Birth, School, Work, Death

I was out with the girls last night for dinner and back home at midnight. In another life, I might have had a nightcap or watched a bit of late-night TV but, oh no, I am living on the edge people. I found myself knitting beside the fire while listening to the BBC World Service like an old spinster. I bought wool yesterday for a new project: this chunky scarf pattern from the She Shoots Sheep Shots blog. I can read knitting blogs now, excellent! The pattern is perfect for my second stab at knitting, as it’s very straightforward and after the Aran cushion I now know how to do cable. *takes a needle-flourishing bow

I never thought I had an addictive personality but last night was like a flashback to me as a teenager staying up until the wee hours in front of MTV, waiting and waiting through acres of crap for just one decent video to appear. Except last night it was more “I’ll just get this cable row done” than “Maybe if I wait long enough ‘U got the look’ will come on”. I ended up going to bed at 3am, which was a bit thick, as I had to get up at 6am to give myself the Ovitrelle trigger shot ready for Monday’s IUI. Though I did get 18 inches of scarf done.

I actually needed my wits about me with the Ovitrelle this morning. Last month, the Ovitrelle was by far the simplest of all the injections – no mixing and no need to select the correct dosage, just a simple syringe. Child’s play for the seasoned fertility professional. This time for some reason it was in a clicky pen like the Gonal F. Had to read the instructions at 6.10am to work out how to expel the air bubble before injecting (FYI you select the dot to expel the air and then switch to the numbered dose (250 in my case) for the injection).

Apart from a bit of grocery shopping and a couple of trips out in the car, I pretty much stayed in today doing housework, catching up with Strictly Come Dancing and then looking at people’s comments about Strictly on Twitter (#scd and #strictly).

Yes, I think I need to get out more.

Out of curiosity, I just looked up the MTV Music Video Awards winners from 1988.

So many of the song titles could be reappropriated as an anthem for the single mother by choice in her late 30s, spanning as they do the topics of aging and disappointment in dating, through to donor selection and even the effects of fertility drugs.

Grateful Dead — Touch of Grey
Depeche Mode — Strangelove
Elton John — I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That
Jody Watley — Some Kind of Lover
Eurythmics — I Need a Man
U2 — I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
George Harrison — Got My Mind Set on You
Cher — I Found Someone
George Michael — Father Figure
Aerosmith — Dude (Looks Like a Lady)

Crowded House — Better Be Home Soon (To Trigger), we could go on…

A small bit of licence with that last one, sorry.

A great year for music though. George Michael’s ‘Faith’, The Bangles’ ‘Hazy Shade of Winter’, Suzanne Vega’s ‘Luka’, INXS’s ‘Need you tonight’, REM’s ‘The One I Love’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tunnel of Love’… All the good stuff is coming back.

As is the need to switch off MTV immediately on hearing the opening strains of Los Lobos’ ‘La Bamba’.

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