I stumbled upon online videos of Japanese pet shops – wow.
I know why they don't have shops like those in UK anymore. Why buy, if you can pet all that cuteness for free and go home, living other people to clean the poop and feed the animals. And every time you come, there would be new super-cute animals to pet, in case you are bored of previous ones lol.
Long time no blog again. I seem to be very busy this year, after the move, even so most of the sorting and cleaning is long done. I had to move to a new pc as well, as my old one has started to die. I have got so into purging old things before and after the move, while packing and unpacking, that I cant seem to stop. I still find some new things to declutter. I hope I will not end up throwing all my stuff in this way lol.
I looked up on the internet forums about how other people like to declutter. There are some nice slogans, like “things are for people, not people for things”, “love your now-self more than tomorrow-self”, and “your need for order now is more important than possible future wishes”. I was glad to see that a lot of people believe that decluttering is like loosing weight. Having one-time purge is not enough, one needs to regularly weed items that are no longer needed. I guess I am doing something right then :)
As it seems from a weather widget, this is probably the last warm week and then it is going to get only colder. It gets dark earlier and earlier every day. The old place we rented had came with the curtains. This place, we have moved to recently, comes with no curtains. I am only now coming around to sorting them out. So apart from bedroom we still have bare windows. I am digging in the box in which we stored few curtains we own and thinking of reusing them. Based on what we have already, I will probably put a simple net curtain on the kitchen window, for privacy. And in my craft room, I will hang golden colour ones, which I will be drawing shut come sunset. This will help to keep the warmth inside too.
The owner of the previous apartment we rented have sold it and the new owners have gave us the notice to move out. We found and rented another place not far from the old one. Last few weeks were filled to the brim with a lot of very hard work: packing, unpacking, and endless cleaning of both places. We are pretty much settled now and getting back into our routine. I have been resting and recuperating last few days. Previous weeks have made me very tired. There are still few odd chores and a bit more of arranging left to do, but it is starting to look normal around here. There is also a small matter of recovering the deposit. It seems the new owners fancy renovating the place for themselves using our money. Although, the agency that managed the property have been heavily economising even on second class stamps and land line calls and inventing all kind of fees they could fantasize up. There are several people in their office managing less than 30 properties. I am guessing they are straggling to pay their own salaries since they are only to happy to go along with the charade. Of course we disputed. So this is gona take some months or years to sort itself out, but we don't let it stop us from enjoying our time at the new place.
I have already been doing some sewing in my new craft room – made a simple skirt for the summer to wear at home. For this new place we had to get our own appliances – it came without fridge and without washing machine. The appliances in the last two places we rented were in horrible state. After those it is such an immense pleasure to use our own brand new pristine appliances. Little things do make up life after all.
It was my birthday couple weeks a go. Jim gave me a beautiful card. I asked him not to buy me a present, but to give me money instead. As per one of my New Year's resolutions, I try to not accumulate crafts supplies and other toys, but only buy what I need for the projects I actually have time. This approach reduces clutter I think. It is hard discipline though. I already ordered from some shops on the internet some beautiful silks to make more summer clothes for myself.
A week a go, I stumbled across a new TV series called Unreal. It is a fictional show about making a reality TV that brings light on what really goes on behind the scenes of reality TV. How TV producers even use professional psychologists to manipulate people to act out to make us good entertainment. I suppose we are all to blame for it. I must admit I have got severely disappointed when one episode description in last season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills promised a physical fight, but there wasn’t any. Wasted time of my life I am not getting back lol. Of cause, in this fictional show Unreal, producers are tormented by remorse. They have to show something like that. But I bet in real life there is no remorse left lol.
I received a curious letter from HM Revenue and Customs. Apparently, they are changing the way they are going to collect Class 2 National Insurance. Before, when registering as self-employed, people automatically received a bill in the mail regardless if they were liable or not. And they had to apply for Small Earnings Exception certificate or ask for money back, if they knew how much they have overpaid and so on. Now, it seems, Class 2 is going to be calculated automatically by a computer, along with other taxies, when you submit your Self Assessment return, once a year. Which makes sense. It is only a couple of additional lines of programming code in the online software people use for Self Assessment on government’s website. Given the current what already became a long-term economic crises, they were probably paying more in people's salaries for processing Small Earnings Exception certificate applications than collecting in those taxes anyway.
I didn't find anything to verify this on an official government’s website, but I found more info here: http://www.tax.org.uk/tax-policy/newsdesk/2015/class_2_NIC_reform_changes
I guess I didn't stick to my new year's resolution about blogging more. We are battling with cold, Jim drugged home from office, again. Every single flu we had over the years he brought home from work. I get the impression his office is ridden with diseased people full to the brim with infections. I am coping and he had a full-blown man's flu, when he couldn't eat or get up. He lost a lot of weight. Even now, after couple of weeks, he still cant shake of cough.
I watched a bunch of movies and tv episodes and half read a book called Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture by Jon Stokes. I have an university degree in Management Information Systems. But this degree is more about business than computers. Sort of like: how to replace a thousands of people with one soleless software and the like. I have only an approximate idea about what is inside the computer, but I was always curious to learn more about this. So, when I saw this book, I couldn’t resist it. The first 3 chapters give general knowledge about how pc processors work and the rest of the book compares details of different specific microprocessors. I didn't read in details past first 3 chapters as by then my curiosity was satisfied. The book is oversimplified and examples and illustrations are overdetailed, so absolutely anyone can understand it. I would recommend it to anyone, who like to learn as leisure-time and are curious how computers work.