August 9th, 2003


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Bah. Tried to go buy some shorts just coz I haven't bought any for a couple of years and it's warm and stuff so I fancied some new summery clothes. But of course now it's summer the shops are all full of autumn clothes and the only shorts left are the ones that are in the sales for a reason ... I did try a couple of pairs of cropped trousers in M&S, but they didn't fit right (just coz I have a big bottom doesn't mean I've not got a waist ... I wish women's trousers were sold by waist/hip/length measurements ... hell I'd settle for waist/hip and generic leg lengths ... but there seems to be this assumption that if you have 40 inch hips then you have a 35 inch waist, whereas mine is more like 30). So no new clothes goodness for me. Woe, woe is me!

I was also kinda keen on the whole retail therapy thing coz this week has been a little dull. I've been working at home because they're re-wiring my department. Apparently after 40 years the wiring is a little screwed up ("one more blown fuse could take out half the building's power" or so they say) and as they couldn't be bothered to spend that little bit extra in the first place putting in two sets of wiring to switch between it means they have to power down the whole lot while it happens. So I've been reading papers - 30 in 5 days, and typed up the notes on about 29 (there was a back log, so that means I've still got nearly all 30 I read this week to type up). It's been nice not to have to get up at the crack of dawn, and it's been useful to catch up with some of this reading, but I've been getting a little stir crazy coz I have to sit inside and work and it's nice and sunny outside.

Making it worse is the fact that my RSI has gone from mild/imaginary to full-blown pain. Up until a year ago I got the occasional twinges in my mouse arm if I did something like use the computer for three 16 hour days, and over this year it's been getting worse - the job involves lots of micro-manipulation, so I tend to lock the muscles in my arm and delicately twitch the ones in my wrist. Being very right handed the arm I use for this is also my mouse arm ... And it seems that writing is also not such the good thing. This week as I've been reading I've also been taking notes, then typing them, and by the end of an 8 hour day my arm hurts. So I've been a little grumpy - all the leisure things I do seem to involve my right arm - computery stuff, embroidery (which also kills my back, though that'll be sorted out after my birthday as J's getting me a floor stand which I should be able to set up so I don't have to hunch over my stitching) ... all I can do is read, and whereas I do enjoy that, as soon as it's all I can do it's less appealing.

I've been reading about history recently - got a couple of books out of the library about european history in the middles ages, as I seem to have read quite a bit of English history in the Renaissance but not have much context. When I went to the library today to take back/renew some books I discovered the one I'm currently reading ("Europe in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries" by Denys Hay) is a long loan item as it's a study book, which makes me feel a bit silly to be reading it for fun. Not sure why.
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