January 3rd, 2006

Random - Eyes

First proper update of 2006.

I'll do a "2005 in review" post or something resembling one a bit later on, assuming I can remember anything about the year. I might take the time to link to old LJ entries like I did a while ago...

For now, though, a generic update about the Day Today.

I was quite tired this morning. Had quite a strange dream about getting the train to work... I was listening to my MP3 player on the train and nearly missed my stop, and then when I did get off the train there was a ramp from the platfrom up and out through the cemetery (note to self: take camera to get some pictures for deathly_decayed, if this is possible without being arrested). I was trying to get some money out of what I thought was a cash machine, but it turned out that it only dispensed floppy discs and ink cartridges. Quite bizarre, especially considering I managed to forget my debit card this morning...

Having finally got off my fat behind to sort out my bus pass by Direct Debit (why did I not do this before? For some reason, I thought they needed two passport photos, but it turned out they didn't... and then, as it transpired, I found 8 of them in a drawer, presumably done for just such a purpose) I am now considering changing to a Centro Card. I did a few sums this morning, and the basic outcome is this:

  • using only the bus to and from work would ordinarily cost me approximately £88.00/month. That doesn't include other journeys. My bus pass is about £35.00/month, thus saving me £53.00/month.
  • using the bus and train would potentially cost me either £102.00/month (with a return) or £96.00/month (with a single, only going home by train, not to work). That doesn't include random £1.60 fares to/from Bournville. A 3-zone CentroCard is £55.00/month, which saves me £41.00/month.

Definitely worth considering. TWM have already sent me February's card, and I have to give a month's notice, so I should probably sort it out mid-January...

Anyway, enough of the maths. Today, Amanda and Cynthia and both POs are on leave. I've been here since 8.15 this morning (can't do any typing - not that I have much to do - because the P and U drives are offline again...) and Sandra arrived at her usual 9.30, just as I was carrying two reams of paper along the corridor to go upstairs. She asked if I was struggling, but then turned right into the loos rather than, like, helping me.

She then proceeded to take down all of the Christmas decorations other than the stuff in my corner and the tree, which I've since taken down anyway. She even took down the old thank-you cards and postcards from our card-pillar, (except for one, for some reason), and buggered off again at about 11.00. As Paul noted, she apparently only came in to make the office miserable rather than do any work.

(ETA: She's back now. Having a personal phone call, but back nonetheless...)

Despite this, and the fact that I couldn't sleep last night (spent four days with Paul and missed him...) I'm in a surprisingly good mood. Possibly because I found about 50p hidden in my purse, so have enough to go home by train tonight. :)

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Enough of that. I'll make some more when I've done my lowdown. For now, I'd better sign this off and do some more photocopying. Yay, toner.
Photo - leaves

You'd better not pout, I'm tellin' you why...

Rocky Horror's comiiing to tooown!

*ahem*  Indeed, yes.  'Tis, in fact, da Rocky.

It will be playing at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, from 2nd - 13th May 2006.  If you would like to join me on the occasional-annual journey to see the production, please email me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Costume is mandatory; virgins will be indoctrinated as best as possible, because I'm not as evil as I look.  I guarantee, it's the most fun you can have whilst sober and (mostly) sitting down.  I will agree a date and final numbers at some point in February, when it will all be booked.  This is your advance warning. :P

Yeah, I got the Alexandra's leaflet through the door.  For some reason, whenever I vow to save money, either one of the main theatres has shitloads of stuff on all at once.  Highlights under the cut for interested parties, with those I really want to see/want someone to go with me highlighted with a little red star...

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On that note, I need to book Jerry Springer: The Opera at some point for me and Paul; next week, I think.

Okay, I promise, there'll be some resolutions soon, after I've eaten.  Methinks "Spend less money" is one I won't be keeping that well...