Take the National Geographic Geography Quiz, then read all about how the rest of the world did. For example, 11% of Americans tested couldn't pick out America.Sunday, November 17, 2002
In the real world, our bin men (I know it's not PC, but to me the people that empty the bins are the "bin men"), have been on strike. This means we had a good couple of weeks worth of rubbish piling up outside the house. They finally came today, and cleared away the bags. Unfortunately, a fox visited our garden last night and attacked one of the bags, and we now have a load of empty food containers outside the house.
In other news, Microsoft are working on a kind of virtual memory thing. The intention is to record pictures, documents, random thoughts etc into a central repository you could then search using a Google-like interface. I hate to put a damper on such a fantastic money-spinning idea, but I've already got one of those. Not only are you now reading it, but I have been known to do Google searches to find stuff I've blogged previously :-)
In the house, we are getting closer to having a kitchen! Our oven has arrived, and is currently sitting in the biggest cardboard box I've ever owned. When the kitchen's finished, I think I'll make a transmogrifier :-)
posted at 8:04 PM
Another week seems to have passed without me posting. This is partly due to writers block, and partly due to me getting the N64 out of the dusty box it has been sitting in the last year. I really want a GameCube, but as I've been putting no time into my gaming of late it's hard to justify :-) The theory here is that if I waste enough hours on the N64 over the next few weeks it will actually be worth me buying myself a new game machine for Christmas.Sunday, November 10, 2002
On the house front, thanks to sacrificing a night's sleep we got all the painting done in time for the kitchen floor to be fitted last week. It's looking good, and feeling like the hard work is starting to pay off. Fingers crossed, the oven and fridge arrive on Tuesday, and the dishwasher and units arrive on Sunday. If all goes according to plan, the kitchen gets fitted in 8 days time. After a year of a microwave and a primus stove, we are now getting close to having a proper kitchen again :-) We've been salivating over the idea of Sunday roasts, and compiling shopping lists of food for the freezer.
I took a couple of days off at the end of last week in order to get some more decorating done. The plan was to get the front room done in time for Christmas, so we could then sort out carpets and sofas and stuff in the January sales. Unfortunately, stripping the wallpaper revealed a damp problem. According to the one damp specialist we’ve managed to get in, it’s a condensation problem caused by a lack of ventilation rather than rising damp. As ever, my lack of knowledge on such matters is proving a problem as I have no idea what to do next. We do know that we need to get the affected areas of wall replastered, but we’d rather sort out the cause of the problem before we fix the symptoms. If anybody reading this is considering buying a house built 100 years or more ago, I strongly advise you to run away as fast as your legs will carry you! Everything seems to throw up problems nobody had considered, cost twice as much as we thought it would, or just prove impossible or impractical to do. Where out credit card bills used to show a selection of restaurants and record / book shops, they now seem to consist of lists of DIY supply shops we have visited!
posted at 10:46 PM
I'm finding it increasingly hard to find the time to post at the moment, as you may have noticed by the lack of new material. This is something that won't be changing in a hurry if I'm honest with myself.Tuesday, November 05, 2002
We went to (yet another) wedding yesterday. Big congratulations to Damon & Julia, and a lovely day. We only just made it ahead of the bride, thanks to a flat car battery :-) It may have something to do with the fact that we only really use the car to go to weddings, but we've also clocked up a snapped fan belt and a burst tyre whilst heading to people's big days! I guess it's the age I'm at, but I seem to go to a rather silly number of weddings each year at the moment. You could almost call it my hobby :-)
As for my second hobby, namely decorating, we've almost finished the big empty room we optimistically call "the kitchen". Just the ceiling, the skirting boards and the door to go now. As the men are due on Thursday to sort the floor out, I predict a few late nights in the early part of next week :-) If all goes according to plan we should have a kitchen, including an oven, by the end of the month (touch wood). We've been without an oven for about a year now, and the thing I miss most is roast potatoes! We have started the debate on what to have for our first Sunday roast already. Do we go for roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, or a chicken to use the rotisserie which is built into the oven. A tough call :-)
See you next week for the latest decorating saga (I will post something more interesting soon, I promise :-)
posted at 8:09 PM