A Time of Wonder

London RooftopsHere’s a quick review of my day:

Right after getting up and having muesli and Cheerios (and toast with cherry preserves), I launch into building IKEA furniture (purchased only yesterday) in an attempt to convert our unfurnished flat into a furnished one. I built a black wrought iron stand for our tiled master bath (since it has neither shelves, storage nor electrical outlets of any kind. After that, I launch into a six drawer dresser for our bedroom.

After finishing the dresser (with wife’s help), we take a break at Starbucks on Hampstead High Street for coffee, tea and two orange juices for the kids. Note: UK Starbucks charge more (1.89 pounds for a venti drip coffee), the coffee is hotter, there is no drip decaf, and they don’t offer half-n-half (only whole and skim milk).

From Starbucks we descend into the depths to the Hampstead tube stop and take the tube to Bond Street. We backtrack on Oxford Circus, with my wife buing new clothes at H&M, and myself buying a Linksys wireless router for our freshly installed cable Internet (we also have 80 odd tv channels from Virgin Media, but no tv yet). At Totten Court Road we tube back to Hampstead, head home for a late lunch, and I install and configure the wireless access point (128 bit WEP).

After that, my wife and I build yet another six drawer dresser for our bedroom, which is a hot process given that it’s sunny and warm today. About 5 p.m. we break so I can take my son to see the new Harry Potter movie, and my wife and daugter go out for dinner. My son and I go to the Everyman Cinema Club where they have comfy couches in the theatre and we order drinks and some chili snaps with the film.

One thought about the film, and the Harry Potter series in general. Why are they popular at this given time? Obviously, they have struck a cord with children and more adults who are willing to admit it, but what is it about our time that makes the story a touchstone?

When the show’s over, my son and I hit the Tesco Express for a pizza, chips, and cookies for dinner and walk home. My wife and daughter are watching a DVD on our laptop while we eat, and I move out onto our fourth story balcony on our converted Victorian. I think it might be fun to use my new school laptop on the deck since the wireless is running, and I snap a shot of my favorite view over the rooftops to downtown. (See above.)

Overall, a good day. Tomorrow, I hope we can get organized enough to snag a train to Cambridge for a day trip. I should have a photo gallery of our flat-in-progress posted soon. Meanwhile, it’s completely dark out here on the deck now.

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