We’ve just had four massively loud claps of thunder. The roof vibrated so much I thought someone on the next floor up had dropped a printer or something (even though we’re in a single storey office). After the second conference-room-vibrating event we all went outside to see what was happening. Giant raindrops started falling out of the sky and lightning preceded more car-alarm-generating, near-miss-bombing, the-world-is-ending, I-think-my-ears-have-burst, thunder.

And then it all stopped. And when I came back into the office one of my computers was dead. :-( Poor thing.


Cupertino Pool

We found a wasp in the apartment today and Steve captured it and took it outside. I noticed the next balcony over had lots of wasp/bee like things flying around it the other day when I was out there, so I guess it strayed from there. It was a much skinnier wasp than you get in England, so I looked it up online to see if it really was a wasp and found this amazing site: what’s that bug?

Our wasp was a common ‘European paper wasp’, but the site is brilliant – people just send in photos of insects they’ve found in their house to these people and they post the pictures and identify the bug. The toe-biters in particular are incredible (and they really do bite your toes). I also found this great link about spider myths. Ahhh – I am so relieved to know that actually daddy long legs aren’t really “the worlds most poisonous creature yet they can’t penetrate human skin” (I’ve been told this twice in my life and actually thought it was true). I’m also relieved that the cactus story is fiction. To be honest, I had my doubts about that one, but stranger things have been documented.

We tried out the pool yesterday before anyone else was up. Great start to Saturday morning. We also went to see War of The Worlds in the evening with Mart from work. I have never seen/heard anything about it except the famous song, so was expecting it to be a bit tame, but it was actually very watchable. The story seemed a bit dodgy to me in places, but the special effects were grand and Tom Cruise was great – very funny at first, and non-cringe-inducingly-serious later (isn’t it great how in English you can string four words together like that and it will still make sense?).

Weekends are too short as usual. But have almost finished my re-write of the photo gallery. Hoping to put it online next week.

Discovering the Sims

Lombard Street

We went to San Francisco for a few hours on Saturday and pottered around with Martin from work.

We tried to go to Alcatraz but the tours were all fully booked – another of Martin’s failed attempts to get in… kind of weird when you think of how many people must have been desperate to get out over the years.

Steve has bought The Sims, so on Sunday I spent about 4 hours playing it. I always knew this game would be highly dangerous and I would end up totally addicted. I created 5 Sims and 4 of them died, which I felt a bit upset about. None of Steve’s died. I then spent all night dreaming about them. I’ve thought about them all day.

They’re in my head!

First Post

I think I’ve finally got enough basic stuff on here to start telling people this site exists… it’s mostly photos at the moment (so many more to come!), but I’m reasonably happy with the framework for the site for now. Have got some improvements in mind for the photo gallery, which I’ll get round to doing at some point.

In the meantime, I’m online!

*2018 Update: I lost the original photo galleries when I archived off my old blog as I programmed them manually. I’ve added some of the original photos to some of the oldest posts where relevant, but to be honest most of them were snapshots and holiday pics, so probably not worth worrying about reinstating in full.

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