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I've just realised that apart from the ocassional comment on other people's LJs I've not posted anything for a month - possibly a record!

The main reason is that I've been ill quite a lot over the last few weeks. I was off work for a couple of days three weeks ago and really went back too soon. It didn't help that it was one of those 'feeling ill, slight temperature, sore throat, bit tired and spaced out but nothing you can actually easily put on a sick form' sort of illnesses. Although I had more or less got over it I was still losing my voice quite a lot but functioning okay. And then this morning I woke up with a full-on cold, of which there was little sign 24 hours ago. Sigh. I can't tell you how irritated this is starting to make me!

In between I spent a week commuting to London for a SAP training course (Cost Centre account this time) and just about back in the swing of rehearsals for Scrooge again, although due to persistent Director grumpyness this has not been as much fun as it ought to be.

We also went out on Friday for a meal to celebrate my dad's 65th birthday. He is official retired now, lucky old sod!

Anyway, thought I'd just check in to reassure everyone that I'm still alive!
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The good news is that the first complete run through last night went pretty well, all things considered.

The bad news is that unfortunately we've had to cancel one of the performances (the Thursday) due to poor ticket sales. This is a perennial problem for us; although Andover is a pretty big town we struggle to fill the theatre these days. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for it apart from amateur musical theatre seeming to be rather out of fashion these days. Someone at work did point out that the tickets are quite expensive but unfortunately these are set by theatre, not us.

My grump about this is around our individual ability to sell tickets. Whenever there are problems we always get the exhortation to 'get out there and sell more tickets'. The problems are 1) apart from my relatives the only people I know in Andover are members of the society anyway, 2) everyone in our families who can make it and are interested will come anyway, 3) while there are people at work who are interested, it is an hour or more travel for them to get there; you'd have to be pretty dedicated to make that effort, 4) most of my friends live even further afield, many of them not even in the same country!

My point is that you cannot sell over 1000 seats all together just from the friends and family of the membership.

End of rant.

Anyway, if anyone in the vicinity fancies a little trip to Andover to see me and pennski making an ass of ourselves in public, for money, then go to www.amos-info.com for ticket info (by the way, the matinee time is wrong - it starts at 3, not 2:30. Mutter)
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I haven't been posting much again recently, it seems.[livejournal.com profile] pennski  kept everyone up to date with our drainage issues (all the 'making good' has now happened so we are just waiting for the vestigial smell to go away).

Other than that life has been pretty much occupied with work, rehearsals and Clarke Award reading.

It's amazing to think that we are only just over a week away from another show; it only seems like five minutes since the last one. It's going okay, rehearsals have mainly been enjoyable despite not being a great fan of the show. Claire, our director, pointed out last week that by the time of the show we will only have had 26 rehearsals, rather than the 60 that we had for Millie. People have reacted to this in different ways: I (being oddly more upbeat than I expect sometimes) took away from this that it was going very well given how quickly we've had to put it together. On the other hand James, our leading man, took it as 'how can we possibly put on a good show with only 26 rehearsals?!" He worries, bless him...



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I know I've been a bit quiet the last week or so. This can partly be blamed on last week's illness which left me unable to face sitting up at the computer for any length of time (just a fever/cold/cough thing that has more or less gone away now), spending a lot of time on the surprisingly large pile of Clarke Award books which have already arrived (15 so far, 4 read, 1 in progress), long rehearsals, Oxford visits and work being well, let's just not talk about it shall we (I've had a particularly crappy day today).

Other than that, there has been gaming, of which more when I have a brain. We also watched the 2006 production of Jane Eyre which I much enjoyed. I read the book a few years ago and while it was okay I found Jane rather a prig and Rochester a monster. The tv version managed to get away from that without substantially changing the characters, and there was real chemistry between the two main actors.

I'm also watching the first season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles while I do my cycling and mainly enjoying it, though please I hope there isn't too much of the 'Cameron learning to act human' stuff that was boring when it was Data in ST:TNG. Is it me though or does Summer Glau look no older now than she did five years ago when she was in that episode of Angel? She's got a horrible picture in the attic, that's all I can say...

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I went back to the gym on Monday for the first time since I was first ill a few weeks ago (I had been doing some exercise at home so I was not completely out of practice).

The cardio stuff was hard work but do-able. Unfortunately, the longer term effect is that I now have a very sore chest and more of a cough than I did. That'll teach me. It's odd: sometimes doing exercise after you've been ill seems to help clear up the system. At other times it makes you worse!

Alas, work is not getting any less frantic which is probably not helping. I'm still trying to do about 3 people's worth or work in 1 person's time so I'm pretty tired and stressed.

We had our first complete run-through of the show last night which went pretty well, with no real major glitches, just a fair number of bits and pieces.

I am absolutely exhausted today, though! It's going to be a long day...
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I know, I know, been almost silent again. Dunno why but I'm finding it hard to write at the moment.

Well, actually I do know why - I've been absolutely exhausted with work recently. I'm doing about 3 different jobs at the same time right now and trying to keep about a dozen plates in the air. When I get home if I've not got a rehearsal, I'm just collapsing in a heap!

On a more positive front, I booked our plane tickets for WisCon today! Only 3.5 months to go... We're also looking at what we are doing later in the year. It's my 40th birthday in November, so we are thinking of doing something special. Top of the list of possibilities is an 8-day tour of Japan, which for a stay-at-home sort of guy like me is both exciting and pretty scary.

It does mean that between the two trips we are not going to get more than a long weekend or two away during the summer but not to worry...

Otherwise, life is okay. Rehearsals are going well - only seven weeks to go now before the show. Another month would have been good, but we are doing our best with the time we've got and on the main it has remained good fun.

We need to get a new cooker sometime soon - our grill has packed up. I'm using it as an excuse to get the standard gas hob replaced with a longer one with a wok burner.

I've not been getting any writing done recently. Somehow I just can't conjure up the enthusiasm right now (so much for New Year 'good intentions').

Mmm, takeaway night tonight...

The week

Dec. 11th, 2005 06:08 pm
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So, apart from being ill, what's been happening in the last week?

Well, I was sent on a three-day Project Management course, culminating in an exam for a formal PM qualification, the name of which escapes me right now (yeah, I'm that interested...). A nice, relaxing course compared with some I've been on but also pretty much a waste of time. I could see it being useful to people who were fairly new to working in I.T. but if you are not then there was really nothing new. Still, it got me out of the office for a few days.

On better news, I finally had the confirmation letter that my interim pay review had gone through. I can't remember if I mentioned this here before, but my boss noticed that I was at the bottom of my pay scale and was over-performing for my grade so she put in for an interim review. This means that instead of being bottom of my pay scale, I'm now about a third up - not a spectacular improvement, but better than a slap in the face with a wet haddock...

They are also possibly moving some people between the analysis (helping the customer decide what they want) team and the design (process design, screen flows, reporting, interfaces, you know, the actual work - guess which one I'm in?!) team. I found out through the grapevine that I was one of the names suggested to move to the analysis team and my boss vetoed it - said that I was too good at the design and wanted to keep me! I've never been fought over before...

Had a really good rehearsal on Thursday. We finished setting Slap that Bass, which if there is any justice, should be the showstopper.

Finally, I decided that my short story was complete and as revised as it was ever going to be and will now be submitted for publication (I won't say anything about were I'm sending it for the moment). In all honesty, I don't think it will get published, but I'll send it around a few places (only one at a time, obviously!) and see how we go. It's good to finally get something finished. And any day now I'll be starting the next one...

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