Sunday, 31 July 2011

High Tea, Harry and Vodka

The title pretty much sums up the last week.

Early in the week a few of us went out after work for high tea in a lovely Cotswolds village. gave us lots and lots of sandwiches, cakes, scones and clotted cream as well as plenty of pots of tea. If you are going to work when there is nothing to do, this is a good way to enjoy it.

The next evening, I went to see the last Harry Potter film. I really enjoyed it, but there are always little bits that irritate me with book adaptations, they either add new scenes or cut the little bits that I really enjoy. I suppose you can't please everyone!

The next night was all about vodka, and probably the least said about that the better! I was perfectly behaved but I ended up getting called back out of my room after 2am to find my boss who was lost in the car park! I had only been in the room about 10 minutes so wasn't too bothered.

I even got some sewing done on the mystery QAL. I'm about 4 weeks behind, but there you go. I finish this week and can get the machine humming again!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Self care, self indulgence, self harm?

I spent a lot of time thinking about the difference between these three this week prompted by a great post by Lane over at

I've been totally nose to the grindstone over the last few months. Head down from morning til evening trying to organise a new team with a lot of very inexperience people. It was frustrating, irritating, rage making on occasion, challenging, stimulating, satisfying and confidence building. However, it has all been pointless, as a couple of weeks ago the head honchos took the decision to put the project on hold so we came to a screeching halt. It was the right decision as what had been delivered from the developers was a big pile of poo. Totally crap and to try and go live with it would have been a disaster.

What it means though is a lot of the people on my team who thought they had contracts until Christmas are being let go. I'm finishing as well, but I only took the contract until August so am only going a couple of weeks early. So for the last couple of weeks its been really weird. They are insisting we go in to work the 4 weeks notice period even though no one apart from me has anything to do. People are also quite bitter as this is happening due to the failure of other teams.

But what its meant is finally this week I've had some time to think about stuff other than work. All my good intentions at the beginning of the year went down the drain with hotel living. I stopped my little bit of exercise and have been eating and drinking far too much. I probably weigh more now than I did at the start of the year. I haven't dared try the scales yet.

So back to the title, the way I live is harmful and I make that choice for some reason. Its not good to be fat and in your 40s and so unfit. Other people can do this sort of work and look after themselves better, I just make excuses to myself that its the hotel living and I need to work out why. I'll been off for most of August and September, I have another contract for October, but that one is much easier and commutable. I've got no reason except my own attitute not to make a big difference over the next few months.

On the positive side as this has turned into such a glum post, I had a lovely room in the hotel this week with a patio. As I wasn't exactly busy, I got plenty of time to enjoy it. And sitting out there, with my ipod and hand sewing was very very pleasant. Sometimes, its the little moments that make it all worthwhile.

Monday, 18 July 2011

It's been how long!!!

I'm still alive, if anybody is still reading.

Thankfully I only have a few more weeks to go and the work has eased off considerably so although I am still in the hotel all week I can get a bit of my life back.

I even did some work at the weekend on my paper piecing blocks for Beckys QAL that finished months ago!

No pics though, I'm not that organised yet!

Soon though, soon.......