Normally at the weekend I ring my mum and have a gossip. Or more accurately she usually rings me and reminds me it's my turn to ring her. Of course this week I still have no phone. So instead I wrote them a letter of what I did this week. Might as well post it here.
Our phone's still not working, so I thought I'd drop you a line by email
and tell you all the news this way. As you've probably already spotted
I've already decided to retire the firstname.lastname@example.org address officially.
It just seems silly to carry on trying to use it when sometimes it
doesn't work at all.
Monday was a bit mad: was already planning to be in in the afternoon for
our NTL engineer who was due 12-6, and then since my ankle was still
nasty I had to go to the doctors in the morning too. I did work from
home though, and through until well into the afternoon. In fact I saw
the nurse practitioner and she said it would be OK with just
antihistamines: and in fact it was going down a bit already. She said
there's not much I can do about the snoring without losing weight again
though! And similarly with the indigestion, though she did recommend
something to help deal with it.
Monday night I went out for dinner with Mike, which was moderately
entertaining. There's a bunch of them who've been going to the same
indian restaurant for years, since they were students, and apparently
always been asked how their love life was going. So on hearing Mike had
a girlfriend he was under orders to bring me in for dinner! And they
even gave us a free bottle of wine! The food was really nice anyway.
Best Sag Aloo I remember having.
Had a nice couple of nights in with Richard. Making the effort to spend
a bit less time in front of the computers is nice. We've been watching
a fair bit of telly, and rather enjoyed Cruel Intentions on DVD. Plus
we've borrowed a friend's copy of the first season of Buffy the Vampire
Slayer on DVD. Richard saw almost none of them when they were on the
telly, and hadn't really come across it til last year. We're definitely
enjoying them anyway. Very silly.
And Thursday night I found out PJ Harvey was playing at the Corn
Exchange in time to get tickets, so me and Mike went along (since
Richard was busy). She was really really good. I'm amazed such a tiny
woman can make so much noise! The crowd seemed really odd though, some
of it barely moving or making much noise or anything. And I'd forgotten
the Corn Exchange was as small as that. I think I've got too used to
festival crowds this summer.
[BTW, I wrote up Reading for my journal, you can read it here if you
like: http://www.livejournal.com/users/lnr/344813.html It's a bit long
though, and possibly only interesting if you were there]
Wednesday I think it was I had a meeting at work about increasing hours,
which seemed to go well. Had an appointment with Occupational Health on
Friday afternoon and they gave me the go-ahead - so I'll be on half time
from Monday, working 9:15 to 1pm. Was a bit miffed at the grilling they
gave me though, it really did feel like they were rather accusatory -
really made me feel much less positive about work - which is a bit
ironic really! And the letter I got from Sally (department personnel)
confirming it all rather strongly told me off for not arranging
appointments in the afternoon on Monday.
Was feeling a bit cross really on Friday afternoon. Wasn't helped by
finding that a not very close friend of mine had died on Thursday.
Quite a few of us are feeling rather shaken by it. We all knew he was
depressed, but didn't think it would come to this. Nothing we can do
for him now, but we're all kind of being nice to each other. Richard
and I spent the evening looking after each other though. Curled up and
put GalaxyQuest on the telly, and ate scones with clotted cream that
Becky brought us back from her holidays in Devon.
Not been doing much this weekend. There was an "Emergency Lack of Party
Party" (ELOPP) last night, which was pleasant, if rather geeky. Very
relaxed affair though, especially since neither of us were drinking.
And Richard had his karate grading this morning, doing two grades at
once and passed both of them, so now he's a 7th kyu, which is a green
belt. Very impressive.
Can't think of much more news. Matthew's dad who was very ill a few
weeks back has had a heart bypass operation and is apparently recovering
well from it. Ross and Vicky have finished moving into their new place,
and apparently love it. And Dan and Lucy have started going out, which
is lovely, and I think they really suit each other. No exciting plans
yet for this week, and Richard's parents are visiting next weekend.
Hope you're all well up there, do print this out for Emily!