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brief update from the ether

I just realised how infrequently I've been posting recently. In fact, I suppose I've turned into a mysterious LJ lurker. The shame. It's basically because I always feel a bit iffy posting at work in case someone looms up behind me and realises what I'm doing, but luckily there is hardly anyone in today so it doesn't matter.

So! What have I been doing lately? Well, not much, really, apart from knitting socks, worrying about Ju Ju, laughing with the bold Patsington, and eating cheese. I am kind of experiencing early-winter blues, which will hopefully be aleviated by next week's trip to London and the subsequent few days off work. One thing I have been enjoying is the freedom of cycling. It's just so liberating, being able to head off on my own steam. Seriously, I'm like a New Woman in the 1880s! And oh, how I love not having to wait at the poxy bus stop in the freezing cold after work. Dublin Bus in general and my route home from work in particular is so bloody unreliable that it isn't unusual to have to wait an hour for a bus that's meant to come every 15 minutes, and now, although it takes me about 25 minutes to cycle home, most days the bus never passes me en route, which of course means that if I wasn't on my bike, I'd still be back at the bus stop. Hurrah for being free of Dublin Bus's whims!

Alas, I live so far out in the burbs that it's really too far to cycle into town, but I have made other trips apart from my daily work cycles. The last two Sundays, I made the daring trek to Dun Laoghaire (oooh, three whole miles!) to the farmer's market. The first week, I was intending to buy a 5 litre refill bag for my organic juice box (yes, yes, I am a bourgeoise liberal cliché), which Patsington and I had purchased a few weeks before, but I had forgotten quite how heavy 5 litres of apple juice is. And also, when it is in a plastic bag, how wobbly and gloopy. It fell off my bike's "backer" as soon as I left the People's Park where the market takes place, and it me took about 15 minutes to tie it back on again (it was far too heavy to go in the front basket, I wouldn't have been able to steer) and I spent the entire journey home cycling very slowly and carefully in case it fell off once more. But it didn't. And last week I cycled there and returned in triumph with a basket filled with delicious French bread, fresh cheese, organic sausages and aubergines, feeling very, very smug.

Hurrah, it's half five! I plan to spend the evening cooking a delicious Nigel Slater recipe, watching the latest 30 Rock (after a couple of lacklustre opening episodes, the second season is definitely back on form - I hope last night's episode was as good as last week's) and wondering how tomorrow evening is going to go - Patsington's and my parents are meeting properly for the first time. Let's hope no one embarrasses themselves...


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Nov. 16th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yay for cycling!
Even if you shiver as you get on your bike it just works out so much better than waiting for buses, in the long run.

blimey - brave you for carting that amount of juice back. Not sure that I would have dared. Lucky it didn't burst!
Nov. 18th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay for cycling!
I know, I expected to hear a hideous splat every minute! I couldn't believe the bag made it back safe and sound.

Speaking of things arriving safely, did you ever get your Judies?
Nov. 21st, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay for cycling!
Alas! The postage strike must haev struck most cruelly - I didn't get those Judies. Initially I was waiting a bit to see if they would turn up in the aftermath, and then I lost track of the emails I was still supposed to reply to, so I never got back to you about it. Glad you enjoyed the DVDs though.

If you did face doing a bit more I'd love to see some, but no worries if it's too much.
Nov. 17th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Good luck with the parental meeting! It has to happen at some point, and best on a minor occasion, where it can all take place behind closed doors...

Well done with that fruit juice. That's a big bag of juice! It does sound a great market, and cycling there seems exactly right.
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
We'll have to get our secret James Bond endeavour off the ground, no matter what.

The winter blues are getting me too, but sleep deprivation and not getting a minute to do anything are shaking me by the shoulders and telling me to stop moping. :)

Meet soon? Xmas drinkies with that other pair?

Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
We must definitely meet soon! I'm off to London this weekend and have taken all of next week off so hopefully feel less winter-mopey after some time off. And hurrah for the secret project, let me know if there are any new developments.
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
PS - Best of luck with the in-law stuff!
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