t want to give me antibiotics because I had them about a month ago for tonsilitis but she gave them to me because I have an infection in my lungs. I’m so sick of being sick. And I returned the crutches that I borrowed for my sprained ankle (which I did at the end of the tonsilitis)! It’s still a bit sore and I’m a little worried about it when Paul and I go out dancing on Saturday night to a club but I’ll just have to sit down when it hurts.

Tonight we’re going to see the Masque of the Red Death which I’m very excited about. It sounds amazing. I hope I don’t cough too much, but if I do I’m hoping it will add to the whole plague theme going on.


More books for therapy

April 26, 2007

I have purchased a couple more books on the advice of my therapist.
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