May 9th, 2010

Hold Me, Says Tom


Was mostly spent feeling meh and bleh.

Was woken by the postman at 8am, but managed to go back to sleep until 9:00 when Hugh texted to ask if I was going to a gaming thing. Which I wasn't, because the last couple of weekends haven't been great for me and Julie to get some time to ourselves, and I'm off boating tomorrow. Anyway, at that point I gave up on sleep and slouched on the sofa until Julie woke up.

And then ended up spending most of the rest of the day slouching as well, as I had a constant headache and felt dizzy if I stood up for more than a couple of seconds. I seem to have come down with a minor version of what Hugh, Meredith and Noah were hit by in Dorset. Luckily, without Noah's fine covering of tiny red spots.

Mysteriously, it cleared at around 10pm, when I suddenly, over a period of about a minute, felt increasingly better. I wonder if my body temperature changed back to normal, because I suddenly felt like I had energy and enthusiasm.

I then spent that energy and enthusiasm on converting all of my contacts across to Google. My phone contacts been sitting on my phone/Goosync for the past couple of years, while my email contacts have sat in Thunderbird/Google Contacts (thanks to the wonder of Zindus). However, the new phone will be Google based, so it seemed like time to finally get all of my contacts in the same place. Google's contacts API is only recently mature enough to deal with this - but two hours of deleting contacts I'll never need before, and merging duplicates later, I'm all sorted. And down to 193 contacts from 350-odd, all of whom are identical on Gmail, Thunderbird and my phone. Which is nice.

Also done today: watched the latest How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and Dr Who. Of which the third was the most disappointing. Oh, and watched the latest Lost and Vampire Diaries over Julie's shoulder while I faffed feebly on the laptop. Roll on True Blood series 3 and Mad Men series 4!

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Mole and Rat go wild!

Jackie organised a rowing trip on the canal. I didn't get photos of everyone (Roy's boat is sadly entirely missing), but I did get a few cool snaps:

Ducks and Ducklings on the bank. We managed to almost run them over a few times as we zig-zagged erratically from shore to shore. Luckily we never hit any of them (although Kate's oar came close a few times)

Picture taken by Roy - Padmini on prow, Hannah rowing, Kate and me on stern. Hannah was our saviour, as she'd actually rowed before. Kate was staggeringly hungover, but had a good humour about the day, and was great company. When we bumped into Alex's boat a couple of times she handily stole crisps from him.

Hannah and Kate happily pose for the camera.

Morag, Jackie, Kirsty and Erin pass us easily. They did share some pringles with us though.

Hannah showed Padmini how to row. And had a very good humour about her (and my) ineptitude. When Padmini and I shared the oars we managed to zig-zag constantly - but never quite turned ourself round in a circle. We did spend so long going up the aqueduct (because it was half the width of the rest of the canal) that Alex and Morag walked back from the point they were tied up at and dragged the boat along...

Sarah, Alex and Graham. Sarah very graciously lent Kate her glasses, without which Kate's eyes would apparently have boiled out of her head. Did I mention the hangover?

And then we all went home.

Well, we went to the pub. Where Julie joined us for half an hour (sadly just after Jackie had had to take Kirsty home so she could be ready for school tomorrow).