December 14th, 2006


A nice week, and a lovely surprise on Wednesday

I've been very lax about writing what I've been up to lately, and seem to have entirely missed out two weekends and I'm nearly at the third. Basically I've not been doing anything very exciting though. Lots of lounging around reading or watching DVDs, a couple of nice meals out with Mike, a nice walk, that sort of thing. So I'll skim over all the stuff I can't really remember and pick up at the weekend just gone.

I spent Saturday morning extremely unseasonally by mowing the lawn. OK so it's needed it for at least a month, but now the tree has finally dropped all its leaves and it was dry and vaguely sunny I had no excuse to put it off any longer. The big green bin was practically full when I finished, of grass clippings, wet leaves, the weeds growing under the neighbour's fence, and most of the sage plant which was trying to take over the universe. Very satisfying. Saturday evening was Richard's rather early birthday party, which was nice. My lovely skirt from Whitby got lots of nice comments, though I kept having to stand up to demonstrate that the back was even better than the front. Vicky was very taken by its bum-framing properties.

On Sunday Mike washed up after the party and I cooked us nice soup (OK, Covent Garden Soup Company), garlic and lemon roast chicken with roast spuds and parsnips, leeks, broccoli and carrots and gravy, and tesco choc brownie cheesecake for pudding. It was rather nice. And a very pleasant meal chatting too. As those of you who read Richard's livejournal have probably gathered by now I've been thinking that I'll probably want to move out and find a place with Mike at some point yesterday, so some of the conversation was about logistics, but it's nice to know Richard isn't too unhappy about the idea. I probably want to wait until March before getting too serious, because my annual increment comes round then and that's also when my student loan will be paid off, so I'll have rather more disposable income.

Monday night I took packet mushroom risotto and made it much nicer by the addition of leftover chicken and gravy and generally had a very quiet night. On Tuesday Mike and I went to see The Holiday at the pictures. Very predicatable and cheesy feel good romantic film that it is I rather enjoyed it. Aww bless. Dinner out afterwards was good, before staying over at Mike's since it's closer - and always very tempting when I have a meeting first thing because I get into work much earlier :-)

Wednesday morning I took a detour to pick up a parcel for Mike from the post office depot on my way into the office, and when I got home on Wednesday night and handed it to Mike he opened it and then handed the contents back to me. And in a pretty bag, in a pretty box with a ribbon, in a smaller pretty shiny hinged box was a lovely lovely white gold ring. Mike had tried to buy me one for our anniversary in November but the lovely one we found in town was not available in my size. This one came from Gerald Online who will do most of their rings in larger sizes to order. It's very very lovely indeed. So we decided it was obviously an excuse to celebrate our anniversary some more and we had a nice (if too greasy) indian takeaway and watched Elizabeth, which isn't exactly the film we'd have chosen for the occasion but is what was currently on loan. It was a really nice evening, and I don't care if we are a bit soppy with it: we're both really really happy.

xmas 2006

Christmas parties

Is your work having a christmas do? Are you looking forward to it or dreading it? Is it free or do you have to pay? Are partners invited?

Mike's christmas party was a proper corporate do, for 25 quid a head with partners invited:

  • Meet in hotel, one free drink (mulled wine) then expensive bar
  • Move to ballroom where there are lots of big tables, 4 or 5 other companies, large meal, drink too much wine (extra)
  • Lights are dimmed and there's a disco at the end of the room

It seemed mad to have a ballroom and then only have a dancefloor the size of a postage stamp, and the music was mostly dreadful (70s disco, ABBA, modern R&B and dance), though kudos to the DJ for playing two Jam tracks back to back. I asked if he could do anything rock and his best suggestion was "Bon Jovi?".

Still, it was fun.

Our lot aren't inviting partners, but the computing group is having a free buffet christmas lunch next Wednesday which is also the leaving do for one of our long-standing colleagues. And by genuine coincidence it seems the departmental support staff Christmas party is that evening, 5 quid a head for an enormous spread of food and an impressive array of drinks and another bad disco. Since that starts at 5 and the lunch will no doubt be quite long I rather suspect the computing group staff aren't going to get much work done that afternoon.

I'm rather looking forward to it.