There's a girl in Tabitha's school called Jasper, and every morning I see her on her way in and she says "morning Jasper" and I say "morning Jasper", and I don't know why but I really like that part of my day.


Friday is turning into a proper cat and, as such, she isn't really interested in being near people unless it's by accident. I don't even have any recent pictures of her to share and I haven't for a little while. This little crossover period from cute kitten to grumpy cat where you have a cute, grumpy kitten is weird. Grumpy cute faces are just as believable on kittens as they are on toddlers.


I know I'm literally the last person to start using it but I have become obsessed with Midjourney. I'm having so much fun thinking of prompts.


Bluebell Railway

Bluebell Railway

When I was a kid I loved steam trains. I think that's a fairly common thing. I've wanted to visit this railway for ages.


Walk to Peacehaven

Walk to Peacehaven

Went for a long walk to Peacehaven and the "Mr Bean Stairs" as they're known in this house.


Friday Saturday

Friday Saturday

Didn't do a post last week as I was away and also didn't take any cat pictures. We now have a big cardboard castle in the kitchen for some reason.


ArcTanGent 2022

ArcTanGent 2022

I soloed ArcTanGent this year. It was a very different experience to previous years but it's definitely something I'd do again.


Andy Weir is sci-fi's Dan Brown. Project Hail Mary is a sci-fi page-turner, just as The Martian is, just as The DaVinci Code is, just as Angels and Demons is.


Me, 3 weeks ago: hmmm it'd sure be nice if it rained.
The world, 3 weeks later, the day before ArcTanGent: sorry, just getting round to this - you wanted rain?
Me, who will be camping tomorrow: no!


More Pizza

More Pizza

Had another attempt with the Ooni. This went a lot better than the last time.


I really want to wear jumpers again. I don't like summer at the best of times but this just feels silly.


Friday!

Friday!

Friday is not enjoying the heat. Spends most of the day trying to find a cold surface to lie on; there isn't one, sorry.


People who've read The Martian: oh the book is so good there's loads of maths in it and it's super realistic

Me: ...sounds great. Fiction with extra maths!

Me, having read The Martian: oh the book is so good there's loads of maths in it and it's super realistic


I started going to a new badminton group occasionally and they're all so nice and friendly it's ridiculous. I was so worried about going, because apparently Adult Me worries about things like that, but they've been so welcoming, and complimentary about my game. Such a good way to end a long week.


Another week rolled past

Another week rolled past

The cat


Week off

Week off

Have run the emotional gauntlet this week. I would prefer better control of my emotions I think.


The cast is off!

Tabitha finally had her cast removed. The last 4 weeks have felt like such a long time, but have also gone very quickly. Probably not the case for Tabitha. Little video on here of the process of getting the cast cut off. Nothing terribly squeamish in there but if you have a mind that likes to wander about these things I would probably skip it! I like that they call them "wires" - they're more like tent pegs, but that would probably be a bit too scary.


Friday Saturday

Friday Saturday

Still very naughty, still in love with the dog.


Ooni!

Ooni!

I can't tell you how long I've wanted one of these. This is my BBQ. Someone else does all the preparation and Man Make Hot and take all the credit for some presumed magical mono-process that is impossible to mess up (it is not impossible).


Our local Tesco has new self-service checkouts, and they haven't taken the screen plastic off the card terminals. That's the best part of getting new things! I nearly did it for them but then figured someone who works there might want to. I'll give them a week.