Frustrated with all of this I had slid into a bad lack-of-motivation pit with no real reason to want to climb out of it. However, I'm pleased to report that I have decided on a course of action which is giving me motivation and direction.
I have decided to update my external CV and send it off to agencies and see what work is on offer. I realise it's not the best time to look, but I'm not planning on moving straight away. I just want to put some feelers out and if there is something that catches my eye I will persue it and see where it leads me.
This I will do whilst working from home *ahem* at kissycat1000's tomorrow along with the Sun Solaris sysadmin course and exam, so I can get myself up to speed for the exam and become fully certified (no, not for the mental assylum. That happened long ago).
Since making that decision I have been able to actually do some productive work and fix problems I had been having - a great feeling :).
Unfortunately there was one other thing that pissed me off this morning - the bike was being a bitch. It died so badly when I tried to pull away that I ended up dropping it (read: overbalancing and ending up lying the bike down gently before picking it back up). It died a few more times as I was riding along and leaked petrol when I filled it up at the station (note to self: only fill up when ALREADY on the side stand...).
I called the garage to mention the problems and they assured me that it would be fixed by the carb strip at the weekend. I hope they're right or at least willing to do whatever it takes to fix it or they'll be hearing a side of me not many people do...