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hi noah how's it going?
Ain't no cure for the wintertime blues
hang in there.
Hung out with Theo and Chintz last night. Theo would only let me buy him a half. Chintz obvs let me buy her a pint.
I can believe this
What is it about the Shacklewell Arms which means no one stands right at the front? I have really bad tinnitus now :(
How can you be sad in Derby? Gods own city pal. Looking at a house on Ashbourne Road today (its pretty posh) and just gonna take it if its available. Work is really dragging as theres nothing to do. I mean, I'm making army lists all day but theres only so many pukka pads I can use without arousing suspicion.
Really dread someone seeing the big post-it notes on my desk covered with things like "Atman x 3, Yog x 2, Cyberfeeder x 3" etc.
I have "check lifelink vs first strike" written on top of a sales report on my desk
not really NERDS! Im filling them up with all the girls Ive banged!"!!
If you get the house:-)
I'll be in touch *does hand/phone gesture*
so 2 minutes from the greyhound!
'The Mile' is named after the legendary pub crawl that used to start at Markeaton Island - what is now McDonalds used to be a pub called the Derbyshire Yeoman. The Mile was basically walking down Ashbourne Road and calling for a drink at every pub on the way. Several of those pubs are no more e.g. The Swan & Salmon which is now a Nisa corner shop, The Howard Hotel which is now offices, The Spotted Horse which is now a lap-dancing club! There were somewhere between 15 and 20 bars depending on whether you took in the side streets on the way down.
Brick and Mortar
Victoria (which is just a tiny room)
It's a bit eye-watering.
My boss did a pretty big fuck-up yesterday that I had to cover for. Reckon she's not going to be grateful, but will try to make it my fault somehow to deflect attention away from her.
How do you function being such a farmer?
My Mac just changes things all the time.
Then let it all out at home, to share with my girlfriend.
Frankly, she's lucky to have me.
Which mainly involved being a nerd with gf.
But this week is going to be hell :( American website goes live, app goes into final testing, freelance stuff all has various projects hitting deadlines on Friday :'(
Shouldn't moan. Lots of good stuff. Just going to be a mega pile up for one week.
fair play to him for still doing it though
in the 90s he was ma$$ive
this is why kik is in london
Actually slept a full night for the first time in nearly a week :D
Got to give a talk to some students visiting my work today and then off on a dinner with some clients! This day makes me sound a lot more important than I actually am.
feel like i need something to look forward to. Looking forward to my 20 minutes of solitude walking to work in a bit of SUNNN but that doesn't count.
Birthday over, another year older and none the wiser.
Not looking forward much to Christmas
UPDATE: H-e-a-d-t-e-a-c-h-e-r called me in and spoke to me for about half hour about how great i am and how she thinks it's a good idea i look for a new job because even though she would love me to stay she knows i'm destined for greater things. WHICH IS NICE.
I was expecting to come into work to find an absolute shitstorm in my inbox, but all I have is an email reminding me I can get Office 2013 for £10. I think this is a good thing (the emails, not Office, I have that already)
spent the bus journey to work trying to come up with company names for when I am a high flying app developer (it could happen?) but my tactic of seeing things out the window and adding "soft" to the end wasn't successful, unless Fencesoft or Treesoft aren't taken.
I'm actually in a relatively decent mood today because i slept alright last night.
Pretty busy day ahead.
Watched that Toast of London last night for the first time, quite enjoyed it.
Got up early, got cold on the way in...um...let's see....oh yeah, just told everyone at work that I have a new job.
You finally got that Fridge Professor tenureship?
Woke up nice and early to get some grub before work but the traffic was so bad I had to shelf my dream of filling my face and only just made it here on time. Lovely day though, blue skies and a low lying but thick blanket of mist on the countryside on my way in. Finally got around to listening to dream river, it was a good fit.
Gonna attempt to continue a productive streak at work and probably fail. Oh well. Also, gotta find some hooks for the bathroom because the puff that's on the shower tray every morning is driving me crazy.
So hungry, should I go to the grease van?
so had to get an early train in, and had a wee snooze on it which is really not like me at all.
Spent hours last night trying to set up my new LawSoc smart card/ digital signature. Completely fucking hopeless (the softare but also maybe me a bit hopeless too) and I've just given up. they can send someone out to make it work on my computer or fine me, whatever, don't care.
MEH. thank goodness there is good fitba tonight.
Sending love to you.
I love this weather, cold enough to wear a winter coat but still sunny. It's lovely. I also have a collection of hats I can't wait to get out. I went to the cinema on my own for the first time to the Prince Of Wales around the corner from me. It was a quid because I'm a member. Lost In Translation. I've seen it before but I actually enjoyed watching it alone (perhaps because it is about being alone). I bought a glass of wine and spent a fiver in total. Going to do this again. I then went for a wander down to Trafalger Square and took some pictures. Amazing what is around us that we take for granted sometimes.
Also, if anyone wants to do a couple of volunteer shifts heading up to Christmas then you can register here for Crisis. They do some amazing work and there is nothing worse than being homeless at this time of year.
The prince of Wales is great. And yes, it's glorious out there at the moment, eh?
In order to do things, and I think the more you do things on your own the easier it gets.
No compromises either :)
^This is why I love London: there is always something interesting/beautiful to see if you look hard enough.
;) ---> safety wink
I used to be apprehensive of it but now I love it and would gladly take myself off to the cinema on my own!
Yea there's something really satisfying about it. I understand now why people get mad at me when I'm loud in a cinema, everyone seemed so loud.
for today is my Thursday! Can't you be happy for me just this once? Noah? NOOAAAHHH.
I snuggled up with the cat last night and although he annoyed the shit out of me, it was so lovely to have a cat in bed <3
tonight - first dinner with my new housemates. Excited!
I hope it works out for you, it's really nice having housemates around, especially during winter times when you can just put your pjs on and watch box sets and films.
Stroud Green. Its grand!
i've been offered a job stacking shelves in a supermarket (which i would totally do but it's at night and i'm worried it'll be bad for my mental health). i also feel bad accepting something knowing i am still in the application process for loads of other jobs and i would quit straight away for something better. still, i hate being unemployed and having no money. also worried that when i apply for 'better' jobs, they're gonna be like ew supermarkets gross. hate being ill and anxious ;(
I think employers would think the opposite tbh.
but my sister used to work in McD's and has had people say stuff to her in interviews. Personally I would see that someone was out working and be like yeah good, they're obviously hardworking. But at the same time, I know that some shitty employers would be like hmmm can't you be doing anything better. Like yeah I could but it doesn't necessarily pay. This job is more than the living wage... But yeah fuck them if they think it's not alright to be working in a supermarket. PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPUUUUUURE fuck them.
reject it as someone needs that job much more than you (in the sense that you'll get something mega awesome soon enough).
Obviously someone that decides to work is better, but it doesn't always translate to that in reality. It shouldn't put you off doing it though - if you do it, you've at least then got the choice of saying you've done it or just withholding that information when you're applying for something else.
Weirdly, I kind of enjoyed stacking shelves when I've done it. Same with cleaning jobs. Your body can do it almost on autopilot and so you're just left alone with your thoughts. In a perverse way, as long as people leave you alone I'd almost describe it as quite relaxing
gave me sleeping pills yesterday so freely and without question yesterday. Last time I had pills to last me 7 days and that was it because they're addictive. This doctor gave me 28 days worth. I hope they'll work.
I know you're all tv celebs or whatever but I'm disproportionately excited about this. ssp
Thing, his voice is just so soothing. He should do an insomniac app.
Got taken to one side by our little uns teacher this morning to talk about his behaviour. Feel really sad about it really. :(
so you can address the problem. Not a bad thing.
How old is he? 4? Can't be like he's the worst kid in the world ever. He hasn't killed anyone (we hope). Kids make mistakes.
Listen to the criticism, think it through, decide how to act, carry it through.
He's great, really funny but he can't help himself sometimes.
no-one ever thinks any worse of the child in these situations.
They just think much, much worse of you and your terrible parenting
that this is someone else's opinion, not that you should take it lightly of course.
they're absolutely right
hard to describe the smoking wreckage of a burnt down school block as an opinion. Might have only been one weeping person pointing towards it though, I guess
(maybe I should have listened to Brian Cox) so I am a zombie today and was an hour + early for work, as well as having time to cook a breakfast this morning.
Finishing work at 4 to go to Top Golf for a work team building thing, so that's nice.
on twitter. After his posts people are replying with 'PARKLIFE!'.
"It's weird how highly paid, privately educated journalists who work for the corporate media attack my book Revolution."
just made me cry in front of a packed waiting room :(
I was saying I found the booking process confusing and that I found it much easier when you could book an appointment in advance as I don't like the anxiety of having to show up and be on standby (as far as I can gather their process is now turn up at 8.30am in person and get an appointment. Or show up before 11am to get an appointment to come back at 11am and get a first come first served appointment which you have to queue for). I wasn't at all aggressive or rude or even irate. But she started being really weird and defensive an saying I'm VERY WELCOME TO REGISTER AT ANOTHER PRACTICE IF I DON'T LIKE IT HERE. also pure shouted my first name back so everyone could hear it. I'm definitely moving surgery but I'm quite upset about it all. I like the GP that I've been seeing recently and he actually understands anxiety disorder and is sympathetic. Gonna have to move somewhere new to a doctor I don't know just cause this place is badly managed. Just needed to get my prescription :(
Or speak English as a second language and they seem to just shout at them in the most patronising way possible and treat them like small children. Can't imagine how fucking shit it must be having people treat you like a moron everywhere you go.
but the hospital can't tell me if they've got my test results from over a month ago and now the doctor leading on it is away on leave. So confusing and stressful.
i'm still waiting on results of a test from four months ago, and another from three months ago. the results would have direct effects on my treatment and medication. there's a possibility i'll get them next month but the likelihood is now that i won't get them until february because i don't see my consultant as often as i should because her clinic is always too busy. so rubbish why can't you tell me or get in touch with my gp who could then tell me.
I love the NHS but the needs of patients with long term or chronic conditions aren't being prioritised enough (in England or Scotland). I have a fairly manageable health problem at the moment but I need easy access to a GP as an absolute minimum.
yeah. on average i think it takes me two weeks to get an appointment with my gp. my clinic recommends getting in touch with my gp before reaching out to a specialist nurse or consultant's secretary, even if it's something they are trained in and specialised to deal with which is just ridiculous because of the time it takes, and normally he ends up getting in touch with them for me.
i'm lucky in that i've had the same gp all of my life and now i feel like he trusts me to know what my own needs are with regards to multiple chronic conditions. i still think things should be better and some form of care (maybe not a gp, maybe a specialist, accessible team) should be prioritised for patients with regards to managing them - like there was a period of my life where my doctor said that if i couldn't get an appointment within a week to just go to a&e.
often when i do see him he tries to get me to make a repeat appointment in a month 'just in case' because he believes someone should really be monitoring my conditions (the hospital used to see me every six weeks but now i'm not on iv/nurse administered injections it's less, supposed to be every eight to ten, except they've postponed any appointments until february because i have more tests in december and they want to 'wait until the results are definitely in' before seeing me again).
this is ramble-y and probably doesn't make much sense but i feel discouraged from accessing the help that i'm being told i have a right to and should be accessing because often it's with regards to chronic conditions and not one temporary thing that needs attention.
often when i have an infection and i can't get an appointment right away, when i do see my gp he's angry that i haven't come in sooner because for me infections have the ability to progress to something much more serious but there's genuinely nothing i can do i just have to try again like everyone else. argh
i think it's so important that people like you get listened to about your experiences of services and i wish there were better outlets for it.
Is there no way you can make an appointment specifically with a GP? I thought they had to offer that as an option, but it was just the waiting time would be longer. If you could have a word with the doctor and maybe make them aware of what happened and that it wasn't very professional of the receptionist, especially considering what you were there for, could it maybe get sorted? I'm not sure if there is actually a third party for complaints of that nature.
My doctors surgery has a similar system where you have to call up or go in at 8:30 and hope you can get an appointment for that day and if they're full already, then tough shit. Also the secretaries try and basically diagnose you and whether you 'need' to come in or whether you can just have a call back from the doctor - all a load of BS. If you book to see a specific GP it takes like 8-10 days to get an appointment :(
unless its with the nurse or for a specific clinic (sexual health testing, vaccinations etc). I literally just don't think they've thought through how badly their processes have impacted on their patients. Especially people with mental health conditions (which is lots of us). I think I'm just going to move practice and write a letter explaining why (with the aim of providing constructive feedback rather than just criticism for the sake of it). It's the appointment system but also just the way this member of staff spoke to me was really unpleasant. Like the most passive aggressive thing ive ever heard. Like the sort of tone you adopt when someone is being genuinely unreasonable and rude and you need to remain 'professional'. It's just so fake and makes me almost feel like I'm making unreasonable demands on the service (when I know objectively I am really not...) I don't blame people, I know the pressure they're under to be fake at work for 'customer service' but it is really such a load of bullshit.
Just saw my GP and he is so supportive and knowledgeable. Wish I could take him with me.
It is good that you can let them know but it's horrible you have to switch surgeries to do so.
Doctor's surgery receptionists are really horrible sometimes. I know that they will have to deal with difficult people sometimes, and there will be people who don't need to be there and they are under pressure etc, but there are people there who do also need support and help and they are the first point of contact and everything. :(
Me and my gf were accidentally unregistered by our surgery when we moved house a few months ago - the receptionist made my gf burst into tears in the queue by implying she was stupid and should have remembered un-registering, then told her that the appointment she'd made was cancelled and she'd have to re-register and wait another week before making a new one.
We had to ring up and complain to the practice manager before getting any kind of apology and the receptionist never apologised at all, but I swear she still looks at us with disdain whenever we go back in.
I had a brilliant experience with an unspeakably rude GP’s receptionist recently when we were registering our daughter. She looked through all the forms, looked me up and down and said “oh, so you just couldn’t be bothered filling in previous address and previous GP then?” so I got to reply “well, she’s only ten days old, so do you want me to write “her mother’s womb” in there or do you need something more specific?”.
She actually apologised for being rude. (Needless to say I had the last laugh, etc.)
do I booze yes / no
trying to be a wee bit more profesh tho. ah well...
I had a V disappointing sadwich.
fuck off everything
Today is the day that my young person's rail card expires. It's made me mildly sad. Mainly because trains are expensive but it's also deemed me as not a young person any more and forced me to reflect on my achievments and such. Weary day.
Not a coincedence. Start having a little cry about people using self service machines wrong and you'll be well into our welcoming bosom.
They hold up the queuuuueee :'(