Thursday, 29 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Was joyous to come home and play with the cats, even Max was bounding round the house after the red laser pointer, thought his momentum might take hin through a wall at one point. I have succumbed to an early night in bed in my 'jamas, and they are keeping me company before their daddy comes home to give them supper (as he is at Go club, conquering the world one minstrel at a time).
Just had a lovely chat with my Dad too, there is always something so reassuring about talking to parents when you have had a bad day at work. Unfortunately I think they bore the brunt a bit when I was finding P&G hard, however in my current job I do wonder if the inspiring highs make the pounding lows further to fall .
Moussaka in the oven, sweet purring playful kittens at my side, a jolly Fish soon on his way home to see me, the care of two parents and the unerring support of my direct family and in-laws; I am drained but both lucky and happy.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Met Charlie in the Hive on the way back, where he was frustrated and wrestling with some writers' block for his upcoming screenplay. For such a creative boy, he is very hard on himself when he is less than 110% productive.
And now I am in bed early, with two gentle and purring tabby cats reminding me that, despite the challenging schedule in store tomorrow, life is sweet, soft and furry, nothing to be scared of and everything to enjoy.
"Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life
Thus though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run."
To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Makeila (photo below), an old family friend from Spalding, is staying with us temporarily while she waits patiently for the postal strike and/or estate agent incompetence to produce the keys to her new place. She and Alex have both now sat through my meandering and (endearingly?) neurotic overview of how to work the cat food timer while we are away this weekend. That, and the guide to Max's various meowy eruptions, is enough to put anybody off looking after my cats ... OUR cats! However we seem to be friends with many proud cat lovers, for which we are more than grateful.
A pleasant weekend with Erika, Dan, Robin and Marion in France lies ahead, but tickets need to be printed, hotels need to be confirmed and Ryanair need to be treated with caution for their Machiavellian attitude to luggage allowances.
We did have a cosy evening in with Natalie and Kirsten last night, very good to see them, especially as we have not seen Natalie for so long. She has been running in Munich and the Somme, and is working even more hours than Andrew. So relaxing to sit back with such familiar faces and talk about friends, divorce, cats, jobs, travel and Mat and Gemma's wedding. Also to be able to enjoy Liam's new album playing along in the background, along with my current Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Juno Soundtrack addiction.So now I need to get down to it and create this masterpiece of a presentation, both content and atmosphere need to be precisely tuned. Must resist the 'SmartArt' buttons!
Monday, 5 October 2009
Surprisingly enough, the morning has been quite productive. Whilst drinking water, and momentarily stopping to divert the relentless snot away from the keyboard, it has been a worthy reminder as to how efficient it is to work from home, even if your head is full of gunge. As much as I have enjoyed working from the office as a sociable change since my home office days of P&G, I now see the downsides of constant distractions, indulgent Pret lunches and regular interminable meetings which always start 10 minutes late.
Kirsten and Natalie are coming round tonight for dinner, a mushroom risotto which I will not sneeze into. No reason to put them off due to the germs, not much effort for me to put a pan on the stove. It is also Norris' 30th birthday today, so I hope she has been successful in securing a dinner date at Pullens in Herne Hill [though secretly it would be great if she was free to come round to ours].
Still feeling in the throws of busyness, post the west Africa trip and pre going to France to see Robin next weekend. Alex has kindly offered to look after the cats, with limited assistance from Andrew, though even fitting in a time to go through it all with them is hard, what with 2 evenings filled with Marketing classes. The IGD Leading Light judging is also this week, which is both exciting and time consuming ... but overall a good opportunity to practise my performance presentation tactics. Random WAV files at the ready.