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Monday, 15 September 2003

To drink or not to drink?

Mood:  spacey
Now Playing: Classic fm (snakes alive!)

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind / To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, etc, etc....

Reasons to drink wine:

I have had a really difficult day. Not a stressful day, not a hard or tiring day, just difficult. Sort of a fucked by the fickle finger of fate day.
The sort of day where you'd really quite like a glass of wine at the end of it.

My car broke down in the Blackwall Tunnel. I managed to get it to the exit and off the road by rumbling along in a sweat-stained panic. Thank Christ. If I hadn't done that, most of Greater London's traffic would have ground to a total halt. Aaaargh!
Waited in the disused Millennium Dome car park for three hours for the AA (slight error in their procedures, they're normally ace). Drank as much coffee as I could lay my hands on. Had given up on coffee and started in on sushi and bento boxes for early lunch by the time they fixed the car.

I was also supposed to do appraisals for three people whom I manage today; three of the most terrifying people in the whole organisation. So terrifying that I can't remember what the appraisal process is, or what I'm supposed to ask them. I telephoned them at 3 o'clock (coward!) and begged for a stay of execution. I have till Wednesday. Like, shyah, management techniques will be my new religion by then.

See, all good reasons to have the odd glass of wine. Or two.

Reasons not to drink wine:

But Dave K told me (after relating a hilarious tale of a holiday in the Spanish mountains with his new gf's children and no sweets) it was a good idea to go on the wagon (that and never to holiday with anyone's children), and he was right. I'm trying to get 6 hours sleep a night, but actually I'm mostly getting 4, with about 2-3 nights of sheer devilment where I get 5. That's not really enough time to sleep off more than one glass and leads to hangovers like you wouldn't believe.

It's getting pretty hard to stop at one or two glasses, too, I mostly can drink a full bottle, and that's a bit stupid.

Plus, I went out and got trollied all weekend. (Much good it did me, in the pikiest gay nightclub I've ever had to misfortune to smash a glass in.)

But most plus of all, the DH flies home tomorrow (she'll get here by Wednesday). She doesn't know the locks have changed on the front door. Owing to a slight disagreement of the sort all couples no doubt encounter from time to time, the night before she went, when I threatened to change the locks and throw her stuff away, I haven't actually dared to tell her this.
Of course, some things are easier to say than to email (and certainly easier to say than to blog - to say this blog is tangential at best is quite an understatement of the true horror^^^tedium of daily life in Catford). However, I can only really telephone her at about 12am-1am ish my time, to get her at 8am hers. The combination of staying up combined with the fact of 6am starts has meant that every single time I've rung her in Oz so far, I've been pissed out of my tiny skull.
You've never really felt like a functioning alky till you've drunkenly blurted crap at someone who's just woken up on a weekday.

God, blogging can be tedious. It's taken me half glass of Shiraz just to get this lot typed.

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Updated: Monday, 15 September 2003 9:29 PM BST
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Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 10:19 AM BST

Name: Sue

Give up the drink ya pish-head.....and go to bed on time....tisch.You will feel better.I promise. Whilst giving up the drink (watched most of Angela's Ashes last night hence randon 'the's' - 'most' because I had to sacrifice the end for Moby bloody Dick, a film Simon taped earlier on that day..grrrrrr..) probably isn't realistic - just stick to one or two with at least ONE night a week without the drink. I am the santimonious one (only one glass of white wine last night - actually that's a good trick only have booze in the house that you don't like - my alcohol craving gets satisfied and don't have a second cause it's shit!).

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 11:24 AM BST

Name: Looby
Home Page: http://loobynet

Well after all that I think you're excused any virtuous resolutions till next week at least! I have a similar problem in that every morning I wke up feeling like cak, saying "I must have a rest from the booze for a bit". But it's just a charade - I know I'll be doing the same thing tonight. At the end of the day (I mean, at the day's end) I want to alter how I feel - I've had enough of feeling normal.

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 6:42 PM BST

Name: miss fee
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hello there, you recently visited my blog and gave me book recommendations, thank you. I have Carol but have not yet read it, now that it has been recommended tho, I most definitley will. Will also check out Mabel Maney :-) anything else comes to mind lemme know, i have quite a large lesbo library as it is but am always looking to increase it and actually read the books I have bought! It's my short attention span that levaes me with cases full of half read books... maybe Shiraz can help me with that?? Anyway, thanks for droppin by and 'speaking' to me, i like your blog, i just never have enough time to tell people that cos I am so infreqently on the internet at the minute but i hope that is set to change...

thanks again


miss feeeeeee xxxx

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 7:09 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Yeah, I have a huge canister of gin in the house that I can rarely bear to taste for much the same purpose.

I don't drink every night! I couldn't, quite frankly. I'm just itchy for more when I do drink. I think it's watching Sandra Bullock movies about functional alcoholism that made me edgy...

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 7:10 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Very true. By now, however, I think a night's sleep could do much the same thing.....!

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 7:13 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

My plesz! Unfortunately, Shiraz never works with reading - have you noticed? You can't remember a word you read the next day. Waste of good wine....
I'll keep my thinking cap on about the booklist, and try to recommend more. You patently haven't read my comment on the dedicated reading list 'comments' section of your blog, because no-one would thank anyone for recommending such awful tripe as P.C. (I can't say it!) I shall attempt to redeem myself....

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 8:23 PM BST

Name: Vic (The hooded ChrisB)
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I want to make a comment about dungarees, but I'm biting my tongue.
Should that be munching?
Drugs are good :)

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 8:57 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

@#%$! off...


Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 10:45 PM BST

Name: Vic
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Like you said, after the whole shoe business what have I got to lose?

Tuesday, 16 September 2003 - 11:29 PM BST

Name: Vanessa


Listen 'ere, Lezzernator, you're sacked, geezer, orlright? You can hang up yer tickling stick.

Wednesday, 17 September 2003 - 12:17 AM BST

Name: Eurotrash
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As a functional everythingaholic I'll be the single vote for the wine. But then as I'm sure you know, I'm certainly no example to follow. Nice blog - glad you turned up on mine.


Wednesday, 17 September 2003 - 11:02 PM BST

Name: Alex Buell

just do a pill.. ;)

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