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Apr. 19th, 2015

08:40 pm - Mini update and a number of belated reviews

It's been a bit of a slow day, today, as the result of drinking slightly more than I planned at a friend's birthday drinks last night is that I slept badly and woke up far from refreshed. Still, the do was fun: Soho Rocks has pretty decent music and really lovely bar staff...who also love the music, if their dancing on the bar was anything to go by. ;)

Having not had enough brain to do proper work today, I have instead caught up with some very overdue reviews, as follows:

The first, as far back as the first week of February, was a goth book event.

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Then there's a steampunk/goth/gloom-pop/grunge gig I went to at the beginning of March:

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A and I managed to get to the cinema once in March to see It Follows:
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And finally, in the best possible evidence that I have to much going on these days, a book, which I started last year and is still the only book I've read this year, Titus Groan: Read more...Collapse )

Right, that'll do. I'd better go and get some work done. Next update post-Whitby (possibly very post-Whitby, if things continue the way they've been going this year...).

Apr. 17th, 2015

09:03 pm - Another belated mega-update...as it's Friday night and I'm still not done work(avoid)ing yet

Once more, it’s weeks since my last update, and I’ve still got a load of reviews not written (the oldest of which dates back to February. Oops).

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Mar. 29th, 2015

02:54 am - Now, that's more like it...

I'm knackered again, but this time because I have been out drinking and then to a hotel for 'afternoon' (sic) tea.

Saw some fab people I've not seen in ages, met some new people, drank enough to get me slightly tipsy and then ate a ridiculous amount of cake.

Proper update tomorrow, touch wood.

Sleep soon... :)

Mar. 27th, 2015

11:20 pm - Hmmph...

It's Friday night and I'm not clubbing, as I planned. I'm bloody knackered.

I only finished (half of) the work I planned to do today about an hour ago. According to my timesheet for Older Job, I have now done 150% of my contracted hours for the month, even with two working days still to go. And that's despite the fact I have several sets of minutes backed up and not even started.

The above two paragraphs may just possibly be connected. ;)

I am officially Not Working tomorrow - and hopefully Sunday, too.

On the bright side, I have one more meeting on Tuesday and then no meetings at all for either job for about four weeks, so I have some hope of getting caught up. And, unlike my last permanent full-time job (the one a few years back that drove me so mental I had to quit for the sake of my health), the current (Older) one actually pays overtime. I see new shinies in my future after April payday. Maybe even a tablet which isn't an obsolete hunk of junk like my (first gen) iPad... :)

There are other bright sides, too, but A is home from work so I am going to stop now and we are going to go for our evening walk...with a brief detour to somewhere which will sell me a big tub of ice cream. ;)

Mar. 23rd, 2015

12:54 am - The best laid plans, and all that...

It appears that in my last post I was (perhaps naively) hoping to find time to post some reviews this week. How does it go?: the best way to make the gods laugh is to tell them your plans. ;)

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Considering that new job had me in tears on Tuesday, my one day in the office, I'm ending the week feeling fairly pleased with having survived both jobs so well and believing that I'll survive the next week. The current plan is to go clubbing on Friday night (Some Weird Sin), and I'll surely have earned it.

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Mar. 16th, 2015

01:59 am - Much and work and much play makes for a busy Reine Misere...

Looking back at my journal, it seems that I’ve not updated since the end of February, which makes sense, since I’ve been pretty busy both with work and with play.

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Reviews etc will follow later in the week [*touches wood*] , when I have broken the back of the week’s paid work…

Feb. 27th, 2015

07:58 pm - Not-quite first day not-quite blues ;)

It wasn't technically my first day at New Job, as I was in briefly before half term, and I didn't technically do a full day (yet - I brought some stuff home to read) but today felt like a long day and I am pretty much exhausted...

Everyone was friendly and helpful, and lots of practical stuff got sorted (I now have an IT system login, a staff pass with the traditional ugly photo, a photocopy card, a tray in the staff-room, keys for lockable storage for confidential papers etc, and lots of reading material). However, it's a long, long time since I worked in an office where other people were dealing with other things and there was noise which was not related to the thing upon which I was supposed to be focusing. I'm glad they only want me on-site one day a week and I'm even more glad that I've managed to book a meeting room for my day on-site next week. ;)

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Current Mood: tiredtired

Feb. 22nd, 2015

07:58 pm - A very successful birthday not-weekend

We've been back a few days, but this is the first time I've had the time, energy and peace and quiet to write an update about our visit to York for my birthday.

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So, all in all, an excellent birthday, made all the better by being the first time I've taken three consecutive days off work since August. :)

Feb. 14th, 2015

09:27 pm - A rather slow start to February

I'm feeling pretty meh at the moment. Hair dye is currently percolating (technical term...ish) because I had planned on going clubbing tonight for the first time this year, but I'm feeling tired and fed up and I don't think I can actually be bothered.

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Oh, and we finally managed to book something for my birthday, so I am planning for my first time off of any serious length since term started in September...

Feb. 2nd, 2015

10:54 pm - Not a bad month, all in all...

I've been meaning to post all through the weekend, and kept being too busy with Stuff, so I thought I'd better do it now - since tomorrow will be an utter write-off due to getting up at the crack of dawn to be in South London by 8.30 for my volunteer thing. I'm really glad that's nearly over: I hadn't realised just how early the early starts were going to be...

Highlights of the last week included:

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Looking at the month as a whole, I haven't done too badly: 4 cinema trips, 1 theatre trip, 1 museum visit, a nice local walk somewhere I'd never been before, a games evening, a good start on a mega-declutter and two - two! - attempts at cooking real food. (The most recent one was a stilton and broccoli pasta bake, which went quite well).

What I haven't done this month is any gigging or clubbing, so that will need to be rectified pretty soon. And I still have about 80 pages to go of the book I started reading in November, which really won't do...

Jan. 25th, 2015

09:49 pm - This and that

I've not been doing badly in the last week or so.

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Jan. 24th, 2015

07:01 pm - In which a long-postponed chore is completed

Proper update tomorrow/sometime.

In the meantime: Yay! I finally did my tax return.

It only actually took just over an hour but, since I was dreading it and I kept putting it off and putting it off, it's a Proper Achievement for the day. And it turns out that, because my earnings for that year were less than my personal allowance, they owe me a £1.50 refund of the tax paid on the interest on my current account. :)

Current Mood: pleasedpleased

Jan. 18th, 2015

08:06 pm - In which being ill is rubbish

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Jan. 13th, 2015

10:50 pm - More good things

Three things, in ascending order of significance, rather than in chronological order:

1. A pair of boots I bought on a selling page on Facebook arrived today. They look better quality than ones for which I have paid at least treble the price new in the past, and could pass for new with little difficulty. They are not-quite-Victorian in style, satisfyingly big and clompy (three inch heel and just under an inch front riser) but also just about work-suitable. This makes me happy. :)

2. I finally, finally defeated the monster backlog of minutes which built up last term, about which I am very pleased. So, the tax return monster needs to be afraid, as I shall be coming for it soon! ;)

3. My interview yesterday showed that the Chair, Head etc of the school in question appeared to have a nice balance of idealism/ambition and pragmatism/realism. They also seemed to have at least half a clue about governance and specified that they wanted someone who could do more than take minutes. So, I was particularly pleased when I got a call maybe four hours after I got home, offering me the job. Hurrah!

Jan. 11th, 2015

12:21 am - A good start

It's been a pretty good start to the year, albeit rather a busy one.

So far, it's gone like this:

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Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied

Jan. 8th, 2015

11:33 am - Yay!

Proper update later/sometime, as the start to the year has had quite a lot going on, but just a quick post now for squeeing that I have an interview next week for the job mentioned a post or two back...

Hurrah!

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Dec. 29th, 2014

12:11 pm - The Year Meme - 2014

I have loads of other (technically more important) things I need to do today, but here comes the Year meme, because it's time sensitive and because I felt like it. ;)

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Current Mood: reflective

Dec. 23rd, 2014

11:03 pm - Brighter days ahead...

Things keep on improving, recently. I could almost get used to this. ;)

The solstice has been and gone, so there's more daylight coming and (at least in my head) winter gets less horrid from here.

Work of the paid and the house- variety are gradually shrinking lists. I only have two-and-a-bit sets of minutes backed up, now, the laundry/ironing piles haven't been so small in months and I actually managed to put some Christmas decorations up, which hasn't happened in the last couple of years, at least.

A and I had a day of Doing Stuff on Saturday, as he had the day off for a change. This included:
1) Taking a bunch of old books to donate to the specialist Oxfam Bookshop in Bloomsbury...and neither of us buying any more!
2) Having a quick wander around the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibit of prints at the British Museum (not spectacular, but not bad for a free one...)
3) Not-quite-so-late-as-usual cinema, to see The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies. Longer than it needed to be, of course, and some of it was quite silly, but the characterisation remains better than in the original books and there were bits which were laugh-out-loud funny and bits which were a little bit tear-inducing.

Stuff that still hasn't happened, and needs to soon:
1) Sorting out what A and I are doing for our anniversary. (We just never do this in time, somehow, with Christmas and everything to sort out...)
2) My tax return (Uurghh, don't wanna...)
3) Job application for rather good looking new job which I just saw advertised this week. Could hardly be better timed: they want someone ASAP and my handover to my successor at School Job 1 is scheduled for mid-January, which I would guess will be just about when this new job will be interviewing, given that the closing date is the first day of the new school term. :)

Dec. 18th, 2014

09:18 pm - Something like progress...

It's beginning to feel almost as if  my life is under control again. ;)

With just under a week to go, I have bought enough Christmas presents that if I were not to manage any more, nobody expecting a present would be present-less/horribly offended at the extent of their presents. I still have to get a few more bits and pieces for a few people, and buy/write/post cards, but the bulk of it is done and the one present that needed posting has been posted.

The work pile-up is gradually reducing, too, not least because my one scheduled meeting of the week, this evening, was cancelled at short notice. I'm down to only four sets of minutes backed up, and I don't have another actual meeting for four weeks ...although I have various agendas and papers to start work on and a bunch of training stuff also to catch up on (well,  more like start, if I'm honest...), so there won't actually be tumbleweed on the to-do list anytime soon.

But, yeah, it's a little after nine o' clock and the only thing left on today's to-do list is 'have a bath'. And A's work Christmas 'do' (upstairs room booked in a pub and a load of pizza to be ordered in - sounds very low-stress and civilised!) will be starting when his show comes down this evening, so I will get a few hours to watch TV or read in peace after my bath, too.

Things seem to be coming together at last. :)

Current Mood: relievedrelieved

Dec. 14th, 2014

07:38 pm - A breathing space, at last ;)

It's been ages since I've had time to update:  I've had so much work on and so many other things to do. Right now I have five sets of minutes outstanding...but at least I have only one meeting booked for the last week of term, next week, and no volunteering days, medical appointments or social/cultural events. Finally, a bit of space to breathe and catch up (and buy the last few Christmas presents!).

Whistle-stop tour of the last few weeks' non-work related highlights, for those who've not already seen all this on Facebook:

- Dracula dance performance (not quite ballet) at the ArtsDepot in North Finchley. Very atmospheric, and the set design was impressive, but there was less dancing than I might have liked and more fannying about miming and overacting. 'Twas a pity.

-Two volunteer coaching sessions. Attendance has been a bit patchy, but the ones who showed up at all clearly have potential to make improvements for themselves, so I'm cautiously optimistic on that front.

- Grand final of House of Burlesque's Burlesque Idol. So much fun, and so many great acts that it was almost a shame to have to pick a winner, but the right act won. :)

-Much shopping at the Alternative Bring and Buy Sale, with the usual mix of awesome bargains.

-Dragonmeet, where Andy and I did a favour for a company for whom he's been doing some work, and spent a day on a stall dressed in military gear handing out flyers and sales pitching for an alien invasion game which has yet to be released.

-New Model Army gig at the Forum in Kentish Town. I'm not absolutely sure how many times I've seen NMA since the first time, 23 years ago, but I'm pretty sure it must be in double figures. This was probably the best gig I've ever seen them do, partly because of the various extra guest musicians they had to bring extra texture to the music, and partly because two sets and no support band meant that they played almost three hours of stuff from the early days to the most recent stuff. Consequently, there were too many amazing songs to mention them all, but they made me cry with 'Family' in the first set and with 'Family Life' in the second set, and made my night by playing my favourite of all their songs, 'A Liberal Education', which I think I've only ever heard them play live once before.

Current Mood: tired but happy
Current Music: NMA earworms ever since Friday :)

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