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Monday, August 3, 2009

8:50AM - Newsage...

So it seems that the news is out there so far and wide now that I really ought to make a formal announcement:

We are "with child".

Very exciting but very scary!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

4:08PM - Geek question...

At work I'm running Windows XP (stop groaning at the back there). When I open a new window (in any programme - word, excel, folder on PC, internet browser - whatever) it automatically defaults to placing it in the top left-hand corner of my screen.

This has always annoyed me but I've coped. However, today we were given new monitors - great big rectangular landscape things - huge beasts. And now this default position is pissing me off mightily - I don't want to spend every day either staring up to the left or moving every single window as it opens. (I'm not a full-screen kind of person - I like all my little windows open overlapping each other.)

Does anyone know how can I change the default so that my windows open up in the centre of the screen???

Monday, July 17, 2006

4:08PM - weather and energy...

Why is it that whenever the temperature goes up in the USA the power companies ask everyone to conserve energy?

I understand that people are using a lot of energy for their air conditioners but don't they use exactly the same amount of energy in the wintertime to heat their homes?

They don't give out "conserve energy" warnings when the temperature dips really low

Do air conditioners use more power than heaters? discuss...

Saturday, October 22, 2005

11:04PM - Quizzagey...

One for the girls here:

Best beauty product you have ever used/favourite beauty product?

Elle this month did a best 100 by asking celebs/make-up artists/models etc - so heres your chance to do a LJ version...

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

11:03AM - Changes...

I have made some changes.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

2:29PM - Last nights dream...

...was about giving birth - I had twins and they kind of squeezed out with no pain whatsoever - it was great!!!

(nearly as good as my curry dream the other night!)

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

9:00AM - Today...

...my head hurts - ick!!

I have taken painkillers but they are not supposed to be taken on an empty stomach so they are making me feel a bit queasy - but the canteen isn't open yet!

Today I am calm - surprisingly!!! - for a while now I have been in stressful panicky amazed scared and overawed mode - but things appear to be going fine *touches wood and head and anything else lucky she can find*

On Monday we signed the contracts for our new house - the first house I have ever bought - I still can't quite believe it - that its actually happening to me - that I've actually managed it - but two weeks today we should be getting the keys and moving into our new home - I can't wait!!!!

Friday, March 4, 2005

11:34AM - Todays rant...

I am appalled at the unfairness of the universe when a friend with an MA, highly intelligent, great personality, beautiful and full of potential, who is trying to live her life the right way, pay for herself, her bills, her debts, taking responsiblity for her life and generally being an all-round credit to society is having bad thing after bad thing happen to her.

I look around me and I see people skiving, cheating, lying, stealing, and generally displaying all the characteristics that society deplores and they get away with it - they have things they are not entitled to - they do bad things without punishment - they do nothing and expect to be rewarded for it.

This is not the way the world is supposed to work!

Are we being lied to? - Maybe working hard and being a good person isn't the way to go at all...

I wish I had some way - any way at all - to be able to somehow reward the people I see trying to be the best people they can be - telling them I think they are great is not enough - although I do think they are great - if I won the lottery I could give them cash but that feels wrong as money is the root of the majority of societies problems - people say they will get their rewards in heaven when their time comes but I'm not convinced - people need to be rewarded now for being good hard-working people - its not enough to punish bad people and so many times society doesn't even do that - the bad people get away with the bad things they do

So - how could society reward people for being good people?

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

11:34AM - Right...

...I'm not going to talk about employment/unemployment any more - you know what I think - deal with it - subject closed

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

4:17PM - Gosh...

...well todays rant was controversial wasn't it!

Glad to get some many comments - and not to a one line post either!

I have to admit the career I have now is in no way based on me working hard at a degree or being insanely clever or anything like that - it is purely down to luck - I was working part-time at a crappy job and they wanted to send me on a week long training course in Stockport even though I had been doing the job for a year already - I said no - so they said you go or we sack you - so I resigned - I still had another part-time job I was working at and I applied to various temping agencies for some work - the first place the agency sent me was to a publishing company - I knew nothing about publishing - the job was not very exciting or well-paid but it was a nice atmosphere - at the end of the week they asked me if I wanted the job permanently - I said yes - the rest is history

I have worked hard since I got the job of course - I found that publishing was exactly right for me - i get to use red pen and mark other peoples mistakes and be picky and touch paper all day - it was perfect - so I've worked hard to work my way up to Senior Editor - but it was luck that I found it at all

So don't give up hope - your next crappy job could just lead you on to exactly what you want to be doing in life

12:39PM - I don't understand...

Can someone please explain to me how people exist without having a job?

Yes your rent (to a certain extent) and your council tax are paid for you if you are unemployed but what about all your other bills? - benefit is simply not enough to cover everything you need - it is only an emergency stop-gap measure

How can people carry on and live their lives without getting paid work?

WHY do people carry on and live their lives without paid work?

I see perfectly healthy intelligent people complaining about their situation without doing a single thing to help themselves

Since the age of 15 I have been without a job for exactly two weeks - I had a Saturday job while I was at school - I worked throughout college - at times I have had a full-time job and a part-time one as well to make ends meet
I once walked the length of Streatham high street asking at every shop till I found one that had vacancies and took me on

There is no excuse for not being in work - the job centres are full of jobs - you may not enjoy them - they may not be the best paid in the world - but they will pay you and ensure that you are taking responsibility for yourself and making your way in the world - if its not enough cash get a second one - there is plenty of temping work going and this often leads to permanent positions

No-one should expect someone else to pay for them - and being on benefits is asking the rest of the country to pay for you - the welfare state is there for emergencies - it is not for you to sit on your behind all day and play on your lap-top (sell eveything you own if you can't afford your rent!) - grow up and be responsible for yourself instead of whining all the time

Todays rant was brought to you by the letters D H and S and the number 40

Monday, February 28, 2005

2:03PM - Weekendage...

Friday night - spent a few happy hours down the pub with Matlley and Nik pretending to be 17 again like everyone else there - a lovely evening

Saturday - into town to do stuff, much of which we never got round to - bought a gorgeous cardigan from Mexx - bought new boots for Mattley - spent my Christmas Boots vouchers on expensive mascara which is fab
Came home nad felt ill again - lay on sofa moaning as the room was spinning round me - went to bed early - no Rios for me - poo!

Sunday - went to the pub with my Honey for lunch - very nice indeed - coloured my hair - left it on 5 mins longer than usual and was pleasantly surprised at the result - might be tempted to do an extra 10 mins next time - need to get it trimmed though

Still waiting to hear news of a completion date for the house - lets just get it over with - I'm bored with all this technical stuff - I want to start the decorating!!!

Have been inspired and am now going to go and research Oslo as a possible Honeymoon destination - we haven't decided on anywhere yet so its a possibility

I really need to start packing but it feels like only last week I was packing last time - but its nearly a year - any good ideas on where I can get cardboard boxes from?

I am wearing my new cardi - its lovely

Its snowing again!

Friday, February 25, 2005

1:28PM - I...

...have lots of things to be cheerful about (and not hateful like yesterday - although I was quite cheery whilst being hateful so it wasn't all bad - and a very good exercise for when you feel that frustration rage coming on - list allt he things you hate - by the time you've finished you'll feel fine!)

10 things I have to be cheerful about:

1. We have had the mortgage confirmation, everything else is done, and now we just have to set a date for completion and we will own a house (well have a mortgage on it but nevertheless...)
2. I can now start buying things for the house without the buying-before-its-happened-jinx kicking in
3. I am going to the pub tonight and shall possibly wear my new boots that I bought with Marcus last weekend whilst having a great time even though I felt really ill
4. I don't feel ill at all anymore
5. I got paid yesterday
6. The weather is better and I'm less likely to get stuck in the snow on the way to work
7. I have the best friends in the world and they are all lovely
8. I am cool (yeah, baby!)
9. My friend Michelle has just had a baby boy - a brother for her little girl Poppy - and her labour was only two hours!!
10. Life is really rather great actually!

and its the weekend! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

3:51PM - I...

...hate:

stupid people - not people that have a low IQ and try their best - but people who are seemingly intelligent but really know nothing - how can you go through life and not pick up the basic things that everyone else knows about? - do these people live in bubbles? - no they are just stupid

people with fake laughs

people who fake surprise ALL the time - "Oh how did that piece of paper get on my desk?" - you're as bad as the stupid people (see above)

people who don't dress for the occasion - yesterday I saw a girl with bare legs wearing sandals - its snowing FFS! - put some thick socks and a pair of boots on - and wipe your snotty kids nose while you're at it!

people who complain about having wet feet when they are wearing shoes which are clearly not waterproof (related to above hate point)

people whos clothes don't match - i.e. the sandal girl was wearing a big fleecy jacket - if its cold enough for the jacket you need cold weather shoes - if its warm enough for sandals you don't need the jacket - you look stupid (making people think you are a stupid person - see above) - this also applies to socks with sandals - why???

people with really annoying voices - especially nasal ones - urgh - you sound stupid (see above)

people who can't hold a pencil properly - its not hard - we all have opposable thumbs - unless you are the missing link and then you're probably a stupid person too (see above)

people who don't take responsibility for themselves or their actions - you did that stupid thing you did - now deal with it - or think first next time - stupid! (see above)

I'm actually in a really good mood and love all my friends who are nothing like any of the above - but some other people - people that are not my friends - are really stupid...

Friday, February 11, 2005

3:06PM - For all you non-believers...

Question:
and please put me out of my misery and tell me the name of the singer we went to see in that pub in London - the one who used to be a gynacologist - no-one believes me and they all take the mick (which is nothing new but if I could just remember who it was...)

Answer:
Blimey, I'd forgotten about that gig in London. That was one of those odd nights where the nearest thing of any note to see was a 60 mile drive away, lol, cos there was bugger all on in So'ton, Portsmouth etc. His name is Hank Wangford, and not surprisingly, he has a site at http://www.hankwangford.com/.

So I am vindicated and I am not making it up in a drunken Haze!! - I did go to see a gynacologist in the back room of a pub!!! - and he was bloody good too!

Monday, February 7, 2005

3:23PM - Le weekend...

...that should be in German really but I can't be bothered to translate it.

Friday night was a bit pap - I spent ages doing the washing up that we, as slovenly buggers, had left all week - it was minging, it really was - I can't wait till we get the dishwasher! - then I had to clear up copious amounts of cat poo that Matt trailed through the house whilst trying to get us re-connected to the internet - it put me off my chocolate mousse and thats saying something - went to bed early in a not very good mood

Saturday I went to the papercraft extravaganza in Harrogate - usually I would expect anything wtih 'extravaganza' in the title to be crap but it was OK - not as good as the itching and scratching show (the knitting and stitching show) in November but I did manage to come home with a couple of bits - it was firmly geared to 'older' ladies and their rubber stamping/card-making activities whereas my papercraft is more art based so much of it was a bit pap for me - still it was a nice drive out there and I did pick up some tips about using artists pastels of which I have a huge box-ful that I haven't used for ages
Then it was on to Maries house to pick up a nice wooden mirror - thanks for that!
Then I rushed home to have something to eat before changing and getting ready to go out to Annas birthday meal - yummy Thai food - I wanna do it all over again - and it was lovely to see people that I hadn't seen in ages - its been too long Patrick and Armie and Ophie - and I met some lovely new people too - Mofette and Milf - she is mad as a hatter but lovely with it - I went home a very Happy Bunny that night - oh and it was very good having an early start - I got to go out and then still have time to relax in front of the TV when I got home

Sunday was spent doing arty things and then suddenly realising it was nearly time to go - so frantically got ready and it was off to Huddersfield to catch the train to Manchester for the Rammstein gig - met up with a couple of sweet mini-moshers on the train and promised them a lift home when we all got back to Hudds - then met up with loads of mates in the Moon under Water (great name for a pub!) which was great fun (except for Mattley telling everyone my murky secrets!) - was great to See Brian and Debs - they are smashing people - spent the rest of the gig with them as Mattley had his head set on where he wanted to stand so we were split up from the rest of the bunch - excellent gig - fabulous explosions, fireworks, flamethrowers, confetti and heat - could have done with being louder - I could hear perfectly well when I got home and thats just not right!! - but all in all a very good gig - I was very bouncy and I'm sure some small boys now have sore feet from my heavy New Rocks landing on them repeatedly! - met RJ and Lindy at the train station and travelled back with them which was fab - don't get to see hem enough either - them dropped off Lucy and her green-haired boyfriend and home for marmite and toast, shower and fall into bed exhausted but happy.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable weekend - should have more like that...

Current mood: happy

Friday, January 28, 2005

12:13PM - Some people...

...are just really gross - in an unnecessary way - urgh! *shiver*

Thursday, January 27, 2005

9:51AM - Last night...

I went out last night and got drunk – it was great!!!!!!!!!


On the way home we bumped into a travelling minstrel who played his mandolin so divinely that all the small creatures living under the city were sat around listening to him with rapt attention – as soon as he finished a tune they all streamed away down a hole in the wall – I poked my head in to see what was down there and a piece of paper fluttered into sight – I grabbed it and read a plaintive plea from a captured princess – being held in a secret room under the arches where she was being fed nothing but jelly to make her hair grow – once it was long enough it would be cut off by the evil wizard holding her captive – we had to rescue her so down into the hole we went and followed a trail of letters she had sent out tied to rats until we found her secret room – the beer mat that I had robbed from the pub earlier slipped neatly between the door and the frame and, as in all good movies, it managed to fool the complicated locking mechanism and the door swung open – the poor girl was in tears with her hair tied to a pulley on the ceiling and her toes barely touching the floor – the wizard was trying to make her hair grow as quickly as possible! – we soon released her and ran through the maze of tunnels under the city coming up close to the door of Majestyk – being a princess she took one look at the awful examples of mankind waiting in line outside and barged her way in – the last I saw of her was a lurid image of her eating the face off some poor bloke with white socks – not even a thank you for her rescue – bloody princesses – can’t trust any of them – and they have really bad taste in men too!





















(This post was brought to you by LJ Rabbit Hole Day)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

12:33PM - Isn't it strange...

how some people can change totally from the person you once knew - were they always like that inside and it was just waiting to get out? - or are they really different people now?

Isn't it also strange how you can think of someone one way and the most minor incident - one word or a slight inflection in the way they say something - can change how you think of that person forever afterwards...

Isn't it amazing how the people that think they are it, usually aren't - and how the people who are genuinely the bizz, frequently think they are crap...

Why have I forgotten so much?

Friday, January 7, 2005

9:04AM - Names...

1.YOUR PORN STAR NAME: (Name of first pet + Street you live on):
Daisy Ravensthorpe

2.YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (Name of your favorite snack food + Grandfather's first name):
Pringles Robert

3.YOUR FASHION DESIGNER NAME: (First word you see on your left + Favorite restaurant):
Sweet Woodys (!)

4.EXOTIC FOREIGNER ALIAS: (Favorite Spice + Last Vacation Spot):
Cardomon Whitby

5.SOCIALITE ALIAS: (Silliest Childhood Nickname + Town Where You First Partied):
Mower Winchester

6.FLY GIRL ALIAS: (aka J.Lo) - (First Initial + First Two or Three Letters of your Last Name):
A.Be

7.ICON ALIAS: (Something Sweet Within Sight + Any Liquid in Kitchen):
Mars Apple

8.DETECTIVE ALIAS: (Favorite Baby Animal + Where You Went to High School):
Kitten Stanmore

9.BARFLY ALIAS: (Last Snack Food You Ate + Your Favorite Alcoholic Drink):
Thorntons Bailey

10.SOAP OPERA ALIAS: (Middle Name + Street Where You First Lived):
Elizabeth Firmstone

11.ROCK STAR ALIAS: (Favorite Candy + Last Name Of Favorite Musician):
Fudge Molko (sounds like more of an instruction to me!)

12.LOVER ALIAS: (Favorite Baked Good + Last Bf/Gf Last Name):
Croissant Clarke

13.GREASE ALIAS: (Favorite Swear Word + Last Word of Favorite Movie):
Poo Two (!!!!)

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