The Morning After.

Well, I escaped the work Christmas party with only a headache and a sore throat for my efforts (the pub quiz generated A LOT of trash talking I had to shout over), so I consider that a victory of sorts.  The headache was more the result of mixing (beer, whisky, and gin & tonics? What ...

Why have you forsaken me?!?!

Agh, another crummy entry from me today. I apologise. After a week of network and printer woes at work, my printer at home decided to crap out while I was trying to get a heap of must-be-done-on-paper proofreading done. I’m not proud, but I had a giant, loud, frustrated cry about it, something which I ...

Gah! Gah! Mmm, sweet things…

I feel crabby and useless today (to quote Lorelai Gilmore – I have also just woken up from a Lindsay Fünke-esque angry nap), which is is a shame because today was Big Christmas Baking day. I am having seriously bad baking karma, exacerbated by a bad week, lack of sleep, and through-the-roof stress levels over ...

Phoning it in.

I spent about five weeks this fall in a state of constant busyness at work, to the point where my ‘regular’ work tasks got set aside, sometimes for weeks at a time, because there were events! Film festivals! Auctions! Publication deadlines! Serious staff turnover! I was working 50-60 hours a week, still not getting everything ...

Good academic habits.

I was a spectacularly average honours student in both high school and undergrad. Not ‘average’ meaning ‘hard-working’ or ‘clever’, but a solid B student for most of my academic career. I did the minimum to be kept in my program most of the time; I mean, there were video games to be played, television shows ...

Substance (of the insulating variety) over style. 4

Shamefully, this post is inspired not just by the darling Jan (also a Holidailies participant – hi Jan!), but also by this article/photo collection from the Daily Fail. I like being warm. I even went a step further this year and spent a stupid amount of money on knee socks (well, in actuality, they are ...

Nearly useful advice.

There’s something oddly wonderful about totally flummoxing a clever person with infinite resources at their disposal. Like when people outdo Dictionary Corner on Countdown. In today’s case, there were four people. Unfortunately, the bafflement continues and our work printer is still buggered after two and a half hours on the phone with Xerox. Tip #1: ...

The glamorous world of showbusiness/Monday morning ego-boost 2

I work in film. Not in an acting capacity*.  Not as a producer. Not even as a caterer at industry events. I’m the general manager of a fairly successul arthouse/rep cinema. Which would be fancy. Except it mostly isn’t. This morning, for example, I woke up to call the bus station at 7:30am to find ...

Vive la déférence! (Not about gardening)

(Written not long ago) So, I’m on the Eurostar. The reality is not nearly as glamorous as I had imagined, but, then, I am travelling second class. Like a chump (I kid). I do think I said ‘excuse me’ to Pam Grier, or a remarkable doppelganger, in the terminal, though. That the train is already ...

The “Actually, Do Mention the War” Tour Continues. (Not about gardening.) 1

(Written this morning) Oh, hey, I’m in Paris now. Two hours in and I’m sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower having just finished a religieuse. Mentioned to the woman at the bakery that I hadn’t had one in about 19 years. She smiled at me in a ‘don’t engage with the lunatic’ kind ...