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Posted in News, writing with tags , , on January 1, 2010 by cuttydarke

It’s been far too long since I wrote anything here and I’m told that blogging Resolutions is the thing that all the cool kids are doing this year.  So I thought I’d blow that theory by joining in.

  1. The first resolution, obviously is to blog more, and probably tweet more too.  With the proviso that I’m only going to do it if I actually have something to say.
  2. I sit on my arse too much and therefore I will try to get some exercise at least 3 times a week.
  3. I keep claiming to be a writer so I will finish one of my novels and send it to an agent.
  4. I will be more organised around the house.

And for an encore I will heal the sick, feed the hungry and restore sight to the blind.


New Hat News and University Blues

Posted in News with tags , , , on August 12, 2009 by cuttydarke

I have a new hat.  It is excellent and I think I look rather good.  Of course this is probably not true but at the moment I don’t care.  I may even post a pick of my new hatness.  The new hat inspired the thought that I am now a ‘proper’ witch since, according to Pratchett, every witch needs a hat even if it’s invisible or, like my hat, not even slightly pointy.

On the other hand I am not feeling very witchy at the moment as I am feeling very indisive.  My trip to the Centre for Life Long Learing at the University yesterday cheered me up but left me with a dilema.  I could do a degree peicmeal by picking up degree credits from courses done through the centre.  I could also do Access courses that would guarantee acceptance into the MA course of my choice.

I have no idea which I prefer.  I’m not sure which degree I’d like to do and I have to get the forms in by the 20th of August.

Yet another pointless bloody crisis.

New Article

Posted in News with tags , , on May 26, 2009 by cuttydarke

Not much to tell just a picture I took and some words about it. Don’t feel you have to follow this link but if you haven’t already you should check out some of my other articles because some of them are actually quite good.

Aberdeen Interlude

I’m home

Posted in complaining, News with tags , on May 5, 2009 by cuttydarke

I got back home on Saturday.  Still pretty sore but I’m stepping down the dose of the painkillers.  I am drinking a lot of cup-a-soup and boveril but I’m not hungry.  At all.  So I suppose that’s working.

Anyway, typing is doing my back in so that’s enough for that now.

Brief hospital update.

Posted in News with tags , on April 25, 2009 by cuttydarke

Purely for your information.

I will be going into hospiatal on Monday morning.  I will be in Ward 33 of ARI.  I will be having gastric bypass surgery on Tuseday morning.  I will be in hospital for 5 to 7 days, probably.  I will be bored to tears for most of it.

Some actual news for once.

Posted in News with tags , on April 24, 2009 by cuttydarke

Well I have my date for surgery.  I go into hospital on the 27th (that’s Monday).  If all goes well I’ll be going into surgery on Tuseday morning.

I should be rejoicing but actually there’s a part of me that’s convinced that I’m going to die.  Not that this means anything.  I’m like this every time I have to fly and both times I was pregnant.

I suppose what I’m really scared of is the certainty of change.  Which sounds odd since the only certainty in life is change.  But there are some changes that are more than superficial.  To some extent I did die in labour.  The me that existed before I had children no longer exists.  I am a new version of myself.  After the surgery I will again be a different person.  I’m not sure that anyone else will notice the difference but I will.

Part of me fears this change so much that I’ve been looking for excuses not to go ahead with the surgery.  And that is madness.  There isn’t really any other choice.  Well there is but they’re no sort of choices at all.  If I want to get my children back or my fibromyalgia to get better or do anything truly useful with my life then I need to have the surgery.  And if I die on the table then some might say my children will have a lucky escape.  I might even agree with them.

But of course the chances of me actually dying are very low.  The team opperating are all specialists and in the last year I’ve been loosing weight and I’ve been sticking to the pre-op diet.  Also I have no heart problems and strong lungs.  Now why doesn’t any of that sound convincing to me.

The suckage continues…

Posted in complaining, Kids, News, Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by cuttydarke

…but gets no worse.

My daughter is back from a holiday with her other grandparents and my son has chickenpox. Niether of them are home with me yet but we now know that they are definitely not going into foster care because the City Council can’t afford it.

That sort of thing does not give me confidence in our fearless leaders. This city is deeply screwed and there seems to be disconnect between the people who make the decisions and the people who have to carry them out. Decisions are made which cost money with no thought about where the money is going to come from and the entire system seems to rely on the good will of the people at the bottom of the heap.

So the children of the real nasties get no help because there’s no one willing to co-operate and the social workers pick on the people who they know will co-operate so they can show that they’re making progress with someone.