August 9th, 2006
Right, here we are again, with another "oh dear it's been so long here is my life in list form".
Moved into flat with Cam in beautiful, loved-by-urban-professionals Didsbury, South Manchester.
Battled with stupid agents about frustrating little things that needed doing/finishing off.
Battled with stupid internet/phone people who couldn't organise a molestation in an all-boys' boarding school.
But we're online now, and things are fixed and lovely. Doesn't take me much longer to get to work than it did when I was living with the parentals, and I'm looking for something in Manchester instead anyway. The Wrexham job, while filled with lovely colleagues, is about as interesting as being stroked with coal, i.e. not fucking much thank you kindly.
Have been talking with the guy who runs the Aradius.com blog network about doing some writing for them and having Dante's Handcart join the network. There're tentative moves towards being on the payroll as their "UK person", doing tech reviews, that sort of thing. At the moment they're all based on the other side of the Atlantic. Would mean getting lovely shiny review samples to play with, which you can't really argue with. Anyway, it's early days so we shall see...
Did some DIY t'other weekend, making fabric screens for some of the windows. It gave me an excuse to buy a staple-gun, anyway. As if any sensible person really needs an excuse.
Got screwed on car insurance - damn "higher risk" Manchester postcode.
Um, yeah, other than that it's the usual - spending too much on food shopping twice a week, taking urine samples, visiting Ikea more often than is healthy (i.e. once), finding that Cam has an addiction to buying plants, that sort of thing. I'm also resisting the temptation to do that "Envy" meme.
Didsbury "higher risk"? It must have gone downhill dramatically in the 25 years since I lived there. Back then, it was rather sedate and up-market. Is it like Rushholme and Hulme now?
I think any Manchester postcode would be classed as higher risk than the sleepy suburbs I was in before, sadly. In reality, yes, Didsbury is still pretty sedate and up-market.
people who couldn't organise a molestation in an all-boys' boarding school.
I loled at that, and I don't care if it means I'm evil.
You're only evil if you do it (and get caught).
Aww, I miss you too, Mim. I've just been so busy, and my net-time has suffered :(
Ah, very nice! And a welcome back to you, sir!
Congratulations on the new flat!
Although now that you've visited IKEA, it's a slippery slope; you'll have a bright orange bed spread and a lamp that looks like a pig's heart before the year is out...
Cheerio, Michael. xxx
Thankfully we've been very restrained at Ikea so far, only buying a couple of
innovative stowage solutions drawers and hanging clothes things. Oh, and plants. We got plants from there too.
The bed spread will remain white and the lamps, um, white as well. The only place I like a pig's heart is in my pie.
We bought a plant, actually, from Ikea. A plant which is currently dying in my arms.
Hello lovely you! How I have missed your inimitable online presence!
But, hmmm, urine samples? Dare I ask?
When clients come in to pick up their Methadone prescriptions we have to urine test them to see if they're been taking speed or benzos, or still using heroin or cocaine. It's degrading for everyone involved, and I get though about six thousand pairs of gloves and twenty litres of alcohol hand rub. Yuck.
Hello again. GLad to hear about your domesticism.
Surely to get cheaper car insurance you could say you were still living with your parents? Or am I missing a trick or two?
I could, yes, but if I had an accident and they found out I wasn't based with my parents any more it would invalidate my insurance.
ahh, that's why you just pretend you're living there... always quoting their address, not changing your driving licence, not registering to vote...
I had that accident and it worked for me... but then i'd be paying almost double what i should be for this liverpool postcode!
(brilliant news on the blog/reviewing thing! i shall be very very jealous if you start getting free products to play with!... will have to question you further)