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  • NickFitz
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    Observation of the chestnut tree leads me to believe that it's very windy here too

    The dentist texted to cancel my forthcoming appointment two weeks from now. I phoned them up to find out what they were playing at this time, and they explained that one of the dentists had left so they no longer see patients on a Friday. They then asked if I could go any other day of the week, as if it was a reasonable question. Do we live in a world where people insist that their teeth can only be examined on a particular day of the week? I've never heard of that being a thing

    Anyway, I'm now going a week on Monday, though as she appeared to be addressing the phone through a megaphone from outside a closed window (and on such a windy afternoon too) I'm not sure what time. They'll probably send a text nearer the day, otherwise I'll have to phone them again and check

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  • NickFitz
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    It's raining here now, and is likely to continue along those lines into the evening

    The survey on the new flat just came through. As expected, nothing of note is said because there's nothing wrong with the place. The valuation is exactly the same as what I'm paying, with a list of similar (but IMO lesser) properties in the vicinity going or recently gone for the same

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  • ladymuck
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    It's really rather windy out.

    Just noticed the forecast is now claiming >95% chance of rain from now to the end of the day. A quick look out the window reveals the precipitation rate is in that <5% zone at present.

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  • WTFH
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    Lunch was leftover pasta from yesterday.

    Now thinking about lighting the fire

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  • NickFitz
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    More confusion over dates at the consultancy on the fortnightly Teams call

    AFAIK, and also AFA the agency knows and have therefore put in my contract, I finish on the 13th. That's also what the department thinks. But the consultancy have it down as the 14th

    However, the person initially responsible is now on maternity leave, and the person who took over from them is on annual leave, so I was dealing with someone who knew nothing about any of it until now.

    I said that I'd commented that saying "ten more days" rather than specifying a date left room for ambiguity, similar to the confusion that had arisen previously where I was initially told my last day would be today, but it then turned out that it would have been yesterday and all the contracts had to be rewritten… whereupon she got even more confused, as the paperwork she had still showed today as my last day

    So that's given her something to try to sort out before the weekend. Her final comment was that she was beginning to regret agreeing to provide cover

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  • ladymuck
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    Lunch was fish fingers in a multi-seeded flat bread thing.

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch has been chicken and barley soup

    No bread, as when I made this batch I couldn't remember how much barley I usually chucked in and ended up using way too much. So it's extremely filling just on its own

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

    I'm on weekly invoicing which is great for the quick payment but it's so tedious! Horrible manual word document time sheet that needs to be emailed for approval before being emailed onto the agency with the invoice.

    It's really not hard to have a basic online system for time recording.
    I'm weekly too - much better

    The biggest pitfall for me is that the agency timesheet is in days, whereas the consultancy one is in hours. Once again I came within a whisper of submitting a timesheet showing one hour a day for the week, and when I do that I have to email somebody, then they have to get somebody else in another department to unlock it so I can fix it

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by SueEllen View Post
    Morning.

    It took ages to get light this morning because there was fog for the first time this autumn. Still grey out. High of 16 with intermittent rain.

    Last Friday of month so did all invoicing etc

    First meeting done. More to follow....
    I'm on weekly invoicing which is great for the quick payment but it's so tedious! Horrible manual word document time sheet that needs to be emailed for approval before being emailed onto the agency with the invoice.

    It's really not hard to have a basic online system for time recording.

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  • SueEllen
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    Morning.

    It took ages to get light this morning because there was fog for the first time this autumn. Still grey out. High of 16 with intermittent rain.

    Last Friday of month so did all invoicing etc

    First meeting done. More to follow....

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
    Yesterday I received a marketing email from Ocado, advertising their Smart Pass subscription with a two month free introductory offer. I have been a Smart Pass subscriber for many years so was somewhat annoyed to be receiving such advertising when any CRM system should contain a flag to stop customers being emailed about services they already pay for. So I complained. Today I received an email apologising and giving me a refund of my past two months' subscriptions. It pays to complain!

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  • NickFitz
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    The general waste bins had been emptied, so the two of ours that I'd put out have been safely corralled in the back yard again

    Still pretty smelly. They could do with being washed out, but I shall leave that task to somebody else

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  • ladymuck
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    Morning all

    Misty out. I sniffed the air and it wasn't smoke. Currently 9 degrees with a high of 16 expected. Rain forecast for this afternoon onwards. Barometer up to 1007 mbar.

    Yesterday I received a marketing email from Ocado, advertising their Smart Pass subscription with a two month free introductory offer. I have been a Smart Pass subscriber for many years so was somewhat annoyed to be receiving such advertising when any CRM system should contain a flag to stop customers being emailed about services they already pay for. So I complained. Today I received an email apologising and giving me a refund of my past two months' subscriptions. It pays to complain!

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Morning.

    Currently dry.

    Very very grey.

    Gloomy.

    Sunless

    Chilly in here at 15.4 deg, 16.5 deg in the kitchen, 12 deg in the leanto.

    1004 mBar, 29.648 in Hg, 753.06 Torr, 14.56 psi, (down from 1008 last night), 73% RH.

    Friday apparently.

    Meanwhile back in 10th January 2019 NF had baked a cake, whilst on the 11th Xogg remarked on the ancient films we watch.

    More sorting of the crap from next door into burnables and non burnables and food waste.

    Feck me. .

    Just waiting for the wind to pick up a bit before lighting the bonfire to get rid of some of this stuff, very probably after lunch.

    Nearly crapped myself due to putting off the visit to the bog whilst in the sorting frenzy.

    Could have been embarrassing.

    Meanwhile the temperature in here has reached the dizzying heights of 15.7 deg.

    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; Today, 10:33.

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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Grey start out (notionally "foggy"), and a bit chilly at 7°C with 15° possible later. The barometers are back up a bit though, at 999/1007mB

    I came in the back way last night (it's easier for cab drivers to set one down on the side road) and the foul stench from the general waste bins reminded me that we have a new landlord. The previous chap would deal with them, mainly by transferring the contents to the bins of the neighbours before Bin Day, but the new guy clearly feels such matters are beneath his dignity. I wasn't going to bother with them then because I was knackered after a long day, but I popped down first thing and trundled them forth to await the bin wagon. The recycling bin had barely anything in it though, so that stayed in situ

    The other residents are going to have to start dealing with these matters themselves when I'm gone, which may come as a bit of a shock to them

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