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Revenge of the yawn
SO UNBELIEVABLY TIRED. But how am I supposed to do all the things I want to do if I have to sleep as well? Yes, yes, I know.

Things I have done this evening:

- fiddled with Google Maps stuff for work

- phoned the Inland Revenue to ask them precisely why they think I have a 52-week NI shortfall for 2005-06 when I was working full time and PAYEing (answer: because they've "switched from paper to electronic" and as a result loads of payments are delayed, and they "couldn't stop the letters being sent out" but will be sending out more letters to apologise for the previous letters... gah)

- caught up a bit on the reading for my OU course, which I am shamefully behind on (finally had a chance to look at the forums, and found the thread where people were saying how behind they were, so have added my own drop of remorse and apology to the flood...)

- read a few more pages of 'ASH: A Secret History' by Mary Gentle, which is great so far (My boss keeps recommending good books. He is ace.)

- bought ingredients for making CAKE for team-meeting on Thursday (Last month the boss brought apple tart for the meeting. See above re ace.)

- made earrings out of Barbie shoes (no, this wasn't necessary, but it only took 10 minutes and it amused me; photos will follow if I can work out how the hell to take photos of my own ears)

- written interview questions for Wednesday's interviews. (I am on the interview panel for my replacement at $previousjob (or should that be $previousjobs[-1]?). Er, yes, I know. Argh.)

Sorry about the boring content, but I've got to keep writing something otherwise I swear I will forget how. (I wish I had the energy to write morning pages, but honestly, in the morning it's all I can do to put my shoes on the right way round. Getting more than 6 hours' sleep a night would help.)

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i_ludicrous From: i_ludicrous Date: October 15th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And it really wouldn't do to wear the Barbie shoes in the wrong ears, would it...
From: ewtikins Date: October 15th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, too, wish I could get back to writing morning pages. I'm hoping in another six months or so my elbow will let me do that much longhand writing!
emperor From: emperor Date: October 15th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I rather enjoyed Ash, although I did find it a little long. I'm not quite sure whether I like the central conceit or not, though.
brrm From: brrm Date: October 15th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
read a few more pages of 'ASH: A Secret History' by Mary Gentle

First thought: 'Why is someone writing books about usenet groups?' I need to get out more.
brrm From: brrm Date: October 15th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though it would appear someone is working on a film about it. Gosh.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 16th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like mostly fun, though at this stage I begin to think I may have to resign myself as much to being alone in thinking Ash execrable twaddle as I am in thinking Aliens a ludicrouse piece of Reaganite codswallop and Alien^3 an unexpectedly brilliant reclamation of the setting and story. *sigh*
j4 From: j4 Date: October 16th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I should point out that when I said "great" I meant in the sense of "OMG sexxy lesbian twins in armour!" rather than in the sense of "work of literary genius". ;-)

(Also, look on the bright side, Ash is a 'feisty' female character who doesn't have red hair or violet eyes.)

I have never seen any of the Alien(s) films.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 16th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should point out that when I said "great" I meant in the sense of "OMG sexxy lesbian twins in armour!" rather than in the sense of "work of literary genius". ;-)

That's a relief. *hug*

I have basically had it beyond my breaking point with "let's present an ill-informed take on a degenerate feudal system on the edge of collapse as if it were the way all feudalism always worked all the time and then use it to take cheap shots at how nasty and unfair feudalism is", and Ash was the book that took me over that edge.
julietk From: julietk Date: October 16th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I liked ASH v much - glad you're enjoying it! The only person I recommended to did not like at all, which saddened me.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: October 16th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I did MPs for several months and two things happened: no matter how early I got up, so did child and I got scared by my own progress.

Time to start up again, I think. Thanks for the reminder and the link to the page which suggests Allowable Alternatives. vvv helpful.
cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: October 16th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

photos please!

Barbie shoe earrings. Use the mirror in the staff toilets if necessary.
From: rmc28 Date: October 16th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got one of those IRHMRC letters too, but someone on my friends list had it happen recently so I was just "oh look one for me too".

I suppose it's a sign of how truly bad their new IT system must be, that not only are they not processing the incoming data, but they can't stop the spurious outgoing letters.
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