Today was the SML Christmas party – I know, on a Thursday? It was also only drinks and nibbles – we’re generally more accustomed to a long proper lunch. And we were cramped black-hole-of-calcutta-style into the tiniest of spaces within a larger venue – for a while there I could not raise my elbows to drink my glass of water (of course we cannot offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks).
And, no drinking for me – even though since my birthday I’ve (gasp!) indulged in some alcohol (I know!) – but I really wanted to spend one Christmas party where I did not end up rather under the weather.
Reader, it was dire. So Very Dire.
The event was woefully under catered, so that people fell upon the trays of foods like seagulls when they made an appearance. Unfortunately we were at the back of the Black Hole, so food did not make its way to us. Can we say mucho alcohol on empty stomachs? Urk! My sparkling colleagues are really unsparkling when you’re sober. It was a VERY long 3 hours.
I’m now having a couple of glasses of wine at home to decompress. Back on the wagon next week!
Around lunchtime I submitted my final assessment for my Manageressing Diploma and only 1/2 day late! Hopefully it will not be assessed as “not yet competent” and there will be a diploma with my name on it in the not too distant future.
I really don’t know what I was thinking signing up for the Advanced Manageressing Diploma next year (well, apart from getting some skillz to get the hell of SML after I hit the 10 year mark). Perhaps subconsciously it was so I could get a gig at one of these fine establishments:
advanced press | advanced badges
But in the break between now and when it commences, I really want to establish a daily pattern of work, even if it is 15 minutes a day. This whole experience has really taken me back to my (abandoned) degree – where I would leave everything to the last minute and write on sheer adrenalin and panic. Admittedly this was a pretty successful strategy as it was HDs all over the place, but it was completely stressful, draining and ultimately not sustainable (hence the abandonment). I do this with some SML projects too, it’s as though I crave the rush and frenzy and blessed relief at the end. I’d like to devote some energy to learning how to be a Sensible Adult and approach these things in a Sensible way. I can become a runner and give up alcohol, so I can surely be bloody-minded enough to embrace sensibility.
Watchwords = older | not much wiser
- film: one new film per fortnight (REVISED: on the GiantTelevision)
NOT ACHIEVED: again
(I don’t think this has changed for about
3 months now, make that 4 months, now 5 months – in retrospect this worked a whole lot better when we were leaving ThePalace(OfLove) to get our films on, but GiantTelevision is pretty Ace!)
- foodz: one new recipe per week
NOT ACHIEVED: again – though we did try a couple of new things. Mostly kept up with the the year of dinners page.
(Ditto with the unchanging – and again for
- da ‘hood: explore the neighbourhood once per month
ACHIEVED: hey! Don and I have been out for a couple of strolls which have been really very pleasant.
- paint: 6 months to paint the interior of ThePalace(OfLove)
PROJECT: FAIL. SO MUCH FAIL. Stalled again. And again.
- teev: watch something each week from the ridiculously extensive stash of video media
NOT ACHIEVED: still have yet to decide what comes after Breaking Bad.
complete one project from my dabbler email per month finish all of those things I started or abandon them.
NOT ACHIEVED: again
- learnin: (a) commence my manageress diploma (+ no dallying re assignments) – updated to include (b) be a better manageress.
PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: (a) Two assessments down – final one due tomorrow. Must get on that after I complete this.
ACHIEVED: (b) I have nothing spectacular to report, but on the upside have nothing bad to report either.
- exercise: twice a week. incidental exercise does not count
ACHIEVED: Made it back to 10km! And back to semi-regular running shorter distances. Have started 100 sit-ups before bed, with planned increase of 10 per day and am trying to get better at plank in 10 second increments.
- thing: find my thing (the least SMART of all the projects)
Running – yes. Avoidance – yes.
- sobriety: a dry (at least) January
PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: Not counting my birthday glass of wine and birthday celebration coffee martini.
Yes, well – not much to see here. HOW CAN IT BE THE LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR? WHERE DID ELEVEN WHOLE MONTHS GO?
This afternoon we all ventured out to high coffee at the Intercontinental to celebrate the end of high school for Joe/Frank and Bessie (and once-more-with-feeling for my birthday).
best cocktail ever (yep – broke the sobriety pact again)
these lights were each roughly the size of a small car
a small selection of our foodz – there was A LOT
joan and i were unexpectedly co-ordinated
We had an excellent time, those sprogs are fun to hang out with – especially now that they are fully-fledged humans.
I moved up another digit this week.
The day started less than optimally with very demanding kitties waking me betimes insisting on being fed. It didn’t get much better with various unpleasant things occurring – culminating in Mr T screaming at me for 30 minutes accusing me of all manner of things, none of which were true (loads of evidence to back me up). It was back to the completely unhinged Mr T days of old. I stalked out of the office, slamming the door and went a-weeping to my desk. Some time afterward he issued a complete non-apology, “I’m really sorry if you took it that way” – yeah, whatevs dude.
The evening became much better when Don, Joan, Joe/Frank and I went to Alfie and Hetty for dinner – highly recommended.
And I took a slight pause in my year of non-drinking to have a glass of birthday wine:
Not surprisingly it went straight to my head after 3 sips and I sat on it for about an hour and a half – strange times. It was quite civilised, but also made me aware that I really don’t miss alcohol that much at all – which bodes well for my continued svelteness!
When too much butter is barely enough:
I read a tweet a while back from the skint foodie who talked about using unfilled tea bags to hold bouquet garni. I am a tie-with-string person, so had to interest in using them for that purpose, but the fact that one could buy empty tea bags blew my mind.
I really dislike the messy emptying and endlessly rinsing out of the little mesh basket that came with my teapot, so I headed off to eBay and just wow! Possibly even more awesome as I had anticipated.
I have been having horrible dry skin and yucky, breaky, ridged nails so I impulse bought skin, hair and nails vitamins – with little expectation that they would be efficacious. And I was partially right – my nails are still as ghastly as they were at the outset, but after a couple of weeks I realised that my skin was astoundingly silky and smooth!
No idea how to fix the nails though.
Gratuitous kitty shot for the week: