Thursday, January 06, 2005
Damned Insomnia...Well its 7am as I write this and I have been up all night cleaning my flat. I am one of those unfortunate souls whose body clock runs to its own, inexplicable diurnal rythmn. Since it is one of my new years resolutions to get into work before midday on most days - after a good nights sleep - I am in the process of resetting my errant sleep patterns by staying awake for more than 24 hours. I will hopefully nod off tonight at about midnight, awaking tomorrow at the same time as everyone else in this time zone.... we shall see.
As you can probably guess I am not back at work yet. I have decided to take some much needed R&R over the christmas break. The only holiday I have had this year was a few days in Paris over the summer. Owing to my inherent inability to record important events such as conferences in my diary, I rather cleverly booked my summer holiday to take place at the same time as an important conference - one which I had not only agreed to go to, but had already written a bloody abstract for! In the words of the philosopher Homer "Doh!". Obviously, by the time I had realised my error, Expedia.co.uk had gotten their grubby little paws on my money and weren't about to give any back or let me change the dates. So not only did I have to miss 2 days in Paris, I also had to pay for a single return flight. Grrrr. Of course to add insult to injury I also missed an entire day sightseeing with a nasty bout of food poisoning. What's the matter with these bloody French - can't they cook properly?
Of course, the University is now officially open for business again - as witnessed by the torrent of undiluted crap that has poured into my email account since yesterday. On a cheerier note, I don't appear to have won any Dutch lotteries that I never entered nor do any illiterate Nigerians with the Capslock Key jammed on require my assistance (and a bank details) to help them embezzle hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid.
By the way, should you wish to respond to any of these begging letters in an appropriate manner (from a disposable email account of course - you don't want them to mark your normal account as "active" and flood you with porn), please feel free to use the following template:
FOR YOUR PERUSAL