A brief look back

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 | sophie, Uncategorized | No Comments

I was sitting on a very small area of sofa last night, surrounded by tools and dust and desperately trying to catch all the heat from the fan heater; having a good old think back over 2008.

My main feeling was that 2008 was a year of adjustment.  May was my first Clearleft birthday, and I noticed that I was really starting to feel comfortable in my new career and had adjusted to the new stresses and strains of project management and conference production.  Come August it was time to move and relocate the cats – 2008’s major adjustment.  The amalgamation of stuff has been a long winded affair, there’s still a little of my stuff back at the flat, but the majority has now been integrated into Rosehill.  This means I feel a lot more settled now, rather than a half-guest-hybrid as I did on occasion in the first months. The cats of course, are another matter and one I want to write about more deeply in another post.  A fragile arrangement has come about where Horace & Monty rule the upstairs and Zack & Zeke the sitting room.  There are occasional scuffles and sorties into the opposition’s territory but on the whole they are much more settled now.  My current adjustment is dealing with the dust, lack of hot water and toilet and the general disarray in the house whilst the new bathroom is fitted.  Boy will I be pleased when that’s finished!

I noticed I travelled far less in 2008 – the fantastic Lift in Geneva in February and then off to Greece and Halkidiki in September – was a considerable drop from 2007.  I am looking forward to heading back to the States and SXSW in March though and would love to head back to Black Rock City.  Oddly, I’ve missed airports.  (Yeah, I know, that is weird!)

I don’t really have any resolutions for 2009 but there are things I’d certainly like to do more of.  And of course, there’s that whole “jumping out of a plane before I’m 30!” thing – but more on that another day.


Thursday, June 26th, 2008 | sophie | No Comments

Where have I been?  Well if I tell you that tickets for this year’s dConstruct launched on Tuesday, you’ll understand that right now I’m in the middle of a conference organising fever.

The build up to dConstruct is always exciting and with two months to go I can already feel it start to bubble.  I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and the fact that, without last year’s EPIC travel FAIL, I will actually be here!  There’s no dashing off to the desert for me, although I am going to miss being at the Burn this year.  Who’d have thought I’d miss that dust?

Conference aside, it’s been an emotional couple of months.  On a philosophical note, I guess you can never have the really good up’s without the really horrible down’s.  To fit both into two months has been, shall we say “interesting”.  It is really good to be feeling more myself again.  It’s also been lovely to stop and catch up with the world.

What would I take out of the past six weeks?  Well, I guess much of it is pretty obvious really.  Friends are great, wine is probably best drunk in moderation (I still haven’t made up my mind on that one!), and sometimes you just need a really big kick up the proverbial.

There: no earth-shattering gems from me I’m afraid; but I do recommend that people watch out for curbs – they have a nasty habit of attacking you when you least expect it and causing post-gig ankle injuries.


Monday, January 28th, 2008 | sophie | No Comments

At the end of last year I promised myself that I’d do more exercise and so in time honoured tradition, set this as one of my new year’s resolutions. Four weeks later, and minus a week where I suffered some nasty lurgy attack, I’ve kept it up. Three times a week I don my running shoes, clip on my ipod and join Tom (albeit briefly before he runs off) to jog round the Level.

I’m actually rather impressed with myself. I hate exercise. At school I was always picked last and was never very good. I can completely understand why no one would want me on their team, I dropped the netball, fell over, generally got in the way and remained resolutely miserable throughout any games lesson. I did join a gym a couple of years ago and for six months I did go along, still miserable and forced myself to lift a few weights, row a few yards and would dump myself on the exercise bike for as little time as I thought I could get away with. Perhaps not the best introduction to any new form of exercise – I didn’t expect to last once round the Level.

What has surprised me most is that I actually enjoy running. Who’d have thought it? I listen to music, I try and push myself a little further each time, I get a little shakey, I breathe mist into the air and clutch at my sides, but each lap round feels good. Even when I have to force heavy legs on those occasions when my body really doesn’t fancy it (normally Friday’s for some reason – I suspect it would rather be down the pub). So I’ve invested in some decent running shoes, am going to stock up on podcasts and continue to jog around. It’s no marathon, but it’s good enough for me.


so sleepy..

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 | sophie | No Comments

I am absolutely exhausted. My head is full of Gantt charts, numbers from lists of invoices and PO’s. I’ve finished day three of my first week and I can barely keep my eyes open, but I am really rather happy.

It is typical that I start my new job in the week that we are getting out and doing the majority of our festival stuff. After a lovely weekend up in Leeds visiting Julie & Jonny (with a lovely day at the Forbidden Corner followed by the best ice-cream I’ve had in a long time), we spent Monday evening in the Udderbelly watching the Caesar Twins. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having been told various things about half naked men in baths (poor Tom didn’t look impressed!) but the acrobatics were really rather fab – if a little painful looking.

Yesterday we headed out to James’ Telling Lies night, where I giggled about Bill and the mice with placards, and laughed until tears streamed down my face to the wonderful “pig heart boy” song. I will do my best to make it to the “Poetry in a Brothel” readings, firstly it sounds like great fun and secondly because it’s the first time I’ve had a chance to visit a “massage parlour” – not that I’ve ever really felt the urge to before, but you need to try these things I guess.

This evening though I have a night off, I’ve ordered pizza, I’ve blearily eyed a DVD for the evening and I plan on closing the laptop, ignoring the phone and curling up on the sofa with my bears. I wonder how long I’ll last before my eyelids give up on me and the snoring starts? (Not that I really snore, you understand. No, never. Well, maybe after a couple of beers.. )

an exciting update

Friday, April 27th, 2007 | sophie | No Comments

What a week! Things have been remarkably like a roller coaster for the last couple of days, but it’s Friday and I think I finally have a clear enough head and a couple of minutes to tell you all about it.

On Monday night, still recovering from a rather heavy weekend courtesy of the MacKriell’s, six of us headed out to the Jooglebury for a Catalyst Club special. Ken Campbell regaled us with highly amusing tales of the Liverpool Science Fiction Theatre, how buying a parrot is only slightly more expensive than a computer and the joys of decorating dog poo (I kid you not!) It was really very funny, if a little weird, and cheered me up good and proper.

The lovely Mr Glasnost came around for dinner on Wednesday, complete with two bottles of red and in perfect timing to coincide with a fantastic job offer. Drink I did, and was merry (if somewhat distracted and liable to shout “woohoo” at inopportune moments). So yesterday I dashed about, handing in my resignation letter, trying to explain my new job to numerous people and being stopped in car parks, corridors and toilets and asked, “what are we going to do without you?”

What will I be doing now, you ask? Well on the 14th May I start as Studio Manager/Project Assistant at Clearleft. I am a combination of very excited and a just a little bit scared. I’ve been at the University for over five years now, so working somewhere else is a bit of a daunting prospect. But it is my ideal job, with a bunch of great guys and in the industry I want to work in – what could be better?

And now I shall go back to grinning happily at people and occasionally shouting “woot!” Me? Chipper? Good Lord yes!


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