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Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Time:7:45 pm.
today i am so happy that it snowed. ever since they forecasted arctic conditions last week i promised myself i would call into my agency and take the day off if it snowed. my excuse was that 'a pipe burst'. i left a message around 8am, no-one got back to me about it, what more am i expected to do?
tomorrow when i go back into my workplace i will say 'a pipe burst' but not even care if they know it's a lie. i'm only following the advice on the news about not making any non-essential journeys
someone has come and sat right next to me so i am too self-conscious to carry on
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

Time:11:34 am.
while i have been here instead of there our planned NYE party has turned into drinks around FField, then coming back to ours afterwards. my parents still aren't back yet, but it must be some time today they're due home...
i just feel so left out of everything, i imagine that they've kept their friends better informed about the arrangements for tonight than me. "oh we don't need to tell nick, she'll tag along whatever we do".
i tried to remember what i did last year for NYE, and drew a complete blank. only after looking on here did i find out that i stayed home and watched "The Royal Tenenbaums"
i was looking forward to a proper party. i was even dreaming last night of cooking 'nibbles' for it. we bought some cocktail glasses and were finally gonna use kate's tequila, mixed w/ lime juice and Cointreau, transformed into stylish margaritas
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

Time:7:59 pm.
hooray, i have the day off tomorrow!
plus kindly we were allowed to leave about quarter-of-an-hour early tonight, but there really wasn't any work to do, it would have been cruel to keep us

my parents are supposed to be back today. i hoped they'd have got back sometime while i was at work, so i could call them when i finished and say "would you mind looking after chloe-man for a couple of days?", so i can finally get back to Fallowfield. instead i'm still at their house wondering if every car i heard in the street is going to be their taxi from the airport. i have a party to organise tomorrow!
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Monday, December 29th, 2003

Time:6:11 pm.
another day where public transport failed me.
the 81 runs at 0703, so i must have just missed it, the next two disappear into the Bermuda Triangle. my feet are blocks of ice by the time i get onto a Mcr bound bus.
then waiting for the tram at Piccadilly Gardens. ones for Altrincham and Bury are a-plenty. we were advised of 12-minute delays, but that's normal. i wait about 20 mins for an Eccles one, then the announcement came: "the next Eccles tram will be 25-mins". it had already crossed my mind to just get a coffee from somewhere just so i could get warm, this decided things for me. all in all, an hour late for work
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Saturday, December 27th, 2003

Subject:theres something in the air here that makes you go insane
Time:4:53 pm.
i hope i never live at home again... perhaps at the moment because i don't have all my stuff here with me is why i feel so incredibly bored... but even when i did i'd feel guilty, my mom accusing me of 'hiding' up in my room.
it feels like being a schoolkid towards the end of the 6-week summer holidays, you've exhausted every single form of entertainment available, just waiting for school to begin again so you have an excuse to get out of the house for 8-hours a day.

kate is hoping that adam will give us a lift back across town tomorrow, so i just have to survive this one night
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Friday, December 26th, 2003

Time:12:39 pm.
Mood: grateful.
thankyou to :

1) Kate, for Jon Richard earrings that have bows and pearls which look like Christmas baubles, for the mini-cocktail kit which we hope to put to good use on NYE, and for the Belle+Sebastian CD "Dear Catastrophe Waitress"
2) Jenny, for the milk jug which is shaped like a cat. The tail is the handle, you pour milk/cream out of a raised paw. unfortunaltey for Jenny i couldn't find one of the absolutely-perfect-for-her lipstick brooches before Christmas, but i think it's her birthday soon enough
3) mom+dad, the chq for $300.00. I've bought a Kipling bag, a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes (which were on sale), paid $100.00 off my Visa for December and will be paying $63.38 for Council Tax for December
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Thursday, December 25th, 2003

Subject:this is nothing to be afraid of
Time:1:14 pm.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2003

Subject:driving home for christmas
Time:1:30 pm.
back at my parent's house for christmas... except they're in mexico. christmas being a 'family' time of year they decided to get some winter sun...
so i don't really see the point of coming back here. they decorated my bedroom, and to give the illusion of space i have a single bed again. it really will be like being a kid again. i hoped that when i let myself in the tree would have been up w/presents underneath, but they gave us money before they went so we can please ourselves.
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Monday, December 1st, 2003

Subject:playground love
Time:8:19 pm.
went to watch The Virgin Suicides tonite. it was beautiful+sad, but in screen 2 it was slightly too warm.
in the pouring rain at dinnertime i went to buy my date-book for next year from Paperchase.
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Time:7:01 pm.
i went home-home last night to rework my CV once again.
on the 77 bus out of town this guy got on, sat next to me. a big bear of a guy. he was reading a book and i got a glimpse at the cover: a Philip Pullman one, a instalment of 'His Dark Materials', but w/the grown-up cover. it seemed so incongruous, this big burly guy reading a book about the adventures of a 10-y-o girl. i imagined that he was going to be in a play of it, perfectly cast as Iorek, the polar bear
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Monday, November 24th, 2003

Subject:My First Day
Time:6:16 pm.
1) i get in town to the tram stop around 8.40am. and stand there freezing to death for around an hour! Metrolink was experiencing "Severe delays" due to ice on the overhead cables. i knew there was a reason for wanting a job which would be easy to get to, preferable involving only one bus ride

2) i get there an hour late and am assigned to envelope stuffing with Sebastian, another temp FOR THE WHole DAY........................!!:~~~~~~~~~~~~~
i now need a brain transplant
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Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Subject:winding my spring
Time:12:36 pm.
work in the morning, i can't believe it. have to go to the supermarket and get items to make myself sandwiches for lunches. it's costing me £15.50 to get to work for a week, for a combined bus+tram pass, ouch! and the weather has gone horribly cold again making it impossible to get out of bed in the morning.
watched a shitty film last night, "Kiss the Girls", Blockbuster always overwhelms me; and Jo Brand's plea for '1984' on The Big Read. Winston is such a sad character it made me cry.
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Friday, November 21st, 2003

Time:5:25 pm.
wow, home sweet home. took me almost 2 hours to get here.

came home to tell my parents the good news: i start work on monday. an agency 6-month contract, admin assistant. at the place where my sister worked over the summer, so i hope it will be bearable. Andy will be working at Barclays just across the way, we can hate our jobs simultaneously.
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Thursday, November 20th, 2003

Time:3:52 pm.
this 'EasyInternet' in Fallowfield reeks of piss.
normally there's an obese filipino guy who is addicted to chatrooms in here, wheezing for breath.

trying to obtain money i attempted to volunteer for Medeval medicine testing: "You earn, we learn", but my Body-Mass Index is too low, i'd need to gain half a stone.
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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

Time:11:30 am.
Mood: pissed off.
went to the Jobcentre-Plus! and signed back on.
the clerk was looking at my qualifications, saw my sociology degree and said "I've got one of them, useful aren't they?" the cheeky little fucker!
gave me details of a load of shit time-wasting jobs, but you've got to play the game

gonna watch Spellbound tonight
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

Time:1:42 pm.
i've been temping at the university; data input from the student's registration forms. mostly change of addresses, phone no.s etc. straining to read their ugly handwriting, not helped by the tiny spaces they have to cram these facts into... D-U-L-L
it makes me cringe when girls have email addresses like 'nuttynat54', they seem so childish. after a while all the forms blur into another, everyone is either a Gemma or a Hannah. for no real reason i have come to detest these names, their spellings
every morning the bus-stop is swarming with schoolchildren and students...

i'm going late-night shopping tonight. retail therapy.
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Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Time:1:03 pm.
Donna Tartt was in town to give a reading. i went and got my copy of "The Little Friend" signed.

people asked really dumb questions, like: did you feel like you had to live up to "The Secret History?"- every single journalist in every single interview for her publicity for TLF asked this. someone asked about music being important in her books, which was just bizarre, i certainly don't feel that the use of music is one of her techniques e.g. to set mood for a scene
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Friday, September 19th, 2003

Subject:Creative Writing for Leisure
Time:4:41 pm.
Mood: annoyed.
well i was pleased before cuz they said i could leave work to go and enrol for my Creative Writing class.
until i actually got there. there were 7 of us altogether, and they were all twice my age. it seems to be for old people to write down their boring anecdotes.
to get us started off the teacher gave us a list of prompts:
- your first day at school
- wartime memories
- the way shops used to be different
- you wedding day

i was so nonplussed he came up with some titles for a short-story for me instead, i chose "The ghost at the crossroads", ugh.
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Monday, September 15th, 2003

Time:1:04 pm.
Mood: crushed.
the Creative Writing class i had my fingers crossed about joining is full-up, but there's another one running in January... a whole year away :(
maybe i'll have do the expensive mail order one...
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2003

Time:12:14 pm.
he calls me up this morning, wondering if he can come around.
and for the first time i think i said 'no' to him, "not even for half-an-hour?", but i remain firm.
we chat instead and he says that i should enrol for a creative writing course, an evening class, the Uni is just up the road now.
after i get off the phone his suggestion makes me cry. all i need is a little encouragement, he's the first person in a long time to offer me something positive.
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