Friday, February 24, 2006

Snow, snow and more snow!!!

I was on such a high last night... It had finally snowed here which has been my wish for MONTHS!!! It was so beautiful even though there was only a thin film of snow everywhere, so nothing major.

But I ADORE snow! The feeling of walking around in a flurry of white snowflakes is amazing! I realized that snow makes me so unbelieavably happy, it's like a complete adrenaline kick when I look outside and see the beautiful view.

I had driven into work yesterday so as soon I got home, I parked the car and went for a walk to Woking Park. I knew it would be empty and beautiful and I was right. I took my camera to take some pictures and these are some of the better ones... Just as well I went by the way, because as I had predicted, it didn't last :-(

Look over the football field...



Part of the mini-lake in the park...



Self-portrait with snow in my hair - I just couldn't stop grinning like an idiot, I think this is the most "normal" looking picture of all self-portraity ones. Stupid, grumpy grown-ups all ran around like it was the most inconvenient thing ever, using their stupid umbrellas instead of enjoying the snow!!!



Just an idea of how "thick" the snow was on the ground ;-)



Beautiful tree in the park - now covered and surrounded by snow...




Self-portrait... I had this stupid idea of just taking pic after pic of myself on the way back from the park without making it look like I actually took pictures of myself. This is the coolest picture in that batch - I really like it!!! (and look at that NOSE on me!!!!!!!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, finally, finally!!!

SMOKING BAN!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Ice skaaaaaaaaaaaaaaating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, what a rush! I just got back from one and a half hours of ice skating and I'm high as a kite!

I was so excited all day, I couldn't stop grinning. But as the time got closer to actually going, I started having doubts, being scared... by the time we got there, my heart was going a million miles a minute. After realizing that on Friday evenings the skating rink turned into a disco and dating ground for teenagers (heaven help us!!!), we resigned ourselves to the fact that we'd have to try to ignore them. Well, there were LOTS of them and the place was packed. But we got our rental skates and slowly got on the ice.
SCAAAARY!!! My feet were all over the place and it took me a good 10 minutes to remember what ice skating was like! Could it really be that I haven't done this in over 15 years???
What can I say... my plans to learn to skate backwards were quickly scraped and I simply went round and round and round. My feet were killing me after about 3 minutes but I continued on - it wasn't the skates, they were surprisingly painless but I was really tense and stiff as a board. I gradually loosened up which was nice and I managed to skate a few rounds fairly fast. I didn't fall once! :-D

What can I say... I loved it but I won't be going back to such a full rink. I need to call them up and see which sessions are the least busy ones, I need to get more confident in order to try other things.
Unfortunately cameras were not allowed so I am not able to post a pic here but I shall try next time.

I'm so glad I did this - I had forgotten how fascinated I always was with skating but I never really followed up on it. I will be going back soon and I can't wait! :-D

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Stuff

There's so much to tell, I don't know where to start...

I suppose since I've been complaining about work since I've started this blog, I should start with that subject.
It is hard to believe how little it takes to turn my "doomsday" mood into an almost triumphant one!
We have a new manager - well he's not really our new manager, just the interim one until we get a "real" one (due at some point in September apparently). He is actually the manager of the support team in Canada and everyone over there raves about him and I can see why. In the 5 days he has been with us I have done more work than I have in the past 12 months! He listens and cares about people and he is kind and fair. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will actually manage to change that stupid team leader of ours because really, that's our only current problem. From what he has done so far for us, I have every faith that he will sort that idiot out. So, after a long, frustrating time at work things are looking up. Keep your fingers crossed that it remains like this - I could use some successes in my work life!

As for the rest of my life - all going splendidly. I am taking three classes, all to do with writing in one way or another and I'm very proud to say that I'm getting more and more confident (and less and less lazy).
Choir is going well and I'm starting to get used to Bach though there is clearly no comparison to Beethoven for me. Whether it's this piece only or not, I can't tell. I've found out that the London Symphony Orchestra and some choir are performing the Missa Solemnis at the Barbican this month and I got a ticket to go and see it. After all I only got to hear it on CD, never live. Should be cool :-)

The only thing that sucks is my weight. I can't stop eating and it frustrates me. I only eat crap too and somehow need crisps, ice cream and pizza and lots of sweets too. Weird but definitely just a phase. Can't wait to grow out of it.

I've got lots more to tell but it's too late to write plus this is already too long.
I promise to update this more often, even if it's just with two, three sentences.

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