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Nicci
31 December 2012 @ 11:05 am
2008
The Wind in the Willows, kenneth Grahame
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
What should i do with my life? Po Bronson
Alices Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Power and Control, Sandra Horley
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Quidditch through the ages, JK Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK rowling
Roverandom, JRR Tolkien
Roald Dahl Treasury
Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Six Degrees:Our Future on a Hotter Planet, Mark Lynas

Audio Books:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, J.K. Rowling
Matilda, Roald Dahl

2009
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K Rowling
The iron man, Ted Hughes
The Time Paradox: The new psychology of time that will change your life, Philip Zimbardo
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Lucky man: A memoir, Michael J. Fox
America Unchained, Dave Gorman
The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson, Judy Blume
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkein
Digging to America, Anne Tyler
Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
The Children’s Book, A.S. Byatt
Q and A, Vikas Swarup
A Christmas carol, Charles Dickens

2010
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl (audio book)
Boy Roald Dahl
Going Solo Roald Dahl
Six Thinking Hats Edward De Bono
Counselling for Toads Robert De Board
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
The Blackwater Lightship Colm Toibin
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
New Moon Stephenie Meyer
Suite Francais Irene Nemirovsky
The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
Papillion Henri Charriere
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer
The Stand Stephen King
Things Can Only Get Better:18 Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter
John O'Farrell
This year it will be different Maeve Binchy

Equal Rites Terry Pratchett

2011

The boy in the striped pyjamas John Boyne
The Tibetan Art of Living : Wise Body, Mind, Life Christopher Hansard
1984 George Orwell
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman
The Wee Free Men Terry Pratchett
Sharpe's Triumph Bernard Cornwell
Mortal Engines Philip Reeve
Stupid white Men Michael Moore
How to be a Woman Caitlin Moran
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Inkheart Cornelia Funke
Inkspell Cornelia Funke
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steig Larsson
The Girl who played with fire Steig Larsson
Leviathan or, The Whale Philip Hoare
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Mildred D. Taylor
The Little World of Don Camillo Giovanni Guareschi

2012
The Shadow in the North Philip Pullman
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
Inkdeath Cornelia Funke
The Girl who kicked the Hornets' Nest Steig Larsson
Animal Farm George Orwell
One Day David Nicholls
The Ruby in the Smoke Philip Pullman
The Tiger in the Well Philip Pullman
The Tin Princess Philip Pullman
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
The happiness hypothesis
Possession AS Byatt
Life Expectancy Dean Koontz
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl
Snuff Terry Pratchett
Wuthering Heights
The worst witch (audio book)
Akimbo and the elephants (audio book)
Julie and Julia Julie Powell
What should i do with my life? Po Bronson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows JK Rowling
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Back Home Michelle Magorian
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbough
The sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
The Broken Bridge Philip Pullman
Devil in the White City Eric Larson
Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

2013
The Fellowship of the Ring JRR Tolkien
The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke
Walking Home Simon Armitage
The Two Towers JRR Tolkien
The Return of the King JRR Tolkien
North and South Elizabeth Gaskell
All the Beggars Riding Lucy Caldwell
 
 
Nicci
21 October 2010 @ 11:30 am

Aromatherapy went ahead and we are now a fifth of the way through the course, unfortunately out of 7 weeks of classes I have missed 2 of the practical classes but hopefully I will be ok as my attendance is still over 80%. We have done a little bit of anatomy, some massage techniques and some health and safety. The travelling is a little bit annoying and pulling a case full of towels and other necessaries through town is not without its difficulties. The difficulty lies in the fact that I volunteer in Oxfam in the afternoon then go straight to Bangor for the class, either I can change the time I volunteer or leave my class things in Bangor with my parents but neither of those options is perfect. I will just have to suck it up and get on with it. I also have to carry my dinner with me, but I would rather have some nice homemade soup or stew than eat a dodgy sandwich from a dodgy canteen.

I have also received my next set of Open Uni course books which are for the Discovering Psychology course. I am very much looking forward to it but not necessarily looking forward to find the time.


 
 
Nicci
01 September 2010 @ 09:08 am
By way of an update, Im not really sure where to start.  Usually I have a host of annoying things that i want to get off my chest but im not feeling so much of that at the minute, maybe I am learnng not to hold on to too much.

I will be starting an aromatherapy course at Bangor college and a reflexology course at the womens centre in the next few weeks.  I am also enrolled in a few open uni courses, all science based.  Hopefully I am not taking on too much as is my habit.

I have also been applying for jobs and have unexpectadely been called for an interview for the cancer research shop in Lisburn, bit nervous and feeling like it might be difficult for me if i actually got the job but sure we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Been picking blackberries and also making more rhubarb and ginger jam to keep us going over the winter. It seems to be becoming more autumnal already, leaves falling from the trees, two blankets on the bed and lots of comfort food.

Not sure what to do today, maybe some tidying, some more blackberry picking if I can get motivated, some science.  Who knows.
 
 
 
Nicci
17 June 2010 @ 08:46 am
If someone intentionally set fire to your home and you had ten minutes to get out, would you try to save the arsonist or your belongings?

10 minutes is an awfully long time.  I would most likely run in panic and do nothing but if I could remain calm enough I would try to save my photographs and old letters and also talk the arsonist around.  I always try to remember that belongings arent really anything special, what matters most is life.
 
 
Nicci
09 February 2010 @ 11:10 am
Given the choice, would you rather sleep in or eat a delicious breakfast? Is there any food you love so much that you'd wake up at dawn or travel a great distance just to eat it?

Everytime I would say I would much rather have a delicious breakfast, something different everyday though for example, baked eggs and ham, pancakes with berries, croissants with cheese, the list is endless.  I would never wake up at dawn to travel for breakfast though, Im a lucky girl- morning times are not my strongpoint and my husband makes me breakfast eveyday - porridge with a spoonful of delicious homemade jam. 
 
 
 
Nicci
10 December 2009 @ 09:35 am

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic for us. Marks Aunt Ann died last week and her funeral was on Saturday. I have found it all quite difficult, not least because a death in your family calls your own existence into question, not the ‘how can I be alive, when she is dead?’ question but the ‘what will make my time here the best it can be?’ one.

Prior to that I felt I was getting along with things ok. I have my OU course (Health Sciences), I have been going out a little more, to the Stress management course and socially and I had also started to swim again thanks to the Arthritis Care course and their demand for weekly ‘Action Plans’. I have had weekly reflexology treatments for the last 10 weeks and have been generally been feeling a little calmer but now I just cant concentrate on anything other than, why I don’t have a job, will I ever have a job and will I ever achieve any of my goals? Then again I’m not really sure what my goals are right now.

I don’t know how practical it is for me to get a job (and study at the same time) but I can’t rely on Mark forever and come September, if he goes back to university there won’t be the opportunity to anyway. I know we will manage if Mark goes back to uni but it is going to be difficult and it would be a lot easier if I had some sort of income. In terms of benefits I am appealing the DLA decision and with regard to ESA, I know I have no entitlement but I need to submit the Work Capability Form to at least try to get National Insurance contributions and possibly some help in getting back to work.

I need to put all this out of my mind and get stuck into my first Health Sciences assignment which I have rather left to the last minute( it is due in tomorrow). I am also meeting Beth for coffee today which will be nice- I want to hear all about her holiday with her new man.

 
 
Nicci
27 October 2009 @ 09:28 am
Which character from any film, television show, or book would you most like to take on a date and why?



I have no idea why he came to mind.
 
 
Nicci
26 October 2009 @ 09:31 am
It has been a very long time since I posted anything here so today I plan to do a long post about the last few months but more likely end up focusing on the last few days which have been strange but I dont think I will post it right now as I have lots to do. 

I want to do some work on the health science module and also have last nights dishes to do.  Im going to make french toast for lunch seeing as the bread is no longer at its freshest and if I am feeling up to it maybe me and Mark will go swimming tonight.  I also have to double check that the arthritus care course is starting tomorrow and where exactly it is.

Before I forget it though....This morning I had a dream that I was in bed and that there was a wedding party walking up the street.  It was raining so a lot of the people had coloured umbrellas and the people were all chinese.  I wanted to take a photo of them but I was naked and the window was right at the end of the bed and the full height of the wall, by the time i had the nerve to jump out of bed the party had gone.

Also I weighed myself today, 10 stone 10 pounds.  My jeans are feeling tight- I am going to have to do something about that.
 
 
Nicci
26 August 2009 @ 09:48 am
What oft-repeated quote or common cliché do you find the most annoying when someone says it to you?
'Cheer up. It might never happen.' Feck off you arrogant shit.
 
 
Nicci
23 August 2009 @ 04:52 pm
I am really tired, much more so than normal.  Yesterday we went to murlough looking for some berries but came home with some sticks for lighting sam and Julias fire.  We were out no more than 2 hours, including eating time and I fell asleep in the car, came home, ate dinner then fell asleep on the settee.  Today I dont feel so hot either after having a bath, lunch at the hatter and helping mark with some prep for tonights dinner.  Im looking forward to seeing peeps as it doesnt happen often enough- i just hope I can last the night.