Friday, 30 March 2007
I think this is because the job I'm doing at the moment is really boring and frustrating and the guy I'm working for at the moment is more than a little infuriating. At least it's my last day and next week I'll be in a different department, where the work will be no less boring but I shouldn't think I'll want to take my boss by the shoulders and shake them.
So if you've seen my random, my weird - please return it to me as I rather miss it.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
I can't say I'm that gutted as it sounds like it was a bit above my level of experience and had I managed to blag my way to being offered the job I would have struggled with it and found it stressful I think.
OK, so it's between staying where I am, arts admin to cover maternity leave or working for the executives of a building society.
I hope that this is because they have woken up too early and they are cold. I used to be terrified of bees and wasps after I was stung aged around 10. I can now cope with bees as they generally don't bother you if you don't bother them - but wasps are the spawn of Satan and still terrify me.
I have heard that there is a disease that is a threat to our bees so I hope they didn't die from that - I like honey too much!
I work as a temp secretary at a solicitors in Carlisle. I don't really want to be a legal secretary forever.
I have had TWO interviews for a PA job at an accountants. I still have one more to go if I make it to the next round. This seems excessive to me for a PA job. It also seems like a bit of a scary job where the expect you to work wonders from the first day and be superwoman and not need any guidance at all and work on your own initiative rather than having your boss tell you what to do all the time. Maybe I'm just young and under confident but I think I need more experience.
I also had another interview last week for a job at a building society, to work in their executive office rather than in the branch dealing with customers. This is less money than the PA job but that's because you're part of a team working for a team rather than a one-to-one scenario.
I am in the process of applying for an admin job at the local museum. The money is good and the job description looks fantastic. However I have not even sent off the application form yet.
A position has become available at the firm I am working at. The work is VERY dull but the other secretaries in the room and I get on really well with. For example I went down to use the colour copier for one sheet of paper and was down there for half an hour and was offered a second hand sofa if one of them bought a new suite. We could've talked for much longer and said we should go for coffee some time. I've also made another friend who might be my yoga buddy if we can find a suitable class. So there are some nice people here.
I've always been a procrastinator and crap at making big decisions so please help me!
... are evil. Where I would normally be able to come across quite well I felt like I was ummming and ahhhing more than usual and didn't things in perhaps the right way.
Why is it that having an interview on the phone is so much harder than in person? You'd think that you'd find it easier as you don't actually see them but I think it's because you can't see them you don't know their reactions to what you've said and that puts you on the back foot.
They should be banned!
Monday, 26 March 2007
Friday, 23 March 2007
Thursday, 22 March 2007
In my fruitless search (because of time constraints due to blogging at work) for an image of a dog biting a postman I found an interesting blog. I put "dog biting postman" into Google image search and the above image came up. As the thumbnail was so small I wanted to get a closer look.
This led me to the blog Project Me! Distractions by Kristina Garcia. I haven't had a good look at it all yet (as there's loads) but it looks very varied and interesting. What caught my attention was the topmost post "Is There an M&M Inside of You?" As I was blogging at the time my first thought was of mutterings & meanderings, fellow bloggee, who is frequently referred to as M&M. Of course the author of this blog was referring to the chocolate confection.
Now I'm not really sure what this Kristina's beef with M&Ms is. They chocolatey and tasty. All adverts are annoying if you ask me, not just ones for M&Ms. In fact Vince and I were discussing just last night how beauty products and home cleaning/scenting product adverts are the most annoying. I could quite happily kill Andy MacDowell, Jane Fonda and BARRY SCOTT WHO SELLS CILLIT BANG AND SHOUTS ALL THE TIME. The Vanish Oxy Action Multi woman has obviously been taking notes.
So, I decided to follow the M&M link to see where it led. Well you can make your own M&M, which is quite fun and timewasting if you like that sort of thing. I would show you a picture of the one I created but you had to sign up to save it and there was no way I was going to get all sorts of crap marketing emails from them. I made mine purple, a bit of a temptress with red curly hair. Nothing at all like me then...
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
I live in northern England and there are still signs referring to "The NORTH". Obviously this refers to the fact that if you travel north you will reach Scotland.
Scotland has these signs too. Obviously these refer to northern Scotland.
Surely when you reach John O'Groats, or more properly Dunet Head, these signs stop? Or is it only when you get to the Shetland islands?
Image taken from: http://www.search.com/reference/A1_road
Monday, 19 March 2007
As you can see the place is rather fantastic. The bedroom Vince and I had isn't in any of the pictures but it had a wardrobe that looked like you could've got to Narnia through it. It felt like a really nice room during the day but at night it was really creepy at night. It kind of felt like someone was in the room, and there was something weird about the mirror on the dressing table. The child's room and play room also had a weird vibe. The huge bath was amazing - I had a good long soak in it as we only have a shower at home :(
It was very sad to leave and we didn't get snowed in as I hoped which meant Vince and I had to come back on Sunday night when we had the place until Monday morning as we couldn't get the day off work. We only spent two nights there but it already felt like home. I thoroughly recommend staying there But get in quick before my family clubs together and buys the place as we have all fallen in love with it!
Friday, 16 March 2007
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
The worst one I ever worked for found out I had read and liked Lord of the Rings. I had read it once. He then used to quote passages and look hopefully at me. I'd look blank. He'd then enthuse that it was a quote from LOTR. It seemed his favourite quote was "Ai! A Balrog!" which he'd exclaim when things weren't going his way.
Also he used to go on about rock climbing and use all the terminology and expect you to now what he meant and didn't explain it to you.
He used to chat with the secretaries and be jolly and tell jokes and then he'd suddenly turn and become a 'higher being' i.e. a solicitor, when he wanted you to do something for him. He couldn't take it if you made jokes at his expense.
In fact he was very like David Brent, and I told him this to his face, rather stupidly. Fortunately for me he hadn't seen it as this was around the time The Office had just started and not many people had seen it. I find The Office very realistic and too painful to watch as my boss was so like David Brent.
I'm sure he's not the only one.
Monday, 12 March 2007
As mentioned in a comment to my previous post, I think you're right about it being a bit weird to totally cut out one food group. For example for breakfast I had 1 Weetabix biscuit (where I would normally have 2) and two boiled eggs. I'm still going to try and be as 'good' as possible according to the diet and avoid carbs as much as possible. This is so I can be a bit lax at the weekend as I'm going on holiday.
It seems to be working though as I have lost 2 pounds and this is day 6 of the diet. I'm not getting obsessed and weighing myself everyday. I was just curious to see if it had actually done anything as I would be inclined to jack it in if it wasn't.
No, this is not the Atkins diet, although it does seem similar. I am following the diet from "Neris and India's Idiot-proof Diet" details of which can be found at Amazon.co.uk.