Thursday, April 28, 2005

Pay Day Yay!

For the second month in a row I haven't gone overdrawn. I had a whole £5 left in my current account yesterday. Of course I did spend 50% more on my credit card this month than I do normally. I see the Next sale as a necessary expense. Honest. After paying it off this morning I still have a reasonable amount left in my bank account, and that's with my new Grown Up Pension? taking 6% of my hard earned cash. The good news is I don't get taxed for the bit of pension they take off me, so that's less for the IR. Yippee!

Am I the only mad person to do internet banking at 5.30 in the morning? Probably, but at least I'm getting my money's worth.

Have also been doing some Extreme Money Saving. Have dyed a pair of faded jeans that now look fabulous again. Am also taking a packed lunch to work. Yes I do have a subsidised canteen and 6 million food items downstairs but it stops the temptation! Haven't tried cleaning with vinegar yet, and I doubt I will for a L O N G time.

Triple points weekend at Boots over the bank holiday when you spend over £10. That's 12% of your shopping bill for you to spend later...

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is published on July 16th, and the film Goblet of Fire will be released on November 18th. You can pre order the book from Amazon who promise to have it posted to you on the Sat morning.

I am very tempted to ask for the day off work to make sure I can start reading it as soon as it arrives. I'm pretty sure they will be selling it at work again, so my other option would be to volunteer to work, just to I could sneak a peek at 6.30am, and the added bonus of seeing the joy in people as they buy it. Or be really bad and volunteer to work Friday night so I could take a copy home. No, that's really bad.

In the space of 2 years, I've turned from a Harry Potter sceptic to a hard core fan. I had ignored HP up till then, dismissing it as just a children's book, although I had seen the 2 films. When TOOTP was realeased, and they sold it at work, I decided to bite the bullet and buy one. I was mildly impressed. I then brought books 3 and 4 because I had already seen the films of book 1 and 2. Again, I did enjoy them but I still couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Then someone brought me books 1 and 2 for Christmas, and I read them. Then continued reading them in order up to book 5. I was hooked. :)

Reading them in order made me realise their true brilliance. Now I can see the plot developing, and the characters evolving. I enjoy the way there are little clues here and and there, that are hints to big things later on. It reminds me very much of Babylon 5 which I loved to watch as a teenager.

I must start reading the books again, so by the time it gets to July, I'm all refreshed and ready to read the new book.

83 days to go.


Friday, April 22, 2005

Had a nasty 9-6 shift today. Is always a long one for me. Don't do it very often, have my breaks at odd times, and spend forever travelling during rush hour. Also miss all of the sunshine.

Birthday presents received so far included money from the rents (always handy), a book that is only published in Australia, and a Scooby Doo! Lots of entertainment for me over the weekend. Have it all off for once.

Currently eating - Kinder Maxi
Currently listening to - Gwen Steffani Love Angel Music Baby
Currently drinking - Stowells Merlot (hic)
Currently reading - Lunch with a Soldier
Currently watching - Will and Grace

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Internet Security

There has been a spate of "hacking" into hotmail accounts recently amongst my circle of acquaintances. So free of charge, I shall give you all some advise for keeping your hotmail account secure. Apart from changing to gmail. (Thanks Anon. :P)

Hotmail, or any email accounts are easy enough to get into if you know what you are doing. But it's not the random internet stalker you should be worried about. It's someone who knows you, and wants to nose into your accounts, or do some damage. Friend or enemy.

Take your password. It should be more than 10 letters, and a mixture of words, numbers, punctuation marks, and upper/lower case letters. Not anything stupid like your car reg or pets/girlfriend/football teams name. *Most* people do know this by now, but how easy would it be for anyone to guess your password if they really wanted to try?

The easiest way for people to get into your hotmail account is to guess your secret question. That thing you set up years ago when you opened your account and haven't thought about since. What's the odds your secret question is your mothers maiden name, the town you were born, or your pets name? Or something else equally as easy for someone who knows you to guess?

Mother's maiden name: Ever played the porn star name game at parties? Easy for nosy siblings and family members to look at your account. Also if someone is really serious, they could go and get your birth certificate.

Town of Birth: How easy would that be to guess? Do you still live there? Do your parents still live there? Chances are your worst enemy was born there too!

Pets name: How many visitors to your house know that?

One of the best secret questions to have is the serial or model number of an electrical item in your house. It's a random alpha numberic word. It's easily found by you if you ever need it. Just don't have "TV serial number" as the question, just "serial number". Otherwise you'll have people turning your telly upside down at your next party.

Another option is to use "Mother's Maiden Name" as your question, but not use her name. Find a completely random surname or word to use instead.

Please don't come running crying to me if someone changes your messenger name to "Who ate all the pies?"

Here endth the lesson.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Went to the Hole In The Wall last night for a friends birthday. Its the most unusual pub I've been to. It's located right outside Waterloo station, and directly underneath Waterloo East in the railway arches. Every couple of minutes a train goes overhead and shakes everything in the pub. It's like being on the earthquake simulator in the Natural History Museum. The jukebox had a mind of its own as well. Obviously didn't like my Bananarama selections because it played some other random tunes.

I have a cold. My glands are swollen again. Not good. It is not related to going out last night. Honest. Have spent most of the day in bed.

T Shirt selling is going well. There are currently 15 people worldwide who are wearing Kat designed T Shirts. Maybe I can persuade TK Maxx or Matalan to start selling them as well. Then work my way up to FCUK.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Favourite Jokes

Q. Why has Edward Woodward got 4 D's in his name?
A. Cos otherwise he would be called Ewar Woowar!

There are only 10 sorts of people, those that understand binary and those that don't!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are going camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up.
"Watson," he says, "Look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce."
Watson replies, "I see millions of stars, and if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."
Holmes says: "Watson, you idiot, somebody stole our tent!"

Q. Why did Mr Ohm marry Mrs Ohm?
A. Because he couldn't resistor...

Have just had TMA 01 for S260 back from my tutor. I got 71% and am very happy with that. I usual I was praying to get the pass mark of 40% so I have exceeded my expectations. With geology, you can either get it wrong or right. There's not much middle ground. I was most upset I missed out an entire question and lost 2 easy marks. It was a couple of ticks I should have put on one of my diagrams and forgot. Grrr.

TMA 01 for S280 was posted 1st Class yesterday. The cut off date is today. I hope it gets there...

Am eating lots of chocolate rasins today. I wonder if they count as one of your five a day portions of fruit...?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Have been very busy lately. With two OU assisnments to complete I haven't been very inspired to do any blogging recently.

On the plus side I know more about badger culling than I ever thought was possible.

Friday, April 08, 2005

It Pays To Complain

I'm nearly a quarter of a century old, and I'm turning into 'disgusted from Tunbridge Wells'.

On Easter Sunday, while I was only the only person in the UK working, all the cashpoints stopped working for Barclays customers. I had to get a cab into work, and tried to get cash out the ATM to pay for the fare. Obviously I couldn't, and had to use my Cahoot bank card to get money out. I emailed Barclays to complain, pointing out that they WILL be paying my overdraft fees, and I WILL be referring my complaint to the BCSB if they don't do something about it. I still haven't heard from them two weeks later, but have had a deposit into my bank account 'with our apologies'. For 50 quid! So I am v impressed with Barclays at the moment.

The money has gone straight into my car account for the car I will not get around to buying....

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Thought of the Day

Resealable bags of Malteasers. For the love of God WHY?

Day Off

Have spent my time productively today. Yay!

Spent the morning listing books on Amazon Marketplace. Also did some sewing! Darned a hole in a favourite pair of socks with a nasty hole in the heel, and sewed the pocket of one of my work blouses. Ok I do have 50 other pairs of socks left, and I could have got another blouse from HR, but I was bored, and the needle and thread kept staring at me.

Spent the afternoon in the Province of Bexley New Town. Sadly Dick Turpin and other highwaymen have been replaced by chavs and chuggers. Got myself a lovely chocolate brown top on sale at DP. Not allowed to buy anymore clothes this month. Take my cards away from me.... please. Stocked up on 3 months supply of various toiletries at Boots. Well all the stuff that is the same price everywhere else. At least I get a 4% discount with the AC, and extra points for spending over a tenner. My usual brand of hair colourant is on 2 for £7, so feeling fairly smug with my purchases. Still its 3.5 weeks till my next pay day. I'll have to see how long I can last....

Maybe I'll visit the People's Republic of Dartfordia on my next day off?

Currently listening to Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack. Lets just say I had a flash of divine inspiration....

Currently eating Little Notions Lemon Cheesecake. In a mad moment I brought a pack of three. Not worth paying nearly 2 quid for these. I could have done a Delia and made enough for the Sermont on the Mount at this price. I was also expecting them to taste of lemon, seeing as that's what it said on the packet. But computer says NOOOOOOOOO. Jif Lemon has more lemon juice in it. If I wanted a hint of lemon I would have brought a bottle of Diet Coke., I don't recommend them.

Currently watching Veronica Mars, the human google. Starring the fabulous Kristin Bell, this has filled the Buffy shaped void in my heart. I don't think it is showing in the UK at the moment, I watch it using covert means. Nudge wink. The show has many levels, and great continuity. The basic plot is Veronica is the daughter of a PI and helps him with his investigations and does her own investigating as well. Mainly involving trouble at her high school, and finding the killer of her best friend. I'll give you some witty quotes but you might not get them out of context. But...yeah watch it.

Wallace: I thought being a PI was more shootin' dudes and making out with sexy widows.
Veronica: The sexy widows come later.

Veronica: "I was horny at my old school (off their odd looks) A rhino! A rhino was our mascot."

Hee :)

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Boot Boots

Went for my yearly spring pilgrimage to the Next one day sale. Brought some great brown boots, just have to work out what to wear with them. Also brought a green cardigan because I can never have enough of those. My most frivolous purchase was a driving map set. Will be very handy when I eventually buy a car.... As you can see I'm spending my profit share very wisely.

April Fools Day was yesterday, and I spent the whole day avoiding any jokes until I got home and checked my blogs. Petite Anglaise, the little minx, told us that she has received a verbal warning for blogging while at work, and wouldn't be writing anything for a while. It was very convincing, her poisson d'avril.

On the money front, I managed not to go overdrawn last month...just. Saved a little bit as well. Maybe I can keep this up. I have my eye on a cheeky little Kia Picanto.


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