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January 16th, 2012

Today is a good day

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My local shop is 3 or 4 minutes' walk from my house. I went there this morning to get some milk. By the time I'd reached the shop, I'd chatted to 3 people about the fact that it was lovely and sunny, but still cold, dogs with cosy coats and the fact that I didn't have a greyhound with me. I also walked past 2 old cars with running boards.

This morning I read my friend's blog and cried (in a good way) at all that she has achieved, how brave she is and how loved she is.

This weekend I have been doing something which scares me. Making phonecalls. I am captain of my bowls club this year and I am terrified that I will let everyone down. We have an indoor match in a couple of weeks and that requires getting 18 players to turn out. From a club of 24, that's a big ask. So far I have 17 and a maybe from the club, plus several offers from members of other clubs who sometimes have played for us in the past when we're short on numbers. Members of the club have already gone out of their way to make things easier for me. It's one of the reasons I love my bowls club.

If this is adulthood, I might just make it.

May 15th, 2011

Contains mild panic

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Fuckshitbollockswankaaaaaaaarrrrgh! Exams.

November 3rd, 2010

Paul

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My friend, Paul, died on Monday evening. He was playing table tennis and had a heart attack. To anyone who didn't know him that wouldn't be surprising once they heard that he was soon to turn 63, but it was shocking. He played tennis, table tennis, squash (though less often than he used to), bowls and 10 pin bowling to a very good standard on a regular basis and it's just so wrong.
On Monday afternoon, I met him in the park. We had a cup of tea, did a crossword while his dog barked and pestered incessantly, and then had a kick about with an invisible football to persuade the dog to run around and get worn out. I laughed until I was almost sick. Then I walked out of the park with him, he did a very Paul thing which makes me smile when I remember it, and I said, "See you, Paul". I went home and finished a drawing of his dog which I planned to give him at Christmas. And then he was gone.

October 10th, 2010

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My right forearm hurts. I must've strained it a little bit, but it hasn't had much chance to rest with working 5 days out of every week now. At one point, pressing a light switch hurt quite a lot. I've just had my second of three consecutive days off though, so I'm hoping that will help. My plan to use my left arm more to give my right arm a chance to recover had a bit of a setback due to my favourite dog accidentally biting my left hand today, so that's a bit bruised and sore too. I'm accident-prone.

P.S. Do you need a tetanus jab if a dog bite has broken the skin?

September 30th, 2010

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Work has been incredibly annoying for the past couple of weeks. Feel very ranty and angry today.

August 25th, 2010

Quick update

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I'm going adventuring this weekend. I'm going to Derby to see Pete for his birthday. Hooray! It's a bit scary because I don't really know what I'm doing or where I'm going, but I'm sure it'll all be alright on the night. It should be good fun.

In shockingly bad timing, I'm starting a new contract at work next week so I'll be dazed and confused. But based on my days for the contract I'm on at the moment, I'd already agreed to work the bank holiday Monday. Also, in a fit of pique (when I thought I might not get the Saturday off from work to enable me to go to see Pete), I said I'd play an all day bowls day on Friday. This means I will be working on Friday morning from 5am-9am, then playing bowls from 11.30am-6pm. I will catch a train just before 8am on Saturday, take part in birthday shenanigans and catch a train home some time (probably late morning) on Sunday. If I'm home early afternoon, I may have to play a bowls match as it's my club's finals day and I'm in one. Then I will work unusual hours 8am-12pm on bank holiday Monday and my new contract will kick in after that, meaning that I will be working every day from Monday to Saturday next week. Um. It's been nice knowing everyone.

I'm a bit under the weather due to hectic times lately, but nothing bad. Just tired and trying to keep a hundred things in my mind all at once. I'm sure routine will return soon. Please?

Also, does anyone have any advice for me about buying a car?

May 22nd, 2010

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I'm feeling pretty happy at the moment. Not just because I've been drinking beer either. Yesterday I had a busy day involving paid work, voluntary work and a bowls match. A mixed four from my club played a club from Milton Regis (no, I have no idea either) on a sweltering afternoon. They were young and enthusiastic and frequently high-fived and hand-slapped. the two girls had fancy coloured bowls and the two chaps had baseball caps. I thought I overheard one of the girls saying about the Commonwealth colours. They were good. Very good. But we beat them!
We had the upper hand early on, then they came back and overtook us. My long day took a toll on me in the middle part of the match and I only regained my concentration in the last few ends. We needed 2 off the last end to tie and we got 2. Then on the extra end we got the shot and won! It turned out that both the chaps had won the Kent county singles, the girls are both county players, and one of the girls is in the Commonwelath Games team. Cripes! Quite frankly, I think they will have gone home wondering how they lost, because they had us at one point, but we won!

And today we had a friendly match at a green behind a pub, next to horses and sheep and lambs. Lovely. We had extra players, so 4 of us from the same team played a pairs match, with me and my partner playing on behalf of the opposition. We won by 1 shot, so no-one could be unhappy with us! It was a close match and a good laugh.

Also people have been saying nice things about me at work. It's a bit embarrassing. The commercial manager told me I'd been a model employee so far and I didn't know what to say so there was a long awkward silence. And he said to say when I wanted full-time. Another awkward silence. My favourite colleague who does the tickets told me that the commercial manager was serious, so I mumbled and left the office. I like it when I work on fruit.

March 21st, 2010

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I have just worked 6 days in a row. Alright, not full days. In fact half of them were only 3 hour shifts, but I also had three 5am starts and three 6am starts. It feels like a big achievement to still be alive at the end of it all. That said, I will try not to do it again any time soon! I've been sleeping quite badly, and yesterday and the day before, I slept for 30/45 minutes after lunch which helped me to make it through the rest of the day. Last night I had my best night's sleep for ages and now I have a precious day off! Next week works out like this: Monday - working, Tuesday - off, Wednesday - working, Thursday - off, Friday - working, Saturday - working, Sunday - off. It's stop start and could either prove to be really irritating or make me feel like I have two weekends. We'll see.

Anyway, enough of boring (but lucrative) work. (I've had a pay rise now that I'm out of the initial training stage.) I can't help but notice it's been a while since I updated LJ. I passed my driving test a week after my 29th birthday and I haven't driven since! At some point I will probably take the pass plus course, if only to keep my hand in. I can't really justify the expense of a car at the moment. I can walk to most places I need to go.

The Christmas tree is back in its box, although not before it managed to put a 12th night curse on me for a while. Admittedly the box hasn't quite made it back to the roof yet, but it's a start!

French is still happening. It's getting harder and I'm fed up of the teacher always picking on me first. I mostly enjoy it but this week week it was a struggle. Because of working so much, I hadn't prepared as thoroughly as I would have liked, and I was also feeling sick and had a headache. Bleurgh. Oh well, I'll try again the week after next. We've got a week off, so that might help. Alternatively, it may give me a chance to forget everything I've learnt!

I retired from making ridiculous things with sticks in the park, I've worn shorts outside twice already this year, I bought a new ball for my favourite dog because his old one was killing my leg, I've started taking a football out with me again, I have given names to 2 new inanimate objects, I've traumatised DomesticGoddess with an elderly woman's bottom and I've quite enjoyed this year so far.
But my Auntie Slippers's husband - GentleGiant - died suddenly a few weeks ago, which threw the whole family. I was very sad that I couldn't get to the funeral. It was just too far with too little time to organise something. He was a really lovely man. I feel far away from family.

Mostly things are lovely and I'm very lucky.

P.S. Congratulations, woo_diaries! I love you!

January 1st, 2010

My Christmas

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Well Christmas was good. Germboy and Smiler were here along with Smiler's parents. Smiler's dad was keen to cook Christmas dinner and I was keen to let him! Germboy made us a special Christmas morning breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toast with watercress, Smiler poured glasses of bucks fizz, our sprouts were part cooked and then fried with garlic and pancetta (I now know what that is, thanks to having filled a shelf with it at work...). It was all very fancy and tasty. We watched many episodes of Poirot, got three quarters of the way through a game of Trivial Pursuits and never finished it despite my repeated suggestions, ate lots and generally had a lovely time.

I have not missed a shift at work, despite having a chest infection and cough which has made me strain muscles on both sides of my torso. Laughing is extremely painful, and it almost always leads to more coughing. I am now on antibiotics and I think they're helping, though I may have ruptured something laughing so hard during a game of Catchphrase last night.

It's now a new year and I actually made it to midnight. I thought I had no chance as I'd got up at 3.45am yesterday, but I saw approximately 6 minutes of the new year last night! Hooray! Yesterday I celebrated JohnChristmas. A second Christmas, but with added John. Good stuff!

I got one of the permanent positions I applied for at work. I have a proper job. Eek!

December 20th, 2009

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Aaaaargh! I have a fluey-type thing. It started on the day of the snow. I got up early, made a snowman, felt a bit tired so had a rest before I went up to the post office. When I got to the post office, I was feeling woozy and had to crouch down in the queue so as not to faint. I managed to trudge home and spent the rest of the day in bed. No park, no going out to play. Yesterday I was feeling slightly better so I dragged myself into work for a 7 hour shift - with interviews for permanent positions about to happen, the last thing I need is to be off sick - knowing that I had a day off afterwards. I thought I'd got away with it, but yesterday afternoon it all hit. I've got a barking cough, a bunged up nose, wooziness, weak and achey limbs, a sore throat, a headache, and I slept from about 6 last night to 6 this morning. There's no way I'll manage 7 hour shifts tomorrow and Tuesday. That's buggered that up, then. *sigh*
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