Saturday 31 December


2005: An overview


Alcohol units in first 6 months of year: 3,497 (normal).


Alcohol units in second 6 months of year: 0 (vg).


Imaginary menopauses: 1.


Unplanned pregnancies disguised as imaginary menopauses: 1.


Pounds lost: 114 (vg).


Pounds gained: 127 (v bad).


Potatoes consumed in first 6 months of year: 11 (approx).


Potatoes consumed in second half of year 1,100 (approx)(bad).


Egg whites: 0.


Liver: 0.


Proudest achievement of year: creating unborn baby.


Biggest drawback to proudest achievement of year: Creating said unborn baby via drunken shag with emotional fuckwit.


Proudest achievement of year as British citizen: Brave way dealt with London bombings: even though consisted mainly of walking part of way home once in bare feet before finding taxi.


Worst piece of British political timing: Abolition of licensing hours just when have got pregnant and given up drinking.


Least favourite political person of year: President Bush - for still being Global Superpower Leader despite a) very stupid; b) massive fuck-up re: New Orleans toxic soup. And c) still pretending is all right about invading Iraq; even though is now obvious he simply got mixed up and thought Iraq had invaded World Trade Centre.


Favourite political or world leader of year: Prince William - owing to being both attractive, caring and responsible doing mountain rescue and visiting homeless when could easily be jetting round world on freebies in manner of Fergie and modelling for Hugo Boss.


Worst Motherism of year:


Third place: Justifying third helping of dessert, fourth phone call of day to self etc etc last summer by saying "You have to carry on as normal, don't you? or otherwise the bombers will have won."


Runner up: Encouraging self to adopt Chinese or Ethiopian baby in order to attract a man in manner of Angelina "Jolly" with Brad Pitt.


Winner: On receiving news of self's pregnancy with her first grandchild, snapping "You'll have to get it checked out, you know, because it could easily come out a mongol at your age."


Least impressive driving manoeuvre of year:


Winner: Driving away from petrol station with pump still attached to car.


Runner up: Not noticing above had happened for three days, till Mark Darcy alerted self.


Favourite pregnancy foodstuff:


Runner up: Cheese.


Winner: Potatoes.


Best thing about being pregnant:


Am going to have baby.


Am no longer tragic barren spinster.


Will have little baby to love.


Worst thing about being pregnant:


Runner up: Suddenly becoming wide in manner of Senator Edward Kennedy or Ann Widdecombe.


Winner: throwing up all the time.


Best thing about throwing up all time:


Runner up: can eat more cheese and potatoes


Winner: Suddenly understanding miracle of toilet. solid, dependable, magically making vomit vanish in quasi-Hogwartian fashion.


Favourite home furnishing or bathroom fitting: Toilet.


Best everyday invention: Toilet.


Most underrated everyday fixture or fitting: Toilet. (Toilet is clearly going to walk away with whole armful of awards like Norah Jones at Grammys in year when brought out song which is now in lifts everywhere.)


Most honoured honoree on tonight's occasion: Toilet.


Rest-of-pregnancy resolutions:


I will: a) Halt dizzying slide into obesity caused by treating nausea like hangover and eating whatever feel like, moment by moment, in attempt to make it go away. Instead will be lead by books not instinct and eat eg liver and egg white. b) Compensate for current too-large weight gain, by under-gaining for rest of pregnancy - not by cutting back on nourishment (for as pregnancy book chillingly explains "the baby cannot live on your flesh alone, no matter how ample") - but by cutting back on shit like ice cream, cheese, and potatoes. c) Accept that stuffing cheese and ice-cream is not made all right by calcium. d) Stop growing wide but instead develop endearing front-facing bump like normal pregnant people. e) Stop buying more and more tiny baby outfits such as, as Magda says, will only fit baby for 3 weeks and anyway newborn babies do not need Uggi Boots: instead buy boring but necessary things like bottle steriliser, car seat and changing table. f) Tell Richard Finch am pregnant, having first checked out rights under the law on internet.


Least favourite moments of year:


When thought pregnancy was menopause.


When, in middle of celebrating conception of first born with Mark Darcy, DNA clinic rang to say father was Daniel Cleaver.


When told Daniel he was baby's father and he put phone down on me.


When Daniel came round to discuss pregnancy and said "You are going to get rid of it, aren't you? "


Favourite moments of year:


When threw up cherry-coloured vomit in Daniel's new Mercedes. Harharhar.


When looked at pregnancy test and saw blue line in window.


When did subsequent 17 pregnancy tests and still saw blue lines in windows.


When bought first babygro with teddies on and put it on bed next to me as if was baby.


When parcel arrived from Daniel - just as was leaving sadly for Mum and Dad's for Christmas, which contained tiny pair of bootees with card saying: "To mini-Bridget. Happy First Unborn Christmas with love from your Daddy."


An EXCELLENT year's achievements and progress.