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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.

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We just got back from the Christmas travelling and visiting, half the week at Anad’s parents and the other half of the week at mine. Our sister and her family were supposed to be there too but at the last minute her husband decided to go early, so they left about two hours before we got there, so we missed them, and missed the chance to give our neice her christmas present. And it can’t be posted because it’s fragile. *headdesk*

Also discovered that someone we knew from school, a guy who was a couple of years older, was killed in a car accident last week. This news I discovered by chatting with a random stranger while out walking the dog.

Aside from that, it was a nice relaxed kind of Christmas, without a lot of rushing about that we usually do. My haul included 3 Apocalyptica CDs, (well okay Russ has been wanting those for months), a fleece jacket, a giant coffee mug, two bottles of wine and some of the usual smellies. I’m actually sitting here wearing the fleece now, and cradling a cup of coffee in the mug, because this house has been empty nearly a week with the heating and hot water off and it’s EFFING FREEZING IN HERE.

But it’s not as cold as it was walking round the sea wall at St Lawrence on Boxing Day afternoon.

essex-sea-wall

(picture by PaulHP – not of exactly the same place but near enough to show what it looks like).

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