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Have finally decided to make my journal friends only, as I've realised how bad it would be if someone actually read this.

I might even get a banner one day.

In which Hannah lands on her feet again.

Long story short, I've taken on a new house that I can't really afford. It costs £425 a month plus bills. I've always known I couldn't afford it but I took it anyway because it's pretty much my dream house. Anywhere I decided to live after seeing that house would always seem shitty and pathetic in comparison.

So yes, I was stupid. Thing is, it's been eating away at me for a month or so now. I earn about £600 a month, but that's not constant, it depends how many hours I'm given each week and there have been mumblings lately about how our hours are going to go WAYYY down. On top of that, I have bills to pay, food, my £50 a month travel pass and general living. So yeah, I'd be racking up credit card expenses every month.

But you know what? That's magically all gone away. Seriously, it's like my Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand.

I checked my bank balance today and my student loan's gone in. I was expecting a quarter loan because it's the end of the third year and so you don't get as much. But I got the full amount! The full £1,400! So it's cleared my over-draft nicely with a little left over to spare.

THEN I get a letter through saying my Disability Living Allowance has been approved. Payment start next week.

THEN I get a letter from my Godmother (of the non-fairy type) and a cheque for £300. She does this instead of Christmas and birthday presents.

THEN I get a letter from my current landlords asking me to make an appointment for a flat inspection so I can get my £250 bond back.

EEEEEEEIIIIIIII! I want to dance and sing and spin in circles! All my money problems have vanished with four different events ON THE SAME DAY!!!

I'm terrible with money. Terrible terrible terrible. But this might help me to be better. Because I'm a livable amount over my overdraft, I should be able to keep £0 as a target. No, not a target, but... a thing to keep away from. I should be able to keep myself in the green now.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :D :D :D

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84 Charing Cross Road

Read this.

'Did I tell you I finally found the perfect page-cutter? It's a pearl-handled fruit knife. My mother left me a dozen of them, I keep one in the pencil cup on my desk. Maybe I go with the wrong kind of people but I'm just not likely to have twelve guests all sitting around simultaneously eating fruit.'

What a beautiful, beautiful little book.

It's a series of letters written between a young American lady and an English bookshop, shortly after the war. It's very short and easygoing but very possibly the best book I've read all year. I just couldn't put it down, snatching it out of my handbag at every opportunity.

The letters are so playful, so dryly humorous, that I giggled aloud on a bus. I really felt I got to know the characters, and cared for them.

I just wish it hadn't ended.






And now an afternoon of lying in bed reading. Mm.

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Apr. 6th, 2010

Arrrrrrrgh. Will there ever be a point when I don't feel groggy and tired? I got home from work and HAD to sleep, so I went to bed. Only now I've woken up an hour later than I should have done and I still feel groggy and tired lol. I can't wait to get a medical certificate for my ME so I can tell work and not feel guilty lol.

Me and Alex are going to London the week after next. We're still pondering where to go. I mean, I go to London twice a year or so, so it's not a huge deal but I really do love it there. I think we're going to go to the Globe, the Tower, Camden Market... and we're thinking about going to see a show too :) I'm going to have to take it easy, and I probably won't be able to get out of bed for a week afterwards, but it'll be worth it!

Mm, Camden Market. It's very possibly my favourite place in the world. Obviously it's a market, but it's kind of an alternative clothing one. And there are are unusual shoe shops, and loads of little food shops, and funky clothes.... mm.

I wish I knew how much Alex saw of this journal actually, there are some things I'd like to talk about but don't feel safe doing so just yet.

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Although I don't think I can be held entirely to blame this time. I went home for a doctor's appointment this morning and afterwards I went to the second-hand bookstall in the underground market with Mum. Mm, I always spend a fortune there. He always has nice condition but really cheap books, and a wide variety of them.

I got three pristine Agatha Christies in the edition I'm collecting, some Mercedes Lackey books that my Mum has that I'm building up my own collection of, and a few other fantasy books. Not TOO expensive either. About £15 and I got ten. Actually, not expensive at all, thinking about it.

We kept trying to leave and just picking up new ones! I'm pretty sure we just paid his rent for a few days, but oh well.

Thinking back, I must have bought 36 books in just over a fortnight. Ohhhh dear. I really should stop now, that's ridiculous. I'm just whizzing through them so quickly at the minute.

I'm being referred to Leeds hospital. They have a specialist ME/CFS department thing and I'm being sent there for... a reason. I'm not sure why, come to think of it. Maybe it'll be a nice surprise, with balloons and cake :)

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2010 116 Book Challenge

Well I failed abysmally on my book challenge for 2009. It's the first time I've failed in four years. I think it's because I was obsessed with World of Warcraft for three months and quite literally did nothing else. I've decided to aim for the same target this year, so wish me luck!

1) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

2) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

3) Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

4) Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast

5) Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

6) The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

7) Fire by Kristin Cashore

8) Inferno by Dante Alighieri

9) Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

10) Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie

11) The Girlfriend Experience by Rebecca Dakin

12) The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

13) The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

14) Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

15) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

16) Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

17) The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

18) Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

19) Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey and contributors

20) The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

21) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

22) Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella

23) The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

24) Frostbite by Richelle Mead

25) Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

26) At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

27) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

28) The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

29) The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon

30) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

31) Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

32) Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

33) Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

34) Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

35) Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

36) Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

37) Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

38) Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

39) Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

40) The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

41) Third Girl by Agatha Christie

42) Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

43) The Dead Girl's Dance: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

44) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

45) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

46) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

47) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

48) The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey

49) Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

50) The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott

51) Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

52) The Luxe by Anna Godberson

53) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

54) Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

55) The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

56) Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

57) Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

58) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

59) Biblioholism by Tom Raabe

60) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

61) Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

62) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

63) 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

64) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

65) Ash by Malinda Lo

66) At the House of the Magician by Mary Hooper

67) Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

68) The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

69) The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

70) The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

71) The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

72) Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

73) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

74) The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey

75) Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

76) Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

77) No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong

78) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

79) Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

80) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

81) Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

82) We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee

83) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Bernard O'Donoghue

84) It's a Don's Life by Mary Beard

85) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

86) First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

87) Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

88) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Did anybody know that Disney's Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet? Apparently so. Pretty snazzy.

Back to work tomorrow and I can't wait. I've spent a week staring blankly at walls and annoying the hell out of Alex. The problem with swine flu isn't the actual illness, it's the fact that you still can't leave the house for a few days after you're better. I've been in such a foul mood - I felt fine but still just had to sit here and gaze longingly out of the window.

I'm just glad it's over - the aches were awful. One morning I woke up, rolled over and actually shrieked it hurt that badly.

Dad's managed to avoid getting it - they gave him Tamiflu immediately when Mum got it because he's 'high-risk' because of his asthma.

Spenceley (at work) went home from work today because he's got it too. He was texting me about what to do and what to expect. I was the first one at Game to get it, you see. It's quite nice to have it out of the way.

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I hereby demand that you all run out and purchase this book. Hurry. Go now. Don't waste a second. Failing that, here's a link to Amazon.


I bought it the other day as the third book in the Waterstones' 3 for 2 offer (in other words, I didn't really want it.) But it's brilliant. So different to anything else I've ever read. Thing is, I can't really describe it apart from... sweet.

It takes the form of a series of letters written by the inhabitants of Guernsey to an English author that's writing about their occupation during the war. Eventually she goes for a visit and writes home to her friend and publisher. Each letter writer is given a completely different voice and personality, and you start to feel you know them after just a few letters.

Buy now. Then hurry back and tell me what you think :P

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THE PIGGY PLAGUE!!!

Lol, I have swine flu.

I had a headache from when I woke up but didn't think anything of it really. Just a headache, okay, whatever. So I go to work and I break out in this awful rash thing on my arms and face. I scratch and scratch and eventually work sends me to Boots to get some cream. It doesn't really help, but again, whatever. But then I start having this awful racking coughs and Matt drags me into the staff room and says "I think we should send you home, don't you?"

So yeah, I got to go home four hours early and I don't have to go to work for at least a week. On the downside, I feel like shit. My head is pounding, my skin's all sore from where I've been scratching, I have an awful cough and I feel sick. Oh well, it's just flu, I'll survive.

At least I'm not in trouble with work though. Matt said I get brownie points because I actually turned up at work when I was ill and was sent home not out of my own choice. I feel kind of bad though - Dan had to work a 12 hour shift because they sent me home. I heard him asking his girlfriend on his mobile as I was walking out.

Alex was sent home too. I went downstairs to tell him not to meet me after work and he told his manager why he was there and he got sent home too. He seems okay though, for the minute anyway.

Robyn was staying at home tonight anyway, but she's thinking about staying there for another few days so she doesn't get it too.

Oink.

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Oink cough oink.

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