Saturday, September 1, 2012
Pat By Moonlight
Here's Pat, our balcony spider, by the light of Thursday's full moon. You can see the concentric, shimmering rings of her web. Halloween in August, right?
I had a great day yesterday, walking about 3.5 miles from New Cross to Elephant & Castle in South London. Beautiful weather, lots of great storefronts, some unexpected street art, some good street photography "moments" -- all the ingredients were there. I stopped at an Ethiopian restaurant for lunch, a simple, one-room place called Enat Guada on Old Kent Road. No menu that I could see, just a mildly surprised-looking proprietor who promised to bring me the vegetarian selection. I hadn't had Ethiopian food in ages, and I loved tearing off little pieces of injera bread and scooping up the food with my fingers.
I got lots of work done yesterday, too. The new job is going well, but there is a constant, low level of tension that goes with working at home and being on call, and thus never really being "off." I was even checking e-mail during my walk. Maybe I need to set boundaries.
Dave and I are continuing to watch "Breaking Bad" on Netflix. We love it. For those who have seen it: Last night we just found out what that stuffed animal floating in the pool was all about. Certainly not what I expected.
And then, last night, a stroke of misfortune. I was flossing my teeth when my gold inlay popped out, clattering into the sink. I cursed, instantly imagining the hours of pain I was about to endure from a sensitive, exposed tooth -- and where does one find a dentist in London at 10 p.m. on a Friday? Fortunately, the inlay didn't slide down the drain -- that would have been a disaster -- and surprisingly there's been no pain at all. Once I got over my dismay, which took a few hours, I slept like a baby. This morning I'm even having coffee, though I'm trying to drink it using just one side of my mouth, which is a challenge. Starting at 9 a.m. I have to track down an emergency dentist through the National Health Service. Not how I imagined spending my Saturday!
Finally, at least one of you wanted to see the medieval carving of the elephant from the South Lopham church that I recently mentioned. I have a photo on Flickr here. That creature looks less like an elephant than a duck with hooves!