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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

My jumper smells of burning.

So much to write.. but for now, look at the photos here.

posted by Claire @ 3/28/2006 03:06:00 pm | 2 comments | links

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jay Z looks like a fish... like a giant rapping pike

Well, the hour cometh! Almost done with work, just a conference to get thru tomorrow.


posted by Claire @ 3/07/2006 04:29:00 pm | 0 comments | links

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Friday, March 03, 2006

That looks a lot like a fishcake.

Friday again. It's been a long week. That is usually what I would say on a Friday, but it's inexplicably true this week especially. Time always seems to pass more slowly when you are hotly anticipating something, I guess.

The weekend is stretching out in front of me and for once I have NOTHING planned. At least, I don't think I do anyway. I suppose I should really do something worthwhile, save a few otters or something, but in reality, I will probably spend it sitting on the sofa, spending quality time with Sky and the newly-rediscovered Gameboy Advance.

It snowed today! But sadly, it's all melted now, booooo.

posted by Claire @ 3/03/2006 05:40:00 pm | 2 comments | links

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

I... really... don't want to die underground.

I have remembered what I want for my birthday, people, so stop searching!

A fish eye camera!

No bath salts please. Only 9 days to order, hurry!

posted by Claire @ 3/02/2006 07:33:00 pm | 0 comments | links

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I've been reading Camus. He's a kind of soft cheese.

Whoop! As Jo says.

A girl at work came down earlier and we were discussing the newly reinforced dress code and she casually mentioned that there is a Gap store at an outlet village not a million miles away from Glasgow which sells Old Navy stuff! To say this is exciting news is a mild understatement. An expedition will be required upon my return.

posted by Claire @ 3/02/2006 04:57:00 pm | 0 comments | links

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A brontosaurus could kill a stegasaurus... easily.

I've had a wee bit of a spring clean. Renamed some old posts, put a new foty up. Prize for the first person to get where the post names come from!

Flight tickets arrived this morning - only 6 days til take off! Still feels like a million years away. Really looking forwards to no work for 2.5 weeks! Got a course to go on the day before we go, so really an extra day off I suppose. It will feel like that anyway. We are now going to Tijuana for the afternoon. I've heard that an afternoon is enough, perhaps my American friends can guide me on that further.

Has been a bit of an odd day. Both my assistants are off today, one supposed to be, the other off sick (ahem). So I have been marooned here on domain island by myself and I have actually quite enjoyed the solitude. Takes me back to when I used to be a one-(wo)man band back in the day. Back to normal tomorrow though. I am sure I would get fed up with it after a while though. Have been enjoying sitting here plugged in to my MP3 player though and only coming out to answer questions from the support guys.

Tonight is my last night at Japanese class - can't believe I am almost finished. I am supposed to be able to hold my own in a conversation with a Japanese person now, but unless they were speaking v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y as if to, say, a complete idiot, then I would have no chance. When I was in Thailand last year, I was sat near a Japanese tour group and recognised the grand total of one word. Then again, I am not sure they would have been talking about buying a camera or where the hospital is with all those Buddhas around to look at.

There seems like so much to do! Learn Japanese, start going to tap class again, sign up for a sewing class, and Jo and me are going to Stockholm for a weekend for her birthday next month. I have wanted to visit Sweden for years - I even started teaching myself to speak Swedish at one stage. I can still remember a few bits, including the very handy "tack" which means both please and thank you - gotta love those multi-functional Swedes.

posted by Claire @ 3/02/2006 04:48:00 pm | 0 comments | links

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My pastie was alright... a bit squashed, but alright.

As lefty says, why, why did I bother with a travel agent? well, because it was a good deal. It still is a good deal, but just they have cheesed me off a bit. I will know next time. they are still dullards, but it is going to be a GREAT holiday. I know it.

This weekend I went to a recruitment fair at the Exhibition Centre to help man the stand for work. Whilst it had the capacity to be quite an eventful day, in reality, it was fairly dull. A lot of people getting confused with the company name and thinking we are a recruitment agency and a lot of people who were more interested in the free pen than the chance of gaining employment with a dynamic, exciting company.

It amazed me that so many people came to this event dressed as though they were heading for a hot date with their sofa and a pizza. Surely if you are attending an event with the intention of schmoozing potential employers and trying to get a job, then you would make the effort to wear
appropriate clothing? Why would you turn up looking like you have been living in a skip for 6 months? Or not wash?

Anyway, after an exhausting day of standing around with people I don't really know and talking to people I had no desire to employ, some well-deserved retail therapy was required. The only thing that can save me now is shoes, I thought. But it wasn't to be. It must be a sign from the
retail gods for me to wait til I get to Old Navy. Old Navy is my favourite shop in the entire world. I hope it does not fail me. The website promises things of greatness.

Saturday night we went out to dinner in Milngavie - ooh la de da. We went to Classic India which I would recommend. The staff are very accommodating and polite and always eager to please. The food is great and plentiful and the prices are very reasonable. It was pretty quiet for a Saturday evening, but was a lovely evening nonetheless.

Yesterday was Aleks' birthday, so we met Andrew and Aleks and went out for lunch with my Dad in Paisley. It was a nice afternoon and afterwards went in pursuit of retail therapy again, this time with books. Was more successful this time. I love books. I am reading (sneakily, as it's not my birthday yet) a book about a man who reads the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica. It's very witty and educational. I am up to the Us already. I have had to actually hide books in work lately to stop myself from reading them before our holiday. I plan to read all the way across the Atlantic. Which might be a bit boring for Lee - but then I can force him to learn Japanese with me - I have bought flash cards.

Our mould problem in the bedroom continues. I know have some horrible, ugly chesty coldy flu thing brought on no doubt by breathing in the spores that torment me from behind my nightstand. I can smell it and feel the moisture and it is pretty gruesome. We have invested in a dehumidifer to tackle the offending organisms. And then we can paint it again and hopefully we can pretend it never happened. Lee bought some skooshy stuff to
pply to the wall which we should not touch, look at, or get in our hair or in the water supply. So, people of Maryhill, I apologise in advance if any of you are inadvertantly are poisoned by our mould-relieving treatment.

The news today is full of the "arctic conditions" sweeping the nation. No, not the Arctic Monkeys for a change - the sub-zero temperatures, several foot deep snow drifts and schools and roads closed. The sun is splitting the sky here like it hasn't done for a long time, there's not a hint of a breeze and it's actually not that cold here in Glasgow. I am gutted. Snow is my most favourite weather ever. I am muy jealous of a workmate's snowboarding trip last week - I saw the photos and wanted to poke him in the eye. Which makes me wonder why we are heading for the sunshine-laden shores of California again and not a snowy mountain somewhere...

posted by Claire @ 3/01/2006 02:41:00 pm | 1 comments | links

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