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BookLoverL
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L's Journal

Post by BookLoverL » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:10 am

Time to move out of the introduction thread and make a journal! Again, my posting schedule's probably going to be a bit inconsistent...

I'm working at the office today, and, like all days where I work at the office, I'm annoyed at having to get out of bed before 7. Therefore I definitely need to move towards increasing the maths tuition so I can drop this boring drudgery income source. It'll be a while before I reach that point, though, so I need to be patient. *breathes in and out deeply several times*

The other problem this morning is that Mum found that a shrew or mouse had got into the cupboard where we keep the spare oats and a lot of dried fruit like raisins and apricots and stuff, and only some of those things were in mice-proof tubs, so we're having to empty out the cupboard and add more tubs, and at least some of the things are going to be have to thrown away. Hopefully if we don't have enough I can persuade her to use second hand tubs or something, rather than buying new ones and using up all that extra plastic...

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Post by BookLoverL » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:12 am

Good news! It turned out we had a bunch of empty yoghurt tubs and similar that were on their way to recycling, plus a couple of big plastic storage trays we could repurpose, so the shrew situation is resolved without any additional purchasing. :)

At work, I've been sneakily reading stuff on the internet while doing those aspects of the various mindless admin tasks that don't require the computer screen, so I re-read this unusual translation of the Tao Te Ching, Getting Right With Tao by Ron Hogan (http://www.beatrice.com/TAO.pdf), which really cheered me up, and made everything, even the stuff inside the office, seem much brighter. (I've read more conventional translations before also, and even attempted to translate myself directly from the Chinese once, but I do I like this version.)

There's so many good quotes, like this part from Chapter 33:
If you have only what you need,
you have true wealth.
If you never give up,
you will find a way.
If you stay true to yourself,
you will never be lost.
If you stay alive your whole life,
you've really lived.

I don't agree with the whole of Taoism, but I definitely like it. Amongst other things, it reminds me that the less we desire, and the less we want, the happier we'll be.

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Post by BookLoverL » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:09 am

One of the mice/shrews seems to have chewed through the (pretty thin and had a small crack in it already) lid of one of the bigger plastic containers we put some of the stuff from the cupboard in, and now ANOTHER bag of oats has a hole in it. :O Any suggestions for mice-proof materials? Duct tape? Thicker plastic? Should I try and make a chest out of wood or something? Porridge is my preferred breakfast, so if this keeps happening, it will be pretty annoying.

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Post by bigato » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:41 am

Is adopting a cat an option? Those problems would be gone. Females are the best hunters, the males are just lazy. Other than that, a metal container with metal lids should stop them. Or metallic furniture like those used in offices for files, as long as it is well closed and without cracks where they could sneak in. Storing everything possible in a fridge, even if it is one that is not turned on/not working, also works. Source: my childhood in a farm :)

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Post by BookLoverL » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:08 am

We already have two cats, but they keep just sniffing around, failing to catch anything, and then going back to sleep. xD The female cat is sixteen and has cat arthritis or whatever, and the male cat is about 12ish and just dozy I think...

I'll have a look for some metal containers and see what I can find. Unfortunately the amount of types of food my parents bought will definitely not all fit in our fridge...

Thanks for the suggestions, anyway. :)

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Re: L's Journal

Post by BookLoverL » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:10 am

Another week, another day in the office. Definitely what I will enjoy most once I manage to shift entirely away from office work is NEVER HAVING TO GET UP BEFORE I WANT TO EVER AGAIN. But anyway, the actual work should be decent today. The lady who usually lets me know what needs doing is out of the office today, so I'll just be doing a bunch of the boring routine tasks with guaranteed less interruptions, so I should be able to do some more sneaky reading of something or other quite easily...

Tuition last night went well, did an hour and a half and all the advance preparation I needed to do was spend about 10 minutes pre-drawing some co-ordinate axes. For GCSE students (14-16), I'm at a high enough level of maths that I can pull example questions out of thin air at the last second, based on what I think the students need to practice. Plus I have a textbook from 2015 that is serving me very well as a source of more complicated questions. There were fewer butterflies in my stomach this week, too, now that I'm familiar with that particular client. (Curses of being a shy introvert meeting someone new - I'm always incredibly nervous for my first client meeting. I didn't even put my phone number on my advert, I'm making everyone contact me by email. ;) )

I think the mice/shrews situation seems to be resolved again now, though my mum still hasn't put half of the new containers back in the cupboard. She made my dad spray some sort of horrible foam stuff in a bunch of cracks in the wall that she thought they might be getting in through, so maybe that helped. One good thing that did come of the experience was that it got my parents to actually tidy/clean thoroughly for once, which they only usually do at the bare minimum. So the kitchen is actually a lot cleaner than before.

I also cleaned up the glass-ceilinged area at the back where we usually feed the cats, because I'm going to use the windowsill to grow tomatoes on. It was quite horrible before and had several caked-on areas where the cats had got food all over the place and/or sicked up, because everybody thought it was too disgusting to even think about cleaning, so nobody had done it for a while. Now it looks great. Also there's a lot fewer cobwebs on the windowsill. xD Tomatoes, here I come! :)

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Post by BookLoverL » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:53 am

Ended up mostly working while looking at a random site I found about DIY basics. My DIY skill level is currently very basic (though not non-existent), so I figured if I read some stuff about it, maybe I could start getting some idea of how to know whether a particular project is doable myself, what sort of thing is involved, etc.

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Post by Nomad » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:02 am

Regarding office work, in certain professions now it's ok to observe flexi-time hours or work from home. My employer allows both these options but working from home is capped at 2 days a week max.
I think maybe a different kind of office job could ok?

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Re: L's Journal

Post by BookLoverL » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:35 am

I'm already working only two days a week at the office thing on a self-employed basis, I just hate doing anything for a whole day at once really. xD Two days is what I've found is the maximum office time I can do without slowly turning into a resentful ball of stress... Thanks for the suggestion, anyway. :)

Today (not an office day) I took advantage of the sunshine to walk into the centre of town (an hour each way, up and down a series of steep hills, with a bag full of library books, so a bit of a workout ;) ), exchange my library books for new ones, and go to the cinema to see Shazam!. I know, I should be waiting for films to be out through other means - and I often do - but I do usually let myself see a few a year in the cinema proper, usually spending between £20 and £100 per year depending on how many interesting-looking films there were that year. And in this case it definitely felt worth it, because it was really funny. For some reason when I watch/read a good fiction thing in the genre I prefer, it always ends up releasing all the good brain chemicals and making me basically euphoric - that sort of dizzy, on-top-of-the-world, short term high. Better high from fiction than drugs, I guess. ;)

I ended up taking back 7 of my previous library books (kept 4 that I still intend to read more of) and withdrawing 8 new ones that caught my fancy, which are:

Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss
Stuff Matters: Genius, Risk And The Secret Of Capitalism by Harry Bingham
Staying Alive: Real Poems For Unreal Times, another poetry collection, edited by Neil Astley. I really loved this guy's other poetry collection, so this should be good.
The Antiques Magpie by Marc Allum
Who Governs Britain? by Anthony King
The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma
The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Collins First-Time DIY: The Step-By-Step Guide For The DIY Novice by Paula Lamb

I'll report back as to whether they were any good once I've had chance to read them. ;)

Plans for the evening? Relax for a bit, think about the stuff I need for the tuition I've been booked for at the weekend, and probably do an hour or two of stuff for my dad's website. Overall, pretty relaxed. And it really is a beautiful day here.

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