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Well I'm quite convinced that if I stopped blogging and tweeting noone would even notice, much less care.  My last tweet was a week ago and only two people commented - my brother and a friend who doesn't have a twitter account.  I considered stopping blogging/tweeting altogether.  I considered going somewhere else and starting again or going totally private.  But I have to keep coming back to the only real reason I blog - it's just too good a diary not to.  The years before I started blogging are almost like the dark ages, where I don't really know what I was doing from day to day.  I love the chronicle, and going back to find out when I did things.  And all the photos.  And occasionally reading a random month or search results and reading stuff I'd completely forgotten about.  Twitter is a supplement to the blog, and records stuff that doesn't seem blogworthy enough for a whole post.  It's crap as an online archive, but regular backups mean I still have an offline record.  So as much as I'd like to wait around for someone to miss me, I doubt that'll happen any time soon, and not blogging is hurting me more than anyone else.

So we got back from Japan and the UK on Saturday morning.  Managed to survive most of the day before collapsing at 4pm for a couple of hours.  Slept ok Saturday night and was basically fine on Sunday.  Although did stay up waaaayyy too late on Sunday night.  Whoops.  Monday was more recovery from Sunday than from jetlag heh.  

The holiday was decent enough.  The biggest downer was the weather.  It was grey most of the time.  Rainy a lot.  Very little sunlight.  Which is pretty depressing as a photographer.  And Legoland was closed the last two days we were there, which is when we were planning to go.  I, of course, was devastated.  It was supposed to be one good thing to finish the trip off on, and instead it was the biggest let down.  It really soured my mood about the whole trip and harder to think of the highlights.  Which included our first day in London, Harry Potter filming locations, some lovely cathedrals and Scotland.  We also missed quite a few things I wanted to see because we didn't have the time. And the things we did see were rushed.  But I'm not planning to go back any time soon (except maybe to Edinburgh, and Legoland if I can face it) as there's too many other places in the world to see.  I took around 12000 photos (haven't got an exact count yet).  I still haven't seen most of them.

Our weeping cherry tree was nice enough to wait til late September to flower this year.  It made me very happy to come home and see it in full bloom.

Cherry tree
In the afternoon there was a cool rainbow

October rainbow
Tonight there were storms south of us, and Mt Ainslie was all black, the sky was dark, but it was sunny on the foreground.  Made for some cool lighting conditions.

October rain
Although this spider freaked me out by coming up next to me while I was taking photos out the window.

Spider
I spent some time on the weekend building this model of Tower Bridge I picked up in London.  It was quite fun to build, but not really a puzzle, as all the pieces are numbered and there's instructions.  But a pretty cool result.

Tower Bridge model
And even cooler?  An email from Lego on the weekend with a Lego version!!

Tower Bridge Lego
This of course I must have.  The Lego version doesn't have the other piers on the ends, so I'll probably get some extra bricks off BrickLink and make up my own.

For reference, the real thing - 

Tower Bridge, London
So it was back to work today.  I had planned to spend an easy day getting back into things, reading emails etc.  And mostly that's what I did.  Took til around mid afternoon to get through five weeks of emails.  I did get given two projects, both of which are fairly urgent.  One will be significantly easier than the other though.  And also got caught up in *problems* which are just painful and suck time like you have it to spare.

Epic win of the day was an incorrect shelf price at Toys R Us, which meant I got the Toy Story garbage truck in Lego (RRP $99.99 and $109.99 normally at Toys R Us) for $65.99 !!  Epic win!!  Only one more Toy Story set to go now.  And the new Imperial Shuttle.  And the new Diagon Alley.  And the Eiffel Tower.

With daylight savings, and a beautiful warm afternoon/evening, it felt like summer.  Had a walk, dusting done and two episodes of Survivor watched before 8pm.  And the sweetie cooked dinner :)

7 Comments

Fiona said:

At least work wasn't TOO bad first day back?

I'd probably realise after a couple of months "hmm where'd she go"... not so much on twitter, but blog wise. But it's not like the old days where I'd look for the starred update on my blogroll that you'd pinged, or check in every couple of days.

Actually, I was also a little glad when all those photo updates stopped on twitter, cos I'd get a flood of them to scroll through all at once ..

Your tree is purrty.

October 6, 2010 7:45 AM

   

Charlie Daniels (TBU) said:

I hope you don't stop ... I don't always have time to comment, but I do read :-) ..... oh .. and don't use twitter! ;-)

October 6, 2010 11:57 AM

   

Charlie Daniels (TBU) said:

PeeEss: I hate spiders!

October 6, 2010 11:58 AM

   

Missy said:

Just because we haven't posted doesn't mean we don't care. At least that's the case with me and I assume that's the case with my readers since I haven't really blogged in ages and nobody has reacted. I'm really sorry to hear about Legoland because I know you were looking forward to that! And as for the weather...I hate when that happens! I can't tell you how many beautiful pictures have been flat because of the gray skies. This happened to me in the UK a long time ago, too. They have a lot of gray skies.

The pictures above are great. What a pretty tree and rainbow.

I have a cold, so the above is probably completely muddled...a reflection of my fuzzy brain. I'm looking forward to seeing some of those 12,000 pictures!

October 6, 2010 3:20 PM

   

David Johnson said:

I read your blog via RSS in Outlook, so it is not an easy task to make comments. Plus the ridiculous words I need to type in below. ranchal and maxime aren't words!

People rarely comment on my tweets either.

P.S. I guess those weren't the words. Now have to try excloyin and um.. Not sure what the other word is.

October 6, 2010 8:09 PM

   

Hilly said:

Hey, another one here who was reading your trip posts, and the blog! I'm a non-commenter usually. Like, Facebook I visit once a month, make a comment every...um...3 or 4 months, maybe.

October 6, 2010 8:15 PM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

Thanks peoples.
I suppose that's half the problem with RSS feeds.. hard to notice when things go quiet..

October 6, 2010 9:23 PM

   

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