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I've been awake since 4am and actually up since 5:30am. I'd have liked a lot more sleep (and less migraine), but it is nice to shower and dress, have breakfast, sit around catching up on DW/LJ and then still have it be only just past 7am.

The weather is cold and grey. I'm fine with this, since I am going shopping with my Mum and we don't need nice weather for that. Also, I can get home and have hot chocolate.
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Pol came back at about elevenish and went straight to bed without saying goodnight. Random lent me her phone charger. I asked if she had a nice dinner. She said in the end she hadn't eaten anything because she'd had toast while she was waiting for Pol to bring me back.

I made Pol a coffee in the morning, but he was having a fasting blood sugar, so it was wasted. Still, he sat and chatted with me a while, mostly about the Steam games he bought me. I am trying to download them while I am here, but the emails went missing and without the emails Steam isn't forthcoming on past gifts.

Spice and Hatter were bouncing on me all night long, so I didn't sleep very well. I have fed them and emptied the cat tray. I am also cleaning up the conservatory, which is full of rubbish from where the rats all used to be, and gathering my art stuff so I can do art. I've just stopped for a meal break. It's Tescos Value Cottage Pie - I feel quite brave for eating it.

Pol said he wouldn't be back tonight as he's out to a prearranged social event. I wish I was going - it would be nice to see people while I am here and I've switched to a later sleeping pattern to fit in with Pol and Random, so being up late isn't a problem. Still, there's Mary and Tim's wedding on Saturday! After which I am going straight home, which apparently spoils Random's trip to Coventry, as I was expected to look after the cats. They thought I was leaving on Sunday, but I decided to go straight home rather than get a train on Sunday for a journey I already don't like very much. Random has really had a lot of inconvenience from me this trip up, though she's being nice about it. Pol won't be able to look after the cats, because he's off to a different wedding with Kira. He leaves Friday evening, so I think from what he's said that tomorrow morning is the only time I will see him, before he goes to work and then to pick up Kira, and then to the wedding.

It's bright and sunny out today. The fruit trees look good where Pol planted them.

Anyway, I'd better go and eat, and then actually do something instead of moping around online.
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The forecast weather has arrived: 8 degrees Celsius and lots of rain first thing. The rain arrived last night, and by midday, all the ice was gone. It's now safe to roam around again. I let myself run out of milk, gambling on safer footing today and it's paid off.

Pol keeps describing to me various social things he's doing. It all sounds very good. I'm glad, also, that his new job is apparently not awful. I hope to see him at some point soon, depending on the weather and so on.

I started getting bored and restless on my days off. I don't think it would be wise to go in five days a week, but it does seem I have spare energy left over again. I've rearranged my schedule, cutting back on time spent in conscious relaxation, and adding back in the things I used to study but was too tired to while volunteering was still new to me.

I can't help but wonder how Random is doing. And the cats.

Listen.

Dec. 29th, 2011 12:37 pm
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Stormy, stormy night,
Paint the windows wet and blatt,
Look on bushes bent and flat,
With lights that shade the darkness orange beige.
Angels from the sill
Fly past trees and cause a thrill
I think my wreath is flying still
In circles over flattened flooded land.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
When you forecast this insanity
How you tried to lay this out calmly
I did not listen, I did not did not know how,
I wish I'd listened now.

Stormy, stormy night
In Humber, Thames and German Bight
And gales about the Isle of Wight
With outlook looking worse into the day,
Fair Isle isn't fair
And Rockall looks beyond repair
But don't despair for Finisterre
Fitzroy was found just blown into the bay.

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
When you forecast this insanity
With storm force twelve and no visibility
I did not listen, I did not know how
I'll bloody listen now.
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Love kindled his impetuous desire. )
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Until he found them, locked in love's embrace. )
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Today was great. I woke up in time for Pol to tell me that Livi was coming over with Harvey and, very briefly, Adam. The last time I saw Harvey, he was a dark-haired babe in arms. Now he's a sandy-haired and very taking boy, full of curiosity about the world but amazingly good-mannered for someone who is only very nearly two. He's also a neat eater, within the limits of his dexterity. Human bodies are complicated to operate, and you don't realise how much until you watch a young person trying to use their hands well.

We went to the Swan with Two Nicks for lunch. The food was good - slow braised lamb shank with apricots and roasted garlic for me, chicken stir fry for Livi, Harvey had sausages and chips and some of Livi's crab salad and my side vegetables. He likes crab, which I thought would have been too bitter for a toddler. Livi looked in good form and was great company, talking about crafts and life in general, and Pol has been a sweetheart all weekend, so it was a really nice day out.

Pol's new toy, a radio-controlled helicopter, is a huge draw for just about everyone, apparently.

I got back tired, slept in a draughty room and woke up in agony. Cocodamol did nothing, which made me realise it wasn't actually a migraine, but a one-sided tension headache. While nothing except opiates seem to touch my migraine pain, opiates do nothing whatsoever for muscle pain, which needs anti-inflammatories or, in this case, a nice hot bath which Pol ran for me. So, my day started with company, moved on to lunch and ended with a lovely hot bath which I didn't even have to run.

It's been a nice day.
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I've culled all my dullest snails and kept those with lighter or more rufous markings. I'm now down from several hundred snails to about two dozen. Given the sheer number of eggs I destroyed, I'd have had over a thousand within a fortnight. The rotting plants have been taken out, the living plants put back and the tank water is clear again instead of murky green.

More people in my friendslist are dropping Livejournal and switching to Dreamwidth. I gather livejournal have been doing something even nastier with advertising, while Dreamwidth have just brought out a whole load of new features. I do like the way DW ask 'what do you think?' and take it all on board.

The weather continues sunny. It's very, very odd, at least for the North Wet of England it is. We're getting drought warnings. I like having the windows wide open and listening to birdsong all day. It's especially sweet when Moth's curled up under my right hand and occasionally prodding me in the midriff as a reminder to keep stroking her head. Poor Pol is going to be melting.

This article from last week offers a picture of how racism is affecting people in the British workplace today. To quote: Blatant racism is still far too prevalent in the workplace: more than a fifth still said they had been offended by a racial remark in their place of work. Chinese were the most egregious victims with 35% citing an example, followed by a quarter of Pakistanis.

SNOW!!

Jan. 5th, 2010 03:31 pm
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We've got seven inches of new-fallen snow here. More is falling as I type. I am expecting rain tomorrow, but for now, it's all very pretty.

Oddly enough, the post arrived as usual this morning.

Solstice

Dec. 22nd, 2009 10:02 am
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The solstice was yesterday. I woke up feeling very bleh and not remotely celebratory. I had a duck to roast (actually, two) but not much to go with it and I wasn't sure I could be bothered to go out into the cold and snow to get more.

So Pol took me and Radnom to Bolton Market, where we all picked delicious noms for the next three days or so. Then Pol asked if he should/could invite people over, and I said yes, as long as he was prepared to do the host thing.

After that, I got cooking the duck, pausing now and then to attend to my bonfire-in-a-pot outside. Pol led the solstice service, despite being irreligious, because he'd just been to a celebration and could remember how the toasts worked. I toasted the sun, and Pol toasted the sun, and Random toasted the sun. The pot looked pretty good - a black iron cauldron on a white snowy wall, carrying warm yellow flames into the cold blue dusk, spreading wood smoke and sweet fumes of burnt mead and rosemary.

So I had a big roast duck dinner, with Random, then a buffet with Simon and ChrisC, Random, Pol and ppx. I hadn't met ppx before. She turned out to be lovely, although I think slightly overwhelmed.

I went with Pol to drop ppx off after the evening and defrosted in a hot bath before going to sleep at about 2am. I have woken up hungover but happy.

Thank you, Pol, Random, Simon, ChrisC and ppx for making winter solstice 2009 a special day.
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Slightly dodgy cut text there, equating blackness with evil, but that is what I get for quoting a long poem I don't thoroughly know already.

Keeping accountable (The blackness of my deeds with deeds as black;) )
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I had a vivid dream, in which Neil Gaiman had received bad news about his health but was trying to give his all at a fannish convention despite it. It was heart-rending, really. I sat down to dinner, and, while the steaks looked and apparently tasted good, I'd ordered tarragon chicken with mushroom and apple. It turned up in a pasty white sauce without mushrooms or apple, or any flavour beyond a faint hint of the promised tarragon. It wasn't even decent chicken, but a pressed, shaped lump of catering meat. I'd complain to management but, of course, they don't exist.

Real breakfast was nice. Porridge, with Sessifet's rejected 'milkshake mix' of semi-dried bananas and strawberries and white chocolate buttons melted into the hot oats. Num. After that and a cuppa, I went up the hill again to watch the dawn do its thing. It became unbearably crowded by 6am, though, so I came back down again before the lampposts all went out. I didn't get to see the passerines foraging in the darkness; with the people around, they decided not to risk it. Worms in darkness is apparently a weekend thing.

There's a hurricane allegedly heading towards Scotland and Northern Ireland and Greece is still very much on fire. There's also a long cold front right down our middle and down all the way to Portugal. I had guessed it had been nippy last night, by the number of eight-legged crawling things that were skulking furtively around the house this morning. I don't usually expect to be invaded by arachnoid horrors en masse until September.

I might have to sleep with the light on.

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