Oh, I am rubbish at updating, n'est-ce pas? Anyway, here are some numbers for your edification.
1. As lsugaralmond
has pointed out, our nerdy commitment to pub quiz totally paid off last night when we were presented with a case of Taittinger champagne for winning the quiz league. This has essentially offset our quiz entry costs, so hurrah! We are ace and we have much champagne which is exciting. And we are planning a braniac quiz night which will be even more ace. We might even let you have some of our champagne.
Top quote of the night goes to Lizzie's other half, with the line: "See, David? Who said getting an education wouldn't get us anywhere? It was totally worth it. Look at us. We've got fit birds and champagne."
2. We had a lovely time on our first-anniversary trip to Barcelona, though I wasn't quite so taken with Barcelona as some people seem to be. It's a perfectly nice city, and the weather was perfect, which absolutely made the time away for me. The food was good, the Gaudi stuff was very interesting, and it's a great city to walk around. But I found Barcelona a bit unremittingly tourist-oriented for my tastes. I just didn't get what all the overwhelming fuss was about, you know?
3. We went to see WALL-E
on Sunday. It is my favourite film of the year. I think it may be one of the more beautiful films I've ever seen, in every sense of the word. I will not go on at length out of respect for those of you who haven't seen it, but yes -- I cried.
3. My mother is coming to visit in November (yes, again -- she approaches international travel as others approach childbirth. Each time she says "I can never face that flight again". Then the memory fades, and she finds herself booking another flight). We are going to get on the train and go from London to Switzerland then on to Italy, for two or three weeks. At this point it looks like we'll be stopping in Montreux, Bern, Venice, Florence and Rome -- three nights in most places. Mum's never been to any of those places, and I'm quite keen to revisit the Italian ones. I've never been to Switzerland at all, which seems odd. So: I am 30 years old, and I am going Interrailing with my mum. And we are going to spend her 55th birthday in Venice -- which, considering that's where I spent by best friend's 30th, seems fitting.
4. We had a fabulous French street market on the next street last weekend. It was great -- crêpes and galettes and saucisson and cheeeeese. Sunday dinner involved a sausage, four different kinds of cheese, bread, crackers and wine. Completely brilliant.
5. I am all cookingish at the moment and am having to restrain myself from going down to John Lewis and filling my arms with all the saucepans, grill pans, and specialty cookware my arms can carry, if for no other reason than we cannot fit one more object into the flat.
6. Speaking of the flat, there is still one lone box on the floor. Five months after we moved in. I do not know how long before I simply throw it out the window. (This is separate from the two boxes on the table in the bedroom that are covered by a tablecloth and on which the TV perches at an increasingly Pisaesque angle, the four boxes artfully hidden by cushions between the side of the sofa and the wall, the eight boxes on top of the wardrobe, the two boxes that are increasingly being moved into big Muji drawers beside the desk, and all the boxes of books under the bed, in the boiler cupboard, and in the corner between the bed and the bookcase. It should be pointed out that none
of these boxes contain anything that belongs to me. The word 'box' now makes me flinch.)
7. I still hate my job. It is rubbish. One year, seven months and one day.
8. I have taken up knitting again. I have managed a lacy shawl for myself which has many creative mistakes to individualise the pattern, and I'm nearly finished a very nice scarf for David which is very simple and in moss stitch.
Goodness, my life is really quite dull, isn't it? Apart from champagne, obv.