He's now 7 weeks and he's doing really well.
Alexander - less than an hour old
My Family - Alexander at 5 days old
My boy now, at 7 weeks
I am, these days, due to my website (http://www.girlsngadgets.com), in a much better position to help promote Opera and the Community. I have offered to do this, but the response has been pretty poor. I really don't know what it is I have done wrong or why they aren't accepting help. My blog has had fantastic coverage over the past year, winning the Computer Weekly Best SME Award and being Highly commended in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. Cosmo being a global woman's magazine and highly respected brand. I also deal with market leading brands such as Sony, Dell, Logitech, Microsoft, Nintendo, Blackberry and Nokia to name just a few.
I don't really want to dwell on my negative time here though. I have met some amazing life long friends. I will always have a soft spot for the Opera Community and will continue to use the Opera Mini Browser on my phones.
Good luck to everyone here.
If you would like to remain in touch, I can be reached at leila [at] leswan dotcom
As you would've seen from my previous post, my gorgeous boyfriend proposed to me and is now my gorgeous fiancé! It's only *just* starting to sink in as I'm currently trying to arrange our engagement party. It's pretty much all done now though which is great! We have a venue and the guestlist is out!
So, New Years Resolutions...
Wow - Well for once, I haven't a clue! I guess this year, my two resolutions would be:
1. To make my job a real success. Since starting my new job in November, I've loved the challenge. So I'd really like to make a decent impact in 2010 and grow a community that I can be proud of!
2. My second New Years Resolution, which isn't much of a resolution as such, but more of an ongoing task/ hope, is to be the best wife I possibly can to Bob when we get married in July. It feels so natural for me to look after him, so fulfilling this shouldn't be too hard at all.
I have to admit, when 2009 was over, I felt rather sad. It was such an amazing year for me. Meeting my boy, my closest friends, my new job, engagement... There was so much! But 2010 is the year of my wedding and so I intend to make it just as good, if not better than 2009.
Finally, thank you to all of my friends for their love and support in 2009. I met so many amazing people and I just want you to know it doesn't go unnoticed. Probably the best thing of 2009 was meeting my boy’s family. They are very dear to me and I feel very part of it!
Roll on 2010!!!
But my biggest news of all... I'M GETTING MARRIED!!! After years of negative posting and praying for someone to love me as I do them yada yada yada, I found this person in March of this year and 4 weeks ago on the 20th November, he proposed to me 2009 has seriously been the best year of my life! I love my boy so very much I haven't been this in love in my life and I knew a very long time ago that he was 'the one' . I wish there were words for me to describe how I feel...
In the same week as me starting my new job and getting engaged, I was also awarded a Computer Weekly 2009 Blog IT Award for the Best Company/corporate: SMEs - Check it out here - There are a list of other winners also.
So as you can see, I have been rather busy with all that, not to mention Christmas preparations.
I will update you all properly soon, but I did have to tell all of my lovely Opera friends my news... There are a few of you out there who have read my blog for years who will realise *just* how big this is and how much it means to me.
So it's only a week until I start my new job! I just cannot wait! It's going to be so cool to be doing something I have wanted to do for so long. I'm excited and nervous. I really feel like I can make this work, and I am really looking forward to working with the people that I will be working with. They seem like a lovely bunch and I think I'll be very happy there!
And of course Christmas is nearing and I am starting to get excited about that for the first time ever... Thinking about presents and stuff. Not an easy task. Must go out and buy cards for people soon. YAY! Feeling totally different! Things are so amazing - I really hope nothing bad happens and that things continue to be so rosy.
Today I broke it to my Dad that I won't be home for Christmas. I know he wants me to be there and I knew it was going to be an awkward phonecall, but he took it better than I thought he would and I am really pleased about that. My Dad means the world to me and so I would hate for him to be upset, especially at Christmas, but the truth of the matter is, I am now in an amazing relationship with a boy who just so happens to have a son (Who is also amazing) and I want to spend my Christmas with them. Unfortunately, that means having to go up North and spending it with his family. On the up side, I'll be spending New Year with my Mum, Dad and Brother which will be nice The first time in about a decade!!!
So tonight I am going to watch the 'Bunny and the Bull' which is a film by the director of the Mighty Boosh. The most exciting thing is that the stars from the mighty Boosh are in it also and I just can't wait. I got very excitable whent he confirmation came through on Wednesday night! I was squealing with glee I'll update and let you guys know if it's worth a watch or not
I might go and check out the Blackheath Fireworks on Saturday. They are usually really spectacular and have had a great time in recent years On Sunday we're going to the pub for a drink and a roast dinner. There's not much better than a good roast... I can't wait!
Ciao for now
The only bad news I have received is that my Uncle jeff has died. That was terrible news. I really admired and looked up to the man. He was such an intelligent and successful person with good morals, a loving wife, two children who loved him and went on to be successful like their mother and father. He will be missed greatly by us all.
So I start my new job on the 16th. I am really pleased as I have worked so hard to get this job. I am most excited and have much planned! Finally I am doing something I want to do!!! I was very fortunate to have been offered both roles i went for. It was a tough decision, but I think I have chosen wisely.
I really feel that I have taken control of my life this year which is a far cry from last year. I am unfortunately being targeted daily by an ex at the moment via Twitter, which I think is just pathetic. He needs to understand that I have moved on and anything that I write or do is not aimed at him. I was over him when it finished (a long time ago)!!! Very odd and at times concerning behaviour! I will not name and shame him though as I find that counter productive.
Anyway... I must continue to plan for my new job and the future in general.
We have sorted things now. None of it was his fault. He's always been honest with me... ALWAYS. Why I doubted him, who knows? I am ashamed of myself for getting upset and thinking things though.I need to keep telling myself that I'm now in a very loving relationship with someone who wants to be with me always. Believe it or not, that is hard... I am finding it so hard!
One thing's for sure, I won't let my boy go, he's *the* best thing that ever happened to me by a long shot. Without him, I'm not sure where I'd be. Lost probably!
Not long after the break up, I got together with *the* most amazing person I have ever met - Bob. Totally the opposite to Jon. Bob loves me, cares for me, makes me laugh, supports me... everything! He's perfection in a person. My life has changed drastically. We moved in together after 4 months and things are going great! We have been together 7 and a half months now and everyday of that time, I have been the happiest girl alive
My confidence is slowly but surely returning thanks to Bob, although it's only recently I realised how affected I was by my relationship with Jon. I still have a very long way to go. The fact I now have a boy that prepared to go through and see this through with me is amazing and I feel so amazingly lucky!
So other things to update you on other than the love life. I have a tech website aimed at women at http://www.girlsngadgets.com - It's going well and I have just recently relaunched. Finding time is hard at the moment though as I have so much going on personally. But I am generally happy with how things are going
So there we have it - What about an update on you guys?!
Missed you lots
Thanks to all of those people that commented and said that I should come back! I am a very happy girl today
I will be blogging elsewhere though and if you would like to read on, then please email me leila [at] leswan [dot] com - Alternatively you can message me here on myopera as I will continue to keep in touch with my Opera friends.
Thank you for being so supportive over the years and reading my ramblings. I shall continue to read all my friends blogs and will endeavour to comment as much as possible.
Love to you all
Jon and I have broken up. It was amicable and I am more than OK with it all and I believe he is too. I would sincerely like to stay friends with the guy, but I am not sure how realistic that is. I am going to pick up the rest of my stuff this weekend from his and that will finally seal 'The End'. We had many ups and just as many downs and it certainly wasn't a bad 5 years - In our case it just wasn't meant to be and looking back on it, I think the break up was a long time coming.
It's been a month since the breakup and I am doing really well. I don't want to jinx anything as I have been so blissfully happy the last 3 weeks! So all I am going to say for now is 'watch this space'. I shall update you all very very soon ;-)
Due to the break-up and move etc, I have been inactive on the whole GnG front. Not that I haven't been doing bits n pieces, just that I haven't updated. All is to change very soon though and I am hoping to make a few tweaks to the site over the next few days. We are still looking for female bloggers, so if you are interested, please let me know
OK - Well that's it from me for now. Despite the fact I have an enormous amount on my mind atm, I just don't have the strength to update right now...
leila @ girlsngadgets.com
Anyway, this is just a quick not to ask anyone who would like a link back to email me. I have some banner space going on GnG and it doesn't necessarily have to be tech related as we will be covering many different tech and web stories.
Again, if you have a product you would like is to review, please drop me a mail and we can arrange it.
leila @ girlsngadgets.com
I think at this point in January, it is a realistic time to re-evaluate your goals and reflect, honestly on the past year. In a nutshell, 2008 had it's highlights, but is very much a year to forget. I didn't really accomplish anything in 2008 - I just felt like a complete mess for the majority of it. It wasn't until mid - end of December that things finally looked up. I am please to say that the start to 2009 has been rather a good one *touch wood*.
I spent some time on my new website this week. I have managed to get some contributors for a giveaway when we launch. I am now just looking for like minded websites to partner up with us by link swapping, advertising, reviewing etc. The credit crusnch hasn't really helped things. People I need to speak to desperately seem so busy at the moment trying to cope with reduced marketing budgets and a pile on of work. It's not easy times.
My website isn't really that demanding. Girls n Gadgets is a venture of mine which I have thought up out of pure interest and for me is about providing good fun articles and content for people all over the world, than a money making venture. So any support is welcomed as this is done in my spare time and anyone interested in blogging/ advertising/ contributing should contact me on leila [@] girlsngadgets.com
Offline, things are going well. I am still loving the new job. The people really are great. I am a little anxious about doing the end of month reporting, but I think I should be OK...
Things with Jon are going great! His flatmate finally moved out and it's now just us two. It's been lovely to go home and relax together, cook for eachother and just generally enjoy eachothers company. I do love him so very much! I think now, all I want to do is for me and him to go away for a long weekend. being in London all the time can be a real pain. Work is always busy for him and so, it would be nice to recharge the batteries somewhere quiet!
Anyway... hope everyone is doing well. Please leave me your comments as I really appreciate feedback...
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I successfully finished my week of vegetarianism and it really was an eye opener for sure! For now though I can't see myself becoming a veggie, although I have noticably cut down the amount of meat I eat and it's all sub-concious which is the surprising thing. I do feel a lot better for doing it too
On the work front, I started on the 5th Jan and until now have been training. The girl I am covering for maternity has now left and it's all down to me! Terri was so popular and good at her job, I have a really hard act to follow. So I guess there is a little bit of worry there. I know it's going to take time to build solid relationships and the work load is fine. But I can't help wanting to be fully up to speed!
As I may have mentioned before, my new job is very IT based. I work with the hardware server team at an investment bank. I have always been interested in techy stuff and for the past 3/4 years have wanted to do a degree/ qualification. After chatting with my manager and others, it turns out I can get training on site here and eventually have the possibility of becoming a fully qualified Unix/ Wintel Engineer - I am so happy and can't believe my luck at landing in this job!!!
Due to concentrating on work, my Girls n Gadgets has had to take a back seat but I am back on the case and very excited again. I just need to hit up my girl @Mia and get her back on the case too. It won't take much I doubt as the girl is awesome If you would like to be kept up to date on Girls n Gadgets, please follow @girlsngadgets
Finally, I'd just like to say that any UK Twitter readers, Twestival is on the 12th February - Please visit www.twestival.com for details.
Muchos Love to you all...
Menu for today:
Lunch: Pasta with red pepperpot sauce and vegetables
Not much today, but I still feel fine. I have had a lot of other things go on today and I haven't overly thought too much about food.
I have updated my veggie recipe site: www.eatveggie.net
Please email me with any veggie recipes you might have - leila [at] leswan [dot] com
Thank you and Goodnight
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