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Gran's here for Christmas as usual. Unfortunately her dementia has progressed to the point that she really has no idea what is going on. She fell asleep at the dinner table, I'm told, and was so completely disoriented when she woke up. She was really distressed. I think she told mum that she might wee on the floor. Mum and I will be up probably most of the night just keeping an ear out for Gran waking up downstairs. Also I think Gran will be going back a day earlier than planned as it seems to be too hard fr her to be away from her flat. Mums making noises too about getting a lot more care going in. Gran is pretty stubborn about it, but its really worrying to see her like this.

She always says she loves coming to us and that it's like a home away from home. And the care company that we get in for her are always telling my parents that they should get Gran out more often. But next year I think we go to her for a few hours than try to bring her here. Too much stress for everyone involved.

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Well that was unexpected
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I was at my Ninpo class. And I did notice Sensei coming around to see how I was doing a little more often and praising how I was training the newbies. Which I shouldn't really be doing, seeing as I am only one grade up from them, but whatever.

And then he called on me specially at the end of the class to come out the front and receive my official Genbukan Ninpo and Jujutsu membership stuff. I have badges for my Gi! So this was nice.

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Maybe I shall brush the dust off my LJ. Maybe.

There's not much going on in my life, is the thing. The guy in charge of the purse strings has finally run into the barrier of What Can Be Done By Regular Staff, which nicely crosses over into Things That I Am Good At, i.e. computers and electronic data entry. So I'm getting full time hours next week, and possibly an increase in my regular ours for at least a couple of weeks.

I'm playing World of Warcraft again. I've joined a decent guild this time and I've somehow managed to give people the idea that I've good leadership qualities or something, so they've made me a deputy Guild Master. People are coming to me with problems and they need advice! O.O Given that my usual play style is to solo everything except dungeons and raids (and I'm not a big fan of those TBH. At least it's not PvP) this is quite a scam I have going on. I don't really know what to do with it.

I think it's because when I'm on the voice chat I stay quiet unless I have something to contribute. It's given me an aura of wisdom or some such nonsense. Totally ridiculous.

Also I picked up my violin to play it properly in the first time in years today. It has been so long (and apparently my flat is too cold) that the tuning peg on the E string won't hold. I have tried all the things I found on the Internet that I feel comfortable trying. My only other option is to take it to a professional to get it looked at. Which will cost and as much as I'm sure my desire to play again will fade if I don't get it looked at soon, I can't really justify the cost right now. Ho hum.
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Bill update: I have spoken to my landlady again. The bill only comes to £70. Phew! But I keep all the bills I went through everything from the day I moved in, and I really have never received anything from the water company. Only thing I can think of is that they have been sending things to a specific person who has now moved out and not to "the resident of flat 5" because I am not likely to touch someone else's post.

Housing issues
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Had a note slipped under my door from a neighbour yesterday that my landlady urgently needed to speak to me about my water bill. Was not able to make contact with her until just now, so my imagined disasters kept getting bigger and bigger.

It turns out I have not paid my water bill. The thing is, I have never received anything from the water company, and was actually under the impression it came out of my rent! I've been living in this flat for 4 or 5 years now, so SOMEONE must have been paying, but I am completely in the dark here.

I hope the amount I owe isn't too much. I've got the settlement cheque coming in for getting hit by that car last year, but since I'm about to be by and large unemployed, I'd been hoping that that would cover my rent until I could get regular work again.

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So I finally had that conversation with my manager about my contract today. Basically I think it HAD to be today that she talked to me, because if she put it off any longer she would officially be breaking my contract of four weeks notice.

I am officially being removed from the full-time staff members list and put on bank staff as of November, which means much less hours. I will still be needed to come in as there are things that only I can do, or at least things people have got into their heads that only I can do, which is much of a muchness really.

I knew it was coming, especially since I told them that the admin stuff wasn't working out and I was looking for other work. In fact I was fairly sure that my job was not going to exist after October regardless of what I did, which is why I started my job hunt in the first place! But I'm still a bit mopey actually having this conversation.

It doesn't help that I haven't been asked for interviews yet. I think a large part of the problem is that most of my relevant work experience is for an area of work I don't want to do any more. And although I have essentially been the IT support for the organisation for the last year, I don't have any kind of qualification needed to do that kind of work properly.

I think I'm going to try an apprenticeship to fit around my reduced hours.

Hopefully I won't have to do too much walking today
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Now that the adrenaline has worn off a bit, and I've had a night to sleep on it, the injuries from last nights Ninpo class are making themselves felt. So far we have:
  • A bruise on my butt. I have no idea how that got there. I remember landing badly on my hip at one point, but not on my bum.
  • A jarred arm. I know better than to lock my arm when I punch, I do, but I did it anyway and now my elbow has twinges.
  • A twisted ankle. We were playing a game of agility at the end of the class where we had to dodge "shuriken" (read: little beanbags). Because the class had an uneven number of people in it I was in a three, with one guy throwing and the other two trying to dodge. Me and X were dodging, dodged into one another and went down in a heap. He was fine, even though I landed on him, but I managed to twist my ankle and had to sit the rest out.

But at least I didn't take out a door panel. Just two minutes after my accident one of the guys ran across the dojo to collect his beanbags, couldn't stop and crashed through the sliding door. He was fine, but Sensei joked about having to prepare the Seppuku knife for him.
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Had a bit of a panic this morning. I opened up my email and the first thing I saw was a notification from my bank saying that they were about to charge my account. My mind went to the only kind of charge notification I've ever received - lack of funds in the account.

Here is where I freaked out, because it's only the 6th! I'm going to be paid for almost another three weeks! What the hell will I do, I still need to pay rent! *log into online account to look at what is there* OMGOMGOMG, £41? Shitshitshit what will I d... wait, that's in the wrong column. I'm £41 in the black?!

So yeah. Turns out the charge being applied is the £9 fee for living out of my overdraft for the last three years. Obviously, it's not going to last long, but the fact that I've managed to be financially responsible enough to not be in constant debt to the bank is a pretty good feeling.

Still. There are better ways to get me to wake up in the morning.
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Update in the land of me.
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Ugh. I forgot how hard filling in application forms is.

Also, I nearly forgot that I made my twitter account public and that the work account now follows it (I am not paranoid AT ALL!) So. I had to hastily delete that tweet. I have let them know that I'm looking for other work, but it's not really public knowledge yet, so.

Basically what it is, I got an invite to attend my three month follow up from my appraisal. The one that I came out of half convinced I was days away from being fired for malingering. And while I have tried to stick it out and improve on all the areas they told me to, when I think about it I haven't really made any progress on my attitude. It's good work they do, and it's important, and I am incredibly grateful they took a chance and hired me two years ago, but library work has always been my thing, not administration. So I'm calling it quits now while I still have my dignity, rather than being let go in October and having to do all this job hunting then while on the dole.

They think I haven't caught on to the fact that I knew I was being shown the door. Perhaps they should have let the Payroll/Senior DP advisor that they probably shouldn't have tried putting the new administrator job description together while I was actually in the room, because yeah. That part of my role provides a large part of my funding, no way would they be keeping me on without THAT bit. Good thing I had already started my job hunt, or I would have been upset.

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Well that was an experience.

I just tried contacts for the first time today. I reckon I could get used to wearing them fairly easily. I felt a little dizzy and nauseous which I'm told is a fairly normal reaction when changing to contacts from glasses. This wasn't helped much by the fact that we had a Jubilee Tea Party at work, and basically all I had for lunch was cake.

The awkward part was getting them in and out. Partly this was, as it turned out, that the slightly thicker lens for my right eye, was dried out too easily so I couldn't get it out. But the main uncomfortable part was having the optician put them in and take them out. If I could have done it myself it wouldn't have been so bad, but as it was I had to fight every self-defence instinct that said strange person poking my eyes! NOOOO!

So, that bit was no fun.

I don't know. While I think I could get used to it, I don't KNOW that I will, and I don't want to waste all that money on contacts that I won't wear, when I also need new glasses.

But now - four day weekend! Yay!

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