Tuesday 14th November 2017

I’m a bit annoyed.
I went out this morning to try the car again and yes, it’s making the same judder.  I’d hoped that  letting the engine cool overnight might have cleared the issue, but alas.
Which means it now needs a potential expensive garage visit.  On the plus side, I have managed to get it booked in for tomorrow.  However that means both going into the office and going to training tomorrow night will be off the cards.
I probably need a break, but instead of rest, in the absence of training, I just have stress.  Stress that the car will cost a fortune, stress that I’ll miss my last training session before Bucklerthon, and stress that the car is starting to fall apart.
I’ve also added to that stress.  I so enjoyed visiting my friend on Sunday night that I want to invite them back round, but the house is a mess.  Given I live alone and away from my groups of friends, housework – outside of keeping things clean – has been low down on my list of things to do.
I like it that making a new local friend has given me the motivation to have a tidy up so they can pop round for a cuppa.  I’ve been working so hard this year that outside of training, I’ve really let my social life suffer.  I’m all for making sacrifices for long term goals but I feel I need to redress the balance a little.
And so this evening would have been spent tidying the house.  After all, with the car going into the garage, I won’t be going into the office tomorrow and so could skip doing food prep.  However, an urgent audit means that I’ve spent my evening doing day job work.
On one hand, once in a blue moon I don’t mind having to work late.  I’m not one of these people who answers emails on a Saturday evening, but I figure that if work is flexible so I can drop the car in, I can be flexible in return when these things come in.
But at the same time, I have a pet hate of people asking for things urgently, having pre-determined how long it will take whilst having no knowledge of the information gathering process.
Hence there was a lot of swearing tonight as I tried to create a report when the reporting software was bugged and things needed to be explained away rather than looking nice and neat.
I finished about half ten by which time it was far too late to tidy the house.  Of course, I could delay inviting my friend round until a later date, but I don’t want to do that.
So I’m going to tidy like crazy tomorrow come hell or high water and ensure that at least the kitchen is clean and they have somewhere to sit down (the sofa currently has 18 weapons on it)
Adulting is hard, but I like having local friends.
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