Archive for June, 2017

calypte 30th June

Farewell, June! Woah. o_O

Had a super-low energy day yesterday, a ‘lovely’ reminder that all is still far from right. I confess I’m getting anxious about ever feeling well again, or more to the point, having to face life again before I feel much MUCH better o_O Oy. On the plus side, today was 110 days of meditation in a row, and I’ve had a daily practice with only a few blips for must be over 18 months now – and it really helps. I’m able to acknowledge the anxiety, and deal with it a little better.

Anyway. Today is so far feeling much better, and my head is FULL of plans! Mainly cooking and decluttering 🙂 Got a bag of carrots that need used, so thinking maybe a smaller batch of (experimental ginger?) soup, and perhaps a root veg casserole for the freezer (although I’ve already got some in there, hmm!) to add to plans of sweet potato chilli (can I bung a few carrots in that?! ;)) and a lazy take on a roast veg lasagne. I eat well 🙂

On the decluttering, I got my toiletries box more or less sorted – no shocks! – and realised the sagacity of the KonMari advice to group similar items in the same place: I must have body butter in at least 3 different places (and I don’t mean the opened/being used ones!), and shower gel much the same. No wonder I have quite a bit!

I also sent my old, big stereo away for storage at my dad’s. I do ponder keeping stuff like this, but (a) it works fine, and (b) I still have a pile of media that only plays on that, even if I only ever use my iPod these days. Will have a think – at least, it might as well stick around to see if it has a place in the new place 😉 An added bonus of this approach (on top of the main getting the flat ready for photos/sale in a non-intensive manner) will be allowing me to live more minimally for a bit, and see if I can make that stick. Plus, it highlighted a storage space that needs a lot more attention: have I even been in that cabinet in the past year?! Oy o_O So, can pick away at that over the next week or so.

Anyway, tons of possible plans for today, given I’m heading out this evening! Tonight’s cinema choice is Baby Driver, so I’m hoping that’s fun. I was getting annoyed at the trailer, but I didn’t see the group going for Despicable Me when there were options! And tomorrow is full of excitement, as I’m off on a day trip… to Fife! LOL!

  • Dailies:
    • meditation
    • morning pages
    • stretches
    • open Scrivener and type *something*
  • charge battery pack for tomorrow
  • notebook for train – day 1 of CampNaNo, must scribble something!
  • detroll
  • NetGalley review of sample
  • at least start on the short stories collection review
  • email insurance co?
  • make spoodles for lunch
  • eat melon
  • see how I feel about cooking – not here to eat tomorrow, but can sit in fridge for a day, and saves having to do *everything* on Sunday!
  • freeze rhubarb
  • mega pile of dishes! o_O
  • cinema
  • relatively early night

SL’s FTF, Fri 30th June

Got a lot done yesterday and gradually carving a way through the to-do list. Am looking forward to the weekend though, and a chance to clean my flat which needs it quite badly… Then Highgate on Sunday, it’s been a month as I had to skip the last one, so it will be good to get back to that. I’m glad the heatwave is over as am sleeping much better now! I didn’t sleep that well in France thanks to some very noisy birds right outside my window.

  • ironing
  • intentional resting
  • take parcel to PO
  • STLs
  • Word document
  • pension stuff
  • discuss legal stuff with Z
  • set up new fund for someone
  • read C’s articles
  • email D
  • reading, writing, thinking

6/29/17 ftf, wren

Yesterday went fairly well at work, and I was able to get things well in order.  Just as I was putting my things together to leave, I was waylaid with a request to help navigate through a complicated government computer site.  This was really a matter of me trying this thing and that, as I have almost no experience in this area, and I did it at the chatty secretary’s desk, sitting on her exercise ball chair, which led my tentatively-healing sciatic nerve problem back into the land of pain.  After that sour note, I was happy to find J at home, and we went on a very nice summer hike.

Today I am going to take off bright and early, at 6:00 am, and drive the girls all the way to Flagstaff, Arizona.  This is about an eight-hour drive through some very beautiful scenery.  We’ll stop half way to do some hiking at Spring Creek, and then we’ll have another hike in the pine forest of Flagstaff.  I’ve got a motel room reserved for the night.  My brother has a summer house in Flagstaff, so I’ll be having dinner with him and his wife.  Tomorrow will start with a morning pine forest hike, followed by the final drive to my mom’s house, which will take about two hours.  I could do the entire drive straight through, but it is long, and I tend to get stressed and driven to make good time.  My primary goal for today is to slow down, feel patient, and savor the journey.

SL’s FTF, Thurs 29th June

I’m back in London now, got back Tuesday night in fact (inevitably, after five days of hot sun, it was cold and wet here!) but was rushing round like a mad thing yesterday morning. We had a great time, many lovely meals out and the highlight was the special dinner on Saturday night on the terrace of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in Volnay, being served lots of different wines by the villagers and witnessing various performances, songs and speeches. Also, on Monday, we were taken out into the vineyards by one of the vignerons and shown his vines, and had a little wine tasting in situ. It was great to drink his wines in the actual vineyard where the grapes were growing!

Back to reality now and the to-do list is calling. It’s very hard to get engaged with the stuff I need to do at work but must knuckle down and get on with it…

  • ironing
  • intentional resting
  • STLs
  • make adjustments to accounts and update other bits – this will take most of the day, I think
  • consider what to do about training on DS
  • if I have the energy, look at yet another email from the lawyers on the loan, which I thought we had sorted out now but apparently not!
  • read stuff from D
  • sort out finances, rather messy given there were four of us all paying for different things
  • thinky time – it’s almost Q3 after all… I would like to get some good routines going!
  • continue reading “A Climate of Fear” by Fred Vargas, as usual, enjoying it a lot

calypte 28th June

Whooot! Finally managed it: lights off relatively early, and a full 9 hours sleep! La! Wonderful, more please! But also fighting the nagging little voice in my head that says, “Great, so today is all DO DO DO!” – nope! Today is still about resting, noodling away at what strikes my fancy, but no overdoing anything! 😉

I do have a few tiny ‘plans’, like stock-taking my box of toiletries. Opened it this morning for toothpaste, and saw that it really needs a sort out, so figure I might as well make the list at the same time. And figuring out meals to use the last of the fresh produce in the fridge is another challenge – had it all worked out, then remembered the other avocado – argh! 😉

  • figure out what to do with the avocado
  • use up the last of the salad
  • mp/sl
  • review Best Sci-Fi vol 11
  • watch some stuff
  • another sensible earlyish night

6/28/17 ftf, wren

Yesterday was insane at work, starting with a notification from Information Security that I’d opened an attachment that contained malware. I was directed to immediately unplug my computer, so then I was scrambling trying to get things done before my computer was taken away.  Next, my boss told me about a grant proposal that he wants to submit with a deadline on Friday – and I’m leaving town on Thursday.  Add to that three new employees with many questions and one old employee behaving badly.  Egads!

Today is my last day at work before leaving for  Arizona.  It will be busy, and I’ll be working on my personal laptop, which is better than using a completely unfamiliar computer but not exactly ideal.  After work, I need to finish packing and doing last minute things so that the dogs and I can get an early start on our long drive.



happy dog time!

strength training

work day



administrative supplement

reallocate p cards

out of office messages

morning meeting

letters for forgiveness of reimbursement

online Kronos training

clinical trials invoicing

set up AbbVie pass through sheet

Eisai uTRAC

Eisai forgiveness of reimbursement

complete first RATS class

after work



finish packing


calypte 27th June

I’m liking the fact that it’s started raining, as that fits perfectly with my ‘chill out inside’ plans for the day. Feel like I’ve been on the go for ages, it’s a relief to finally have a couple of no-plans, quiet days. Actually, think I need them! And hey, it might be cool enough this evening for a bath 🙂

I’ve had a morning of reading and meditation and journalling, and it’s all helping as a reminder to just let go and relax for a bit. I did manage to stick to my plans last night for a slightly earlier, working-on-it-gradually, bedtime, but then managed to be up at half two chasing away nightmares – wth, brain!? All Freddy Kruger-y, just weird o_O The only thing I can think is that it was somehow triggered by my writing session yesterday, which was pretty gruesome. I’m just picking away with scenes and/or notes on all my various projects, and there is one with a high shock-value opening, which for some reason I’d decided to tackle with a slightly different take on the scene. I was pretty pleased with the results, but I might switch to a happier project if it’s going to disturb my sleep!

Today is day 7 of my self-imposed writing challenge, and I’m feeling really good about it. I think I’ve got the right approach for just now: writing every day, but no target times or word counts, so no pressure. Soon, I want to introduce something similar for coding/learning, but perhaps not quite yet – last thing I want is to try and overdo it, and lose the progress I’ve already made.

Another thing I have started, though: decluttering for the move!! I’ve been reluctant to really start, as it’s all so unsettled as to when. The original idea was to start sending stuff home with my dad to store, so that the flat is much emptier for photos and viewings – but it didn’t feel ‘fair’ to dump stuff on him for 6 months. But, yesterday I just took the plunge! It’ll be a couple of items a week, nothing major, but oooh it feels good to be doing something! 🙂