June 8th, 2014


Hermitage is looking very attractive right now

My parents departed this morning after a hectic last week with us. We had people over for supper on Monday night. I flew to Madrid on Tuesday, attended a two-day meeting wherein the work bled over into the supposed down time, and flew back again on Thursday night. We had more people over for supper on Friday night, and then a third set of people over for Saturday lunch and tea. I would happily spend the next three weeks with a duvet over my head not seeing anyone, as that week consumed the social energy I normally expend over three months. Sadly that's not going to happen.

On the plus side, our new, kingsize bed is arriving tomorrow. We have been sleeping on the bloke's (terrible, ancient Ikea) bed (which he bought in the first year of his PhD) since we moved in together. Last week I decided I'd had enough of the squashy mattress, so we went to Middle-Class Retail Mecca (aka John Lewis) and bought a bed. Additionally, I decided to give up on the wrestling match I've been wrangling with my internal Frugality Monitors (aka the spirits of my dead grandparents) and hired some cleaners. They pay their first visit this Wednesday to do a spring clean and take care of the horrors in the corners that we keep saying we're going to get around to and never do.

My apologies for poor management of the Dreamwidth points giveaway; I'm extending the deadline to next Friday (13 June) as a result. To the person who nominated "Myself": Please could you reply again with your username, as the poll results are anonymised and I don't know who you are?

By the way, I got my comeuppance with regard to last Friday's Unscientific Poll. I ended up having to give the presentation and no one got the Spaceballs joke.

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