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what i did on my holidays

Oh, it's been so long since I've posted. Dear oh dear. That's what having a job does (yes, if you didn't know - I have a job! I am the assistant editor of a new magazine which is launching in September. It's all very fancy). So here's an update in its easiest form - bullet points. Or numbers, actually, as I can't remember how to do the points. Anyway.

1. I never posted properly about Berlin. The shame! Here's the short version: glitzfrau and biascut were fabulous hosts, Berlin was as wonderful as ever, and Patsington and I are seriously considering relocating there in a few years. It's one of the cities in which I felt at home after my first few hours there back in 1995, and I still love it. Oh, it was not easy to come back to Dublin (and work).

2. Speaking of work, my new job is (a) fun, (b) tiring, (c) exhilarating and (d) very, very fucking stressful. Every so often I feel totally and utterly out of my depth (usually when doing the administration stuff) but then I have to do some editing and it's something I can do well and I really love it. So keep your thumbs held for me in case I manage to screw up some of the administration stuff...

3. I kind of miss working at home, not least because of the whole having-to-get-up-early thing (although not that early - I have to leave the house at nine). But my co-workers are really lovely, and it's great to be around people during the day. Also, the office is a minute's walk from the sea. Every day I walk down the sea front to get a mango and peach smoothie from the cafe by the train station.

4. Me being at work all day means that the house is even messier than usual. We had people over for dinner on Friday, and took the usual step of tidying the kitchen (the sitting room was fine, actually) by flinging loads of stuff into our room. Which was fine until I invited one of our guests in to the aforementioend room to look at some photos on my laptop and realised that our boudoir looked like a bag-filled tip. Oh well.

5. The dinner party was fun, though I had a stinking hangover yesterday, which wasn't helped by the vast amount of cigarettes I had smoked the night before. Ouch. Also, there were a lot of dishes to wash yesterday. Luckily, I had been sensible and rinsed them all off the night before so they weren't all encrusted with pasta. I also left all the pots to soak and washed out the wine and beer bottles, so in general the clean up wasn't as hideous as it could have been.

6. Ju Ju has started going in to the (nice) house next door again. Yesterday my neighbour told me that she was in her kitchen the other day and heard what she thought was Bubbles eating from his bowl. When she turned down she saw that it was the shameless Ju Ju! She is both a thief and a trespasser. Disgraceful.

7. No one makes me laugh more than Patsington.

8. I have the new Hilary McKay book! Only a few people will be impressed by that, but they will understand my joy. I also have Tim Moore's new book (excellent and very funny, as ever) and gideondefoe's long-awaited (well, a year) Pirates book, which was of course fantastic and made me scare people on the bus home from work with my barely suppressed guffaws. It's a sign of my pirate-love that I read the whole thing in about an hour and a half despite the fact it was in the ultra-unreadable unbound form (ie a huge stack of loose A4 pages).

9. I'll try to update more. Honestly.


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Jul. 30th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
Hello! I had been missing you somewhat. Glad things are okay and also that the new job is working out (and I bet the admin is just learning-curve-y and you're faking it well, at the very least).

I met a new neighbour the other day (or rather, she's been there ages, but has been away most of the time we've been here), and she told me that the Bad Cat wandered in regularly through her dog door and begged her for food. I pointed out that a) she is fed plenty and b) she is full of murdered baby birds, but I suspect she'll continue snacking around...
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Why have we been cursed with such bad, greedy cats? Why?

And thank you v. much for your good wishes. I hope that it is just a learning curve thing - I'm not used to having to do so much chasing after images from PR people and that sort of thing.
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
congrats on the job! very exciting!
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is indeed exciting, although also scary...
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Excellent news on the job! Hooray!
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 30th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
There is indeed ham. Lots of ham. And Communists. And disguises. It's great!
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Patsington makes me laugh like a drain, too. Also, I will be at your next dinner party! Also, lend me the Hilary McKay book when you are done! Also, 22 days till I'm back!
Jul. 30th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new job! I'm sure you'll be brilliant at it - well, of course I don't know you, but can tell from reading your journal how good with words you are. And I'm sure you'll get on top of the admin in due course - every job takes a while to settle into. It must be hard getting up in the morning after freelancing, but it must be nice having a regular pay cheque?
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the job!
Jul. 30th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Flyby comment: Missed you! New job hooray! Update more or the bunny gets it!*

* - technically untrue.
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
You'll be more than able for that job, I'm sure of it!

As for housework,I work at home and try to keep the place from not resembling a squat, but I think some rebellious streak in me somewhere deliberately avoids it. It always catches up on me.

Aug. 1st, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
Many, many congratulations!
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