Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Hullo? Anyone still there?

*looks around cautiously, listens to crickets...*

Well, that's been longer than I had anticipated.

How have you all been? I will have to sit down for a long session of reading all your blogs!

I can't believe that my last post was at the end of February and now it's June. JUNE! Everything always takes longer than you think... soooo much has happened in the meantime, or, well, not sooo much, but what has happened has been fairly big, at least for little old me.

1) I have submitted my thesis - THIS MORNING! The last few months have been a complete nightmare, and I can't remember the last time I've had time off, but it's finally done. 368 pages long and bound in the naff and ugly red leather-imitation binding that the universities want. I submitted my two copies this morning, and now I am trying to get used to the idea that no matter what I still want to change and re-write, and research, I just can't. It's done and I will have to let it go, at least until the Viva, which is another nasty thing looming over the horizon, but we won't think of that yet. :-)

2) We are expecting a baby at the end of September. So all you wise people who commented on my post about the sudden obsession with ginger that I was developing in February - you were right, I was indeed pregnant. I'm 23 weeks now, which again makes me realise how long I've been MIA for! We even had the 20 week ultrasound scan and know that the little bean is going to be a boy.

3) We are moving up North at the end of June. The house is still a disaster zone, but never mind that, we are moving anyway! At least there is plaster on most walls yet, and the office for D is painted and will have carpet in the next few days (he has to start working there from the beginning of July, so this was a priority). Still no kitchen or bathroom, but we are getting there - I've stuck some tiles on the wall, and we've found a bathroom suite and have bought an oven and hob for the kitchen, so things are moving in the right direction.

Right, that's my three big news. Quite enough for me, but I think the pregnancy is making me mellow - I am taking it all in my stride. Right now I am just looking forward to sitting in the sun for a little while, driving to Germany to see my family on Friday, and staying there for 2 weeks for some more sitting in the sun. And knitting. Lots and lots of knitting. I've missed it so much, but last week was the first time I've even touched a ball of wool for months. There are sooo many things in the pipeline, though - a baby cardigan for a good friend of mine who just had a baby girl, some baby things for our own little bean, and finally my long postponed Sockapaloooza socks. Thankfully I've been blessed with a fabulous and very patient and understanding sock-pal, who didn't mind waiting a bit longer for her socks. They will be a priority as of now!

I shall post pictures of 1) the thesis, 2) the bump, and 3) the house in the next few days, when the batteries of my camera are recharged, but for now I am heading off to sit in the (totally neglected and hence totally overgrown) garden. I've even bought a magazine so I can read something suitably mindless. ;-)


  1. Anonymous2:49 pm

    Welcome back and congrats on your wonderful news:)

  2. wow congratulations. on all of it. thesis, baby, the lot!

  3. How exciting for you! A move, a baby, and completing your thesis! Congrats on all.

  4. Anonymous10:37 pm

    YAY! Had a feeling you were coming back to us soon. So there you go! I did mention that wee pregnancy thing didn't I. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and looking forward to catching up on all the news.

  5. Anonymous7:07 am

    Well hello there stranger! Congratulations on all your wonderful news. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

  6. Congratulations, and nice to have you back!

  7. Welcome back! And huge congrats on finishing your thesis, and of course the baby. Hope the renovations get done in time ;)

  8. Congratulations, that's wonderful news. You even know what colours to knit in. You must be overjoyed.

    It must be a huge relief to get the thesis in, well done you!

    'Tis very sunny up North at the moment.

  9. Anonymous2:33 pm

    Welcome bakc and congratulations for completing thesis and handing it in! And for being pregnant too.

  10. Anonymous6:29 pm

    i wonder, if you have got the package i have sent to you....?
    your sockapalooza-pal

  11. Good to read you again! Congratulations on all the fabulous news. Lots of changes afoot!!

    Happy knitting!

  12. Anonymous5:26 pm

    Yeah you're back and pregnant-I'm so excited. Congratulations!!!

  13. Anonymous4:38 pm

    soviel ich verstanden habe, lauter gute neuigkeiten, darum auf deutsch vor allen dingen, eine schöne schwangerschaft, die nicht zu sehr stresst und für euer neues heim(hab ich wenigstens so rausgelesen) alles gute.
    liebe sonntagsgrüße from good old germany ;-)))


  14. Dear Sockapaloooza pal,

    I was just in contact with the sock sister about the parcel, because I was getting a bit worried that I hadn't received anything, in particular as I knew that you had planned to send it well in time! Nothing yet, but I am keeping my eyes open for it, and I am getting D to check my PO Box for me while I am away! Hopefully it's just delayed and hasn't got lost... :(


  15. Congratulations on your pregnancy and also the great knitting opps that brings ;0)

  16. So...every once in awhile, I would check back to see where you were, so happy to hear about all the big news. OMG...a baby boy, congrats to you both.

  17. Congratulations on the upcoming baby! Getting the thesis out of the way must be a relief.