Stuff Done


  • went through my tax papers, found mistakes, called accountant
  • did some finance archaeology (successful!)
  • kitty injection
  • worked for CIAO
  • added a few more things in my calendar
  • bought Lush stuff!
  • filed and printed some web pages for The Book


  • call with prospective client
  • get back on track with FMEL
  • kitty injection
  • maybe shopping & trip to taylor’s
  • osteopath (hands… better earlier than late!)
  • roller-blading

A Productive Morning

In no particular order:

  • checked which day my laundry day was this week and marked it on the calendar
  • added a whole bunch of other small things to my calendar
  • sorted out my trip to Hamburg next week
  • got my flights for Serbia sorted out
  • exchanged a few e-mails with clients and future clients
  • wrote two blog posts
  • injected interferon into Bagha, without a noise
  • started planning my week
  • decided what I would do this afternoon (blog about looking for funding for the book in French, sort out tax stuff)

Doesn’t sound like so much, but actually I got a whole lot of small nagging administrative things done (mainly calendar-related).

Life is Fun

So, (you can dig all this out from Twitter, but I’m too lazy tonight to do all the linking) I’m quite happy with these last two days.

After a particularly grey and boring day on Thursday, I had an epiphany: I needed to do more fun things. I had been traipsing around town and in museums (not particularly dull, but not particularly exciting) alone all day, and obviously, this was not for me.

So, quick thought. What do I find fun? Well, actually, doing stuff with people. So, I decided to get organised and spend my time with people instead of “visiting Frankfurt because I’m there and I’ve never been there and so I should visit”. However, I have to keep in mind that I’m a little overworked these days (despite being far from making piles of cash right now, that’s what happens when you’re freelance), so this will have to be “non work-related people” or existing friends. But… it worked, and I had two (and a half!) lovely days in Frankfurt after my rather depressing first contact with the publishing world.

Today I also did three things I’m quite happy about (I can’t remember if it’s in the Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun or elsewhere, but I once heard “do one thing a day that scares you”):

– asked a couple of teenagers playing with cellphone ringtones or something to turn it down (twice, because it didn’t work the first time!)
– told a visibly inebriated guy who made a beeline for me at the bus stop with the intention of striking up a conversation to bugger off (he didn’t, so I insisted, got angry, and finally moved with the friend I was talking to)
– bumped into an old friend at the bus stop, and decided to for a coffee one of these next weeks to catch up.

Also, I spent the day offline today (except now and this morning). Will repeat that weekly. I really need a day off each week.

Cellar Works

So, yesterday, I ran off to IKEA for what was probably my last trip with my car, as I’m selling it tomorrow (found a buyer, yay!) to buy some shelves for my cellar. (I already had some, but no screws, and IKEA changed STEN into GORM, not compatible, long story, anyway.)

This morning, I got to work and emptied the cellar, threw away lots of old school stuff (the “it might come in useful one day” rationalisation doesn’t really hold when I can find it on the internet in less time than it would take to dig it out of the cellar), and built the shelves.

Cellar, "Finished"

My cellar is now ready to welcome some of the stuff that is inhabiting my balcony and my flat.

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Gosh, I can’t remember the last time this has happened to me. I got home last night, and I’ve already unpacked. Here’s proof (you can admire my brand-new purple suitcase, by the way):


Most of the time, I end up not unpacking, having the suitcase lie around my room for weeks, and really unpacking when I need to pack again for the next trip. Feels very good to be “unpacked”. Will remember the feeling for next time.

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