~o wonders of wonders! o~

After three months of not getting a new cooker (at least six weeks of which was my fault, I’ll cop to that), we now have one! Yesterday we had a random inspection (which they did not warn us about, although they said they sent a letter. We didn’t get one. I may not let them in next time, on general principles, if we do not receive advanced warning. anyway.) and the woman wanted to know what needed work, if anything, so I mentioned the cooker, and there was a sudden flurry of activity on it and they said they’d call around 10 in the morning and by God they did. Yer man said he’d be there in ten minutes, and it only took him thirty-five to arrive, which, for the Irish, is extremely like being early.

Shortly thereafter, we had a new cooker installed. He, being an installation man rather than a delivery man, did not take away the *old* cooker, and because I really did not want a nasty old cooker sitting in the kitchen for weeks, which seemed the likely scenario if I didn’t nag, I nagged to find out when they’d be taking it away. “In the morning,” they said, and I said something like, “Uh,” and they said, “Maybe we can get it tonight.” And after some back-and-forthing, yer (other) man called to say he’d be getting it himself at half six, and by 6:40, he’d come and gone again with the cooker.

I’m astounded. And we have a lovely bright white shiny new cooker! I need to go figure out what to make on the lovely bright white shiny new cooker. Ted requested burgers, but I was waiting for them to come pick up the old cooker, so I wasn’t able to get any mince. Sigh.

Astounded or astonished; that’s another one LJ moods doesn’t have. I should petition them to make a paid-account feature of the ability to add mood slots.

Zoë Conway is playing at the Half Moon Theatre tonight. I believe I’ll go see her. Oh, hey, if anybody’s in Dublin and wants to see her (she’s a *tremendously* good fiddler), she’ll be at Whelans at 8pm on the 9th. Well worth the €15 admission.

Food now.

miles to Minas Tirith: 323

p.s. After almost 2 years of hand-lighting stoves, I’m a little confused by not having to. Weird.

14 thoughts on “~o wonders of wonders! o~

  1. Thanks for the link to Zoë Conway’s site. As it happens, I’ve got a last-minute trip just scheduled to Dublin, and assuming I can get away from the office at a reasonable hour, I will probably see if I can get into Whelans for her show.

  2. Could you tell me about your “miles to” portion? i’ve heard of people setting goals to boookish places before, but could you share with me where you got the distance information?

  3. “Yer man said he’d be there in ten minutes, and it only took him thirty-five to arrive, which, for the Irish, is extremely like being early.”

    *splits a gut laughing!*

  4. *laughs* As I put in the mileage today I was thinking it was just about time somebody else asked me about that. Nicely done. :)

    I’m doing the Eowyn Challenge, which began as a walk to Rivendell from Hobbiton several years ago, but people’ve mapped out, oh, all there rest of the distances, too. I’ve been doing this since April 2003 and have walked a total of…2655 miles! Ooh, and it’s only a bit less than 60 miles to Minas Tirith now. Awesome, I thought it was further. :)

    Hope that helps!

  5. Oh excellent on the cooker. I was wondering you didn’t show up for writing today. Getting a new cooker is a good reason for being absent. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  6. “Yer man said he’d be there in ten minutes, and it only took him thirty-five to arrive, which, for the Irish, is extremely like being early.”

    Actually sounds like he was using a TARDIS

  7. Catie,

    Sorry to do this to you, but how does one ask you a question not related to the days post? the answer is probably right here in front of me but I don’t see it.

    Now, for the question, since I’m here.

    When one is using a psuedo, what name do they put on the Synop, and MS? their realy name, or the name they’re writing under?



  8. One starts a new thread by doing just this. :)

    When writing the Cate Dermody books I put my own name with the address in the upper left-hand corner of both the synopsis and the manuscript, and the Dermody name on the byline on both.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Well, if tonight’s “Doors 9pm” experience is any indication, “Doors 8pm” means you’ve got at least 45 minutes to get there before the show starts. I hope you make it, and I hope the production isn’t as appalling as it was here in Cork tonight. (To be clear, it wasn’t Zoë at all who was bad, and I have a quite glowing review of the last gig I saw her at here, so don’t take my bitching about tonight as a reason not to see her. :)

  10. I hope to be seen today, but I have no idea if I will be. I did get some work done yesterday, though. That’s something. :)

  11. Ah, I see said the blind man.

    Ok, more stupid questions……could you show me? Just not picturing the “by-line” part.



  12. Ah, thank you, darlin’. You’re the best.

    And, if memory serves, (frightening thought), on the ms it self, my last name and title are in the upper left corner with page number on the right.

    Got it.

    Thanks again, Catie. :-)


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