- Sleep. I like my sleep; I always have done. But for some reason my sleep pattern seems to be easily disrupted these days with too many nights when I either can't get to sleep or, more often, when I wake up in the wee small hours and can't get back to sleep. But this week I have had several good sleeps to make up for the bad ones, and I feel so much better for it.
- Central Heating. Last weekend our central heating boiler decided to stop working. Although we have a warm house, boy did it cool down quickly. But we survived; indeed it took both of us back to our childhoods in unheated houses when one heated one room and were glad to snuggle down in bed and get warm. And fortunately we have a backup immersion heater (so there was always piping hot water) and a gas fire in the front room so we could heat that room and watch TV accompanied by two cats and two laptops. Anyway the boiler got fixed during the week and it's great to have an all-round warm house again — I was surprised how quickly the house did warm up too.
- Jake. Earlier in the week we went to see the Patron of the Anthony Powell Society. I knew his cat, Jake, had been under the weather recnetly but was gald to see he was back to his old self. Jake like attention. He also likes sitting on people. Not on their laps but draped across their chest and shoulders. I think I spent half the time we were there with this large tabby cat draped in vrious poses across my torso.
- Prof. Alice Roberts. As I posted on Friday I'm delighted that Alice Roberts has been appointed as Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham. Yes, OK, I'll admit it: I think Alice is very sexy. She is also an excellent scientist and a brilliant communicator so this is a well-deserved appointment.
- HMS Victory and the National Archives. I'm going to write a separate post about this, so come back later for another instalment.
22 January 2012
Reasons to be Grateful: 10
Experiment, week 10. This week's five things which have made me happy or for which I'm grateful.