The Christmas Special
Written by James on 24th Dec, 2005
Welcome one and all to the “James’ Blog” Christmas special, coming to you from my gran’s dining room in Weston-Super-Mare.
It’s been a very busy week this week. Firstly the office – the good news is that it all went through as planned on Monday. Having picked up the keys and discovered that the windows are painted shut and that the radiator is jammed on its furnace setting, I set off for Oxford Street on Monday afternoon to complete the Christmas shopping. It actually too unpleasent – but then given I was expecting a total, 100% hellish afternoon I guess I was easily pleased.
Managed to get gifts for all, although largely continuing in an unimaginative fashion. Oh well.
Tuesday was proper moving day – i.e. shifting computers into the office. For this I must thank Charlee for the use of her car and her driving skills for the day (although I did pay for those of you that think I shamlessly exploit my friends). After a hellish two hour trip through south London to get to Alasdair’s place, during which we dismally failed to avoid the congestion charge, we then managed to get back to Vauxhall to dump the stuff. Alasdair stayed to setup his PC, but I wasn’t feeling too well (thankfully it was just a 24 hour bug) so headed back home.
Wednesday – first day at the office proper! I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to getup and GO to work. To be fair I spent most of the day setting things up and doing odd jobs so that everything was sorted for Christmas. Not massively productive, but I’m glad everything is now ready for us to get down to serious work after the holidays.
We also spent some time doing some planning, and came to some slightly concerning conclusions. First, getting everything done in the time we have is going to be tight. Second, we might not have enough money. Ho hum, something to think about over Christmas.
Thursday was faffing day. Final odd bits of shopping in the morning, wrapping of presents in the afternoon, packing to go away. Doesn’t sound like much, but I managed to make it last the whole day.
Friday – Lorna was due to pick me up at 10:30. I always bank on her being late, but today rolls were reversed – she was early, I was late, largely due to a critical flow analysis problem involing laundry drying and its subsequent ironing. So we left 45 minutes late, and it was totally my fault. This is very odd.
Had lunch in Marlborough with one of Lorna’s college friends and his girlfriend – very pleasent, nicely broke up the driving. Then on to Weston-Super-Mare. Traffic not too bad considering, arrived around 5pm.
For some reason Lorna and I were both up by 10am so took a walk along the beach into the town centre. It’s so refreshing to get out of the city for a few days, although I’m sure I would get bored after a while. Greasy breakfast in town, then more final shopping and a nice walk back to the house.
After lunch, the obligatory 3 hours de-shambolising my dad’s computer, patching software and trying to work out why it’s running so slowly. Then half an hour trying to persuade his ADSL modem to work with my laptop so that I could deal with the deluge of e-mail. I wonder how many people will have a major crisis with their e-mail or website on Christmas day this year…
That’s it… now I’ve just got to get through Christmas. I wish it was as magical as it was when I was younger, and every year I promise myself that next year I’ll make more of an effort with presents, decorations, etc. Maybe next year. For now I’ll just enjoy the break and try not to feel guilty about not doing any real work!
A very merry and peaceful Christmas to you all.