Wondering why I haven’t posted lately? Let me introduce you to the shattered remains of my new Razr to give you some indication of how shockingly shite my weeks have been lately.
I didn’t lay out money for it thankfully – Thanks to changing contract, the CCM had a barely used handset that needed a good home. I was fed up to the back teeth with my own phone (a Samsung D600 I never managed to love in over a year of having it. Something about the whole experience just didn’t gel) so I jumped at the chance for a new phone. Just over a week later and… splat. One misstep in a cafe et voila. It is quite impressive what the full weight of me crashing down onto my handbag can do to a phone. Thankfully the only thing dented other than the phone was my pride, so I’m able to laugh at the situation.
Laughing at the situation was much helped by my colleagues assorted reactions. “Oh, it’s a little bit demented, isn’t it?” – was the classic understatement of the century from the Boss Lady. A comment which was followed in true team fashion by the Tickle going “I’m sure we can turn it back on… where’s the battery meant to go?… This bent bit here?… You got some sellotape?… What did you DO to this thing?!… Um, yeah, I don’t think we’re going to be able to turn it back on…”
At least my reputation as the clumsiest project support this side of the Horse Head Nebula is still intact.
How does this relate to my lack of blogging? It just serves as the perfect illustration of the hectic-ness and sheer oddness of the last couple of weeks. Work has hit this “calm before the storm” patch which is freaking me out – we’ve been running on pure adrenalin for over a year now (holy crap where has the time gone?!) so this temporary slow-down to what, for everyone else, is normal working speed just completely throws the whole finely tuned machine out of synch. Yes, our normal working practices look insanely chaotic to outsiders, but they work for us! On top of that I’ve been experiencing a surfeit of festive cheer lately (I am a not-so-secret Scrooge), have the niggles of an RSI attack looming, and am just plain knackered.
All of which, you’ve guessed it, leaves me with no desire to blog.
Then people start prodding me, asking when I’m going to write next, and getting me to meet them for lunch, then texting/emailing/ringing to ask where the Roast is, and… Grrr! I know it is no excuse but I am a contrary minded cow and the more people want me to do something, the more I dig my heels, get a strop on, and resist.
So no blogging.
I fully planned to keep blogging through the festive season, but it turns out I’ve also fallen prey to the general malaise that seems to hit the Web around this time of year as everyone shuts down, goes slow, or simply goes into hermit mode and refuses to come out until 2008 is a few days old and the hang overs have worn off. That last is me by the way.
I fully intend to go into hiding, marshal my reserves, get some writing done and come back in 2008 better and brighter than ever before.
Or at least more awake and hopefully with a new mobile phone!
So have a lovely time doing whatever your religious/social/cultural inclinations would have you do. Be good to your friends and family, and I’ll leave you with some lines from one of my favourite Christmas tunes:
I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
Knew I would forget to say something!
I will still be twittering whilst I’m away. If you’re not already following me on Twitter (and why not), either keep an eye on twitter.com/BrightMeadow, or my tumblog which agregates everything.
Have a good holiday!