July 11th, 2010

Doctor Who - Genius at work


I've just bought a couple of DVDs from Amazon; which may sound incredibly trivial - heck, it is incredibly trivial - but as I don't often do that sort of thing, far preferring actually going into a shop and buying stuff, I figured it was at least vaguely worth blogging. One is for Sarah, who - after watching Placido Domingo in Simon Boccenegra last night, mentioned that she'd quite like to see his Otello - no problem, hun, hope y'enjoy! And the other, the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who serial The Dominators, is mainly for me, although hopefully Sarah will enjoy it too. Patrick Troughton is, after all, ever so very slightly awesome. IMO.

Speaking of DVDs, although I still suspect that my copy of Firefly is in the lock-up in Barking and therefore not really salvageable until we move us and all our possessions into Hemel Hempstead (an occasion which draws ever nearer, YAY!), I found this morning that I'd put Serenity in my box of "DVDs which I'd quite like to watch whilst staying in Chorleywood should I get a chance," so I put that on this morning whilst having breakfast, and rather enjoyed it! And I've still not finished it yet (may do this evening) so hey, got that to look forward to.
Pratchett Gaiman M25

Bookish thoughts

So, having finally finished Nation yesterday (it finally picked up the pace in the last 100 or so pages, but boy it took a long time getting there...), I've started A Madness of Angels, which on the negative side, the text is so dense that it's going to take me a heck of a long time to read, but on the positive side it's wonderful, engrossing, fascinating and fantastic. And so far, I keep being totally wrongfooted at every turn. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Pleasant summer's evening.

Sarah just cooked roast chicken for the pair of us (Rita is staying over with Sarah's sister, Claire), which was really lovely. Then Sarah was out watering the garden and I helped out. It's really nice out there now that it's cooling off a bit. Also I took a picture of these flowers which are growing out at the front of the house:

I think Rita said they're Lilies of some description. Whatever they are, I think they're very pretty.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Sunday 11th July 2010

Today was a fairly peaceful day. Rita went out fairly early, saying goodbye to me and Sarah, although Sarah was sleeping - she had a bad headache and had got up in the middle of the night to get herself some painkillers and prepare a hot water bottle. It later turned out that she'd been unable to find any painkillers and had relied solely on the hot water bottle! So before Rita left I asked her for some.

Perhaps shamefully - and despite the fact that, as she pointed out, there wasn't much I could do for her - it didn't take a great deal to persuade me to stay at home and "look after" her, as opposed to - say - going out to a morning church service, as had been the original plan.

Oh well.

Earlier in the week I'd been wanting to watch Firefly but miffed that my DVD boxed set was in the lock-up in Barking. Well, I discovered today that although that's probably the case (but not necessarily - there's stuff here that I thought was in the lock-up, so who knows?), I'd put my Serenity DVD in my "to be watched" box, so I dug that out and started watching it. Still haven't finished it yet, but I've watched more of it since at any point when I first saw it at the cinema, so *result*!!!

Through the course of the day, I ate the pizza that I'd ordered yesterday, which kept me going quite comfortably, and did a lot of reading of A Madness of Angels, adding some more books to Librarything and scanning some book covers, and even writing some diary entries. And Sarah had a nice warm bath which made her feel better. Later in the day we started watching The A-Team - The Say UNCLE Affair together, although Sarah was a bit distracted and went off to do other things, which was I guess fair enough as she'd already watched it earlier in the day.

This evening, Sarah cooked roast chicken, which we ate together and which was very pleasant. After that, we went out into the garden where Sarah watered the plants and I helped her lug the hose around. It was quite pleasant, actually - the heat of the day was wearing off, and there was a nice refreshing breeze in the air.

I watched a bit more of Serenity, and also started Sky+ing a thing that was on tonight hosted by Jonathan Ross in which various comedians re-enacted some missing Peter Cook & Dudley Moore sketches, which seemed okay although nothing really to write home about.

And then Sarah headed for bed after I'd got about 10 minutes into that, and I joined her.