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delirium happy
I have been poked with pointy sticks to update my LiveJournal, so I suppose that I'd best do so. After all, if I don't, I might not get poked any more, and wouldn't that be terrible?

Life is proceeding apace, and – in a shocking development – it is continuing to not suck. I'm doing things that are most unlike me. I'm enjoying going out in the sunshine and just slowly wandering around. I'm actually chatting animatedly with complete strangers sometimes. The other day, I got a phone call from someone from Oriel (my old Oxford college) who was doing some research about Orielenses' memories of their time at the college, and I ended up randomly chatting to her for about half an hour. Who am I, and what have I done with rho?

I've also bee disturbing people on IRC by being excessively perky at them, which is alarmingly good fun.

I went to the gym on Friday. There's an NHS-run one in the same building as where I see my therapist, and after a long period of arm-twisting from my therapist, followed by an even longer period of sitting on a waiting list then going through administrativia and such like, I actually did some of that exercise thing for the first time on Friday. I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I expected that I would (not that that's necessarily hard). The first session was just very gentle for e to get an idea of what I liked and what I didn't, and for them to get an idea of what my fitness levels are (lol), but still! I spent 5 minutes walking on a treadmill, then 5 minutes on a rowing machine and 10 minutes on an exercise bike. All on very low settings. And I enjoyed it, and am quite looking forward to going again on Thursday. This is novel.

(Actually, I think that the best part of it was how all the machines have a million different readouts on them. My inner numerophile went "squee" at them. This is much more like me.)

The biggest news in my life at the moment, though, is that I'm now claiming for Job Seeker's Allowance (aka the dole, aka being a welfare scrounger). This is good in that it means I get free money. This is also good in that I'm now doing my civic duty to help bring down the government by counting towards their unemployment statistics, which they careful massage to include as few unemployed people as possible.

It also means that I have to do that thing where I have to seek a job. I am not sure whether this is a good thing or not. It's somewhat terrifying, but I suspect probably good for me. I do genuinely feel as if I'm sufficiently functional to be able to do some sort of work now without having a nervous breakdown, though I thinking aiming for full time now would be a bit ambitious. Even so, this is a huge step forwards.

I wrote up a first draft of a CV today. Never done one of them before, I don't think. I was actually somewhat surprised by how well it turned out. I was expecting it to be two pages of "spent 27 years doing naff all", but it turned out I found things to say. I've emailed a copy to my dad, and am going to phone him tonight and get him to suggest changes and improvements to me, but if anyone else feels in the mood for proofreading, sanity checking and suggesting improvements to it, then I'd welcome that. (Haven't put it online anywhere, but can email it to any generous volunteers.)

I'm not entirely sure how this is going to impact my proposed trip to the States. Possibly I'll have to cancel it. Possibly I'll have to modify the plans. Possibly I'll go ahead with things as I'd intended to, and make that my priority and work other things around it as best I can. I'm not sure yet. I will have to give it further thought.

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silly shiny happy comment

This is my favourite entry from anyone in, like, years. You are perky and living happily and gym! and walks in sunshine! and chatting! and humour (but of course) and stuff. And things. *poke poke poke poke poke* You rock :D

I'll proof read if you want.

Also, if you plan to leave the country, watch what you say to the jobcentre about it. As you're not supposed to leave the country while claiming jobseekers allowance from them - plus, if you don't turn up every two weeks to sign, they'll stop your benefits. Just something to keep in mind. :)

Who are you and what did you do with rho? Also, congrats. :)

Whee! This is a post full of good and happy things! I approve of those!

Naturally I want to see the CV. (CV! You're so charmingly british. It's like reading a foreign language!)

"I'm not entirely sure how this is going to impact my proposed trip to the States. Possibly I'll have to cancel it. Possibly I'll have to modify the plans. Possibly I'll go ahead with things as I'd intended to, and make that my priority and work other things around it as best I can."

You seem to be overlooking alternative option 4:

1. Get fabulously well-paid new job.

2. Use impressive new wealth to import everyone you were planning to see.

3. Set 'em all to work building shoebox dioramas of every place you were planning to see.

4. Lie on floor and view dioramas at eye level, thus creating effect of being in the States from the comfort of your own apartment.

Can I also have a custom-made green latex Godzilla outfit, and go on a stompy rampage of doom over bits of the diorama I don't like? I think that could only improve the experience.

Do you even have to ask? =D

p.s. This.

Ooooooh wow. I'm very impressed. What phoenixdreaming said! And also proud of you, in that non patronising way. <3

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