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SL’s FTF, Fri 24th March

Friday at last, the end of another mega week. Made good progress yesterday, and today should be very quiet so I hope I’ll get a lot of catching up done.

Tomorrow morning, I’m finally going to make it to Highgate Cemetery for the gardening volunteering. I’m a bit nervous about it but am sure it will be fine 🙂 Will be interesting to see what it’s like there.

Then on Sunday I’m off home and on Tuesday Mum and I are going to Amsterdam for a few days, which should be nice. It’s been about 10 years since I was last there.

Have a good week everyone!

  • clear up carnage
  • STLs
  • review list
  • club minutes
  • set up new fund for M
  • update bank manager 1
  • update bank manager 2
  • talk to C
  • email K
  • checking!
  • Gift Aid!
  • out of office!
  • food shopping
  • quiet night in – probably Twin Peaks and then some reading

SL’s FTF, Thurs 23rd March

Had a less frustrating day yesterday (thanks wren and calypte for sharing your fellow frustrations!) – got the info I needed and dealt with the VAT registration at long last. so that was a huge weight off my mind.

Had a quick look at a news website yesterday afternoon and saw about the attacks on Westminster very shortly after they happened. My brother confirmed very quickly that he and my SIL were both ok which was a relief as they work in that area. SIL was in a building on lockdown until surprisingly late (8ish, I think) but she told me my brother was on the way home so at least the cats would get fed 🙂

Just so horrible to think that someone can drive a car into pedestrians like that. I’m going to stick to the side streets even more in future.

  • get woken up at stupid o’clock by text message from colleague with too much information saying she’s sick
  • ironing
  • STLs
  • meeting with fundholder who just got £3-4m legacy 
  • JG application
  • more bank forms
  • Gift Aid hour
  • more checking
  • collect parcels
  • am wondering whether to go and see Personal Shopper at nearby arty cinema this evening

SL’s FTF, Wed 22nd March

Had a very frustrating day at work yesterday – am now on about my fifth attempt at the online VAT application. I’ll resist going into detail about this saga but it’s very annoying and getting quite farcical now. Paws crossed today will be the day I finally finish the wee bugger!

Had a nice time with M last night though. V was unable to join us at the last minute, so it was just the two of us, but that meant we were able to have a deeper conversation than has sometimes been the case in the past, and she liked my choice of restaurant. We were actually able to hear each other for a change, which is always good when you’re trying to talk to someone 🙂

  • STLs
  • payroll letter
  • has chief got the info I need?
  • tackle the VAT registration hopefully for the last time
  • need to have catch-up with C
  • deal with whatever else has cropped up in the meantime
  • do some checking – the pile is in danger of causing a landslide!
  • Gift Aid hour
  • deal with some home admin
  • dinner with G

SL’s FTF, Tues 21st March

Got a lot done yesterday, no thanks to the VAT advisor who I asked on Friday to call me to chat through the impossible sudden new form. Radio silence from him all day and then he emailed me at 5.30, by which time I’d pretty much answered all my own questions. Perhaps I should charge myself £500 an hour 🙂

More of the same today and then this evening I’m meeting old school friends M and V for dinner. I instigated this, as last year we met up and had a good time and then one of the others said she’d organise the next one in August. Well, August came and went, as did the rest of 2016, so it was in danger of slipping into not happening. As usual, feel a bit nervous about it (why is it that meeting old school friends is so nerve-wracking even now?) but am sure it will be fine.

I also remember last year asking one of them, who works in the university sector, about their contigency plans for Brexit, and being looked at as if I was from the Planet Zog. Better not bring that subject up then (am sure it will come up anyway)!

  • clear up carnage
  • STLs
  • nobble elusive colleague P about VAT form and other issues
  • write ridiculous letter from new charity to old charity per VAT advisor’s instructions
  • deal with baffling email from JG which didn’t really answer my questions and had terrible spelling too! 
  • letter to payroll
  • club minutes
  • fund admin
  • maybe tackle massive pile of checking?
  • 1 hour checking Gift Aid – some of our fundraisers seem to be trying to claim Gift Aid when there’s no form on the system, argh! this is all I need right now…
  • meet M&V

SL’s FTF, Mon 20th March

Had a nice weekend, got some writing done on Saturday, and D came round last night to join me and G for dinner. We might be going to visit him in Sept/Oct if we can find dates which work, which is very exciting – he lives in upstate New York and has an amazing wine cellar 🙂

Hoping things at work will simmer down this week – I’m very irritated with my VAT advisor at the moment. His emails are difficult to understand at the best of times and then on Friday evening he suddenly sent me a form, not previously mentioned, which has to be completed ideally today and asks all sorts of questions which I can’t answer. Grrr!

At least Z will be in the office today so I’ll have someone to moan with 🙂

  • clear up further carnage from last night
  • STLs
  • get on top of VAT situation
  • finalise minutes
  • is chief in?
  • open new funds, which I didn’t get round to on Friday
  • begin drafting second email to fundholders
  • food shopping
  • catch up on Homeland
  • continue reading – what? Started reading Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” which I’m enjoying, but also got Full Dark House to be going on with

SL’s FTF, Fri 17th March

Yesterday was ridiculously busy but at least we’ve now decided our new logo, subject to finalising colours, typeface etc. and it looks dynamic and contemporary, such a great improvement on the last one. It makes me think of Star Trek for some reason – not that I’m a Trekkie but there is a swoosh which is somehow quite spacey 🙂

Z isn’t in today and I have no meetings, so am hoping for major Feats of Productivity! I’ve been for another short walk and am feeling more energetic than I have for a while. The brighter mornings and sight of magnolia trees in bloom is definitely helping!

  • walk
  • STLs
  • email J
  • circulate committee with calculations
  • fund admin – set up about 3 new funds 
  • V is likely to call about the minutes, be on standby!
  • Gift Aid Gift Aid Gift Aid argh
  • new bank account details are supposed to appear today – draft VAT registration form
  • Justgiving or shall I leave that particular delight for next week?
  • food shopping
  • continue watching Twin Peaks
  • continue reading Full Dark House

SL’s FTF, Thurs 16th March

Had a very nice day with my mother yesterday, and the good weather helped. I think I clocked up almost 15,000 steps but managed to lose my pedometer, grr. Kinky Boots was very good again and we had great seats so could see it better this time, and it was nice to see my brother and sister-in-law last night.

This evening I was supposed to be going to a politics seminar run by my old college, with my friend A but she has dropped out at the last minute, which is slightly annoying since she was the one who suggested we go, so I’ve decided to cancel too. Which means I don’t have to get into work early and was able to go for another walk this morning. Am feeling myself get back into the walking groove and a new pedometer should be arriving today 🙂

Pleased about the result in the Dutch election, hoping the French will follow suit now.

  • walk
  • cancel seminar
  • STLs
  • meeting with R
  • minutes?
  • Bankline form?
  • email catch up hopefully not too bad
  • check payments
  • Gift Aid
  • meeting with logo guy
  • follow up from meeting on Tues
  • email M and V
  • email SIL
  • book Mum’s train
  • continue reading Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler, enjoying it!