Friday, October 12, 2007

Tired meets Godzilla

Parents and their travelling companions, friends of twenty-seven years' standing, arrived yesterday. After tea with Sis, I settled the friends in to their hotel (only the finest will do!) and walked home. Spent today catching up on news and having a portrait photo made with Sis; soon dinner.

Sentences you wish you hadn't heard, part 37: "Mom, the cat just walked across the pie." True, alas; photos will be posted on Flickr when I get home. We covered over the footprints with whipped cream and ate it anyway.

But young Conan is adored and indulged nonetheless, to the extent that one finds oneself whispering because he's asleep on a nearby chair. There is a certain quantity of sibling rivalry between the dog, who was here first, and him; but on the whole they get on well. They play together, i.e. fight without drawing blood; despite the difference in size and weight it's nearly an even battle.

I've been considering my speech for a week, and shall now have to settle down and write the damned thing. It'll be short and bittersweet and hopefully win approval on both counts. We shall see.

Reading "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and enjoying it greatly. No spoilers about the new one please, it will be arriving with Niece tomorrow evening for me to read on Sunday.

In other news I love being here. I love the flat, empty landscape and the enormous so-pale-it's-nearly-white sky. I love speaking English. I love the small houses and colourful trees and quiet streets. I am considering the possibility of moving back to Canada.

In other, other news an amusing cartoon from xkcd which will appeal to SQL-geek moms everywhere.

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Blogger Rob said...

Heh: linked to the same xkcd cartoon myself.

Silly question: if you're reading Harry P and the OOTP and are about to get the new one, are you planning to read Harry P and the HBP in between or are you just re-reading out of sequence?

You've probably seen this, but your readers may not have. Enjoy.

October 13, 2007 at 1:52:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Anonymous antonia said...

i love also flat landscape - and you made me laugh with the sentences you wish you hadn't heard. Glad you;re enjoying your time.

October 13, 2007 at 2:55:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Anonymous antonia said...

you know udge, with flat landscape, there is no fuss on the scenery, i always appreciate that.

October 13, 2007 at 3:02:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Pacian said...

SQL injection has always sounded really cool to me, like something from a cold war spy movie. You can understand how Hollywood always represents hacking as all pixellated whooshing and exploding and slow-motion Keanu.

October 14, 2007 at 9:52:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Geosomin said... pie.

I'm glad it all went so well. Try and catch a sunrise on the great flat horizon before you head back. They've been quite beautiful as of's a great thing about running here in the mornings.

October 15, 2007 at 4:21:00 p.m. GMT+2  

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