11 January 2012

Our Feelings We With Difficulty Smother

I'm more tired tonight than I was yesterday. Not that it matters, as tomorrow I'm on a rest day, and intend to take full advantage of that. Not sure Danger's actually told me when his bike lesson is - hopefully not too early. Although we still have to walk the boy wonder to school...

As mentioned in comments yesterday, my team is not a happy one right now. Well, most of them are okay, but one of my DCs is having a very difficult time. He's just not cut out for the MIT. I've helped him put in a transfer request, told him I'll give him a good write up. He's a very good copper, very conscientious, caring, thorough. But whereas in his CID he saw the early stages of a few murders, that's quite different to working them day in, day out. And I'm really glad he came and talked to me about it. There are loads of other departments he'd be great in. Not everyone's cut out to spend all day long thinking about the worst of humanity. I don't know how the officers on the team dealing with paedophilia or child pornography cope - I couldn't. But somehow, a body I don't really mind. Suppose it's just a bit...numbing, over time. You learn which things to focus on, how to keep going. And I'll admit that black humour comes into it, too. It sort of has to. Sometimes you need to laugh, or you'd cry.

Anyway, tomorrow's another day. John's lesson in the morning. My appointment at 1pm, re-arranging the Degu cage after we fetch Sherlock.

Speaking of, let's end on a high note. Have a pile of Goos. Mercury is making Argon look a little chubby here - although the amount of food they snaffle, it's not that surprising! But I do love them when they pile up and have a cuddle.

50 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

Ten to noon. You can stay in bed if you like while I get Sherlock off to school. Well. You can try at least. Sherlock might have other ideas.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I'm definitely not getting up at 5. Or...if I get up, I'm coming back to bed! Might get back to bed after we've dropped him off too. Do you want me to run you to your lesson? And pick you up after?

John H. D. Watson said...

That'd be great, thanks. And afterward, your mystery appointment?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

is it just me, or has the look of the comments here changed? And why's my name one long list of punctuation?

You mean the eye-test you keep telling me I need? Yeah...

Small Hobbit said...

Aw, the degus are very sweet.

And indeed "A policeman's lot is not an 'appy one." You'll just have to make up for it by having a cuddle of your own.

John H. D. Watson said...

No idea, I was going to ask you... You haven't done anything to the layout?

Yes, of course. Your 'eye test'.

Greg Lestrade said...

I haven't done anything! Well, I have just made my name just my name, with no middle initials or nicknames. Just plain old me.

Sorry, can't read that, can you use a larger font?

Small Hobbit said...

What's the grey circle thingy after your name?

Greg Lestrade said...

I've no idea! And it only appeared after I changed it...I can't click on it or anything. Maybe it's because it's my blog?

Mycroft, come back, I don't know what's happening!

John H. D. Watson said...

Oh dear. I suppose Blogger's doing things again.

REReader said...

It looks like some changes were made to your host site (Blogspot?) to allow threaded comments. (And to dislike some punctuation, at least in names. ) Which is to say, if you want to respond to a specific comment, rather than the overall post, you could click reply and do that. But if we start doing that, the comment threads will probably collapse, making it harder to read the conversations....pros and cons.

I love the degu cuddle. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

So I can reply to John up here, as well as talk down there? I don't think I can cope with this sort of technological advance...

Greg Lestrade said...

Blogger, yeah.

I'm glad I'm off work tomorrow. My little brain can't cope with changes like this!

Danger, tell me it's not just me, your blog's done this too, right?

REReader said...

I'm pretty sure the grey circle with the pencil is meant to identify whoever wrote the blog post--if you go to John's blog, his name is followed by that icon in the comments. It's nothing you did, L!

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah, it's a pencil. looked more like a ticking clock to me... huh. I did think it must be that it was my blog though.

REReader said...

Time stamps are messed up, too--for me anyway. Do I need to change settings or do you? (Or am I time shifted and it's really 2:47pm in one of our realities?)

REReader said...

Yes.

It's confusing me to go looking for all the tiny arrows, for sure!

Greg Lestrade said...

Umm...it's definitely not 2.47pm. But the time is still set to London, so I really don't know what to do about that.

Small Hobbit said...

We'll all be totally confused if you regularly reply to comments instead of just posting sequentially (big word for so late at night). Speaking of which, it looks as if the timing is more appropriate to RR than us!

John H. D. Watson said...

It's not just you and there seems to be no way to turn it off.

I suspect it's 2:55pm in California.

REReader said...

So is everyone seeing 2:whatever or is it just me? If so, it's something in your settings, L--I just don't know what.

Mycroft?

(It's 5:55 here, not very appropriate for me either...)

Greg Lestrade said...

I think we're all seeing 2.57 or whatever. I am. And the blog says it's set to London time...sooo...

REReader said...

Yes--that would be right for California time, John. Definitely not London!

John H. D. Watson said...

It's not L's settings; it's on my blog too. Blogger's set it all to their time I'd guess - I imagine they're in California or somewhere in that time zone.

Greg Lestrade said...

So, now I've reset my timezone to Truk.... what time does it think it is?

Greg Lestrade said...

oh, still the same. We can assume their timestamp is broken.

Greg Lestrade said...

I feel like I'm at work - people dicking about with things that worked perfectly well, and messing them up.

I'm scared to try to use this blog on my phone now...

REReader said...

I've been trying to read their help pages on my iPod and it's not working. I'll poke around in a bit (while you're tucked up in bed) on my computer and see if I can find a fix. It's obvious it's Blogger that's messed up, but maybe there's a way to change it back...

Greg Lestrade said...

I wouldn't worry, RR. It's obviously a new change, and given that the timestamps don't change whatever time zone I set the blog to, I assume they'll soon catch up/be told and sort it out.

Anon Without A Name said...

The goos are even more adorable than before.

Good luck with your respective appointments tomorrow, gents. Remember to be gentle with any body parts that might be sensitive after the day's activities, especially if you do get to have your alone time afterwards :-p

Greg Lestrade said...

They are great. And although I've blamed Merc for making Argon look chubby, Argon actually probably has her cheeks full of food. Maybe it's not Merc's fault.

We will be careful. Although hopefully I won't strain my eyes too much ;)

Although afterwards will pretty much be picking up Sherlock, probably.

Anonymous said...

'When a coster isn't jumping on his mother, when a cut throat isn't occupied in crime...'. Gee thanks, I'll be singing this for days! It must have taken a lot of bravery on the part of your DC, respect is due.

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, sorry.

And yes, I was very impressed he came to talk to me. I knew he wasn't fitting in as well as I'd have liked, but I didn't know why, as he's proven himself a good officer.

I also know some of the old hands have been taking the piss a bit, which meant I've had to have words, which I don't like having to do - and don't think any professional officer should cause me to do.

REReader said...

As any engineer can tell your old hands, only an idiot fails to take into respect the properties of the materials. Your DC is both brave and smart to talk to you about his problems--and three cheers to you for seeing the right solution. I bet there are plenty who'd just tell him to tough it out.

I won't kill myself looking for a timestamp fix, but when I'm really tired I get a wee bit obsessive--I can't not look at all!

Greg Lestrade said...

I just hope a transfer comes up soon. I hate seeing him miserable, and worry he'll just jack it in if it goes on too long.

Now, hope this posts off my phone, and to bed (to test Danger in his highway code, road traffic acts, bike basics etc. To see if I'm brave enough to let him out!)

REReader said...

You've done what you can--and knowing that he will be transferring should help quite a lot.

And surely you can find something better to do in bed. ;)


(Sleep, obviously! Wash out your minds. :D)

John H. D. Watson said...

Uh oh. What happens if I get too many questions wrong...

REReader said...

Like Anon above, I now have that song stuck in my head, so why should I be the only one to suffer? Here you all go!: A policeman's lot is not a happy one (happy one).

Desert Wanderer said...

Thanks, RR. Cute defuse, Lestrade. Have fun and relax today.

Desert Wanderer said...

Degus.

Greg Lestrade said...

You didn't...but if you had, Id've kept you in bed for revision...

Deeert Wanderer said...

I'm assuming thats the answer to docs what if I get one wrong question. Practicablece makes perfect, they say...

dw said...

Practice. I don't know what practicableece makes. Also I've never wandered in a deeert but it sounds bad.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, don't worry, were fluent in reading typo around here.

Desert Wanderer said...

I figure thee's some "typing on a phone at 0300" slack built in, no?

Fluent in typo, ...s, innuendo, etc. All useful skills to have. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

There is, definitely. Just typing on a phone is enough, but the 3 am part gets you bonus slack.

And probably a lecture from someone round here about being up at 3am.

And I'm...I don't know what I'm doing. Nothing. It's glorious. But very very weird, being on my own in the flat, just a couple of rodents and my guitar keeping me company.

REReader said...

Well, L, meet Lestrade. He's a nice sort of bloke, we all like him a lot. :)

Desert Wanderer said...

Is this the first time you've been alone in the flat?

Greg Lestrade said...

Apart from when I had a migraine the other week, yeah.

REReader said...

This has got to be a major improvement, then!

Seriously, though--it must be nice to have a little alone time, even when--maybe especially when--you love the people who share your life.

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