Monday, November 26, 2007

at a rate of knots

Current work: revisions to Modern Heat (archaeologist)
Listening to: Sheryl Crow
Reading: Judith Lennox, All My Sisters (enjoying thoroughly – she usually writes stories with three or four main characters and has such a brilliant handle on them all that they’re thoroughly amalgamated; her characters are strong and very easy to identify/sympathise with; and in this one she’s fantastic at evoking the Edwardian period. I first read her years ago, with ‘Some Old Lover’s Ghost’ (which is superb) and she’s an autobuy author for me because she always delivers an excellent read)

Busy weekend. Actually, Friday was a bit of a washout because on Thursday night I’d felt really tired and persuaded DH to get a Chinese takeaway. Bad move. I spent Friday completely unable to face food, Saturday wasn’t much better, and I had to confess to my sister yesterday why I was only picking rather than eating properly. (Positive side: might kick-start me into a diet which I need to work on NOW, before the wedding in March – will have to confess to my diet buddies that I have been too half-hearted and not really focusing on it.)

Anyway. Feeling rough aside, Friday I finished the work I wanted to do bar some last bits of research; Saturday morning was library time and afternoon was writing up my notes; yesterday was a skivy day off to Essex to see my family (and wow, the babies have grown hugely! They’re walking while holding on to your hands, now, and it brought back a lot of memories for me of when mine were that little, not so very long ago).

Plan for today: sort to-do list so I can get organised (in other words, I have a lot of little time-consuming things to do which MUST be done today); piano lesson; revisions to my book.

Oh, and here are a couple of arty pics I took in the car last night on the way home – 15-second exposures on the ‘starry sky’ setting (yeah, yeah – I know I should’ve bought a proper SLR to give me manual control over the exposure time – but point-and-shoot suits me better right now). The first is the M25 and the second is the M11.

6 comments:

Ray-Anne said...

Sorry to hear about the Chinese revenge. Horrible.
And you take photos of motorways.
Um..very arty indeed. The oncoming headlights are always so dazzling.

Hope you find more fun stuff to do today.

Kate Hardy said...

Thanks, Ray-Anne. Still feel a bit ick today. But fresh air and lime cordial will do a lot to help.

I was being very sad about those pics - I've always liked them when I've seen them in colour supplements and what have you, and these were my first attempts. (I think because it's hand-held rather than tripod, the movement of the light is more interesting - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)

Today is work. And my to do list...

Jan Jones said...

Love the pics, Kate. Hope tum feels better soon.

Melissa Marsh said...

Those are neat pictures.

Don't feel bad about not being on the diet whole-heartedly - that was one thing I absolutely did NOT even think about (oh, ok, I thought about it, but did nothing to counter-act it!) over Thanksgiving weekend. I pigged out. And now I feel like I better get on that treadmill tonight and tomorrow and the night after that and so on!

Fiona Lowe said...

Kate, we've been using the CSIRO Wellbeing book and I just make what they say and it works and the food is yummy and I don't have to think and I'm not hungry.
You might want to check it out
http://www.csiro.au/science/Twd.html

Bailey Stewart said...

Hope you are feeling better.

I'm with Melissa, I don't bother with the diet during the holidays. Not with all of the baking I have coming up.