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Moving

Well, we are moving to Surrey, so I can take up my new job. It is getting a bit stressful at the moment trying to finish off lectures and tie up loose ends and then pack as well. J. originally wanted to move at Easter but I sort of “convinced” him that we should do it before my job starts which is the 1st March. This means that I have to take the brunt of packing (which I have to admit I’m not entirely good at!). However, as he is down in London during the week it does mean that I have to pick up the slack.

I actually don’t think I mind packing but then J. reminded I had to clean as well – otherwise we may lose a bit of our deposit I hate cleaning!!! Well not completely hate but had only psyched myself up to pack and now cleaning has been thrown into the mix it is making me feel stressed. I guess I just need to make a list of things to get done and just do it. I think also because I have things in my job that is occupying my mind it is making it difficult to think about packing as the job always seem more important than the things at home.

Well, here are some of the things I need to get done – maybe if I write it down it would not feel so bad:

  1. Wipe the walls (i.e. smudges from handprints etc.)
  2. Clean the fridge (well need to defrost as well but could do superficial clean)
  3. Trim loose threads on sofa cushions
  4. Wash sofa covers
  5. Take off all the blu-tack from the walls
  6. Mop the floors
  7. Vacuum the carpets
  8. Clean downstairs toilet and sink
  9. Clean upstairs bath and sink
  10. Pack up all lose books and papers
  11. Pack the food from kitchen cupboards
  12. Pack the non-essential clothing
  13. Pack other clothing
  14. Pack dressing table (jewellery etc.)
  15. Throw out the destroyed hula-hoops
  16. Take out the fairy lights from plant
  17. Pack laundry!

It doesn’t look like that much – just need to get it done now😀. Most of it is general cleaning which I can do in 2-3 hours if I put my mind to it …

I think tomorrow when I get home, I’ll work on packing the laundry, taking the fairy lights out, packing up the dressing table and cleaning the blu-tack from the walls!

So, was watching tv this afternoon (came home early after a completely horrid day – never mind that …) and I saw the advert for match.com that they had a new personality test. So decided I had to go try it (because I like doing tests!). So resurrected my old username and password for match.com and got to doing my personality test (I was surprised my profile was still there – I just fill too many internet profiles for my own good!). Got to say it is pretty accurate.

They classify me as a BUILDER/ explorer (Builder being my major personality and explorer being my minor personality).

Here’s the meaning of these two personalities (I’ll highlight which is true):

Builder, 28%: Usually very popular. Deep attachment to home and family. Calm demeanour and low anxiety. Often consistent, loyal and protective.

Explorer, 27%: Known for high energy, high creativity and spontaneity. Seeks novelty, risk and pleasure. Intellectually curious and not easily swayed by opinion.

But that was just the general categories. Here is what they said about my personality – and I got to say it does reflect a lot about me (I’ll highlight the bits I think are very true!).

You are popular, trustworthy and dependable. People like you for many reasons; but among them you tend to be stable, loyal and caring and you have a wonderful knack for common sense.

You are a guardian. Your relationships with friends, kin and colleagues are important to you. So you spend time and energy developing and defending these social networks.

You are a good executive and manager. People almost instinctively feel you can supervise financial, business and social issues effectively. And because you are sensible and factual, you can.

You work hard. You like schedules. You are detail oriented. And you tend to respect traditions. So you bring strength and stability to your social and business environments.

Yet you admire people who are spontaneous and you enjoy new and different ideas and experiences, as long as they are not dangerous. Respectability and appropriateness are important to you. And you are capable of deep, solid friendships.

Get your bananas ready …

Mood: cheeky cheeky
Now Playing: You’re the Inspiration (Chicago)

Your fair-trade bananas that is! Tomorrow from noon to Saturday noon (GMT time), a new record is trying to be set. The record is the number of fair trade bananas that could be eaten in 24 hrs!

Now, you don’t have to eat a tonne of bananas, you just have to eat one and tell the fair-trade foundation that you have🙂. Or you can just tell me – and I would send it in to them😀.

So, have you got your banana ready – I have mine!

As a side note:Yes, I know this blog-post would have ended nice and punchy with the last line – but I just like adding my personal experience and making these posts more boring than they should😀 … just want to say that I always buy fair-trade … not because I’m really huge into it – but because I always buy Caribbean bananas (I got to support my region!) – and they just happen to be fairly traded. Besides there is this lady at church who makes sure we know all about fair-trade and she is promoting this event …🙂.

I love Caribbean bananas … the variety is Cavendish – the best banana in the world (well, it is the only variety people in the UK is most likely to get). I used to get it when I lived in St. Vincent … when I moved the Guyana had a similar variety called Cayenne and then in Trinidad a slightly different variety which is called Gros Michel.

I am jealous …

Mood: spacey spacey
Now Playing: If you leave me now (Chicago)

Right at this moment it is Carnival Monday in Trinidad – I imagine lots of people are enjoying the holiday, playing mas or at the beach making a ‘cook’ (Trinidad slang for cook-out) whilst I’m stuck here in my office in the UK.

Now, whilst that might be enough to be jealous of … I completely jealous about something else. Also, at this moment … my brother and his girlfriend and my sister and her boyfriend are all visiting my parents in Guyana for the long weekend. Today is also Masharami (Guyana’s carnival).

Now, I’m the only one not there to make the family complete. Hmmphhh. The only reason that pops out immediately as to why I’m not there is obviously because I’m not paired up with somebody😀 !

Mood: chatty chatty
Now Playing: Country Comforts (Rod Stewart)

Yesterday, I went to play my Yahoo Radio (Launchcast) when I found out something extraordinary … Launchcast was now taken over by CBS Radio. Sure that was fine until I found out they were no longer giving you your personalised radio.

How dare they! How double dare they! I did not spend the last 5 years of my life rating songs, albums and artists for that to be taken away from me. I was at  over 6000 ratings – another 3000 and something ratings and I would have been a Rating Master (I already passed Rating Addict😀 ). My personalised radio was so customised, there was not a song on there I never liked.

Well, I thought I’ll show them. I’ll go over to Last.Fm and set up my radio station there instead – I have to admit whilst Last.Fm allows you to tag songs etc., I still prefer Yahoo Radio (well, what it used to be), since I could rate songs, albums and singers on a 4 star scale and then they’ll know to what extent I like the songs and play them in that priority. In Last.Fm you either love or not love the song … hmm, not good. And for artists, well, if I say I like an artist – I may like some songs of theirs but not all – but that is not a consideration!

Plus, on Yahoo radio there was a mixture of recommended and songs I rated on the same radio – on Last.Fm you either play your library or recommended and it is such a pain to add artists. You have to go directly to their artist page to add them – on Yahoo Radio, you could just rate them right there as you’re listening.

Not pleased with Last.Fm but at least I can have a customisable radio since CBS Radio saw fit to take out the one good thing about Yahoo Radio! Anyway, I thought by joining Last.Fm I will show CBS Radio for spoiling my Yahoo Radio, until I read the history of Last.Fm and found out they’re also owned by CBS radio! Well, so much for showing them😦 .

Statistically Significant Other

Mood: a-ok
Now Playing: Give me the night (George Benson)

Statistically significant other

Statistically significant other

I just saw this on my facebook from one of my friends … I thought it was so hilarious … it is from the www.xkcd.com website written by Randall Munroe.

Ok, so how many people thought this was really funny? Just checking to see the extent that I’m a geek🙂

Test for Chlamydia and win a Wii!

Mood: lazy lazy
Now Playing: Big Girls Don’t Cry (Fergie)

According to the Milton Keynes radio this morning (listening for transport news because of the snow) … if I test myself for Chlamydia, I would have a chance to win a Wii Fit … woo! Hmmm, sounds like a good bargain😀 – I think I’m seriously considering it!

The incentives these days for stuff like this, is really interesting – it’s no longer sufficient just to say you’ll get free Chlamydia testing and that the odds of getting it is high (supposedly 1 in 10 persons between the ages of 16-25 … I’m so long pass that age group!) but now there is need to provide incentives!