Thursday, November 29, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

The fastest personality test ever

You answer two questions - and it gives you your personality.....try it here

This was me

you chose AX - your Enneagram type is SEVEN (aka "The Enthusiast").

"I am happy and open to new things"

Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
  • Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
  • Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
  • Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
  • Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
  • Don't tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a SEVEN

  • being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down
  • being spontaneous and free-spirited
  • being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.
  • being generous and trying to make the world a better place
  • having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
  • having such varied interests and abilities

What's Hard About Being a SEVEN

  • not having enough time to do all the things I want
  • not completing things I start
  • not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
  • having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
  • feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship

SEVENs as Children Often

  • are action oriented and adventuresome
  • drum up excitement
  • prefer being with other children to being alone
  • finesse their way around adults
  • dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up

SEVENs as Parents

  • are often enthusiastic and generous
  • want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
  • may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive
Not too inaccurate.....for two questions!!! What do you think?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What a difference a few days makes....

In his cot-cage on oxygen

Lemme out!!!

Home - asleep in his own bed
Crawling around happily causing chaos!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We're home

Thank you for all the lovely comments. Got discharged today as Toby was doing so well. He came off oxygen last night, was back on it in the night but was off it again this morning and his wheeze finally responded to the drugs and disappeared. He's so HAPPY to be home! Cooing, crawling, standing next to his brother by pulling himself up on the furniture. I'm exhausted but so happy to be home. I'm going to have some yummy dinner (potatoes dauphinoise and some fish), bubble bath and bed.

Rob is even yellower today and really not at all well. That won't change for a while. I've been told the combination of glandular fever (or mono for my American readers) and hepatitis is like being hit by a train then run over by a steam roller. I'm so glad I'm home now so I can look after him.

My mother, as always, has been our saviour these past few days. Even Dad was on child-care duties yesterday as Rob just can't function. It's going to be a hard few weeks till he's better but being in hospital has really made me count my blessings. So many sick babies on the ward - all with breathing problems. A little boy in the bed next to ours had Downs and all sorts of complications - has been in hospital nearly all his life. A baby in the other bed opposite was so congested - lungs full of fluid and really poorly.

So I'm grateful to the universe that my son was only there for a few days and is happy and getting better. Things could have been much worse.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Forgot to mention...

Rob has glandular fever with hepatitis. He's yellow, exhausted and very ill - can't go any where near Toby. Who is a lot better by the way but still in hospital and will be definitely tonight. Thank god for my parents - Dad has Oz this afternoon, Mum is at hospital, I've popped home to sleep for a couple of hours as I got NO sleep last night and Rob is in bed ill.

It never fucking rains.....but it pours

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Send Toby love

Just to let you all know Toby is in hospital - was admitted today with "viral induced wheezing" - ie asthma like breathing problems. I've been up nearly 24 hours and am shattered. Am staying over night with him in hospital. Send him all your love - he's not a well little boy. He's not life-threatened or anything - he just can't breathe well and is very hot. Will update soon

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Yet another post...

Can you tell there's nothing on TV tonight? I was just looking through sitemeter to see who has been on my blog and where...and re-read this post about Cosmic Ordering...I was sort of laughing at the idea....but I asked for a healthy baby and a new car.

I have both. I never thought I'd get a new car (remember this)....and I got my healthy boy who wasn't taken from me when he was born like Oz was....

Noel Edmonds - all is forgiven.

So.....I am asking this space and I'll let you know...(I'm using the same method as last time)

Cosmos, oh Cosmos oh great mystic Cosmos
Wake up and bring me this thing, wondrous thing.
Wake up, be bright, be magic and light
Oh Cosmos please hear what I sing....

Dear Cosmos....please can I have an acting job?

And the boys...

Feel I should do a little update....

Today Toby has finally sussed how to stand up. And is now doing it all over the place. Using anything he can get his hands on to pull himself up. He's ever so pleased with himself! He has also started smacking his lips a lot when he's hungry/thirsty. Here's a little example!

Oz hasn't enjoyed Guy Fawkes season. He's absolutely terrified. We went to a fireworks party on Saturday and he wouldn't go in the garden to see the show. Toby on the other hand, like his mother, absolutely bloody loved it! Was clapping every time a banger went off and bouncing up and down on my knee with glee.

Last night, being Nov 5th, it was particularly like Beirut on the estate behind our house. Oz was screaming and crying - so scared that Rob took him into our bed with him and lay there cuddling and reassuring him till he went to sleep. First thing Oz said this morning was "I like fireworks mummy....when they stop".

So it looks like it's just going to be Toby and I in the future trooping up to Blackheath for the displays! Rob hates fireworks too - so it must be genetic.

Talking of which - was very happy to read this today - I'm still feeding Toby - I could cup feed him formula but to be honest, I can't be arsed! I feel so much better than I used to now he's sleeping through (still woke up at 6am this morning and most mornings but I'm getting used to it!). Bfeeding is still easiest. He's got his front teeth coming through so has been erratic with eating - so easy to just put him on the boob a bit more. He's eating well - though he's refusing jars now - just won't eat them - but wolfs down "real" food. Thank God for scrambled egg!

Both boys are generally fab at the moment. Oz can still throw a wobbly - full on, on the floor, screaming and real tears - at the drop of a hat....but I just ignore it and it soon stops. The best control for him at the moment...."I'm counting to" and whatever it is you want him to do is always done by 2. I used to threaten - if you don't do such and such by the time I count to three, there'll be no x, y, or z. But then I realised I didn't have to use the latter part of the threat - just the counting works!

Ok - there's a kiddie update for all of you (especially my family). My dad, who retired 2 months ago, has now got himself another job. Abroad. In Kosovo. (Nice...) So I have another reason to keep this updated so he can see his grandsons wherever he is.

I made this!

It's my very first toad in the hole - made with apple and rosemary - actually a Tesco website recipe and bloody gorgeous. It's not perfect - the batter should have risen higher - not sure I whisked it enough (Moxie will no doubt tell me as she is the queen of yorkshires) but not bad for a first attempt.

Here's the recipe


* 2 tbsp vegetable oil
* 2 red skinned apples, washed and cored
* 8 Finest pork and leek sausages (spot the fact I only had 6 - didn't seem to matter)
* A few springs of fresh rosemary
* 100 g plain flour
* Pinch of salt
* 2 large eggs
* 150 ml half fat milk
* 150 ml water


1. Preheat the oven to Fan 200degree C/ 400degree F/ Gas Mark 7. Place the oil in a large roasting tin and place in the oven to heat up. Cut each apple into about 8 wedges.

2. Remove the hot roasting tin from the oven add the sausages,apple wedges and rosemary and roast for 10mins or untill beginning to brown. Whilst the sausages cook,place the flour in a bowl with the salt. Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs. Gradually whisk in the milk and water untill the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

3. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and shake well, pour over the batter then return to the oven and bake for 30-35mins or untill golden and risen. Serve with vegetables and gravy.

Rob and Oz (and Toby too) wolfed it down. I recommend it!

I'm turning all domestic in my old age!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I want this on a t-shirt

Great slogan...., originally uploaded by Catwoman100.

Or on cards to give out to people who STARE....