Well, we’ve had three weeks back at work now and what interesting weeks they have been. Unfortunately, I am using the word ‘interesting’ as a diplomatic substitute for other words I could have used. So far, we have had a system ‘upgrade’ (or as my colleague called it a downgrade) which knocked the system out for four days. We then had to deal with all the resulting problems, which was fun.
On top of this we had snow. This was lovely to look at but troublesome to deal with, especially if you were trying to commute to work. I got to stay at home for a couple of days – one working from home and one as leave – because of the lack of transportation available. I was glad I did this, as the University of Doom didn’t seem to know whether to stay open or not and changed its mind several times over the course of a weekend. My poor colleagues. Here are a few pictures of the snow taken from the comfort of my front doorstep:
Meanwhile, the Shiny New Learning Centre continues to supply us with unexpected challenges, such as weird and definitely not good vibrations and strange smells in the office (not necessarily both at the same time).
I am still looking for a new job. I’m sure there must be one for me out there somewhere, but it is doing a good job (sorry) of hiding from me so far. It’s not really a good time to look for jobs at the moment, as there is rather a dearth of them, although there seem to be more around now than there were before Christmas.
We have had two choir practices so far this term – one was cancelled because of the snow. We’ve started rehearsing Vivaldi’s Gloria, which has been quite challenging so far, especially for the poor men. They’re not used to dividing into two parts, so now they’re not going to – we’re going to have female tenors! I really want to be one, but I think they’re being provided by the other choir (a girls’ school choir) and I can’t really sing the tenor part on my own until we join up with them – no one would hear me, apart from anything else! I have sung tenor before – a long time ago, when I was offcially a soprano. Anyway, I’m enjoying the rehearsals so far, and it actually sounds OK when all the parts are put together, even without anyone singing the tenor line (which is being bashed out on the piano).
In other news, Mr C has started volunteering as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant.