Things happen in three’s

Last week was an eventful one. You’ve heard the phrase ‘things happen in threes’ I didn’t know this was meant to happen every few months! I’ll start at the beginning of this downward spiral.

Tuesday; Light bulb shenanigans

  • The day was going well;
  • Work had been uneventful
  • Had a nice dinner
  • Housemate had shown me her engagement ring, yes there were a few of the obligatory high pitched girlie giggles that only dogs could hear.

So far so good right?

bulbI’m all settled in bed getting ready to jot down a few blog ideas until I get a text message from the housemate to see if I was still awake as she could smell something burning. Naturally I got worried with visions of the house burning down.
Checked all the electrics, the cooker etc and can’t find anything but there is a strong smell of burnt plastic. Turns out it was this light bulb in the uplighter in the living room that had burnt out. It took about three days for the small to completely fade.

Wednesday; Car, vroom, vroom, cough

My car. What happened in a way was my own fault and for being a bit tight on the purse strings but I thought I had a bit more time. The car exhaust had been growling a bit, ok a lot but I was hoping she would hang in there until pay day at least, of course that didn’t happen. Had a reasonably calm drive to work until I reached the company car park and the engine decided to intermittently cut out. Upon recommendation I took the car to a garage close to work who were excellent. Though busy they hooked the car up to a computer and fortunately no error codes flashed up so I could breath a small sigh of relief. Though it did mean the mechanics had to investigate a bit, here they discovered the growling exhaust. Not only was part of the exhaust rattling around but in another part there was a blockage co0ntributing to the engine cutting out. My car did spend a night at the garage but was back on the road the following day.

There is more yet to come.

Wednesday PM; QWERUIOP

Up until this point my laptop had been working had been working fine, installed some video editing software; a new skill I’m trying to learn. Windows runs and update as it does every so often. Hadn’t needed to use my laptop until Wednesday evening I discover that apart from the letters TY the rest of the keys in that row no longer work. At first I thought it was linked to the updates, maybe a software issue. Downloaded the correct keyboard driver and still no improvement. Final conclusion is there is a connectivity issue with the keyboard. I could pay to have it repaired but for now am using a USB keyboard. It does the job with no problems.

To complete the week the NHS network was hit by a Cyber Attack!

Not part of my three but still worth a mention. Everything went down Friday afternoon as our excellent IT team worked to get things back to normal as more reports about other NHS trusts IT networks had been attacked. Fortunately come Monday things are mostly up and running again, things could have been a lot worse.

Fingers crossed this week is a quite one.

Is there something you want to tell me?

I wrote an article last month titled ‘How social are we really?’

In that article I was looking at things mostly from a business point of and how social networks had become less social and more marketing tools.

The last 6 months have encouraged me to think more about whether the technological advancements that were meant to make our lives easier have actually done the reverse?

When was the last time you picked up the telephone to speak to someone? Guilty, I do tend to text more whether using the traditional text messaging service or WhatsApp. I do also sometimes email, but that is usually to people who are in a different time zone.

What about when you have ‘important’ news to share such as weddings, pregnancy etc, how would you share the news with your nearest and dearest? A friend found out her sister is getting married through Facebook, not even a private message but a wall posting. Another friend found out she is to be an auntie again, yep via Facebook!

The people who choose to share their ‘big’ news this way most likely don’t see anything wrong with what they have done…until they are on the receiving end then we’ll see how they like it. 😉

In the case of the friend becoming an auntie again, a reason offered up for posting the news on Facebook was because  **** would forget to tell some people. What a cop-out, how would you forget to tell your own sibling who you speak to / text fairly regularly that there is to be a new addition to the family?

Maybe my family and friends are different; we wouldn’t announce personal news so publicly till the important people had been told. In my mind it  is just not something you do.

Fair enough not everyone gets on with or even likes their family, but isn’t it just a tad bit disrespectful? Or is it that people have become too lazy to even physically speak to people? Is it this laziness that drives people to share their ‘big’ news with others via a social network, wait to be contacted then be offended when some people can’t be bothered to congratulate them?

Some may think I am being overly harsh, but I don’t think so. 😀 If I found out from a Facebook wall posting that my sister was pregnant she would know I wasn’t a happy bunny!3329119-cartoon-angry-rabbit-isolated-on-a-green-background (3)

Social Networks are there to socialise, build networks and relationships it should not be a substitute or an excuse to not speak to those you call family and friends in the real world.  If you can’t speak to those people even to share exceptional news with..well that should tell you something!

October 2012

I’m not really a caring sharing type of person so won’t go into too much detail of how I don’t ever ever want to go through another month like October 2012

What I will say is:

Keep those you care and love close and deal with whatever petty disagreements you may have…you think you can sort things out tomorrow but there is no tomorrow only here and now.

Self Defence: Every person of every age should know how to defend themselves. Whether you go to a self-defence class or decide to learn a form of martial arts, do it. You may not be able to stop a bullet but at least you will have the confidence to fight back and not allow some muppet to turn you into a victim.

Drugs: Just don’t do them! If you have already gone down that path then turn back and do whatever you need to do before it’s too late and you lose everyone and everything. Become the person those who care about you know you can be and not the person the drugs turn you into.

Time is not a healer of pain you just learn to cope with it and in some ways can make you a better, stronger person.

Family doesn’t start and stop with your bloodline.

I don’t care what anyone may say, in my opinion and experience so far MONEY DOES NOT MAKE YOU HAPPY! Money will provide you the material things to survive but what good is it if you’re alone?

Always stay true to yourself and what you believe in.

For me these are the key things that have come out of October 2012.

I hope November is much better….