Still unpacking ... and it's the World Cup! and Blogger Meetup!
Well, I'd say the apartment is about 3/4 organized at this point. Usual running around to pick up bits and pieces -- had to jury-rig a way of hanging a rack on the back of the kitchen/laundry room door, because I think the owners might take it amiss if I were to use the screws that came with the rack. The one complaint I have about the place is a lack of storage space. I may have to get rid of some stuff. But really, it's just silly use of space -- I'm not all that short, and I have to use a stool to get into the second shelf of the upper kitchen cabinets, and the lower cabinets have those stupid half-shelves.
Oh well. I can now watch TV and DVDs, my good computer is hooked up (after going out and buying a serious surge protector that also connects the cable co-ax) and I can again listen to stuff via the Lyra, and my new Skype number rings over the stereo speakers so I can hear it...
And best of all, I had a blogger meet-up today! What Now was in town on business, and so we went out for a drink and snacks. Like all my other blogger meet-ups so far, it was really nice. WN was nothing like I expected in person -- far more bubbly and less ... serious? professional? Not in a bad way. Just that I always thought of her as looking as no-nonsense as she sounds/writes. She's still pretty no-nonsense, but much more outgoing and sparkly. The cats even deigned to (with a little encouragement) come out and say hi! Proof that i have great taste in blogfriends. We went down to the old town and walked through about a third of the pedestrian mall, where we found a decent little place (no outside seating, unfortunately, at least not if we wanted to sit within 30 minutes!). There was another place that looked pretty nice, but was very spendy. I was totally surprised at the prices where we ended up -- I guess it was happy hour -- my beers (2, thanks for asking) were only $2.50 each for draft microbrews!
Tomorrow and Sunday are the final push to get the place in shape (except, maybe lining the kitchen cupboards). But first ... Engerland, Engerland, Engerland ...! Yes, I did get exorbitantly-priced cable for a reason, and that reason is the World Cup. And on Monday? Back to work. I've got books and journals to read and courses to plan. Academic blogging to resume Real Soon Now.