Thursday, December 31, 2009


I should explain that Croydon Curley is an elderly gentleman with a passion for trams, and Croydon trams in particular.

What does one give a man who has everything he needs? Why, a Curley Cushion of course!
Inspired by thc liveries of the old and new Croydon trams, I created a double-sided cushion cover reflecting these liveries. Behold!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jamie Oliver's Christmas magazine had a nice gingerbread house to make. Brilliant, I thought - that will make a change from Asda's Frosty the Snowman recipe. To the left is what his house looked like.

Mine took blooming HOURS! And is all lop-sided. What a waste of an afternoon and evening. It took every bit as long as Frosty the Snowman, and I'm no more satisfied with it than I was with Frosty last year and the year before.

Let me tell you more about my day. I've baked, made soup, done a bit of patchwork for a late Christmas present, done laundry, been to church and played for half a service ... (the band played the other half). Came home, worked on the stupid gingerbread house, and listened whilst civil war raged above me. SuperSpouse had waded in to sort it out, but I don't think a saint could have brought things to a satisfactory resolution.

I haven't got a headache today. That's a plus. However, I have a stiff neck which is so sore it's making me feel nauseous, so I'll have to take painkillers all the same.

Santa doesn't want to come to our house tonight. And I wish I were in bed, and it was 24 hours hence. Bah, humbug! I'll say it again, a bit louder -
Bah, humbug!!!!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Doctor PseudoSupermum graduated from the University of Glasgow yesterday! And now, thanks to modern technology, you can see it happening.

  • First, turn on the sound.
  • Click this link
  • Next, click on Wednesday 2nd December. There's a ceremonial procession of academics first, then a Latin hymn and prayer, and then the graduation itself begins.
  • I'm the 15th person to get a degree, and it's 8 minutes in from the start! We had a great day - very exciting and the weather was obligingly cold but DRY! SuperSpouse and Cello-Kid were in attendance.

Since I only got 2 visitors' tickets, we had fireworks at home when the other two boys got back from school. A wise move - they were completely unperturbed to have missed my Big Day, and watched the relevant minute online this evening!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

On the eve of our wedding, I ironed.
On the morning of the birth of our firstborn, I ironed.
Can't remember what I did before going to hospital for the second and third.
Tonight, the eve of my doctoral graduation ...

Now, WOULD you believe it?! SuperSpouse thought he'd surprise me (he did) by doing ALL the ironing. So I'm deprived of my ritual calming-down activity!

Quick, where's the small sherry and a piece of that delicious cake I baked last weekend?

MEANWHILE, flying high ... I've been shortlisted for a travelling scholarship and elected to Council of the Royal Musical Association. I can hardly believe these things are happening to me. There's depth to the quiet librarian.