Monday, July 28, 2008

I resign!

I decided to resign from my weekend job this week. I was only going to resign from Sunday, and still work Saturday, but a week after I asked the HR lady for this I really think my time is better spent at home relaxing. I have been working 7 days a week since November 2005.

My electrician has finished all the work on my house. He says he's never worked on a single property more than mine. He's been here about 10 days in total. My front porch looks like a Bon Jovi concert and my patio looks like a Metallica concert with regard to lighting and sound facilities!

The analogue cordless phones arrived last week. So refreshing to have something more chunky in your hand with a proper distance away from your cheek when you're talking. Although I can't get them to ring when connected to my switchboard. Hrmmmph.

Things I'm not going to miss about dealing with the general public on a retail park at weekends are:
customers' revolting fingernails
rude customers
very rude Pakistani children who have not been brought up with any manners or redeeming features such as charm

There's more, but it will just depress me!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Home decisions

It was certainly a day for making decisions, but as usual you don't know it when you wake up.

We went out to B&Q and bought 4 fence planks for where the handyman (who went all distant and unsociable) clearly couldn't be bothered finishing a bad job. Also a supersonic leaf rake. (bloody should be at £20!).

We then skipped over the car park and had a McDonald's hamburger and small Coke. This is the size of the standard portion in their restaurants in 1950s America, not these 4 pint Cokes and mega burgers you can't get your mouth round! Very retro and nicely filling - all you need.

A skip over the car park to look at carpets, and we end up buying one for the lounge. Then a bedroom. This will mean the end of the remaining patterned 'granny' carpets in the house. The original quote for the lounge carpet was £1,200 but we managed to choose sensibly and have one ordered for £375.

Then another skip over the car park to look at sofas. I end up buying a 2 seater and a 3 seater for the lounge. Up to 7 weeks for them to arrive - rubbish! Luckily found a £50 off voucher at the carpet shop, so we used that. Rebuffed the sales lady's hard-selling of 5 year stain treatment as our carpet cleaner man said it was a load of rubbish. Still over £1k.

I saw a really smooth running sliding door wardrobe in B&Q when we were there earlier, so after going home and deciding to get it, I measured up and after me being confused over the depth of the thing (the catalogue suggested a coat hanger was several cm wider than the wardrobe!!!) we went to order it. Strangely for Britain, everything was in stock, so it's getting delivered on Monday. 10% off with the OAP discount (good to drag your mum along to these transactions) and free delivery. Still over £400.

So two new carpets, two new sofas and a new wardrobe in a day! The Maestro card is red hot, but progress is made after some months of stagnancy.

And what the hell's all this about a recession?!?!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Hauliers - stop complaining and look to your chairman!

I'm not sure I have a lot of sympathy for hauliers and their complaints about rising fuel costs.

I've just been called by someone after doing very elaborate special effects in the garden of one of the UK's largest hauliers.

He has gas pipes throughout his garden so that he can have big flames coming out of fountains, etc.

So while fuel bills go through the roof for us plebs, chairmen of haulier companies whose drivers are forever complaining about fuel costs are burning gas into the air in their garden for purely aethetic effect!