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The Week I’ve Had (5 Dec 2010)

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Good ways to start the week do not include getting a paper cut on your tongue! That’ll teach me to buy cheap ass envelopes instead of those ones that self seal.

Except it probably won’t.

On the bright side, the envelope licking was the result of throwing together a new home card for my cousin and her husband as I rushed out the door on Monday morning, which made me feel nicely productive.

The weather hadn’t improved any since last week, so we all ended up getting sent home about three o’clock on Monday. This was welcome news as we were getting quite distressed watching the poor starlings (? I think? It was hard to tell in the snow!) flying about, trying to find somewhere warm to roost.

Tuesday was the last day of Movember; Steve’s quite pleased with his ‘tache so is planning to keep if for a little while. We took a commemorative picture anyway.

Never one to leave myself out when pictures are being taken, I demanded Steve take a snap of me, too.

On Wednesday, one of my all time favourite bands was playing in town: The Wedding Present. Some friends and I spent a fretful day tracking their progress across a snowbound Scotland online, but they were determined and no mere Forth Road Bridge closures could keep them from the show! Hurrah!

Support was from Ringo Deathstarr (right) who were new to all of us and awesome – a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

Here’s my friend Roddy, dressed for the snow in his Sonic Youth hat. So him.

And here’s The Wedding Present frontman David Gedge growling his way through Brassneck.  My friend Sue got her photo taken with him and couldn’t stop grinning!

In a fit of window-fitting-optimism, I took these pictures mid-week to remind me of why exactly I am spending/did spend So.Much.Money having the single glazing replaced. The view from out flat is lovely but completely blocked by condensation when it’s cold outside, and the windows which were in the flat when I bought it had almost rotted away on the outside. The replacements had to be wood-framed, slim-glazed sash and case (it’s a listed building) and cost an absolute fortune, but I’m hoping they’ll be worth every room-warming, view-enhancing penny!

Friday night was my staff Christmas do. Wine etc.

I had a fantastic Saturday, but that gets a post all to itself.

And today… there are an awful lot of windowfitters in the flat, making an awful lot of noise and carrying odd bits of rotten wood out the door… Ooh!

The Week I’ve Had (28 Nov 2010)

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Mother Nature does not take orders from asphalt.

Wednesday saw the first real snow of the winter. Lovely to look at, not so great to walk in… and ever so slightly alarming when you’re due to have new windows fitted in a matter of days. Scaffolding? Hazardous when icy? Are you sure…?

To distract myself from the bad weather, I started reading The Worst Date Ever by Jane Bussmann. It sounded like chick-lit but bore a recommendation from Jon Snow of all people (non-UK readers: he’s a silver fox newsreader with a fondness for lurid ties). He was not wrong! This is the first book in a long time that I haven’t felt the need to put down every other chapter so I could check whether anything more entertaining was happening on Facebook.

In between reading, I actually went in to work this week. These are some random snaps I took on my way back in on Thursday lunchtime – I think Marischal College (right) looks like a spaceship sticking out of the scaffolding like that, especially now that 500+ years’ worth of grime has been sandblasted off it and it’s back to its original silvery shades.

As for the orange berries, I just liked the vivid colours.

Thursday evening, I parcelled up a load of teabags and a tea cup photo for my partner in the Fancy Tea Swap 2010. I hope she likes them!

Friday was book group at Rhona’s flat (the location of these Starburst-coloured candles). This month we were reading This is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood by Hyok Kang, the true story of a young boy growing up amidst and eventually escaping from poverty and famine in North Korea.

Today – much to my surprise given the gale force winds and thick layer of snow – six cheery window fitters arrived at 7am sharp. Unfortunately, the scaffolder who was supposed to be coming back to fit all the safety nets and handrails he forgot about last week (being beheaded by runaway roof slates could ruin somebody’s Christmas, apparently) did not show up, so at half past eight the cheery window fitters went away again and I was left with my condensation-soaked single glazing and rotten windowframes. *sigh*

Creepy Faces in Windows

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