Much as I like the whole wordpress system I find what this place really lacks is community. Having been a long-time livejournaller, I really miss that. Even though Livejournal itself kind of sucks in comparison, at least I have a sense of being connected.

With that in mind, you can find me at downtide@Dreamwidth (public), and downtide@Livejournal (not public).

In any case I don’t think anyone even reads here.

feels like summer

Well it did, this morning, although it turned a bit overcast this afternoon. Day off work today so I headed off into town, initially looking for a bargain set of books a mate found (all sold out). I did, however, manage to spend my £30 of Argos vouchers that have been sitting there burning a hole in my wallet for the past 4 months. I bought myself a graphics tablet, which I’ve wanted for years and years. Not a Wacom, but it’s still pretty nifty and I’m planning to do some digital painting in the near future.

Also I seem to have acquired not one but two new blogs – I’ve received invite codes for both Inksome and Dreamwidth, (both Livejournal clones) and set up shop over there too. Not entirely sure how things will pan out but for now they’re still mostly public, and mostly the same content as here.

Also changed my template again. That last one was giving me a headache.

spooky dreams

I just had to write about the dreams I had last night, which were quite spooky. Definitely nightmare material (although I’m rarely actually terrified by nightmares – just mildly nervous). As usual the dream was pretty complex, with a half-decent plot, and would make a reasonably good story (with the weird bits taken out).

In this dream I was on a sort of archaeology dig, staying in an old but not terribly large house, and “investigating”. For what, I dunno. But one thing I found was the grave of an old woman who died in 1906. For some reason (hey, maybe I was in the future?) this seemed a reasonable archaeological discovery so we dug up the coffin and opened it. The body was perfectly preserved, and wouldn’t you know it, she started to get up and walk about.

Me, I ran.

Trip forward to the next night, I hear a dog barking so I go out to look, there’s this dog barking at something up a tree, after a little investigation we find that it’s just a cat. My friend (whoever she was) rescued the cat and we went back inside to find the place had been entirely trashed. Everything was destroyed except certain notes and artifacts which we presumed were relevent to the investigation. Somehow we also knew that a poltergeist had done it.

I never discovered what we were looking for, nor resolved the issue of the walking corpse. The dream ended with me having a blazing row with my mother, and swearing I was never going to speak to her again. I have no idea why. That was actually worse than the zombie bit.

random things

1. Started the second set of training for the new job (for those who missed it, I’m working in a different department of the same company. More varied work, more complex, less time on the phones, no sales targets).  It went pretty well, though I intensely dislike having to get up before 7am in order to get to work by 9.  Thank god this shift is only temporary, and from next week I’ll be back on afternoons.

2. Yummy dinner: Jerk chicken. Breast fillets marinaded overnight in Jerk Sauce, which we got from our favourite Caribbean lady at the Farmer’s Market. Cooked in the oven for 45 minutes.  Served with “Rice and peas” which is actually rice and beans, with some spices. And I was going to get corn on the cob to go with it but I couldn’t get any so I got a can of corn and some cream, and made creamed corn (given a bit of a kick with some finely chopped fresh chillis). It was yummy. And somehow I managed to make enough to feed 6 so we had a lot left over.

3. Have booked some vacation time in mid July but we’ve not planned to go away anywhere, and in any case I don’t want to leave the dog in kennels again for too long. We might take a couple of short breaks or something. I’d like to go to Norfolk and tread the ancestral grounds.


For reasons I’m not prepared to discuss in a public blog post, I’m looking for a new job. Haven’t been sacked, although if I were to speak my mind about recent changes to the pay structure, I probably would be.

More snow

We’ve had more snow this week. Whatever happened to global warming? At least Xena enjoys it.

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Well, a little bit, at least. This is the view outside my front door this morning. This is about as much as we get round here. It was enough for it to be on the national news with traffic experts predicting “chaos on the roads”.