Monthly Archives: May 2007


I have to vent as I am being driven mad by my workplace. Thank crunchie I’m finishing here tomorrow as I think I am about to blow a fuse. There was a time when “no challenge” work was exactly what I needed but I’m definitely ready for more of a stretch. Hopefully I’ll find some freelance work which will be just the right amount of demanding. I’d also like to work for someone who is a little less of a control freak although obviously PR and control freakery are very common bedfellows.


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Laptop surgery

Has to go in to have the audio card fixed as it’s being a temperamental beast. V annoying especially as I finish work this work so potentially no internet access until the technical bods get it sorted. I had planned to do loads of computer related stuff during my week off (TEFL, general Africa research, looking for work etc) , going to have to see if I can fire up the old Mac although dealing with dial up could really push me over the edge!

As an aside, it’s freezing. I’ve had to turn the heating on and have even been driven to wearing my fluffy socks as my toes turned a rather startling shade of blue.

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Rain stopped play

Why does it always rain on  bank holiday weekends? Oh well, my garden’s enjoying it and it’s a good excuse not to mow the lawn (probably should have done it before the rain set in though as it’s starting to look like a jungle).

Among other annoyances:

My iron blew up this morning (and tripped the electricity – a small moment of panic). Because it’s Sunday I have to wait until 11 o’clock to get myself down to Argos to buy another one – grrr.

My Norton is playing silly buggers and keeps having ‘unexpected errors’, it’s become such a pain that what is unexpected is if it runs smoothly. In fact my laptop in general is being annoying and seems to have a bug in its audio card thingy – I think I’m going to have to take it in to be repaired – grrr.

Why can’t I change my ipod from Mac compatible to PC compatible without losing all my songs – grrr.

Went to the cinema yesterday. Probably a mistake to go on a Saturday afternoon and expect to actually be able to watch a film without hoardes of teenagers behaving like 5 year olds. No, actually that’s doing a disservice to 5 year olds. Beats me why you would pay to go to the cinema, spend half the time answering your mobile then reporting back on the conversation to your mates; spend quite a lot of time going up and down the aisles on various girly toilet trips; and buy an enormous box of popcorn and proceed to throw most of it on the floor, at other people etc. One of them was even playing with their PSP – multi-tasking or just having the attention span of a gnat? Makes me sound like a grumpy old person but it really was doing my head in. I actually took my life in my hands (well risked getting stabbed given this was the deeper darker regions of SW London) and asked them to be quiet. Made me feel ancient but had the required effect (well for about 20 minutes until there was another call on the mobile).

Okay, rant over.

Las episode of Lost tonight – v excited and at least I can watch in the peace and quiet of my living room with no popcorn and mobile phone switched off!

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Other stuff

I didn’t want to write about ‘other stuff’ in my announcement of Africa blog (do you get the feeling I’m plugging it?!).

So, to sum up: Champions League – dull (well there’s a fucking surprise); US TV series that I watch – (Desperate Housewives, Lost) – all coming to an end as, apparently are Ugly Betty and 24, what do Americans do in the summer for decent TV?; BB – back soon (OMG – really? Can I convince myself I don’t need to watch it because I’ll be away when it ends?).

Okay, other non-related and pointless subjects:

It’s deliciously warm (although did get a bit sticky this evening). However, apparently rainy and vile this (bank holiday) weekend -quelle surprise!

I got a blister from my sandals yesterday and a sort of unpleasant rubbing effect from my shoes today so my feet are in a horrible state.

I’ve started compiling my definitive list of fave films and TV programmes. Actually a really good conversation starter/reviver/distractor. I hope to have an answer soon although still needs work as a discussion I had last night demonstrated that I had forgotten the film with one of my favourite lines of all time:

“Death by stereo”

How could I have forgotten?

I will endeavour to get this (rather poncily named) ouevre completed. Well – at least – to date.

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Two blogs

Am I the John Prescott of the blogosphere? I have a new blog. At the moment not entirely happy with the lay out but:

  1. I’m not an expert at html or whatever it is
  2. Life may be too short to learn
  3. I will have funky pictures once I get there

Anyway, looks aren’t everything. 

So I am lists a-go-go. And…I can’t wipe the smile off my face. I thought that three days in I might have had a pang of doubt but no I am still like a three year old with unlimited access to the sweety store or the cat that got the cream. Yes, I have thought about the mosquitoes,  but I also worked (albeit briefly) on Malarone. I have thought about the human danger against my person but, I hate to break it to you, I live in London – how much more scary can it get (and not actually feel that scary)? Also I have been hugely surprised and delighted by the reaction of friends and family. Even my parents met the news with a degree of equanimity.


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I could be accused of being rash but I’ve decided to go to Africa for two months!

I’ve never done the traditional year out thing (well I was supposed to but a nasty car crash put paid to my travel plans) so I’ve decided to take a career break. For the first time in my life I don’t really have anything keeping me in the UK and there are some areas of my life that might benefit from some breathing space. It’s a terrifying concept on many levels but – at the moment – such a challenge seems less scary than my life continuing in its current form.

Of course the decision has put me into organisational overdrive and I’m seriously going to have to get my shit together. May be it’s just the challenge I need?

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Life update

Most of my blogs have been about football recently. This is largely because it’s the end of the season, but it’s also because going to watch football in pubs has made up a large chunk of my social life in the past couple of weeks.

So thought I would do a general round up of “other stuff that is happening”.

On the work front I think I may have been rather rash as I have decided not to extend my contract at this current job. Considering this started out as a three week job back in January I haven’t done too badly. I’ve even been offered a full time job here but it’s just not stretching me and I have got to the point where I’m really not enjoying it, in fact it was starting to make me miserable and I don’t really need any more miserable-making things in my life at the moment. So I’m back on the PR scrap heap in a couple of weeks – oh joy! Hopefully something will come along soon.

I’ve also been thinking about a bit of a change in direction but it’s just a germ of an idea at the moment and requires some fairly major changes in terms of lifestyle, location, finance, relationships etc…potentially terrifying but potentially very rewarding. I have to try to make some time to think about it but I seem to be lacking time at the moment (imminent unemployment should solve that). It’s not that I’ve been hugely busy doing anything very exciting but I’m going to two or three recovery type meetings a week and I’m trying to have a social life and trying to see people I should see etc etc. I know I’m whingeing but I haven’t actually eaten anything in my own house for 11 days…I’m aiming to correct that tonight with some asparagus from my parents’ garden, the cooker won’t know what’s hit it.

I now have no pregnant friends which is a complete relief (pregnant friends are largely obsessed by icky body things and they’re useless in the “sharing a bottle of wine” department). I’ve yet to meet the two most recent babies (both boys – apparently something to do with high testosterone levels in working women in London) but hope to rectify this quite soon – hurrah an excuse to buy cute small clothes! Actually babies terrify me slightly as they’re extremely floppy, will insist on depositing half-digested milk all over you and have a habit of crying for no apparent reason which makes you feel crap and that you would never make a good parent so it’s probably just as well you’re not (for the word “you” read “me” – yes the recovery’s going very well thank you!).

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