The first thing I did, therefore was go into Borders. Unfortunately, this instantly proved that I was in one of my very easily distracted moods (I am amused to note that I left of at very when writing this yesterday) and am instantly sucked in by their new magazine area, which is huge and has many many different magazines on it.
I have sadly reached a stage where magazines make me feel old. When I was young, I used to read Cosmo. At first I hoped to learn things and later I still found it amusing. After a while though, I tired of it and moved on to things like New Woman, Marie Claire and so on. I enjoyed them aesthetically and sometimes found the articles interesting or amusing. These days though, I look at the front covers and, well, nothing draws me. I remember going on holiday to stay with a friend my mothers age when I was around 18 and reading her (I think) Good Housekeepings and something else of that ilk, but even those don't look appealing now. Magazines for older women who wish they were younger women. So what is there for me. I get the WeightWatchers mag occasionally (I like the success stories and the recipes are useful too) but I want more. Maybe I should get a regular newspaper or something - perhaps that would do it. What periodicals do you lot read, anyway?
So I wandered round feeling rather overwhelmed by the number of things in Borders to be distracted by and, failing to find any book chairs, left and went to Waterstones. Where I still felt slightly overwhelmed by distractions. A staff member asked me what I was looking for and sent me up a floor where I did the same thing (Cookery books... Wine books... Gardening books... SF shelf) until another staff member sent me back down a floor so I decided to give it up for the day.
Next stop the outdoor shop where I did manage to get a poncho to wear on the bike, thus guaranteeing a dry winter. Then I decided I really wanted a nice civilized lunch somewhere - perhaps a soup and a paper or something of that nature. Unfortuanatly, the News cafe was closed for a re-fit, leaving me unable to think of any other venue likely to supply both of those things. If only I'd bought something to read at Borders. Ah well. Passing the Works, I noticed that they were having a "Closing down for refit" sale and decided to have one more shot for a book chair. Again, no luck but I did finally buy a shredder, which I've been meaning to do for ages. I decided to call it a day and settle for eating a baguette back at the office. Such is life.
Oh, by the way, new icon is of Charlie pouncing on the cord for Jeremy's camera as the picture is taken. Cute or what?