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Still alive, but not feeling fantastic

Until LJ un-borks, I'm going to be on Dreamwidth and just cross-posting. I don't know what the deal is, but trying to do anything with LJ that's more exciting than replying to comments via the e-mail form is chewing up my netbook (and using my phone is obviously out of the question) and I'm just tired of fighting with it. Though hey good news I can still read my friends page! Yay! I just can't seem to comment half the time without my netbook melting down. (And my darlings, I know there are work arounds, but the problem is that said work arounds involve interacting with the site in ways that make my only available computer weep brokenly.)

So anyway if you do have a DW account, please feel free to do the equivalent of friending me and I'll friend you back. My DW username is katsu.

Here's hoping LJ gets its head out of its ass soon. The entire update is just FUBAR.

But anyway, this entry is not to whine about the horrors of the LJ update. It's primarily to say hi, I'm still alive for certain values of alive. I'm sick. I have an awful head cold, no doubt courtesy of being trapped in a pressurized metal tube with a bunch of other human beings for ten hours straight. I feel like ass and I'm desperate enough that I've started drinking Lemsip. HELP ME.

We just got back from spending time in Cambridge with Dan. It was great to see him, particularly now that he's un-fluffed from getting his dissertation written. And he's now Dr. Dan! And has a real person job. We spent the days just wandering around in Cambridge while he worked. I've got a lot of excellent photos. I've posted a few photos over at Google plus. The bulk of them are just going to have to wait until I get home and can organize them a bit. Though I have posted pictures occasionally on Twitter. Normally silly ones.

Our first day in Cambridge we just wandered around a little bit, since we got an incredibly late start after accidentally sleeping in until one.

Day two we went to the Sedgwick museum, which is the Cambridge University geology and paleontology museum. They have an impressive fossil collection. They also had a really cool exhibit called 'Darwin the Geologist' which is obviously an aspect of his scientific life you don't hear about so much. And they have a few specimens from Florissant, which were given to Cambridge by the University of Colorado in 1909. So I was pretty excited about that.

Mike put up with all the rocks like a trooper, then we saw Game of Shadows. I was looking forward to that movie, and I wasn't disappointed. It's fun, it's silly, it takes all the stuff I liked out of the first RDJ Sherlock Holmes movie and turns it up a notch. (Though man, if they turn the 'subtext' up any more, RDJ's just going to end up humping Jude Law's leg. Not that I'd complain if that happened.) So I recommend it. I need to buy the soundtrack.

Day three we met up with Dan's friend Rosemary, who is absolutely lovely and I hope I get to see her again the next time I visit Dan. She was a student at Cambridge, so she got us in to see all the touristy things there for free! I took a bunch of pictures (uploaded a few here) and had a lot of fun just looking around and getting to talk to her.

Cambridge is a really nice city. I imagine Dan will be hanging around there for a while, so I look forward to seeing more of it a few days at a time each Christmas.

Today we were mostly traveling, but we made a stop in at London between trains. We got to meet Ingvar (the random Swede) and have lunch with him. I didn't realize, but he works for Google! And he showed us around the office, which is amazing in so many ways that I can't begin to describe it. It kind of broke my brain to know that office spaces where actual work gets done can be that pleasant and fun to be in. There's white boards everywhere, and the decorating is very cool, and there's all these relaxation areas, and free food, and, gosh, everything. I WANT TO WORK FOR GOOGLE NOW. You hear that, Google? Start up a geology division, please. Lots of fun meeting Ingvar and talking about writerly stuff. And I had a cupcake. And a can of that drink made from girders.

So that's been it so far. We're back in Thornbury for Christmas and then we'll head down to Brighton afterward to see Sam and Rhi. I have been surprisingly productive on the writing front considering that for the last two days my brain has been replaced with snot. I tried to work out a bit our first day here but ended up just screwing up my shoulder AGAIN so fine, I'm going to literally take this vacation off and we'll see how I'm feeling by the end of it.

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katsudon
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I hope I do too. This is worse than the year I got the really bad cough. :(

Got you friended back!
gookachu
Dec. 22nd, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
even kennedy thought game of shadows was entertaining.
katsudon
Dec. 22nd, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm imagining the epic struggle he must have had with himself to admit that.
pewterfish
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, this unit is defluffed and good to go, for most values of defluffed :)

I've only just found this entry. Glad to hear you enjoyed the city.

Sorry I didn't make it to meet you lot in Brighton - things got pretty busy in Worthing without a lot of warning, but I should have texted you to let you know. Failme. Hope you have a good trip back to the States, and that Loki and Tengu haven't somehow trashed the place with a drunken bachelor party while you've been gone.
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