Last night, we remaining two house-guests were treated to dinner by our landlady and landlord in honour of the other guest (Y) returning to Japan soon. She has finished her economics PhD.
We had a sherry aperitif, lamb chops, new potatoes and petit pois, lots of wine, fresh raspberries and blueberries with sugar and cream, followed by two demi-tasses of coffee.
Coffee! --- and I still fell asleep barely two hours later.
My landlady toasted Y with good luck, and me to find a rich man who will whisk me away.
Why does everyone want that?
No one sees me doing a prestigious job, they all want me to marry millionaires...where the hell am I going to find one of those? Anyone got an extra millionaire they could send me?
My landlord said he wanted to get me "p*ssed" because I don't have to drive anywhere. In England, it means drunk, not angry :P
Unfortunately, although I am quick to get a buzz, I don't easily get silly drunk and it doesn't last long; neither do I get a headache next day. Not even with copious refills of lethal homemade mixed drinks. I seem to burn it off as quickly as I get it. Thank you, liver :)
As there was nothing to do at the office today, I was given the day off. My dad made a big deal of this and said I should talk to them about it - but say what? I am a temp, paid by the hour to perform a specific job, not annually to fill a role - and even more importantly, this is a real-time project, so why would they have me twiddling my thumbs?
And what did I do on my day off?
Well, working seems to make me tired to the core and in my bones and the like, so I slept until 11, got up and dressed to go to York - I had cancelled tea in York with some acquaintances after getting this job, but the day off came as rather a windfall so I went for it. I even got to the ticket counter, and when she said the ticket would cost 72 pounds, I said ,"I'm sorry, what did you say?"
She repeated, "Seventy-two pounds."
"Seventy-two pounds! Is it always like that???"
Apparently, in the morning it is nearly double the cost. You could take the Eurostar to Belgium for 20 quid less, and Paris for half that!!! Hello?!?!?!
If I go to York to have tea, even if it is at Betty's Tea Rooms, I would rather make it a long weekend trip rather than a 4 hour visit with a 5 hour round trip.
What's more, the group that did go have said they waited ages to get in because it was Ladies' Day at the races so there must have been a lot of fancy hats mincing about in York today.
Also, I have just learned that if I book in advance, the price is drastically reduced. Only, catch-22, I didn't know I could go until yesterday afternoon.
So what did I really end up doing?
I enriched my mind FOR FREE. As I was at King's Cross station, I decided I'd walk a litle way down the road to the British Library.
Finally, exploring the BL after having lived here all these years. It was only opened in 1998, and I am not sure what it replaced or where the BL was before...
I would love to tell you now what I saw there, but I will leave it until tomorrow because it is a whole other post, and it is past my bedtime now. I also haven't forgotten that I need to post pics of the sleepover, the wedding, and the view from my window.