Ichabod is itchy

June 11, 2006

Too hot

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:18 pm

Our flat is an oven in this weather. It's too hot. Too hot to sit outside, too hot to sit inside, too hot to move and, sadly, too hot to blog.



June 10, 2006

Cryptic clue of the day

Filed under: crosswords — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:01 pm

"Possession of girl wearing ring proved England's saving grace today" (3,4)

Go to the cryptic creations page for the answer. 


Filed under: flowers,reflections — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:55 pm

One of my leaving presents was this beautiful orchid. I'm not reknown for my green fingers, so wanted to get a picture of it on here before I inadvertently kill the thing off. 

It's a stunner and has lots of unopened buds, so should (in theory) stay in bloom for ages. 

Am a little worried that there is already a brown leaf. Not sure if I'm meant to give it lots of water, or practically none. I'm guessing the latter, as the pot doesn't appear to have any sort of drainage. But have been taking the middle road thus far… 

June 9, 2006

World cup fever

Filed under: football,reflections — by ichabodisitchy @ 4:17 pm

Having grown up in Brasil, I can't help feel a little tingle down my back as the world cup finals start. I'm sitting in front of the first game as I type, waiting for kick-off…

and they're off. Costa Rica vs Germany– the first of 64 football games where legends are made and dreams of glory crushed (for most!) The funny thing is that, although I do still enjoy watching a good game every now and then, I really don't follow league football anymore. I used to as a kid (Corinthians was our team) but sort of lost interest somewhere in my early 20s. 

[Goodness- first goal of the match. Germany have scored– Philipp Hamm– beautiful goal].

Where was I? Yes– having lost interest in football. But there's something special about the world cup. And something happens to people at the start of a world cup (at least, in England it does). Everyone has such high hopes and there is a real feeling of optimism in the streets. It happens for the Euro cup as well. Everybody smiling, flags waving and it feels sunny even if it isn't. The brotherly love doesn't stay for long, as we invariably get booted out in one of the early stages. But it's good while it lasts.

[Costa Rica have scored– amazing! that was some poor defence. He just walked right into the goal!] 

I've drawn England out of a hat for our world cup sweepstake. But that's not why I'll be cheering for England. I want to hang on to the general feeling of optimism around for as long as possible. Go England! (and Brasil– would be disloyal for anyone who's spent any time living in Brasil not to cheer for them!)

June 7, 2006

Cryptic clue of the day

Filed under: crosswords — by ichabodisitchy @ 3:47 pm

" Blog that creates my Dior heaven!" (2,4,2,4)

See cryptic creations for the answer. 

Time spent in between

Filed under: reflections — by ichabodisitchy @ 3:38 pm

I'm in between jobs at the moment. Not for long– my last day was Friday and now I have a brief respite until Monday, when I start my new job. I've timed it pretty well– the sun having finally decided to make an appearance this summer. The gorgeous weather, combined with my being internet-less over the past few days, has meant I've spent most of my 'time in between' sat in the garden, reflecting on the last two years of work and going over all the things I've done and learnt at what was, my first 'real' job.

Despite being a novice blogger, I have already learnt that it is not good etiquette to discuss office life on your blog (although I dare say that having already left, I can hardly be dooced for doing so), so won't post all the ins and outs. But I do want to say a few words about my manager, Maxine (aka Petrona). With my new job offer in hand, I made a list of all the pros and cons against leaving my current position. The list of cons was, inevitably, fairly long. And the pros were small in number. But at the top of the pro list, in capital letters, was Maxine.

Maxine has guided me, through the last two years, with infinite patience and wisdom. She started off as 'just my manager' but rapidly became my mentor and my friend. I have learnt so much from her– about journal publishing, science editing and about life. I know I wouldn't have been given the opportunities I've had without her, nor the constant support or encouragement I needed to gain confidence as an editor. My new job is a great opportunity for me and I am so excited (if also a little nervous) about stepping up to the challenge, but I know it wouldn't have been possible without Maxine. 

And so, I woud like to thank you Maxine. For everything. I only hope I can do you credit by making this next stage of my life a success.

June 6, 2006

Cryptic clue of the day

Filed under: crosswords — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:23 pm

"Captain Hook and the Sheriff of Nottingham possibly have holiday home in the South" (8)

Go to cryptic creations for the answer.

A light at the end of the tunnel

Filed under: blogging — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:05 pm

Hurrah! Lewis has managed to fix my laptop so I am, once again, connected to the world. Main computer still down but I'm far too selfish to worry about the rest of the family being surf-deprived– I'm alright Jack!

I can't believe it's only been 5 days with no internet connection– seems like forever. And it's made me realise just how much I depend on it, and how much I enjoy the time I spend each evening reading and commenting on everyone's blogs. I've also got much more sympathy for Harry (my 10 year old stepson) than before– when we have people round for supper and they stay beyond Harry's bedtime, he has to come in every 10 minutes to say he can't get to sleep (and, more importantly, check that we're not doing anything too fun without him!) That's just how I've been feeling– I spent the first hour back online rushing from blog to blog to make sure that I hadn't missed anything *too* fun. 

In the dark

Filed under: blogging — by ichabodisitchy @ 11:28 am

This is just a quick post– some of you may have been wondering where I have been for the past few days… Lewis says blame the DHCP. I’m not sure what that means. Essentially, we have been without an internet connection since last Thursday. And it really has felt like being in the dark ages.
Lewis has managed to get it up again on one of our laptops, but tells me it may be but a brief window of connectivity as we have to figure out the problem for all the computers, and he can’t promise that this one will stay connected.

So don’t despair– hopefully we’ll be up and running again this evening and I can come out of the dark.

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