Just back from the office, that sinking feeling you get when you turn on the radio and the theme tune for The Archers starts.
I went in earlier with the intention of sorting a couple of things out and bringing the archive home - it had stopped raining and turned quite nice, so I took the opportunity to walk down the hill, I also needed a bulk buy of toothpaste (I get through A LOT of toothpaste). Got to the studio - about 4 other people there - not a single one of them raised their head or said hello and for some reason I didn't feel particularly comfortable - the heating was on full too, so I did what I needed and left. Typically - it had already started pissing down again - and by the time I got home I was soaked through to the skin - really could have done without that.
I needed other stuff so I went to the COOP to buy mushrooms and washing powder. The mushrooms were so expensive I refused to buy them - and the Surf washing powder I bought was a very heavily scented one - which explains why it had been reduced to half price. Scented stuff usually causes problems for me but I've had this one before and it's OK. Talking of which, I had a shave earlier - having managed to grow a full beard in 2 weeks. I usually look a lot better after a shave, but today I looked much worse - probably due to the face full of psoriasis underneath. The stuff I use at the moment is water based - when I got caught in the rain I could feel re-forming on my face and probably foaming - I may have looked rabid.
I still needed mushrooms so I went over to the Aldi. I'd love to be able to support an ethical retailer like the COOP - but they are taking the piss, price wise. When I lived in Brighton I did all my shopping in Waitrose - I wasn't so bothered about the cost then - and after being forced to shop in the Tesco under the railway bridge in Brixton - it was a delight. Last week I was talking to a friend in town and someone they knew walked past and joined the conversation, they had been shopping in Iceland and were very enthusiastic about it - I vaguely know them through someone else, they have just spent a fortune on restoring an old house and have plenty of money but couldn't stop talking about how cheap Iceland was and how much they had saved on 'essentials' - the conversation shifted to the Aldi - they have been once but refused to go again because of the ugly artwork outside. Priorities.
Last week I had a conversation with someone I knew through another friend - nice bloke, very friendly - there was one moment when his face stiffened for just a second but he carried on talking, I realised today in a flashback that I said 'Renoir' rather than 'Rubens'. I expect he's still chuckling to himself about that one.
We keep getting flashes of decent weather then sudden, ugly sea squalls with black skies and driving rain. If I had a sea view, I'd probably be enjoying it.