Archive for June, 2016

6/30/16 ftf, wren

My car is all gassed up and packed up, I’ve got lots of podcasts, audio books, music and snacks at the ready, and the back seat is made up nice for Becca and Elbee.  It’s still early, but I’ll be taking the pups out in a few minutes, then feeding them (and me), showering, and hitting the road.  It’s a ten-hour drive without stops, so more like a twelve-hour day of travel because there will most definitely be stops.

Yesterday was somewhat momentous at work because I was completely caught up.  I even did my filing!  If I had not left early, I would have just puttered around filling the time.

It’s interesting that the US news media is making a big deal out of a new poll that shows Clinton and Trump neck and neck, yet Nate Silver says the odds are 80-20 in favor of Clinton.  I believe that the neck and neck poll is not taking the electoral college into consideration.

Best wishes to all for the next week!

calypte 30th June

The whooshy month draws to a close!

My plans for yesterday got a bit disrupted, as I decided to take myself off to the cinema! It was lovely – well, film wasn’t great, but it’s the first time I’ve been by myself this year (used to do this all the time!) and just felt like one of the things I ‘meant’ to do over the past few months. I then met Z for a pint and catch up on what’s been happening at work – sounds like I’ve missed the most intense semi-disaster phase, and will be going back to interesting times. Hmm!

Which could be Monday! o_O Today I find out if/when I get an operation to remove a PTH gland, which is a little nerve-wracking, but not too awful a prospect. Tomorrow is the scarier one, I think. Between that and just the re-adjustment to having responsibilities again, I’m a bit on edge. I’ve also got that ‘meh’ feeling on all the things (turning my flat into a super-organised heaven; writing a novel; developing amazing routines for the gym, card-making, etc etc) I sort of thought I could be doing over the past few months haven’t transpired – but then, I wasn’t actually on holiday, and even the in-between times that were just ‘nice of them to let me be off’ ended up being filled with complications and colds.

Mind you, probably better not to have set up a ‘perfect’ routine that I can’t keep up. I’m already worried that the morning pages/meditation/healthier eating is going to be harder to maintain, but… yeah. Think I’m just finding things to be worried about right now!! o_O

Today… no huge list, as apparently I want to know what’s going on with the hospital first, even though that makes no immediate difference. Sigh.


  • morning pages
  • meditation
  • stretches
  • duolingo
  • doodle course – this is going okay. I’m still 3 days behind from the weekend, but haven’t tried catching up. The challenges are becoming more about stretching your creative thinking, which isn’t a bad thing.
  • mindful eating – all healthy choices today (and looking forward to them!), after a trip for groceries last night. Yay! 🙂


Hospital went fine – no expected scan (ultrasound), just more blood tests and some general health/diet questions. Doc thinks it’s a vitamin D deficiency; should find out next week. So yay for no operation, although it is still a little more uncertainty.

SL’s FTF, Thurs 30th June

A fairly ok day at work yesterday, but then last night when G turned up for dinner he wasn’t looking too good and we ended up calling an ambulance and going to A&E. Fortunately one of the great things about living here is that A&E is just down the road. They carried out lots of ECGs and it wasn’t a heart attack so eventually I left him there with some Terry Pratchetts to read. He’s hoping to come out today.

I also revealed my masterplan which is for him to pack in his job asap and for us to sell up and get out of London. We could then buy a charming house in the country (probably the area we’re both from – Rutland or north Northants) and he could potter about in the vegetable patch and play with kittens and generally not die at 43 while I could go part time and commute three or four days a week. I think the maths just about works. The key thing would to be near enough to a station with a decent trainline – G’s home town is on a branch line which means changing at Peterborough *shudder*! G does not seem altogether opposed to this idea so need to explore further. This also has the advantage that I’d be closer to my mother and he’d be closer to his father.

A lot to think about. On to today…

  • breakfast
  • STLs
  • get info together for second set of subco auditors – annoying but it’s all good…
  • continue fiddling with my own accounts
  • hopefully my auditor is going to leave me in peace today, she says, the eternal optimist
  • not sure what’s happening this evening – G? or not?

T’s 30th June

Today was a very good day in the end. I get anxious when I travel and usually it starts 2 days in advance: I find myself awake in the middle of the night, wondering about how to remember everything, and what if I forget this, and what if I don’t manage to check in, and what if my books put my suitcase overweight, if, if, if. So today, as a way to shut down my endless worrying and control-freakyness, I ended up doing something I had been postponing for… 1 year and 3 months!!! In the end it took just 2 hours, but they were 2 hours of intense pain, concentration, and constant decisions. And of course, in this year and 3 months I had been thinking so many times at these things that many decisions had been pondered quite a bit till now, and some prior decisions already taken. The whole process was so very absorbing that for those 2 hours I certainly stopped worrying about me leaving tomorrow. And now, at least I am relieved that I did it at last.


Before leaving:

  • go and greet people at the department
  • print out check in sheet
  • last photocopies
  • last touches to talk + print it out (so I can make revisions during the flight)
  • take books back to the library
  • fetch vase to Susan
  • pack + weigh suitcases
  • ct5k 3/3 (?!?) YEAH!
  • dump&discard
  • if I still have some space left: consider buying Emplotting virtue

While waiting at the airport (I always get there so well in advance, yes I already told you I’m the anxious type)

  • work
  • messages to M. and mum before leaving

During flight (remember EARPLUGS!)

  • basically sleep
  • or
    • read Sandler’s book
    • read the book about Human nature
    • read student’s thesis

I’ll be arriving at Frankfurt airport at 5:55 am in the morning of the first July, then in Bologna at 10 am. Then I’ll travel to Padua… and beyond that point I have a detailed list of thing to do there.




6/29/16 ftf, wren

The news from the Istanbul airport attack is just terrible.  It’s impossible to understand how people can do such horrific things.

I’m working until a little past noon today, mainly just wrapping things up before leaving, and also onboarding a new employee. After work, I’ll take the dogs for a hike, get a hair cut, and finish packing for my trip to Arizona.  My back continues spasming like crazy.  Sitting is the worst thing for it and walking is the best.  I’m not sure how that’s going to work out with a long drive tomorrow.  Probably the best plan will be to make frequent stops and keep the seat heater on.

I’m planning on leaving very early tomorrow morning, so here’s a farewell in case I don’t have time to check in tomorrow, and I’ll check back in a week.




happy dog time!


work day


payroll reminder

onboard new employee

prepare for new computer

order supplies

late am personnel meeting

Clinical Correlates uTRAC exemption


out of office notices

renew SAM (due 8/10/16)

Citi training (due 9/21/16)


close out 09857

look into Foundation Directory Online

Research P01 grants

after work

hike with dogs

hair cut

finish packing


calypte 29th June

Started writing a post yesterday, but realised I was in a real downer of a mood and just moaning! I was just tired – the weekend was lazy but still enough to leave me a bit achy, and I spent a stupid hour or so awake in the early hours stressing (work, hospitals, etc). Not unexpected, but also not useful!

Still feeling drowsy-weary today (lingering effects of the cold, most like!) but in a far better mood, thank goodness! Not sure if vague comment about meeting colleagues for a post-work drink will actually materialise today, but even so I can have a lazy/vaguely productive morning.

To do:

  • dailies
    • meditation
    • morning pages
    • stretches
    • doodle course
    • duolingo
    • eat mindfully
  • pay cc
  • renew library book
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • groceries – need milk!
  • watch something
  • continue reading binge – library and NetGalley catching up!
  • review The Crime at Black Dudley

I’ve still got some ‘frog’ tasks (as in, eat that frog) that I know I should be doing and probably aren’t helping my stress levels, but just can’t face yet. Meh. On the happier side, also itching for writing and cards again, but refusing to put them on a list to make them feel like chores! Depends on this evening’s plans, I guess.

SL’s FTF, Wed 29th June

Enjoyed my afternoon out of the office yesterday – Z and I attended an investment seminar. I was hoping for more about the impact of Brexit but I think they were saving that for the evening session which we didn’t sign up for. Still, nobody seems to know what’s happening or how anyone should react to it, in investment terms, so we probably didn’t miss much.

Back to accounts and audit today – apparently loads of things need to be changed due to new rules coming into effect this year, so need to get my head down and get on with it.

  • prep delicious lunch
  • breakfast
  • STLs
  • emails
  • carry on fixing the numbers
  • deal with auditor
  • clear up small amount of carnage
  • dinner with G