Today I went to work with headphones and a pile of CDs, and have got through the day better as a result, though my ears hurt, and my neck is stiff. And I did get shown the Powerpoint manuals, despite grunting rudely when asked if I wanted to see them. I also had to help with her choice of in-trays and pencils, sympathise with the tattiness of her filing cabinet, explain to her the policies on tea and coffee and post-it notes, and help her with the basics of web browsing (how to type a web address, use a search engine, favourites, etc.). All of which took far longer than you might expect. Also, except for The Boards of Canada, all the music is too distracting to work to, and even then it occasionally freaks me out, having music right inside my head like that. I guess this music thing needs practice.
*Guru of UK-based women's comics. Can't believe I didn't manage to find a picture of her online.