Archive for May, 2015

calypte 31st May

Wheeeee there goes another month! o_O

Had a grand day yesterday, in a low-key but chuffed-with-it way 🙂 I’ve been reading Better Than Before, on habit-formation, and loving it, and wanted to take copious notes (my new ‘thing’ is all about taking lots of notes!). But it’s a library book, and due back tomorrow, with still >half the book to go. So, took myself off to the Virgin Money Lounge, managed to grab a table (it’s all free, so very often full – I got turned away last time), and sat for 2 hours (it was surprisingly quiet, actually – maybe everyone was outdoors enjoying the sunshine?) killing my hand scribbling enough notes that it’d be quicker to just buy the book (ah, but I was taking so much more in!), drinking free coffee, listening to A Beautiful Mind OST in an attempt not to mentally join in the French lesson happening at the next table! 🙂

I’d love to make this a regular thing: pitch up there on a Saturday for a bit and scribble, distraction-free – maybe I could actually write that book, eh?! Will have to experiment to see how the busyness alters, but I’ve had this ‘thing’ about sitting writing in coffee shops for such a long time, is nice to actually get myself to do it.

Before that I cashed in a Boots voucher for half price sunglasses – I used to hate sunglasses (as a glasses wearer, I guess) but have been feeling the need. And afterwards, I handed my library returns back in at a later-opening branch than mine, and got half my groceries for the week – aubergine! Courgette! Who is this person I’m turning into?! LOL!

Also managed to stick to my bedtime routine and early night for the first time all week – slept from half ten through to half eight, with just a few disturbed periods (neighbour has new boyf – urgh!). Feeling SO much better for it!

Today the weather has turned very un-sunglasses-y, as expected, and I’m trying to muster the courage to go try a new yoga class – well, since I’m on a roll of doing things I’ve fancied for a while…! 🙂 I do feel better when I do stuff, it’s just the chivying myself into starting. Which is where habits and scheduling come in, eventually.

Loads of blog posts to come on the habit stuff – I’m feeling very inspired with it all! Ooh and big shout out to HabitRPG – I’ve been tracking my habits, dailies and to-dos there for ‘coins’, and rather enjoying it.

T’s 30/5 sat list

To-do To-day tada!

– Review and check everything for big important meeting on monday

– Book: divide in piles materials for the different chapters, more brainstorming&mind mappings,  list next small tasks

– @ 4.30: tea with a fellow Italian I’ve never met before, and walk with her, presumably

– grocery shopping (get some fruit, vegs, and biscuits for the tea)

– laundry

Random thought: a few days ago I spotted 2 girls in the street, I noticed them because I thought it was a familair image, they were dressed like me: thick jacket, big scarves around their necks, sturdy shoes, heavy wool clothes. Everybody around us was in cotton, short sleeves, fit flops&bare skin.  And when I passed by them, they were talking in Italian. So it’s not a matter of age, we just live&dress according to a different temperature scale.

EDIT:

Oh! The Guardian features Bologna, where I went to university! (50 km from hometown). Of course you can’t miss this: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/may/30/italy-emilia-romagna-bologna-parma-guide

5/29/15 ftf, wren

Thanks to Turandot and SL for the feedback on the errant apostrophe candidate.  It was very helpful to hear that I was just being too nit-picky!  I’ve decided to keep her application on the backburner for now.  It’s a bit easier to do since a few more good applications have arrived.

There was a story on the radio news yesterday about pubs that feature life drawing sketching being all the rage in London.  Is this true?  If so, have any of you Londoners gone to such an event?

Amazingly, I completed all of my Priority One work tasks yesterday – finally!  Now I can move some of the backburner tasks up to Priority One.  How exciting!  Even more exciting is that the conference call scheduled for today has been removed from my calendar, so it must have been cancelled.  That means it’s a very rare and wonderful meetingless Friday.  Hurrah!!!

The very cold weather is supposed to end today, so I must devote some time to mentally preparing to plant my garden this weekend.

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

strength training

workday

e-mail

check on job applications

schedule some more interviews

billing set up

payroll

payment request

send budget requests to biogen

request signature authorizations x 2

make contact so RK’s teaching salary can be set up

AZ uTRAC

fraud, waste & abuse training

review budget updates for clinical trials

op indicators reports

update Connect uTRAC for amendment 1

list of reporting requirements and dates

pass through invoices

after work

Do a little weekend dance

hike!

phone mom

read & sleep

SL’s FTF, Friday 29th May

Yesterday was a great day – I got work out of the way, then had a lovely tea with Moose and Cate at a place called Sketch which none of us had been to before. The room was enormous and very pink, with strange illustrations on the walls (some a bit rude). Tea included little mozzarella toastie things that were scarily addictive, and some very cute cakes, and a trip to the weird egg-shaped loos, then we had a good chat over coffee at SB afterwards. As always, I came away feeling inspired.

Then, in the evening, I went to a wine tasting which was held at the Club for Acts and Actors in Covent Garden, a big room complete with stage and tinsel background. There were quite a few familiar faces, and my brother and cheery SIL were there too so it was good to see them although my brother seemed quite knackered – he works as a researcher in the House of Commons Library and I think maybe the new MPs are needing a lot of briefing or something. Afterwards, G and I went to Byron on the Strand for a burger but I couldn’t have the new summer special as they had run out of pulled pork! Disaster 🙂

Another half day today, as am going home this afternoon in order to assist Mum with the book group, which she’s hosting this evening – she still gets quite stressed about entertaining as a solitary hostess so it helps if I’m there, and means I get to see her book group who are a good bunch (and much more intellectual than mine)!

  • clear up carnage from Wed
  • ironing
  • breakfast
  • packing
  • emails
  • STLs
  • continue stat acs
  • train home

Back on Sunday – have a great weekend, everyone!

5/28/15 ftf, wren

Yesterday was kind of strange.  I was tired and spacey all day and felt nonproductive.  In the middle of the day there was an awards luncheon to attend with several other members of our team.  It was about as dreadful as expected, but we had the chance to shake hands and chat with some of our new donors, which was the real reason we were there.  Standing next to our social worker, it became quite apparent that he smelled like weed!!!!  Hilarious!  I hope the donors don’t recognize the smell of pot.  Then again, they’re from Colorado, where marijuana was recently legalized, so they may be all too familiar…  I sat next to our new development person, and she told me shocking stories of corporate corruption.  As for the actual event, it was tedious, cheesy, and poorly catered.  I’m glad it’s over!

I’m reviewing job applications for a new position that we’re creating.  The response so far has been underwhelming.  The one application that looks promising has a writing sample that includes  what to me is a glaring error – a completely misplaced apostrophe in the second word of the first sentence.  Writing is an important part of the job and so is attention to detail, so this errant apostrophe is a matter of concern.  One friend tells me I’m being too picky, and the applicant pool is not great, so perhaps I should invite the woman in for an interview, show her her writing sample and ask if she can see the error.  Hmmm.  What to do, what to do?   Well, ftfers, what would you do?

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

strength training

work day

e-mail

check new job applications

web site meeting

calendar

new provider info

clintrex budget

AZ uTRAC

make contact so RK’s teaching salary can be set up

send budget requests to biogen

fraud, waste & abuse training

review budget updates for clinical trials

op indicators reports

update Connect uTRAC for amendment 1

list of reporting requirements and dates

pass through invoices

after work

doctor

hike!

hugs and supper

sleep

T’s 28/5 Thur list

Done: worked well yesterday and got some clearer ideas of where this is going. Thank you for taking part in the title poll! I am still thinking about it. A friend commented that “race” can be ambiguous, meaning both run and human race… I’ll have to think about that. By far the favourite title was “The Race and the Maze. FB’s moral phil for a technological age”. I started wondering whether to twist it into “The Race from/in the Maze”. My partner says it sounds Harrypotterish. Always the supportive guy, him! Perhaps opening with “Virtues for a technological age” is better after all (thanks SL, you are the only one who liked it!). Or keeping it straightforward, plain, and simple, as Wren suggested (thanks!).

Now, on to to-day To-do list (quite a lot of spill over from yesterday, aehm!)

– Book: go on with DP, chk Gaukroger, Minkov, email HS, keep working on a proposal for Brill.

– email S and work out a plan together; email BV for a meeting? email RS!!!

leisure:

– C25K

– sort the kitchen out

– laundry

– brain dump &planning session

SL’s FTF, Thurs 28th May

A nice day coming up 🙂

  • breakfast
  • ironing
  • committee 8.30 – think I have to chair it eek
  • deal with today’s STLs
  • talk to B, must do it today
  • then STL discussion on systems
  • ask Z for advice about invoice
  • if time, continue with stat accounts
  • meet Moose and Cate for Moose’s birthday tea!!!
  • possibly to be followed by coffee 🙂
  • wine tasting – several people going who I know, including bro and SIL, should be fun