Final Review

Another photo of the chelsea pier- I liked the angles of the walkway and the red of the chairs and life buoy.

Yesterday I had my final appraisal. Feedback was good (though as we get to choose who gives the feedback, it is not altogether that surprising). Still, am pleased with my appraisal, and I was told that I had been the clear number one choice when they offered me the job, as no one had the same background as I did (trained and qualified in a big city firm, experience in a bank). It was a really nice thing to hear, that my choices and experience were valued by a potential employer!

Time to start packing up my office, and getting rid of the multiple copies of The Lawyer that I get sent every week and very rarely read (sometimes for giggles I will – it’s all very navel-gazing). I’ll get an exerpt for you to read later.

Oh and I’m famous!!! Okay, ok not really famous but sort of! Remember the interview with Lixieknitsit? Well, the Lixieknitsit podcast interview came out this weekend! Silly me guided us to a lovely cafe right under the heathrow flight path (doh!) but it was great fun. You can hear the planes and occasionally the clink of my teacup. Alex edited it fantastically well and managed to make me sound relatively coherent! hee hee. Listen here.

Catch up

This I think is a grey heron-on the bank just by chelsea pier. The photo is from a last week- we have had a busy few days!

Sue and Frank came to visit the new place. It was a really lovely weekend, though it started with a terribly long(winded) conference call for me, so S&F had a few posh drinks at the local hotel, overlooking the harbour, whilst waiting for me to end my work day.

We pretty much just hung out and visited the neighbourhood on friday (they got to do a little shopping and strolling down the king’s road before we met up) then we headed to our local thai for dinner. It’s a wonderfully ‘authentic’ thai restaurant – the fit out was done with materials AND workmen brought over from Thailand, and staff are all Thai. Dishes have little chilis to indicate how hot they are – 3 being the ultimate. We ordered a 3 chili beef curry -delicious but sneaky! the spice sneaks up and hits you not after the first bite, but after the second!! Lots of water and ice all round. Frank was the only one who strolled through the heat like it was a pleasant spring afternoon!

Sat we went to Kingly Court to check out beads (Sue makes her own jewellery) then headed to the Tate to see the big crack in the floor of the turbine hall. The crack is Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth and literally is a huge long crack in the concrete floor. In breaking open the floor of the museum, the write up says “Salcedo is exposing a fracture in modernity itself”. The Tate write up continues by saying “Her work encourages us to confront uncomfortable truths about our history and about ourselves with absolute candidness, and without self-deception” (there is a theme of racisim and colonialism…. but with a just a large crack in concrete floor, it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination to get here). Just about everyone was taking photos of their hands and feet foot stuck down the crack. Not sure any one confronted uncomfortable truths, maybe uncomfortable contortions of feet jammed down the crack at awkward angles. Lawyer that I am, I think this is a lawsuit waiting to happen – a huge crack in a floor that is the direct path from the entrance to the exhibits. It’s not an ‘optional’ experience like the slides… the standard of duty and care to the visitors the Tate should be showing is sorely lacking here… despite signs all around. A council with a massive crack in the sidewalk with signs around but without cordoning it off is massively exposed to a legal claim… I think the Tate is seriously exposing itself…… but alas I digress…

We went home after this and David cooked a lovely lamb shoulder we got from Elizabeth King, a little but very popular deli around the corner from our place. Really tender and yummy, then followed it up with a visit to the Chelsea Ram (where I nearly fell asleep – was soooo tired!). Sunday S&F went back to Isle of Wight (but not before picking up some sock knitting supplies – Sue I can’t wait to see your sock!! :))

Sunday evening we met up with Alicja and her mom, and Lily treated us to a yummy dinner – at the Thai place! See… our favourite place….More knitting ensued… and Alicja brought us some gorgeous housewarming supplies – scented candle, homemade cookies!! cookbook, and Mr Muscle Magic Eraser… gotta try those on my shoes….

I think I caught a chill on the weekend as felt pretty yucky on Monday so stayed home, hoping to fight off any onslaught of flu, back at work for a couple meetings I couldn’t reschedule on Tuesday, back to working from home on Wed… bit of a blow out as missed Shadowlands with Alicja on Monday, missed Emm’s boyf’s gig on Tuesday, missed Kat’s spa’s bday party on Wed!! ergh. Hopefully lying low for the rest of this week and the weekend will mean I’m okay for next week… as we are then in december and the festivities are in full swing!

Goals

Jane's post on colour theory has me thinking- and has made me really excited to get going with colourwork! A bit too ambitious even for me (tho will get to it sooon) is a setesdal sweater. I'm not yet ready for that, and besides I have a list of projects to do before even contemplating yarn much less pattern for it…Still, it's good to have goals and something to work towards!! Morten Harkett my love for you has deflated like your hair, but my love for your sweater endures!!!

Hi ho hi ho

It's off to work we go. Me and david standing on the bridge in the morning sun. Quite a lovely morning though it is getting chilly!!!

My cousin J made a cheeky comment about Deuce and I being similarly eye injury prone. It hadn't even occurred to me, so when I read it I burst out laughing!! So true!!

My dad comes to town tomorrow- picking him up first thing and spending day with him. He'll see our new place and get to meet deuce!

Boxing

More for project 365, I like the yellow theme this winter, this is taken in paternoster square, at the foot of st paul's cathedral. I walk through here in the mornings on the way to work. If I had a soundtrack for my walk it would be johnny cash!

I've lost the motivation to unpack. What with the day job and the evening/early morning job and everyday stuff like feeding and walking deuce, and remebering to brush my teeth and eat breakfast, and try to dress in clean clothes, the whole 'let's organise boxes of scary random stuff from the old flat' is really not that appealing. More so, when there really isn't any obvious place to put it. Maybe I should just take them to the tip. I mean, if I haven't needed them in the last month, maybe I really don't need them at all?

And there is something funny with my eyes. They are kind of dry, but with winter and heating that's not surprising. No, it's more that I managed to poke myself in the eye (not just poke but slash something across it) three times yesterday. Once, ok I do that every so often and that's normal (for me). But three times?? My lack of any sense of spatial distance to a rather important bit of my body is disturbing!

Meanwhile I ended up having to head home early last night to get puggy, since david is doing another deal and wasn't expecting to come home (he did, around 2am). So couldln't get to knit night. But alicja had me over for dinner and to see her new place! Really homey and cozy. And she made chicken in black bean sauce, bok choy and red bean soup with tang yuan!!! Boy was I nostalgia-ing big time.

Tonight am meeting up with ex LTSB folk to catch up and talk new horizons. Won't be able to stay late, since david is prob doing another late one. 😦