Sunday, 20 January 2008

New Year's Resolutions .... and all that

Okay. It's been a pretty grim Christmas.

I finished my night job on the morning of Saturday 21st December. I was wanted at the day job for Christmas Eve and the day after Boxing Day. So I went down to London Christmas Eve evening and trundled back up on Boxing Day.

Even at this stage in the game, I'm still awake at 2am. I'm still on night shift mode. It's like being jet lagged.


The obvious one first.

1. GET A JOB. That is my number one priority. Temping has been fun but I need a job which pays at least £16k pa to keep the roof over my head. I can't keep up the work schedule that I had before Christmas and I can't rely on handouts from my family.

Another obvious one

2. LOSE WEIGHT. I am the better part of 13 stones (185lb) and I should be around the 7 stone mark (98lb). Six stones to lose. Jesus.

The Office Manager has been on the Cambridge Diet for some while now. This consists of three shakes a day (water not milk) and nothing else. Shes's allowed all the water and black coffee and tea she wants but three shakes a day is it as far as nutrition goes. She is still large (slightly larger than me) but she has lost a massive 8 stones (112lb). I'm so jealous. I wonder if it's worth talking it over with the GP?

And an embarrassing one. I've got to sort out the hoarding thing.


An inventory of the bathroom cupboard was shameful.

Facial toner a a a a a

Anti perspirant a a a

Shower gel a a a a a a a a a


Body a a a a a a a a

Body -Self Tanning a

Facial - Night a a a a

Facial - Day a a a a a a a

Facial - Tinted a a

Facial - Self Tanning a a

Eye a a a

Facial Night Serum a a

Facial Day Serum a

Spot/Blemish Lotion a a a

Hand Wash a a a

Hand Cream a a a a

Toothpaste a a a

Mouthwash - Non Alcoholic a a

Toothbrushes a a a

Perfume a a a

Body Spray a a a a a a

Shampoo a a

Conditioner a a a a

Face Wash a a a

Complexion Enhancer (I don't routinely wear make-up) a a a

Mascara (I don't routinely wear make-up) a a a

Hair Styling Products a a a a a a a a

Face Masks (tubes and single use sachets) a a a a

Shaving Gel a

Sensitive Wash (for those sensitive little places) a

That's unused and for my own personal use.

That also doesn't take into account all the stuff boxed up as birthday and Christmas gifts for the coming year.

And that's after I gave a load of stuff to charity.

Even taking into account the fact that there are travel/gift/sample sizes on this tragic list, that's a Hell of a lot of shower gel and moisturiser.

And that's just the bathroom.

The bedroom yielded:

A collection of jeans and T-shirts that I no longer wear because I've been working in offices not laboratories

Two carrier bag loads of shoes that are now unwearable because of this plantar fasciitis thing (including all my beloved flattie pumps)

A variety of clothes that I was just kidding myself I'd wear :

I'd lose weight and fit into them - yeah sure

Skirts are pretty and classier - but pretty impractical and I just don't feel comfortable wearing them

They looked nice - but need ironing or dry cleaning or handwashing

And the What Was I Thinking? category included

A pair of red loafers (I mean bright red) that matched nothing else in my wardrobe

An orange blouse (what? My ideal job was at EasyJet?)

A purple fitted blouse that rode up at the front and exposed my midriff (I'm 13 stone - that's not pretty)

and a small hoard of hair grips, clips and accessories that were a hangover from my days with long hair.

When would they ever come in handy?

Since Christmas, I've been dedicating the evenings to job application form filling, self improvement and de-cluttering.