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Recent entries from kendrafortune
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Read 4 books
Picked up 1 book from a book exchange

Running total = 0 2 weeks ago


Mine is 26th July, I am really looking forwards to it, it’s going to be a challenge though – the furthest I’ve ever walked in one go is 12 miles! 3 weeks ago

kendrafortuneBest of luck!

When are you doing it? 3 weeks ago

kendrafortuneIt's astonishing...

I work with people who think nothing of spending £5 on a glass of wine but who turn pale when I approach them with a sponsorship form, asking for their support. I find it staggering that people can be so tight. I just cannot understand that mindset.

On the other hand, I’ve also been touched by the generosity of some other people, who have given more than I would ever have expected.

We are at £436.41 so far, plus another £200ish in offline sponsors. I don’t think we’re going to make my £1000 target :-( I had hoped to get more from work, but it seems they’re not into charity! 3 weeks ago


...because at the moment the shy one is hiding down the side of the bed! :-/ 1 month ago

kendrafortuneTwo cats!

After our unfortunate experience with poor Tigger, we have now adopted two more cats from a rescue shelter, and they moved in today. They’ve been in there for almost 6 months because one of them is very timid. Hopefully they will both settle in soon and be happy with us. 1 month ago


Read 6 books
Borrowed 3 books
Picked up 3 books from a book exchange
Bought 4 books
Gave away 1 book

Running total = +3 1 month ago

kendrafortuneIt's harder than I anticipated... separate people from their money! I feel a bit miffed about it because I always sponsor people when they come waving their forms under my nose at work, but it seems people aren’t so happy to reciprocate. There have been a few, very generous donations from a few people in my office, but the rest have just out and out ignored my emails.

I’m not expecting mega-bucks from everyone, but hell, if they can afford to buy themselves a coffee from Starbucks, they can afford a couple of quid for a worthy cause! If everyone in my office gave just £5, that’s £175 straight up! We’re at just £65 so far, given by 6 people. That’s an awful lot of people being tight! 1 month ago


This is linked to my goal Do The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge… I’m walking 26 miles with three of the women I work with in aid of Macmillan. We’d originally set our target at £100 each (ie. £400) but I think considering how far we’re walking, we should definitely aim a little bit higher! (And in all honesty, it’s costing us more than £100 each to participate, so if we don’t raise more than that, we might as well have just given the cash to charity and forgotten all about the walk!!!) 2 months ago

kendrafortuneAll planned

I’m planning to do this with three of the women I work with this July… it’s 2 months away. I’m carrying a bit of extra weight at the moment and I need to get my fitness levels back up, but I’ve got a few weeks, should be fine…

We’re doing it in support of Macmillan – our target to raise in sponsorship is £100 each, but thinking about it, it’s costing us more than that in travel & transport, so really I think we should be aiming for more like £250 each! (Aim high and all that!) We got £111 in the first day – my team were very generous, but my colleagues’s teams were less forthcoming (meanies!)We will have to work on them over the next 8 weeks! 2 months ago

kendrafortune 2 months ago

kendrafortuneNot all about the clubs!

I’m not into clubbing so I was a bit dubious about going here, but actually it’s a beautiful island with lovely scenery, and Ibiza town is full of history. Glad I gave it a chance because I loved it. 2 months ago

kendrafortune 2 months ago

kendrafortuneThe Life You Want

Read it on holiday, not bad, but a little predictable. 2 months ago


Read 8 books
Given 1 book as a present
Picked up 1 book from a book exchange
Bought 1 book

Running total = 0 2 months ago

kendrafortunePrivate Relations

Private Relations will be released as an eBook for its 25th anniversary! Looks like I might get to read it after all. 2 months ago

kendrafortuneThe Journey Home

The Journey Home is an anthology of short stories, to which Diane Chamberlain contributed one story – The Dreamer. Again, I’m not fussed by short stories, so I’ll scrap this one too. 2 months ago

kendrafortuneRead "Anybody Out There?"

Brilliant book – highly recommended 3 months ago

kendrafortune 2 years ago


So I self-published. Not quite what I had in mind, but at least I have a book in print. Even if nobody except my immediate family ever reads it. It’s a start. 3 months ago

kendrafortune 7 years ago


Read 10 books
Bought 4 second-hand books
Picked up 1 book from a book exchange

Running total = +5 3 months ago

kendrafortune 7 years ago

kendrafortuneFirst one last night

The first meeting of our book club was really good, we had a good discussion about the book, ate some snacks and generally had fun. I hope we’ll be getting together for another book discussion very soon! 3 months ago

kendrafortune 6 months ago

kendrafortuneI've just realised...

...that I mis-spelt this entry. Should be “than” not “that”... great, that’s going to bug me all year now! 4 months ago


My stress levels have gone through the roof – same person to blame. Busiest time of year, I’ve been working my butt off for the past 5 weeks, and I have to watch him ambling around the office like we’ve got all the time in the world, purposefully avoiding doing the pile of work in the “urgent” tray but instead doing all the mundane tasks like filing that can wait. I didn’t say anything at first because I didn’t want to cause a row (I’m this guy’s supervisor, I shouldn’t be scared of telling him what to do just in case he kicks off and accuses me of picking on him, it’s so wrong!) But then he starts telling us what he’s reading on the internet. There are three of us here working full speed to get everything done while he’s reading the BBC news pages?! Again, I didn’t say anything, I let it go, until the third instance where all I said was, pointedly, “where did you read that?” “On a website” he said. “You wouldn’t be on that website now at work would you?” I replied. He said “No” then fell suspiciously silent. So a yes, in other words. I assumed this was the end of it, but about a minute later, he pipes up, in this horribly smug tone. “Remind me, do you or do you not have a spreadsheet on your work computer rating things out of ten?”

This is a perfectly innocent spreadsheet, by the way, hardly blackmail material unless you want to blackmail me and my colleagues for being geeks who like to keep track of the most superior teas, coffees and chocolate bars, and which takes maximum 2 minutes a week to maintain. Which you could try. We’re not ashamed. Hey, you don’t want to try the same disgusting herbal tea twice, do you?

“Yes, I do” I said. “What’s your point?”
“Oh nothing” he replies airily. And I know what the little git is getting at – he thinks that him spending about an hour a day reading various news websites is somehow comparable to me spending a couple of minutes a week noting down whether I liked Twinings or Teapigs better.

So I say to him, if he likes, I’m quite happy for him to come round my side of the desk, we can look at the various logs we keep to track work done etc. and we can see just who has done most of the work over the past 5 weeks – because I know for a fact I’ve done most of it despite my shameful use of company software to rate teabags out of ten.

Then of course it all kicks off, he starts whining about how he is working and it’s not fair of me to say he’s not, and just because I’m stressed I shouldn’t take it out on him and he feels I’m picking on him and he can’t do anything right! Well this puts my back up, so I say I’ve had enough, I’m not prepared to have another row with him about this and I walk off. The only reason he feels I’m picking on him is because twice in two days I’ve called him out on either doing nothing or avoiding doing the unpleasant jobs. If I don’t do this with the other two people I supervise, it’s because I don’t have to, because they are reasonable adults who don’t actually need me to tell them what to do all the time and figure it out for themselves that, actually, the time for doing filing was last week when the computer was broken and instead you were sitting there reading your Kindle.

Anyway, I have a word with my manager for about the fourth time but it never gets me anywhere – I’m just in the position now where I feel like I can’t do my job properly without him getting defensive and trying to start a row with me! All I want is for him to do his job without making a fuss, without slamming around and sighing and making sulky comments, and to do it to a reasonably high standard. That is, after all, what he’s being paid to do… or am I being unreasonable?

So when I return to my desk, he tries to start the row off again and starts guilt-tripping me by saying I don’t understand how upset he gets and how stressed he feels… so I just said enough now, leave it, I don’t want to talk about it. Everyone else is sitting there in silence. Nothing like a great team atmosphere.

And now I’ve wasted my entire evening thinking about him and wondering what’s going to kick off tomorrow and worrying that he’s going to hurt himself or something stupid because of me and my stupid suggestion that he get off the internet and do some work.

Am I going mad or what?! 4 months ago

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