Pausing for my notional lunch break, though it's raining outside - well it was the last time I looked - so I'm not going to go out anywhere today. Feeling a little bit less foul than I was this time last week, thanks to having slept at least a few winks last night, but it was still a struggle dragging myself out of bed this morning. Anyway, here I am at work, and the reasonably engrossing stuff I was doing this morning has just hit an unsurprising non-technical halt, so now seemed as good a time as any to take a bit of an extended breather.
Saturday we spent with my parents, not least because we had a few bits and bobs for them, but also simply because we hadn't seen them since the wedding and of course had a few photos to show them. We'd hoped we might have got out for a walk with them in the afternoon, but other things rather filled the available time and the weather turned indifferent anyway, so we weren't too sorry not to in the end. But we did have fish and chips, sort out stuff on the computer, look at wedding photos my parents had taken - and show them ours - play a game of Scrabble, solve the Guardian crossword, finish off the very last of the wedding cake and sort through a few boxes of my old junk, so it was a good day and we weren't home late - especially with a fairly busy Sunday planned! Mum certainly enjoyed her Graceland CD, as a belated birthday present - and just as well considering the struggle we had to find it either on-line or at the one dedicated mainstream music shop that remains in the local conurbation!
Yesterday morning, then, we went along to what was a pretty depleted church meeting due to lots of people being away, and dished out notice sheets and a few of the wedding thank-you notes we'd written and "assembled". As part of our ongoing series based around the book of Esther, the meeting ended up really good, encouraging intimacy with God and it was a perfect environment under the circumstances for trying to put that into practice. We made a fairly prompt getaway, returned home, packed a few lunch bits into our cool-bag and drove out to some downland overlooking the Farnborough airfield. We didn't get the best view of the first couple of displays, but we walked a little further and found a splendid spot for watching the various planes come and go over four hours. I won't bore you with too many details, but we just about saw the whites in the eyes of the stealth fighter pilot from where we were, and got a probably much more impressive view of the Red Arrows than any of the paying spectators...
Oh, and top marks to Amazon for their customer service. A while back we bought a book, which Katy recently started reading. A few days ago, the plot took a rather strange lurch, whereupon Katy noticed that so had the page-numbering - with it turning out that a whole chunk of the book was missing, replaced by a duplicate of another chunk, indeed from a different story given that it was a "three-in-one" volume. Anyway, I emailed Amazon to ask what we should do about it - especially since it was likely to cost a bomb in postage to return such a hefty book - and before I knew it they'd shipped a replacement which arrived on Saturday. All very impressive - unlike our banks, but that's another matter.