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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Within 24 hours of their arrival, my parents have managed to weed the front garden, remove all the dead triffids (giant thistles) and fix the latch on the front gate.

This makes me even more glad we got the spare room fixed before they got here, otherwise I probably would have come home to find them covered in plaster and trying to decipher the accent of a local electrician they got in to fix the wiring.

Speaking of electricians, we had one come in last Saturday morning to add an additional power outlet to the room. He was a taciturn, efficient sort of fellow. We heard a rustling noise in the kitchen where he was working on the fuse box, but decided to leave him alone. A few moments later, he popped his head into the living room, a curiously lively expression on his face.

"Your cat," he said slowly. "He's brought a pigeon in. It's...large. I think it's still alive. He's sort of...in the way. Would you mind, er, moving him?"

Unfurnished










Scrub that floor. I said SCRUB IT.


Furnished






The sacrificial toe




Note that we have two single beds in the room so that they can be pulled apart to accommodate multiple guests who are not a couple. I think this is a cunning plan.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2010-09-09 21:52 (UTC)
it is a very cunning plan. :) much better and more flexible and hospitable than our spare room. our spare room, which will be occupied tomorrow night. eek.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-11 13:20 (UTC)
I hope it's not too stressful a situation and that you're enjoying their company.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2010-09-14 18:15 (UTC)
thank you. :) we got everything done, so. :)

i noticed from an earlier entry that you recently visited the land of my birth, Wolverhampton. what brought you to that fair poor city?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-16 07:06 (UTC)
Oh! I was only in Wolverhampton for about three hours, sadly, so I didn't really see it properly. I went there to do an outreach talk on Cassini at a library.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2010-09-18 09:41 (UTC)
it's really not doing well nowadays, alas, but. it still has many pleasant aspects. :) was it the really rather impressive Central Library to which you went?
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-09-09 23:01 (UTC)
Aren't parents wonderful? Have a great visit!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-11 13:16 (UTC)
They keep doing the dishes, too. Bless. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-09-10 00:07 (UTC)
I liked seeing through the window to get a glimpse of what the neighborhood looks like!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-11 13:16 (UTC)
It's mostly residential. We have some nice green spaces very nearby - allotments behind us, a park over the road and a common just down the street. :)
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-09-10 01:06 (UTC)
...otherwise I probably would have come home to find them covered in plaster and trying to decipher the accent of a local electrician they got in to fix the wiring.

This made me guffaw, possibly because I can see my parents doing some rough equivalent.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-11 13:18 (UTC)
The challenge with such parents is to try not to abuse their work ethic!
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-09-10 23:14 (UTC)
<3 Kittens will bring you the strangest gifts. I had a kitten who loved mice, she would end up killing them (unintentionally) then try to revive them with her paws.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-11 13:19 (UTC)
Yes, they do get awfully disappointed when their playthings die. After a few dispirited jabs, they settle down to scrunch them up, but it always seems to be a denouement to the whole affair for them.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-09-16 20:59 (UTC)
I did the two-singles are a double thing with my bed. I bought one of those foam mattress cover things to go over the two singles, which helped smooth out the bed-divot, and then put a double mattress cover over it.

I am a Martha Stewart wannabe.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-17 17:07 (UTC)
Ooh, a foam mattress cover, clever. Must obtain one.
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