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25 January 2009 @ 11:03 pm
Happy Birthday monochrome_girl!
28 November 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Happy Birthday yesterday, purple_pusscat.

lady_cornflake decided to have dinner early on Wednesday by eating some of the plastic packet around it (to make a hole) rather than waiting for the servants to remove the clip and squeeze it into her bowl at teatime. Clear vomit at teatime, but otherwise normal behaviour (including the habitual nibbling of less heavy duty plastic packaging materials). More clear vomit. Call to 24-hour vet: no cause for panic unless she's still doing it hours later, and when she stops, feed her a little. Time goes by, vomiting continues, slows, then stops. Liverpool qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Food taken on (by cat). A quiet night until 3:25, when proper vomit, complete with recognisable fragments of Hills Science Diet cat food packet. Kitty fine. Relief. Hooray.

More good news: Yesterday the thyroid doctor discharged me, because like (his words) "we aren't doing anything." and I have been stable and fine for more than a year without medication. So I'm cured (again). Tee Hee Hee. Just the eyes then (fortunately not at all badly) and debatably the tinnitus (annoying but forgettable). Same root cause, same blood test, different symptoms, different doctor. Regime of blood tests, eye tests, reflexology and mineral supplements still vindicated.

Even more good news: promising signs that there will be wagon-porn publications (note plural) under the metaphorical Christmas Tree for me this year.

In less fluffy news, I declined my boss' advance request to contact me to provide or organise support during potential emergencies when I'm on leave this Christmas (although the real issue has long since been more about out of hours and weekend cover) until the company has something to offer me for it. In return he hasn't promised to approve my leave request. This could get interesting. In fact I'm rather hoping it will, as it is too big an issue for everyone to keep pretending doesn't matter. Even though no unwelcome intrusions on my home life have happened yet, it has happened to others and it is just a matter of time. I was disappointed how my colleagues' previously similar attitudes were not evident at the same meeting. Maybe they still think the promised bonuses and pay rises next year will be worth behaving themselves for. I hate it that I used to think like that, for so long, and that I am still taken for granted as a result.
16 November 2008 @ 12:01 pm
These days I generally avoid staying up after Match of the Day to watch whatever film is aired afterwards. I find I miss the sleep around midnight, and do not recover properly until the next weekend, and then it's so easy to do it again. Last night though, I got interested enough in the first few minutes to make a conscious exception, and stayed that way until the end.

It is a film based on a book, I gather, about some disturbing psychic phenomena bound up with personal tragedies, occurring in the days leading up to the disastrous collapse of a bridge crowded with gridlocked cars over the Ohio River at a place called Point Pleasant. All I know about it is from the screening last night, so the story may be distorted or even entirely invented, I have not checked a single thing about it before writing this. I just thought it was an awesome film: subtle horror and mystery about the nature of life, death, reality, memory, fate, identity, happiness, sanity and human relationships.

My favourite dialogue is between the leading character (played by Richard Gere) and an ex science lecturer who is the author of a book about previous similar apparitions as harbingers of doom, who had from crushing experience decided to avoid the subject as much as possible since "...but don't you want to know?". His rebuttal was "We are not allowed to know!".

Well it strikes an agnostic fundamentalist chord in me.

Did anyone else see it? The soundtrack wasn't bad either.
26 October 2008 @ 07:55 pm
Happy Birthday lady_cornflake. Hope you enjoyed the party yesterday!
13 October 2008 @ 10:47 pm
Long time without posting.
Went on holiday for 2 weeks to Austria and Italy. Lots of train travel, cities to explore, variable weather, mountains, some snow but no skiing. They broke the Channel Tunnel while we were away, then fixed it (mostly) in time for us to come home.
Global Capitalism started to fail (they dreamed) even by its own invisible standards and twisted self-congratulatory measures.
Amy is settling down despite us leaving her in the care of a neighbour while we went away, so soon after adopting her.
Missy and Charly have unfortunately had to be rehomed from where they went after they left us.
Must find out how Lily is getting on too.
I have had another job interview. It went really well but may not come to anything for a while.
My existing job is still pants.
Got a new oven to replace the old one, which went terminally wonky all of a sudden and then blew the circuit fuse the evening before we went on holiday.
17 August 2008 @ 04:21 pm
Thanks to evilmattikinz and monochrome_girl and larissa_00 and others (who probably aren't reading this) for making my birthday extra special this year. The food was good and the mood was good and the slightly surly service at the Indian restaurant will just make it the more memorable :-)

Today is good too, but also a bit sad as we are now down to 1 resident cat: Amy. It's OK, Lily has just gone to live in Willingham with someone who used to work where I still work. This was always intended erm how do you do tags, even though it was bound to be a bit difficult emotionally. miaowCollapse )
12 August 2008 @ 09:59 pm
Didn't get the job I applied for last week. Poo.
Applied for another today, prompted by hating being at work so much yesterday.
Worked from home today and it was OK, but not being busy and owning up to that yesterday I've been handed some right tosh to do (client reports). As usual, no spec, no time, and consultant on holiday (he's most use like that anyway).
Enjoyed having two lovely cats to keep me company today of course. They even got on OK with Gizzy when he came in for a while this morning.
Wet weatherCollapse )
10 August 2008 @ 05:50 pm
On Friday morning, 4 cats arrived at our house: purrrrrrrCollapse )
03 August 2008 @ 07:40 pm
Yeay! Applied for a new job yesterday, and finished a second 2mm:1ft scale model LMS BR CCT Diagram D2026 from an etched nickel-silver kit by Stephen Harris. Went for the planked end door version this time. Rather fine it looks too in 1970's-friendly BR blue, despite resorting to an adjustment with the soldering iron after the paint was applied x.x though fortunately only to realign the drawbar hooks a bit.
Current Mood: accomplished
02 August 2008 @ 03:18 pm
Pinched from ulfilias

You are in a mall when zombies attack. You have:

1. One weapon
2. One song blasting on the speakers
3. One famous person to fight along side you.

1. Gladius. Simple, inexhaustible, unjammable, and face it, it's going on forever and they're going to get close
2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. It's relentless, pitiless, hopeless and angry as F*CKKKK.
3. No-one. Anyone could be infected, so none can be trusted!