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Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
26 June 2007 @ 10:56 am
Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Apparently because I wrote sex (x2) suck (x2) crap (x1) and gay (x1)!
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Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
03 May 2007 @ 06:12 pm
I don't often post to LJ but there is something about the following link that made me want to share it with you all. It's shameful, I know, such a good, religious girl as I ;-) but don't judge me...especially when you all click on the 'game' tab and stay there until your wrists hurt. *whistle*

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Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Sharon typing in the background
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
12 December 2006 @ 10:15 pm
Because I like Meme's :-D

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Current Music: My wife saying "don't come to bed too late"
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
14 November 2006 @ 10:40 pm
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In October I caught a purse-snatcher who stole ssotknapsack's purse (30 points). Last week I put money in sinneahtes's expired parking meter (14 points). In November I set 1lady_so_divine's puppy on fire (-66 points). Last Tuesday I gave dawn_felagund a kidney (1000 points). In January zydico628 and I robbed a bank (-50 points).

Overall, I've been nice (928 points). For Christmas I deserve an Easy-Bake Oven!


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Current Music: Breaking Benjamin - Home
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
05 November 2006 @ 12:59 pm
Stolen from Pulsarkat :-)

The Opposite Sex.

1. Guitar or Drum Player: Guitar
2. Skater or Surfer: Surfer
3. Brown or Blue Eyes: Either
4. Blonde or Brunette: Brunette
5. Brains or Looks: Brains.


11. Hamburger or Hotdog: Hamburger.
12. Pie or Cake: Cake...except for my FIL's pumpkin pie.
13. Apple or Banana: Apples.
14. Coke or Pepsi: Coke.
15. Chicken or Beef: Chicken.
16. Oreos or Chips Ahoy: Oreos...not that I can say I've sampled enough of either to make a valid decision.
17. Pancakes or Waffles: Pancakes.
18. Chocolate or Vanilla: Chooooocolate!
19. Strawberry or Cherry: Strawberry
20. Watermelon or Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe fruit, watermelon flavoring (like for candy).
21. Potato salad or Macaroni Salad: Don't really like potato salad and don't know what macaroni salad is.
22. Wheat or White: White.
23. Tic Tacs or Candy: Candy.
24. Sausage or Bacon: Bacon.
25. Sour Cream and Onion or BBQ: For chips? Sour cream without the onion please :-)


26. Baseball or football: English Football, American football to watch or baseball if at an actual game.
27. Swim or Track: Swimming. :-D I looooooooove the water.
28. Tennis or Golf: Tennis.
29. Skiing or Sledding: Sledding.
30. Bicycling or Jogging: Bicycling.
31. McDonalds or Burger King: Burger King fries, MacDonalds McFlurry.
32. JC Penny's or Sears: Don't know either of them.
33. Walmart or Target: Don't know either but I've been advised to hate walmart. :-)
34. Trophy's or TGI Friday: What's Trophy's?


35. Pants or Shorts: Pants.
36. Zip-Up or Pull-Over: Zip up.
38. Dresses or Skirts: Skirts.
39. Mittens or Gloves: Gloves.
40. Print or Solid: Depends on my mood.


51. Punk or Rock: Rock.
52. Pop or Alternative: Pop.
53. Rap or Techno: Rap.
54. Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera: Bleck. If I HAVE to pick one...Christina Aguilera.
56. Korn or Staind: Don't know
57. Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park: Linkin Park.
58. Guitar or Drums: Guitar.
59. Piano or Violin: Violin.
60. CDs or Radio: CDs.


61. Dawson's Creek or 7th Heaven: Dawson's Creek.
62. Angel or Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Both :-D
63. Law and Order or The Practice: Law and Order.
64. One Tree Hill or The OC: Neither.
65. Smallville or Charmed: Charmed.

I am...

[ ] Single
[X] Taken
[X] Happy
[ ] Mixed feelings
[ ] Like someone
[ ] Sad
[ ] Angry
[ ] Crying
[X] Tired
[ ] Age 1 - 12
[ ] Age 13 - 19
[x] Age 20 - 30
[ ] Age 31 - 50
[ ] Age 51 - 80
[ ] Older than 80.

Currently I'm...

[ ] Alone
[X] With another person
[ ] With a group of people
[x] In pajamas
[ ] Naked
[x] Dressed comfortably
[ ] In my clothes from today
[x] Listening to music
[ ] Watching TV
[ ] Watching a movie

I own...

[x] A laptop
[X] A stereo
[X] An MP3 player/iPod
[X] An inflatable chair
[ ] A bean bag chair
[ ] A lava lamp
[ ] A black light
[ ] An automobile
[X] A musical instrument
[X] A CD player
[ ] A CD burner
[X] A DVD burner
[X] Over 100 CDs

I have...

[X] Glasses
[ ] Contacts
[X] Pierced ear(s)
[ ] Other piercing(s)
[ ] Tattoo(s)
[X] Scars from accidental injuries
[X] Scars from other injuries
[ ] Missing teeth
[ ] A broken body part

I've physically met...

[X] A celebrity
[X] A poor person
[X] A rich person
[ ] The president
[X] Family I never knew existed
[X] Someone from another state
[X] Someone from another country
[ ] Someone EXACTLY like me in personality
[ ] Someone EXACTLY like me in looks

I have been...

[ ] Legally dead
[X] Engaged
[X] Married
[ ] Divorced
[X] In a car accident
[ ] Arrested
[X] Questioned by police
[X] In a police car
[ ] Forced in a police car

I have been called...

[ ] A liar
[X] Crazy
[ ] Gothic
[ ] Punk
[ ] Depressed/Suicidal
[X] Preppy
[X] Fat
[X] Hot
[ ] Anorexic
[ ] Ghetto
[ ] Jock
[ ] Slut
[ ] Skater
[X] Bitch
[X] Stupid
[X] Freak
[ ] Conceited
[ ] Emo
[ ] Scene
[X] Nerd
[X] Something other than these
[ ] None of the above

[ ] Hate quietness.
[X] I am really ticklish.
[X] I'm afraid of the dark
[ ] I'm afraid of facing my back to open doors at night.
[X] I believe in true love
[ ] I've run away from home.
[ ] I collect comic books.
[X] I shut others out when I'm sad
[X] I've stayed out all night.
[ ] I open up to others easily.
[X] I am keeping a secret from the world.
[X] I watch the news.
[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs.
[X] I love Disney movies.
[X] I am a sucker for pretty eyes.
[ ] I don't kill bugs.
[X] I curse once in a while.
[ ] I curse too much
[ ] I have (had) "x"s in my screen name.
[X] I've slipped and fell in public
[X] I've slipped out a "lol" in a real conversation.
[ ] I love Spam.
[X] I bake well.
[ ] I have worn pajamas to class.
[ ] I have owned something from Abercrombie.
[X] I have talked on a phone for 3 hours.
[ ] I love Dr. Phil
[X] I love someone
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[X] I am self-conscious
[X] I love to laugh.
[ ] I drink alcohol on a regular basis.
[ ] I loved Lord of the Flies.
[ ] I have cough drops when I'm not sick.
[ ] I can't swallow pills.
[X] I have a few scars.
[X] I've been out of this country
[X] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[X] I love chocolate.
[X] I love spaghetti.
[X] I bite my nails.
[X] I play computer games when I'm bored.
[ ] I cry sometimes for no reason
[X] Gotten lost in the city.
[ ] Seen a billion shooting stars.
[X] Had a serious injury.
[X] Been so mad you've locked yourself in your room for the day.
[X] Gone out in public in your pajamas.
[X] Have kissed a stranger.
[X] Hugged a stranger
[ ] Been in a bloody fist fight with someone of the same sex.
[ ] Been in a fist fight.
[ ] Been arrested.
[X] Laughed and had some type of beverage come out of your nose.
[X] Pushed all the buttons on an elevator
[X] Made out in an elevator.
[ ] Swore at your parents.
[ ] Kicked a guy where it hurts on purpose.
[ ] Been skydiving.
[ ] Been bungee jumping.
[X] Gotten stitches
[ ] Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[X] Bitten someone.
[ ] Been to Niagara Falls.
[ ] Gotten the chicken pox twice.
[ ] Crashed into a car.
[ ] Been to Japan.
[X] Ridden in a taxi.
[ ] Shoplifted.
[ ] Been fired.
[ ] Stole something from your job.

1. When is the last time you held hands with someone?
Today, with my wife.

2. You wake up as the opposite gender, what's the one thing you do?
Try to explain it to my wife?

3. Have you ever crawled through a window?

4. Where is your mom?
Downstairs, shouting at some customer services person.

5. Morning or night person?

7. Do you have a crush on anybody now?
My Wife. :-D

8. Any cool scars?
Well I have scars...

9. Things about the opposite sex you notice first?

10. What do you do when no one is watching?
Sing at the top of my lungs like I'm on stage at Wembley arena...

11. have you ever been in love?

12. What's something your friends make fun of you for?
My "American" accent.

13. What is your curfew?
When I'm too tired to be awake.

14. Would you ever dye your hair red?
I've doen it before and it looks horrid on me.

15. You + money = ?
Our own business.

16. What's your worst personality flaw?
I worry about EVERY little thing.

17. What career would you wish to be in?
Social work.

18. Which country would you like to visit?
More states in America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Prague...the list goes on.

19. What are your current worries?
Give me a couch to lie on a hot cocoa and a blanket and I'll tell you...

20. Do you wish to have the same best friends when you're older?

21. Do you believe in needing a religion?
I'm not religious and I personally do not need religion. Too many people hide behind religion and use it as a weapon.

22. What did you wear today?Apart from PJ's...Cargo pants and a t-shirt.

23. When were you last on the phone?

24. What were the shoes you wore today?

25. Do you like math?
I'm not bad at it but I don't like it. :-P

26. What about history?

27. Have you ever seen 5 squirrels at one time?

28. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?

29. Do you have a brother?

30. Did your great grandfather fight in the civil war?
Ummm, no :-P

31. Who's your favorite person to talk to online?
I don't do much talking online anymore. :-/

32. Have you ever used photobucket?

34. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

35. Do you want to be a doctor?

36. Have you ever fallen asleep with gum in your mouth?

37. What do you do right before you go to bed?
Talk to my wife.

38. Right when you get out of bed?
Get clean, dressed, check email, kiss my wife goodbye and go to work.

39. Would you date a guy with hair longer than yours?
I don't think the length of his hair would be the problem. ;-)

40. Do you want to be famous?
Not really no. I want to own my own business and be succesful.
Current Location: My desk at home
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Bone Thugs n Harmony - Crossroads
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
25 October 2006 @ 08:50 am
A meme I stole from Pulsarkat...

# Your name spelled backwards: ytsrik enna llawnroc

# Where were your parents born? Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

# What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? A song...sshhhhh

# What's your favorite restaurant? It depends, Pizza Hut if you want a quick, sometimes cheap, delicious meal or Frankie and Benny's. If in America, somewhere like Philips where they do fantastic crab cakes (4 weeks to go :-P) or a nice mexican place.

# Last time you swam in a pool? Probably about a year ago

# Have you ever been in a school play? Yep. I was an angel in nursery school, Mary in a Christmas play and a few other various things.

# Are you registered to vote? Yep, since I was 18.

# Do you have cable? Yes.

# Have you ever ridden on a moped? No.

# Ever get a parking ticket? Nope.

# Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Yes, definitely.

# Furthest place you ever traveled? MD, USA

# Do you have a garden?: My mum does.

# What's your favorite comic strip?: I don't read comics.

# Bath or Shower, morning or night? Shower, mostly at night because I have to get up at 6am if I want to shower in the morning before work and that's just too early. :-P

# Best movie you've seen in the past month? ummmmm, American X (I know it's old but I'd never seen it before)

# Favorite pizza topping? Cheese.

# Chips or popcorn? Chips.

# What color lipstick do you usually wear? I don't usually wear makeup.

# Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No. Each to their own but I don't really get why people want to do that.

# Orange Juice or apple? Apple.

# Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? My wife and we went to a little italian place called The Godfather, we then went to see Grease at the Theatre.

# Favorite type chocolate bar? Hmmmm probably Cadbury Crunchie or Cadbury Whisper

# Have you ever won a trophy? No trophies but I have ribbons for various things.

# Are you a good cook? I like to think I can hold my own. I enjoy cooking and so I do it often, with enough practice, anyone can cook.

# Do you know how to pump your own gas? Never had to try.

# Ever order an article from an infomercial? No.

# Sprite or 7-up? Sprite.

# Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? Cold medicine

# Ever throw up in public? Yes, when I was about 7 in a supermarket. I had a viral infection which pretty much disabled me for the best part of 2 weeks.

# Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? I have true love so can I now take the millionaire thing? :-P if I could only choose one, it would be love. Money can be pretty lonely if that's all you have.

# Do you believe in love at first sight? Not sure.

# Ever call a 1-900 number? I don't know what they are.

# Can exs be friends? Occasionally, depending on the situation, but in most cases, no.

# Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? Pops (my grandfather)

# What message is on your answering machine? an automated voicemale message.

# What is in your purse? House keys, computer card and security pass for work, mobile phone, passport (I know I shouldn't keep it in there :-P) plane tickets from my last USA visit, pens, lip balm, wallet with credit cards, bank card, money, National insurance (our version of social security) card, medical card and various other cards e.g blockbuster etc.

# Favorite thing to do before bedtime? Turn off the lights, tv and talk to my wife for a while before falling asleep.

# What is one thing you are grateful for today? I'm grateful everyday that I get to have my wife in the same country as me.
Current Location: My desk at home
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: Sharon lightly snoring and moaning in her sleep
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
03 September 2006 @ 09:32 pm
I know I don't post often (or maybe at all :-P) but I had to share a couple of things...

First of all, I borrowed this Stalker thing from my sis-in-law, dawn_felagund, and had to share it for a number of reasons, 1)because we went bowling a few days ago for my birthday and I realised I suck, so Dawn has nothing to worry about :-P and 2) I don't see her ever 'getting it on' with my lovely wife, who is right now laughing herself silly...

linwe_ancalime's LJ stalker is dawn_felagund!
dawn_felagund is stalking you because you are really good at bowling. They are also getting with your significant other!

LiveJournal Username:

LJ Stalker Finder
From Go-Quiz.com

and my second reason for posting is just to share that I recently had an interview to get a promotion at work, and after putting the results date back 4 times I finally got to know on Friday if I got the promotion or not...and I did! YAY! I was more shocked than anything else, I suck at interviews so I thought I had blown it right from the start, and then we waited so long for the results that I had more time for negative thoughts to set in, but alas I got it and I am overjoyed. Now we have a little extra money each month, which will certainly help when we move out next year and buy our own place.
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Current Music: My lovely wife playing Xbox
Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
14 March 2006 @ 07:27 pm
Because I'm too tired to write anything in depth and because dawn_felagund noticed my lack of entries :P, I shall bore you all with another meme. This is five ways that I might be bribed, and I'm not going to tag anyone because A) I think everyone I know has been tagged and B) I'm new to this tagging stuff.


1) Ensure that my wonderful, beautiful girlfriend can come over and live with me in sunny ole England (I say 'sunny' with much sarcasm in my voice).

2) A one way ticket to America: As much as I love England and especially my city (Newcastle Upon Tyne) I have also kinda fallen in love with America, especially Ocean City. We don't have anything like Ocean City here and I loved every minute of it. I also know that staying in America would make my girlfriend happy, so lets see if we can do this. :P

3) The means to start my own business (or a franchise of Nelyos ;-))so I can get out of the 9-5 rat race and away from government departments forever. (In the words of a very wise person "The government couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery") :P

4) If I ever get my own business, give me the skills to make it successful so that I can ensure my family are financially comfortable for the rest of their lives and that my girlfriend can have the house, car and pony she's always wanted. :-D

5) A big push: (what, you need this explaining? :P) I need a push to get back to doing what I loved doing before I had surgery. I used to ice skate when I was younger and I loved it but had to stop. Now it's been about 15 years since I did it and I've been wanting to get back into lately. First I get fit, then I go ice skating again. :-D
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Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
15 February 2006 @ 06:24 pm
Stealing a meme from [info]ssotknapsack , it's all About Me :-P Just post the answers as comments and then copy the meme into your own journal so everyone can answer for you. :-D

Where did we meet?

How long have you known me?

When is the last time that we saw/spoke to each other?

Do I smoke?

Do I drink?

When is my birthday?

What was your first impression of upon meeting me?

What’s one of my favorite things to do?

Am I funny?

What’s my favorite type of music?

What is my best quality?

Am I shy or outgoing?

Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules?

Do I have any special talents?

Would you consider me a friend/good friend?

What is a memory we have once had?

Have you ever hugged me?

How well do you know me?

What is my favorite food?

If there was one good nickname for me, what would it be?

What is my worst habit?

If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what one thing would I bring?

What is my favorite fandom?

Who are my favorite characters in that fandom?

What was the last thing I said to you?

Will you repost this so I can do it for you?
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Cordial Kirsty of the Castle
To start off my very own live journal I will be ranting like the good little English girl that I am.

So, five years ago I started working for the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) or POD (Pensions and Overseas Directorate) as it was back then. I work(ed)in a call centre dealing with pension queries. I loved my job back then and the people I worked with were fantastic, even the management. I should (well maybe I shouldn't, but I will) explain the tiers of authority within my department.

Back in 2000:
AA - Clerical staff (sort the post, clear the printer, make sure the stationary is stocked up)
AO - Telephony and processing staff (my job back then)
EO - manager of a telephony or processing team
HEO - Managed the whole department.

so, four teirs of authority and the department ran pretty well, everyone got on with their job, the customer was happy 99% of the time, staff morale was good and targets always got met without the need for 50% of staff to go on long-term sick with stress.

Skip forward 2-2 1/2 years and the people who get paid to sit in offices thinking up new ideas all day, have a brainwave. They decide the department needs more management. So, here is the teirs of authority as it stands today.

AA - Same as above
AO - same as above
EO - same as above
HEO - We now have 5 HEOs who all run a little bit of the department each
SEO - yes, a new level of management who manages the whole room (isn't this what a single HEO did 2 years ago?)

Has any one heard the saying "too many cooks spoil the broth"? or ice cream if you're Dawn ;-)

So, now we have 5 HEOs to run a little bit of the department each, where one HEO was sufficent 2 years ago. Oh and yes, an SEO who manages the whole department including the HEOs. This I might add costs the tax payer an extra £160,000 per year (£25,000 for each HEO and £35,000 for the SEO).

Once the department got so many managers everything started to go down hill. You know how it works, no one agrees on one single way of managing, information is cascaded incorrectly and over time the place fell apart. Fast forward again (if we may) to 2005 and the government announces that they are to cut 100,000 civil servant jobs and the first teir to be removed will be the HEO tier (yes, those extra HEO people that they just brought in!!!).

So all that has happened over a 2 1/2-3 year period is: more managers brought in, staff moral lowered, fighting among the management team, customer service affected...and then they realise what they've done is stupid and they start to reverse it.

Now to where the story gets personal
After 2 years as a telephony advisor I decided I wanted a change and I became a trainer. I trained staff for a year and then took a promotion to join the Quality Support team (responsible for various things but mostly to ensure the quality and accuracy of advisors work remains in-line with government guidance). My promotion was temporary (you can't get a permanent promotion until a promotion board comes around) with the understanding that a promotion board would come around within a year or so and I would be made permanent. The promotion board never materialised and now because of the job cuts it never will and so for the past 3 years I have been a temporary manager. This basically means I get the extra money (about £2500 extra a year) and the extra responsibility but if at any time they want to put me back to my permanent contracted grade, they can do.

Annnnnd what have they decided to do now that they don't need me anymore, now that I have done all their work for them, dealt with all the complaints for them, had my head chewed off every day by customers shouting down the phone complaining while senior management hide in some pokey little room making decisions on how to run a department that they never spend any time in? *drum roll* Yep, they've decided that they no longer need me as a manager, they've used me for the past 3 years to set up a customer service team that (not that I'm blowing my own trumpet) runs like clockwork, I've worked out all the creases that comes with setting up a new team and now I am to go back as a telephony advisor. It's not that I mind the job, I loved the job when I first started but I've been there and done that, I've worked hard for the past five years to work my way up the ladder a little bit at a time and now because there was no promotion board to make my position permanent I am to be thrown aside and treat like the piece of crap they've just wiped off their shoe.

*wanders to job search sites* Is this just the public sector or do private sector companies treat you like this too?
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