Blitzed Out

September 10, 2009 at 23:13 Leave a comment

There are times in my life when I feel like a scene from Saving Private Ryan. Throw a stone and pick a scene; any one with flying bullets and exploding mines and popping grenades, and gore puddles and free-floating limbs will do. The gunfire-deaf and shell-shocked chap in the middle of it all? That would be me.

Times like these, I bumble blindly through the morass of the working day, doing what I’m told to do, picking up and dropping and picking up random balls to juggle; it hardly matters which, because there are so many. I find inane comfort – of all things – in playing Spot The Difference on Facebook. I’m getting pretty good at spotting those damn little Photoshoppable details while them medical reports pile up to my ears.

It does not help that there is, quite literally, the stench of death in the office this week. A rat died in there over the weekend, and so Monday started with a complete and utter pong. Then the psychopathic cichlid attempted suicide by leaping out of its tank, and was found just in the nick of time by RapperBoi, heaving like a leaky bellows on the smelly carpet. The antipsychotic meds that the guys threw into its tank must’ve worn out. Also, Monty’s shrimp tank sprouted an infestation of snails, which we punished by fishing them out onto a Styrofoam plate (marked ‘ESCARGOT’) to shrivel.

<Checks for horns and tail>

Thank God it’s Friday tomorrow.

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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