As previously noted, caffeine_fairy bullied me into taking some time off this week, as work (while still stressful etc.) is quiet just now. I spent Tuesday doing not a whole lot - reinstalling Civ III on my laptop and playing that for a while.
Wednesday, I drove to Hay on Wye and was actually quite restrained in the matter of buying books; all but two of them are presents for other people, and one of the remaining two will be going on Ebay. I should maybe add for those of you who have not heard of Hay that it is a small town on the Welsh border full of second-hand bookshops. Oh, the torture. Oh, the pain. (Oh, the six hours or so in the car. It's only barely feasible as a day-trip from London, sad to say.) Once I got back to London, there was duck at the Oasis with a bunch of the usual suspects (and some of the less usual ones), which was pleasant as ever, though the long car journey was taking its toll by the end of it.
On Thursday I dropped in on my parents for lunch - another only-barely-day-trip to the wilds of Somerset. I admired their almost-completed workshop, currently being constructed by my dad and one of his friends, and also the fishpond which has a dozen or so adult fish and maybe three or four dozen baby ones - rather cute. Came back to London and went to see Spirited Away with rotwang and waistcoatmark. It was diverting, especially since my exposure to anime has previously been all but zero (and I'm just waiting for the anime fans to turn round and tell me that this doesn't really count... whatever). Weird, but nice.
Sadly on Friday I had to go back into the office and deal with a longish to-do list (in the absence of caffeine_fairy who had gone down with a stinking cold). I got through most of it, though was held up by everyone else seeming to have decided to go on holiday... Then there was poker in the evening, where I managed to fail to lose my shirt, but couldn't quite maintain the momentum of a couple of early big wins and wound up £1.60 down on the evening. Hardly a major loss, I feel.