Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Progress on the nursery-to-be has been slower than I'd hoped. I've been doing most of the tidying, which has to be interrupted by long rest periods in which I wait for my lower back to recover. The boy spent a sweaty afternoon putting stuff into the attic - including a heavy, broken heater which I told him needed throwing out, not storing.

The chest of drawers is still unmade and in it's packaging, which is a little disappointing.

On the other hand, the boy brought home Buffy Season 5, part 2 and Angel Season 4, part 1. Apparently he did it so I won't be bored out of my mind when I stop working and start waiting for the big event. To misquote a well-known but oratorally-challenged All Black, all credit to my other half.

I managed to tick several things off my to-do list this morning:

- book an infant car seat from Plunket, for baby's trip home and first six months;

- get my mum showered and changed (she's steadily getting strength back in her arm, but isn't yet able to get into those tight thermal undershirts of hers);

- retrieved all my old bank statements from the rubbish bag out back, so I can manually shred them before putting them in the recycling bin (I'm paranoid about identity theft);

- return Foucault's Pendulum (I tried manfully to read it, but got bored - plus it's too big a book to hold in one hand and read in bed) and Oryx and Crake (a great little tale of genetic engineering extreme) to the library;

- find a new home for an unwanted, space-gobbling wardrobe.


flying kiwi said...

you have an attic???

hazel said...

oryx and crake was enjoyable, wasn't it?
i adore margaret atwood, but sometimes i'm just not as into her books as i hoped i would be when i buy them.
my other favs are 'the handmaid's tale', 'the robber bride' and 'the blind assassin'

Desiree said...

I'm with flying kiwi - where is the attic? Are you sure it's not filed with the space-gobbling wardrobe?

Violet said...

flying kiwi and desiree: well, only as in a bit of roof space - just enough for the Pink Batts and storage for a few things. Not a loft.

hazel: yeah I did enjoy it - quite a relief after the difficulties I had with Foucault's Pendulum. I usually find Atwood's books pretty depressing, which is why I stopped reading them after The Blind Assassin. Mostly her male characters are depressing. But The Handmaid's Tale is pretty imaginative and a great read anyhow.