Everybody dance now, lost cities and bloody Adbusters!

April 18, 2007

I have had the sorest legs since Monday when I went to the gym with Paul. We worked on our legs (doing stretches and weights) and I did a heap of lunges that really worked my poor leg muscles! I made sure I went for a little walk up to the shops yesterday to get my legs moving but it sure hurt (especially going down stairs and there are four stairs in our flat so every time I go down to the lounge and kitchen it HURTS). I had planned on going to the gym today and I should go and at least do something – my membership problems have been sorted so they shouldn’t stop me going in!
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Sewing machine!!! head-cold, films, Harry Potter (again!)

April 3, 2007

Yesterday my beautiful sewing machine arrived! It is so lovely and high-tech. Unfortunately I couldn’t use it as I don’t have any cotton yet. I will go buy some today (probably). I also need to put the picture of what it looks like (again!).
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This picture does not do it justice. I will have to take some photos of it!
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Books recommended by my therapist

March 24, 2007

In my first session, my therapist, [who is a middle-aged, American woman – in case you care about such things] recommended I get three books:
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Best friends and BOSU and camera!!!!

February 23, 2007

On Tuesday, my bestest friend Lucy was in town. Unfortunately, she was only here for a couple of hours but I went into King’s Cross and met her and we had lunch and hung out in Camden. She now lives in Edinburgh and we should really go visit her soon. Especially as she’s planning to move to Glasgow later in the year (although, there’s no reason why we couldn’t visit her there!). But I also have a friend, Carol, who lives in Edinburgh so we could see them both.
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I'm unemployed

January 18, 2007

That’s right kids, as of last week I am no longer working for Islington Borough Council. My resignation was quite sudden but my heart wasn’t in it so I had to go (and various other reasons!). I enjoyed working with most of the people there but they seem to keep people on as agency staff for a really long time (so you don’t get sick pay or holiday pay) which I think really sucks arse! And certainly didn’t endear the organisation to me. And I was there for five months and still hadn’t been sent to induction which I thought was pretty slack. I will miss a number of really cool/awesome people I met there though – will have to make sure I keep in touch with them.

Luckily I have a very supportive partner who has said I can take as long as I want to find another job – which is certainly very helpful and comforting. At first I was kind of stressing out and thinking that I must find another job straight away but then I figured I should have a holiday, and wait till we came back from our week in Italy (and Paul was saying that too).

And in good news, I have been to the gym every second day for the last ten days. I might actually form a habit! Yay. I even use weight machines now (used to be a bit scared of them) and the rowing machine! I had a nice spa afterwards tonight – it really got my muscles shaking! I’ve started to feel the workouts in my legs which is good – it should really help my flat feet and creaky knees!

Last Friday I went out for my friends Renee and Jason’s birthdays to a nice club in Holborn/Covent Garden – not really sure where the boundaries are – and it was really nice and I talked to two people I’d never met before. It would be nice to see them again!

Yesterday I had a blood test to check that my antidepressents aren’t doing bad things to my liver – but I’ve been on them for about three years I think, so hopefully I would have noticed by now. I also had a pap smear yesterday (or cervical smear, as they call them in Britain). I hadn’t had one for years but all the memories came flooding back as I lay there with a speculum up my c**t!

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Only two days till I fly to Italy, and finally see snow – at the ripe old age of 29! That’s what happens when you live the first 28 and a half years of your life in Queensland I guess! 🙂

And in news on the breakin….
The police have caught a man who they believe broke into our building – his DNA matches the blood found in two of the other flats in my building. Unfortunately, no sign of our laptop or MP3 players or reebok sneakers. Yesterday I went to the local police station to give a statement – which I’d never done before. The DC said he thought the guy would get 20 years as they believe they can charge him with 23 robberies (he was in custody for one he did on New Year’s Eve – I guess Public Holidays were his days to work – we were burgled Boxing Day). I did feel kinda sad about the whole 20 years thing – I asked if he was very old and was told early 20s. I’m sure rehabilitation of prisoners is even worse here than in Australia which is kinda sad.

I knew I’d been reading too much Harry Potter when I thought his name sounded like a wizard when they asked if I knew him (I won’t give his full name but his first name is Bartos). So I now imagine our burglar as an evil wizard who steals electronics! Well, at least he’s not being sent to Azkaban (how geeky am I with my harry potter jokes?).

Carmen


I’m unemployed

January 18, 2007

That’s right kids, as of last week I am no longer working for Islington Borough Council. My resignation was quite sudden but my heart wasn’t in it so I had to go (and various other reasons!). I enjoyed working with most of the people there but they seem to keep people on as agency staff for a really long time (so you don’t get sick pay or holiday pay) which I think really sucks arse! And certainly didn’t endear the organisation to me. And I was there for five months and still hadn’t been sent to induction which I thought was pretty slack. I will miss a number of really cool/awesome people I met there though – will have to make sure I keep in touch with them.

Luckily I have a very supportive partner who has said I can take as long as I want to find another job – which is certainly very helpful and comforting. At first I was kind of stressing out and thinking that I must find another job straight away but then I figured I should have a holiday, and wait till we came back from our week in Italy (and Paul was saying that too).

And in good news, I have been to the gym every second day for the last ten days. I might actually form a habit! Yay. I even use weight machines now (used to be a bit scared of them) and the rowing machine! I had a nice spa afterwards tonight – it really got my muscles shaking! I’ve started to feel the workouts in my legs which is good – it should really help my flat feet and creaky knees!

Last Friday I went out for my friends Renee and Jason’s birthdays to a nice club in Holborn/Covent Garden – not really sure where the boundaries are – and it was really nice and I talked to two people I’d never met before. It would be nice to see them again!

Yesterday I had a blood test to check that my antidepressents aren’t doing bad things to my liver – but I’ve been on them for about three years I think, so hopefully I would have noticed by now. I also had a pap smear yesterday (or cervical smear, as they call them in Britain). I hadn’t had one for years but all the memories came flooding back as I lay there with a speculum up my c**t!

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Only two days till I fly to Italy, and finally see snow – at the ripe old age of 29! That’s what happens when you live the first 28 and a half years of your life in Queensland I guess! 🙂

And in news on the breakin….
The police have caught a man who they believe broke into our building – his DNA matches the blood found in two of the other flats in my building. Unfortunately, no sign of our laptop or MP3 players or reebok sneakers. Yesterday I went to the local police station to give a statement – which I’d never done before. The DC said he thought the guy would get 20 years as they believe they can charge him with 23 robberies (he was in custody for one he did on New Year’s Eve – I guess Public Holidays were his days to work – we were burgled Boxing Day). I did feel kinda sad about the whole 20 years thing – I asked if he was very old and was told early 20s. I’m sure rehabilitation of prisoners is even worse here than in Australia which is kinda sad.

I knew I’d been reading too much Harry Potter when I thought his name sounded like a wizard when they asked if I knew him (I won’t give his full name but his first name is Bartos). So I now imagine our burglar as an evil wizard who steals electronics! Well, at least he’s not being sent to Azkaban (how geeky am I with my harry potter jokes?).

Carmen


Sickness and good friends

January 7, 2007

It’s late on Sunday night and I should get to bed for work tomorrow. Last Wednesday I went home early from work because I felt really nauseous – but I didn’t actually think it was much. It got worse and worse and by three or four in the morning I started throwing up and then I got diarrhea too! I stayed home from work Thursday feeling pretty miserable. It kinda passed but I’ve still been feeling head-achey and nauseous off and on since then.

My friends Monica and Dave (who I know from my student union days) stayed with us from Thursday to Sunday morning which was really wonderful – just too bad I wasn’t feeling 100%. They left for Africa where they are going to Kenya for the World Social Forum and then to Uganda because Dave is starting a job there in the next month or so. On Saturday we also caught up with Carol – another friend from university who now lives in Edinburgh.

Today I slept in till midday and then Paul and I went to the gym this afternoon. I only worked out for about 15 minutes because I felt too ill but I did have fun in the spa. I have been really frustrated by all the things that seem to be getting in the way of going to the gym – there was a chest infection before Christmas, and the theft of my sneakers, then a large blister on my foot and then a vomiting and diarrhea bug. I really don’t need any kind of disincentive as it is! I want to get into an exercise habit but it just isn’t happening. I had hoped to be at least a little fit when we went to Italy but that’s in two weeks! To me, exercise is a lot like cleaning: I don’t enjoy doing it but I really like the results. I guess I just have to really put my mind on the end result.

Oh, and Paul bought me swimmers so I can enjoy the pool and spa.