Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ahhh, cheese

Great day. Great weekend. Great visit with Zoe all week, in fact. Highlights of weekend:

-Motown karaoke with a five piece band (well, we watched). Getting back from London on the Oxford Tube at 6am. Making breakfast, then going to bed.

-Lunch in the sun on the grass by the river in the Botanic Gardens (whew! prepositions galore)

-Lots and lots of catching up with Zoe


-8am. Yummy omelettes with Zoe. Tea.
-8.30am. Walk over the river to Will's house. Mist rising, ducks swimming, silly rowers rowing.
-9am. Will's house. Get in the Peug.
-9.40am. Try to stop at Halfords. Not open yet. Employees...drinking...outside.
-10-12.53. Car Talk. Rest stops. Amazing bridges. Wales. Cardiff!!!
-1pm. Planning meeting. Decide cider is a must. Enter cheese line.
-1.20-2pm. EAT CHEESE. ALL KINDS. Favorite: Blacksticks Blue
-2.10pm. Eat amazing chickpea burger. Lay on grass in sun. Amazing.
-2.30pm. CHEESE MASTERCLASS. Sample more cheese. Get loads for home. FREE.
-4.00pm. Buy cheese. Watch cheese tossing contest. Lay on grass.
-5-8pm. Drive home. Play Cheddar Gorge with cheese theme in car.
-Rest of night. Eat soup. Snuggle. Contented cheese exhaustion.

Friday, September 25, 2009


According to WW's horoscopes, I "currently have a certain resemblence to a vacuum cleaner or a hungry baby or a mini black hole." Woohoo.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Things About Which I Am Very Excited

ZOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOMORROW!!!! (one of my closest friends is moving to London, which means we will at long last live in the same country)

Kids who don't know how hair changes colour (3 year olds who say, "how did you DO that?")
My sister, who is going to work on a farm project in Chile
The bottle of champagne that may get opened to welcome Zoe tomorrow
Nina Simone (constantly recently)
Chili chocolate from Hotel Chocolat
The doily garland/pennant thing that is now hanging in my room
Last but not new hair. Well, I am still deciding whether it really excites me, but it definitely does something. The pic makes me look slightly scary, but Dean's been working too hard to take any more and I'm not so hot in the self portrait department.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


So. I am, once again, writing grad school application statements. For another Master's. People look at me skeptically when I say that. And it's amazing how much you forget about school apps in one year off... And I have to write about how my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE is one big happy ball of diversity. Pretty much, anyhow. When all I really want to write about is how much I love library work. I know I can make them come together, but while I (pretend to) think about it, I'm doing things like making the above card and downloading the 500 Days of Summer playlist onto my Spotify. And drinking tea out of my new teapot (yay!). And anticipating reading Miss Hargreaves, thanks to Simon of Stuck In a Book!

PS. My hair is now red. Dark red. Will post a picture later, since Dean has promised to take some nice ones.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happy Smile!

I love libraries.

image from Lis News

Monday, September 7, 2009

This Makes me SO MAD

Argh. Seriously. I was shaking with disbelief after watching this. I am not trying to offend anyone, but I simply cannot believe that at some point it stopped being ok for our President to encourage children to work at school and have a little awe of the work of our politicians. And how can they possibly claim that this is the first time a president has ever addressed schoolchildren? I'm hesitant to have even embedded it here, but....splutter...argh...grrrrrrrr:

But then I did laugh after reading the Guardian's take on it here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009