I appear to have come down with a serious outbreak of geekage. This is totally Jamie's brother's fault, for if Stuart had not bought Jamie "Rome Total War" for Christmas (albeit a rather late present, since we only picked it up on sunday last), I would not have become totally horribly and irrevocably addicted to it.
In other news, my whole going to the gym thing is working out really well. I went on my own for the first time on Tuesday, and wasnt scared (although it was full of pimply, stringy, weasely looking chav teenage boys all showing off on the weights). I can definately feel a difference from a fitness point of view, I have more energy and stuff and its all cool. I may even have lost some of my wobbly fat bits too, for although my weight is not changing, I am changing shape. Which means the fat is going and the muscles are getting better. So its all good.
Work has been very odd of late, we've finally been allowed to do all the stuff we've been trained to do, which is good. Sophie (one of the girls who started the same time as me) handed in her notice at the start of the week, because she's been struggling with having to deal with the crap job, not having anywhere to live, and her boyfriend-of-six-years's mother slowly dying from motor neurone disease. Anyway, the mother-in-law-to-be died earlier on this week, and my boss has managed to convince Sophie to stay, by being really nice to her and giving her loads of time off and stuff. Which is cool. Speaking of which, if anyone is feeling in a particularly generous mood, pop to www.justgiving.com/ianwatson
and have a read, Sophie's partner Ian is running the Reading Half Marathon in April, and he's raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation, who have been helping out loads with his mum over the last few years. Please, if you are able, donate something, even if its just a couple of quid. One of the last conversations his mum ever had was with Ian about how well his fundraising efforts were going.. Over the last few months I've been sharing in a lot of Sophie's anxiety and stress over the whole situation, and I was genuinly upset to hear that she had passed away. So please go and read what Ian has to say.
I have new cd's, classical stuff, Jewish cello music and Faure's Requiem. I got the Jewish cello stuff cos the first track is Kol Nidrei, the sonata that Jamie played on his double bass for his MA. A fabulous piece of music, I just wanted to know what the original sounded like. I have to say I prefer Jamie's version for the bass, but then its always going to have a special place in my heart. And the cello version is good.
I got stuck in hideous traffic on the way home, some accident on the M4 involving an arctic lorry, a van and two cars. GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. so all the closed lanes etc was on the other side of teh carrieageway. But I still got stuck in a crawl cos of everyone slowing down to look. Although, when I got there, I could see why. all the vehicles were in the ditch, the cars were all smashed up and the arctic lorry was on its side. bit of a nasty one. the queues were going all the way back to the M25. I feel sorry for all the commuters who have had to sit and wait in it on their drive back home for the weekend.
I'm off to go be useful now I think, I've rambled on for far too long. Then more Rome Total War, when Jamie gets home from work :-)
It occurs to me that I havent actually properly spoken to any of you in a long time. I'm crap at keeping in touch with my friends. I really am. i know it may seem like I have been ignoring you all, but I really havent. i'm just rubbish.
i love you all!