Yesterday I took half a day off work because my shoes were falling to pieces and I needed new ones ASAP. I mentioned shoe shopping to Cheryl and she jumped on the chance, so we met by the lions on the market square at just gone 12.
The first stop was lunch at Café Rouge, and then the shoe shopping began. I picked out a few pairs that I liked in a few shops, and then we went to Schuh. I picked out some fairly plain black Vans and tried them on. I liked them and was going to buy them. Cheryl had wandered off and found some other nice K-Swiss ones while I was waiting for the right size and so I tried those ones on as well… They were way more comfortable so I bought them. I went outside and changed into them and threw away my old ones in the nearest bin.
We took a trip to Waterstones where Cheryl bought 3 books including one of my favourites: Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. Then we wandered through the Victoria Centre and I bought some A&W Root Beer, and some Gobstoppers for Cheryl (with the obligatory joke)!
After that we just generally hung around for a while. It was nice and sunny most of the time, so that was good. It was so much better than being stuck in an air-conditioned office all afternoon. There’s plenty of time for that when it’s raining outside.
Once I got back to Mansfield I went over to Dave and Hayley’s new house. I helped Dave carry some heavy things like the washing machine and stuff and then we decided to have a bit of a barbecue. Unfortunately the charcoal wouldn’t light, so we resorted to the disposable barbecue that Dave had discovered from before they moved in. He lit it and waited while smoke kept coming out. It didn’t really get hot enough to cook on in the amount of time they were willing to wait, so Dave cooked the burgers under the grill instead. He made the mistake of putting the barbecue on top of the dustbin…
While we were inside eating the burgers Hayley jumped and pointed out that she could see fire through the curtained back window. Dave ran out to extinguish the bin and Hayley shouted at him for being stupid. Such is the life of Dave and Hayley.
They kindly gave me a lift back to Crown Street and picked up some more of their stuff while they were there, and then I went to bed and fell almost straight to sleep.
A good day!
I ordered Ulysses from an Amazon listed store 9 days ago and it has not yet been delivered to me. Luckily Hayley lent me another book that’s on my list: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I’m reading that first now because of this stupid delivery failure.
In the time it’s taken this place (so far) to send me one book Lizz has had something sent to her from 5000 miles away in California. Unfortunately this one is also absolutely insane because the delivery company apparently attempted to deliver it to us at 05:27 this morning and then took it away because nobody was there to receive it. I say apparently because they left no note or missed delivery card. If they actually did attempt delivery at that time then they need to seriously get their shit together.
Why are deliveries companies still so pathetic in the 21st century? They know most people work or go to school or generally just leave the house in the day. Why oh why are the standard delivery times also the times when people are out of the house? Why do half of these places only offer collection on weekdays during regular working hours, or half a day on Saturday morning when people might want to get a bit more sleep than normal?
Work it out guys!
I decided that three years is far too long to spend “reading” Ulysses by James Joyce. I’ve given it a fair few shots now and again when I have a few spare moments. I’ve probably made it about a quarter of the way through since I started. It’s just so frustrating to read that I always give up and can’t be bothered with deciphering it.
I decided to go to Amazon.co.uk and buy the cheapest copy of the book available. After a bit of searching I managed to get a copy delivered for something like £3.75. Can’t grumble about that. It is a used copy, but the description says it’s in good condition.
I’m very close to finishing Wizard and Glass from the Dark Tower series by Stephen King again (because it’s an excellent book) and so before I begin Wolves of the Calla I aim to read Ulysses on the train in the mornings and afternoons until it is done with. Hopefully things will move along a bit more swiftly and I can cast this entire story away for the rest of my life. I think I might actually burn my copy once I’m done. Either that or frame it and put it up on the wall somewhere.
I hope it arrives soon so I don’t have to travel to and from work without a book to read for too long.