(It may still be August, but the heatwave is a distant memory here in Yorkshire.)
So, an awful lot seems to have happened since my last proper post:
I don’t live in Aberystwyth any more. OK, it’s nice to be in a place that isn’t at the end of nowhere (there are real trains! that go often! and work!), and Sheffield has a lot going for it. But. I really miss all my old places. And the bilingual Welsh/English signs. And the sea.
I work in an open-plan office with several other people. This is more than a little strange, something I haven’t done for over a decade. But, you know, this is a Good Thing, not least because I have to get my flabby arse out of the house and go do stuff every day instead of lounging about on the sofa with my laptop
pretending to work working. (Especially as I don’t as yet have a sofa. I just ordered it. I’ve moved from a semi-furnished flat to an unfurnished house. My credit card hurts real bad this month.)
I may not have a sofa, but I do have a new laptop: I got a shiny MacBook. And you know, now I do get why people go on about them so much. A PC will do the job, no problem. (You should see the kickass (and yet surprisingly cheap) piece of desktop kit I just ordered at work which someone else is paying for. Nice.) But, you know, a Mac is something else again. It gives pleasure; it’s fun to work with, and very stylish. To be more practical, it’s amazingly fast and I just love its keyboard, which feels different to anything else I’ve ever typed on. Among other cool things. (The only problem is that, being as it’s one of the white ones, it doesn’t half get grubby easily, dammit.)
What else?… Oh yes, the new job. Suffice to say, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself and it’s very different, if all a bit nerve-racking. Well, no doubt there’ll be more to say about that in the months to come.
(PS: I forgot this, but at some point while I was away this blog had its second birthday.)