I disapprove of this current rainy weather. It's LOVELY if you're snuggled up inside, much less so if you're out running errands or getting to work.
I feel like I had a really lazy, home-bodyish weekend, although when I think back I did manage to do a fair amount of stuff. It's just that it was mostly home-related things, which are not exciting and memorable. Alan normally Does Things in the weekend, so I feel a little boring dragging him, well, no where (since we are apparently attached at the hip and incapable of spending apart.)
But! I accidentally did a LOT more gardening than I intended on Saturday while the weather was nice. (The plan: mow the lawns and do a little bit of weeding and cutting back a wee branch or two. The result: mown lawns, apparently when Alan vehmently said he didn't like gardening doing the lawns doesn't count, hurrah, and THREE HUGE PILES of branches and things. I don't know anything about pruning, so I don't know if the rhododendron and gardenias will recover, but I don't particularly like them so that's okay. And there was this one horrible tropical tree thing which used to have big spiny fronds and is now dead and spiny, and it turns out I was able to pretty much dismantle the whole thing. Except it was EVIL and pricked me a lot, and now my hands hurt.)
I also tried the new cafe which has opened up on New North Rd south of the Mt Albert shops - Cosset. It caught my eye on account of its "Free wifi!" sign outside, which, yay! It was hit and miss for me - on the plus, free wifi; awesome vibe with eclectic furniture and crockery - they've obviously raided some second hand or antique stores to good effect; it was out of the way and quiet; and the pancakes were FANTASTIC with fruit on the side, maple syrup in a jug <3 and crushed nuts sprinkled on top which was so so yummy. On the downside, there wasn't a huge breakfast menu - no eggs or bacon or any protein at all, really; and the waitresses were so shiny new they squeaked. There were a couple of missteps in service - not bringing the coffees together (we ordered exactly the same thing at the same time) and trying to take away food before we'd quite finished, but it was all earnestly done. All in all, I think I'll go back when I'm in the mood for a light breakfast and a quiet atmosphere, but it's not a place to go if you're hungry.
On Sunday I bought a couple of bookshelves that were being sold at a comics shop Alan stops in every weekend. One of them has been set up in my office next to my desk, which has necessitated boxes of books being moved back ONTO the bed, but now my desk is clear and I have shelves for study materials, yay! The other is a kind of bedside table, because obviously a functional bookcase is a lovely bedside match for the folding chair I'm using on the other side. (At some point I will acquire bedside tables. Until then, the look is...charmingly eclectic!)
Anyway, in order to fit the new bookcases in there had to be tidying and rearranging of things, and now I'm basking in that happy glow of "my house looks so CLEAN and ORGANISED" which will last about, um, two days.
I bought fudge at the Takapuna markets yesterday, and now I REALLY REALLY wish I had it at work with me. Fuuuuddggeee.