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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
8:56 am - Hrmmm
Seems age hasn't improved my ability to keep a diary, nearly 18 months between entiries, that's impressive ;)

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
12:58 pm
Less than 2 weeks left of my 20's.

Bah

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003
1:12 pm - Mobile goodness
So I finally ordered my new mobile phone!! After much faffing and procrastinating i've settled on the nokia 7250, now I just get to be all impatient waiting for it to arrive :(

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003
4:39 pm
Bored of being at work now - it's bright and sunny out there and i'm stuck here - hrmph!

Worse, I checked the weather report for the weekend and they reckon it's going to rain (bloody typical).

Should never go to the pub at lunchtime, always leaves me decidedly anti doing any work in the afternoon.

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Monday, March 24th, 2003
10:12 am - Wierdness
It’s been a busy month and I’d pretty much forgotton about last months Valentines mystery. Til I came in this morning. There’s another card waiting on my desk for me. This one’s asking me out on a date and the sender has kindly supplied both name (christian name only) and a telephone number. How nice, the mystery is solved. Except … the name means nothing to me. How embarrassing. This poor soul has gone to all of this effort and yet I still have absolutely no idea who they are which means like it or not I’m probably about to cut them dead and leave them feeling like a complete fool. I feel guilty already. Worse, what if they’re actually someone I *would* like to go on a date with? What if I finally put a face to the name 6 months down the line and end up kicking myself? I could of course dial the number but then that would effectively lead to a blind date (not like I could say on the phone “by the way I have no idea who you are”) and that could be a total and utter nightmare. It’s a cruel world we live in.

current mood: embarrassed

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Thursday, March 20th, 2003
12:55 pm - Stuck in my head
I have this track stuck in my head, I'm thinking that's not a good thing.


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current mood: contemplative

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2003
3:47 pm - Funny
One of the most amusing sites i've seen in a while - takes a long time to read it all tho (think soap opera!)

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mil.millington/things.html

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1:38 pm - Sunshine
It's wrong to be at work today - this is definitely the sort of day that ought to be spent in a pub garden somewhere (preferably near a river) sipping the first pimms and lemomade of the year and feeling the sunshine kiss your skin.

current mood: relaxed

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Thursday, March 13th, 2003
4:12 pm - Weekend in Sight
Roughly 9 more working hours til the weekend - this is a good thing. Woke up this morning with "that Friday feeling" which is bad, on a Thursday. Have managed to achieve next to nothing at work today as a result and even managed to use a training session (booked for 2 hours, took 15 minutes) as a wonderful excuse to wander aimlessly around the building catching up with people I don't see very much anymore. Fully plan on spending the last hour I have at work today working out my plans for this evening/the weekend.

Been a bizarre "catching up with people" week in which i've been out 3 nights out of 4 (unusual for me, Spring must definitely be on the way) and can finally stop feeling guilty about not calling the people I should be calling. Do need to cut down on wine consumption tho, way too easy to drink and before you know what's happeneing you're slaughtered. A good example of this would be the night this week that I woke up at 4am to discover my idiot friend had managed to leave my front door wide open upon exiting my house! I feel better about the whole thing if I blame her but I know deep down that I'm just as responsible and really ought to have checked the door after she left. Still, don't appear to have had any unwanted visitors except maybe a couple of the local cats so I guess it all ended a lot better than it could have done.

Vodka in future tho :)

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Monday, March 10th, 2003
12:55 pm - Picture this ...
A hectic morning spent running around doing chores, then a half hour spent on the punchbag followed by braving the (very cold) world outside to do some garden chores. All I wanted in the world was a nice long relaxing bath, both to warm up a bit and also soothe my overworked muscles. I added a liberal amount of bubble bath got in and let the world drift away.

The doorbell rang. Given that I wasn't expecting anyone for a good few hours I opted to ignore it (door to door salesmen aren't my idea of a relaxing afternoon).

It rang again, longer this time. Maybe it's important?

No, if it was important than someone would phone, even if just to tell me to get my ass down the stairs and answer the door. Sod it, the bath is good.

Third ring, really insistent this time and accompanied by a fierce rapping on the door.

*Grumble* Nothing for it, going to have to go and answer it, it *must* be important for whoever it is to have rung 3 times. It's raining out there, surely even the most persistent salesman wouldn't be that desperate for a sale.

I grab a robe and head to the door leaving a trail of wet footprints behind me. I'm soaking wet and little bubbles are clinging to the exposed parts of my body. I have streaks of makeup down my face and my hair is also full of bubbles. I look divine :)

I open the door. There's nobody there. I curse. Then suddenly she appears and she's brandishing a .... YELLOW FECKING PAGES! That was it, my bath ruined so that I could take delivery of a free yellow pages which I never use anyway (except occasionally to block open a door). She stares at me accusingly for a few moments before finally saying "Oh, so you were in then!" and then launches into a tirade about how I wouldn't believe the things she disturbed people doing today. I'm cold, wet, standing half naked on my doorstep and there are many many things I'd like to do with that yellow pages around about now.

I think they're all illegal.

current mood: working

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Friday, March 7th, 2003
7:40 pm - Sods Law
So I decided not to go out and to do the dvd and wine thing, problem is it's only 7.30pm and i'm bored already. I think it's going to be a long night. I also stupidly bought 2 bottles of wine instead of just the one (the logic being that I know i'll want more wine tomorrow and it would save me a trip), guess that'll be me drinking both bottles tonight then ;)

I think I need a holiday, something to break the monotony

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2:49 pm - Soggy
Rain rain go away, come again another day

... preferably one when I remember an umbrella and don't have a stack of things to take home from work with me.

current mood: working

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9:44 am - Friday Feeling
Nice relaxing evening yesterday, did a little bit of painting, cooked a healthy veggie meal (well healthy right up until the point that I dumped about half a kilo of butter on the jacket potato) and then settled back to watch Queen of the Damned (truely dire film which i'm sure I would never have made it to the end of if I hadn't been feeling so chilled) and drank endless cups of tea.

Now I have that Friday feeling where work really does all seem to be too much of an effort and i'm counting the hours til 5pm (7 hours 10 minutes atm!) and considering sneaking out early. Meant to be out for beer and a curry tonight with the guys from the office but not sure I can be bothered. Rest of the weekend is looking pretty hectic so may well just grab a bottle of wine and couple of videos and spend the evening home alone (which sounds appealing rather than sad and lonely atm).

Off to continue my great mobile phone debate now (in the time I spent dithering about which phone to get, several others came on the market and now i'm back to being spoiled for choice!)

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2003
4:39 pm - Peace at last
This is probably my favourite time of day (well favourite time while at work anyway). Pretty much everyone else has gone home, the office resembles a morgue and I can finally get some work done! From the moment I got in this morning it's been a non stop barrage of questions, coming at me from all directions, causing my head to threaten to explode.

I never thought the day would come when i'd actually relish being the last one stuck in the office working longer hours than I need to.

Maybe i'm getting old after all.

current mood: drained

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3:29 pm
Why is it that nomatter how loudly I crank up the music I can still hear them talking? And worse, they can still get to me to ask me irritating, pointless questions.

*Mope*

current mood: irritated

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Thursday, February 27th, 2003
12:34 pm - APR
I wish my boss would make her mind up, having rescheduled my APR twice she just landed it on me out of the blue. I was meant to have it this afternoon (which would have given me a good hour to prepare!) but thanks to it being dragged forward by about 4 hours I just had to bluff my way through it.

All fine, i'm wonderful, competent yada yada yada.

A few minor niggles tho

1: She actually wanted me to start work at 8am 2-3 days a week. I'm sorry? 8AM??? I think not. There followed some bartering and we settled on 8.30 providing traffic isn't too heavy. I mean come on, 8am? I have no problems with starting at 8, or even earlier sometimes but the very suggestion that I would *have* to be in at that time sent shivers through me.

2: She had signed me up for an email course. WTF? The reason for this is apparently because she's only been my boss for the last couple of months and therefore my 8 or so years of previous sending email in a business environment count for nothing. We agreed I won't be taking the course.

3: We still have a pay freeze on :(

I also have to go on a stress management course, no idea what that's all about (managing my own stress? detecting signs of stress in my staff? How to get prozac cheaply and easily?) but I figured that would be entertaining at least so have agreed to attend that one.

So close to the weekend!

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2003
6:21 pm - Bookstore madness
I got to the train station about 20 minutes early tonight (nomatter how many times I do that walk my brain still insists on telling me it's going to take about 4 times longer than it ever actually does) so figured i'd kill some time in the station newsagents/bookstore. Okay, so I don't expect much from a crappy little train station store but that still didn't prepare me for what I got.

Roughly 20% of the shelfspace is given over to Best Sellers, I get that, it makes sense. Except - they're pretty much sold out and besides, they're only do the top 20. So, empty shelves then.

A further 40% comprises "fiction" (apparently) but on closer inspection this seems to be largely comprised of chic lit with the occasional leaning towards a thriller or mystery of some sort. Don't get me wrong, I like some chic lit, Bridget Jones still remains a firm favourite of mine. Only unfortunately the bulk of this stuff seems to be aimed at bored 40 something housewives who can't quite take the plunge into erotica so are satisfying themselves formulaic trash where the woman always gets the man (in a variety of positions) in the end.

10% - kids books, Harry Potter, that kind of thing (though any parent who hasn't fully prepared themselves in advance for being trapped on a train with their bored child deserves to suffer IMO)

And finally, the coup de grace - a whopping 30% to ... MILITARY HISTORY. Not, I hasten to add, fiction but proper, researched, historical works.

What totally off the wall survey can possibly have concluded that 30% of rail users when popping into the newsagents for something to keep themselves entertained on the journey think "Ooh, I fancy a nice bit of military history tonight, I wonder which war they are serialising now"? Astounding.

I was so amazed I almost missed my train ...

current mood: shocked

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Monday, February 24th, 2003
6:28 pm - Mondays Suck
It's crap to be at work and have a mate sms you just to point out that she's not at work and is infact sitting happily in a pub getting more than a little tipsy

Some people can be so cruel ....


I will of course seek revenge at the earliest available opportunity!

current mood: sleepy

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2003
5:35 pm
I'm offically a coward :)

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1:56 pm - Rainbow Bright
Any more decisions to make and my head may explode. I have 4 bottles of haircolour sitting on my bathroom shelf crying out to be used. They range from blonde through to black. Cowardice says "stick the black dye on, that's safe, that's comfortable, that's not going to go horribly pearshaped and leave you crying in a corner of the bathroom!". Practicality says "use the dark auburn, slowly get rid of the 10 years or so build up of black dye and stop being so impatient". The part of me that is always impatient screams "Feck it, how wrong can it go, just go bleach the black out and whack the bright red over the top". Every single part of me says "STOP PROCRASTINATING"

I'm going to the bathroom now, I may be some time.

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