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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

Kept waking up last night because of the pain in my arm...surprising, that, as it had been behaving quite well the day before. Which meant that I didn't feel half as guilty for calling in sick this morning as I would have done otherwise, having promised Jobsworth I would stay until the end of the week.

Another good thing was that the company doctor did check up on me as he said he would, and I didn't have to lie to him about where I was. He warned me that since my complaints had started some 7-8 weeks ago as I recalled, I would have to count on me at least resting my arm for that same amount of time before the condition was likely to improve. We made an appointment for me to see him in 2 weeks, and we'll work out a plan for my 're-integration' then, he said -- indicating that he would not be likely to authorise my return to fulltime employment at that time. And, he was also going to speak to Boy about his habit of pressurising his staff to come back to work before they were ready, or to take time off when they're on the verge of burn-out; he said he'd received various complaints from different sources, and mine was just the last straw. So, it will be interesting to see what happens there.

Anyway, the weather's fantastic on this first day of my sick leave, and I just couldn't stay at home doing nothing. I didn't plan on coming in here and logon, though -- but I have just seen the most wonderful tops and trousers and skirts and shoes for my upcoming trip to the States, I just had to come and tell you all about it.

First off, there was a pleated dusky pink skirt with a dark brown/hard pink/blue flower motif woven into the fabric that caught my eye; then a pair of 7/8 trousers in a delicate shiny seagreen/yellow material that I think will go so well with my green/yellow/cream lace-ups; a silk skirt in gold and azure; an off-white brocade trouser suit; and a dark brown/green flowery skirt in some sort of layered flimsy stuff. We wants them all...we'll come back with a credit card, because none of these things were cheap, but who cares?

I also noticed a lovely pair of pink strappy shoes, and (but these'll be too warm for June) a pair of brown and white cow's hide boots that had a neolithic look to them except for the rubber soles: they're virtually shapeless and have to be wrapped around your legs with thongs (and these were available in cow's hide trimmed with purple, orange or light blue silk...I quite liked the idea of having a pair of orange trimmed wraparound boots for the winter...).

Meanwhile, I've only bought a camouflage print T-shirt because you can never go wrong with camouflage gear, can you, and a hard pink woollen DKNY jumper that I just couldn't resist: only 25 euros instead of the original 179 euros! Too bad I won't be able to wear that until Oct/Nov of this year at the earliest!

I can't say how often I will be able to check or update LJ in the coming weeks...I am supposed to be resting this arm, after all -- but I will be thinking of and missing you all. Bye!

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db2305
Apr. 23rd, 2004 05:27 am (UTC)
*dies with envy*

*revives, remembering she's working (ahem) at home, which is not too bad today*

Where??? DKNY prices that low? Outlet store or what?
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Where??? DKNY prices that low? Outlet store or what

Nah, just the straggly end of the usual end-of-season sale in the DKNY store here in The Hague. They had some lovely stuff marked down...

A friend of a friend is having a fashion sale at home next weekend -- freshly imported stuff usually sold in London boutiques. He's in the trade, and is selling off his current season samples at cost prices. I've wangled an invitation, and I'm hoping to find at least a nice top or two. You could along if you like...
db2305
Apr. 25th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
hmmm, tempting...

finances are not good, though. I'll have to think about it.
bogwitch
Apr. 23rd, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
Byyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Go get better!
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Cheers, will do!
vegmb
Apr. 23rd, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Since you really do need to be resting your arm, and seem to be having trouble staying away from the computer, have you ever tried just using one hand/arm for typing and mousing? Something to think about if you just can't stay away. Bye.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
have you tried just using one hand/arm for typing and mousing?

Erm, yeah, I did. I ended up with a severe case of tendonitis in my left hand within a week! No, I'm just going to have to curb my urge to logon, starting from...tomorrow, maybe?
db2305
Apr. 23rd, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
A little more commiseration with your poor arm and a little less clothes envy would have been nicer....sorry. Are you getting PT? I went to a Mensendieck practice, and they taught me to completely change my posture, and do a lot of special exercises, which is keeping the worst at bay for years now.
Get better soon. A good thing you can sit in the sun and have drinks with your other arm!
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
Mensendieck -- our company doctor has dropped some very heavy hints about how much rather he'd have me go to a Mensendieck practice than straightforward physiotherapy...only my GP seems to put more stock by the latter (or maybe he's got stock in the latter?). Anyway, thanks for the helpful hint, and I'll see if I can't have both! See you Wednesday!
bogwitch
Apr. 23rd, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Tsk tsk. I discovered your secret. Sneaky!

http://www.dribbleglass.com/carpal/index.htm
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
Oh, this is simply too good! Thanks for that - if, for some strange no-reason, my arm starts getting better in the next fortnight (God forbid), then I'll be sure to log on and make use of that Accelerator. With the mild spring weather we've been having lately, I'm going to milk this injury for all the leisure time it can afford! ;-)

(No, not really, but still...)
bogwitch
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
With the mild spring weather we've been having lately, I'm going to milk this injury for all the leisure time it can afford!

And why not?


Did you see all the good fic? Cass got Wisteria to write for her!
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
Did she? Fuck, no! And I'm down to my last euro...OK, there's nothing for it: either I buy myself a home computer pronto OR I'm going to go into the office tomorrow morning!
calove
Apr. 25th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
I did and it's gorgeous! Chocolate and Spike. What more could a girl ask for. Can't remember the last time I was so chuffed.

And as she's too polite to plug her own... you should go read Bogwitch's too. She wrote for alanna (scary or what), which has obviously inspired her to great things...
gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I have yet to read it (and I don't think I'll get much of a chance to these next few weeks), but I won't forget and will read both as soon as is humanly possible.

Have to logoff now: my physio seems to have made matters worse instead of better...
gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2004 03:44 am (UTC)
Aaargh - there's a new chapter to Parliament of Monsters, too!
calove
Apr. 26th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
Oh, honey! Sorry to hear that. Please take care of yourself - got to have both arms fully functional for the James-hugging.

Really going to miss you online :-(

But - not long until June :-)
calove
Apr. 23rd, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
STOP IT!! How is a girl supposed to cope with a shopping diva and fashion guru? How on earth am I going to match up to all that in my jeans and black T-shirt and worn out boots?? Ah, well. Perhaps if I walk a couple of paces behind you in NYC they'll assume I'm your maid or something ;-)

Take care of that arm, honey - use the other one to lift and pass the credit card.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
I think I've decided on what to wear to the photoshoot..though I really didn't want to go in black. So, chin up, I'm still dithering, and I may turn up States-side in my dreary old clobber.

And shut up: you've got the Monsoon top, haven't you?
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