Archive for February, 2017

calypte 24th February

Rather enjoyed yesterday’s snow storm. We were spared the worst of the wind, which can be a little more disruptive, so just hope the flat (no more roof issues, please!! o_O) is okay! Here, it was kind of peaceful watching big fat flakes falling pretty much all day, especially as no one had to travel and it’s all mostly gone today.

Still doing more thinking and planning than anything even vaguely productive – although I did take on my usual xmas chore of peeling the brussel sprouts for tea yesterday 🙂 Lots of thoughts about healthy eating, so browsing lots of recipe sites 🙂

Slightly less impressed at myself for all the BuJo ideas – just *do* something, woman!

So, setting myself a couple of little tasks for today, to stop myself just completely vegetating:

  • meditation – want to get back into this, seems daft to have dropped it for over a week
  • try stretches – not yoga, not yet, but will see what of my usual routine is doable
  • write Traitor review – feeling quite chuffed with my review blogging, and also my NetGalley approval rating, so want to keep both up 🙂
  • open the BuJo, and make some kind of mark on the page, for goodness sake! All of these grand ideas are only going to happen if I start, and I’m only going to improve if I keep trying – this is the perfect forum for that, so go!

SL’s FTF, Fri 24th Feb

Had a very productive day yesterday and got 10 pages of minutes written (I wonder what the word count is!) but at the expense of the Mountain of Crap which is piling up in the meantime. Three meetings today and the dentist before that…

But tomorrow I’m off to Wales for a week and looking forward to a change of scene, meeting new people and getting some writing done. Have a good week, everyone.

  • clear up carnage
  • dentist
  • STLs
  • talk to A about emails and invoice
  • write and send out letters to residents
  • sign contract for needy fundholder
  • am sure there is another email I need to deal with
  • meeting with bank manager 1
  • talk to P about Gift Aid
  • logo designer is coming in for a chat – we’ve got chief to agree we can have a new logo for the new charity, which is excellent news as Z and I hate out current logo but have  had to put up with it for the past ten years!
  • deal with bank form 2
  • let Z know what needs to be done while I’m away
  • put that out of office reply on and get the hell out of there! 🙂
  • dinner with G


2/23/17 ftf, wren

I made good progress with the annual budget yesterday and am feel a bit less overwhelmed by work.  I am going in to work today for just one meeting, as a potential new faculty member is in town and it’s in my best interests to meet with her.  J is going to drive into the city with me, so it shouldn’t be too exhausting.



take a look at budget reports

SL’s FTF, Thurs 23rd Feb

Had a good time at the wine tasting last night and managed not to over-indulge, possibly because there were 18 of us compared with 8 last week! I was also pleased about the news that Cressida Dick has been appointed the new head of the Metropolitan Police, as she gave a talk to a group of us when I was in Oxford, and was very impressive.

Today’s focus is the minutes, as only have two days at work now before I’m off for a week. Hopefully it should be nice and quiet but then I always say that!

  • STLs
  • emails but only if urgent
  • minutes!
  • food shopping
  • ironing
  • packing list



2/22/17 ftf, wren

We’re in the midst of a big snow storm that swept in, with the fanfare of wailing winds, last night.  It looks as if a foot of snow has fallen so far, and we are immersed in Winter again.

The Washington Post has published a very clever graphic of the lies that Trump has told in his 33 days in office.  The chart is color coded – the more lies, the darker the shade – and it shows that he has lied every day of his presidency.  I don’t like his lying, but I do like the Post‘s ingenuity in confronting it.  I don’t know what to say about the fact that some people don’t seem to care about this pathological dishonesty.

I made some progress with work yesterday, although not enough to feel a sense of relief.  I’ll keep at it today, with the following work tasks on the list:


complete Eisai online thingamajig

write back to payroll dude

budgeting:  complete fund 5000

budget: personnel report

budgeting:  fund 6000

budgeting:  funds 2000, 2500 and 9900

calypte 22nd February

Good afternoon 🙂

Well, this time last week I was probably still in the recovery room. Pleased to report I’m continuing to feel on the mend, if still somewhat bruised and tender, but determined to keep it slow. Spending some time reading – about habit-formation, motivation, writing – and plotting a more streamlined, happy life. Oh, okay, mostly I’ve been learning how to binge-watch! LOL! Never something I’ve really done before (2 episodes in a row was about the limit of my ‘binging’ previously), but have managed 4 or 5 episodes in a row of a couple of shows, including finally finishing Stranger Things, and really enjoying the new version of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Also watched Loss of a Teardrop Diamond last night, and it was thoroughly weird o_O Been a surprisingly nice way to spend my recovery – although does make me wonder what I do with my time that I neither do this usually, or seem to get much else done when I’m being ‘too busy’. Hmm – must be having someone do my cooking 🙂

Forecast is for a lot of snow in Scotland tonight and tomorrow, so I will remain holed up at my dad’s for a few extra nights. It’s been nice, although part of me is looking forward to my own space and hobbies again – never itched to do cards so much as when I’m far away from all my kit! 🙂

SL’s FTF, Wed 22nd Feb

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind, as it turned out that chief had lots of important meetings with important people, but had failed to let anyone know, and Z was off, so I ended up running around ordering last minute sandwiches which then turned up late. Oh well! The list rolls over to today… The good news was that my meeting at 8.30 tomorrow morning has been postponed, so I can enjoy myself at the wine tasting this evening knowing I don’t have a horrible early start.

  • clear up carnage
  • book taxi for Sat
  • STLs
  • review Friends accounts and email to relevant people
  • deal with invoices
  • website meeting
  • can I send off VAT form?
  • deal with weird query from bank manager
  • letters to residents
  • crack on with other VAT form
  • bank form
  • minutes? you never know!
  • wine tasting