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Happy New Year from a happy wee beastie.

A very belated Happy New Year to one and all.

"And here's one I made earlier..."

And the radio silence for over two weeks is explained: Eleanor McNeill Ash Forbes, born 12.30pm on Monday 19th October 2009. The most gorgeous baby ever.  Fact.

Writer's Block: Concert mania

What band are you dying to see live in concert that you've never seen before? Would you travel to a different city or state just to see them?
Muse. Maybe as far as Glasgow or Edinburgh if need be.  And new family commitments allow!

I might have a syndrome! Cool!

Finally, something which makes me (fairly) rare and unique and all that! See, I was born with six toes on each foot, as was my mum; she had an extra baby toe, I had two big toes joined together. When I mentioned this to the midwife at my first pregnancy appointment, she then passed the info to the doctor at the ante-natal clinic, who put a geneticist in touch with me.  After a lengthy chat with her on Thursday, it transpires that possibly maybe I was born with Grieg's Syndrome, since it encompasses not only the polydactylism (ooh-er, big word alert!) but also my and mum's dodgy eye-sight and our failing hearing (and I just though it was all the booze...)  It also has a rare incidence of mild mental retardation, which would obviously explain why the pair of us are such dopey yahoos at times.  Apparently the geneticist is consulting with peeps at her end for confirmation and maybe a specific gene blood test to be done.

I'm not really worried for Beastie McForbes/Spud/Chunk (name dependent on how I'm feeling at the time) because (a) physically, based on the scans,it seems to be perfectly tip-top (if BIG) (b) the scans have suggested it has the regulation 5 toes on each foot (c) I have a feeling it's a boy (d) either way, medical procedures are way better at dealing surgically with polydactylism than when I was a nipper, so my wee girl should have a life free from discomfort and full of high heels.

Na, what I want to know is: what can I get away with, now that I have a rare medical syndrome?  I've already asked Natalie Wood, the school's head of Learning Support, to draft me a Statment of Need of the set of "behaviours" I can blame on the syndrome...


Eating light in preparation for Baz's immortal "Festival of Meat' this afternoon. Weather, y'know, not sucking...
Seriously, how much bigger can this bump get?!


Great way to beat squeamishness before baby arrives: dogsitting.


Saw "The Blues Brothers" on the big screen for the first time ever. A joyous experience.

Jul. 21st, 2009

As of today, I have been with the same man for 11 years. And what is the love of my life/father of my unborn child doing on this auspicious day? Playing "Guitar Hero." (and taking me out for a meal later...fair do's.)
Thank God for my understanding and patient course tutor.