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Hey it's cold and dark and wet. How is you guys?
will go to ship to get bread, but it is cold...dark...wet
about 3 hours sleep for the third night in a row
i think it's stress related and this isn't helping
there's some good breathing exercises and body scans
it's a bit weird at first but they key is to suspend self-judgement and bring an attitude of self-kindness.if you have an hour or so this might help the stress. i find even when i'm tired, my stress really kicks in before bed. these aren't for relexation, but i find it has that effect.
i'll give these ago if i'm awake and crawling up the walls at 3am again. i find when i'm in bed it's impossible to distract myself from worrying about everything at once.
i've been waiting more than 6 weeks to hear back about some jobs i'm totally suited for, and my parents are coming to visit, and i don't have a lot of time left if i'm going to seriously attempt to start a degree next year (and i don't really know where to begin with that)
i'm reliant on routine and order to feel ok so this is fucking terrifying
mindfulness based stress reduction might be worthwhile for you cause it's all about getting out of autopilot and routine and being ok with the present moment without projecting into the future. good luck with yr jobs.
i've never tried doing anything like this, never thought to before.
I'd take you out for a drink if I was around this weekend. Want to catch up next week sometime?
certainly after that though!
I'll give you a shout nearer the time!
2 hours 'til home time and the weekend begins.
i'm having a tea then i'm gonna make breakfast then have an espresso and biscotti
I started a bit of work yesterday that is supposed to take two days. nearly finished already, so I can either:
1) do very little all day, go home early
2) do some extra work to make the thing I'm doing super great
3) create a Halloween theme for one of my work applications in time for next Friday
leaning away from option 2 myself
ALSO: need to buy the new batman game but all the games/hmvs etc near my work have closed down. problematic.
that sounds great. me and my bf are thinking of going as mulder and scully. i'd have to lose 2 stone and cut off most of my hair though. if i did tho i genuinely think we could play mulder and scully.
I said I would half joking but they liked the idea. think I'm supposed to be doing a Christmas one too for December, and someone else said I should do a Google and do a new theme every day. wouldn't mind that, but can't see the management going for it.
I also pointed out that Halloween is next Friday, and that next Friday is also a dress down day. potential for some interesting choices there I think. I am actually wearing a ghost based t-shirt today. poor timing.
I'm still sat at home in my nightie. I'm probably going to be late for work,
really behind with uni work though. i want a nightie.
I wish I could wear it to work though. Getting dressed is the most difficult part of my day. Apart from cycling on that bit of the ring road that has a load of crap in the bike lane meaning I have to briefly cycle actually on the ring road and every day I feel like I'm going to be killed.
running a bit late, but who cares, its the last day of term.
going to see everything everything tonight after work as a friend of a friend had a spare ticket OH AND ITS PAY DAY. Everything is good in the world.
My bf is the best.
Might see The Thermals tonight.
it's a really cool 'indie' club.
hire a bike, its not scary once your cycling along and you cover vast areas really easily
vondel park if the weather is nice
loads of museums if thats your bag
(go up the chruch tower near the anne frank museum. Great view of amsterdam)
Just had hotel breakfast. Stuffed.
Your threads always seem to have a more positive atmos. Ive noticed.
Payday today. Work them Ethiopian and a gig with Dom_Gourlay and friends
i'm gonna check to see if i've been paid thats a good point
I'm finishing work at 12 today because I have a gig in Wellingborough tonight.
But... the gig is with Steve Ignorant's new band so I'm sort of excited / nervous about it.
I love my new job, btw.
so I just went back to sleep
going to the library for the whole day. wooooooooooooo
Good work. Did you learn stuff, at least?
Think I'm going to do some Hearthstone arena on Sunday. Fully expecting to go 0-9.
if i can take one game win, then i'm improving
(and I'm a massive chicken)
Did you get to use any cards from the new expansion c_r?
i think i mostly picked absolute shite though!
causing me to miss my second train by 15 seconds.
Meant to be leaving at 2pm today but I have a meeting.
Kompakt records thing tonight. Might struggle with tar.
Michael Mayer never, EVER comes to Bristol.
Plan is to get a nap in before going otherwise I'm going to struggle loads. Hope it won't be really packed.
and ill have to stay all night and i dont want too :(
(it's a brass band).
It starts at 3pm.
This is either going to be great or insufferable.
Should be nice.
This weekend is boring life admin. BOOO.
so I can't eat a roll and sausage unless i go back out and get it. it's wet though.
finished modelling 7km of pipework, so that's something.
going to see Conquering Animal Sound tonight - date night. So going to get some food too, and beer probably. Williams Bros on draught = a happy sheeldz.
so, like you, I'm having to go back out. It's a bit wet and I'm wearing something dead stupid that you could spit pees through and I already have a chest infection. fucking muppet. But I really want a roll so here I go.
There was no link left so got lorne, the roll was a softie and not a proper roll, and they had no tattie scone left. FFS. >:(
Mine is amazing if a bit soggy from the rain. the brown sauce they use in GET STUFFED is so good- it's runny and vinegary, like 'sauce' that you get on your chips in edinburgh.
Normally I'd be delighted but on my first day back I'll be having an interview (along with 4 colleagues) to see which of us gets made redundant. So I might be doing a bit of prep work next week...
That said, although it's cold, dark and wet here I've just had bacon rolls and fresh coffee with my boy and we are going to do lad n dad stuff today (well, when he's finished playing Minecraft we are...)
but also proper tired. I can't wait to sleep all Saturday morning.
Bottled my Christmas beer prototype last night and it wasn't distastrous. In a pretty decent mood.
Or the nice bit?
going to visit my parents, so back to the house I grew up in.
Been up in Skipton, Harrogate, N Allerton, Wetherby a lot of late. Tis lovely
I love it down there!
Northallerton club, however, is the worst place I've ever been to. Full of pissed-up farmers, perversely quite fun.
have you ever been to Carlton Miniott? I want to go to this guys house there as he has all of these in his garden...
That's not why it's nice though.
i can never tell. i want to try an eggnog stout.
I've made an orange and clove stout, to try to replicate mulled wine flavours.
The ex texted me out of the blue last night. Nothing heavy, but I could've done without it all the same.
Really tedious work task to do involving analysing loads of documents in an unreasonably short time per document (to meet my equally unreasonable boss's time requirements).
Might book some tickets home with the expenses I got yesterday that I had completely forgotten about.
Mine has a cold. I fear I gave it to her because I pretty much had my face shoved into hers for all of last weekend.
meant staff too (not that I wear a uniform but am in 'work'clothes)...still already seen one unlucky boy in uniform
HALF TERM just 7 hours away
all the best Dolly tickets will be gone by this evening when I get to be able to buy them, probably gone already
It's basically choking me, but enough people have seen it that I can't take it off without looking like some dress down Friday gobshite (NB: it isn't dress down Friday). Nothing but work this weekend.
and I'm the only one not in jeans or ridiculous chinos and ralph lauren shirt/ jumper combo affair. Probably just as well as I'm teaching at lunchtime. I'm in a silk tea dress that has owls and stags and mad dancing ladies on it. you know, every time i look at the patter of this dress closely I realise just how dark and psychadelic and deeply unsuitable for work/ children it is. Woops (again).
where the bit that you put the key in looks like a vagina. I mgiht nip home to change when I go out for the rolls.
As their idea of dress down is usually their normal suit but with jeans and brown shoes. One of them always looks like he manages an organic wine bar.
going to take a photo
Making ties obscene in every way since 1885
I did some last minute christmas shopping in there a couple of years ago and decided to get my dad the classic (as made famous by connery) flat wing collared dress shirt. And a bow tie and some studs. I knew it was a bit extravagant but was thinking, it's only a shirt and tie and some studs, so it' own't cost the earth (it;s not like it's a tailored suit e.g.) and he will love this as his old formal wear is getting a bit tired. I was perhaps encouraged by the fact that they were pouring Pol Riger down my neck and filling me with (warm!) harrods mince pies. THey gift wrapped it for me in delicate tissue paper and the distinctive bottle green gift boxes, and it was all perfect tmioing as I was just drianing my glass of fizz and wiping the last crumb of pie from my chin when they popped it into the green bag and handed it to me. IT WAS ONLY AT THIS POINT IN THE PROCEEDINGS THAT THEY RANG IT ALL THROUGH THE TILL. I had to struggle to remain upright and not fling myself on the floor weepoimg and begging for mercy. So I did what nay self respectying guzzler of fizz and pies would do, and grabbed another one of each while resignedly bunging the purchase on the Amex.
(He fucking loved it though and did comment that I must have had to remortgage to pay for it. WHY DID I NOT REALISE that this shop was so eyewateringly expensive?)
Anyway, tl;dr, but nice tie dude.
Had I known it was like, fucking Gucci prices, and had I also wanted conspiciously to consume goods like that, I'd have gone to bloody gucci (actually, I would have gone to charles tyrwitt like normal people do.)
My tie was a gift.
I think they KNEW I had no idea. There was a definite smirk from the girl as I choked back tears to enter my PIN into the pad thing. It was only once I hasd left the shop that I started thinking up the kind of witty retorts that I should have gone with. And then realised there were in fact none at all.
It's so country darling, you'd love it. I got him the stag tie- http://www.roderickcharles.com/ties/animal-print.html
I walked past your old ofice yesterday actually, made me sad.
It looks like the little squares are ideas falling from your brain.
think i can see a spitfire in there.
Ah well work can count this as my X-Mas bonus
100% still pissed as well
and I only had one wine and two large rums last night at king tuts. Defnitely turning into a pure lightweight. Roll has made me only about 40% pissed now though.
I am being far too happy with people
I'm surprised you're not cartwheeling through reception. Poeple will think you're unwell if you're being jovial, go and call someone a cunt now, quickly!
I have the set list somewhere in my bag.
Tatia looked hot.
I remember buying Finelines the day it came out <3 I saw them a couple of years ago (2007/8ish) and they were great. I hope they actually make this new album now.
came on stage last night and said 'well, what's a few years between friends?'
*audience barely even mild chortle, because this is glasgow and we will CHIB you*
Still, the audience got right into it. And he did say early 2014 for the record, so we'll see.
They used a 5 or 6 foot drum screen (looked like glass or maybe perspex) which was quite interesting as I'd have though feedback wouldn't be an issue for these guys. I dunno, maybe the stage at tuts being quite small, there was risk of bleedover from mics or WHATEVER, but anyway it was funny because Tatia (who likes to do that moody undulating dancing where she looks like she's about to start humpnig her bass) kept bumping into it and knocking it over. HEE hEE.
Big deal, you say? Well yes, not been in love for 10 years. Not even with myself. Terribly, terribly frightened of commitment. Open yourself up, son. Let that shit in.
And try not to worry about fucking it all up - just go with it and enjoy yourself.
Pleased for you, silks
or label it. You enjoy hanging out with her and you care for it. Enjoy it and be good to each other. You're welcome. (congratulations).
It's probably best you don't start referring to her as 'it'.
porridge and banana for breakfast.
was also fun. match on monday should be great/we'll get tanked.
Sat down to play this kid very casually. Aasked him what his rating was. 2200. Quickly left the table.
Football tomorrow and sunday gonna hurt. But that's cool. Signs of a six-pack are emerging! that hasn't happened before.
need to play a set number of standard matches to get an official grade. I'd imagine it'd be somewhere around the 1500-1600 mark, or at least i'd hope. But the difference between that and 2200 is a chasm. As you get higher the difference between each rating point increases (a bit like levelling up in video games? probably). It'd be pointless even attempting - lad is gonna be an International Master in a year or two. How are you doing, good sir?
Work is dead, just waiting to go on holiday then start the new role properly when I get back. How's the northern planning going?
hope it's fun.
Alright. Not much planning happening apart from theoretical stuff. All i can do is wait until christmas really, and maybe start to sew some preemptive seeds before that.
I've just booked to play in this http://www.londonchessclassic.com/ gonna be GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
Sending back signed contract today. This is all really happening :/
so surprise day off too.
I get so excited when I take a packed lunch to work I end up eating it before 12.
(sung to the tune of fake plastic trees)
Heeeeeeeeeey, fancy coming over for some fake ham and cheese sandwiches?!
being at 2:30pm today.
for regular (6 monthly) assured hilarity
it's either £92 quid or £489 depending on the type of fillings.. :D
landline phone not worked for months (who cares/uses landline for calls) but the bill has loads of calls made in last few months! wtf, maaaaaaan. Someone has my landline. Gimme back my landline. Need to call the post office at an affordable rate to complain, just gonna use my.....of ffs
Is payday one word or two? Don't make me bump that godawful thread.
Shit, is godawful one word or two? For fuck's sake, I'm sorry everyone.
Can I be arsed to log into internet banking?
Must be the last day of the month. FUCK.
but I don't want to check since I know I'll just end up disappointed.
because I tought our payday was 27th, whihc would mean we get it today as 27th is sunday. it's not, It's the 28th. And I have to pay contractors who are coming to fix my flooded flat at the weekend. I'm going to have to sell some stuff.
Sounds more joyous than pay day.
drinks are on you! (and milkybars)
I'm feeling generous.
probably gonna go see Ender's Game tomorrow.
they are nice
but they are dead nice
going over Easter, can't wait to go there and swing on the flippity-flop.
This weekend I'm going to see my boyfriend's family, which is always a bit tiring as they deliberately wind us up with our liberal London views. But we'll have a couple of roast lunches and go to the pub and go for a walk, should be alright.
Got next week off work to paint all the new shelves in my flat.
I'm massively jealous :(
and Tom Hanks.
he's trying to make me watch Godflesh while we're they're because they once released a single on Sub Pop.
bo ningen supported though so...
however she forgot and has a meeting then. which means i could've gone spinning...IF I'D HAVE BROUGHT MY GYM STUFF WHICH DIDN'T BECAUSE I THOUGHT DRINX!!1!!
What a tough life i lead.
it's horrible at first but when you get into it it's brilliant (for me anyroad)
I just can't go to the gym in my lunch break takes way too much time.
maybe not as untouchable here as i thought, whoops.
going to see my friends bands at Fuel then to a house party. I never go out anymore so I'm a bit nervous about it. Also because moousee said he's going to kiss my face.
I'm watching Murder She Wrote again.
I spent a bit of time on your blog the other day, i really like it! :)
Thank you :)
Actually I'm just planning a little coach tour in Glasgow for the spring, taking people out to Peebles and to Cardross to see the big concrete map and to the old seminary. Come and join us!
That is all
another shit day in my groundhog day life doing fuck all
Go outside or somethign if that makes you feel better. Or go to the pub (my t&t prescription for a happy life).
Like, a proper salary job. Bit mad.
Also, can I have some of your 'proper salary' to help top up my not-so-proper one? Cheers.
bit shocked to be honest. Prospect of time off is kind of nice, but the lack of time to say goodbye hurts a bit, as I hadn't told anyone.
You mean no more opportunities for me to get in a last order form the shop?! :D Only kidding, you should enjoy the time off and enjoy getting paid to watch tv and schmooze about.
rather than get it sent to you. :(
(I am well stocked up).
Are you not excited? When does the new job start?
I'm disappointed that after 5 years, I didn't get time to say goodbye and make sure that the people who will be affected most by my leaving aren't fucked over, which now, they certainly will be. :(
And surely any non-solicit covenant doesn't preclude you from sending a quick email to those people to say sorry you didn't get to say good bye, let's stay in touch etc?
so we'll see what he says. I just hope I don't have to wait and do it Monday. I just want to get it over with.
good luck dude
I got it ok'd so have sent it. Nice because I got it off my chest and off my mind, but no one is still checking their emails at this time, except a select few, so the wtf messages will be more staggered.
Spent about £1.50 on something quite ok. Going to a record fair in the afternoon and to Brighton in the evening for a mates gig *that involves free wine & Dave Benson Phillips), and that'll be a good for clearing my head out. Been a real horrible last two weeks.
Then going to Charlton vs Wigan on Sunday with Dad since its real cheap. He's taken no interest in club football for the last year and doesn't believe me when I say Wigan are the FA Cup holders.