Isabel’s First Birthday

Isabel turned 1 on Sunday. Crazy to think it has been a year since my world was turned upside down by a warm pink bundle of goo. It makes me all broody for more babies just thinking about it :D

Anyway, to celebrate her birthday we had family over and ate crisps, sausage rolls, jelly and ice cream, etc. I also baked an epic Very Hungry Caterpillar cake:

Very Hungry Caterpillar cake

I didn’t think it came out too bad, considering I had never used that sort of icing before OR in fact made a decorated cake at all. Very Hungry Caterpillar aficionados will recognise a few minor incorrect details (the antennae should be purple, eye pupils green, should have 6 feet) but this was mostly due to lack of time/running out of icing/forgetting to buy purple.

Tasted good though.

Why I Chose WordPress

I have had a somewhat infamous love-hate relationship with WordPress over the years. Although I was virtually an early adopter of the CMS, I have found myself using and dropping it in direct relation to the stability of the admin panel. However, WP development now takes up a significant portion of my workload and it… read full entry »


Side Accordion Menu in Mootools

A recent project involving a request for an ‘accordion’ style content box allowing multiple blocks of copy to occupy the same space (I assume to give a less wordy impression to users while retaining ‘searchability’ in Google) has led me down a mootools-based route… having never used the mootools JavaScript framework before I was quite… read full entry »


Unexpected Feelings, Work, etc

Today I returned to work. Walking out of the door this morning was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my entire life; I felt like I was abandoning my daughter. Of course, I wasn’t… and she enjoyed her day with her Nannies (my mum and Lou) so barely noticed I’d gone. Work… read full entry »

So much for tumblelogging…

Aye aye aye. I go on and on about why I love Habari and how it’s going to make tumblelogging much easier, finally make it work and then… oh, don’t use it. Now beginning to think I prefer the idea of a lifestream type social networking integrated thingy. Faddy, me? Never!


Your Questions Answered, Part Two

Ben asked: what was the very first thing that you did which got you into web development? Neopets. Hahahaha. Yes, sad but true. I wanted as many trophies as I could get for my user lookup, and one of them was the pet page thing… I figured I could learn HTML, create an awesome pet… read full entry »


Your Questions Answered, Part One

So. You know you have a big case of the lazies when you procrastinate over the original procrastination thingy. Now I’m here avoiding some JavaScript which is currently eating my brains. Vera asked: When’s the next Pants Award due? When I find a suitable site that inspires me… bored of teenyboppers now. Amelie asked: If… read full entry »


Ask Me a Question

I’m procrastinating taking a break from studying… so ask me a question. Deep and meaningful, personal, web-related, whatever. Go! I’ll answer them in a post or two over the next few days (depending on how many I get)


On the Divisive Issues of Parenting

Naomi, in response to a question on why women trouble themselves with debate on divisive parenting issues: […] keeping women occupied with relatively trivial parenting matters which our ancestors didn’t think twice about means we don’t have time or energy to recognise our true status as women alienated from the real world, frustrated in our… read full entry »

First PHP Game

Remember when I talked about wanting to code some PHP games? (Yes, it was in 2008, what’s your point?) Well I finally managed to fit one in to my busy schedule last week, whilst avoiding studying for my current OU module. Ignoring the fact that it’s talking about points (only relevant for the final ‘install’)… read full entry »


If it’s not one thing, it’s another…

So with Isabel’s nursing strike we’ve all obviously been on tenterhooks lately. Thankfully this seems to be coming to an end… after having a good rant on t’interwebs during a bad morning on Tuesday I threw her up in the sling and started to dance around singing nursery rhymes to get her to sleep. She… read full entry »