Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fox in the snow!

We went to Wicked the other night, it was pretty awesome! Our seats were in the second row, right in the middle, thanks Maja and Joe... The sets and costumes were amazing, and the story was really interesting. It's The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West ("I mean honestly, who steals a dead woman's shoes?")
Ross isn't a big fan of musicals, and I found the singing to be a little cheesy sometimes, but it was still a cool experience. We should definitely look into some smaller theatre groups, maybe locally? I'm sure there's heaps around, and it'd be fun to do some more Londony things.

I have to go to work in a bit, I'm getting a little bit nervous about working with that dude... Oh well, I'm sure it will be fine - also Ross is going to come pick me up afterwards! Yay!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Just got a (metaphorical) kick up the bum from Sigga about writing a blog post... She assumed that I hadn't written anything because I was just so busy doing exciting things - sadly the opposite is true, I feel like I've had nothing interesting to write about... However, I know you guys enjoy rambly posts about nothing in particular, so here you go!

 Okay, so my funny story of the week starts on Sunday at work, where my boss sits me down and says that he's worried about me because I looked really tense when I got in that morning. He said I was smiling, but it didn't look like a real smile (I wanted to reply that of course it wasn't a real smile, I save my real smiles for when I'm happy and having fun! People at work get to see my fake work smile. Duh.)
So he was convinced there must be something wrong, some sort of home troubles with money, or maybe my husband? Um. No. But he was so sure that there was something wrong, so I said I was a little worried about money, trying to save up and all. So now he's convinced that I'm completely poor and on the verge of living on the streets. Oops. At least maybe I'll get lots of shifts?

AND THEN: yesterday I had a day off, and he phoned me to see when I wanted to take holidays - apparently you can't just get them paid out, so I'm going to take a couple of weeks off to do nothing in September! Woo! So after I said that, he just stayed on the line and chatted for a while. I'm usually pretty awkward on the phone, even to Ross, so you can imagine the kind of stilted conversation we had. Then he had to go and serve some customers. Fine.
THEN HE CALLED BACK. To chat. Some more. It was pretty hilarious, I had nothing to say to this dude, it just became more and more awkward until he finally had to go. (But not before he invited me to come in and have lunch at work today - even though it's my day off!)

So yeah, quite a strange but funny situation. This guy knows that I'm happily married, so I think he's just a bit lonely and socially awkward. Or maybe he's completely normal and I am the weirdo. Possible.

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What else? Apparently just before Ross left to go to work yesterday morning, I woke up a little bit and told him that I had been dreaming of tiny tiny bunnies. I wish I could remember the dream, it sounds rad.

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I crocheted a tiny crab. 
Post-lobster, Joe recommended that I specialise in crustaceans - they're quite an unusual choice to make into a soft and fuzzy toy.

And that's pretty much it, kids! Ross and I are going to see Wicked on Thursday night - I got tickets from Joe and Maja for my birthday. I think it'll be awesome, I've heard really good things about it... Hopefully Ross will have a good time, too!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

ZOMG LOBSTER!


I should finish things more often, it is great fun!





In other news, I worked today and it was pretty okay. Nice and quiet, and I worked with the other manager for the first time. I was warned that he was a crazy person, but it turns out he's nice crazy, not bad crazy. Awesome.


Not much else has been going on. Vicki stayed over on Friday night and took us out for delicious Portuguese food. It was delicious.
Ross and I are both a bit flu ridden, but we're taking it easy tonight - staying home and eating a lamb roast! Woo!

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's impossible to be unhappy in a poncho...

Don't know why that would make me a little teapot, but oh well.


Also, I have some bits of lobster to show you...




And I realised that my last five sets of uploaded photos have been photos of knitting... I need to get out more!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To frugality and beyond!

See, I've been knitting this awesome stuffed lobster, and I got to the point where I needed some stuffing. We don't have a craft store on our road. What to do?


I bought this little guy for 50p...



And DESTROYED HIM!

 

Ahem. Actually, I think I did a nice job of sewing him back up, I'm considering donating him back to the op shop I bought it from. The children have to learn about hippo amputees one day...

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So I went back into work and filled out some paperwork and now feel better about the whole thing. I guess I just get a bit cranky and anxious (cranxious?*) sometimes.


* Ha! You think it's just a funny little side note, but I'm going to keep using that made up word for the rest of my life!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Got a job!

Although I'm not entirely convinced I want it... The boss has mentioned to me a couple of times that there's a clause in the contract where they get to keep a weeks' pay if I leave in the next six months. I think it's pretty standard for the UK, and I guess he wants to make sure I understand it before I sign anything, but still - kinda lame!

As Ross pointed out when I worried (out loud and for a considerable amount of time) about it this morning: whatever, it's only money. If I really want to stop working there, I can. I just don't like the idea that people penalise you for leaving a job if it isn't the right fit. I mean, surely if someone's unhappy there, they're not going to be putting any effort in, so why would you want to coerce them into staying?

I think maybe I'm reading too much into it, and he didn't mean to focus so heavily on the 'holding your money hostage if you think about leaving' part. And there are probably some partial language barrier problems, too.
The boss guy is Indian (I think?), so his english isn't all that amazing. He was training me on till, and said that when you give back change, you have to use a full sentence, for example:
"You gave me twenty pounds, here's seventeen pounds fifty and your receipt, please."
I'm just hoping he doesn't call me out on not saying please. Because I don't think I will.
Although I do like the way he's erring on the side of politeness - if in doubt, be nice!

Workwise, it seems relatively straightforward, so I'm pretty sure I'll pick it up quickly enough. In any case, I probably won't be working until next Saturday, so there's plenty of time to think it over.

I am kind of ridiculous - even though I don't need to fret over finding a job anymore, I always manage to find something to worry about!

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Anyway, apart from that, life is good! I learnt how to knit an i-cord today: to make ties for my bonnet and legs for my lobster.

Ross is doing some temping tomorrow, and he's been offered some more work with Dimitri over the next few months... He's still not sure if he's going to take it, but it's always lovely to be wanted!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Knitted a hat...



And I say 'hat' in the broadest possible sense - it can go on a head... Although by that logic, waffles are also hats.

It was supposed to be a Totoro bonnet, but I realised that if it's a bonnet, the ears would stick out the back and look weird (... okay, fine, weird-er!) So I'm leaving it plain, but it's not good enough to give to anyone, so I'll just hang onto it. Still, I'm sure my next one will be better!

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In other news, I had a job interview today for the coffee shop in the mall down the road! It'd be great to work so close to home - the interview was in Woolwich, though, which was a place I'd never heard of or been to. It went well, I've got a trial on Sunday... Should be nice.

Ross went and got his UK forklift ticket today, he had to do a couple of tests and pay some monies, and now he can apply for a whole bunch of exciting jobs. Whee! 

Monday, February 1, 2010

01/ 02/ 2010

Palindromes, yay! Kinda makes me wish I was back in primary school, I always got a kick out of dates that are fun to write.


So, what have I been up to?

 
KNITTING! 
I have now got a poncho in kit form, it still has to be pressed and sewed together... The author of that big knitting book seems to know me so well.  In the section on 'making up garments', there's a whole bit about how tempting it is to do a slapdash job just so you can be finished, but it's important to do it properly! Aw, man, she saw right through me...


 
 Closer view of my unorthodox knitting needles (sorry Gillian, I destroyed them in the name of art!)
See, I had trouble finding some thick needles, and it just so happened that a friend of mine sent me some kitchen utensils that had spoons one end, and drumsticks the other... I tried knitting just with the drumsticks, but it wasn't quite right, and Ross offered to customise them for me! They're really effective, and the spoon parts have the added bonus of stopping my stitches from falling off. 
They're kind of the ultimate in wifey accessories, aren't they? I should just chain myself to the stove and be done with it... Or else, you know - NOT.


What else? I've been applying for jobs, although probably not as studiously as I should be... Jobless panic has not yet set in, so I'm still enjoying pottering around and sending off the odd application when I feel like it. I'm sure you'll hear about it once I start panicking, so don't fret. Yet.


Know what I want to try and knit next?

Totoro bonnet!

I was all ready to just knit a tiny hat for myself, but luckily there's a grown up size in the pattern! Awesome!