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Friday, October 27, 2006

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Apologies, readers, for the silence. I have to admit the 7am alarm has worn me down a tad. It has seriously affected my mental faculties, too - for example, my mum booked me a hair appointment yesterday, and I managed to go into the wrong salon. Yes - I went in, told them my name, my appointment and got blank looks. You see, the salon I wanted was in fact three doors down. Thing is, the lady at the desk said, 'ah, you've got an appointment with Audrey? You want a few doors up.' So clearly I'm not the only person who's made this faux-pas. I have to admit, I was so tired, I couldn't be bothered to be embarrassed.

As for the job, it seems to be going quite well. I haven't blown the place up yet, and there always seems to be chocolate in the office, so it's all good if you ask me. Oh, and I finally know my pay date, so I'm happy.

Let me see - hairdo issues, new job...what else? Ah yes, dinner with my big bruv and his gal pal. We went here and the food was nice, though the service was slow. Then again, the service was also rather attractive, so I'll let that one slide. Good evening, really - except for the montrous rain which put a dampener on things, really. Nope - I'm not going to apologise for that awful joke, either.

This weekend will be spent recuperating in the company of my dearest, bestest buddy, G during which time we will no doubt bury ourselves in scandalous gossip and eat a lot of cake. Perfect.

Monday, October 23, 2006

And it went...

...well! I'm cream crackered now, though.

Started at 10am, had a wee tour of the building, met my co-workers, got shown my welcome pack and my desk. Actually, credit to them, the welcome pack was quite good. It had a birds-eye view of the room, with names of who sat where on it. Genius! Especially if you're me, who often stands with a gaping mouth when required to remember someone's name.

Spent most of the day assembling ring-binders to be sent out to schools. I never, ever want to see a poly-pocket again. Wouldn't mind a Polly Pocket, though.

They also told me they'd booked me a space on the Christmas night out, in case I fancied it - we'll be going here, and I'm drooling already. Oh, and Òran Mór means Big Song, I think. That's the only Gaelic I know. Well, that and 'Dè a-nis?' which I'm fairly certain means, 'what now?'

Anyway.

I've just gorged myself on carrot cake, and, after I've made tomorrow's lunch (some kind of pasta salad methinks) I'm going to put my pyjamas on, and spend a delicious hour in the company of that unholy trinity of Clarkson, Hammond and May. Fabulous.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

C'est très étrange!

Glasgow, that is. Well, yesterday, I had a funny ol' day.

Originally I popped into town to try and get a stand-by haircut with a well known chain of hairdressers. Pfft. Went to three before I got an appointment, which was fine because it was Saturday. Got told to come back at 12.45pm and, 'Barry would squeeze me in.' (Sounded painful, but alright.) So I toddle off and have a quick cuppa with my Mum and her friend. People - I turned down a free lunch because I thought I didn't have time. I go back round for my appointment and I have this snooty moo, (who was around 50 and had half her hair dyed green - not a good look) look me up and down, and say in a thoroughly snidey and patronizing manner, 'no, we don't have any appointments left.' Won't be going back there again. The conclusion to this tale, is that I have a vast and unsightly mop of hair for starting work tomorrow. *sigh*

When the haircut thing didn't work out, I though I'd pop into the west end for a nosey about the delis. Into Roots 'n' Fruits I went and came out with the cutest baby aubergines and cherry tomatoes on the vine. I restrained myself from buying the mini pumpkins though. Then on to Byres Road, where I'm ambling along in my usual head-in-cloud-cuckoo-land manner when I hear shouting and look up. Well, it took me a few seconds to realise the shouting people were in fact my big bro and his gal. We had a brief chat, while I showed H the halloween costume I had procured (God help me) and we agreed to meet in half an hour for some coffee and cake in the coffee house. Two seconds later I was about to pop into the fishmongers and saw a French man (actually French!) wearing - get this - a black beret, proclaim, 'Langoustines! C'est manifique!' How fabulous is that? And then, about a minute later, slightly further down the street I came across a money/awareness raising stall for.....the Communist Party. Yup - one strange old day, I tell you.

Today will be getting organised for work, making my lunch (cous cous with roasted veg and feta, in case anyone is curious) and trying in vain to tidy my bedroom.

Argh. No, no, I'm perfectly calm. I'm perfectly calm. Oy yes, siree bob. Calm. Indeedeeo.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

To apply, or not to apply?

An entertainment guide are looking for food reviewers. Around 200 words, around about 2 restaurants a week for, er, a few weeks. Think I should give this a go, readers? I'm having an attack of the I-can't-possibly-write-anything-decent-and-be-paid-for-it nerves. Although I highly doubt I would get picked anyway, so I may as well give it a go. And then of course, there is the free food. Free food. Hm. It's a no-brainer, really, isn't it?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Oh, Lordy

Well, I finally have a start date. And now, I'm very nervous. I know, everyone feels like this. Just got to grit my teeth and get on with it. Also, I'm rather eager to find out when I'm getting paid - money has seriously been stressing me out. The thought of being able to buy, say a magazine or a pair of tights withput staring into the depths of my purse with a quivering lip is delicious.

Today, however, I'm spending with my mum. We're going to have a squint at the cheese shop, then go for a toddle round the west end. Maybe taking in some coffee and cake at one of the many new establishments that have sprung up recently. Nice.

At some point this week, I also have to finish off all the various bits and pieces of stuff I've started - sorting paperwork, for example - and also sort out my costume for a Rocky Horror themed Halloween party I'm going to next week. Gee, thanks for picking that theme, Rach. This will be tricky - there is not a hope in hell of me going out in public wearing suspenders.

And on that lovely image, I shall bid you fairwell.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Some things I've done...

over the last couple of weeks:

*Received the nicest text message from G, that absolutely made my day.
*Made pumpkin and chorizo risotto. And quite a lot else, but I won't bore you!
*Had a minor kerfuffle with my previous employers over their, well, their incompetence.
*Attempted to tackle some of those jobs that I've been putting off for, ooh, about a year.
*Watched Top Gear clips on You Tube obsessively.
*Went to a funeral :-(
*Swore at my PC as it went tits up for the fifty-first time.
*Celebrated my Dad's birthday.
*Got some new clothes for work. If I ever actually start, that is.
*Drank a lot of coffee.
*Tottie-spotted in a bar with N.

And I'm sure many other things, but I can't remember. Tomorrow will consist of yet more conversations with employers old and new, more tidying, and perhaps some cooking.

I really want to bake another cake. But I won't - I shall remain strong, goddamit!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I want one.

It's no Lamborghini Murcielago or Aston Martin Vanquish, but I think it's be quite nifty for popping down the shops. No problem getting a parking space, anyway.

Bit of a wobble.

I'm having a bit of a wobble. OK, OK, if I'm going to be truthful, my life so far has been one giant wobble.

At the moment, I'm looking into the possibility of going to uni in Edinburgh. That was the plan for last year, but things got in the way. It seems very appealing right now - change of scene, new people. The whole shebang. Getting away from here, and all the reminders of things I'd like to forget, and all the stress, sounds like what I need. I have blogged about personal-ish things on here, but have been keen to avoid making it too 'dear diary' so you'll forgive me if I don't go into details on here.

It's 'wait and see' time, though. At this stage, I don't know how things will fall. Although I am aware that the decisions I make will have a huge effect. I'm not the bravest, or most confident of people, but I think now it's time I really took charge of things and have more faith in myself to get it right.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Um. Clever title pending. Again.

My photography has gone down hill recently, I fear. I just haven't had the opportunity or inclination to take anything very...good. Although I have started a new photo-related project - I've started to archive all the old photo of the family. My gran, my mum as a wee girl and so on. There are some of great-grandparents floating around as well. I really enjoy these old images - the hope, the happy events, the joy of seeing your dad in shorts and t-bar shoes. Priceless. Unfortunately, most of the photos are still in the attic, gathering dust.

Hm. Apparently my writing has gone a bit crap as well. Too much going on in my head. I'm hoping once I get started at work, and know where I am with time, money and so on, I'll feel better able to get on with the creative stuff. Argh - when am I going to get a bleeding start date!?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Food, glorious food

and if I'm not careful, I'm going to end up very fat indeed.

Unfortunately, I have recently discovered the world of food blogs and message boards. So many recipes, so little time or inclination to exercise. Added to this the very long list of foodie books that I intend on buying when I'm earning and I'm in very hot water indeed.

Right now, I'm been selecting recipes I really would like to try (only from the web - not any from books yet) - and remember this is ones I really, really want to try - and I've clocked up a list of nearly 150. I really have to narrow it down, don't I? Well OK, I'll try, but I'm not making any promises:

1. Le migliori polpette di tonno. I don't care what anyone says - tuna and tomato are a wonderful combination.
2. Smokey Barbecue Baked Beans.
3. Green Tea and Jasmine Turkish Delight.
4. Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Phew. That was a struggle.

Two things are impeding my cooking at the moment:

1. The kitchen looks like an elephant with PMT has recently rampaged through it.
2. I don't have the money to but all the ingredients I would like.

I also have an urge to have people over for dinner - a dinner party, if you will. Never understand why some people find that term downright offensive, but there you are. For the sake of keeping the peace, I shall say, 'I want to have people over for supper.' Anway, not possible just now, as there isn't really anywhere for them to sit. Sigh.

Tonights dinner is very, er, unculinary (I don't think that's a word, but hey ho) - it's macaroni cheese. Yummy yum.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It's naantastic!

Sorry. Terrible joke. Anyway, I made naan bread, which I haven't done before:











Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Phototastic

Some more photos for your delectation. I really, really have to get into this photography thing more.



Sunday, October 01, 2006

Hhhhmmmmmmmmm...

At the moment I'm having a big think.

I haven't been doing much with my brain recently, and looking at others' achievments around me, I'm itching to do something. So, I've got the catalogues for local evening/weekend courses out, looking to see if anything appeals. I earn (or will do) under £15000 a year, so I only have to contribute £10 to each class I take up to the value of £200 a year. There's quite a few I fancy, including Introduction to Forensic Pyschology. I also want to take some kind of cooking course, and really challenge myself with food. And I have a huuuge list of books to start. There's just so, so many things I want to do in life and I am really, really eager to get going. Hopefully, the money I get from my new job will give me some opportunites and more freedom to pursue things.

Now I'm going to go and get stuck into these catalogues and websites and see which I'm going to tackle first...