Monday, May 24, 2004

Ok, Ok, OK...

I go around nagging Laura to blog, and then don't do any myself!

I was going to write about the wedding last night, but then Matt phoned to say that Ashley was in surgery for appendicitis (which I've learnt how to spell really fast) and it just slipped my mind.

Ashley is ok, Trish phoned last night to say she should be out in a few days and that she can still go on holiday next week, so that's a relief.

Then Phoenix was playing cards over MSN Messenger with Matt and I joined in and beat him twice.

My early night got lost somewhere....I got to bed at half 1! This goes some way to explaining the groggy look I have today, added to the sore throat/cough thing I now feel quite tired.

Phoenix has a job interview today, I hope he likes the people and gets the job.

Gotta go to work.....roll on the weekend and the Pagan Camping!

Saturday, May 22, 2004

You are a silly English Knnnnnniggit! Brave, loyal, and (somewhat) chaste, you follow your leader without question...even though you're not really that smart.
You are a silly English Knnnnnniggit! Brave, loyal,
and (somewhat) chaste, you follow your leader
without question...even though you're not
really that smart.

Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character are you REALLY?
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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

G'day, you're Bruce! You like to hang out with your friends Bruce, Bruce, Bruce, & Bruce drinking good Australian beer and philosophizing...
G'day, you're Bruce! You think like a philosopher,
especially after you've had a few cold
ones...Australia RULES!

What Monty Python Character are you?
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You're a Spirograph!! You're pretty tripped out,
even though you've been known to be a bit
boring at times. You manage to serve your
purpose in life while expending hardly any
effort (and are probably stoned to the gills
all the while).

What childhood toy from the 80s are you?
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I still have my spirograph...from 1988ish I think.

Back down South

We head back down south in a few hours. It'll be nice to go back for a few days.

I'm just worried I'll forget something, like the cross-stitch I've worked so hard on for the last couple of months. It's all finished, just need a frame for it, and then wrapping paper. I just hope Pami and Rob like it, I've got the whole paraniod they'll hate it thing playing inside my head.

I kinda dreamt about the wedding last night. I say kinda because I was aware it was the wedding even though I was lost in this strange restaurant. I was walking round a corner when I heard someone talking about me and I stopped to listen. All bad stuff of course, it always is in my dreams when folk are talking about me. But it was just a dream, and anyway, the person who was doing the talking doesn't actually know about any of the stuff they were talking about, so therefore that particular conversation is not possible!

Better go and pack, I must have some wedding suitable clothes somewhere.

Sarah started it...

On Sarahs journal I found a link saying I have a nation... I got one too!

My Nation

I get the feeling this could get addictive....

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Grover on X
Grover on Ecstasy

You're funny, you're loveable, you're entertaining,
you like to call yourself "Super
Grover!"--You're obviously on ecstasy.
But that's why we love you. Be careful, ok?

Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?
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Sunday, May 16, 2004

Quizzes from Georgias Blog

anime chick
You are a human shadow. If a loved one needs you,
you are always right at his or her heels! Your
deep social connection with human beings
produces your qualities of genuine caring and
charisma. However, at times you are naive to
the true nature of your loved ones. Remember
that humans' gift of free will does not always
lead them in wise directions. But your essence
of love and friendship represent the other
precious gifts of humanity. Overall you are a
strikingly valuable and innocent being who has
a lot to give.

What Kind of Shadow Are You? (with gorgeous pics)
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Faeries are sweet loving beings who love to help
people. They are not held back by reality and
love to dream and fly around. You probably are
very creative and although not the most popular
person in the world you are probably loved by
many for your sweet caring personality.

What Mythological Creature Are You (Many Results and Beautiful Pics)
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You are a PAPER-CLIP! You have great managerial
skills because you make sure that what goes
together stays together. Things would be in
complete disarray if you weren't around to hold
down the fort. But that's the problem- you
aren't always around. Sometimes you are
nowhere to be found and the projects you have
to keep track of get jumbled up. Or sometimes
your coworkers get you bent out of shape and
you just can't work at all. You have a very
important job, but it would help everybody if
you were more readily available.

What Piece of Office Supplies Are You? (many, many clever results with pictures)
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Monday, May 10, 2004

You're a Dialogue/Character Writer!

What kind of writer are you?
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Lapis Lazuli

What Stone Are You?
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Friday, May 07, 2004

Congratulations, you're a Pillywiggin, a trouping flower fae.
What kind of female faerie are you?
Take the female faerie quiz by Paradox.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Sometimes I hate being female.

Most of the time I love being me, but there are two days a month I could quite happily skip right past.

Instead of going to the reenactors markety thing I stayed home taking painkillers and spending most of the day curled up in a ball waiting for the tearing pains to fuck right off!

I'm just soo glad it didn't start on Saturday, and I'm also so glad that most of the pain will have gone by tomorrow night so that I can enjoy the moot.

I've read so many things in the past about the fact that women have been brainwashed into thinking periods are dirty and bad. I tend to think this for the first two days and then I quite enjoy the fact that my hormones are up and I feel really feminine, plus the fact that once the pains have died down I don't get anymore for a whole month! Part of the reason I get grouchy before my period is the fact I'm just waiting for the pain to start and dreading it.

Luckily I have a wonderful man who fetches me red wine and hot water bottles and then rubs my back in bed without me having to ask.

Sunday, May 02, 2004


...was fabulous!

I had a houseful of people by 8.15am, all excited about the day ahead, especially Magenta who had only found out at 11.40pm that there was room for her too!

We headed off packed into a boys car and a girls (plus Lauras son Brendan) car. The girls car made a quick detour to Waterstones to drop off that art book and then we hit the open road.

This involved lots of singing and cries of "That's where you can see the Tor if it's not this cloudy".

Lunch at the Blue Note was fantastic and we joined up with Juell, Aud and Robbie who'd all got there the night before for the Chalice Well ceremony that morning.

We all fragmented off and wandered into many different shops, getting fairy wishes (involving lots of glitter which ended up all over everyone, including those who make a wish), looking at books and pointy things.

We didn't have much cash so I managed to restrain myself to just a bag of lavender, although if I'd had an empty credit card it would have been filled!

Back to the Blue Note where people came and went from various expeditions and then we headed off up to the Tor.

Parking was a little dodgy as there were no spaces, and then the climb was horrible. I'm usually ok with heights but I had Jen in front who kept saying she was going to fall which made me horribly scared.

At the top we all calmed down and then Mab and Cabochon went off a little way to start their ceremony.

Apart from one prat who hoped "that they're walking widdershins and that's how you're supposed to do it right?" (we glared until he went away), everyone else was really nice and either kept their voices down or watched. It was so obvious that they were focused right inside the circle and the misty day just made the whole thing more fantastic.

They got a round of applause at the end and then we all had mead and watched Brendan running round the hill.

Down the gentle Pilgrims Path to the Chalice well and then the drivers went to get their cars while some of us waited at the bottom listening to the water.

Bottles were filled and then Robbie and Magenta went off home (Aud and Juell went before we went to the Tor as they were both so tired) while we went for dinner at a posh pizzeria.

Brendan nearly fell asleep in his food and darling Cabochon paid for the meal, he's soooo lovely!

Home again, with me attempting to talk to Mab but falling asleep mid conversation and then waking up and trying to continue....

Home just after 2am (to a flashing burglar alarm and a note saying it's been going off randomly recently, can we sort it) and straight to bed.

I got up about 10.30 (and came straight on here) and Phoenix is still asleep, and looking cute.

So I am no longer a Glastonbury Virgin, and managed not to bankrupt myself there either!

Now, where's that shop card I picked up for internet ordering.....


...was an interesting day.

We were short staffed at work so knew things were going to be hectic, but I had no idea just how strange the day was going to be.

I had to serve this guy who wanted "the new Robert Woodward book called Road to War". This didn't come up on the computer at all. I searched under 'war' and 'woodward' and got a guy called 'Bob Woodward' up and asked if this was the right guy.
"Yes, that's the name I said".
Nothing by that title came up but I told him that there was a new book, as yet untitled that according to the system was due in June.
"Your systems wrong, WHSmiths have got it."
After the look on my face evidently radiated puzzlement as to why the hell if Smiths had it was he standing there and yelling at me he added.
"But it's in their stockroom and they wouldn't unpack it for me". (If he talked to the m the way he talked to me I'm not surprised!)
Since he was just getting ruder and ruder I said I'd go look upstairs in the politics section. He then followed me saying "If the politics section is upstair you should have a sign saying so" (we have TWO signs saying so!)
I found the new Bob Woodward book (published early) and handed it to him. This produced a long rant about the fact the book didn't have the right title.
I took him over to Maggie and we went through the whole thing on the system again.
Eventually he decided it was right and would buy it, shoving the book into Maggies hands.
I popped back downstairs and a minute later he went out, still muttering to himself and without a word of thanks.
Then I had to serve a lady who was very rude about the fact she couldn't find any of the books on her list. I looked at the list and had them all in front of her in about a minute (all on the shelves in plain sight, in the right sections). None of them were right though so off she went.

I then said to Richard that I'd love a customer that was polite and nice for a change, and up to the counter came a man called Mr Moses that I'd ordered a book for the other day. He'd been lovely and friendly and polite so I gave him a big smile.

Then he said: "I'm afraid I've got to complain about you."

Richard thought I was going to have a heart attack!

It turned out to be just a joke as he'd heard me wishing for a nice customer. He apologised lots and went off to get his book.

Then Mr Davis came in for his art book and I was about to phone the poublishers and get shirty when Mr Moses came back in with a huge bunch of gorgeous carnations as an apology for scaring me!

So I promptly burst into tears!

I got myself together and phoned the publishers who promised we should have the book with that days Securicor delivery so I asked Mr Davis to come back about 2pm, when Chris would have had a chance to unpack it.

Securicor came, the book didn't.

I phoned the publishers and got shirty again. They rang back about five minutes later to say that as the book was underweight it had gone 1st class post on Tuesday. We'd already opened all the post, no book.

When Mr Davis came back I explained just how the publishers had screwed up and mentioned there was a copy available at the Birmingham High Street store if he could get there. He couldn't and as he needed the book for 9am Sat at the latest I said I would go there after work and pick up the book for him.

So I did.

I eventually got home about 7.30pm and felt great!

Sure I'd had the crap customers that made me want to quit, but they were followed up by a guy who gave me flowers because I was having a pants day, and a guy who is so lovely I was perfectly happy to go the Birmingham after work for him.

Some days I hate my job, but most days I love it.

That's why I sell books.