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Time passes
So much to catch up on! I've been off work for the past two days with a cold, which is why I haven't updated LJ for a while -- when I'm not in work I don't like to spend too much time on the computer. I figure if I'm going to just stare at a screen all day I might as well go into work.

Spent most of Saturday wandering round town, getting back in time to wrap birthday presents and get changed for lnr's birthday party. Couldn't help being a bit nervous about the party because I knew daneel_olivaw was going to be there and I hadn't spoken to him since we had a big row last week. After a bit (well, okay, quite a lot) of initial awkwardness though things went okay. All in all it was a good party, although I do feel like I didn't spend enough time with lnr ... I did rather feel like I was just using sparkly presents as a substitute for hugs and conversation, though of course that wasn't the intention.

Spent most of Sunday with daneel_olivaw, just talking and hugging and smoothing out the angst. What with all the shouting and stress I'd almost forgotten how good it is just to hold him. I just wish I'd been able to make his birthday more fun and exciting, although he seemed to like the presents (again, sparkly presents as a substitute for me actually being any use as a girlfriend). Unfortunately I've probably given him my cold as well...

Monday I felt quite miserable with this cold, and couldn't face going into work, but I still managed to paint the front door (just the black around the edges of the panels on the inside). I find that even when I feel far too ill to go to work, I can be quite happy doing something that doesn't involve too much brainpower. And I get so bored just sitting at home being ill! Later, though, I had to drag myself out for a driving lesson, which was much more of a strain ... just didn't want to lose the lesson fee. Trying to do the A14 in the fog wasn't much fun, but otherwise the lesson wasn't too bad, especially considering that my head was all stuffy with cold.

Monday evening lnr, rjk, simont and Sion and I met up for our language session. In the true spirit of middle-class autodidacticism, we're trying to learn (or, in some cases, re-learn) Latin. We're using "Teach Yourself Latin" as our course-book, which is mostly quite good. Despite having studied Latin for a couple of years at school, I thought I'd forgotten everything except a handful of conjugations and some nonsense about Scintilla being in the kitchen; so it's reassuring how much of what we're learning looks familiar.

Sion was off work too on Tuesday (holiday, not sick -- he still doesn't seem to have caught my cold, so obviously I don't kiss him often enough!) and we spent most of the day tidying bits of the house, sorting through piles of paper, just pottering around quietly. In the evening we watched the video of The Phantom of the Opera ... I'm sure I remember it being a much better film; still, at least it was funny (although not in the places where it was meant to be).

Today I'm back in work, for my sins.
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lnr From: lnr Date: November 20th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
*snuggle* I didn't mind, I knew you and Andrew had some catching up to do, and I know I'm a bit awkward about being snuggly with you when you have other partners around and that's a bug in me not you. We'll have to catch up tonight so I can reassure you I don't just want you for your presents.

And I think you mean simont, complete pain remembering userids round this place, Andrew's is particularly annoying to spell right I find.
simont From: simont Date: November 20th, 2002 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had the other problem, too - people sending mail to simont@chiark and hence it failing to reach me. In fact ISTR it was Janet who thought to forward me the mail last time that happened :-)

It's my own silly fault really for using so many alternative variants of my names and initials. Confuses me half the time, never mind anyone else. Sorry!
j4 From: j4 Date: November 20th, 2002 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, I've fixed it now!

It would be lovely if there was a way to define a list of tags (HTML and/or LJ-specific) which you could just click to insert, or set up as keystroke macros, or ... something. Then you could just add the <lj user=""> tags for all the people you're likely to talk about.

There probably is such a thing already in one of the clients, actually, but I haven't looked at them. Ho hum. Maybe when I have some more tuits.
keris From: keris Date: November 20th, 2002 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Hello!

I like your orange picture :) :) :)

*bounces and waves*
dott :).
j4 From: j4 Date: November 21st, 2002 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hello!

Hiya! Fancy meeting you here. :)
keris From: keris Date: November 22nd, 2002 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hello!

Waheys :)

Yep, I keep popping up in strange places, and it's normally the fault of that Davefish (e.g. here, the Calling...)

*waves*
:)
davefish From: davefish Date: November 29th, 2002 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Don't blame me!

You were strange before I got to you.
keris From: keris Date: November 29th, 2002 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't blame me!

:oP
addedentry From: addedentry Date: November 20th, 2002 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

In search of lost time

'Teach Yourself Latin' is terrifyingly stern. Any course that begins with false quantities needs a lot of motivation. As a complete novice, I preferred the older 'Latin Made Simple' ( = lingua Latina facilis facta) with its gentler pace and memorable exercises ('You like the Roman people, don't you?')
j4 From: j4 Date: November 21st, 2002 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: In search of lost time

You say "terrifyingly stern" like it's a bad thing... I thought you knew me better than that by now. Anyway, I don't want Latin made simple; were it easy, whence would the warm glow of smugness come?

(Would that the subjunctive were extant in English.)
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