Archive for March, 2015

SL’s FTF, Tues 31st March

Financialย year end today, which means lots of work coming up, but mostly after Easter. Bit up and down here at the moment. I forgot to say on Sunday we fixed up New Year plans to go to Burgundy with the boys, which I’m really looking forward to. But Dad is on my mind a lot; we’re coming up to the one year anniversary of his death and it’s hard not to think about it. Work is a welcome distraction. Mum is going to see her sister in Belfast next week which is good – she won’t be at home for the anniversary.

Got a walk in this morning, which I was pleased about. Super-windy out there.

  • walk
  • breakfast
  • make delicious packed lunch
  • French
  • some stuff to discuss with Z
  • invoices
  • payments for Needy & Greedy
  • whatever else
  • pick up biryani paste which I forgot to get last night
  • make biryani
  • dinner with Gย 

Moosie Tuesday 31 March

Last week felt like a complete whirlwind; this week there’s less going on and I feel like I’m spinning my wheels a bit. The bulk of my closing work has to happen this week which is why I’ve kept it clear of too many other things, and it’s only three days because of Easter, so it won’t be long until I can get back to happier things!

It’s the end of the quarter, and I’ve a lot to reflect on. Yesterday I had a really excellent run and was reminded that all those mornings tripping out the front door with assorted items of kit and doing the best I could with mixed up workouts (it’s anything but linear progress, as W would say!) over the past 12 weeks has really contributed to raising my fitness level beyond what I’d imagined. Those daily imperfect attempts have added up and I might not always feel like I know what I’m doing, but it’s important to keep doing it anyway! Obviously music has been a big part of my year so far and I’d like to feel like there’s more of a plan for that. If things carry on on this path life will change for the better so don’t give up now!


* stretches
* writing
* prep
* swim
* coffee – kept tossing and turning last night, had one rather depressing dream and it was blowing a gale

* must get bank recs done
* final review of list
* discuss with FWP
* invoices
* look at debit note situation
* groan a bit
* make nice lunch plans

* look at music stuff
* scrapbook
* cook/clean

calypte 30th March

Well my day off is not off to a great start – my (main) laptop died this morning, for no apparent reason. I have a feeling it’s a corrupt driver, seems to be suggesting there’s no Windows installed, but other than a full system wipe (eek!) not sure what else I can do – except, as I have done, waste most of the day so far trying various bits and pieces. Urgh. Incidentally, this is not what I meant by wanting to spend less time online ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also seem to have ‘lost’ (left in store? Fell out of bag?) the bottle of moisturiser I bought on Saturday. Dagnammit, world!

SL’s FTF, Mon 30th March

Had a fun long weekend – it was great to see Moose and Cate on Friday, then spent a lot of time with G and yesterday we went over to Alan’s for lunch which was very enjoyable. Feeling cheerful this morning!

  • breakfast
  • prep lunch
  • French?
  • make list for this week
  • re-review guidelines
  • whatever else I can do today
  • food shopping
  • call Mum
  • G to make biryani?

calypte 29th March

My big exciting news of the week was my recipe blog – AppleJellyJam – suddenly getting five random hits in one day, followed by an invite to join a link up, as many hits again, and being a featured recipe in someone else’s foody blog – woooo! So, going to have to be more diligent about (a) posts, (b) recipes, and (c) phoody fotos! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also chuffed to discover that the WordPress search works *perfectly* with my categories, so I don’t have to dig out the code I wrote at uni that let me search e.g. “carrots, sweet potato” to get the list of recipes I can make from those ingredients. Happy days! ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s just something that appeals to me (and half the rest of the world! ;)) about this blogging malarky…!

Such a lot to do this weekend, but the ‘reverse to-do’ aka accomplishments list format is helping the overwhelm – as is the random 3-day weekend, whoot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saturday
    • met K for coffee / wave off at train station
    • bought popping corn in prep for the big Marvel Movie Marathon in a couple of weeks ๐Ÿ™‚
    • walked up to Pepperberry, but shirt(s) not in stock – bleh
    • went to Boots to spend vouchers (but sob no free gifts left) – spent way less than expected, for the amount of goodies ๐Ÿ™‚
    • M&S for salad and snackage
    • Earth hour – turned of the lights!

Came home from my trek through town severely blistered – lovely new boots not yet broken in, then! – and strangely exhausted. Ended up having a 2-hour nap and very lazy rest of the day. Ho-hum.

  • Sunday
    • finished reading a book (slightly to my own surprise, tbh!)
    • registered for the new cc service
    • checked both cc dds (!) – seems the dd kicks in on the due date. Gulp!
    • laundry
    • finished watching a movie I started months (!) ago
    • sorted the e-books
    • detrolled
    • half a CSS online lesson
    • dishes
    • 52 changes blog post – overdue one on priorities
    • added 2 new recipes to AJJ – blog post still to do
    • cinema – The Voices (weird)

After an extremely lazy start to the day, suddenly seemed to get some fire under me to just churn through the list of chores – nothing major or time consuming, but still! And then kept my self-promise to go see the movie I fancied, instead of begging off through more laziness. Helped that it was still so bright, I do hate leaving the house in the dark – I may be the only person who appreciates BST clock changes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3/27/15 ftf, wren

It’s the last day of work before before I take a week off to visit my mom and brother.ย  I didn’t sleep much last night and am feeling tired.ย  Nevermind that – I can use mindful deep breathing to keep energized and focused.ย  I won’t accomplish everything on my list today, but I will accomplish enough.




happy dog time!

strength training

work day


out of office – voice mail

payroll reminder

out of office – e-mail

HIPAA training – due 3/31

meeting 1

go to bank

allergy shot

meeting 2

new hire stuff


“forgiveness” forms

unemployment insurance report – 3/31

initiate criminal background check, ePAF, new employee packet, etc.

f-up w/dept about waiving tax for NA

AZ prelim proj no.


90 day close outs

p card report

H&G for DF to KD

list of reporting requirements and dates

review budget updates for clinical trials

op indicators reports

pass through invoices

review EDR materials

after work


phone mom

definitely sleep well

Moosie Friday 27 March

Lots of really great stuff happening today! Last night’s gig was really great, I went with someone from work and her friends, and knew basically all the singers, the pub was really nice, the burgers were AWESOME, and I got to do a double set! It was just a load of fun and one of those times when I feel really happy that this is my life! It’s a year ago today that I sang live for the first time; I remember watching people sing and wishing I was the one behind the mic – and now I am and it’s so worth it! Genuinely had such a good time.

Today I get to see SL and Cate who are very kindly trekking to L’pool St. for an extended lunch, can’t wait for that! Lots of happy things to celebrate!

* stretches n stuff
* swim
* coffee

* more payments
* continue with year-end prep
* study!
* lunch!!!

* therapy – it’s been a big week, lots of material!
* home to B, dinner
* maybe clear up a bit
* maybe practice a bit