Anyway: from now on I'll only be able to check email/LJ at lunchtimes, and on Fridays (my day off -- I insisted on only doing a 4-day week, for my SANITY). So if anybody wants to contact me about anything time-critical, please SMS me instead. (And bear in mind that I still can't always answer immediately.) If you don't have my phone number and you want it, email me and I'll send it to you.
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I thought my karate lesson last night was going to be awful -- last lesson before the grading, overwhelming heat, and I was exhausted from crying about work -- but actually it was quite good, if sweaty. Still don't think I stand much chance of passing the grading but I don't think I can put it off any longer.
After that I went to the Carlton -- couldn't face the twice-as-long walk to get to a pub with worse beer when everybody else was just going to leave soon after I got there to see a film that I had no interest in seeing. As it happened lots of people turned up there, including iwj and ceb who I hadn't seen for ages; and I spent half the evening playing on the Spot-the-difference machine with emperor, senji, claroscuro and ceb. Silly but good value for money IMHO, we only spent the equivalent of a couple of pints between us and it was more fun than beer.
This morning I dropped sion_a off at work, then went to the Citizens Advice Bureau to have a chat with them about training as a volunteer. It does sound like it'd be really interesting, but I'm worried that I won't be able to commit to enough time for them. However, I've provisionally signed up for the next lot of training, which starts in January; I have no idea what I'll be doing by then, but if I'm still able to do it then I will. We'll see.
Lots of other things I'd like to say about Stuff and Things, but it's all just too awkward. :-(