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Post 2481

SashaQ - happysad

Happy Shrove Tuesday - I hope you get to enjoy some pancakes smiley - biggrin

I did have a good weekend. The supermarket was again as busy as if it were a bank holiday weekend, and the pasta, rice and bread shelves were somewhat empty, but I just about managed to get what I needed. I bought some rice that was twice the price, but I doubt it will be twice as nice as the usual one I get. The weather warmed up, so the ground was too muddy to go to the RSPB reserve, but I had a good time carpark birdwatching again instead smiley - ok

Glad you had a good run, albeit muddy too.

Good idea to practise applying for jobs with one you don't mind if you don't get it smiley - ok Good idea to keep a lookout for different opportunities - things *might* settle down in your current role, but something much better might turn up, too, so that gives you options indeed smiley - goodluck Reminds me I've been in my 'new' role for three years now - it was daunting to make the move, but definitely worth it smiley - ok All the best smiley - tea

I hope you didn't have to wait too much longer before smiley - cat came back home this afternoon. Does smiley - cat have to wear a cone of some sort for a few days now?


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Post 2482

Bluebottle

Your rice expedition reminds me of an old Amen Corner song
If a pack of rice was twice as nice as the heaven that you take me to,
Who needs a pack of rice, I'd rather have you?
(Although Amen Corner sang 'half as nice' which doesn't rhyme as well and is less dramatic - giving up something that is worth less is less meaningful than giving up something worth more.)

smiley - cat is back now - he spent yesterday evening hiding but is more his normal self today, though is not allowed outside for two days. (Not that the weather is nice enough for him to go out really...). As long as he doesn't bite or lick too much where he was operated on he shouldn't need a cone, and he isn't so far. With Oli the cone distressed her so we got a little jacket instead which worked much better, but that wouldn't work with Maxy's operation.

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Post 2483

SashaQ - happysad

I don't know that song but I agree that your version is the one that makes sense smiley - ok I ate rice last night, and it was fine but not exceptionally good, as I suspected.

That's good that smiley - cat is managing OK without a cone. My sister lost her two oldest cats last year, so she got a kitten and he had to have a cone, but it was soft and pillow-like so it was not too uncomfortable for him. Jackets for side-wounds sound much better, too, as they don't get in the way of eating etc like a cone does smiley - ok

I see you saw on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book my Marsh Harrier photo from carpark birdwatching smiley - ok There has been a bit of rain this week, but more sunshine, so I'm hopeful the RSPB reserve will be less muddy this weekend. I have a plan B, though, as the Botanical Garden outdoor areas have opened, and that is mostly tarmac paths smiley - ok


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Post 2484

Bluebottle

Well the original song might have been 'If paradise was half as nice' rather than about a pack of rice... But still 'if paradise was half as nice as the heaven that you take me too, who needs paradise, I'd rather have you' essentially means 'I'd rather have you than something worth less than you' which isn't overly flattering...

Today was quite dry and I enjoyed a walk around the park. Sounds a good plan for the weekend - I've not made any yet. We're in Lent again, so no smiley - choc, smiley - crisps, smiley - oj or biscuits.

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Post 2485

SashaQ - happysad

"essentially means 'I'd rather have you than something worth less than you' which isn't overly flattering..." Yes indeed smiley - huh

My replacement wheelchair arrived yesterday - the footplates still have metal against plastic in one place, but the top socket has been redesigned with plastic against plastic, so I'm more hopeful that it will last more than 3 days. The company also acted on my feedback about the brakes, so the new version of the brakes is within reach as expected smiley - ok Still a few alignment niggles to sort out, but that's a project for this weekend smiley - ok

No smiley - oj? Fruit juice, or squash? I hope you get your Vitamin C quota OK smiley - apple All the best for Lent smiley - tea


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Post 2486

Bluebottle

That was supposed to be Irn Bru and represent fizzy drinks! Still allowed orange juice (though I prefer smiley - apple and drinking Vimto and Robinsons).

smiley - goodluck with the replacement wheelchair - is the metal against plastic somewhere structurally vital or more of an aesthetic choice? Did you manage to get it all to align?

Had my interview this morning, it didn't go particularly well. Oh well, time to start on my next application.

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SQ and BB

Post 2487

SashaQ - happysad

Ah smiley - eureka Mmm - long time since I had any Vimto, but I did used to like it. Squash these days more often includes aspartame, so I use pure fruit juice and add water. smiley - appletize is good, too

Yes, the metal against plastic is indeed somewhere structurally vital, sadly - the socket is exactly in line with the weight of my foot on the footplate, so it was only 1 day before the metal gouged a bit out of the plastic again and the footplate slipped out of the socket smiley - blue

I haven't yet done the realignment, but I had a good day at the botanic gardens - plenty of smiley - snowdrop around! There are a couple of alignment options and I've decided to try something different from the alignment I did with the last wheelchair to see if that is better. It's been a busy couple of days at work too, with meetings, documents etc, but I plan to have a look tonight. Not too bad, that I have another wheelchair I can use around the house, and the new one is fine for going in a straight line outside, but it will be better when the new one goes round corners indoors as well smiley - laugh

Congratulations on getting an interview smiley - ok Sorry it didn't go as well as hoped, but it was good practice for next time smiley - oksmiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 2488

Bluebottle

Oh dear, again that's quite a serious design flawsmiley - yikes
I would imagine you have some corners indoors - most homes aren't laid out as a railway line I find...

That's another difficulty at the moment, trying to find healthy food. Usually if it is good for your waistline it'll be bad for your teeth, always a compromise somewhere...

I was surprised to see my 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown III' is on sale on Amazon already - as is 'Arcadia' even though I hadn't actually approved the draft yet?smiley - huh Oh well, Lulu and Amazon work in mysterious ways. This one mainly covers Christmas.

Hope you're having a chance to calm down at work after a hectic few days.

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Post 2489

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, I don't think that design is right at all, with metal on plastic in such a position, but the wheelchair people assure me that nobody else is having this problem smiley - blue

"most homes aren't laid out as a railway line I find..." smiley - laugh No indeed! The reconfiguration I did on Tuesday went quite well (apart from losing a washer somewhere smiley - grr) so the chair will now go round corners smiley - oksmiley - somersault Rather than aligning just the castors, I realigned the whole frame. I had hoped that would change the way forces act on the footplate socket as well, but the problem happened again when I was out for my walk yesterday smiley - blue I shall continue working with the wheelchair people...

Yes, have to be careful with things like muesli bars and nuts, etc... I find Walkers baked crisps to be OK, but their multigrain ones tend to break into sharp shards that are difficult to eat. Would it be easier to reduce portion sizes of things you can eat, or is it the case that the things you eat tend to be already in fixed portion sizes, like bags of smiley - crisps? I'm not sure what I eat counts entirely as healthy, but I hope watching out for red traffic lights helps a bit... At least these days, thanks to your reminder, I am not worried about red traffic lights if they are for 10% things, as two of those is fine smiley - ok

That is weird about your books being available before you've approved them smiley - huh Quite the contrast from the battle I had with the h2g2 books... On the one hand it saves you buying multiple proofs, as the books must have passed some automated checks or something, but on the other hand it is disconcerting that you don't have as much control as expected...

Yes, Wednesday was much more reasonable workwise smiley - ok Potentially 'the calm before the storm', as I have a couple of meetings today, and I might get a project tomorrow that needs to be finished by tomorrow, but I enjoyed it while it lasted smiley - zen One thing I did do was read up on news from the sector, and saw there's a lot going on at your place - good luck with it all smiley - tea


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Post 2490

Bluebottle

That seems odd, as I would have thought that anywhere involving frequent friction between metal and plastic will be a universal problem?smiley - shrug

I don't eat too many smiley - crisps - and none before Easter smiley - chick - but a lot of what I have has been in fixed sizes. I'll see if I manage to lose a bit more weight during Lent.

Yes, who knows what is going on where I work? We had a big meeting today and were told that our student records system is going to be replaced in a £10 million project smiley - yikes but that the university is moving so that no-one at all, except the VC, will have their own office or desk. Everyone is to hotdesk and half the current office space is going to become used as teaching rooms. Support staff are not expected to return to regularly work on campus ever again but will be allowed to occasionally come in. Not sure the teaching staff will want to give up their offices. But who knows what will actually happen?
It does make me suspect there'll never be a work running club or board game club ever again. The choir might possibly survive as I think people might be willing to come in one day a week for that.

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Post 2491

SashaQ - happysad

Yeah - possibly people with different disabilities would not use the footplates like I do, but I suspect it is just a matter of time before the metal gouges enough out the plastic for them as well...

Hmm, I know capital spending is different from salary spending, but of all the things going on at the moment, a new record system would seem to be lower priority smiley - yikes Our workplace is moving in a similar direction, yes... Who knows what will actually happen indeed?

Yes, board games do tend to require people to be in the same room at the same time, so that would be a challenge... unless you went for things like Scrabble that have moved online. Choir should survive when singing is safer, as you say. Running club for a specific workplace is probably asking too much, as people live around the site, rather than in one place, but it is weird to think that we are working at home and there are other people around us who are also working at home, so local running clubs might be possible... It will be good when parkrun gets up and running again smiley - ok

I hope you all have as good a weekend as possible. I'm glad cycle shops are essential retailers, as I am in desperate need of new gloves - I bought all the stock from a shop that closed down, probably about 15 years ago, and they have been used up now.


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Post 2492

SashaQ - happysad

Oh, meant to say it was 'the calm before the storm' on Thursday. At one of the meetings I was supposed to be just turning the slides on a powerpoint, but my colleague couldn't make it at the last minute, so I delivered the whole presentation smiley - yikes Luckily we had rehearsed beforehand, so I managed to come across as if I knew what I was doing, but it was quite the surprise!

I did indeed get the project yesterday, at 11.30am, and managed to get it done by 4pm smiley - puff Luckily the weather was nice yesterday afternoon, so I enjoyed a refreshingly long walk listening to the birdsong and looking at the spring flowers smiley - petuniassmiley - zen


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Post 2493

Bluebottle

Well Quercus, the record system we have is very inflexible and was bought because it was cheap a couple of decades ago and those higher up have come to realise that it is labour intensive, so I worry that if the new system is introduced as a way of getting rid of staff and saving costs long term. Of course they just fired most of the IT staff including almost everyone in the Quercus team. Those who have survived are now being moved to oversee the new replacement system meaning that there is now no-one looking after our student record system, which means if we need it to do anything such as create reports, we can't. The staff have all gone.

Hope you managed to find some good cycle gloves. They often sell them in supermarkets, but not the best quality.

Thursday I've got another interview and also give a presentation on how to do something that I've not seen yet, so hopefully I'll get a chance to see it beforehand, otherwise I might be in for a presentation shock too. Well done on presenting the PowerPoint!

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Post 2494

SashaQ - happysad

Hmm - yes, important to have systems that are fit for purpose, so that people can be as efficient as possible, but that is a challenge indeed to introduce a new system without the humans to install it first smiley - erm And you can't just stop using the old one for a year in the meantime until the new one starts smiley - erm Good luck with that... smiley - goodluck

Congratulations on getting another interview - good luck with your presentation! I hope you have been able to see the thing you're to be discussing smiley - oksmiley - goodluck

I hope it can't be worse than an interview I went to at my current workplace back in 2007 when I was trying to get my first proper job - they didn't ask me to do a presentation, just asked me to turn on the computer and projector as if I were going to give a presentation. The instructions were 6ft above the floor on the wall next to the computer so I struggled to read them, one of the buttons I needed to press was out of my reach on a lectern so one of the interviewers had to press it for me, and there was a secret button that needed to be pressed as well, which I only learned about in 2017! Needless to say, I didn't get the job, but after that I didn't really want the job smiley - laugh

It has been a busy week here so far, juggling various different projects, but I've managed to get on top of a few things today smiley - puff

I did have a good mission for cycle gloves smiley - ok Unfortunately the lift in the store was broken, but a member of staff ran up and down the stairs for me to fetch different kinds. They didn't have many in stock, but I got one pair of full-finger gloves and one pair of half-finger gloves and can order more from the warehouse later this month smiley - ok


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Post 2495

Bluebottle

Well the talk is that it will take a few years to fully integrate the new system, so who knows? Definitely short sighted in getting rid of all the staff though.

The presentation was cancelled in the end as what I was supposed to be discussing wasn't ready yet due to staff shortages... That's the trouble with getting rid of 10% of staff but not 10% of the work, it means that 10% of what needs doing won't get done. But other than the interview (which was one of those where only people who had been actually doing the job for a few years would have a chance at answering many of the questions which were very job-specific).

I'm glad you managed to find some gloves, even if you'll need to order more soon. How long do they normally last? I don't know about you, but in the last year I've been wearing the fingered gloves exclusively rather than half-fingered gloves, just as it feels more secure. Almost certainly isn't and would be better to wash and sanitise hands smiley - applause but good for morale if nothing else.

I took the week off last week in the end to try and get the children prepared to be back at school smiley - prof and all caught up and ready to learn, so they didn't feel disadvantaged and behind on their first day back today smiley - cry well, that was the theory. I'll find out how they got on within the hour...

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