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At the weekend I went to London and Oxford and there were lots of nice people and lots of shiny things like BEER and BOOTS and CATS. And there was lots of rain and it was wet and muddy. I stayed in August's house and it is very yellow but it has a BEER FRIDGE.

And now in grown-up (well, mostly):

B-Movie was good, though I'd have liked some bouncier music. Thank you to marnameow and sbp for letting us stay at their place, and for lovely scrambled eggs in the morning. Mmmm. :-) hoiho and I spent the rest of Saturday shopping in Camden, and managed not to buy too many things... and neither of us bought any shoes! This must be some kind of record. Got back to Oxford in time for dinner at Ask, leaving my car at Oxford station so that we could both drink with the meal. Taxi back to hoiho's place (which is indeed very yellow, but rather fab, and right next to the river).

On Sunday it RAINED, and then it RAINED some more. We'd agreed to walk in to town to pick up my car, and when we set out it wasn't raining... and this lasted for about 10 minutes. By the time we got anywhere near civilisation I was drenched (and miserable because my shoes were filling up with water and my woolen coat weighed a soggy ton!). Sorry hoiho for being such a whiney badger, though. Next time I will just bring wellies, and not whinge about the water!

Once we'd got the car we drove over to Argos to buy house essentials (bookcase, mugs, mirror, etc.) for hoiho, and then on to Chris's house to drop off a monitor and some cables, and borrow a towel to try to dry off a bit. Though I felt really guilty for whinging about being so wet when we realised that Chris was recovering from an operation, and he and his household were in the throes of electrical woes that had left them potentially without power for a week. They all seemed cheerful enough about the situation though, and we helped them to eat the home-made ginger ice-cream (by that point, about the consistency of milkshake) from the rapidly-defrosting freezer.

I was sorely tempted to stay over at hoiho's on Sunday night and do the drive back on Monday morning, but was persuaded that this was silly. So instead I had a tiring drive back in the dark after tea... which probably was more sensible really but it didn't feel much like it when I was struggling to stay awake most of the way from Milton Keynes to Cambridge. Sigh. I wish they'd hurry up and invent wormholes, or some sort of instantaneous matter transportation. Or even just something quicker than driving... it's 2004, dammit, where's my flying car?
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rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: April 19th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's 2004, dammit, where's my flying car?

Sorry, if you want that you need to be in the continuum with the food pills, and nobody but nobody is dragging me from the city of Ten New Cuisines In Two Weeks to the food pills continuum. Not even if everybody there wears silver miniskirts all the time.
j4 From: j4 Date: April 20th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Couldn't we be in that continuum but have some sort of deviant society where real food is enjoyed in secret giant banqueting halls hidden in the abandoned warehouses of crumbling factories, and where before dining (the word evokes something deliciously decadent, and we savour it like a piquant aperitif) we change our shiny wipe-clean silver miniskirts for Regency costume, thrilling to the touch of forbidden fabrics...?
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: April 21st, 2004 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I did not actually need another setting screaming out for a plot.

[ vast hordes of bunnies, sweeping majestically over the plains.. ]
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 19th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry we didn't get to see you - our calendar is a bit full and it sounds like your weekend was also a bit cramped! Still, I don't doubt you'll be over again sometime in May or June?
j4 From: j4 Date: April 20th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry -- I didn't really manage to arrange anything for that weekend apart from B-Movie and computer hardware deliveries... and it was all a bit last-minute and faffy. But I will be in Oxford next weekend too (that's a point -- are you coming to the misc meat?) and, well, as many other weekends as possible for the foreseeable future... :)
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 20th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
No, sorry, the point of the "May or June" bit was that we're not available until May 15th and possibly not even then. (Yes, I am a little ticked off that our calendar is so full, does it show?)

We're in Kent this weekend, Germany the following two, and Birmingham on the 16th (and possibly the 15th too) which happens to be my birthday and I have to give it up for 'a family occasion' which I don't think is all that important and they could have scheduled it any time. Grump moan whinge ect. ect. chiz chiz.

But we should be here the 22nd and 23rd. At least, I haven't been informed of anything else.
j4 From: j4 Date: April 20th, 2004 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I see, sorry. Good grief, that sounds like a hectic schedule! Is there no way you can get out of your "family occasion"? :-/

I'm not sure I'll be free 22nd/23rd, as that will probably be sion_a's birthday party. I don't have much booked up in June yet... except two orchestra concerts on the w/e of the 13th, and Glastonbury at the end of June. Oh, that's half of June's weekends, isn't it... <sigh> I want more weekend in the week, please!
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: April 20th, 2004 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to start booking out 'occasions' that I can tell everyone else about so they don't schedule things then (but really they'll be weekends spent in bed/lazing around). Let's see, I'll take the third weekend in September, and the fourth in July, and...

The family occasion is not really one I can get out of - for starters it's being hosted by an uncle who is giving us a lot of useful passed-down stuff for smallclanger and I don't want to offend him. And it does mean that for a change I'll actually get to see my entire immediate family on my birthday (which hasn't happened in at least 15 years). I am just grumping about it because, well, I feel I ought to. My protest should be noted, that kind of thing. I'll probably enjoy it perfectly well when I'm there.

May Bank Holiday weekend we're probably here but doing things in the garden. If keeping smallclanger out of the way of secateurs and mallets appeals to you you are more than welcome to come and be Distracteuse No.1. :-)
littleangel_103 From: littleangel_103 Date: April 20th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry we didn't actually get to catch up despite my promises that at some point we'd sit down and have chat - four or so years is far too long! Anyways now LJ friending can happen which is a good thing (TM) and hopefully the next B Movie will be less manic in terms of my addiction to the dance floor!
j4 From: j4 Date: April 20th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
B-Movie probably not the best place to talk anyway, unless you want to spend the entire evening SHOUTING OVER THE MUSIC UNTIL YOU (*cough*) WEAR (*cough*) YOUR (*cough* *cough*) VOICE (*cough*) OUT (*cough*) completely...

Anyway, you looked like you were having fun on the dance floor. :)
littleangel_103 From: littleangel_103 Date: April 20th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I was having much fun on the dancefloor. B Movie is OK for talking as long as you are a. in the bar, b. there early enough to get a seat and c. don't need to move again. Otherwise you are right it's fairly poor for the conversation stuff!
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