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When did having fun become so hard?

I will never understand the need for people to get together at work of all places and try to force everyone else into having fun! Work is just that, it’s a job I do so that at the end of the day I can pay for something and help keep a roof over my head. Very few people in life get to do a job that they truly love on an emotional level and those that do either have so much money they have lost all concept of it or they are seriously considering trying to live without heating or hot water. I tried that once, it didn’t work out so maybe I’m just irreparably jaded at 29 but hey…

Now I work in a job with good money that it not too demanding and with people I like working with. The problem seems to be that I am in a closed department that does not really need (or want) to interact with other departments. Collectively we are the child in pre-school happily sitting quietly in the corner rolling a toy back and forth while everyone else is all noisy and messy. But that is absolutely fine! It is just a shame that others think we just can’t be bothered.

Whenever big events are planned for the staff at work we can’t go as our hours are different and we are the only ones who are customer facing so we can’t just shut up shop and wander off. They hold desk decorating competitions but as the other office is open plan and ours is in a different room we get overlooked. even with something as simple as a works buffet we get people coming in to tell us to get the leftovers before they are thrown away and didn’t we want anything when it was all warm or something?

It’s not that we don’t want to do things, who wouldn’t want to spend an hour stood around a buffet table doing not-work? The issue is we physically can’t and that is infuriating, so we have to force ourselves to look like we can, otherwise we can the planning committee passing comments about how nice it would be for us to actually join in sometime.

Isn’t putting people under pressure to have fun kinda defeating to whole object of the exercise?

I don’t know, I’ve already been told I’m grumpy today, despite being in fancy dress in line with the theme of the event. Shame.

I am, however really enjoying my new book. Having read mystery, crime and sci-fi books in the last month or so I have now started on a bit of slice-of-life drama called “Wine in my sippy cup”. It’s actually quite entertaining. 40% and counting.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Back on the horse!

Now that the pity party, the kids TV shows and my flu bug is over, I have been able to get back to things! First on the agenda was learning to sew handles onto tote bags. I know the stitching is not neat, I’m hoping that will come with time, but I am very pleased with how these came out.


The blue squares one is made out of a shower curtain, I wanted something I could wipe clean and would stand up to getting wet. The handles on that one are made out of belt webbing I to get from work as the belt buckles were faulty. It’s nice and soft and flexible and will work fantastically! The only issue with that one is if the seams on the bag will hold up with it being a plastic material, I used a zig-zag stitch (I really should learn the name of the different stitches!) So hopefully it will hold up.
The smaller one is made out of a restaurant napkin, folded in half and a little cut on the bottom to make it shallower. Now this one I am pleased with! It’s just big enough for a few bits and pieces around the outdoor pool in summer at my gym. The handles on that one are made from a cotton ribbon that I kept from a towel bale I got once. I’m such a hoarder for things like that!
So that’s the sewing machine dusted off, but I’m not quite up to hitting the gym properly yet. So baby steps, today I’m off to spend some time in the thermal rooms, mainly the salt cave, to clear out my sinuses and then we shall take things from there!

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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


The best cure.

When did daytime TV get so bad? I’m still out of action with this flu bug, my face is all puffy and even my noise is swollen, which is very weird. As I have had the house to myself today I’ve been lay on the sofa under a blanket with the biggest box of tissues money can buy and a rather unsympathetic cat snorting in the corner. I am bored out of my skull!
So, turn on the TV and what do I find? The most mind numbing drivel ever to grace the magic box! But then, or of the fog of talk shows and interviews, paternity and drugs tests, interventions and confrontations… Comes the kids channels! An all day narration of X-men Evolutions! Not seen that show in agrees! Cheered me right up!
Good lord I can not wait till I can get out of this house again!

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


The proverbial spanner!

I have flu.
I had today booked off work for a spa session, thanks to the lovely people at my gym and spa, but now, after cancelling my classes and the spa treatment, I’m going back to bed. I am normally a put up and shut up kind of person but this one has knocked me on my ass!
Plus I have already had all the activity I can take this morning! I had to go out to the pet shop to get something for my rabbits and I saw a spaniel narrowly miss getting squished by a car! So I parked up and tried to get hold of the slippery little thing but he just kept on trotting away and liking over his shoulder at me. Luckily he knew his way home as he ran straight to his front door, turns out his owner had been looking for him for a few hours as the dog had apparently taken himself for a walk. Lucky he knew his way home! But running after a ‘lost’ dog was not the best idea I have ever had.
Still, happy ending.
Now, where did I leave that blanket?

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


The day of St valentine.

Today I feel like the only one in the world who doesn’t give a stuff about today being valentines day. A day when the world seems intent on making you feel like you can’t be happy without someone to buy a box of flowers for you.
Today I had a wonderful pamper session courtesy of the spa at my gym. A wonderful mud and steam treatment that has left my skin singing! It was a wonderful end to a stressful week. I even managed to have a bit of fun and only slightly at the expense of a total stranger.
I was sitting in the bar at the spa, gazing out of the window when I heard a man talking to one of the spa girls.
“Oh no, just booking a treatment for later” he said, “it can’t be much fun on your own, especially on valentines day!”
Well, having just got up to get a drink of citrus infused water (from a jug with bits of orange and lime floated in it) I couldn’t help but offer my humble opinion.
“Oh I don’t know, a nice night of pampering on my own, without the other half under my feet… Pretty close to heaven in my book.”
I only wish I had not been wearing flip flops as the only thing that let me down was that ‘shup-plap shup-plap’ of my sandals as I walked away. Still, he didn’t say anything more and he really didn’t need to know my other half is a black and white cat.

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Foiled Again!

Sooooo… I had booked in for a Pilates class for last night. I do really enjoy Pilates,  I can do most of the stretches and movements and unlike the “Aerobics class from Hell” I went to the other day, I don’t have to worry about not being able to keep up.

Unfortunately mother nature conspired against me.  The UK has been battered by a bit of bad weather recently but last night saw 100mph winds batter the coast line and the 40 or so miles between my house and the nearest cost did little to calm it’s rage. I managed to get home from work but by that time it was just too unsafe to go out again. All of the motorways in my local area were being closed, trains simply stopped and buildings were evacuated. At about 6pm last night I heard a massive crash and went to look outside to see that all of our bins had fallen over so I just shrugged that off. Unfortunately the thing that had made them fall over were the 15 roof tiles that had come sailing off our roof! These have also damaged our neighbours house too which is just great, isn’t it?

So not a good time to be out and about.

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The Start Of Something New

I am nearly 30. There, I said it! At the end of this year I will no longer be a 20-something. While Birthdays and age have never really bothered me the fact that I will be turning 30 is very scary considering the fact that I do not feel, act or generally consider myself as being this age. I’m lazy, podgy, drink too much and spend far too much time online or watching TV.  I am single, I have bad habits and I still live with my parents and I have a single cabin bed with a desk underneath (formerly known as a den). My life needs to turn around and now is the time when that is going to happen!

For my birthday last year I got a sewing machine from my parents, and yes, I did ask for that  so I have embarked on a new hobby. Swing stuff! I work for a clothing company so I do get access to various offcuts of clothing grade fleece and fabric which I am using instead of buying stuff in while I hone my skills. So far I have made a rubbish little pouch for my Kindle (the tie ribbon fell off on the first day), a half completed shower bag for me to use at the gym made out of a shower curtain, and a nearly fished plush toy. I have big plans to make things to sell but my main bad habit, the inability to keep a room tidy for more then 5 minutes, is kinda slowing my progress.

Last year I joined Total Fitness but to be honest with you it is not working for me. The hydrotherapy pool, which is understandably designed for sports rehab, feels like it is stripping the skin off my back and I simply can’t relax there after a workout. So, I wrote off the amount I paid for my membership and upgraded to something that would suit me a bit better. I joined a country club and spa! This place is fantastic and has the best hydrotherapy and relaxation facilities as well as the most hi-tech gym facilities I have ever seen! They have treadmills and cross-trainers that have internet access so you can watch something on-line, even youtube videos, which is cool when I like listing to retro video game music when I do work out. They also have a cinema room with cross trainers and exercise bikes and this room is wonderfully air conditioned! The class rooms are fantastic and there is a wonderful restaurant and bar and even a spa attached! Definitely a lifestyle gym and not just a “Lets get sweaty” kind of place!

So stuff’s a changin’! And because people are getting tired of me going on about things I’m trying to change in my life, I’m venting here baby!

Have a nice day ^_^


Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


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