Category Archives: Family Stuff

Norovirus sucks

We were doing well last week being back on the blogging bandwagon, but we got thrown off by some icky developments. I came down with a nasty case of the winter vomiting bug, or if you want to be specific, norovirus. It’s funny because in the US you only ever hear it called by that name when some poor schmuck on a cruise ship catches it, but here in the UK, everyone calls it that.

So without going into too many details, for about 24-36 hours on Thursday and Friday I was curled up in a ball on the bathroom floor.  Luckily my amazing husband was able to change his ticket and come back a day early from Brazil, so I had someone to bring me crackers and ginger ale.

Feeling much better now, and back at the office for the final push to the holidays. 12 days until we leave for Istanbul! Hooray!


Monday night musings

Alex is on a business trip to Washington DC and New York. It’s a very important trip for him, because he’ll be presenting some stuff at his old work. I’m glad for him, but I miss him. Here are a few reasons why:

1) He stops me from reading my Kindle Fire when my eyes start to look like pieces of burning coal in my skull.

2) He stops me from buying really long (but really good) books on my Kindle instead of going to the library.

3) When he’s gone, I get cold and turn the heat up way too high and then broil myself in the middle of the night.

4) I never cook only for one person, because it feels dumb, so I end up eating crackers and cheese and college-food and then feeling ill all night.

5) I had minor surgery today (don’t worry, it was just a mole removal) and there is no one to feel sorry for me or make me a cup of tea.

6) I saw a really cool train on our line and there was no one to tell about it.

7) I have to get up first in the morning EVERY SINGLE DAY, but when he’s here I can get up second and sleep for 10 more minutes.

8) When Alex is here, Booker sleeps on HIS feet. But when Alex is gone, Booker sleeps on MY feet. And that is one heavy cat.




Happy Holidays!

Astrid and I are settled in for a long winter’s nap, and I’ve got visions of Victoria Sponge Cake dancing in my head.  With everything closed and no transport services, we dutifully went grocery shopping Friday night (beating the Christmas Eve crowds on Saturday) and are all set.

Our very thoughtful friends Sarah and Drew sent us this blow-up turkey for Thanksgiving, and we thought we would bring it out to grace the Christmas table as well!

I still find it hard to believe that there is no transport on Christmas!  The last train from Central London passed at 21:24 last night, with the next train not for 56 hours (5:21 Tuesday morning).  Although the Underground is only closed today, the drivers are striking tomorrow on Boxing Day (as they did last year) over demands for triple pay plus a day off in lieu for working on the holiday (they’ve also called three more days of strikes over the next two months).

At the top, South West Trains image should say non-train services. Below, a (hopefully) rare view of the London Underground live status screen.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference here, though, is the absence of buses; all day every day we have 30-40 buses per hour passing our windows, with 4 per hour all though the night – so the lack of visible presence and noise is quite big!  The car traffic is pretty quiet too, and with no public transport and nothing open even the pedestrian crossing just outside the window is beeping less (since it is by request only).

So, we are curling up with books and blogs and kitties to celebrate a week off, and send our best wishes for a great festive season and a Happy New Year out to you all!