Hey, friends. Back after a wee hiatus – work and life have been busy, and it’s hard keeping up with routine. I thought I’d post a currently catch-up. It’s December! The year is winding down! It’s weird. 2015 feels like a blur.



Reading:  I’ve been catching up on The Walking Dead comics – I’d only read up to #120, so now I’m catching up to #145. I love the twists and turns in the story and seeing where the show goes with it as well.  I’m also about to start Rise of the Circle, the 3rd book in my buddy Tom Reynolds’ Meta series. If you like superhero YA fiction, it’s worth a read.

Thinking about:  This year, man. It has just disappeared on us. It has been a really important year. And now 2016 is peeking its face around the corner. Everything is starting to become super Christmassy around here, even though we don’t have a tree to decorate just yet. It’s so dark again (3:45pm sunsets, anyone?) and some heavy snow hit other parts of Scotland over the weekend. None for us yet, though I did get snow boots on Saturday..


Listening to:  The Christmas tunes are creeping in, but in all honesty I’m probably listening mostly to podcasts still. The list is below…

My favourites:

The Complete Guide to Everything
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: News Quiz
The Indoor Kids
The X-Files Files
Sword & Scale
Rhod Gilbert’s Best Bits
The Nerdist (selectively)
The Dollop
Gilmore Guys
If I Were You

Yeah, this is a lot, but I listen all day at work! I may do a post at a later date with some more info and some suggested episodes to start people off. Podcasts are one of my top passions in life.

Watching:  I’ve become a bit obsessed with Flesh and Bone, a new ballet drama which is a hell of a lot darker/twistier than any ballet drama I’ve seen before. We’re also watching The Man in the High Castle. Compelling stuff!



Trying:  To get back into craft after a long break. I’ve bought a bunch of fabrics and sewing patterns, and plan to use my winter break to make some new dresses. I’m a slow dressmaker, but I do enjoy it, so hopefully I can get very crafty with my 2.5 weeks of freedom (and then we go to Berlin!) and also I’ve been back into cross-stitching. It’s so calming. I need some new patterns/ideas, though. Going to crack into a book a friend gave me over the weekend.



Loving:  All the sparkle! As I said earlier, it’s getting so dark so early now, and the lights/festivity really break it up. January is pretty depressing when they turn them all off, but hopefully we can keep some lights up until we take our Germany trip.  When do you decorate? I just love this time of year.


Celebrating:  I have two weeks left at work! Then a huge break – I can’t wait for 3 weeks off. I’m going to be super lazy for one week, productive for one week, then we go to Berlin in the final week for Dave’s birthday. Woo!

Making me happy:  Christmas is coming. Yes, I’m the worst Jew ever. I love Christmas! I can’t wait to enjoy all of the sparkly specialness that is on the way. And we’re hosting this year. Should be an experience!






Why I’m the worst slacker ever.


It’s the worst time of the year to be at work. There’s a skeleton staff on, so most members of your team are missing. The chatty people who talk to their fellow pod-dwellers all day long to avoid work now have to work.. and get a lot done. Those who are used to working alone (such as myself), get everything done so fast that they have to learn how to pace everything out to not bore themselves silly. At the moment, I can actually hear someone in Credit playing a game.

I’ve found myself going walk-about around the building in the afternoons. I go say hi to some of the Learning and Development team, who are sitting so far from everyone else, in the emptiest part of the building. Out of 4 pods of usually 5 or 6 people, there must be 4 people in the entire area.

Most of the time I’m surfing the web, writing emails, or shuffling papers. Because there’s so little to do (and little or no deadline on it), I’ve lost all motivation to work.

I’m covering my boss’ position, so I’m dealing with Managers I usually find a little scary. The main manager I’m reporting to at the moment is Irish and soft-spoken and strolls over to me so quietly that I don’t hear him until he’s right next to me, dropping papers into my tray. He’s also the kind of manager who would walk right up to you and say, “So. What’s that website you keep looking at?” with the tone of voice where you’d think you weren’t in trouble if you didn’t know any better. It makes Livejournal visits difficult (especially due to my LJ/friends list being bright pink) but I find that journals in simple black and white are often easy to pass off as a document. I’m becoming an expert at alt-tabbing out of there.

It’s funny when you get caught. I find that if there are pictures on a site and someone is suddenly behind me, I usually say something ridiculous like, “Oh, funny” and chuckle as I close the window. Why? So that they think I’ve just followed a link that a co-worker might have emailed me? It’s pretty stupid. Why would they care if that was the case – slacking off is slacking off. But it’s a reflex.. to make it look like you weren’t actually doing anything wrong.

And then there’s the sneaky ones who come up behind you from behind a pole or somewhere – and all of a sudden put their hands on your chair. I usually jump about 4ft in the air while they laugh at me. I get so defensive, too, like I’m allowed to slack and it’s their fault for seeing.

I know that an office is not my place, but I need the job until I decide where else I’m going and when. It’d probably be a good idea to try and keep the job as long as possible. So I need to become a better slacker… or I need to stop reading journals and editorials. Recaps. Long personal emails.

Or y’all need to stop being so entertaining.