Had an excellent night’s sleep for the first time in days (nights?) last night after a really nice evening with Phil and his sister Sue. That said, things started off badly, due to my tardiness and tiredness, but by the time Sue arrived everything was heading back towards normality and my guilty/emotional/over-tired tears were dry. And I was the proud owner of a Richer Sounds brochure…. DVD player or VCR? What should I go for…..?
Japanese crispy shelled peanuts (I must find out the technical term for them) and olives from Phil’s corner store set us off on the right track, and our chef got to work on a scrummy risotto courtesy of Nigel Slater as Sue told us all about her holiday to the Falkland Islands – penguins penguins and more penguins. Plus a few sheep and people for good measure.
Indulged in a TV dinner, watching Celebrity Big Brother for the first time, and celebrating the votes for Anne Diamond. Finished off the evening with a videoed episode of Buffy – one of the weird info-filling ones where the episode’s plot is sacrificed to the greater series storyline.
I’m sitting in the library writing up my idiot’s guide to setting up and running an email newsletter. Usually it’s as quiet as the grave up here, but there’s a trainee receiving a refresher course on doing company research…. which is a bit distracting 🙁 so I’m taking time out to check my email, catch up on some Sparkly Trainering – and to sit up straighter. I’ve been getting twinges in my back over the past few weeks, and sometimes I’m conscious that I’m walking strangely to avoid putting any pressure on the pain points. Not A Good Thing. So I’m trying to get into good posture habits.
Ooooh – refresher’s finished!! and she’s leaving lamenting the fact that she worked to midnight last night and did an all nighter on Friday and tonight’s looking like it might be the same. Lawyers are so crap at project management; managing their time and their tasks, their client’s expectations and their own team. It’s always a mad last minute panic, when really they are well placed to manage the whole deal and to determine the timeframes and timescales. And to kick ass when people don’t deliver on time. Instead they let themselves be victims, working all hours to meet other people’s deadlines. I guess it makes them feel needed, and thus important. I don’t miss it at all.
And here endeth today’s stream of consciousness!