Wednesday, November 30

Nothing to see here

Man do I feel sleepy. That’s crazy! How can I feel sleepy when it’s only 9.30 in the morning on a working Wednesday morning? It’s not that I slept late or anything. But my eyelids…. They have a mind of their own. They just want to shut down and switch right off. It doesn’t help that my work requires me to sit at the desk the whole time. Better put on some music.

Colleague has just asked for some help in editing documents. Well, ho-hum. What? Zip file? Alamak, my zip knowledge is almost nil. Sure I can open them, but I don’t know how to zip them up. D’oh. Spend about 10 minutes editing and about another twenty minutes an hour figuring how to ‘zip up’.

Okay, now that the required work is done, I will clean up my C drive and get rid of all the nonsense stored in there. Then again, it doesn’t seem like a good idea, as most of the nonsense is none other than my library of songs. Sheesh….

Hmm, it’s cold in here. Time for a bathroom break. Look at the time. Hurray! One hour till lunch. What should I eat? Maybe there will be some ikan bakar. I love ikan bakar. Yumm…

One of the associate deans is treating us lunch. Kebabs for all! Yeah, looking forward to it….

Hmm, let’s see what’s on PPS….

Thursday, November 24

Scrapbooking my time

Okay, I’ve done all my work. What else is there for me to do? It gets really boring when I have totally nothing to do. I feel bad sometimes. It’s like they’re paying me to do a job that really doesn’t require that much time to do. I mean, I think I can do more, but guess what, there is nothing more. I know, I’ve asked. Well, it was just this morning that I asked my boss, “Is there anything else that you’d like me to do? Anything at all?” He replied with a “Not at the moment, no. When I have something for you, I’ll let you know.” It’s been quiet so far. And now he’s in a meeting. Bosan lah pulak....

Oh, I know, maybe after this I’ll go search some articles on scrapbooking. I’ve been meaning to do this for so long. I really am interested and would love to start out a small project. But I still need some basic equipment, so that’ll have to wait till payday (three more days to go) on Sunday. Yes, I think I’ll start that....

Oh my nanowrimo novel is really stuck at 6000+ words. I know I have a few more days, but I just cannot continue. There is no way I can write at the office, and then when I get home I am just too tired to write. 6000+ words, and it ain’t going nowhere. Sad, but there’s always next year. Yup, put me down for next year!

So I’m off now, to go look up scrapbooking. Wonder where I can get the supplies? I know there’s a shop in the Curve.... Laadeedaadeedaa....

Tuesday, November 22

Fly me to the moon, and while you're at it, gimme an acre

Yesterday I read in the papers that some performers or artistes at the American Music Awards will be awarded with a piece of the moon. An acre of the moon. The first thought that came to mind was, ‘Whoa!” Then it struck me; you can only give it away if it belonged to you. You mean the moon actually belonged to someone? Some person or some private body? Can this be true?

Excuse my ignorance, but does it really make sense to have people owning stuff like the moon? How did the person get to own it in the first place? Did he buy it? If he did, from whom? Or did he just stake his claim and then proclaimed it to the rest of the world?

What else would be given away next? Jupiter? Saturn’s rings? The sun?

I thought planets and the galaxy and other celestial bodies should belong to all, and yet belong to no one in particular.

I guess I thought wrong.

Friday, November 18

Nanonanonano.... yep, I'm a goner....

My nanowrimo novel is going nowhere. I'm still at 4,500 words. Pathetic right? And there are like only twelve days to go. Oh well, I did try....

And miracles do happen... sometimes anyway....

(crawls under rock with overwhelming feeling of self pity)

Thursday, November 17

When granny-times come a calling

Spent some time with my sister yesterday after dinner. She is sitting for her SPM, and yesterday she sat for her maths papers. I took a look at her paper and was surprised to find maths formulae printed on the first two pages of the papers. When I asked her about it, she told me matter-of-factly that the formulae given were just the basic simple stuff. It didn’t matter if they were simple or complex, what was a shock to me was that it was given! Man, times have surely changed. I don’t remember ever having that privilege. We used to have to memorise the facts and formulae and nothing was given to us in the paper except the exam questions. I asked my brother (who is 3 years younger than I am) and he too didn’t remember such a thing. His remark was, “Woi, senang giller korang sekarang!”

Actually my sister was looking through her physics notebook at the time because today is the physics paper. Fat lot of good that did her. She wasn’t really concentrating anymore, as it was too late to actually do any more studying. So she showed me her invitation card to the graduation dinner at the end of the year, a.k.a. “the Prom”. I took a look at the card. My my…. Times surely have changed. It seems that at the end of the year, there will be a Prom hosted by two schools, my sister’s Sri Bintang Utara, together with Victoria Institution. And where will this Hollywood Glamour theme night be held? The JW Marriott. Yes, a five star hotel, right smack in the middle of the Golden Triangle.

Tsk tsk… either both my sisters are growing up fast, or I’m growing old. I must be growing old because whenever I talk to my sisters now, there must be “When I was your age….”, or “In my time….” sentences. *sigh*

Tuesday, November 15

My Memoirs is gone

It’s the second day of work for me today, and it’s still early in the office. Using this time to catch up on my blog.

Yesterday was the first day back at the office. I was really excited to come back. Well, after missing about a month plus of office work, it’s great to be back. I arrived before anyone else did, looked at my desk and saw that it was a mess. Hurray! More stuff for me to clean up and organise. Yeah, yeah, I know…. I’m a nut. Everybody also says that about me. Back to my first day, I opened all my mail, though some were no longer valid or relevant. I sampled some kuih raya. I did all my claims, and all of my filing, and then I was done. Yup, a whole month’s work, done by 4p.m. So then I busied myself doing other things. Scrolling down all the 267 email messages that were left unread that morning. And before you know it, 5.30 came by. So I packed my bags and left. Very productive first day.

Last night hubby and I went to Nando’s for dinner at Sunway Pyramid. As usual we both ordered the extra hot peri-peri flavoured chicken. But yesterday, it was extra extra hot! Maybe it was just the one in Pyramid, because everywhere else, the extra hot was okay. Bout, on the other hand, we have had extra hot in Pyramid, and it wasn’t that bad. Yesterday’s extra hot was really, according to hubby “the bomb!”

I went to MPH to get a book. I was looking for Memoirs of a Geisha. See, when I last saw that book in Kino a long long time ago, I wanted to buy it. However, I was swayed by another book. And every time after that, I would pick up Memoirs and again be hypnotised to buy another book. And sometimes, when I didn’t have other books persuading me, I would be faced with another problem: moolah. I wouldn’t have enough money to buy the book. *sigh*

So last week when I finally was able to buy Memoirs at Borders it was sold out. Sold out!?! How can a huge bookstore like that have no copy of Memoirs? “We could order it for you,” said the ever-helpful salesperson. Yeah, right. I’ll get it somewhere else.

And yesterday at MPH, the book was sold out too! Man, I couldn’t believe this! The salesperson told me that they were waiting for the new stock to arrive. All the old stock had been sold. Why the delay? She then informed me that the new stock was a bit delayed, as the book would feature a new cover – one that had pictures from the movie. D’oh! I hated books with movie tie-in covers. And I’d really wanted to read the book before watching the movie. You know if you watch the movie first, the images that you get after reading the book will get overshadowed or replaced entirely by the images from the movie.

I’m still going to try my best to get a book with the ‘original-not-tainted-by-the-movie’ cover. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 9

Me and my big 50k ideas

I feel that it’s time to get back to blogging. I’ve been enjoying my holiday at home. First with Raya holidays. And then this week, I just took the whole week off. Well, I still have 24 days of annual leave to clear. Take out 12 for me to carry forward to next year, and I still have a balance of 12 days. So that’s going to be 5 days for this week, 4 days after Christmas, and a balance of 3 days for me to take anytime between next week and 25th December. Hurray!

Also, I’m probably not going to be blogging a lot. See, yesterday I signed up for NaNoWriMo. Hahaha, that’s a crazy step for me. I have about 21 days left, since I started late. And guess what, I haven’t even got down to getting one word of my great novel.

So, I might give updates on my writing progress, or not. And I may be absent for a while.

This is mudslinger, saying au revoir….
(for the meantime anyway)