Spectrum, Gemma

Unbalanced humours

Apparently, the 'IBS' attack on Monday evening which left me off work all week was in fact a gallstone attack. I know this because I had another last night, and I went to the out-of-hours doctors' clinic this morning to check. So now I'm in pain, eating nothing but rice until the pain goes away (hopefully soon because I'm bored of it) and waiting to go to my GP so he can refer me for tests/to a surgeon. Waily waily waily.

However, all this hasn't marred the fact that we had an awesome party last night. Saw lots of lovely people, including a brand new shiny person who is the baby of one of my best friends who I don't see often enough. I had lots of compliments on my baking - I made some cappuccino cakes, butterfly buns and a gluten-free chocolate cake.

Next year is our 10th anniversary, so I reckon we'll be having another party :)
Spectrum, Gemma

Tax man

The taxman gave me some money! It was a tax rebate from 2003-2004, which I didn't claim or anything. That's the year I started working for the university, and with my recent change of post I suspect the personnel person has done something super competent with tax codes and stuff. Huzzah!

Now you should go listen to some Beatles mash-ups by the Daft Beatles.
surprise, kitty

C-c-c-c... freezing

I'm almost sat on a heater, and my hands are still cold. This is crazy!

I cast on some fingerless mitts last night, so hopefully I'll finish them before summer :)
hammertime, yoda


From venta:

"So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!"

I might not leave a word for everyone who posts :P
Spectrum, Gemma

Shouldn't be a laughing matter

I was doing a bit of research into the official name of the Adenese Training Committee, as you do (if you're a cataloguer...) and came across this gem in a 1958 parliamentary debate:

Mr James Johnson (Rugby)

Can the right hon. Gentleman explain why the hon. Member for Essex, South-East (Mr. Braine) was stoned when in the Somaliland Protectorate?

Mr William Morrison (Cirencester and Tewkesbury)

I do not think the Minister was stoning him.


Job and thinking about racism

I've been in my new job for nearly four weeks, and I'm really liking it. Friendly staff, interesting library and I'm finding that book cataloguing isn't so boring.
However, as the subject area is African and Commonwealth Studies, I sometimes come across things that are quite depressing.
I've just catalogued a South African Act - an amendment of the Natives (Urban Areas) Act no. 21 of 1923. This is the start of Apartheid. It's a subject I'm fairly ignorant of - but I'm glad that I can sit in my priveleged job and read about it. Even though it is depressing.
I'm more glad that most of the people in the reading room on a typical day are non-white. Even in the rather elitist world of Oxford University, we are getting there in terms of equality [Edit: *starting* to get there. Still a long way to go I reckon].

One thing I find almost hysterically* ironic is that it refers to Natives in the sentences where it says they're not allowed in their own lands.

*Hysterical in the mad laughing way, rather than the really funny way.
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Spectrum, Gemma

New job

I started my new job on Tuesday. It's going really well so far. I'll be working Tuesday-Friday, with a bit of a short day on Friday because that's how many hours I'm doing. Which suits me just fine. It's a bit of a pay cut because of the part-timeness but I reckon that 3-day weekends are brilliant. I might go back to the Museum for the extra day at some point in the future, but that's still up in the air and I don't know if I'll take it even if offered.