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The Flat Saga

In December 2014, I moved into a flat. Since then, various things have gone wrong with it, and it’s needed a lot of work. The work is now almost complete, and when it is I’ll post an update here with a sort of “tour de flat”. But in the meantime, this is what happened.

I had to write it all out for my landlord, who was trying to work out how much compensation they needed to give me in order to make me not take them to court. Once I’d written it all out, I looked back over it and thought, “Holy shit, no wonder I’ve been so stressed.”

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A Year Of Celebrations

I was a little scared of 2016, for entirely superstitious reasons that make no sense. The worst two years of my life to date have been 1996 and 2006, during both of which I had brushes with death that were less like brushes and more like full-blown fights.

2015 was a good year, following an awful one in 2013 and a half-half one in 2014, so my brain naturally decided to tell me that this meant 2016 had to be completely awful. And the year did get off to a bit of a stressful start, it’s true. But over the past couple of days I’ve realised that I have a lot of causes for celebration this year.

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List of Little Jobs

A few days ago, I read a post on The Peacock’s Nest entitledĀ The ‘Little Job’ List. I liked it because it was relatable: when you’re renovating, there are so many small things that need to be done alongside the bigger things, but these get swallowed up by dealing with broken boilers and bathroom floors falling onto downstairs neighbours’ beds.

But that’s a story for another time. Here is my Little Jobs List.

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Investigation

Why doing an investigation is like crowbaring up a floor

I’ve been doing some work in my study over the past couple of weeks: crowbaring up the carpet tack rails around the outside, clearing everything, trying to get underlay to lie flat, putting down someĀ of the flooring and then realising the rest required an electric saw and calling someone to come and finish it for me.

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A Year In Recap: 2015

I’ve done my travel round-up and my books round-up, but here’s a recap of the highlights and lowlights of 2015 overall.

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Weekly Round-Ups

Has a whole week passed already?

This one’s whipped by in a happy frenzy of work-related productivity.

That’s not even sarcasm: I actually like my job. I still have to pinch myself sometimes. I spent so many years in an industry I actively disagreed with, doing a job I hated myself for, that I can barely believe I’m finally free of it and spending my days being paid to do things I enjoy.

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