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landlord rant [Dec. 4th, 2006|10:30 am]
[Current Mood |angrycrabby]

you'd think that after 2 and a half months, 4 frikkin visits and two different plumbers, you'd be able to stop water leaking into the flat below everytime anyone has a bath.

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In the meme time (sorry.) [Mar. 24th, 2006|10:58 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18 and find line 4

“Political by birth rather than by nature, he reviewed the revolution which had restored his Party to power with a detachment not devoid of humour.” (The Forsyte Saga – Volume 2 by John Galsworthy)

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what do you find?

1 plain chocolate digestive left in the bottom of the packet – bit too early for it.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

I was watching Angel on DVD last night but the last TV programme was probably Deal Or No Deal at 122 on Monday. It was intensive viewing :P

4. Without looking, guess what time it is


5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?

10.28am – the workday isn’t going as fast as I’d like. But I also haven’t done any work yet…

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

Work people chatting; radio 1 very faintly in the background.

The Candidate Management team behind me relentlessly keeping their cool while doing telephone interviews with inane people who want sales jobs in Asda: “So, why do you want to work from an Asda store?” yes, why?!!!

7. When did you last step outside?

When I stepped out of the house this morning to go to work – about quarter past eight.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?

A blog for social workers, where I found and lifted this survey. I’m trying to find real-life experiences of social workers to turn into adverts. Yep, doing this survey is infinitely more fun.

9. What are you wearing?

Slightly ripped jeans from River Island. A dark green Espirit top I bought in France last year – it has various beads and lace patches sewn onto it and lace-up sides. I’ve received lots of complimentary comments from workmates about it today, even though I’m sure I’ve worn it before. Oh, and my Gola shoes - black with an orange/yellow sunrise :D

10. Did you dream last night?

I think so, although I can’t remember anything apart from a fuzzy haze.

11. When did you last laugh?

I got some Blues jokes this morning which were quite funny. Also a txt from Scott last night was fairly amusing.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?

Framed adverts – some of them are mine which is kinda cool…

13. Seen anything weird lately?

Naked Lunch was about the weirdest – didn’t understand that film at all.

14. What do you think of this quiz?

It’s a fun way to pass the time and avoid getting down to the proper shit needing to be done today.

15. What is the last film you saw?

City of God last Monday – beautiful, intense and violent.

16. If you turned into a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

A round the world ticket – I’d be outta here like a shot. There’s so many places to see and cultures to experience.

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.

I’m not sure what you don’t know. There’s lots of things like the fact that my first gig was Therapy? When I was 19, I morris danced in junior school, I'm quite messy at home but a real neat-freak Monica everywhere else, I don't think I could live without cheese even though I have a slight allergy to it and my favourite word is random.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt and politics, what would you do?

Intolerance and ignorance – people should live and let live. Everyone’s different; just accept it.

19. Do you like to Dance?

Hell yes. There’s nothing like being in tune with your favourite songs.

20. George Bush.

Wrong in so many ways.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

Not sure cos I can't imagine having kids anytime soon. Saying that, Amelia’s kinda nice.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what would you call him?

I’ve always liked the name Keiran.

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?

Yes. My plan is to live in New York for a while. Not sure when but I’d really like to spend some serious time there.

24. What would you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?

At least you had the guts to do things your way.

25. 4 people who must also do this theme</B? Anyone who wants to give me something good to read this afternoon. Please! Otherwise it’s back to the fascinating world of Social Work anecdotes…
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The retelling of an interview situation skewed by reading too much Hunter S. Thompson in the bath [Mar. 6th, 2006|02:17 pm]
[Current Mood |coldchilly in the office]
[Current Music |The Future Soundrack for America]

“So. Tell me what you do?”

I was stumped. How do I even begin to answer? How much detail did this guy want anyway? I could tell he wouldn’t be impressed with cake baking and turning a hand at ironing a shirt every once in a while so I decided to cut to the chase:

“I have a portfolio.”

So, right there in the building of a farmhouse in the middle of Nowheresville, Coventry, I showed him what I was made of.

Half an hour earlier, I was in the back of a black cab, careering down the A45 on a Wednesday morning. It was 9.11am; nineteen minutes ‘til I had to see a guy that was described by the recruitment wacks as Jack Nicholson eyebrows and a face that’s seen the best and worst this industry offers. Coming face to face with him in the sun-ripened flesh, I could see what she meant. He was abrupt in every way; style of speech was just one part.

“It’s not your fault but it’s a bit limited,” he said.

Limited. Condemned by the self-made prison that had been supporting my lifestyle over the last two years.

Recruitment advertising hell. Another catch 22 situation; I can’t get out because my portfolio’s limited and I can’t expand my scope of work ‘til I get out.

“We’ll let you know next week.”

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my funny (and, frankly, bizarre) valentine meme: [Feb. 10th, 2006|11:28 am]
[Current Mood |chipperleaving-work-early yippyness!]
[Current Music |Jenny Lewis et les Twins Watson]

Dear Cupid,

This year, I've had my ups and downs in the love department.

I was picked up at the mall by Dandy-assassin but it was only because they wanted me to buy them dinner.
Von-pud gave me a flower but told me 'don’t feel too good, it was free'.
I went to the movies with Bensonpops and they tried to do the whole yawn and arm around the shoulder bit.

So, as you can see, it's been a hectic year. Can you please make Bensonpops fall in love with me this Valentine's day?


Take this Quiz at QuizGalaxy.com
( or, take the 'adult' version at QuizUniverse.com )
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I got tagged by Kittene [Jan. 17th, 2006|09:28 am]
[Current Mood |boredbland work mode]
[Current Music |Tom Waits - All the World is Green]

Five snacks I enjoy:

1. Maltesers
2. Coconut Macarooons
3. Toast and honey
4. Dunkable biscuits
5. Starbucks caramel waffles

Five songs to which I know all the lyrics:

1. First Day of my Life - Bright Eyes
2. Daft Punk is Playing at my House - LCD Soundsystem
3. Krack - Soulwax
4. Bohemiam Rhapsody - Queen (I don't even like Queen much but I think everyone knows the lyrics to this...)
5. Love Cats - The Cure (it's the 'sing when you're swinging' song of choice. I could explain what that means, but then I'd have to kill you ;p )

Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Go travelling to many different and cool places around the world
2. Move to New York for a bit
3. Catch up on all the music and films I've ever wanted to hear/see
4. er...
5. It's never been my ambition to have money - I've never wanted to be rich so I've run out of answers, sorry!

Five bad habits:

1. Scratching - not good for my eczema
2. Listening to my paranoia
3. Losing motivation very quickly - I waste so much of my time cos of this
4. Not listening to people sometimes
5. Yawning - I do yawn loads, I don't know why and I think it's very rude. Think I can teach myself not to?

Five things I like doing:

1. Getting lost in good books
2. Going to gigs and chilling out to good music
3. Having deep conversations with people - and stupid ones, sometimes
4. Cooking, although I've getting out of practice lately
5. Dancing although less so than I used to :(

Five things I would never wear, buy or get new again:

1. Gypsy-style skirts. I used to have a black one which was sooooo not flattering
2. Black everything - don't think it suits me, I much prefer reds and earthy colours now
3. Baggy flared jeans - except for when I'm decorating, maybe
4. Platform buffaloes - they made my feet look heawwge
5. Probably that skirt that I bought from TK Maxx last week - WAY too short, what was I thinking?!!!

Five favorite toys:

1. My laptop - it's wee-small and full of entertaining things to do
2. Mini iPod - hours of pleasure ;p
3. Penfold stuffed toy - crumbs, chief!
4. My mobile - texting is so not a grown-up thing to do but lots of fun
5. My trampette - jumping up and down like you used to do on your bed yet it's exercise, too

Five people to tag:
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never get involved in a land dispute in Israel [Dec. 23rd, 2005|12:06 pm]
Inconceivable! You scored 77!
A decent score, but you can do better. You may not have studied swordplay for 20 years, or watchied the movie 20 times, but you have seen and appreciated it, probably more than once. You are familiar with the basics but you need to work on the finer points (pun intended.) Watch it a few more times and try again.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 48% on pbpoints
Link: The Princess Bride trivia Test written by spiceymonkey on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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BOOOOOOSSSSHHHHH!!!!!! [Dec. 2nd, 2005|03:20 pm]
[Current Mood |surprisedcraving chocolate...]

You are Vince Noir!

Rock and Roll Star! So good-looking that monkeys
want your face, and so cool that everyone wants
to be you. Admirer of Colobos the Crab and
connoisseur of the bizarre pleasures in life.
Rock on!

Which Mighty Boosh Character Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

PS: will update something other than quizzes soon, but only after I've listened to my Gary Numan compilation cassettes volumes 1-50 ^_~
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It's still only 4 o'clock???!!! [Aug. 5th, 2005|04:02 pm]
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |tinny radio noises]

How do you stop the afternoon ticking on one painful minute after another? Well – this is what I did. I started off just writing the beginning to any story –the first words to enter my head. Then I thought I’d be interesting to make it kind of Choose Your Own Adventure style…

So, read the start of the story and let me know which of the choices you want to go with at the end and I’ll carry on writing it on Monday when I return to this desk and start clock-watching again.

Have a good weekend xxx

Where do you start?
How do you even begin to explain?!

Anyone half-decent would think you were crazy. A week ago you’d think you were crazy.

But that was a week ago – you were a different person then.

We all were.

A week ago, you were worried about whether it was your turn to get the pay rise – whether being late 3 days out of 5 really made a difference. A week ago, the news about fuel tax prices was enough to make you angry. A few pence per litre was enough to put you in a ranting rage for three hours or more as you slowly wound your way along the M42 to another pointless meeting in another pointless town.

Where were they now? Those faceless middle managers; those nameless HR ‘generalists’ that were so concerned about whether a picture of lemons really said enough about what their company stands for. You don’t know if it stands at all anymore – you haven’t heard. You’d swear your ears were no longer working with the silence that has descended over your world. If it wasn’t for the guttural, ethereal noises that intermittently pierced the silence, anyway.

So, what now? You can’t go home – it’s not for you.
You can’t turn to anyone – who can help you?
You can’t end it – you don’t know how to.

Just as the darkness and solitude start to envelop you like a cloak and you get ready to descend into the spiral of oblivion you know you must ultimately face, a cone of light stabs through the night and scans across the undergrowth, getting ever stronger and closer. Shielding your eyes from the alien illumination, you see another cone of light parallel to the first one, tracing back to the large, dark hulk of a car that’s slowly winding it’s way towards you.

The sight seems so unnatural given the state of things. What it’s doing here is anyone’s guess – what could the driver be thinking?! As much as you want to yank the driver out of the car and give them a hard slap just for sheer stupidity, getting angry won’t change the situation – you’re going to have to deal with this, and none of your options seem appealing right now:

1 Hide from the car till it passes
2 Flag it down and risk facing whoever’s inside?
3 Make sure the car stops permanently – it’s unlikely, but they could be the ones responsible for all this.

Well? Answers in the comments box and I’ll go with the most popular option…
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Ignorance is fucking intolerable [Aug. 5th, 2005|08:14 am]
[Current Mood |infuriatedinfuriated]
[Current Music |Radio 4 - Today Show]

Quote just heard on the radio from a news story interviewing local people in Peterborough:

"I don't mind coloureds so much but it's the Pakistanis. There's too many of them - they're wrecking out country."

Wrecking our country?!!!

By working 5 days a week, paying my taxes and supporting the economy I'm wrecking the country?!

By having a career in which I promote jobs, encourage people to develop their skills and positively effect employment numbers, I'm wrecking this country?!!!

If there's one thing I can't fucking stand it's ignorance. There's no excuse for it and to hear that attitudes like this are still rife in so many parts of the country is not only upsetting but really disappointing.

Unfortunately I'm not so sure mass society will share my outrage just at the moment. In a climate where an entire ethnic group is being singled out for the actions of a few nutters, will most people really notice the long-term implications of associating these actions with a group of people who don't condone them or agree in any way with their views?

And - not that this is an excuse to single out another group for blame because nutters can come from anywhere - it's interesting to hear that at least one of the London bombers was from Jamaica. But as we all know, facts are relatively meaningless when perception can be spun into anything the media and government want.

Does anyone see what's going on or will it largely go unnoticed until it affects you personally. Until the day you find you can't buy a kebab at 2.30 on a Friday night because the hard-working Pakinstani who's served you every week without fail gets kicked out of England because he's "wrecking our country."
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london yesterday [Jul. 8th, 2005|01:47 pm]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Everyone's saying "I knew something like this would happen"

I don't get it. It wouldn't even cross my mind to think that this would be a "when rather than an if" as someone said yesterday (Ian Blair, Chief Comissioner of the police, i think).

Call it naivety if you will, but events like this are as unpredictable as the motives behind them - i don't see how you can be prepared for it. I certainly wasn't thinking that there might be an attack any day now, if ever. My personal opinion is that to think like this, you're letting fear of the unknown influence you. And i'm not going to be ruled by fear or intimidation.

So I'm still going to London on Monday to see Bright Eyes. I've got friends and family in London (thankfully all safe and well) who are getting on with life and seeing the positive. I'm taking my cue from them.
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