Lip Balm < Chapstick

There can be no surer sign that winter has arrived than having chapped lips. My lips could be used as sandpaper, if the need arises!

So, to combat this, what product shall I choose? I know it’s an Americanism, but I’d prefer to use ‘chapstick’ rather than lip balm. Despite them being the same product, there’s something comforting to me about the word ‘chapstick’. Maybe it’s because it’s CHAPstick that makes it sound more tough and manly.

Having said that, I don’t have any lip balm or chapstick. I should probably buy some before my lips crumble off my face!

October 31 – The Quantum Physicists Day…

I say this, because the 31st of October is (of course) Halloween. It’s an interesting day, as you can never determine whether I’ll be in the house or not until you knock on my door. If you’re not a trick or treater, I’ll be in. If you’re a trick or treater, I’ll be out – just like Schrodingers Cat, you won’t be able to tell if I’m in the house until you try to find out. Amazing.

The fact that it is also my Nan’s birthday on Halloween (making her a witch, naturally), means I’m usually out anyway. In fact, this Halloween was the 1 year anniversary of accidentally running my phone over with a car whilst going to my Nan’s birthday party. It didn’t quite survive – while the phone would still turn on, the touchscreen didn’t work. Not useful.

I’ve been taking the occasional dance lesson recently (ok, for a year). I’m not a hardcore Strictly fan, but I will watch it if I happen to turn over to it. I did a particularly enjoyable Samba yesterday, the first time I’ve actually been able to master the basic bouncy moves. I do hope to be able to learn other steps soon though.

I guess, with nothing else to say, I’d better say CHA CHA for now! Ahem. Sorry. A bit.

Under the weather….

I try not to moan, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so. This will be the latter. My main gripe is this:
I’VE NOT SEEN THE SUN FOR THREE DAYS. It’s been completely grey and gloomy (and drizzling all day today) in Reading for the past three days. There is sunshine on the way tomorrow though, but I think I’ll have to get my daylight box out of my cupboard and start putting it to use again! It’s the main thing I miss about living in Oklahoma – the weather. The default weather in the Oklahoma was sunny, with the occasional fun and sparky thunderstorm. The default weather in Reading is cloudy with the occasional drenching drizzle. Could we swap the climates please? Thanks.

I’m heading off to Swanage for a week off next week, I hope that the weather will be better than it has been this week! It’s the same week as Freshers Week, which I’m both happy to miss (too many people!) and unhappy to miss (I was hoping to film stuff for RU:ON). Afterwards, term starts, and I’m looking forward to seeing the undergrads again.

Hmm. Highs of approximately 30C in Oklahoma this week. Excuse me whilst I ratchet up the central heating of my house….


Admit it! Who did Ctl-Alt-Del when fiddling with my website, hmm? You there, shuffling nervously at the back, was it you?

Well, regardless, I’ve been meaning to get the site back up to scratch, and it’s starting with this reboot. Sadly, it looks like all my previous posts, all 252 of them, will be lost in the ether forever. If I can find a way of getting them back up, I will.

Here’s to the future!