What Stace had to say on Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
All work and no play

Well, it hasn’t been that long since I updated last, I guess. It just feels like a long time to me. I’ve been working my butt off. Seriously. I have two projects going and I think between the two of them I’ve written about 35k words in the last two weeks or so. Gasp. I haven’t been sleeping well, either, and my hubby tries to be sweet by letting me sleep until 11 am but then I’m up half the night again. Whick is fine because I like to work at night, but it would be good to get to bed before three at least a couple of times. Of course, the fact that I’ve lately been reading a bunch of books about Jack the Ripper doesn’t really aid sleep, if you know what I mean.

Nor does the temperature. IT went from cold to hot here overnight, and of course there’s no air conditioning for reasons I cannot fathom. No screens on the windows, no a/c, and the carts at the grocery store slide all over the place because the rear wheels aren’t fixed. It’s like trying to push a cart across ice.

Seriously, England. These are not new technologies. It’s not like the US invested millions of dollars into building shopping carts that don’t require the strength of a friggin gorilla to maneuver. I watch people wrestling with these things at the grocery store every day. Fix the back wheels!

Nor is the US the only country that cracked that air conditioning thing, and I’m pretty sure the idea of putting a screen on a window so no bugs fly in has been around for a while, too. I appreciate the history here, I do, and I know I have to adapt and blah blah blah. But it’s a screen, okay? You’re not losing a valuable part of your national identity if you keep bees and flies out of your house.

I can easily adjust to pretty much everything else, but damn, sleeping with the windows open and nothing between me and the outdoors bothers me, for a number of paranoiac reasons.

But then maybe that’s just me. :-)

6 comments to “All work and no play”

  1. Elle
    · June 7th, 2006 at 9:14 pm · Link

    You can buy mesh screens to put up around your windows. We had one around our patio door at our old place because otherwise there were just too many flies about. I’m thinking about getting some beaded curtains I can put up on a spring rod as they are natural fly repellant which keep them flying in. As for the cart thing, I hear ya on that! And they do have AC here and it’s catching on, but the general consensus is it’s only really hot for maybe a few weeks out of the year at most and they’re really expensive to run. We’ve got a little portable AC unit which works great but it does spike the electricity bill!

  2. Sherrill Quinn
    · June 9th, 2006 at 7:34 am · Link

    I appreciate the history here, I do, and I know I have to adapt and blah blah blah. But it’s a screen, okay?

    This reminds me of a scene in Beauty and the Beast (Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton), where Dalton’s character is a dictator living in an Eastern European country, so imagine the huge castle-like mansion he’s living in. He’s imitating Drescher’s character and says something like “I know these are 12th century windows, but can’t you put screens in them?”


  3. S. W. Vaughn
    · June 9th, 2006 at 7:41 am · Link

    You’re not losing a valuable part of your national identity if you keep bees and flies out of your house.


    December, you owe me a keyboard. :-)

  4. December Quinn
    · June 9th, 2006 at 4:18 pm · Link

    I know, elle, I’m just too lazy! 😉 The beaded curtains are a really good idea, though.

    Sherrill, I LOVE that movie (it’s Beautician and the Beast, BTW. :-))

    Hey, SW, how much do you want from me? Geez. (just kidding, of course!)

  5. Anonymous
    · June 12th, 2006 at 9:45 am · Link

    You will just have to sleep with one ear open so you can listen for Jacks walker creeping up to your house. I hear they never caught him. I am sure at his age you could kick his ass. -JTC
    P.S. Sorry if I spammed, I got an error.

  6. December Quinn
    · June 23rd, 2006 at 6:38 pm · Link


    And incidentally, how would I close my ears? Aren’t ears sort of always open? :-) (I’ve wondered about that before, because I use the phrase “sleep with one ear open” myself, too.)

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