Dec. 27th, 2012

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£50 of Waterstones vouchers have been spent (£40 as a Christmas present from work - I'm sure The Boss hoped we'd get something useful and intellectual and archaeology-related, but... What the heck!  I spend a fortune on archaeology books the rest of the year, so...), and I did not return with Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies. It's coming out in paperback this coming May, so I understand, so another few months is hardly going to hurt me, is it?  I did bewail the situation to the shop assistant, however, who smiled sweetly and said, "Well, she won the Booker, didn't she?"

Hmmm, yes.  So once again I am left with a big Bring Up The Bodies shaped hole on my bookshelf.  Instead I snaffled what appears to be the entire Hilary Mantel back catalogue (with one or two exceptions) including Fludd, which was top of my list.  I'm not sure what I'll make of them.  I'm a big fan of Wolf Hall and A Place of Greater Safety, and I also really like Beyond Black, but I wasn't so keen on The Giant O'Brien.  I should give the latter a second airing, I know.

Lush had a sale on, which was lovely.  I think I've bought enough soap to supply the household until summer, and I will be furnished with lovely bath and shower stuff for months to come, which is good news considering I'll be out on site through much of the year. 

Last but not least was a consumables binge. Four reams of A4 paper (three recycled) and two Hewlett Packard XL printer cartridges.  I'm due the edits for my forthcoming novel any time now, and I'll be needing to print out the second draft of my second novel for review soon, too (nearly done!  Might even get it finished today!!) so I guess the paper won't go very far.  At least now these items will count as tax-deductable, which is a lovely thought!

And tomorrow morning I'm horse-riding. Which will be very nice indeed.  Unless the lurgy doesn't release its grip - I'm still coughing and spluttering like the dying heroine of a certain Puccini opera...


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