Good luck with that job interview n8. Let us know how you get on...
Me... I'm in the middle of buying a new house. Should exchange contracts later this week... then we've got to wait for the seller to find a house... supposed to complete the move within 6 months... rather a s-l-o-w and stressful process here in the U.K.
Went for a walk around my local countryside on Sunday... got lost and ended up walking 30 kilometres (18 miles). Went in a dodgy pub half-way round to get refreshment and interrupted the yokels doing some kind of rural drugs deal... made a swift exit.
Saw and photographed my 43rd species of resident UK butterfly in a forest the other day. It was the Pearl-Bordered Fritillary. We have only 58 species, but many are rare and geographically diverse - in contrast, I spent a week in central-southern Florida last November and saw over 40 species in just a couple of afternoons. Still.... the quest continues... gotta catch snap 'em all!
Celery, that's disgustingly amazing!
As for me, I've been wrapped up in high school testing. Just bombed the AP US History test, and I'm studying for a couple of SAT II tests in June. I watched a couple of Korean dramas over the Easter break, and they were REALLY good. And I'm following the NBA Playoffs (let's go Bulls!). What else... nah, nothing else off the top of my head.
Oh, it's the allergy season for many of us, and just a tip if you don't already know, the worst thing you can do about itchy eyes is rub them!
There's nothing much happening with me. I shan't complain - I like a quiet life.
Weather in the U.K is miserable, so no chance for much nature spotting. House sale still dragging on.... that's about it.
...oh... my brother's family has a new pet dog... they've called it 'Ledley'.
Hot, dry, and extremely windy for the past few weeks.
Yo Ben! There's always hope... don't give up trying :)
The weather has been utterly miserable in the UK for the last week... so today I was finally bored enough to take a trip into town to do some shopping.
I bought a new doormat, as my old one has grown old and shabby. The main purpose of which is to make my hallway look nicer when you first arrive - since I'm trying to sell my house at the moment.
Anyway, I get it home and unroll it by the door - and would you believe it? - it's too big! Who knew there was more than one size for a doormat? So now I gotta take it back and get another one...
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I've been showing people around my house - as I'm trying to sell it. We don't get Realtors in the UK - we have Estate Agents who are meant to do the same job, but you have do all the work yourself, then pay them twice as much... sheesh.
Anyhoo, I've realised just how odious and impolite most people are. One chap brought his 80-year-old father-in-law with him. Every room we went into he said something nasty. "How do you live in a house this small?", "This garage is still under construction", and worst of all, "Your garden is not properly maintained."
I nearly threw him off the property at this point. My garden is my pride and joy. It contains rare and beautiful plants that would cost upwards of $30,000 to replace and I have the UK National collection of two species - Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis.
I'm told that this is a tactic used by some people - they criticise your house to make you see its inadequacies - then put in an offer to buy much lower than the asking price. This tactic won't work on me... I wouldn't sell my house to this guy now, even if he offered me a million pounds... what an utter WANKER... :)
^ "garden not properly maintained!" What a crock.
Anyway, last weekend, I took the SAT with confidence and proper studying AND went on a long 50-kilometer bike-ride for this thing called the "Sequoia Century." It was all good fun. Pretty triumphant weekend. :)
Went to see this play last night. All the actors spoke Russian and a little electronic screen over their heads showed the translated text.
One of the lead actresses had fallen ill... so they flew in another at short notice... and she didn't have time to learn the part. So she carried a folder with her part written down and kept looking at it as she said her words.
It sounds awful but it was actually quite good...
Finally got a date to move into my new house... December 1st. Woohoo! It might sound a long way away to you... but when you get to my age the months just fly by ;-)
Kabuki was the name of the cat which was the first critter to move when I played the original Animal Crossing. He was a grumpy so-and-so but I never let him move out.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much, Eben, and great to have you back :)
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