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"Only" a year+ after moving into this house, we've finally ordered a sofa! We've been working on choosing a sofa for ages; the ending of July sales were enough to finally push us into making a decision. C.'s parents are coming this weekend, so we're likely to spend some of it thinking about the house.

I spent part of the morning cutting back vines. Most of my time spent gardening consists of cutting back vines. I used to think gardens were synonymous with trowels; now I think they're synonymous with shears. We have vines all over the place here: passionflowers galore (now fruiting), a struggling clematis, fledgling sweetpeas, very enthusiastic roses, and the infestation from next door which I think of as kudzu, even though I know it isn't. It likes to tangle up with anything it can reach and grows rapidly. Today there was an upstart bramble to cut back as well. (I can't uproot it; it too crept in from next door.)

In unrelated news, my first published opera review arrived today! I'm not likely to review many of these for publication in my life since I rarely have informed insights into the singers themselves (rather important in opera). This one was a review of Doctor Atomic for the BSHS newsletter.

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sammywol
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
It is possibly a sign that I belong to too many fan sites that it took me one and half reads through to realise that I had not just missed the Hugh Laurie bit.

Oh and congratulations on the review! Now next time someone says in your hearing 'everyone's a critic' you can murmur 'ha! they wish!'
owlfish
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It may well be my only published opera review ever, for all I know, but I'm happy.

P.S. My Hugh Laurie references are so subtle, I missed them too. I wonder if anyone's done a t.v. show called 'Home', just to ensure further confusion?

Edited at 2009-07-31 04:44 pm (UTC)
theengineer
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I would absolutely go see an opera called Doctor Atomic.
owlfish
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
It ends spectacularly.
sam_t
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Where are you getting the sofa from? Sorry - I need a new sofa and am stuck in that "must buy something before the sales end" thing.
owlfish
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sofa Workshop, sale ends Sunday. Multiyork has a sale on too.
ewtikins
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Your kudzu could be bindweed; it's rather annoyingly persistent.

We have a firepit. The other weekend I burned things on it. This makes me very, very happy.

owlfish
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'll ask C.'s mother what the not-kudzu is. From an initial Google Image search, it doesn't look like it has the right flowers to be bindweed, but it may come in more variants.

Hurray for firepits and burning things! Today's weather looks good for burning too.
intertext
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest bindweed, too. I hope it isn't, because it's almost impossible to get rid of.

Envies sofa :-) I need new furniture BADLY, but I need to recoup some finances first.
non_trivial
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I got my copy of Viewpoint in the post yesterday, and thought I saw your name in it - congrats!
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