More of the same

Recently as I was walking to work I noticed a taxi driver pull into McDonalds drive-thru and I wondered if I were in the same situation (that of being a taxi driver) would I do the same? I think if I had a drive around all day for a living I’d do whatever I could to get out of that car for lunch. Even if just to sit on a bench and eat a sandwich.

I’d even do that now if I could find somewhere to sit. Each lunch I leave the office and go for a walk just to get away from the artificial lighting and air. The fresh air makes me feel so much lighter and clears my head.

I know there are complete opposites though. I would say that 75% of the other people at work barely even see the daylight and go home and sit on their computers all night and then go back to work to sit on a computer all day. I just can’t do that… it hurts my head.

That being said, I’ve spent a good amount of the weekend here ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it is the knowledge that I have a 4 day weekend and have a chance to do other things later in the day. Also the fact that the weather has been crap and made me sad. And that I can’t beat Deadwood in Drawn to Life.

Given the option, do you spend your time outside of work doing something different or are you happy to do more of the same?

Why Emma, I’m surprised!

So, as I am on my Austen kick currently I hired out a version of Emma (how many are there? I’m not sure, this was the only one I could find and came upon it by chance). The Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collette version if there are others.

I was actually very surprised at the casting of Toni Collette, I don’t think I would ever have thought of her as Harriet Smith but she was lovely, although all I could think of in much of her scenes was “You’re terrible Muriel”. It is strange to think she is the same person who is now doing “The United States of Tara” which I have to say… not a fan.

Anyway, back on track ๐Ÿ™‚

In the book, I always had this impression that Emma was doing what she thought was right and just wanted to help. I didn’t get that impression from the movie at all and wonder which one is right. I suppose Emma is meant to be the lovably flawed heroine but all I really felt was that she was a manipulative bitch who liked to play with those she called friends. Really, poor little Harriet, she would have been better off having never met Emma and just marrying Mr. Martin in the first place!

Then, after everything (and this might spoil anyone who hasn’t read/seen it and wants too… shut your eyes!) the most lovely and good character confesses his love even though he knows her completely. Why Mr Knightley! Oh yes, I did love Mr. Knightley and he was the real reason I hired the movie. I really, really wanted to know who they had cast and Jeremy Northam was quite lovely. I really enjoyed what they did with his character, most notably the “Oh no, she’s at it again” eyebrow raises.

It is strange how a different adaption of something can leave you feeling very different. At the end of the book I was filled with joy as I had hoped for Mr Knightley and Emma to sort their crap out! After the movie though, I thought that Emma should have been with Mr Frank Churchill and left Jane to Mr Knightley. Why? Well Mr. Knightley and Jane deserved so, much, better of course.

Overall, I’m left wondering if there is a better version of Emma. Perhaps, it was my dislike for Gwyneth Paltrow shining through though.

So now, am I the only one who will ever tempt fate by watching a film adaption of good book? Have you ever found a movie that came close? Let me know.

That long?

Yup, it’s been more than a month! I just haven’t had the time or inclination to sit in front of my computer when I get home. I had forgotten what it was like to sit in front of a computer all day at work and fix things.

What’s more this time the thing I’m fixing is people’s broken websites so I don’t always feel like coming home to mine… sorry Lazily!

On the plus side, nothing seems to be proxied at my new workplace and, actually, the “worst” sites I’ve stumbled upon are actually customers sites ๐Ÿ˜€ Yup, I could buy some vibrators and blow up dolls at the same time as fixing their server. I wonder if they’d give me a discount?

So am I liking the new place? Well, yes but I also have to actually use my brain now, which is hurting. On most days I have a moment of feeling like an utter moron and wonder if I’ll make it through the day without making something worse. Luckily, though in the last 2 weeks things have started to connect into place but I still feel like I should be learning faster.

That being said, they have a leader board that is based on feedback received and the total number of tickets and calls taken. As of Friday I was 2nd in my team and 5th overall! Yeh, go me! Hopefully, that doesn’t give them the impression I’m fobbing people away (haven’t received any feedback yet).

I haven’t been doing a whole lot more. My weekends are spent winding down from the information overload really and trying to work out what it all means.

I did buy a new bike though (bicycle… the type you have to push yourself) and have been riding it when I get the chance. I actually like it! I’ve never felt that way before about a bike… probably just never had something decent.

In fact, I’m off to ride it now ๐Ÿ™‚