Saturday morning

26 May

I’m in my local internet cafe, right now but I’m leaving in a couple of minutes to go to the City Lit for my final WordPress course. Am going to try to start updating my blog regularly once more. I was so full of good intentions, but I’ve met a lovely male e-mail pal (you know who you are!) and most of the time that I’ve been online this week, I’ve been writing to him and instant messaging him 🙂 Must fly now – but will write some more during class. Am now in the classroom and hoping that I’m going to get some tips on how to spruce up this blog a bit.


Tuesday – not my favourite day

15 May


Well, it’s Tuesday morning and that new week buzz has worn off a bit. Maybe it’s just the weather – cold, grey, wet – it’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through May. I’m also feeling a bit tired and when I woke up this morning, I had a slight headache and felt a bit light-headed. The high blood pressure perhaps? It is pretty high, the top figure was 160, the last time I had a reading. Apparently, if you have a top figure of 180 or more, you need to be admitted to hospital as a matter of urgency. While I’m not THAT bad yet, I must be at quite an increased risk of having a heart attack or a stroke and, the occasional spell of boredom aside, I’m very happy with life right now, and I want to be around for a long time to come. So I’ll probably need some medication from my doctor in order to lower my blood pressure. Oh well, that’s easy enough. What will be even harder will be making the necessary lifestyle changes, like losing weight and making moderate exercise a daily habit. But I HAVE to, it’s not just about my vanity any more. On my blog, I will document my progress in getting slim and fit, that may spur me on a bit. Hope so!

I went to my Italian class last night and really enjoyed it. Everything I learned fifteeen years ago for GCSE Italian is beginning to come back to me. I have another course at the City Lit tonight – French For Rusty A-Level – and I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten since I last studied French, also fifteen years ago. The subjunctive – what’s that? Well everyone in the class seems to know, except me. They all speak French far more fluently than me too, so this definitely isn’t my favourite class. I’m an incurable perfectionist and I like to excel at everything I do. I don’t like to feel a failure.

I’m going home at 12pm for a bite to eat and a natter over the phone to an old friend from uni. I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better then. Nothing like food and good conversation to lift one’s spirits  🙂 Might give big sis a ring too and get the latest news about my little nephews.

Tomorrow, I’ll write in depth about a specific topic. I might wtite a bit about my thought s for the day and my rouitne too. But I don’t want to solely concentrate on that. It’d soon get deadly boring, lol.

New week

14 May

Well, it’s 11am Monday morning and I’m currently tapping away in an internet cafe in my home town of Edgware. I’m feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, in spite of only having got three hours sleep last night, which is pretty standard for me! Yesterday, I felt absolutely grotty because I hadn’t slept a wink the previous night due to this nasty chesty cough which is apparently going around. I intended to post to my blog last night, but was just too fed up to get round to it. Today, the cough is marginally better, but more importantly, it’s the start of a new week (am I the only person to positively embrace Mondays?) with all the promise that that holds. I can forget about the failures of the previous week (such as not reaching my target weight loss!) and concentrate on tring to achieve all the things on my to-do list. Procrastination is my worst enemy, although that isn’t usually a problem until about late afternoon, as I’m definitely a lark as opposed to a night owl. Well, I AM up a lot in the wee small hours because for the last six months I’ve suffered from chronic insomnia, but that’s definitely not when I feel at my most productive or creative (understatement!).

Back again 🙂 Just had a chicken burger and rice to eat in a cafe, a few doors away and I’m now feeling well-nourished and ready to write some more. I’m looking forward to my beginners Italian course, at the City Lit (Holborn) tonight because there was no class last week, due to the bank holiday. The other students seem to be a friendly bunch and there’s plenty of chance for interaction during role-plays. Will have to leave from either Canons Park or Edgware tube today at 4:45pm because it takes about an hour to get to Holborn. The course finishes at 9pm, which means I won’t be back until at least 10pm – so I won’t get a chance to update my blog until tomorrow morning. Sadly, I no longer have broadband at home and my computer is extremely ancient  and dusty.

Well, it’s now 4:30pm and I’m starting to feel a little restless. I really must try to find some voluntary work to do on the days when I don’t have college in the mornings or afternoons, so that I can have more face-to-face interaction with people.  I’ve replied to a couple of e-mails earlier and this afternoon, I had a nice telephone conversation with my older sister, this afternoon but I really am looking forward to my class tonight where I’ll get the chance to chat to my fellow students. I havn’t done much in the way of exercise yet today, so I think I’ll go for an invigorating fifteen minute long brisk walk in a few minutes. I really must do at least fifteen minutes of moderate exertion a day because it’s vital that I do something to try and decrease my blood pressure, which is worryingly high. Ater that, it”ll be time to catch the train, which will definitely boost my mood. I love travelling by tube, I’m an unashamed people-watcher and I love to surreptitiously observe all the species of Londoners that can be found on the underground. When I get bored with that, then I can always entertain myself with my new kindle. How I ever got by without one, I’ll never know. I’ve already downloaded some free classics that I’ve been meaning to read, plus I’ve bought  a couple of motivational books and a few novels. I was up until about 3am this morning, finishing the latest installment of the Amazon bestselling series ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and am now feeling a bit bereft, because I’ve been really captivated by them all this week.  .Although extremely popular, admittedly they’re not to everyone’s taste, but if you consider yourself broad-minded and you like characters that possess psychological depth, you could do worse than check them out. Many people have noted the similarity between these and the Twilight series of books, but these are, how shall we say, aimed at a slightly more adult audience! Anyway, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a trilogy of books so much since I finished reading the excellent Millennium series by Stieg Larsson and I can’t wait until the film version of ‘Fifty Shades’ is made.

I’m really running late now – it’s after ten to five, so I’m going to have to abandon this bl0g until tomorrow. To anyone reading this ‘Ciao for now’ Please come back again soon 🙂

Welcome to my new blog

12 May

Hi everyone 🙂

I’ve finally set up my very own blog and I just can’t wait to get stuck in! I love to write (as long as there’s no plot involved, lol) and anyone who is a close friend of mine will know that I have a penchant for dashing off long e-mails. Having a blog seems like a natural extension of my desire to document my personal life in writing. Apart from being an online diary, I want this blog to express my thoughts, feelings and observations on a number of issues that I feel strongly about. I’ll also write descriptions and reviews of the places that I visit, the films I see, the gigs that I attend and so on. Lastly, from time to time, I’ll write accounts of important biographical events in my life and I’ll also talk about my hopes and dreams for the future because if I commit them to paper (okay cyberspace, you know what I mean!) with any luck, some of them may just come true. Okay, I’m writing this whilst in the middle of a WordPress class at the City Lit, so that’s all for now. Will definitely update this later on today, so watch this space 🙂