Thursday, 8 March 2012

Busy and Quizzy ...

Man alive (men alive), has it been a hectic few weeks? All kinds of exciting businessy-type things are coming together apace, meaning that I am spending increasing amounts of time in this position .....................

Pic.No.1 Hunched in front of the computer with a Mona Lisa smile (actually, I write my blog in exactly the same position - and that is where I am now - spooky)

I like looking enigmatic I do .... and windswept. It all contributes to my mysterious persona. And just in case you were wondering why I am dressed as an eskimo inside the house, it is because I am too tight to turn on the heating. Aside from being tight, you can tell that I am busy, because I am trying to run two projects at once on separate laptops. 

Not that I can use two laptops simultaneously mind, I just like to look like an incredible multi-tasker. It's like when you see pictures of City Traders at work. The more screens they have, the cleverer they are ..... allegedly. Ummmmmm. City Trader ..... clever? That'll be oxymoron-tastic then.

I remember when I used to work in aerospace. One of the chaps on the shopfloor used to have a problem with body odour. One day, I needed to ask him about a job he was working on, so I approached him holding a lavender-scented handkerchief under my nose (like they did in the medieval times when people were rotting alive with the Black Death). 

Stinky bloke clocked my handkerchief and remarked indignantly, "the only reason that I smell like a dead badger is that I've been working so hard I haven't had time to go home do my stuff."

Outwardly, I said; "that's bloody admirable, that is."

But inwardly I was shouting; "jeez you know you smell like a dead badger and you are happy to run with it?" I could tell by the way my eyes were watering, that the honk was the accumulation of many days of soap-dodging. And I would have bet a fiver on his underpants rotting off his body before they ever got close to a washing machine. [Note: he was forever more called 'Dead Badger' by everyone in the company after this debacle].

Anyway, I digress. And I can assure you that things are not so hectic that I've had to enter dead badger territory. No way hose.

In fact, I had been working so hard that I decided that I needed a bit of time off. So on Sunday, I telephoned Steve and suggested that we took Izzy out for lunch.

"Yeh, let's go for it, I can't be bothered cooking," he said.

"Cool, because I want to try out a pub we haven't been to before," I said, "it's in the Headington area of Oxford."

Pic.No.1 This was the pub that I wanted to try. It was called 'The Black Boy', and it was in the Old Headington district of Oxford

Pic.No.2 Fancy a sneaky peak at the interior of the Black Boy? It is a proper gastro-pub, and only ten minutes from our front door


Pic.No.3. There was only one problem with the pub .... the menu. Although it was all gourmet food, and I am quite an adventurous eater, there was very little on it that I fancied. Not a problem for the first visit .... but if the menu didn't change, it would definitely inhibit future visits

Pic.No.4 The lady of the house was very friendly (and glamorous), but I think that Izzy may have felt that she was a tad over-enthusiastic when it came to taking her order for fish fingers. That's six year olds for you

Pic.No.5 Oh bloody hell. I have just realised that I am in the restaurant and still wearing the horrible fleece jacket from home (the one I use to keep me warm because the heating is off). Maybe me and Dead Badger aren't poles apart after all

Pic.No.6 This is what I ordered. It was Pork Belly. Although it was beautifully presented, and wonderfully cooked, it was so fatty that I struggled to find any meat. Tasty though it was, it was like eating breast implants

Ah, so lunch was over.  

But excitingly enough, the day didn't stop there. Oh no, that evening, I had been invited by Tim and Denise (the parents of one of Izzy's bessie mates) to participate in a pub quiz organised by the school in order to raise funds. See, I am like Mother Theresa but with shaped eyebrows.

It was being held in the 'Abingdon Arms' in Beckley village. And they had put together a quiz team and were desperate for particpants .... hence my involvement.

I must admit that I do enjoy a good quiz, even though I am not particularly good team fodder, given that the only thing I know about in-depth is landing gear. And Boeing aircraft. And gadgets.

Pic.No.7 My team chums Denise and Tim

Pic.No. 8 Here you can see some of the teams partaking in the quiz. Our team came second overall but it had nothing to do with me ...... (that lady looking at the camera was a genius and bagged loads of questions, and so did her husband to her right). The night was bloody good fun though

So dahlink, tell me, what is the worst thing that has happened to you this week?! Or have you had fun stuff going on?

30 comments:

  1. So busy, yet you still found time to give the website a makeover. Yay you!

    I'm sure I've been to that pub in Headington and yet, it doesn't look like my sort of pub: the grub's far too noncy.

    This week I have mainly been working up in Warwickshire. It's neither the best or worst thing that has happened.

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  2. Yay, you've ditched discus, and I can post meaningless drivel on your blog again!

    If you're doing a lot of work on those laptops, get a proper work chair, for gooodness sake. You will soon have a very shagged out back if you don't. Plug in a mouse as well, and ideally a keyboard.

    Feel free to shoot me properly dead for being so unusually sensible.

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  3. Love the new look very swish.Pub looks great as does the meal. I'd love that, the odd person I am I love the fat on meat, Gail however would send it back to the kitchens.The worst thing to happen to me this week?...My manager came to see me and told me that I did a great job, doing my actual work, ie getting the product out of the door and problem solving and running the shift and thanks for my hard work. However my attitude at times isn't quite right as I can at times have differing views which they see as negative so my pay award is NIL....Thank you very much indeed....A bit hard to take when I see others who do a lot less get 6%...Grrrrrrrr

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  4. The description of the Dead Badger had me slightly nauseous especially the idea of his rotting underwear. Consider me officially grossed out. I dare say you could NEVER let yourself go like that no matter how busy you get.

    Black Boy...interesting name. Here the NAACP or some other group would have pickets signs in front of the place. There is always some group here looking for a fight and calling it "being politically correct". We are just a quarrelsome bunch over here.

    Fatty meat at an upscale looking place like that??? What a dissappointment. I've never eaten a breast implant but I am thinking I would rather not and esp. at a nice restaurant.

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  5. What the hey, Annie, my friend. I posted and comment and it dissapeared. Is Disqus mad at you or are you screening the comments these days. Not really a big deal except, if my less than inciteful comments aren't coming through, maybe the genius one's aren't either.

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  6. I am totally useless at quizzes so decline any invitations to go these days. Though on a girls' weekend away, played with about twenty of us chipping in for a team of four. Needless to say, we won !

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  7. Eating breast implants? Well at least I'm not hungry anymore...

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  8. I was part of a team that won a second division pub quiz league many moons ago. Still got the trophy! My bestest question I answered was "who had a toptastic hit with Sixteen Tons?" Thank goodness for my Dad's records... remember those?

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  9. I was part of a team that won a second division pub quiz league many moons ago. Still got the trophy! My bestest question I answered was "who had a toptastic hit with Sixteen Tons?" Thank goodness for my Dad's records... remember those?

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  10. How on earth did you manage to find any meat on that pork belly? It looks disgusting.

    I had to deal with a stinky colleague, it was the worst thing I ever had to do.

    It's been a very boring week here not bad, not good either.

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  11. I see you have changed your comments input.
    Only ever done one pub quiz, we were rubbish!!!!!

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  12. How on earth did you manage to find any meat on that pork belly? It looks
    disgusting.

    I had to deal with a stinky colleague, it was the worst thing
    I ever had to do.

    It's been a very boring week here not bad, not good
    either.
     

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  13. Ha ha! There wasn't
    that much meat on it, but when I did find some, it was pretty blooming tasty.



    OMG - you had the
    stinky colleague dilemma! What did you do?

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  14. Ha ha! There wasn't that much meat on it, but when I did find some, it was pretty blooming tasty.



    OMG - you had the stinky colleague dilemma! What did you do?



    _____

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  15. What the hey, Annie, my friend. I posted and comment and it dissapeared. Is
    Disqus mad at you or are you screening the comments these days. Not really a big
    deal except, if my less than inciteful comments aren't coming through, maybe the
    genius one's aren't either.
     

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  16.  I know. I saw your comment and had to copy and paste it manually into this post. GRRRR

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  17. The description of the Dead Badger had me slightly nauseous especially the idea
    of his rotting underwear. Consider me officially grossed out. I dare say you
    could NEVER let yourself go like that no matter how busy you get.

    Black
    Boy...interesting name. Here the NAACP or some other group would have pickets
    signs in front of the place. There is always some group here looking for a fight
    and calling it "being politically correct". We are just a quarrelsome bunch over
    here.

    Fatty meat at an upscale looking place like that??? What a
    dissappointment. I've never eaten a breast implant but I am thinking I would
    rather not and esp. at a nice restaurant. 

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  18. I am totally useless at quizzes so decline any invitations to go these days.
    Though on a girls' weekend away, played with about twenty of us chipping in for
    a team of four. Needless to say, we won !
     

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  19. That's the good thing if there is a lot of you - it isn't obvious that you are crap at quizzes cos you can hide at the back!

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  20. Bodacious Boomer29 March 2012 22:00

     Eating breast implants? Well at least I'm not hungry anymore...

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  21.  Yay, you've ditched discus, and I can post meaningless drivel on your blog
    again!

    If you're doing a lot of work on those laptops, get a proper work
    chair, for gooodness sake. You will soon have a very shagged out back if you
    don't. Plug in a mouse as well, and ideally a keyboard.

    Feel free to
    shoot me properly dead for being so unusually sensible.

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  22.  Blimey Gumph, you are being sensible . Actually I do a hell of a lot of work on the laptops and always sit on those ridiculous chairs. Soon I will be moving to a business premises and will get some proper office kit!

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  23. So busy, yet you still found time to give the website a makeover. Yay
    you!

    I'm sure I've been to that pub in Headington and yet, it doesn't
    look like my sort of pub: the grub's far too noncy.

    This week I have
    mainly been working up in Warwickshire. It's neither the best or worst thing
    that has happened. 

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  24.  Ah that makeover was nothing - took all of 10 minutes because I was just updated the template!

    The food is noncy there actually! What kind of pub is your kinda pub then?

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  25.  You got a bloody trophy for being in a pub quiz? That's a bit posh. So what was the answer to your question then?!!

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  26. Love the new look very swish.Pub looks great as does the meal. I'd love that,
    the odd person I am I love the fat on meat, Gail however would send it back to
    the kitchens.The worst thing to happen to me this week?...My manager came to see
    me and told me that I did a great job, doing my actual work, ie getting the
    product out of the door and problem solving and running the shift and thanks for
    my hard work. However my attitude at times isn't quite right as I can at times
    have differing views which they see as negative so my pay award is NIL....Thank
    you very much indeed....A bit hard to take when I see others who do a lot less
    get 6%...Grrrrrrrr 

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  27.  Aww, that's a bit harsh about work. You must be well peed off about that. Just spend a bit more of your weekend looking for a new job where they will appreciate you!!

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  28. I see you have changed your comments input.
    Only ever done one pub quiz, we
    were rubbish!!!!!
     

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  29.  I would have had you down as someone who knows loads of the useless facts that are important in quizzes!

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