Still alive

Dec. 7th, 2007 10:02 am
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Currently having my lap used as a pillow. Have a new laptop and it runs linux (which means I get to use the shiny aggregate and substrate screensavers.

Am happy.

Still alive

Dec. 7th, 2007 10:02 am
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Currently having my lap used as a pillow. Have a new laptop and it runs linux (which means I get to use the shiny aggregate and substrate screensavers.

Am happy.

I am home

Dec. 4th, 2007 10:44 am
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Home. Sounds wonderful. Of course it's not yet really home, but it will be.

Getting here took some doing and a lot of travel. We left Nieuw Scheemda at 9 AM and made our way south. We passed through Belgium and France and saw quite a few service stations on the way. We ended up going to the Dunkirk ferry by way of Calais, as we'd wanted to visit a hypermarket to pass the time. Unfortunately we didn't find one, so we doubled back to Dunkirk.

Arrived nearly two hours before the ferry was due to depart and waited. However, we ended up on the ferry that was supposed to have left at 16:30 but was delayed by nearly 90 minutes.

The crossing was wobbly. It was interesting walking around, but I had fun. I would have loved to spend the crossing on the smoking deck, and had I been alone I would've. It was not cold at all. (Of course, this was because of the ferry heading straight into the wind, so the aft deck was shielded by the rest of the ferry.

We arrived in Dover around 19:00 and we made our way to London where we were going to drop off Ruthi at home, spend the night and then make our way up north the next morning. Spent some time talking when we arrived and then crashed.

We said goodbye to Ruthi and her plus-one and made our way up north. The satnav decided we really needed to see certain bits of London. Pol then told me we were going to Oxford to meet up with Arwen and Simon for lunch. This was a lovely surprise and I enjoyed seeing them both. I thought I wasn't going to see her again for a few months, so I was very glad to be mistaken. :)

After lunch, we still had to make our way up to Manchester. This was not as easy as we'd hoped as there was traffic and rain and more traffic and more rain. Also, Pol's cold was knocking him quite hard and the last few hours were far from fun (plus we were both worried about Supermouse's stomach bug) and as we got closer we got more and more sarcastic towards other drivers and the roads. Very cathartic that.

Arrived here around 18:00 with tea waiting for us. Drank tea, unpacked the car, hugged Pol goodbye before sending him off home (another 90 minutes drive. Poor him.). Food was consumed, Futurama was watched and I went to sleep around 22:00. Aaand promptly woke up at six, so I'm going to bed at a sensible time tonight.
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Five days off!

Driving home from work took nearly an hour, whereas it usually takes about 30 minutes. It was half past four and the roads were packed. People have no damn clue on how to bloody drive during a traffic jam. Came home and took the dog for a long walk. I lost her halfway through because she spotted a hare and tried to catch it, of course. I knew she wouldn't be able to catch it, and there was no way she was coming back to me until she'd tired herself out. I therefore decided to walk back home and wait for her there, as it'd started raining about halfway through the walk.

As soon as she saw me heading back down the path, madam decided the hare was not that interesting and followed me home. I took the shortcut, she took the long way 'round. By the time I entered the front door, she was standing at the back gate whining to be let in. She's now in her basket, completely zonked out and snoring.

I then had roast chicken for dinner (unfortunately no roast potatoes, due to excessive charcoaling) and home-made chocolate pudding for dessert. I'm now relaxing with a silly pod-book calledNina Kimberly the Merciless. I highly recommend it. It's a fun fantasy novel whose main protagonist is a barbarian princess. She didn't have many friends in the palace as a child because they didn't like her taking over the doll house through bloody conquest. Reasonably pointing out that her barbarian doll had no reason to put the other (civilian) dolls to the sword if they'd just surrender to it didn't really cut it.

All in all, a good day.

*hums happily*
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Five days off!

Driving home from work took nearly an hour, whereas it usually takes about 30 minutes. It was half past four and the roads were packed. People have no damn clue on how to bloody drive during a traffic jam. Came home and took the dog for a long walk. I lost her halfway through because she spotted a hare and tried to catch it, of course. I knew she wouldn't be able to catch it, and there was no way she was coming back to me until she'd tired herself out. I therefore decided to walk back home and wait for her there, as it'd started raining about halfway through the walk.

As soon as she saw me heading back down the path, madam decided the hare was not that interesting and followed me home. I took the shortcut, she took the long way 'round. By the time I entered the front door, she was standing at the back gate whining to be let in. She's now in her basket, completely zonked out and snoring.

I then had roast chicken for dinner (unfortunately no roast potatoes, due to excessive charcoaling) and home-made chocolate pudding for dessert. I'm now relaxing with a silly pod-book calledNina Kimberly the Merciless. I highly recommend it. It's a fun fantasy novel whose main protagonist is a barbarian princess. She didn't have many friends in the palace as a child because they didn't like her taking over the doll house through bloody conquest. Reasonably pointing out that her barbarian doll had no reason to put the other (civilian) dolls to the sword if they'd just surrender to it didn't really cut it.

All in all, a good day.

*hums happily*

Today

Apr. 15th, 2007 12:05 am
sessifet: (Amusement)
A simply glorious day. Lots of sunshine and warmth. I was sorry to have to go to work, because it would have been nice to sit outside in the sun and try to get a bit of a tan. Not that I'd've been successful, as I'm as pale as a very pale thing and it takes me days of sunshine to get from "lights up a dark room" to "I blind people when light hits me".

Still, it was a lovely day. I went to work around noon and spent about half an hour lazing on the balcony at work before I had to start. One nifty thing about working Saturdays is that no one's there. This meant I could sit in my favourite spot (a flat roof connected to the balcony). There's something lovely and calming about being able to just sit and let the sunshine wash over you. A few co-workers joined me and, for once, there was no talking. Just lounging and enjoying the wonderful weather.

During my lunch break (or dinner break, really), I decided not to go to the balcony, but to go sit outside on the grass next to the pond in front of the building. I must have made people who were passing wonder (there's a large hospital opposite where I work), since I was sitting at the edge of the pond with no shoes on, and my feet in the water. I spent nearly all of my lunch break outside, just lounging on the grass with my feet in the water and feeding the coots and ducks.

I love spring. I especially love it when it's like this. It's warm and glorious and not at all stuffy and hot like it would be in summer. I love feeling the spring breeze on my skin, and sticking my feet into spring-cool water. I love walking around barefoot and smell the flowers and trees, and to practically see the new leaves and flowers growing. Not to mention grass; there's something truly special about the feel and scent of young grass.

Days like this make me want to find the nearest tree, climb it and then spend the rest of the day just watching the world go by. Or to find a lovely field of grass and lounge around on a blanket all day watching the sky.

Days like this make me want to sing and dance until I can't breathe and my heart feels like it's about to burst.

Days like this make me happy.

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