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15 June 2005 @ 08:52 pm
Life Update  
I vaguely feel I should post, seeing as life just changed ;)

My contract at work ran out at the end of last week so I'm out of a job.

Yes, this was on purpose.

No, I'm not looking for work, I'm going to be a housewife.

No, I'm not pregnant.

Yes, I am looking forward to not working1.

I think that about covers it ;) Expect to see more Audioscrobbler activity, and possibly even more posting, you never know.

1 For the last few days we've been in Manchester, visiting scamp and going to a U2 concert (which was rather cool), so I've not yet had a day where I could've worked but didn't.
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Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: U2 "The B-sides, 1980-1990"
contents under pressure / handle with care: happy laingraphxgrrl on June 15th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
Finally time to get all that pink out of the house? ;)

I'd seen J make a reference to your leaving do and went, "Err?" But I've not been around much lately.

Yay for making choices that make you happy.
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
Pink-removal is sadly a little low on the list of DIY/house-improvement stuffs - first the kitchen needs finished, then I think we're gonna have to get something done about the bathroom floor, then there's the loft to get boarded so that some of the stuff in the box-room can get put away, then we're more likely to be able to find the stuff that's in there that we do need occassionally. And only after all that am I likely to tackle some of the pink-fest that is our main room. Given the glacial way the kitchen is moving, this may take some time ;)
Mrs. Christie: winkshineyquarter on June 15th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
I too thought I had missed something when I saw J's post. I am glad you have the option of staying home. Some days I really wish I could. Shame about the only having my income. ;)

For some reason it amuses me that you will be a housewife with a PhD. My brain is silly.
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, it breaks the paradigm a little ;) My mother's a housewife with an MA and an MSc though, so I've got a precedent :)
Mrs. Christie: light bulbshineyquarter on June 16th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Smart women in your family. :)
John: coffee cupjarel on June 16th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Smart family ;)
Mrs. Christie: penguinshineyquarter on June 17th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
And she chose you to join it! ;)

Nah, I'm kidding. I mean you are the god of the talker... must be quite a lot of brains in you too.
J: +organized+rethought on June 15th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not precisely sure why, but the 'No, I'm not pregnant' made me laugh out loud.

Though, it could be because there seems to be a rash of such announcements of late. Err...announcements of the 'Yes' variety that is. :)

Have fun. Staying home rocks.
Robdreema on June 15th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't quite laugh out loud, but I did smile.

I dunno, what a bunch of rumour mongers we must be pling has to specifically say she's not pregnant just cos she wants to stay home.

Now how long do you think it'll last before she goes nuts for being at home all the time?
contents under pressure / handle with care: wound-upgraphxgrrl on June 15th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Staring at all that pink? I'd be mad already. ;)
Robdreema on June 15th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
No comment ;)
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
Well, it's the question most people want to ask but skirt around in an awkward fashion (judging by my ex-colleagues), so I thought I'd provide the answer up-front. And it was amusing, too.

My ex-boss has plumped for 9 months before I get bored. If I do get bored, off to find a job I go ... right now, too much Stuff to do to get bored, and I don't see that changing really.
kierangiant on June 16th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
you could always do another PhD.
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
Finance might be difficult. And anyway, anything I'm interested in now I'd have to do a second undergrad degree first ...
kierangiant on June 16th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Mature Student!
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, phrasing that post amused me :) Glad to see others appreciated the humour too ;)
Jonathanmcurtains on June 15th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
Do you think it will be hard to adjust to a change of life like this? Have you got anything planned, before, um, The Plan comes to fruition?
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
There's not a plan that requires capital letters and an 'um' ;) ... but the short term plans (in a non-capitalised non-'um'ed sense) are to get the house back in order (I've tripped my messiness threshold), finish the 2 embroidery projects I've had going for the last decade or so, go back to my Learning Perl book and my Learning Java book (though I may get a new one of those, the book I have is out of date). I'm also going to cook more, which I enjoy when I've not been out of the house for the last 13 hours. Slightly less short term - I'm going to try to get back into playing one of my musical instruments (probably flute, possibly bassoon instead) and look for an orchestra to join, I might also take up yoga coz I should really do some exercise and karate seems a little too much like hard work ;)

So there's stuff I want to do, and I don't expect the transition to be too hard, the bad thing about the 3 months I was unemployed a few years ago was the job-hunting and signing-on, which obviously I'm not doing this time ;)
Jon: magical trevorbigme on June 16th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)

That'll be fun - time to finally do all you always wanted :)
How permanent do you think this will be?
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
Depends on if I get bored, and how it works financially. I'm not really big on long-term set-in-stone plans ;)
Jonbigme on June 16th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
so more extended summer holiday :)
Gary: Gringingerboy on June 16th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations on escaping work! :-) I'd also wondered about J's comment recently, but hadn't had the chance to enquire. Hope you adjust well to a life at home :-)
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on June 16th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
Yay for freedom! (Doubly yay now that graphxgrrl has Civ Conquests set up too...)
Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 09:12 am (UTC)
Yay! And yes, gaming must happen sometime (though I need to kick the house into shape first) ... you working still? We've got that CoN game, and the sequel to play too - though J and I never finished the sequel, got a bit bored :/
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on June 16th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, still working:( But with my laptop I might be able to sneak in the occasional Civ turn;)
The CoN sequel did get a bit samey, but come on, finish it:) It's fun playing multiplayer!
Andrewsagima on June 16th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Excellent, we can have more than annual lunches now!

If you ever run out of cleaning to do then i can point you in the direction of my house :)

Is the pregnency denial for my benefit? :p

Margaretpling on June 16th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for lunch!

But I'm never likely to be bored enough to clean someone else's house, that's just NOT gonna happen ;)

And the denial wasn't entirely for your benefit - about half my ex-colleagues danced around the subject too.
Kyrenkyren on August 1st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the late comment - I'm well behind on reading LJ.

It must be fabulous to have time at home to get things done and, of course, less commuting so you have more time :). Sounds like a dream come true to me.

Enjoy yourself!