|"Fek's sake, I'll never get a signal up there. Try your iPad. "|
"No buggering way. She's following me on Twitter as well."
"Nightmare. And I forgot to put bloody trousers on."
"Revision it is, then."
If I had any shame I would be embarrassed at how long it is since I last posted. It feels like a couple of days, so I have clearly fallen into a parallel space:time continuum that makes each second stretch to an hour.
I have had my nose gaffer-taped to the grindstone trying to finish what I started; not the most familiar of feelings to a bolter like me, but the rhythm of days you kindly prescribed (you know who you are and I thank you all) has held me fast to both task and chair and perhaps soon you can judge for yourselves if I wouldn't have been better off just defrosting the freezer or learning Swedish.
The seasonal rhythm continues outside my head too - the brown, dank landscape wears a flirty morning negligee of frost; the afternoon walks are muffled by a deliciously rank carpet of lime and scarlet. The cooling pies and cakes have scented the kitchens of many women before me. The muffled grumbles as bots are reminded of exam revision is also timeless; the furtive sneaking under bedclothes to broadcast complaint via phone and Facebook perhaps less so.
This afternoon, pea-soup fog permitting, I will break the rhythm with a two-day jaunt to see an old friend in Amsterdam. There is a gallery opening, an exhibition of impressionism, some snert (ah, the fun we had with that) and that gut-aching laughter that comes from knowing where all the bodies are buried and not giving a fig.
I will be back next week. In more ways than one.