February 18, 2009
Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories by Katha Pollitt
I enjoy reading Katha Pollitt’s political columns from the Nation and I’m enjoying reading these short stories about her personal life. I particularly liked the first story about her driving lessons in her fifties – it helps me feel less bad about being 31 and not having my driver’s license!
Lately, Paul and I have been watching some great TV:
Lost, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica (Paul is more into this one than I am), and The Flight of the Conchords.
During the day I’ve been watching Scrubs (that’s one positive of being unemployed I guess).
February 18, 2009
Paul had Friday off work because it was his birthday and I planned some activities for the day.
First off, we went to Westminster Abbey and spent an hour or so wandering around looking at all the graves and memorials to many famous people including monarchs like Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, scientists like Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin (it was 200 years and one day since he’d been born), and writers and poets like Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Jane Austen, William Blake, TS Eliot, WH Auden, John Milton and Lewis Carroll and politicians and other interesting people like Millicent Fawcett. It was pretty cool.
After that we went to Bloomsbury and had lunch while filling in time waiting for a job interview I had near there (I didn’t get it!).
After my job interview we went to the Bank of England Museum which was pretty cool. I picked up a bar of gold which wasn’t that big but weighed 13kg and was worth more than Â£200,000. Now I understand ‘worth your weight in gold’ a bit more!
Friday night we had dinner at a local Indian restaurant, the Clay Oven with some friends from Paul’s work, and a couple of Australian friends (Lucy R – who ran 10km in a fun run the following day – and Scottie who is in town for a few weeks).
I bought Paul some books for his birthday: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, The Simplicity Survival Handbook and Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got. There is still one more book to arrive. The books are from a list called Do It Yourself MBA. Oh, I also got him The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-shooting Tips and Advice on First-year Maintenance.
February 9, 2009
So the snow has stopped but it’s still very cold here. And while we’re freezing, the top of Australia is flooding and the bottom of Australia is on fire! It sounds devastating.
On Saturday Paul and I went to the Saatchi Gallery and saw Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East which we both enjoyed.
On Sunday we went to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens and saw Indian Highway, some contemporary art from India which was also very good. It was very cold so we went straight home after.
During the week I saw the film Slumdog Millionaire (the feel-good film of the year!) and cried and laughed and really enjoyed it. The poverty of the Indian slums is so depressing.
February 9, 2009
Postie at work
Walpole Park, Ealing, London
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February 3, 2009
Paul has put up some photos of snow around his work so you can see the business park he works in and the golf course he sometimes walks through at lunch time.
February 2, 2009
Paul’s 30th birthday is coming up in less than two weeks (February 13) and I’m stuck for what to get him. Anyone have any suggestions for what I should get him/do for him/etc? I keep asking him what he wants but I’m getting no answers.