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Jun. 3rd, 2012


hello again!

I'm back reading, thanks to the Eljay app on my phone. Currently clambering out of a suicidal depression, am now becoming human again after a difficult month.

Dec. 7th, 2010


Christmas Post

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Well Hello There

I'm still alive, doing well, but more likely to be found on Twitter and Facebook these days. I keep a researchblog under firstnamelastname.wordpress.com and some more generic ramblings end up on firstnamelastname.posterous.com, if anybody would like to come have a look.

I've thought a lot about what to do with this LiveJournal. I'd like to keep the community and friends I've made here, so I'll be coming to the site a lot more often. I may also cross-post (friends-locked) posts from my Posterous, and put personal stuff here that I don't want to link to on Facebook or Twitter.

I would also like to have an online space that is private. I see Facebook, Twitter, Posterous, and my Wordpress blog as very public spaces. My "friends" and readers there include work colleagues, students, and people I exchange ideas with online. However, I do need a private space to vent and talk to people and hear about how other people are doing. My post-natal depression has really hit my ability to socialise, and I am finding it very hard to dig myself out of this self-imposed isolation. Online, on the other hand, is where I can still interact and have meaningful conversations with more than two people without freezing in self-doubt.

So, posting will be infrequent, but commenting on your journals will not!

It's nice to be back :)

Apr. 24th, 2010


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Help perceval and get your own badge!
(The Livejournal Electioniser was made by robhu)

Hmm, typical of the LJ population ...

Dec. 24th, 2009


Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings / Merry Christmas / Happy belated Solstice / Chanukah!

I'm really sorry that I didn't get to write any Christmas cards this year as the last two months were extremely busy, but I hope to be writing (and posting!) more in the new year.

See you again in 2010 :)

Oct. 14th, 2009


Yes, this thing is still on!

I am quite active on facebook and twitter - if you know my RL name, come over and say hi / friend me! I am firstnamelastname there. I don't crosspost from twitter because I don't want to make too blatantly obvious links between this blog and my RL identity.

I haven't been commenting or reading much because I do a lot of blog reading via RSS these days, and LJ doesn't have a convenient iPhone client for reading entries afaik.

Kids are doing great - son is walking and chatting away, using one-word sentences in both languages. He has a strong tendency to onomatopoeia (neenaw, meouw, woof) and is fascinated by anything with wheels / round / that is ball-shaped. Daughter is speaking more and more Gaelic. The turning point came with our trip to Skye, where she was immersed in a much smaller Gaelic nursery setting for two mornings. She even asked me in Gaelic today "where's Daddy?". I'm trying to speak as much as possible myself. Daughter is also much more into dolls. At four and a bit, she's finally starting to want to name them and plays mum-and-baby.

Aug. 9th, 2009


Happy fourth birthday!

On Saturday, our miracle child celebrated her fourth birthday. I will always remember the incredible support from my LJ friends while we were waiting for her to arrive, and the comments on the post where I announced the pregnancy.

And now she's been here for longer than we had to wait for her, and she's got a little brother, too. It is a privilege to be her Mama. She is very affectionate and often tells her Dad and me that she misses us when we're at work and she's at nursery.

In company, she's quiet, but she can be boisterous, opinionated, and wild. She loves cuddling and being cuddled, carried, and being pushed in her buggy (still, at four!). She still needs a rest or downtime most days, and will sometimes fall asleep on her way home from nursery.

Her play is highly imaginative, often reenacting situations from home or from nursery. She enjoys games, has started singing longish songs to herself. Although she loves princesses, in particular princess Belle, clothes, and shoes with heels that go "clack-clack", she will also happily play with trains and cars. She treasures her toy dinosaurs and her favourite current film is "Monsters vs. Aliens". Her favourite monster is the Missing Link, and she's on an "Incredibles" trip at the moment, too. She plays with dolls, too, having become more maternal in the past couple of months. She has a wide range of favourite books, and goes through phases of insisting on a certain book at bed time. She's not ready for chapter books yet, but she enjoys a wide variety of picture books and short fairy-tales.

She has also become strongly attached to friends, in particular a little girl at nursery and a little girl at German school. We have been on quite a few playdates.

She loves her little brother (her "baby"). She will tell him off when he misbehaves and cuddle him when she sees him. She adores collecting him from nursery, where she will spend at least five minutes playing with all the baby toys.

Her dominant language is still German, but English is catching up fast. She plays in English, and talks to her brother a lot in English. I will need to start playing with her more to give her German play vocabulary, and will need to start reminding her that she can/should speak German with her little brother. She can count to 20 in English and German and Gaelic and is starting to move beyond 20. She knows her letters, and can spell a few words, including her name. At the moment, she is entranced by an iPhone app called "PocketPhonics", where she spells words that are sounded out to her. She also enjoys playing FlightControl on "her" iPod Touch.

Next year, it'll be time for school, and she'll have to pay her own way on the bus. How time flies ...

What a staycation!

I had so many nice things planned for my two days off when both kids were at nursery. (The luxury, the luxury!) I did get to talk to [info] actionreplay, browse book stores, geek with my MacBook, and work out briefly. I also managed to see Coco before Chanel with a friend. (The film is lovely, very leisurely pace, and an intriguing story.)

But I also managed to exacerbate my cold and lose my voice. For the past couple of nights, I have been sleeping in the attic, so that my coughing doesn't wake the rest of the family up. I anticipate the return of my voice for next weekend, roughly - I can't NOT speak, and as those of you with small children know, you sometimes do have to speak up / raise your voice with them.

Aug. 6th, 2009


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Apart from DS walking, I also finally replaced my old Dell Inspiron, purchased in 2004 from Dell Outlet, with a new main private computer.

Welcome Explosive Runes, a 13 inch MacBook Pro!

Yes, I've gone and drunk the Kool Aid, and I am ecstatic.

Bonus points to those who can guess the reason for the name.

Aug. 4th, 2009


hello - is this thing still on?

Yes, I'm still alive. But bedtimes are late these days, and neither of the kids falls asleep easily, and they're still not in their own room, and if they are still awake, at least DD is likely to come find whoever is not with her.

This, too, shall pass.

Oh, and according to nursery, DS walked the length of the toddler room today - a first! He's not walking for us yet, he insists on holding at least one hand.

In the mean time, I'll endeavour to keep posting daily, even if it's only a small snippet such as this.

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