Slimming World – 21 & 28 January 2008

On me ‘olidays

This will be my last Slimming World related post for a few weeks. I’m having a break from going to meetings and having a few days off the diet completely. It’s going to be interesting to see how much my tastes have changed since starting the plan back in April and how I cope being ‘off the leash’ for a while.

Entertaining a Cat

Sweeney and Lucy didn’t really get on very well. When Lucy died, we were very sad, but Sweeney wasn’t so upset. She was head cat now. OK, in a household of one cat, but still. She seemed much happier.

She continued to make occasional use of the doormat as a toilet, so we finally decided to block off the corridor that leads to the front door. The only way we could work out to do that also involved blocking off the spare room, but since that was just a room filled with stuff we really should have sorted out by now, it didn’t seem to matter too much.


I’m bored. I’m antsy. I’m having one of those who am I and what should I do with my life existential crises that really should have stopped by now. I’m itching for something to do to fully occupy my mind, to absorb me completely the way ol’ Farty McGee gets completely involved with pens, calculators and insanely complex text editors. I need something to take my mind of that muddafuddlin eating plan. Something to put a smile on my face, a song in my heart and PVA glue on my fingers.

Slimming World – 14th January 2008


Unfortunately my daily checks on the home scales (now, strictly speaking you’re not meant to weigh yourself between meetings as it can fool you into a false sense of security/despair) have shown a slight creep in the wrong direction, so I’m going to do exactly the same as I did last week for the next few days in the hope I can turn things around. If I don’t, it’s okay because I know it’ll catch up one way or another, but it’s always worth a go.

Twelve Years in Twelve Words

Sentimental mush alert…

  • Enlightening – because I’ve learned so much from you.
  • Silly – because you are.
  • Supportive – because you’re always there for me.
  • Snorglable – because even with your recent pruning, I still must snorgle eet.
  • Exciting – because at the end of a working day, my heart still flutters when I see you for the first time.
  • Patient – because you have it by the bucketload. Good job since I’m now a diet bore who can’t eat without consulting three books and a web site.
  • Kind – because every time I say “That’s a nice fountain pen”, you always try to give it to me.
  • Creative – because you are and you encourage me to be.
  • Gorgeous – because you are. So shut up.
  • Interesting – because after 12 years, I’d still rather spend time with you than anyone.
  • Thoughtful – because, well, two words… Paperblanks diary.
  • Grateful – because I am.

Happy 12th Anniversary, Michael. I love you.

Slimming World – 7th January 2008

Fun With Mr Scale

The first meeting of 2008 kicked off with a lot of new faces arriving at group, nervously approaching Mr Scale for the first time as they start their own journeys. As Frankie’s Little Helper it’s my job to record members’ weigh-ins in their books, and it’s a daunting experience when it’s your first time, as I well know. So I did my best to make them feel welcome in my role as Helper/Wannabe Consultant/Star Pupil ;).

Artist Trading Cards

UPDATE – Added a link to a new article from innowen at DIY Planner.

What are they?

Artist Trading Cards, or ATCs as they’re more commonly known, are a new way for artists to get to know each other and share their creativity. The only rules are that the cards must be 2.5″ x 3.5″ (6.35cm x 8.89cm), and the cards should be traded with other artists rather than sold – however, some cards are sold, and these are known as Art Card, Editions and Originals or ACEOs for short.

2007 leads to 2008

So, there went 2007, and here’s 2008.

It’s been an interesting sort of a year for us. When 2007 arrived, we’d only just moved to Devon, and had sort of theoretically started new jobs, but not quite. In the space of a year, I’ve settled happily into the new job, while Sam’s been through a few of them. We’ve lost a cat, and Sam’s lost a grandmother and eight stone. Her mum had cancer, and then didn’t again.

Speaking of my work, I’ve had a couple of successful projects there – PenFinder and Pencyclopedia, along with enjoying the general day-to-day stuff.