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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
8:34 am
rather afraid of the 3rd.

1)  Saw plans for our new offices (we'll be kicked out of here shortly so we know we have to move)...there is no office for me on the new plans (unless there's another page with just an office for me...or maybe they're going to have me work from home - unlikely on both counts as have since seen another version with different layout and down the side of the drawing is a column labeled 'personnel' and my name is conspiciously absent)...I knew this might be coming and have always assumed I was most at risk of those of us left due to my area of specialty, but would rather have liked to have found out in a different way other than 'oh, hey, cool...new office drawings someone left on the photocopier lemme see...erm...right, ok then'.  Now to try to decide if I tell the other person who is also not on there or not...I think I will...I would have wanted her to tell me, so....

2)  Found out that a friend of ours has cervical cancer...she finds out on Friday how far it's progressed...this makes me even more angry at the NHS for only providing pap smears every 3 years...yes, people could get them done more often and pay for them, but if the National Health Service is only recommending them every 3 years, then most of the population will assume that's often enough...her last one was about 3 years ago and from what the doctor has said so far, the tumour she has didn't just start growing last week...he's intimated it's been there for quite some time (and possibly since before her last smear).


3)  ???

I do hope in this instance bad things aren't coming in 3s as 1 and 2 are rather enough for now.
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
11:38 pm
how can someone be so indecisive?
I've been trying to decide if I should buy one of these prints for like a year now...this is my favorite...

And then I think, maybe this one instead?

And now, NOW there are more including this one.

I totally give up.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
10:04 am
oddest conversation with a stranger ever.
scene:  outside the building having a cigarette.

Random Man:  did anyone ever tell you that smoking will stunt your growth?

Me:  I can only hope.

Random Man:  I actually came to say that I design African fabrics and clothing and I think you would look gorgeous in my clothes.

Me:  Erm.  Thank you!


Random Man:  I don't think I have a card with me.  Let me check.  (man spends very long time rifling through his wallet and comes up empty).  I'm very sorry, but I do not have a card with me, but if you are here when I am walking back by I will stop again.

Me:  Erm.  Thank you!  You take care.

Now, don't get me wrong - I think that African fabrics are amazingly beautiful...but a fat white chick swathed in yards of batik?  Computer says no.

Monday, August 18th, 2008
2:50 pm
proof that too much work stress + ice cream too close to bed = insanity.

Email from Jamie:



You - I’m worried.

Me - ?

You - I’m worried.

Me – Worried about what ?

You - We need to find out how to make the dogs drink the water.

Me – WHAT ?

You - We need to find out how to make the dogs drink the water.

Me – What Dogs ?

You – THE DOGS - we need to find out how to make the dogs drink the water otherwise they’ll get dehydrated.

Me – We don’t have any dogs

You – They’re not OUR dogs

Me - ? well  … whose dogs are they then ?

You – The dogs we’re looking after

Me - ? WTF ? looking after for who ?

You - The band

Me – Which band ?

You – The band whose dogs we’re looking after

Me – You are talking rubbish – go back to sleep

You – I am NOT – I know WE don’t have any dogs, I just don’t want them to die, how would we tell the band ?

Me – Shush … Go back to sleep

You – I’m not making it up – YOU haven’t had to look through the files at all those invoices

Me - ??

You – OK, to be fair I don’t remember actually SEEING an invoice from the band about the dogs…but still…

You – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I blame your job – its quite clearly mentally unbalanced you



Thursday, July 31st, 2008
10:44 pm
i lost my job today...
...and tomorrow I start with a new company with some of the same people doing the same thing (and then some)...
I may be screwed from a redundancy-package perspective, but in this economy, having only worked in commercial property for 11+ years, I am damn happy to have a job, even if it's quite possible it's not for long...many of my colleagues were not so lucky...I sat in on all the redundancy calls.  hooooboy, was THAT fun...at least most pretty much saw it coming, that made it slightly less horrid.

Sunday, July 13th, 2008
5:17 pm

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Bold and italicized are books I intend to reread
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ

Note that I never reread books (other than Harry Potter and Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret|?) so there are no bold/italiczed books here.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
2:04 pm
proof simon cowell is evil.
he puts this 


through to the final of Britain's Got Talent  instead of this:


I was devestated...the second was my favorite act of all of the auditions.

I am far too emotionally invested  in these things.
Monday, April 7th, 2008
3:24 pm
'watching dr who'

that is what Jack and I are doing here.

What we did before Sky+ records these things, I have no idea...I made it 25 minutes in and that was it - not because I was bored, but because I was exhausted.  At some point I had the presence of mind to stuff that pillow under my head to stave off the full impact neck and headache that would have resulted.  I am pleased to report that I really loved the episode once I regained consciousness enough to watch again.  Really interested to see where this is all going!

I also feel it necessary to explain that I had washed all the carpets downstairs and some of the crap in the window just ended up there as I was moving things about...it's not always that messy...I swear.

Sunday, December 9th, 2007
9:25 pm
it's been quite awhile..

but I  managed to reinstate my crown as the queen of kitchen-blade related trips to the emergency room last night.

new food processor blade...I was washing it...with a sponge folded in half around the sharp side of the blade.

In addition to being exceptionally accident prone I'm obviously a complete moron.

At least the sponge took most of the impact.

3 hours in the emergency room and 2 stiches (at least it's 2 - last time was 1 and that just makes you sound like a total lightweight) later, I'm slowly getting to grips with limited use of my right index finger.

and trying desperately to figure out if this is enough to get me out of our parent company's Christmas party on Tuesday (which I try desperately to get out of every year)...and wishing so much that I hadn't bitched so much about said Christmas party last week that everyone will assume this is a lame attempt at an acutal excuse.

All that said, the food processor was in use for the BEST (which is not Anna's) chili EVER...so when we got home, I finished cooking it and we at chili with rice at 11pm...that did wonders for our ability to get a good night sleep.

in other news, I discovered recently that Rachael Ray is on Hallmark in the UK...I was excited about this as I had seen a bit of her show a few times in the US and liked it.  So I recorded a few even though they were hugely old (the first one was Jennifer Hudson pre-Oscar nomination).

I watched about 20 minutes of one and deleted the other and deleted the series link from Sky+.  I have learned that I have a limited tolerance for Rachael Ray.

And we are officially those people who try to get cute Christmassy shots of our pets for use in Christmas cards.


Before we get accused of cruelty (which is one reason I'm not mentioning the kitty sized Santa hats - the other reason being complete and utter failure) Jamie put the tinsel around Jack while Jack was lying peacefully in her basket.  Jack pulled it over her neck.  Perhaps in an effort to strangle herself and be spared the embarrassment, but anyway...

Thursday, October 4th, 2007
8:25 pm

Last night with their ovaries...here's hoping they won't be totally hating us in 24 hours.

Friday, September 21st, 2007
11:23 pm
happy birthday, amy!
I am 36 minutes early (my time).
I am not home tomorrow and may not get to a computer until it is too late.
I have your new email address in my address book at work but not here for some reason.


Happy birthday!

I hope that this will be the single bestest year yet.

And I give you this...which maybe we shouldn't find funny, but goddamn I do.


Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
8:42 am
I hate unions.

As a result of the RMT strike action at Metronet, there is no service on two thirds of the London Underground network. There is currently no service on the Central, Bakerloo, Victoria, Waterloo & City, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and East London lines.

The RMT strike action commenced at 18:00 this evening, Monday 3 September and is due to run for 72hrs until 18:00 on Thursday 6 September. Should the strike run its full course, it will mean no service on the lines listed above on Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September.

I left my house at 5:45 this morning...got to the office about 2 hours later...bearing in mind that crowds for the buses grow exponentially, leaving later than I did would likely have had tragic consequences.

That isn't so bad...it sucks, but it's doable...it takes 3 buses, but it's doable that early.

What's worse is the journey home.

Based on past experience I expect that this will take approximately 4 hours...including waiting time for the first of the 3 buses I need to take...at Victoria Station...which normally serves 3 of the 9 Tube lines not running...which means that everyone else normally on the Tube is also trying to find a way home on the bus...it's usually chaos...yay.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
10:32 pm
I can't imagine what it's like to have a baby

if watching kittens grow is this amazing.

Jack then.

Jack now (3 months later)...note that this is the only photo where her eyes didn't go all crazy flashy green...also note her bling.

Lucy then

Lucy now.

They are so awesome...SO awesome...and recently we think that they have finally figured out that if they don't try to climb the fence in the back yard we don't bring them back inside...fingers crossed we can keep them reasonably contained until they are spayed early October.  

Also, if Jack ever wants to give up her day job of being a really cute cat she should look into the NBA.  That cat's got air.

We've never had cats that to this chirruping thing.  It's so cool the noises that these two make...some kind of combination of bird/dinosaur/mogwai. 

Also, also - watching Die Hard 4 yesterday...McClane's kids are called Jack and Lucy.

You name your cats after characters in one movie and find out that they are also named after characters in another.
That can't happen too often.

Other things.

We got a new car last weekend.  We drive about 3000-4000 miles a year.  We did not need a new car, but we wanted a newer car...the one requirement (other than it not be a rusted out hoopty) was that it have air conditioning.

This resulted in us determining that our options were therefore limited to a 10-year old VW Golf with 50,000+ miles on it...or a new Hyundai Getz for about £2k more.  So we went with the option which had a 5 year warranty, 3 years servicing for £99, 3 years RAC cover...etc...we don't trade cars in every few years - we fully intend to have it for 10 years...it's really cute....and compared to our old car (which served us so well) it's a dream to drive.  It's not posh, but we like it...and I've never been a proponent of Hyundai before...but fingers crossed.

Our old HR manager comes back from maternity/parental leave tomorrow after 13 months...she's not coming back to work in her old job but is taking a different part-time position with us.  I am really excited as I was closer to her than to anyone else in the office, but things have changed so much since she left...in so many ways she'll be walking into a completely different office and so I fully expect it to be weird for her...for us, it's changed over time and when you're a part of a gradual change, it's not so startling until you really think back...but for her, it's going to be a bit of a shock I think...plus the whole someone else in her old job thing (and that someone with a lot less experience)...we shall see.

We haven't won the lottery yet...soon, hopefully.

And yesterday I completely did not see Anthony Head walking right towards me in Leicester Square...he passed just by me on the right and it wasn't until Jamie pulled me up a few steps later asking if I didn't see who just walked by me that I realised (and even then, he had to drag me back across the street and point him out (going the other way, so he didn't see us acting stupid)).  I could have tripped Giles and I didn't even notice him...and I'm constantly bitching about how I never see celebrities in London and how Jamie sees them all the time (he works in Soho, so he has more opportunities to be fair)...obviously even if I have the opportunity, I miss it.

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
5:45 pm
my nephew

some of you know that the start to his life wasn't the best...3 weeks in the NICU isn't ideal - possibly worse when it's unexpected as he was full term and appeared healthy initially, but was on a ventilator just a few hours after he was born fighting off what turned out to be a strep B infection...then my sister was diagnosed with preeclampsia (yeah, I thought only pregnant women could have that but apparently not) and once he and she were just about over that, he got a staph infection which set him back again.  My sister and brother-in-law stayed at the hospital and then a residential house owned by the hospital (and just across the street) the whole 3 weeks...so as you can imagine - it was not the way the new family wanted things to start.

We went to see them last month...I don't do babies (you all know this), but I held and fed Declan a few times...he vomited on me, so I have been christened (calling it 'spitting up' does not make it NOT vomit)...again, me+babies=no...but he's ridiculously cute...I wouldn't say that if it weren't true and I don't think that my aunthood is clouding my judgment too much...there may be a little bit of 'gosh he looks like my dad' contributing...but only a little bit...most of it is just plain empirically proven cuteness.

My brother in law sent some recent photos yesterday and this is one of them.

I was originally going to post one of the photos of him in the NICU less than 2 months before the above was taken - just to show how far he has come, but you know what?  this is our Declan...there's no point in dwelling too much on how his life began, other than to be awful thankful that he was strong enough to come through it all. 

So there you go.

And I still don't do babies...but this one is OK by me.

Friday, August 17th, 2007
10:56 pm
you get to be almost 40...

before someone points out to you that stationary (as in not moving) and stationery (as in office or personal correspondence-oriented paper) are NOT both spelled stationary.


what the hell US public school system?!

I am so embarrassed.

Not so much so as to not tell others about it.

But still.

Monday, July 16th, 2007
10:09 am
things I never knew.

Podunk is a proper noun...at least Outlook thinks so as it just capitalized it for me.

In other news, I found out yesterday that they have opened a Penn Station restaurant in my hometown...and it's like 2 minutes away from our hotel.

I almost had a heart attack.  I have not been to Penn Station since I left Cincinnati...am now frantically trying to justify which of my normal hometown food-oriented treats to sacrifice to make way for Penn Station...it's got to be done.

And no, I wasn't typing podunk in relation to my hometown...I was typing podunk in relation to somewhere shortly beyond my hometown...totally justified.


Friday, June 15th, 2007
9:29 pm
Declan Gunnar
Born today - 9lb 4oz, 22 inches long.

And yes, both names HAVE been in the top 1000 in the last 100 years...so no idea where that statistic came from.

After 27 hours in labour, he was born by c-section in the end...makes sense as my sister is a little thing and that's a big baby...plus, she was born by c-section, so it's tradition.

How weird - I am an aunt!
Monday, June 11th, 2007
9:15 am
the anticipation is killing me.

my sister's baby is due tomorrow.

we know that she is having a boy...but they decided not to tell anyone the name until the baby was born so that they have something to share with people when he is born...I can respect their decision, even if it has been killing me for months...I have been very good at not asking, too.  I should get major points for that.

then, they told me last weekend that neither the first nor the middle name has been in the top 1000 baby names for the last 100 years...and it's not down to a weird spelling of a more common name, either.

at first I thought this made our dad's name (Milan) a frontrunner (my brother-in-law's dad is a Richard)...but it has been in the top 1000 baby names in the last 100 years...I checked.

obviously, there is no point whatsoever to try to guess (my sister's stock answer has become 'no, we're not naming the baby Dorito or something like that')..but...I'm dying to know.

My brother in law has cousins named Dakin and Amorelle (the latter could be spelled wrong)...both are nice names that haven't been in the top 1000...so...yeah.

I really wish that this baby would come already and put me out of my misery. :)

Saturday, June 9th, 2007
7:29 pm
well, that would figure.

Jack's a girl.


First vet visit this morning confirmed that Jack - on the left -  is Jackie (but we're still calling her Jack just because).

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
9:03 pm
it did take 6 years...
but I think it was worth it.

Meet Lucy*

and Jack*

who joined our happy little family today.

neither of us have ever had 2 kittens at the same time.

holy mother of god.

we're exhausted just watching them.

but can't stop - even when they're sleeping.

so much cuteness.

and Jack is nowhere near as shaggy as he appears in that picture...they are allegedly 1/2 persian, and become rumpled easily, you see.

also, quickly learning the perils of long haired cats...mostly poop related thus far...steep learning curve, I tell you.

*names have not yet been confirmed (i.e. I like them as I love people names for cats, Jamie has not yet been convinced as he does not...news as it happens)
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