Vague catch-up

I know, I know, I’ve been so slack lately about updating my diary. And I can’t even remember all that I haven’t written about lately…

I would have written up the trip to Dunedin, which was great fun, but I was waiting for lytteltonwitch to email me the photos she took of our Harry Potter costumes (hint, hint!) to illustrate the story (and illustrations really are essential!)

Anyway, in the meantime, a general report on life: Um… life is good, mostly. I managed to get away with neither a root canal or an extraction when I went back to the dentist, although by the time he’d found another old filling that needed repairing, and then insisted on a session with the hygenist, the bill had still grown to scary amounts. Oh well, at least I got a free toothbrush out of it… hmm, $350 for a free toothbrush… somehow it doesn’t sound such a good deal when I say it that way!

MrPloppy‘s business is going well. We’ve been dropping circulars in mailboxes around the surrounding streets, and they’re actually working, because he’s had a couple of customers from them. And once he starts getting customers that way, word of mouth should bring in even more. At this rate, he’ll have paid for all the business start-up costs soon, and then he can start paying himself a wage, which will help our finances enormously!

Breakfast meetup yesterday, at Trattorie. Just a small meetup, because the awhinas were at some meerkitten thing, and presumably the gwilks, who’d mentioned they might come, hadn’t woken up early enough. But me, lytteltonwitch, and Angela7715 were there, and had a nice (if slightly cold) breakfast, and exchanged a few books (and travel tips for the witch). I picked up Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult and Ladies’ Man by John Ramster, and gave One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey to Angela. There were no takers for Vast by Linda Nagata (possibly something to do with the not-so-glowing review I gave it), so it went into the OBCZ shelves instead.

Currently reading: The Cat Who Sang for the Birds by Lilian Jackson Braun and How Children Learn Language by William O’Grady
Currently listening to: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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