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24 Hour Party People
"You must go on; I can't go on; I'll go on."

Another weekend of spending too much and drinking too much, giving too much in places, taking too much in others. Wanting too much, always wanting too much. I feel like I have so little time, both locally and globally. ("But at my back I always hear / Time's winged chariot hurrying near".) I feel like I need to reach out and grasp everything within reach before it passes me by. I start to resent anybody who seems to be holding me down, holding me back; unfair, yes, and irrational, but sometimes I can't help feeling it.

Coming down is always the hard part. "Withnail & I" reminded us again that we'd failed to paint it black. "24 Hour Party People" drove the message home: what's left is always an empty building and the ashes of yesterday's smoke. The sign will always say "Factory Closing".

I don't know what I'm doing with my life. I just don't have enough time. I look ahead at the week and I'm out tonight, then seeing lnr tomorrow night; I was going to have some spare time on Wednesday afternoon after the interview that I haven't even had time to prepare for, but now it looks like that's taken up too; out Thursday night as usual, and then on Friday I'm heading over to Oxford. Saturday is another party; Sunday I'll be trying to see all the people I haven't seen for ages in Oxford, and then heading back to Cambridge for another party.

I can't miss a thing. I can't let things go by. I can't stop. I can't carry on like this.

...

Going to see daneel_olivaw tonight, now that he's finally installed in his new flat in Cambridge. Spent some time helping him unpack on Saturday, along with lnr, rjk, sion_a, hoiho, simonb and angua -- we got a fair amount of stuff shifted but hopefully he'll be a bit more settled in by now. Feeling guilty about not spending more time with him on Sunday but it did look like that weekend had already been claimed by ottah, and I was just too hungover to be of any use to anybody. (Of course, real poly people don't get hangovers, don't get tired, are supremely organised, and always have enough time; so they can always be bright and cheery and free to do exciting things as soon as any of their partners turn up. Yet another point on the list of "Reasons why j4 is a crap girlfriend".)

Right now I just want to crawl away and hide.

Current Mood: IW4 mountains
Now playing: [in my head: The Cure, "End"]

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From: senji Date: April 7th, 2003 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
So, to be a 'real poly person' you have to be superhuman? Glad I don't want to be one then...
wechsler From: wechsler Date: April 7th, 2003 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
(Of course, real poly people don't get hangovers, don't get tired, are supremely organised, and always have enough time; so they can always be bright and cheery and free to do exciting things as soon as any of their partners turn up.

Well, that proves you don't read my lj or valkyriekaren's then ;)
j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Guilty as charged -- I haven't been reading either of your journals, sorry!
wechsler From: wechsler Date: April 7th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Not a complaint, merely an observation that you don't have to be everywhere at once for people to be content.
lnr From: lnr Date: April 7th, 2003 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel like that a bit at the moment: like I don't have enough time in the day or days in the week or energy to do all the things I want to do with all the people I want to be with. Still working on finding the right compromises to make everyone happy. Not sure I'm very good at it: I feeling like I'm a pretty crap girlfriend at times too. *kiss* yell if there's anything I can do to help though.
j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not being a crap girlfriend to me, that's for sure. *kiss*
lnr From: lnr Date: April 7th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't think you are to me either.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: April 7th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Real poly people, it would appear, spend their weekends mopping kitchen floors, playing far too much Civ, making inconclusive phonecalls, and wandering around the middle of cities making critical failure after critical failure on their things-to-do this weekend list. Mind you, I did manage not to get hung over.
j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
wandering around the middle of cities making critical failure after critical failure on their things-to-do this weekend list

Dear god, my life in 18 words. I feel ... summed-up.
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From: angua Date: April 7th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
you are the elitest of all ninjas, we bow before you in wonder.. or we would if we could find you :)
j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My elite ninja skills have enabled me to escape detection once again.

Oh, sorry! I thought I'd listed you. I got confused by ottah not having been there, and I overcompensated for that. ... At least, that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.

The best you can do is good enough.

Not always. Not for everybody. :-(
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j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, I know! There's no need to be so defensive! I know you had a good reason for not being there, and even if you hadn't had one it's none of my business.

I was just saying that I'd gone through the list of the group that I vaguely think of as "E-J and Simes and co." in my head and got mentally confused by you not being there while lots of the others were ... which I think is what made me accidentally miss saraphale off the list. That's all.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 7th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
If you like, we can tie you to the sofa (fnarr) Friday night, stick a cup of tea and a biccie in your hand and not let you think, move or stress all night... chill out time. Anything resembling coherent thought can be driven out with large amounts of stupid brainless tv (Paramount are showing the Confessions of a... series on Friday and Saturday nights) and repeated applications of cuddly sheep. Howzat?

(Email me, btw, when you know what the general plan of action is for Fri. Ta.)
j4 From: j4 Date: April 7th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm, all sounds good apart from the brainless TV (I just tend to shout at it and moo a lot). :-)

I will email when I have more of a clue what I'm doing, though I suspect the plan of action isn't going to progress much beyond what it is now ("Leave work, get on train or in car, arrive some time later"). The decision that's holding me up is whether to take the train or take pto452. I'd love to drive over, but I'm not sure I can really face a 3-hour journey after a week at work...
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j4 From: j4 Date: April 8th, 2003 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
If your partners are happy, then don't worry about being a crap gf, that's not for you to judge really. However, if *you're* not happy, you need to figure out what will make you happier and work on it.

What would make me happier would be being allowed to sleep for about 30 years non-stop. (This might make my partners happier too as they wouldn't have to listen to me whining.) I don't know how to work on that, apart from the obvious.

Thank you for the poem, though; I like it.
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: April 7th, 2003 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Mrrr, I shall miss you in Oxford for I shall be at my first Whitby after all. I am going to go and continue making a white fur bunny costume, complete with indecent miniskirt, and yes, there will be photos. *hug*ü
j4 From: j4 Date: April 8th, 2003 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I'll miss you -- have fun at Whitby, & I look forward to seeing the photos.

*hug*
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j4 From: j4 Date: April 10th, 2003 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs*

I know I'm not alone in feeling this... but everybody else seems to get a lot more done than I do. :-/
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