Phew. Where have I been?
The weekend was a little insane. I was lured to go and see V for Vendetta with mjh, lark_ascending
and Yet Another Mark ;-). It was lovely to see people, and I really enjoyed the film. I found the idea and plot were excellent, but the acting and script sadly disappointing. Still, on average it was good. In a film where one of the main messages (laid on with a trowel, it must be said) was "don't trust what the government say, the people who are behind this arn't the ones you think they are" it did get me wondering why it was now in our cinemas. Ah yes, perhaps brave enlightened folk have seen the horror of id-cards, trrism bills etc, and wish to make a movie in protest. Or perhaps the government is behind everything, and by having V be so irritating and evil, Evie such a drip, and so many pretty buildings we hold dear blown up... nah, I don't think they have anything to gain from a slightly naff anti-government film. But it does make me worry.
Then I went to Tescos at 1am. Because there wasn't any other time left
At 9.30 the next morning I was in London, collecting my wedding dress. It is of joy. I will show it to you all if you come to my wedding ceilidh :-)
And at 12 o'clock I was back in Cambridge, having ended up on a boat (A Boat! Of Joy! Across the Thames! And I could see the Thames Barrier, and the sun on the water, and feel the waves, and I was on a Boat!) when trying to get between the North and South London ring roads (was it daft of me to expect a bridge or a tunnel or something?) having another
hen party. I think
that's the last. It was great. numberland
, and Alison all assembled over the afternoon, at which point I picked up Grace (my old school friend) from the station. mouse262
took a brief break from the festivities, and we swapped Alison for inner_muppet
, and then off to scudamores, to squeeze the 7 of us in the punt when they weren't looking. It was my first time on the river this year, and it was good. Then back to HHM, with piqueen
arriving, along with her dad and a dog, although her dad and the dog didn't stay to party. I am eternally grateful to all the people who turned my rising panic and huge mountain of vegitables into a coherant meal. We gained Rachel Luckett, and wildeabandon
, ate, drank, were merry, talked about Stuff, and stuff, and played musical chairs enough that I think I got to see most people. I have since been living off industrial quantities of pasta bake, as I overcated slightly :-) I threw everyone out at about 1.30, except Grace who was staying, and piqueen
who had missed the last train. I got to bed eventually ;-)
The next day I headed off (via dropping Grace off at the A1) to Tadworth, to give a talk on the CRS. I had to be there at 12.30, and by now had really reached the "keep eating, keep drinking, try not to fall over" stage. But everyone enjoyed the talk, lots of money was raised, and I met lots of grown up mathematicians, somewhat randomly. It was lovely to see Mary again too.
Getting back was doomy, the rains came, and the M25 stopped working, but I made it in the end. Matthew had cooked the most incredable dinner, a casserole-thing with divine gravy and baby turnips and meat so tender it was bliss, and I had just enough brain left for apples-to-apples, but only just.
On Monday I drove to see my biological dad, and his dad. Some wedding doom, some fun, a walk down to the end of the world, with sea and sun and birds and rain and a glimmering rainbow. I went climbing in the evening, as Peterborough was on my way home, but I was a little bit out of it, and was quite happy to gently mess around in the bat cave with L. Still, did some single coloured routes, and have finally got my head round trying, failing, and then trying again
, which is a new one for me. It worked, too! Ate pasta bake for supper ;-)
On Tuesday life calmed down. I went into the CMS, sorted out wedding prayers over lunch, saw Ed and John for the first time in far too long, and drank exciting green goo out of a gourd with a metal straw. Dashed into Games Evening for the first time in ages, enjoyed a funky games with mirrors and Real Lazers, and then went home.