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Have just finished working two double-shift days because we are on skeleton staff at the office and it fell to me to be there since I was the only one not taking any extra time off during the holidays. To add to all the extra work three bad things happened at the same time. Don't these things all happen in threes?

1. Our heating system broke down (at work, not at home). Our digs run in a north-south direction, with two heating units, one controlling the west side, the other the east. The east side was the one that shut down completely, and is also the one we work in! (The washrooms and storerooms are on the other side--it figures--but at least our butts were warm when we had to use the washroom, which was often because of the cold). On Thursday we almost died from frostbite. Kept having to run to the washroom to run our hands under the hot water to thaw them out as well as numerous trips to the coffee shop downstairs to fill ourselves with as many hot beverages as possible. Then the physiotherapist lent us some heating pads to put on our chairs to warm us when we were sitting down. That felt like heaven although my butt almost got burnt when I turned the heating pad up too high. On Friday the repair man came and put in a new 'ignition board' which fixed the problem.

2. Our telephone system broke down. Anyone calling could not leave messages, because the system kept saying the mailbox was full when it wasn't. We could answer only one call at a time (which actually made it easier in some ways). The phone repair guy got it fixed yesterday afternoon (just like the heating guy) but then the calls just started to pour in like mad and drove us crazy.

3. I broke my 'new' (it was actually used but new to me) laptop which we had bought to replace the desktop that I had broken back in the summer (I think--it could have been spring). Never having done music downloads before in my life, I got Jamie to show me how so I could download some tunes to Sean's new iPod for him. I guess there was a virus attached to one of the songs. I don't know much about these things, to tell the truth. My husband is terribly annoyed with me. Can't say I blame him as I really should have known better.

Anyway, on a more pleasant note, it has snowed here! Finally quite a bit of snow of the long-lasting variety, which is rather nice for a change. I'm supposed to be going to see 'The Hobbit' today with my sister and Olivia, but we are also supposed to be in for a snowstorm, so it remains to be seen if the outing will be cancelled or not. We may have to put it off another week or so.

And I've been immersing myself in watching 'Downton Abbey' which I received as a Christmas gift. From myself. The first two seasons. It's quite wonderful. I'm really enjoying it, so if I don't get to see 'The Hobbit' today I'll continue to watch the TV series. And read. I've got many books to get through. Those I received as gifts last year as well as the three I got this year. :)

I may not be able to spend as much time as usual on the comp. I'm currently using the tiny laptop I got for Christmas two years ago for use when traveling. It's fine except I cannot use it for large downloads or graphics. But I can use it for writing (thank goodness) and I have a fair bit of catching up to do there as well, after my exhaustion wears off. :)

Happy New Year to everyone! I've got to pull another double shift on Monday (New Year's Eve) so I probably won't be around very much until everything gets back to normal.
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