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I really hate one day weekends. Especially as every Saturday night… - Sally's Journal
October 20th, 2003
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I really hate one day weekends. Especially as every Saturday night seems to have an attached party at the moment. It would be nice to have some nights where I don't have to do anything and don't have to get up in the morning, and some days where I have neither lectures nor a whole pile of washing up / shopping / cooking to deal with. Roll on the holidays.

It's also quite hard being the only one of the house without defined working hours - everyone else can come home after their 9-5 / 9-1 or whatever and be free to do housestuff, and I haven't got the gumph to say "I don't want to help you wash up / have sex with you / play cards etc because I have this really dull maths that I ought to be doing" Likewise, attitudes like "you're free all afternoon, you can nip in and get stuff from town, otherwise I have to take half the day off" don't help me. There is more to my degree than going to my lectures.

Although not really at the moment. I have to kickstart myself into doing something. Anything. Why do they put the internet in the Part III room? I'll now fail to work before my meeting at 3.30, and after that, well, it'll nearly be time to meet M for tea...

Housewarming was fun. Many friends of mine who didn't know each other all in the same place. Scary, but kinda cool.

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From:simont
Date:October 20th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
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Without wishing to belittle your suffering ... well-defined working hours were pretty much the only thing I liked when I moved from being a student to being an employee. (Well, apart from all the money, of course.)

Nipping in and getting stuff from town: I usually find this is perfectly feasible during my lunch break (admittedly I have a car, but that's balanced by being quite a long way from town, so it'd probably work out not too differently for a cyclist somewhere like the science park). Do your housemates have less flexible lunch hours so they're unable to apply this strategy?

*hugs*
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From:cjwatson
Date:October 20th, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
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I found it a bit far to cycle from the science park to get stuff from town when I was working out there. On the other hand I'm (a) not as fast a cyclist as most of atreic's housemates and (b) lazy :-) It should be doable with a longish lunch break depending on what's needed.
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From:claroscuro
Date:October 21st, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)

hrm.

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Please note, if you livejournal whinges about your housemates rather than talking to them, they are liable to respond in your livejournal, rather than talking to you, especially if they think they have not done any of the things you are moaning about.

On the other hand, I don't think this is the right medium for such discussions.

A-rather-annoyed-housemate.
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From:atreic
Date:October 21st, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)

Re: hrm.

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If you know you haven't done the things I'm whinging about, then it's a good chance I'm not whinging about you ;-)

Likewise, if I'm posting in lj rather than trying to sort stuff out, it's usually because I know other people have reasonable reasons why I should do stuff, and I just need to *whinge* at the world, rather than at people in specific, because I know they're not in the wrong, I'm just annoyed at the sheer amount of things that need doing to survive a cambridge term.
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From:teleute
Date:October 22nd, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Count yourself lucky: I'm working a 40 hour week and I still get asked to do all the nipping in to town equivalents, and all the cleaning and all the cooking. *sigh* it's a good job I'm a housewife by nature that just happens to have a career getting in the way... ;)
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From:atreic
Date:October 24th, 2003 05:40 am (UTC)
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Tell me about it. I found myself voluntarily and without prompting sweeping the stairs the other day, because I'd looked at them and thought "Oh I have a spare 5 minutes, wouldn't it be nice if the stairs weren't dusty?" This scares me. On the bright side, despite these occasional mad desires to clean the house, my bedroom is still as much of a tip as it always is, so housewifeitus can't be too far progressed...
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From:teleute
Date:October 25th, 2003 04:24 pm (UTC)
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My personal gripe is the vacuuming. I would rather scrub floors on my hands and knees than vacuum (and in fact I do. The bathrooms are always cleaned before the living room). I don't know why either - it seems counterintuitive and against common sence. Actually, that explains it pretty well.

And the only reason my bedroom is tidy is because I need the floor space for quilting ;)
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