Between one thing and another, it has been a busy few weeks and I haven't been able to write as much or as often as I would like. As I have been sitting stagnating in front of a spreadsheet all day, tapping and clicking way, I thought that I would have to take a mental break and try to exercise my brain in a different way.
Work has been extremely busy as I've become involved in a big project that has a looming deadline. I have spent all of my work time recently analysing data and putting it into a huge spreadsheet and there is more of the same to come in the next couple of weeks. It's not too bad, and it's not as boring as I am making it sound. That said, I am looking forward to a nice long bank holiday weekend by the sea and some time to think and read and suchlike.
I have been knitting a fair old bit recently as well. The last time I was home my mum taught me a few basic stitches, and last week I got a 'simple knitting for dickheads' (or something like that) book out of the library to brush me up on the old stitches. I'm attempting to knit Nic a scarf to keep his neck warm when he is in Michigan in October. It's looking okay – I've been using a cartridge stitch, and although there are a few dropped stitches here and there I think it will look nice when it is finished. Knitting isn't as interesting as crochet, but I'm glad I can do both and it is very good to have something creative to do in the evenings, especially as work has had a strong admin focus recently. I don't think I'm ever going to be an expert at making and doing, but it is still good to make things. It makes me happy that Nic has been wearing the stripy scarf I crocheted for him last winter….maybe it is time to branch out a bit into some other forms of clothing!
Over the weekend I watched the video of my 6th form formal. I had never seen the video, I'm not sure why. It was a bit of an ordeal watching it – mainly because it was so long and had properly rubbish editing. That said, it was a lot of fun. It was nice to remember how many people from my year at school I actually did like (I'm quite negative and seem to only really have remembered the people that I didn't like) It was also very nostalgic to check out all of the bad early 2000s hair and makeup. I am on the video briefly, being interviewed on my way in by the BBC man who seemed intent on destroying everyone's good feelings about the night ("don't you think it's a lot of expense to go to, all for one night?" etc) I have to say, seeing myself aged 18 was a bit of a surprise. At that time, I suppose like most 18 year olds, I was so self-conscious. About my weight, my hair, my looks, my voice, everything. It was bittersweet to see myself then, because I was so pretty, and it makes me sad that I didn't know it at the time. And it was very sad because I have changed so much – well, it was 9 years ago! But watching it was good fun, in the main. It made me want to go out dancing again, so I’m making plans to do that on my birthday. It falls on a Friday this year, and the last birthday I can remember being on a Friday was my 17th (I’m sure there have been more in between) and that turned out to be full of dancing so I would like to replicate that.
List of love
The Harmony knitting stitches book I got out of the library. For real, it's really interesting.
The audiobook of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory that Nic bought me. It's read by James Bolam.
New Tricks Series 5 on DVD
The Sherlock Holmes board game
Nice plans for September
List of loathe
Air conditioning. The train the office are both freezing.
My hair. I need a haircut.