May 25th, 2010


Eyes and Drains and Books and Films! Oh My!

Did we just have summer? Can't it come back?? The weather was glorious here this weekend - blazing sunshine, not a cloud in the sky - from Friday through Monday. And today it's a bit grey and quite a lot cooler. Mind you, I'm still sat here in shorts but I suspect once I air out the house the temp in here will drop too.

So a lot of time in the garden over the weekend and I appear to have successfully managed a light tan :) Most of that time was spent reading - 2 or 3 more chapters of "The Mind of Egypt", I'm up to the end of the Third Intermediate period (the book is organised in chronological order). And also read "Dies the Fire" by S. M. Stirling (book 9), which I bought months ago with a bit of book token I'd got spare, but then didn't get round to reading coz I should've been reading the improving book ;) Basic premise is post-apocalypse - in this case the apocalypse is something (unknown) that stops electricity and explosives working, some sort of change in the physical laws of the universe. I love post-apocalypse fiction, reading about how people piece together some sort of society after it all goes so horribly wrong. And in this case there's a different set of problems than in a post-war or post-eco-catastrophe scenario - you can still grow food you "just" have to plow the fields by hand, and the spring planting from pre-Change is there to be harvested "just" you have to do it by hand. It's set in Oregon & Idaho - I think anyway, my US geography is crap and to be honest the names of places are just names to me ;) But anyway - not on the densely populated coasts, not in the cities, which lets him tell a story about people coming together despite the odds and starting to make a new life. Rather than the more brutal, nihilistic story that is happening off-screen in the big cities. It's the first of a trilogy, I think, so obviously I need to get the others now :)

The cat's eye is better now, so he was able to go out himself and enjoy the sun & warmth. Unfortunately for the cat and irritatingly for us, his eye wasn't totally better on Friday morning so he had to go into the vet. But by the time he got there he was better. We'd even spoken to the vet on the phone that morning and she thought he should come in just in case, but it turned into a bit of a waste of time. Right thing to do, just irritating for us. And it's not like the cat enjoys a vet visit ;)

In other news the outside drain the kitchen sink drains into had finally got totally blocked on Sunday evening. J tried to get rid of the stuff that was blocking it (it made me feel sick to even contemplate getting my hands anywhere near it). But even after taking out several handfulls of solid white stuff (presumably a fat/limescale mix that had gone cement-like) and clearing the vertical bit of the drain it was still not draining out. We could've carried on trying to clear it I guess, but it was frankly repulsive and no guarantee it was all in arm's reach anyway, so we called out professional drain cleaners. Who came out yesterday and cleared it out and also cleaned the sink pipe too as a bonus, for less than they'd quoted me as the "fixed" price on the phone :) I'm torn between thinking it was a lot of money for something we maybe should've been able to do ourselves ... and thinking that it's a disgusting job and we shoulda just called them out first rather than do any of it ourselves ;)

And finished off yesterday evening by watching "The Life of Brian". I was a bit ambivalent - there were a lot of funny bits, but I felt some jokes out-stayed their welcome and there was too much set up for others (so you'd laughed at the joke before it arrived). Still it was funny, I probably prefer (my memories of) the Pythons' sketches - which doesn't entirely surprise me, on a general level I prefer watching comedy that is sketches or stand-up, not narrative. Odd to see some of the bits I knew of already, but in actual context - "He's not the Messiah! He's a very naughty boy!" or "I'm Brian and so's my wife!". And I had "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" going round my head afterwards (until a conversation this morning replaced it with The Cure).