Oct. 31st, 2014 12:38 pm
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I'm really bad at going to bed at a sensible time. I tell myself that I need to be in bed by 11.30, and with the lights out and trying to sleep by midnight, but as that time rolls around there's always an urgent need to play just one more level of my game, or read just one more chapter of my book. Last night was particularly bad, and I didn't make it to bed until nearly five, which when I'm getting up at sevenish is not something my body can cope with now I'm no longer quite so young as I once was. Usually it's better than that, but one-thirty or two is not uncommon, and I'm starting to resent being tired all the time.

Anyone else struggle with this, and if so, any suggestions more useful than "apply more willpower"?

Yuletide assignment :-)

Oct. 30th, 2014 05:18 pm
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I've got an assignment and I'm all happy about it.  (Need to reread canon though to do the prompts justice)

Oh great, the clocks changed again

Oct. 26th, 2014 08:03 am
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It's time for my semiannual reminder that I hate the stupid changing-the-clocks ritual.  The change forward in the spring doesn't hit me as hard, just reminds me of this tedious twice-yearly waste of time.

My daily commute is roughly 08:30-9:00 in the morning and 17:00-18:00 in the evening.  Yes, it is twice as long in the evening, because of picking up from childcare, whereas darling child is able to walk himself to school, most of the time (and when he doesn't, school is closer than after-school childcare).  At this latitude it's basically always light when I go out in the morning (if not when I actually wake up), but not in the evening.

The last few weeks, the evening has been creeping in. Not quite dark before we get home, but getting there, closer and closer. I don't like it, but I adjust, day by day.  Tomorrow, because of the time change, it will suddenly be dark when I leave work, with no chance to adjust, and that's what hits me the hardest.

It took me a few years to realise that's what I hated most about the clocks going back.  Not the commute in the dark itself, though it's not great, but the sudden jump.

Summertime is such a clumsy way of attempting to "make the most" of daylight, as though everyone worked on the same schedule throughout the country.  Although every time we talk about changing it, all the exceptions who would be badly affected speak up. Why not keep one timezone all year round, and adapt locally, or in specific activities, to the seasons if we need to?  More complicated.  But probably more useful.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:19 am
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Bah. I have managed to mislay the DVLA-emitted "your photocard is about to expire" form on which I'd ticked the "do not renew" box, and the only downloadable licence-surrender form is the one for medical non-renewal.

A better end to the day

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:32 pm
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Charles wasn't thrilled to see me when I picked him up today, but we got home, and we avoided the temptation of shopping while cross with each other, and then he helped me put the bins out.

Then we got food-for-children on the go, and I had some consolatory chocolate ovaltine, and Jonny helped me wrangle children while Tony made delicious filling beans+bacon with truly luxurious amounts of butter and garlic. Charles talked to me some more about Christmas cards, but this time when he wasn't hungry, and we came to mutual understanding and agreement, and there were lots of hugs.

Tony and I had beans and bacon, and a mutual-support-and-venting conversation, and Charles has been reading upstairs, and Nicholas is being affectionate and chatty, and in general the world is a much better place than it was 12 hours ago.

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Oct. 21st, 2014 02:37 pm
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Things I hate:

Receiving, as the response to a query-for-information e-mailed to a public service entity's advertised e-mail address for such queries, "telephone me during such and such hours". Seriously; if I was any good at coping with telephones, I would have made my query by telephone in the first place.

Oh parenting

Oct. 21st, 2014 09:21 am
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By 8am this morning I had already:tales of success and woe )

Why is there never any chocolate left?

Quidditch in the park

Oct. 20th, 2014 12:07 pm
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Yesterday I walked into town with Nicholas to get him new shoes and do other errands.  He asked to walk when we crossed Jesus Green, and as we were making our slow erratic way across the park he gestured and asked about the people playing some kind of ball game enthusiastically to our right.  I glanced over properly (most of my focus being on him up until that point), and took in the three goals at each end, and the sticks between players' legs, and the pattern of play.

"Yes darling," I said.  "They're playing Quidditch."

I'm not sure I'm happier that there were people playing Quidditch in the park on a Sunday lunchtime, or that I could recognise it in a glance.

Nico has not been paying sufficient attention to Harry Potter to care about such things. Charles might have done, if he'd been with me.  We haven't got much further through the books because he is focused on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequels.  I'd rather be reading Harry Potter but so long as there is reading at all, I am not complaining.   Too easy to kill his enthusiasm.


Oct. 19th, 2014 11:59 am
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We have two shoe racks to give away:

They have been claimed and have left the garage!

Little improvements

Oct. 19th, 2014 11:50 am
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Last weekend when I was migrainey, I spent a bit of time thinking and ordering stuff to improve our hallway and kitchen.  The stuff arrived during the week, and I spent much of yesterday sorting it out and installing it, variously assisted by children and spouse.

In probably tedious detail if you aren't me )

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Oct. 18th, 2014 09:41 pm
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Mmmm. There are few moments in metal quite so awesome as the ninth minute of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

(The tenth minute is pretty good, but lacks the sheer goosebump value of the ninth.)

This post brought to you by listening to "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath and thinking "this is like listening to slower fuzzier not-as-good Iron Maiden" so I put on actual Iron Maiden instead.


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