Janet (j4) wrote,

Congratulations on a slightly productive day of faff

I wish my most productive hours of the day weren't always taken up by work. As it is I frequently find that in the afternoon I'm full of energy and wanting to Get Things Done ... but by then I've done all the stuff I can find to do at work (and I have actually done quite a lot today!) and I want to Get Things Done at home: just odds and sods of Things like tidying the house, selling stuff on eBay, washing clothes, etc.

However, I have managed to use this afternoon's random burst of energy to: pay some of my rentmortgage; pay my credit card bill; send off for a DD form so I can pay off the balance of my HSBC card by DD every month; check my other credit card statement; and send an email to chase up the Richard Thompson CD I ordered a month ago from EIL. If I was at home right now I reckon I'd have about enough energy to tidy my room and put a wash on as well, but as it is, by the time I get there I'll be feeling flaked out & good for nothing except random pottering around.

Hopefully, however, I will have the energy to make a 'congratulations' card for my little sister, since the shops are utterly bereft of anything attractive or useful. I was astounded today to discover the granularity of congratulations cards -- not only the standard new job, new baby, new house, passing driving test, graduation, exams, etc., not only the slightly more specific (but doubtless useful) "congratulations on your ordination", but even "congratulations on losing weight" and "congratulations on giving up smoking". Whatever happened to the idea of selecting a generally-applicable card and actually writing something ourselves to tailor it to the individual case?

Anyway, I know it's unlikely, but if any of you were thinking of sending me a "Congratulations on paying off your credit card bill" card, or a "congratulations on remembering to make lunch before going to work" card, for goodness' sake save the money and buy yourself a beer.

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