AngryJellyfish is back! And by that I mean my internet speeds have returned to usable levels, faster than ever now that we’ve changed providers! Finally I can actually enjoy my days off from work, catch up with the current anime season, and write all those blog posts I’ve been promising since the summer, as well as all the end of year posts I always do in December. 😀 But for now, just an update.
A bit late, but I wanted to sample all the anime from the new season before deciding what to post about here. Having done so, Mirai Nikki was the series that stood out. Its not necessarily the best of the season, its still too early to decide that, but its definitely the series that I felt I could write about most easily. I’ve not read the manga, so as usual I’m going into this with very little info, although Gasai Yuno’s relatively infamous reputation precedes her…
The first episode begins with aforementioned character, Yuno, leaning over the immobile body of main character Yukiteru Amano. Read the rest of this entry »
And so here it is at last, the finale of Kaiji S2! It was a year and two days ago that I finished blogging my first series, Shukufuku no Campanella. Amazing how time flies… Anyway, with episode 25 providing the epic climax we’d been waiting all those weeks for, episode 26 was free to focus purely on closure, wrapping up all the loose ends and squaring all those debts. 😛
So I’m now back in Aberystwyth, a student once more. Still adjusting to the unfamiliar surroundings that are my new house and bedroom. This move was a week later than planned, thanks to the previous occupant leaving the in no fit state for inhabitation, but I’d only planned on lazing around and watching anime in that time since registration + lectures don’t start until later this week. Now I’m being forced up to campus at 9:30 AM for an induction session the day after arriving, and I expect to be increasingly busy from then onwards.
And it seems that a delayed arrival wasn’t the only bad omen in store for me. I’ve already locked myself out once, forcing me to make my way to the landlady’s house barefoot and without my glasses (don’t ask). Thank goodness she lives just across the road. The fact that getting locked out supposedly happens to everyone doesn’t make me feel any less stupid, it just makes me empathize with the 100s of other idiots (mostly students I’d guess) who’ve probably made the same mistake today.
I had hoped that would be the end of my bad luck, but less than an hour ago I made myself a cup of tea (peppermint – haven’t bought any milk yet)… and my brand new cup started leaking. Cracked right down the side. It’s very reminiscent of my first ever day as a student in Aber, four years ago, when I managed to break the handle clean off a new cup. I ended up keeping that one as a desktop pencil holder for the three years that followed, and that’s what I’ll be using the cup I broke earlier for as well.
To top it all, I swear I was told by the landlady when I first visited the place that it had unlimited broadband. It isn’t, it has a 60 GB download limit. And since there’s 6 of us in the house, I’m can only use 10 GB of that or get into trouble with the other housemates when our connection gets slowed/stopped. Apparently the rest of the house uses some software to monitor their usage (and thus prove they’re not to blame if it happens), which I’ve requested they send to me too. As long as I’ve got that to keep count for me, I should be able to keep within my fair share.
But it’s not all bad. My room as it is now is definitely inhabitable, I’ll remember to keep my key on me whenever I lock my door in future, I have a new pencil holder, the three housemates I’ve met all seem nice, and the former occupant’s laziness/forgetfulness means that, as well as all the junk he left lying around that’s now been dumped, he’s also left behind plenty of potentially salvageable food, and a cup to replace the one I broke. WIN.
I am now in my final week of conscription at Barnardos. And I know I’ll be sorely missed when I’m gone. That’s not just me thinking too highly of myself – somehow my a4e supervisor got the idea I wanted to work an extra month or more there, and showed up with a fully prepared extension form requiring nothing but my signature. I never agreed to that. Don’t get me wrong, I’d gladly do it if the alternative was returning to days of boredom and weeks of signing on, but I’ve actually got plans. Visiting relatives, followed by moving to Aberystwyth, soon followed by becoming a student again. At most I could stay an extra week, but apparently sorting out paperwork + increased jobseeker’s allowance for such a short amount of time is too much hassle. Plus I’ve got this huge anime backlog, and haven’t had a full week dedicated to anime for a long time now… But yeah, Barnardos has been fun. It’s increased my confidence, I know how to use a till (plus a few other random skills that I may never need again), and lastly it just gives me a reference and experience for my CV.
Now, some random stuff that I thought I’d mention in a post about Barnardos:
Weirdest things donated – A half empty tube of sour cream and onion Pringles, and a board game using chocolates as playing pieces and a best before end date of Jan 2000. Oh, and the sugar cubes were quite odd as well.
Most annoying things donated – Broken objects, filthy camping gear clearly dumped there after a weekend at some music festival or other, used underwear etc. Barnardos isn’t a rubbish dump, and wash stuff first please!
Weirdest request – “Do you have any tea towels?”
*brings down entire stock, mostly plain or striped/checkered*
“Oh, no, these won’t do. I was looking for one with a penguin on it”.
*struggles to keep a straight face*
Most annoying request – “May I look at that carpet? How big is it?”
*unwraps huge carpet, measures all sides, makes mess, leaves people waiting to be served*
“How much is it?”
*points to blatantly obvious price tag on outside*
“Oh, I can’t afford it”.
Most annoying customer habits – Putting coat hangers back on the rail the wrong way around. Or even worse, not bothering to re-hang clothes at all once finished looking at them/trying them on.
Making a mess of the bookshelves. How difficult is it to put them back in a free space, preferably where you found them?
Regular customers who always try to get reductions on perfectly fine items (it’s for charity FFS).
People who try to buy more than they are actually carrying with them (I know a lot of them are old, but WTF).
People who expect me to fold the clothes for them (not that they have any way of knowing I have dyspraxia and struggle with such a seemingly easy task, but it’s not like I don’t have enough to do working the till, removing coat hangers and passing them bags. All they’ve got to do is stand there and pass me money!)
My impact on Barnardos – I changed a few things on the shop front occasionally when bored. Moved things about a bit. Naughty, I know, but it can get very boring behind a till with no customers. Occasionally, this seemed to result in sales of the things I decided to focus on, though that may just be a coincidence. And there are plenty of examples of items I thought would sell and gave pride of place on a shelf, which are still there gathering dust now. The one change I made that I thought was the blatantly obvious thing to do, and that other staff members seemed to continue with while I wasn’t there, was sorting the VHS tapes so that 12-18 rated videos were on a high shelf, and Uc – PG videos were on a lower shelf. Also put sequels and related movies next to each other, in hopes that people would buy them together. I’d hoped they’d continue with these things, but arrived this morning after a short holiday to find the videos in a giant mess again. Nevermind…