Answers are: this is normally my day off I was told to come in so I didn't get an unholy five day break, it is actually Wednesday as all my normal days off are and I did have a great Christmas, it makes me wish we got the whole week off between Christmas and New Year to relax in it - who needs retailers to be open really?
Everyone has still got a cold - the truth being that all we've all done is pass the cold back and forth for weeks, the building is becoming a quarantine zone faster than we'd appreciated! Bonus is that everyone is feeling jolly after Christmas so it's ok to still have a husky voice. My voice has been husky (I didn't refer to it like that, a gay man did which now makes it ok :D) all day, thankfully it doesn't hurt, otherwise I'd be sad.
Speaking of sad, I'm attempting to help my brothers girlfriend, Hannah, with her dissertation by filling in the response sheets she needs.
The sheets appear quite simple at first... then you realise that in each of the five little stick men you have to either visually show how you physically react when you go through the five basic emotions of happiness, sadness, anxiety, guilt and failure. This then becomes more challenging - so to help, I recruited my friends through Whatsapp, asking them to describe what they would do - whether it be colour in or draw or write - and then I would fill in a sheet for them. This felt like a good idea until someone said "failure... it's like a sinking feeling. I'd draw a submarine"
Actually it's quite interesting to see how people feel things differently, happiness is the only feeling we all seem to agree on. We've all said it's yellow or rainbow coloured, its beaming and glowing, light and playful - but no-one has found a stable place for blue, you'd think sadness but no, some people feel blue with anxiety. Anyways, a good talking point none-the-less!
That was until my boyfriend helpfully said "I don't get anxious or guilty so those don't apply", when I probed this he said "I laugh when I lie so that negates guilt" and I tried for more information around anxiety but I've ended up having to write N/A on that little figure.