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I slept through election night (well, actually I played Crusader Kings 2 until God Awful O'Clock, at which point exhaustion overcame stress) and only just woke up. Having nerved myself to look at the election results, my reaction was pretty much along John McEnroe "Jesus Christ! You Cannot Be Serious! You Can Not Be Serious!!!" lines

Now I can understand the desperation to stay in power on May's part, but the DUP? Seriously?

To give non-UK readers some context: the DUP are anti-gay-rights, anti-abortion, anti-Catholic, the closest thing the UK has to US hardline, religious Republicans (and remember, the UK as a whole is well to the left of the US, so really, really out there). They attack Corbyn for links with the IRA, but were themselves linked to the worst of the Protestant Paramilitaries. And now they're in power, and can threaten to take their ball home any time Theresa May does something they don't like. 

davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
The multiply-transatlantic parcel finally arrived this morning, the alarums and excursions around it claiming to be delivered last week were due to it being held up with a customs fee - VAT to pay - which I finally got a card telling me needed paying on Tuesday.  I wouldn't have minded the VAT too much if the Royal Mail's handling fee hadn't practically doubled it.

I may have been slighty more wound up about it than I realised as I'd no sooner glanced through the contents and confirmed everything was there* than my body decided I was going to sleep. Now. By my reckoning I'd already had 6 to 7 hours, and my body decided to double that.**

So it's 8PM and I just had breakfast....

I haven't been sleeping particularly well since early January when I came down with that blasted cold, I seem to have been on more of a 30 hour, or 36 hour, cycle than a 24, which keeps you functional, but in a state of permanently too knackered to do anything constructive, not to mention awake at awkward times of the day and it looks like it may finally have caught up with me. Hopefully I can get back to something resembling normalcy now.

* Except for the stuff that went permanently out of stock in the near year it took the main item to finally be published,

** Complete with two*** dreams about starting a PhD back at Lancaster and having a pleasant conversation with the fiercest of my old lecturers. There are also vague memories of being signed up as an officer for World War Three (and Case Nightmare Green from the Laundry Files), but that's down to the reading I've been doing. All of them surprisingly domestic, rather than kinetic.

*** Or one dream, interrupted, as I woke up in the middle of it, checked the time and picked up the narrative again when I fell back to sleep.


 

 


davidgillon: Text: I really don't think you should put your hand inside the manticore, you don't know where it's been. (Don't put your hand inside the manticore)

Just checked the status again. Since our last episode:

 

Date & Time
 
Status of Item
Location

February 10, 2017 , 10:52 am

Delivered

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Your item was delivered in UNITED KINGDOM at 10:52 am on February 10, 2017.

February 9, 2017 , 7:14 pm

Processed Through Facility

UNITED KINGDOM

February 9, 2017 , 12:52 pm

Processed Through Facility

UNITED KINGDOM

February 7, 2017 , 6:24 am

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

I was in the house all day yesterday. I actually took delivery of a parcel for a neighbour just after 11AM. But I certainly didn't take delivery of a parcel just before 11AM, or at any other time.

Seriously unimpressed and will be letting USPS know that.

davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
Date & Time
 
Status of Item
Location

February 7, 2017 , 6:24 am

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

Your item departed a transfer airport in HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM on February 7, 2017 at 6:24 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

February 6, 2017 , 5:11 pm

Departed

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

February 5, 2017 , 3:23 pm

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

February 5, 2017 , 10:22 am

Departed

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES

February 1, 2017 , 10:58 pm

Departed

PARIS, FRANCE

January 31, 2017 , 4:17 pm

Departed

WINDSOR LOCKS, UNITED STATES


So do I stay in on the chance it's going to arrive today, or assume it's crossing the Atlantic, again.

And can I claim its frequent flier miles?

WTF USPS?

Feb. 7th, 2017 12:36 am
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
I'm expecting a parcel from the States, which I've been tracking using the USPS website. All I can say is I understand now why transatlantic shipping is so costly.....

February 6, 2017 , 5:11 pm

 

Departed

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

 

Your item departed a transfer airport in INTERNATIONAL, MIAMI, UNITED STATES on February 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

February 5, 2017 , 3:23 pm

Departed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

February 5, 2017 , 10:22 am

Departed

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES

February 1, 2017 , 10:58 pm

Departed

PARIS, FRANCE

January 31, 2017 , 4:17 pm

Departed

WINDSOR LOCKS, UNITED STATES

January 31, 2017 , 4:16 pm

Departed

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 31, 2017 , 3:11 am

Arrived

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 9:49 pm

Departed

WEST PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 9:49 pm

Departed

LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 8:25 pm

Departed

WEST PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 5:10 pm

Arrived

MIAMI, UNITED STATES

January 30, 2017 , 4:31 pm

Processed Through Facility

ISC MIAMI FL (USPS) 

January 30, 2017 , 6:22 am

Arrived at USPS Facility

MIAMI, FL 33112 

January 30, 2017 , 6:22 am

Arrived at Facility

ISC MIAMI FL (USPS) 

January 27, 2017 , 9:50 pm

Arrived at USPS Facility

BIRMINGHAM, AL 35222 

January 27, 2017 , 8:35 pm

Accepted at USPS Origin Facility

BIRMINGHAM, AL 35210 



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