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My leg has been twitching for a week or so now, which is annoying in any case, but now it's starting to affect my sleep, and I am getting CROSS. The internet found me a list of possible causes (it also found me certain proof that I'm going to die from metal poisoning, but the list seemed more sensible), and the only ones that it might be are muscle strain (though I'm surely not active enough to have incurred a proper physical injury), and emotional stress or anxiety, which seems much more likely but is also something I can't really do anything about.

There isn't really any helpful information on how to STOP THE DAMN TWITCHING, but I wonder if it's just that no-one's tried stabbing the offending limb into submission? At the very least it would give me another sensation on which to focus.
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I have bronchitis! I've never had bronchitis before. It would be quite exciting if it wasn't so annoying. I had to blow into a toilet roll tube, and the doctor was really strict and made me do it about five times to "get a better score". I am quite competitive, but was more than happy to have as few coughing fits as possible. Eventually she conceded that I wasn't going to do any better, and revealed that I was blowing at only half of my capacity, and gave me antibiotics and an inhaler. I have also never used an inhaler before. The magazines at the doctor's were disappointing, only an Olive and one measly Hello which was mostly about some Holby City star. I like the ones like Best where they offer £500 for a top story that apparently must include near death AND weight loss AND lovely new (preferably younger) boyfriend.

Now is of course the perfect time for the neighbours to start loud music again.
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January
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
Above Suspiscion - Lynda La Plante
Scribbling the Cat - Alexandra Fuller
Ladysmith - Giles Foden
Iris & Ruby - Rosie Thomas
Espresso Tales - Alexander McCall Smith
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Rabbit, Run - John Updike
Up For Grabs - John Harries
Wendy Craig's Nanny - Jean Bowden
The Life of the Party - Maureen Freely
The Pact - Jodi Piccoult
Girls in Their Married Bliss - Edna O'Brien
Dead Souls - Ian Rankin
The Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara
The the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz - Michela Wrong
Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich
Death at the Bar - Ngaio Marsh
Temeraire - Naomi Novik
How I Paid for College - Marc Acito
March - Geraldine Brooks
The Autograph Man - Zadie Smith
Because of the Lockwoods - Dorothy Whipple

This was the second half of my holiday, so it was a mixture of my Christmas presents, other people's presents I nicked in desperation, and whatever was at the various campsites. I really liked The Penelopiad, even though my knowledge of The Odyssey is minimal at best. I forget I enjoy Margaret Atwood when I'm not actually in the process of reading her.
I also enjoyed Tess of the D'Urbervilles, though enjoyed is hardly an appropriate term for Hardy.

Temeraire I absolutely loved, and I can't wait for the others to come out here in paperback. I added it to my wishlist precisely because someone said it was Master and Commander with dragons, and that's exactly what happened! How I Paid for College was brilliant fun, but March was more disappointing. Interesting, but a bit over-written and overly didactic.


I had to cancel a work meeting and a social thing because I am DYING. My head hurts and my nose hurts and I feel wobbly whenever I stand up and I don't know how I'm producing all this snot because it just won't stop and I am boiling yet shivery. So I am staying in bed with Beecham's and watching Boy Meets World on my new avi DVD player which is shiny and also has a usb port so that I can plug in my pen drive when I have downloaded things without having to burn them. Boy Meets World is just as gloriously awful as I remembered, but the love between Cory and Shawn is undiminished.

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