I have been working at the computer all day. Plan for this evening: a glass of wine, a couple of Updike stories, and season 3 of Bleach.
On the reading front, I am currently alternating between lowbrow fiction and highbrow poetry. They seem to go well together.
While visiting my parents at the weekend, I discovered two wasp nests in their loft. I only found this out when I went up into the loft: one wasp started buzzing around when I turned on the light, and the numbers gradually built up (although I didn’t really pay attention until one landed on my neck…). I then looked around and realized that the two disgusting blotchy things I could see in the corner must be wasp nests. I was completely creeped out for the rest of the day.
[Edit: Closer inspection reveals that it is a Ceratosaurus. Apparently my dinosaur observation skills need brushing up.]
Well, I didn't get to escape at all. British Airways lost my baggage (fortunately not for long), and by the time it was all sorted out my walkabout time had gone.
On the plus side, I finally got to see Heathrow Terminal 5 from the inside. It's a strange building: it's constructed on a large scale, and appears to want to make you feel you are walking through airy, open spaces. The entrance hall actually achieves this, with plenty of open space and some interesting shops (including Carluccio's, which I would happily have stopped at for pastry and coffee if I had had just a little more time). But once you are through to the departure lounge, the picture changes: the place is way overfilled with shops and cafes, and there is very little open walking space, with the result that it is complicated and slow to navigate through it, and it generally has a surprisingly claustrophobic feel. I get the impression that they thought a lot about how to funnel people past a lot of retail space on pre-chosen routes, but not nearly enough about how to make that a pleasant experience.
What I saw of Edinburgh was delightful: I ate dinner at a great vegetarian restaurant, and stayed at an incredibly friendly B&B. And Edinburgh airport is small but extremely pleasant.