Friday, 7 December 2007

Christmas List (tragic)

I have just had the sad (in both the trad and pejorative modern senses) realization that one of the things I'd really like for Christmas is:

Four days alone in the office, no-one knows I am here, phone and internet disconnected, doing nothing but RUTHLESS tidying up till there are no piles of anything anywhere and just clear surfaces as far as the eye can see.

I can't tell you how sad it makes me feel that this is something I really rather covet and would prefer to several nice jumpers and pairs of socks. (But not a train set.)

Of course, this is not the only thing on my list. There are, believe me, larger and smaller things, more and less tangible both, but as you know this blog avoids serious thought at all costs so we shall stick to trivia. And I am here right now and this is what suddenly occurred to me as something I'd really quite love. The reason this came up now is I am on leave but in the office, because I am on my way to Manchester to see the Crown Princess, but my train goes a bit later so I came in early and have sneakily been working for a while with no-one knowing I am here, and it is marvellous.

Basically, there is something wrong with pretty much my entire Weltanschauung, really, isn't there? Oh well.


Lottie said...

Crown Princess, Infanta... what does that make me?

Strawberryyog said...

Ah well thereby hangs a tale. In fact, an honorific title has already been attached to you, as befits a daughter of the aristocracy. You just weren't paying attention, is all. :) If you check here you will see. Now, the trouble is, I am not so sure I like it. Do you? (Please note that I am not about to make a habit generally of consulting the, er, victims of this blog about its content, dammit.) I quite like it as a title but I am not sure about its associations, because I think it is possibly tainted by people's memories of this sad event. So I think maybe I should reassign you to some other bit of the aristocracy ... watch this space! xx

Strawberryyog said...

Right mate you are retitled. You are now the Iarlles Loötës since as discussed above I don't like the resonances of Marchioness. It's a kind of Welsh Countess, and the word "Iarlles" is the f. of "Iarll" which is derived from the English "Earl". I thought this was appropriate for Cardiff-related reasons. I also quite liked the OE "Hlǣfdiġe" but couldn't face the special characters! All this comes from here by the way. xx