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Off on the travels again - Sunny Manchester here I come. 
8th-Dec-2004 12:01 pm
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Seems like I’ve just finished unpacking and I’m already packing again. Going North for a pre-Christmas visit to Mum and family. I’m hoping that the new Toll Motorway around Birmingham will make the trip a little less Hellish this time.

I’ve had no time to do anything since getting back. I was sick on the third day in Paris. I’d just taken a mouthful of hot gesiers salad at lunchtime in the Bastille area, when I came over all queasy. I’d ordered rabbit for the main course and couldn’t eat anything. I didn’t even finish the diet coke, just managed some sips of water. Madame was a bit miffed when the salad went back untouched, but when the main course was returned with no change at all to the contents of the plate, she twigged that I wasn’t well and the drinks were duly struck off the bill. Nice of her.

As a result, I’ve spent the last few days:

trying to recover,
write some more of the Christmas fic, (No, Cass, Boggy and I don'’ come to blows, we just have interesting discussions),
finish the Christmas cards
upload the Paris pics (just the ones of the shopping streets, the Napolean exhibitions will have to wait)
have the terrier’s rabies boosters done
plan the Christmas menus
do the laundry

There is still mounds to do and poor MWNN will have to soldier on alone until I get back on Sunday.
8th-Dec-2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
The M6 Toll does make the whole journey a lot easier, though it's a little confusing the first time you encounter it.
8th-Dec-2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
I've just downloaded the instructions from the RAC. It does look mighty complicated. There seems to be a lot of switching motorways at that point.
8th-Dec-2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
You were going to eat Thumper? :(

There might be heated discussions, but we get there in the end, don't we?
8th-Dec-2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
It wasn't Thumper - it was a very old, had-a-good-life distant relative.

I never feel any heat in our discussions, just a lot of good natured exchange of opinions. That's what comes of being Libra - I can always see the other side of the argument.

It's just that I'm always right.



Ok - sometimes. You're point is always valid of course.

If somewhat blinkered where SHE is concerned.
8th-Dec-2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
I have no heat, but sometimes I think you get annoyed with me.

Blinkered? I did stuff a spike into her cranium.
8th-Dec-2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
I did stuff a spike into her cranium

Long overdue in my opinion.

Sorry, did I just type that aloud?
8th-Dec-2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
8th-Dec-2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the pic of JM in the tux? in the Pierre Heist?
8th-Dec-2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah. But it isn't very flattering.
8th-Dec-2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
I never get annoyed with you. That's the problem with communication on the net. No non-verbal feedback to tell the person you're talking to what you're feeling.

Before I forget - are we OK for lunch on the 20th? If we are, I think we should book a table. It's the Monday before Christmas and all the Beeb types will be having office dos.
8th-Dec-2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. The 20th is fine, all booked and everything.
8th-Dec-2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
Does this mean you've booked the table, or your day off work, or both?
8th-Dec-2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
Day off. You don't expect me to be that organised, do you? :)
8th-Dec-2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
Well - yes. ;)

I'll do it. I have to go phone Miggins to see what time she's home from work tomorrow. Don't want to hang around a cold doorstep.
8th-Dec-2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
Not in this weather.
8th-Dec-2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Table all booked. Can't raise Miggins. Will have to take thermos, blanket and snow shovel, just in case.

8th-Dec-2004 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she won't leave you out there.
8th-Dec-2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
interesting discussions

Oh, that's what a discussion is! Clearly I've been getting it wrong all this time ;) Nowt wrong wi' a good barny.

Have fun in Manchester. We'll just have to soldier on without you.
8th-Dec-2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
I don't do barnies - leave that up to the Manchester mob. Thank goodness some of the family will be away when I'm there. I'll just be visiting Mum and a couple of Aunts. I'm staying with Miggins from the CDS board. She lives about 10 minutes from Mum.

We'll just have to soldier on without you.

Try not to get into any trouble with the soldiers while I'm away, there's a good girl.
8th-Dec-2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
Have fun! And I agree, the M6 toll is a good plan.
8th-Dec-2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
See you on 19th.
8th-Dec-2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling much better now! Enjoy the Northern pre-Christmas trip.
8th-Dec-2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
Not feeling sick any more, just tired, thanks.

I'll certainly enjoy staying with Miggins - not too sure about the rest of the trip.
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