September 25th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Good, on balance

I had a good day, but bad things have been happening to many people I know lately: a good friend of the family back home (quite elderly but in good health) broke a leg while bicycling - fell into the river when the path curved sharply right by the water; his wife is falling apart over it; another friend's beloved cat died; a friend of C.'s from York died. And so on.

But I'm doing well. It makes me feel particularly lucky that this week has been a good one - give or take the ominous lack of dissertation work. We learned an overhand stroke today. Everything we've learned thus far has been intended to send the birdie very high into the air to give us all time to aim and hit it. Power serves. Unlike yesterday, I remembered to bring the book for Lindsay to borrow. I was having a flaky day yesterday. There was a meeting to coordinate for the SHOT meeting, and I did a few hours of ITER work (still not the fusion reactor!). Today's journal was rather tedious - it's a quarterly which started back in 1941. After 2 hours, I'm still only up to 1986 for my numbering report. And I remembered to send out invites to my sister's birthday party! Hurray!

I also received an invite to a Smith Alums event next month - the first successfully organized event since I moved to Toronto, at least, that I've had an invite to.

I'm not hogging all the goodness though: rhiannon76 passed her MA exam!
Fishy Circumstances

In the news: Art and Beer

One of my favorite London restuarants is Belgo Centraal, part of the Belgo chain. There's a BBC article this week on how the parent company is having some financial struggles and is closing some of the Belgos: happily, those being closed do not include its major London ones. I have a frequent eater card for the restaurant, which is a bit amusing since I acquire about one stamp a year on it, working my way very, very slowly towards a free lunch there sometime. It was thanks to this restaurant that I discovered there is beer I like: fruit beers which don't taste like they're beer at al, but rather a mildly alcoholic fruity soft drink. But really, are beers.

Also in the news, some of the frescos damaged in Assissi in the earthquake about 4 years ago have been restored. It says a great deal about Italian - or perhaps international - interest that the shattered frescoes have been restored, but several of the major living areas for the monks who actually inhabit the monastery have not been - yet.