All entries for May 2006

May 30, 2006

The party queen

On reading my last entry, I think I was a bit OTT. Apologies to anyone who had the misfortune of reading that entry. Well I got a whole load of stuff through in the post today to support me in my latest endeavour, which is…..

Hosting Body Shop parties. OK, so it may not exactly sound thrilling, but should be an interesting way of making a bit of extra pocket money and meeting new people. I'll get training in a couple of weeks' time and will then be all set to demonstrate products on willing volunteers. I'm quite excited because I do really like Body Shop products – they smell fab and really work. Then of course there's the fairtrade/ no animal testing/ protecting the planet side of it, which the Body Shop is well known for.

So if anyone wants a Body Shop party you know who to contact – we can do one of 3 themes – Flawless Facial, Pure Pamper or Make Me Fabulous. If you host a party you get all kinds of freebies, and the more your friends spend, the more free Body Shop stuff you get :–)

Good excuse for a girly night if you ask me.

Sorry if this sounds too much like a sales pitch, but if you would like a party just leave a message on my blog or email me! No obligation to buy things, but like I said, if you host a party, you get free stuff – woohoo!


May 27, 2006

Pining for something… though I'm not sure what

I feel strangely melancholy at the moment. Like I may be getting late–onset baby blues perhaps (which would serve me right for being happy about how well I thought I was coping 11 weeks into motherhood lark). Or maybe it has more to do with the fact that it's the 5th night this week that I've been home alone with the boy whilst the older boy (who likes to think of himself as a man, but lets face it, having a husband is akin to having a child to look after) is out.

Last night I rang just about everyone who I could think of an excuse to ring, desperate for some adult conversation. Needless to say, most of the people I know have more of a social life than I do these days. My mother is a classic example – she calls in between this and that and is rarely on the phone more than 10 minutes before making her excuses and scurrying off to do more interesting things. Even one of my best friends makes (increasingly pathetic) excuses not to see me – this evening it was "I really need to tidy my room." (What are you? 12?) Other excuses from her include "I have to change my bed" (And that takes all evening?) and "I have to get up at 7 tomorrow morning" (Oh, that's at least 2 more hours' sleep than I'll be getting then). Since the new arrival, most of my friends have kept their distance.

OK, so I just need to get over it and make more friends, but it's proving harder than I'd imagined. Mother & baby groups in my experience are horribly cliquey and most of my friends who are in similar situations live back in Surrey. A recent glance at rightmove.co.uk confirmed my suspicions that moving back down South isn't remotely feasible – selling our 3 bedroom house here would get us a studio flat in my home town… Sigh

Still, at least there are several things to be thankful for:
1. I'm getting more sleep than I was 6 weeks ago
2. I can fit back into just about all of my pre–pregnancy clothes now
3. It's a bank holiday weekend (though for me that means another day of exactly the same, but with the 'other child' at home, playing on the computer and thereby eliminating one of my means of passing the time)
4. My mum's coming to visit on Tuesday (I must be getting old if I'm looking forward to it… lol!)
5. My sister is still alive (I get a weird sense of relief when I ring and she answers the phone after a few months of being awol)
6. I don't have black death

Hmmm. Did I get out the wrong side of bed this morning? Hopefully my next entry will be cheerier.


May 10, 2006

I never normally do these – what has become of me?

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Kate
2. Katie
3. Shortarse

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1. Kate
2. Littlekate
3. Littlelegs (though my legs are actually a pretty normal length considering I'm under 5ft)

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My hair
2. My post–pregnancy cleavage (3 cup sizes up from what it was – woohoo! – lets hope they don't shrink back… sorry if way too much info)
3. My bum's not too bad I suppose

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My stretchmarks & slightly spongy tummy (due to aforementioned pregnancy)
2. My scar (ditto)
3. My thighs

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1. Spiders and other creepy crawlies
2. Sleeping in the house alone at night
3. The thought of losing someone close to me

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. Food glorious food
2. People to interact with, especially my little man – it already feels weird to go out without him… maybe I need to get out more often
3. Internet? (Sad eh?)

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. My skinny jeans (yay!)
2. A top which got splattered with stuff whilst making dinner this evening
3. Sparkly socks

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS:
Eeeek! Only 3?!
1. Bryan Adams
2. Evanescence
3. The Beatles

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS:
These change almost daily…
1. You by Evanescence
2. Nothing Ever Happens by Del Amitri
3. Mr Jones by Counting Crows (or a rather cool recording of my sister singing it…)

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. Love
2. Friendship
3. Laughter

TWO TRUTHS ONE LIE:
1. I used to have a perm
2. I used to wear legwarmers
3. I used to be a cheerleader

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Dancing
2. Music – singing, playing, listening to it…
3. Talking, chilling out and eating with friends

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Sleep
2. Be able to fit into my pre–pregnancy clothes
3. Go out and let my hair down

THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING/YOU'VE CONSIDERED:
1. School teacher (until I tried it and came to my senses)
2. Actress/Singer (got sick of being told I didn't look right for the part)
3. Um…. University Administration…? Being a Stay–At–Home Mum is suddenly looking like the best option! ;–)

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. Egypt
2. Back to Vanuatu
3. Definitely want to explore USA, Canada & South America more too

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. Have more kids
2. Travel more
3. Make a positive difference to as many people as possible

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A BOY:
1. Like getting grubby
2. I have a filthy mind
3. I get bored with shopping pretty easily

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A GIRL:
1. I am a wuss
2. Occasionally, just occasionally, I get paranoid about leaving the house with no make up on
3. I love being treated like a lady

THREE CELEB CRUSHES:
1. None really…
2. …
3. … well maybe Colin Firth then… a little bit.


May 09, 2006

Sleep deprivation…

…is definitely a form of torture. The night before last I found myself almost in tears at 4am begging this frustrated, unhappy, kicking little bundle to go to sleep, having spent 5 solid hours feeding, rocking, singing, cuddling, holding, winding, nappy changing… You name it, we tried it. Eventually he dozed off at 4.30, giving my husband 2 hours sleep before he had to get up for work, though he woke up for a feed around 5.15, went off to sleep again about 5.45, woke up again at 7.30 and decided it was time to get up for the day at 8am. When the postman came with a parcel around 11am and looked at me quizzically in my dressing gown before saying "Are you still not dressed?' I could have taken a swing at him. All manner of answers went through my mind, some of them unrepeatable, but I started politely explaining that I hadn't had a chance before coming to my senses, realising I didn't have to answer to him, rolling my eyes and shutting the door.

That's probably the worst night yet, though it isn't affecting me as badly as it used to. At least I'm over the baby blues which hit me a couple of weeks after he was born. Somehow, when he laughs or smiles at me, I forget how rough I feel and everything is right with the world again. Mother Nature isn't stupid – this has to be the way, otherwise we'd never reproduce. It still amazes me though.


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