Archive for September, 2007

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nano nano nano nano nano *parka-batman*

September 18, 2007

ok so I thought after doing sooooo much overtime and stuff I deserved a treat. although it ended up as 2 or 3 treats, but you know. I deserve a break from it all sometimes.

1, posh yarn arrived. it is beautiful. I’ve left it at home and brought the camera to work so sorry, no yarn porn today. Alhtough I do need to double check and update ravelry, my stash is out of date and needs to be corrected. Then I need my hands tied behind my back so I cant buy any more yarn.

2, I bought a new ipod nano. I canot extol its vertues enough. I love it, its my new best friend and so wonderful. I will knit a cozy for it at some point but right now I have to tuck it in my bra to make sure I don’t let it hang loose when listening to pod casts etc. I’m amazed at the quality on screen and the small file sizes for the video. I can fit on the entire series of heroes and a couple of films and still have room for a few mini vids of erasmus playing and a few tunes and a few podcasts. 8Gig is just LOVELY.

3, Did I mention I’d finished the Bayerishce mitts? I’ve woven in the ends. I can see where I’ve made mistakes and they are not quite the same but still overall they are a great work and I’ve proven I can stick with cables even when they make my knuckles turn in directions I never thought possible. I’m not sure I ever want to do 2mm cabling again that was a bit mental.

  Please click the image to see the other two pics.

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relaxation its great.

September 16, 2007

I’ve slept sooooo much but I did need it. Lets start back where we left off. *rewinds*

So Thursday another long day. I had a nap in the afternoon knowing that it was all catching up and it was going to be another late night. The weather was getting hotter and the team were relaxing more because it was nearing the end of the event. I still managed 9 hours work and then went out to party. Disney opened up a small part of discovery land. We went and got food then went on buzz light year twice. I was hanging out with quite a few of the events team and the networking guys. As we did not get in to the park until nearly 9pm by 11 we were being ushered towards the exit. Next on to clubbing. Now I don’t normally go clubbing but I was informed I would have to. (show face and take part and all that) In fact it was very enjoyable. the music was super cheesy and made sure everyone from 18 to 60 would enjoy. I danced with my team until 2 am at which point I escorted a colleague back to the hotel. It took me a little while to get to sleep but I do remember looking at the clock at 2.45 and thinking damn I need to sleep now or I’m stuffed.

Up at 7am, I got down to work at 7.45 and surveyed the wreckage that was most people. Everyone attending the courses and meetings were also out the night before and because it was the last day an amazing more relaxed feel washed over the place. I checked out when I had chance and had everything ready to go. It was a long wait until I could leave at 3pm and after a last lunch at the hotel I wobbled myself through the afternoon hardly making any sense due to lack of sleep. Except I could not nap, I had no facility. Finally I said my goodbyes and parted at 3pm, the bus took a while to go to every terminal but it was lovely to see some of France. I went straight in to the airport and checked in and went to duty free. One small espresso coffee later I could cope until I left the ground. I purchased wine and chocolate for the family and wondered why I could not get a new ipod nano. They were not stocking them. Gutted.

the rest went pretty smoothly, apart from one of my bottles of wine cracking on the plane. It was in a sealed bag but still I could smell booze. the crack was hairline but it meant first thing on getting in the house was decanting it in to a plastic bottle. Got back home and Scotty came out to help me in with my suitcase. I was a mess all evening almost speaking in tongues with tiredness. I was in bed by 8.30 uk time, slept right through until 8.30 on saturday then spent all morning on the sofa drifting in and out of consciousness.

Finally I did managed to get some food shopping done Saturday afternoon and finally complete my mitts all bar the weaving in of ends. It looks like the stunning weather has followed me home so hopefully today we’ll head out in to town to get some essentials… like that nano.

This year I loved the trip so much more than last year, although I’m sure I will not be doing it next year. I hope to still be on honeymoon instead. I made some great friends and had a very educational time learning about how other people live and their international lives of mystery. One thing is straight though. I sure am glad to be home. Oh yea, one last thing: photos here! note how I gave up using the camera after clubbing and I’m so crap with names I’ve not labeled them all yet…

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these guys know how to party

September 13, 2007

for acountants and advisors these people know how to throw an event. It was classy and cool and mighty impressive. Yesterday’s work was less than before because many people had to go to a large seminar in the other building. I took the time to try and get some of my personal development done.

Last night they threw a very classy party and I joined in. The champagne was real, and a good quality. Not that I would notice but others did. I’ve put up some more photos, so follow the link two posts back. I stayed up latter than I usually do and over all I know exactly when I’ve pushed it a bit too hard. There was a great DJ last night so I had a little boogie with the security team, who are a great laugh and have been lovely to be around. Today I have been helping out a bit more and had to take a nap to catch up with things. Tonight is a big party night so I hope to get more photos and have a go on a few more rides. Knitting is non existent. I don’t have any spare time and I’ve somehow got a blister that I picked off on the middle of my thumb making it impossible anyway. Overall I’m happy I’m here and made an effort to come. The hard work is worth it for all the fun I’m having and the friends I have made.

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sun shiney day

September 12, 2007

This morning is busy but the weather is fine. Last night I bailed out of any activities and went and sat on the mound near the lake and knitted. I saw the family who traveled with me to Disney and they were having a great time. As it got too dark I moved to a bench under a lamp, then as it got too cold I moved to my room. The relaxing peace just made my day and I slept well. It made me realise that the beds are quite comfortable and the pillows here are good too, for a hotel. oh and yes, I’m super picky when it comes to pillows. I cant stand feather.

This afternoon I’m still hoping for some time alone so I can get my personal development work done. You know the sort of stuff where you write about yourself and say how wonderfully you do your job.

The bayerische mitts are about || that far from being completed. I have around 10 rows of thumb to complete then weave in the ends. I want to show the world but where I am now is not really suitable to show off my knitting talents. Instead I think if I do get chance I’ll crack on with a pair of socks. If only I could decide on a pattern.

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more happened than I can write about

September 11, 2007

Last night was an absolute blast. There were canapes (add the thingy to the e yourself I’m too tired to figure it out) and wine and I met my colleague. I went on two rides over at the Walt Disney studios. If you do end up at Disney Paris and need to know which are the best roller coasters aerosmith ride and finding nemo ride are the two best out there. I went on nemo twice then ran to the other and went on that 3 times then came back and went on nemo twice again. Very very enjoyable and entertaining.

To make sure I got enough rest I was back at the hotel by 11.15 hoping to get a good nights kip. This time it was not to be, I’ve had really weird and down right scary dreams before but it has been a long long time since the last time. I think a mix of the rich food and running around and adrenaline from the rides left me all of a twitter and unable to rest. When I did manage to get to sleep I had the most horrendous nightmares where I was stuck on a bus going round Norwich city centre, all of it all back to front and we could not get off the bus. This is me and a bunch of people I needed to help. I had to watch each of them fail their tasks and die in quite horrible ways even with my help, crushed by trees, limbs lost and general maiming. Yeah that vivid. Then the bus crashed and I was mangled. I remember trying to shout and scream and I woke myself up making a shout that eventually fought out from my dream in to reality. I was shouting in my sleep, this I have found I can do consciously, keep trying to scream until I make a sound which jolts me out of sleep and into consciousness. Its like fighting a gag.

I was hot then cold then hot then cold. Eventually I managed to get back to sleep and it all started over again. Finally I got to my goal of getting home to Scotty and found him there saying he’s glad I never caught him with another woman. He was naked in bed and the other woman walked out of the bathroom naked too and they started getting it on in front of me. Thing is, this particular woman is a great friend of mine and Scott has never ever found her “attractive” although he thinks she’s a nice friend. Same goes for her of him. I think it hurt more because I know he does not want to be like that with her, it felt like a sword in my chest that he did not want me any more. I woke up bolt upright in a bout of sweat. This was around 4.30am and due to being alone in my hotel room I decided it was wise to watch 10 minutes telly and try and dislodge my mind from its destructive cycle. I did get back to sleep but it has wrecked me for today, so I am working and well but tonight I will not be going out to party, I will be spending the time in my room knitting if possible, using that to relax and put me in a meditative state before sleeping. I know it will help.

I have had dreams like this before but not for a lot of years. It kinda freaks me out a little that my mind can put the most vivid sickening and painful images and feelings in my head, my words cant do them justice. The one thing I needed and wanted at 4am was my Scotty and it nearly had me in tears that he was in another country and I couldn’t call or see him.

All is better now anyway and work is still good. I will make sure I rest properly this evening and not go running around throwing myself at theme park rides.

Here have last nights photos:

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a little knowledge

September 10, 2007

is a wonderful if slightly dangerous thing. All my worries about traveling are over. My knowledge of what I’m here for is now in full understanding and I feel comfortable with my situation.

I’m in Disneyland Paris and covering IT support for a major conference and training courses for a large firm of accounting advisors. Everything is going fine and I cannot complain about a thing. I have everything I need to do my job and lots of bonuses on the side. The food is very good and although I am working alone, as in I’m the only one doing my job on my site, my colleagues in the support teams are extremely friendly and helpful. They may need me at some point but they make me feel welcome and part of that team. I do have one colleague here which I will see this evening. I’ve worked with him before but as yet not met him. He is based at the other hotel the other end of the lake. So far messages have been sent but neither of us have taken to walking to see eachother.

Tonight we are going in to a section of the park, the disney studios section. I will take my camera and report back later. Over all I can see the light at the end and I can see the enjoyment inbetween which is what I needed to see yesterday whilst in angst. One thing is definate though. I already miss home, I don’t believe I’m that attached but not having the two most important people no… souls (scotty and erasmus) with me does break my heart. I want to share the fun and not have it all to myself.

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I’ve packed

September 9, 2007

and I have less than an hour left before I go. That bubbly tummy stressed feeling is washing over me wondering if I have everything I need and dreading the travel. I’ll be fine when I get there but today more than most other journeys I’ve taken, I have a not so good feeling about it. No idea why…. it may be partly due to being given little or no instruction on my job role when I get there but I suspect it will be very similar to last year.

Really I’m fed up with the waiting and the feeling of did I get everything done? am I ready? I want to think of other things. I want to see beyond this week but for now it is all I can cope with.

remind me when I get back to get my car serviced, take erasmus to the vet and to cheer up! I should be happy of the challenge.

Oh we made it out to my parents new house yesterday, its great. A lovely location and a relaxing place although it needs lots of work I think they are looking forward to it. My brother is House Hell. The plumbers fitted an illegal oil tank. He’s got to get the lawyers involved and ofstead. I really do feel for him and wish I could be of more help. Its my sisters and nieces birthday this weekend too but they are away. I’ll see them all next weekend. I delivered presents to my parents for them, and chutney for all. I have no more chutney to give away now.