emony: (Doorway Wilson (W))
After this week's spectacular crappiness, I'm planning to go home tomorrow for a few days R&R. I booked Friday and Monday off work for whatever con it is this weekend, but in the end no one wanted to go, so I'm just going to head back to the mother island for a few days in the comfort of my childhood home. My mother is away, of course, on holiday in Crete, so there'll be no heating and no food. But I can turn on the heating and call in at Sainsburys, and all will be well. I will only have my mother's scary Vista PC though, so not much with the internet action. Hopefully I'll be able to dl tonight's CSI before I leave, and get tomorrow's BSG while I'm there.

I've lined up a couple of rental viewings, and one house, for Monday, but I'm not sure whether I'll actually go. It's a very long drive, and I'm really not sure I'm ready for that yet. I'm going to drive home tomorrow, but that's a drive I've done - as a passenger, anyway - a million times before, so I should be okay with that. Hopefully. But all the way over to the new area - it's quite a long way, and unfamiliar roads. So.. I'm not sure. I might cancel, or rather postpone until next week, as I'm off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so I can fit plenty of viewings in then, god willing!

For all my nervousness, I love my car :) I've driven to and from work four times now, three of them in rush hour and most of them with at least one passenger, which is odd. Passengers want to talk! The only passengers I had before were my driving instructor, who talked about using my mirrors and things, and the test inspector, who talked about turning left at the roundabout. Now it's all chatter chatter and I'm trying to concentrate on not crashing into moving vehicles. Or stationary ones. Or stationary objects. And so forth. It's quite an adjustment. But my car is great. It's a bit less shiny, because it got snowed on twice, but it's very comfy and spacious. I'm rubbish at parking, but I think it's a skill that - in real life - will take time and practice to develop.
emony: (Kinky (EJG))
I went to look at more houses on Saturday. I saw about 7, but I didn't like any of them. I've decided that, given that I'm starting my new job in 4 weeks, my priority has to be finding somewhere to live in the short-term, rather than worrying about the long-term plan to buy somewhere. So I'm going to find somewhere to rent for six months, and I'll start looking to buy again once I'm settled and not homeless. Having been (technically) homeless for a few weeks last year, it's a situation I'm very keen never to be in again. I was lucky last time, and could stay with a friend from work during the week, returning to my mother's at weekend. I won't be able to do that with the new job, as I don't know anyone, so I have to have somewhere to live.

It's an expensive business, renting a flat, especially on your own. But I've got no choice. Well, no, I could go into a shared house, but I hate sharing with strangers, especially when you're a lodger, in an essentially weak position, living in a house which isn't yours. I hate that, and I won't do it again.

So for the next few weeks, my focus will all be on the move. I'm going to have to clean this flat too, and get rid of anything I'm not taking, sort out and pack what I am taking, take the bed and wardrobe apart etc. It's all very tiresome.

I haven't driven my car again since I brought it back from the showroom. I was going to go out today, but then it snowed (!!), and I don't think I'm quite up to driving in snow and ice. It's all pretty much melted now, but our car park is filling up already. It doesn't have enough spaces for the cars that live here, and so is always packed with cars parked in random, inconvenient places and therefore really difficult to navigate. I don't think I'm quite up to adventurous parking yet either, so it's probably best to just stay in today and go for a drive tomorrow while everyone's at work and the car park's empty!

I sorted out my car insurance today - that was a new experience. They were very nice though. I also went to Tesco and bought a squeegee to wipe the snow off the car! Apart from that, though, it's been a slow, boring day. I feel like I've got a hundred things to do, but I can't remember what any of them are. Well, except one - I'm meant to be writing a fic for a challenge, but I seem to have forgotten, when I signed up, that I haven't actually written anything for over three years, and the reason for that is I just don't feel like writing any more. Why I thought this particular challenge would change anything is anyone's guess, but it hasn't changed anything. I don't want to drop out, but .. I just don't feel like writing at the moment.

Flatmate!N is working her way through Buffy at the moment - she's just into season 5. She's trying to power through to the end before I leave, as they're my DVDs. I've thought about watching s6 again - skipping past the dull bits with Spike and Buffy, obviously - to see if I can remember the old Trio love, but then I just remember how terrible it all was and how much better our stuff was than the canon stuff, and it puts me right off.

Ah well. For now I'm just going to watch the Women's European Gymnastics Championships.

I also caught up on some TV this morning. I watched the new: CSI, BSG, and Doctor Who.

CSI s8 ep12: Grissom's Divine Comedy )

BSG s4 ep1: something long and religious, I forget )

Doctor Who s4 ep1: Partners in Crime )

So that's what I've been up to today.

There's some more work stuff that's been going on, which culminates in me getting "talked to" on Tuesday when I go back in about my subversive efforts to turn the staff against the management and convince them all to quit (*rolls eyes*), but it's all quite dull so I won't go in to it. Suffice to say I'm quite glad I'm off on Monday. Once of my replacements (there are now three, I think) has been appointed and is starting on Monday - it'll be interesting to hear how that goes, since I won't be there.

Oh work.

Being a grown up is really hard :( I want to go back to Uni for a few years. Only being paid my current salary. Could that be arranged?
emony: (Coffee House (H))
Useless-coworker!M just got fired.



Mar. 14th, 2008 10:05 pm
emony: (Team Romance (McShep Match))
Okay, so, I have a confession to make. My Best Friend's Wedding is one of my all-time favourite films ever. It's the "feel good" film that I put on when I'm feeling down. With this in mind, I've long harboured a secret desire to write an SGA AU based on the premise of the film - character A and character B are best friends who were once involved, but decided they were better off as friends. Then suddenly character A finds out that character B is getting married and A freaks out - A wants B for themselves, gosh darnit! A was there first! So A dashes off to [city] with the intention of stopping the wedding. As the story continues, A has a lot of hilarious misadventures trying to split our devoted couple up, and along the way realises that they do actually love B. I won't spoil the end on the off chance that anyone would care, but it's just a totally cute film.

So, today one of my favourite, long-quiet communities - [livejournal.com profile] sga_reel - posted a romcom challenge, and what was there on the list, at number 41? Yes, that's right, My Best Friend's Wedding.

I'm quite tempted. I keep refreshing the page to see if anyone's claimed it. ;) That said, I haven't written a single fictional word in over three years, and the deadline is in 8 weeks - within that 8 weeks I have a few other little things going on, like possibly buying a house, certainly moving out, passing my driving test (I hope!), and buying a car. So am I really going to be able to hit the deadline? Also - important factor to consider - I'm incredibly lazy.

But it would work really well. I'm planning it out in my head already. Ahrg!

ETA: Oh yeah, I also had my "away day" with my new work on Thursday. It went really well. Everyone seems very nice. I've got an awful lot to learn, not least NHS jargon, but I'm really looking forward to starting there. I was in a foul mood all day and terribly short-tempered with colleagues when I was back in work today, partly because of PMS but partly because I just want to get out of there and start my new job now.

Also I'm going to look at some houses tomorrow. Not as many as I'd like, but a start.
emony: (First Day (H))
I wonder if my work colleagues are ever going to realise that when they ask me to make a decision on something, while appearing to be listening to them, my eyes have actually glazed over, my mind is elsewhere, and when they finish speaking I universally nod and say, "yes, you're right. That sounds fine," with little or no idea what they've actually said.
emony: (Disappoint me (G))
Another driving lesson tomorrow. I'll be really glad when these stupid lessons are over. I'm so bored of learning to drive. I wish it would just end.

We had two events this week at work, one of whcih I went to. There was a great deal of stress on Wednesday over dull work things that I won't go in to, but it's all resolved now. I had quite a row with a coworker but we talked it out today - via email, of course, because I am both socially retarded and, apparently, scary - and we're okay now. Ish. I also got him to apologise, which is no small thing.

The event I went to was on video on demand, and we had some people there from the file-sharing site UKNova, which you may or may not know. I didn't actually hear any of the event though, as I was sitting outside the whole time eating biscuits and reading my email. V boring.

I applied for a job at Defra a few weeks ago - I can't remember if I mentioned it. It was just this really exciting thing that I wanted. So of course I didn't even get an interview. I don't know why I bother really.

I'm pretty depressed actually. Again. I'm going to go and .. I don't know. Go to bed or something. Whatever.
emony: (Share a bed (J))
Divided-at-birth twins 'married'

A pair of twins who were separated at birth got married without knowing they were brother and sister, a crossbench peer has told the House of Lords.

A court annulled the UK couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord Alton said.

The peer - who was told of the case by a High Court judge involved - said the twins felt an "inevitable attraction".

He said that they were adopted by separate families, and neither was told that they had a twin sibling.

Details of their identities have been kept secret, but Lord Alton said the pair did not realise they were related until after their marriage.

emony: (First Day (H))
Eugh :P Back to work today. It is far too early in the morning!


Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:19 am
emony: (*waiting*)
I'm at a seminar this morning. It's not mine (flatmate!Natalie's), so I'm free to faff about. I'm therefore on my laptop .. well, hanging out on LJ, obviously. We're in this venue just behind the Ritz today, which is quite cool. It's hidden right away, but it's quite nice. It's a rabbit warren of a place though, loads of little interconnected rooms. I went for a wander earlier (working hard, as always), and found a little drawing room tucked away which looks over St James' Park. Nice.

Apart from that, things are fairly dull here at the moment. I'm sitting alone on the reception desk, while everyone else is in the seminar room listening to someone talk about education things. I'm fairly glad I'm not in there, though. At least out here I don't have to pretend to listen.

Still no news re: last week's interview, so I'm guessing it's a "no". Ah well. It was definitely a good experience, no matter how it turned out. I'm glad I went. I would like them to get back to me though, so at least I know for certain.

The driving lesson went well. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be, even though I was driving in a). the rain and b). the dark. My instructor is very patient and non-judgemental and was very full of praise, which works for me! I think it was mostly because I told him that I failed last time because of my total lack of confidence, but whatever. Knowing it's augmented praise doesn't make it work any less well - I'm shallow that way.

Right, they're clapping now. I might have to go and do some work.

Nah. ;P
emony: (Rodney in space (R))
As you know, I am often amused at work by the various names I come across in my daily life.

Today, I added a chap to our database who works in dentistry at the Department of Health. This chap's name? David Hewlett.



Oct. 9th, 2007 01:30 pm
emony: (Wilson and House (WH))
I had hoped, when I finally got all my minions in place and had ascended to a position of "management" (i.e. delegating all my work to other people while I sit around eating biscuits and writing LJ posts), that I would no longer have to go to our events. It's not that our events are bad - I just don't really like events in general. All that forced socialising - it's not for me.

However, not only am I going to the Ofcom Annual Lecture next Tuesday (okay, I sort of volunteered myself for that one - Martha Kearney is chairing!), and the mobile TV seminar the week after that, this week I have been roped into going to tomorrow's Education parliamentary reception!

Not only that, but I'll probably be stuck outside in the rain handing out tickets to a billion government officials because the postal strike meant none of the tickets we posted got through.


Note to self: tomorrow, wear a big coat and bring an umbrella. BRR!
emony: (NO WAI! (Hedwig))
Our current intern, Charlotte, revealed her true colours today by admitting that she's a Stargate fan. Awesome :) Sadly she's a Sam/Jack shipper, but you can't have everything. We also had a chat about Red Dwarf. I think we might have to keep her.

I really need a nerd icon.
emony: (Destiny (H))
We hired four new people today, including the elusive Jay Sheppard. Seriously, you guys, how am I going to cope with this? I can barely contain myself from snickering every time his name gets mentioned - when we actually meet, I'm honestly going to burst out laughing right in his face! Madness!

Also, while I'm here, I have mad love for this fic: East of the Sun, West of the Moon by [livejournal.com profile] dossier. It's SGA - a "what if?" from season 2's The Intruder. You remember that one, it's that utter shitefest rip-off of another shitefest, SG1's Entity. But the fic really isn't about that episode - it just breaks off after it. What if their quick-fix solution hadn't worked? What if the Daedalus crashlanded and everyone on it was marooned on some random Pegasus planet?

It's got great OCs, a really well built up universe and mythology for the people, and I have no idea where it's going, or even what pairings we're heading for, but I like it! :D It's a WiP in the sense that it's not all posted yet, but it is all written, so it's not one of those WiPs that disappear off into the night halfway through never to be heard from again.

Anyway I'm really enjoying the journey, so I thought I'd share :)
emony: (Jealous much? (J/R))
Jay Sheppard is back again. I will try again to get a look at him! ;)

ETA: They rushed him out again without me getting a chance to look! It's destiny, I swear. Or anti-destiny. Whatever.
emony: (Jealous much? (J/R))
As reported earlier, Jay Sheppard is on his way here for an interview.

I suspect I may be disappointed, but I will report back.

ETA: I didn't actually get to see what he looked like. Probably for the best.


Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:15 pm
emony: (Liaisons Dangereuses)
This week is dragging and dragging. Things are so dull here, it's unbelievable.

I'm still struggling womanfully on with this (probably not) broken toe. My flatmate, N, hurt her back last night - she managed to come in to work for all of four hours before going home in pain. What about my toe pain, huh! No one cares about that! She got pain killers and sympathy - I got nothing. PAH!

Okay, so my toe doesn't really hurt that much, but no one but me knows that! (And you guys, of course). PAH and pah again. A plague on all your houses. Not yours, loyal and loving Flist. You have been v good to me through all my emo whining.

My mother gets back from Italy tomorrow, and I'm going home on Saturday for the bank holiday weekend. We're going to bury Jenny's ashes in the garden, so a fun weekend to look forward to. That's probably partly why I'm feeling so crappy at the moment.

I've seen a cool job going at one of the mobile phone companies, doing regulatory stuff, which I might be able to convince them that I'm qualified for. Not sure, but I think I'll apply, see how it goes. I'm sick of this place, that's for sure. Nothing but trouble.

Why aren't there any SGA promo pictures yet? I want a new desktop wallpaper, but there's nothing out there. Most annoying! I know everyone else is all doom and gloom about this season, but I'm really looking forward to it (AND I AM SPOILER FREE, well mostly, SO PLEASE DON'T TELL ME WHY IT'S GOING TO SUCK I DON'T WANT TO KNOW!) I've started rewatching season 3. I'd forgotten how good it was. Awesome stuff. Watched Sateda and Progeny last night. Fabulous :) I didn't rate Sateda much last time, but it was really cool. I must admit, I skipped Irresistible though - that one's still shite.

ETA: Oh yeah, I meant to say - my dad turned up at the weekend, first time in well over six months, I think. Nothing much to report, except that I (finally) got my birthday present (nice fat cheque - what I deserve for it being 5 months late, I think), and they also offered to help with my mortgage deposit when I need one, which may or may not happen in reality, but the offer was nice.


Jul. 20th, 2007 09:27 pm
emony: (Careers Advisor (me))
Uhh ... so, that job I applied for at the COI? The closing date was 15th June - over a month ago - so I thought I'd missed out.

No. They want me to go in for an interview. They're "very keen", in fact.

emony: (Careers Advisor (me))
I have decided to become a sub-editor. I've got no formal experience, I'm not a proper, published journalist, although I am at least qualified as one, I expect to be paid roughly what I'm on now or more, and I have no idea how to break into the field. But apart from that, I see no obstacles whatsoever! HAHA!

It's nice to have a plan :)


Jun. 20th, 2007 06:19 pm
emony: (Eye)
Okay, all-knowing Livejournal. I need help.

What does one wear to Ladies' Day at Ascot? Particularly when one is networking one's way around a corporate box with a £500 ticket?


Never mind. My boss won't let me go. Woe :'(
emony: (Hughes (Gryffindor))
Question: Is it more or less easy to get a job in the civil service if you've worked for an MP?


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