tinyjo: (relaxing)
  • Radiator in my study fixed
  • New Roomba battery ordered
  • 1.5tb drive for Fry ordered
  • New futon cushion for our sofa ordered
  • Bin for compostables bought (to replace series of random skanky plastic containers) and lined with biodegradable rubbish bag
  • Removed out of date anti-virus and replaced it with free in-date one from Alex's work (great workplace perk!)
  • Xmas pressies for Dad purchased
  • Xmas pressies for brother purchased
  • Xmas pressies for sister-in-law purchased
  • Part of Xmas pressies for Mum purchased
  • OU course for next year picked out (along with about 6 others I don't have time for!) but heroically not signed up for yet to allow people to buy me OU vouchers for Xmas if they want.
  • Amazon wish list updated to facilitate purchase of Xmas pressies for me by other people.
  • Lampshade for our bedroom purchased and installed
  • New, brighter bulb for living room lamp purchased and installed


Seriously, that first one makes me so happy! With a bit of help from the internet and Alex, all it needed was unscrewing the thermostat, some WD40 on the pin and a little bit of firm pressure to release it and now I am warm in the cat cave again! Lots of these look like really small things but are actually little jobs that I have just not been getting around to for ages and ages and ages so it's really pleasing to have actually got them done.

The OU website is so addictive! I spent about an hour planning out qualifications I could take. I want to take enough second year courses to fill the requirements for 2 degrees! Still, one step at a time, so I'm going for a first year philosophy course which looks really interesting and doesn't involve an exam to get myself back into it. I also spent a certain amout of time being very amused how many of the shows I remember from my childhood can now be bought as complete sets from Amazon. I guess the nostalgia market is alive and well. Have added the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD to my wish list :)
tinyjo: (Default)
Wow, you can tell I'm tonnes better, because this weekend I have

- taken down the Xmas tree
- tidied up the tech room
- tidied up the living room
- tidied up the walk in wardrobe
- cooked, twice
- done some planning for next week
- got up to pretty much where I was before on Guitar Hero III hard (from scratch to Cliffs of Dover done).
- finished watching Stargate season 8 on DVD
- touched Scrapbook support requests
- checked support@ in case there was anything there I should handle

I still have sniffles and a cough, but I have energy again to do stuff. I haven't got this much done since before Christmas!
tinyjo: (Default)
Failed to get out and be sociable again last night. I think my body is avoiding getting a cold by means of using up all my energy much earlier in the day than usual and then suddenly saying "Right, that's it, now you must slump." Poor Alex - I have to send him out to be sociable without me. On the plus side, I don't seem to be getting the cold. Very slight bunged-up-ness in that pre-cold sort of way, but that's it.

Things to do by the end of half term
  • Make policy post to LJ support for SB.
  • Think of something nice to do for all the vols who are actually doing the SB work right now!
  • Any outstanding reviews
  • Any outstanding support@
  • Actually make about 5 posts to [livejournal.com profile] back_to_skool that my evidence file claims I have made. Conveniently backdate.
  • Some reading for science assignment
  • Some reading for maths assignment
  • Go through training materials and make list of outstanding tasks for next term


Also, I would like to note at this point that the Primary Science Review sucks for apparently not being fully available online. Do I look like I have time to mooch around in the library doing photocopying? No, nor the inclination. Must find out if I can use the Brookes library, actually - might be useful.
tinyjo: (candle trail)
Having a slightly odd work day today. Lots of odd tasks getting in the way of me starting on one of my bigger projects. I've started another task management kick (in my constant search for a system which will prevent me from letting small tasks slip through the cracks) and am currently quite liking Remember the Milk, which is easy on the eye and seems to work nicely (although I would like the ability to add dependancies). It also works if you set it as your desktop wallpaper using Windows Active Desktop, which I tried for a bit as one of the other ones I used made it a feature but although it's quite neat, I ended up actually preferring it in a browser window with my other admin type tabs (mail, calendar).

Yesterday was parcel-o-rama day here at the office. 2 delivered to me en-route to other people ([livejournal.com profile] art_geek, I've got your uniform), my thermos and new headphones from Amazon and finally, my sekrit bunneh present! Awesome, bunneh! I gotz Oggz :) They're a little washed out in the strong lighting here but still lovely - I'll be posting a picture. I might rig up a little paper shelter for them - that's sure to get funny looks from my collegues!
tinyjo: (webdesigner - chez geek)
I think this weekend is going to be an "in front of computer" weekend. I really must get Opal for Scrapbook sorted out as promised and write up some Scrapbook known issues for support training. Also, first draft of the essay for this course and decision about next OU course. I am not going to get distracted into tidying the tech room, no, I am going to do these things. And cancel the Sky box subscription.
tinyjo: (down in the dumps)
Was tempted to count my post in [livejournal.com profile] privchange as today's post, but I think that would definitely be cheating :)

Some progress has been made on the list of things I am committed to doing but it will still be roughly the same length as I have remembered some other things I must do that weren't on there (e.g. get car serviced). Ah well, such is the way of these things.

In a bad omen for the week to come, I have managed to lose all this mornings work in a computer crash (fortunately, I think I can remember most of it) and I have laddered my tights. On the plus side though, I have warmed up considerably since remembering that I have my fingerless gloves in my desk drawer.
tinyjo: (Default)
Well, I got in touch with a couple of architects today to set the ball rolling on our possible extension (yes, Mum, you can start squeeing now :) ), which is very exciting. And I contacted 2 people about floorboard restoration yesterday.

what floorboards? )

But I digress. Anyway. The point is that the New Year seems to have put me into a kind of spring cleaning mode and things which I've been meaning to do for quite a bit have started to get done again. Unfortunatly, I let my list kind of pile up in December so there's quite a bit of stuff that I've either started or definitely committed to do which needs to get done:

  • Opal for Scrapbook - this was [livejournal.com profile] camomiletea's treat for halloween so I really ought to pull my finger out!
  • Brownie planning for this term (arranged for next Weds)
  • Bills for Jan (really must do this tonight!)
  • Cancel Sky subscription (this really ought to be easy!)
  • Review finances re. extension project. Start making plans to move/re mortgage (to get good rate again).
  • 2 more gifts for sekrit bunneh (should be easy - just have to remember to take posting time into account)
  • Read chap 5 of course book. Decide which essay to do for second OU assignment.
  • Do Brownies accounts for last term. Pay last terms rent. Call parents of Brownies we have places for now.
  • Shop for Xmas coat with Alex
  • Collect or arrange for visitor to bring chest of drawers for bedroom from Norfolk


I've been thinking about making one of those coloured timetable thingies assigning each of my evenings to one of my different project (Brownies, Support, house, etc) but actually, that's just a way for me to procrastinate and I wouldn't stick to it anyway - I wouldn't manage anything rigid. I do need to spread my energy better though - I tend to get all involved in one area and let the others tread water. Perhaps just try to make sure each area with pending tasks gets one evening in my week where I spend a little time on it.
tinyjo: (who's a rock star?)
I haven't actually written a proper what I've been up to entry since ... looks back ... last Monday, by the look of things, so for the benefit of posterity, here are the highlights in +/- form

the details )

So, on balance, I make that +2. So that's OK :)
tinyjo: (froggie)
A nice quiet evening in coming up this evening, which is nice. I can get computery things done. Work are blocking community.blah sites atm, which is rather restricting my ability to comment to people or reply to comments I get while here.

* Test out dance mat (we got dance mats for the PS2! But apparently the game they come with is not good - [livejournal.com profile] sparkymark, can you bring others on Friday?)
* Tesco order
* Hoover downstairs - get rid of remains of festival!
* Write something about Truck, Temeraire, stuff, plans
* Do review
* Write post for support_sb re training plans
* Write post for support_sb re tagging, etc for supporthelps (eee! I have multiple supporthelps now!)
* Comment in supportlounge, somewhere else
* De green
* Answer 5 styles requests
* Monthly paperwork/banking
* Read book from Jenni (the Jade Throne? Anyway, the 2nd Temeraire book)

I may possibly even also cook this evening as a glance outside the window suggests that it's not insanely hot and I am kind of craving pasta after having nothing but tomatoes and sandwiches for a while. It's been too hot even for me to want to eat hot food but now, I see clouds and I'm thinking maybe. On the other hand, maybe I'll get home and it'll be stifling and I won't fancy it.

Also, for people, having or about to have birthdays, sorry, I seem to be very uninspired at the moment :(
tinyjo: (jasmine)
Updates eh. Stuff happens to me, but somehow I don't write about them. Recent happenings include:

* Visit from parents last weekend. Spur of the moment plan to get together to watch the Wimbledon finals at my place. Dad bought champagne and we had that with strawberries and cream. It was a really nice weekend actually.

* Chat with my boss at work resulting in promise of bonus for me at end of quarter! w00t!

* General announce by my boss that we're moving to another room where I will be able to sit with my screen facing the wall. Also yay.

* Failing to find any trace of my old address book that I thought I had backed up before my harddrive died last year and consequent failure to pass it to Caption folks :(

* Rediscovered a short play I wrote when in my first year. Not terrible, actually, but not actually what one would call good.

* Feelin' good about that whole SB admin thing. The last month or so, I've really felt like I had it under control. Now I need to kick some of my training projects up a gear.

* Visit to Beanwood with Brownies where the girls were all really well behaved and then visit to cricket match/party with Sadie. As last year, watched penultimate Dr Who ep and was unimpressed. Also enrolled 4 new Brownies. As of September Brownies will be all girls we've enrolled, which seems kind of cool.

* Girls night. Fantastic. Booze and talk and much good cheer and good companionship.

* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest. Not as good as the first one. Too much plot, too much drama, not enough fun.

* Macbeth on Headington Hill: Not too bad. Didn't like the witches at all. Good MacBeth. Lady M started over the top but got much better.
tinyjo: (music/immersion)
Yay! I'm knackered but I have reduced the level of house related chaos again! I have:

* finished off the curtains in the living room (extra hooks, securing ends)
* painted the final windowsills (except for final coat)
* fixed shelf unit in cupboard below sink in bathroom
* all filing
* tidied up living room (aggressively. There is NO crap in here now! Yay!)
* swept & hoovered living room
* fixed full length mirror to dressing room door (instead of on stand in dressing room - took up too much space)
* swept bathroom and 2/3 kitchen

Still to do is basically the kitchen work surfaces and the upstairs rooms but this is definite progress.

I thought it was going to be spring on Thursday and Friday but now it's become all wintry again. Also, noticed when I was in Oxfam on Saturday that they're doing mail order plants now! Seems like an odd business to get into at first sight but I haven't looked it over yet. Site is at http://www.oxfam.org.uk/plants/
tinyjo: (candle trail)
So, New Years resolutions, finally. First up, how are last year's intentions looking?

  • Complete the TTP project in good time. Well, this didn't quite get done as fast as I'd hoped but I'd still say that it was in good time. There's more work needs doing on it though.
  • Get some rest. Don't take on any more new projects for at least 6 months and let the ones I have settle into a routine. Well, I didn't take on any new projects at all last year, I don't think so that's good. What didn't really happen was developing a routine in my old ones.
  • Take better care of myself. I need to get round to addressing a couple of health issues and I need to take better care of myself generally - I'm drinking too much and snacking too much and not exercising enough. Not really at all. I just didn't take the time to think about this one. I think it was more a hope than an intention, tbh
  • Get back to the weight I was at last year (i.e. about 11st) Nope. Not even close.
  • Write more letters. Actual physical letters. Nope. And I can't remember why I wanted this one now


Well, to be honest, better than I expected but still, must try harder. For this year I am going to try to

  • Develop a routine for all of my regular tasks so that I don't end up thinking "Oh no! When is that going to get done?"
  • <cryptic>Take the next step in my Long Term Plan</cryptic>
  • Turn the back garden into a comfortable, pleasent, pretty place to sit
  • Plan the next phase of the House Project
tinyjo: (who's a rock star?)
Things I must get done tomorrow
--------------------------------------

1) TAX RETURN
2) Pay Blazes (tried but no phone pick up)
3) Weedkiller (purchased - use when weeds sprout)
4) Paint windowsills
5) Curtains in living room
6) Start on TTP reporting code
7) Fix tarp in back garden
8) Arrange living room
9) Hoover downstairs (living room done)
10) Guttering

Things I want to also do
---------------------------

1) Scrapbook green
2) Scrapbook master priv list
3) New years resolutions post
4) Email to work booking holiday dates
5) Check & update my calendar
6) Move cushion nest to tech room
7) Tidy tech room
8) Bath
9) Upgrade Thunderbird
10) Re-install WebDev extension in Firefox
11) Choose shed
12) Find bike storage and coal/firewood storage for back garden

First list first, but otherwise not necessarily in that order.
tinyjo: (cat don't care)
The plans for the fireplace have motivated me to get tidying around the home and I think I might finally have the living-room arranged in a long term configuration. Sounds sad, I know, but say yay!

Next order of business is to get the damn server fixed upstairs. We think it needs a new processor but we don't know what kind (because I have no idea what the motherboard is). Working from home on the laptop is all very well (and in fact, pretty cool because of the dual screen setup) but I can't use the keyboard because it's PS2 and my laptop has no PS2 connector. I tried a PS2 -> USB thingie but that didn't work either. Googleing suggests that this just happens and don't buy the damn keyboard if you don't have a PS2 connector. Which we do on the server.

I have given up on the previous plumber ever managing to actually send me the damn quote so have arranged for 2 others to give quotes (or at least, one is coming on Friday and one said "We'll call you to arrange a quote"). I *will* have my dishwasher! I am determined. Also, I've found a music shop I can take my cello to now I have a car to get it fixed, which would be really nice.

Sadly, my new radio, listed as "digital" on Amazon, turns out to be digital in the sense of having a digital display, which is why it was so cheap. Sigh. I was quite looking forward to having access to Radio 7 in the kitchen. Never mind.

Tonight:
* Tidy tech room
* Hoover bedroom
* Washing up?
* Start review for Zetti
* Plan Sunday menu
* Check in on schools
* Bath
tinyjo: (Default)
Well, you can tell that I have returned replenished from my holiday because I'm feeling extremly efficient and have been *getting things done*. So far, I have

* Bought new batteries for the scale (previously procrastinated about for about 2 months)
* Payed in cheque (no previous procrastincation)
* Got change of address/signatories form for Brownies bank account (p.p. 4 months)
* Bought folder to display A4 comic strips bought at Caption auctions (p.p. 1 month)
* Bought notebook for drawing house plans in (no p.p.)
* Booked haircut (although I've just realised that it's for Thurs so don't know if I'll make it to the farmers market or not) (p.p. 2 months)
* Reported problem with work email account that I've been working around (p.p. 2 weeks)
* Bought decent mp3 player for treo (as opposed to RealPlayer, which comes with it) (no p.p.)

I have also been back to Weightwatchers and am tracking my meals again and feeling motivated about doing the diet thing once more. I still need good lunch plans though. How long does pasta salad keep if I make it up in advance? I seem to be aquiring a busy schedule again pretty much straight off, what with sudden plans for work punting tomorrow (not sure what I'm going to do about that food wise) and Mark's gig on Sunday (what time is that, Mark?) so who knows how long this energised mood will last for?
tinyjo: (jasmine)
Well, the forcast for Sunday is looking good for the iPod fest (mp3playerOfYourChoice fest just sounds so much less snappy!). By the way, if anyone coming owns one of those things for reading SD cards into PCs if they could bring it that would be cool - it'll basically turn a non-trivial task (in that I've never tried it before and am not sure how it's done, although I'm certain it can be) into a trivial one as far as I can tell.

If my freecycler turns out not to be an ax murderer and turns up when she said she would (Monday evening) I might finally have got rid of the blasted TV! Oh joy!

Having got completely fed up with waiting for expansys to deliver my Treo accessories (6 weeks and counting with no response to my complaint!) I finally found another UK web store which (a) stocks what I want plus the extra thing I've decided I need in the mean time and (b) will deliver as bits come into stock rather than waiting for them all to arrive which means I should get my headphone adaptor for Treo in the next few days. If they actually do, I'll even link them here - what more an a satisfied customer do :)

Plumber came round this morning to give a quote and says they can do the other things we want (like getting a dishwasher plumbed in and outside tap and so on) while they're there.

Now to go and do some gardening. I got quite a lot done last time - I might even get the front into a state such that my parents won't feel I wasted their work in February.

Finally, list of things to remember to buy:

Burgers (Tesco, Saturday)
Bricks (B&Q?, Sunday)
Disposable BBQs (B&Q, Sunday)
Lawn mower bit (B&Q, Sunday)
Diet Coke (Tesco, Saturday)

I *think* that's it...
tinyjo: (laden coal creature)
Tonight: Caption planning. Finishing work stuff because I couldn't get at the remote machine during the day
Tomorrow: Funeral. Possibly booklet planning, possibly not.
Thursday: Final planning and badge making, etc at my place
Friday: Caption setup
Saturday: Caption
Sunday: Caption
Monday: Collapse

I'm going to have to skip Thursday pub again :( Next week, I promise.
tinyjo: (Default)
Good thing: Have finally (fingers crossed and touch wood) shaken off the squits.
Bad thing: Whole week of being ill/insurance woman/etc has meant that I haven't got any revision done at all

While obviously that's not a huge problem because I haven't booked my exams yet, it's not good because I really need to get on with it and finish the MCSE.

Good thing: Sky have sent me my viewing card for my forthcoming satellite dish
Bad thing: They haven't sent me my contract yet.

It's always possible that the phone conversation etc was sufficient but I'm sure I remember the guy saying that I'd have to send a photocopy of my tenancy agreement with the contract so that they could be sure that I wasn't the previous tenant trying to sneak in under a new name. Hmmm.

Update They have now sent me my contract. Phew. Sorted.

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