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27 December 2009 @ 07:05 pm
Alive! Ish ...  
Why is it that I can always reset my body to European time with little pain, but coming back to Australian time slaughters me?

After the many adventures involved in getting home, I returned to the Christmas my friends created. Bless them. S, who is a chef, had sent a come to astonishingly delicious dinner message, while L, who is a chief medical scientist, had provided a duck in the fridge and assorted goodies to go with it. deensey  had not only dropped around a tin of baked goods, but had arranged for someone who was not me to feed her cats, which is why they have not been fed at 11pm each day. I am unbelievably fortunate in my friends.

Dinner with the gang was lovely, and reminded me that I need to be better at catching up with people. Miraculously, every child save three (of which two were a surprise and one was me being an idiot) had a gift! There may have been some themes in the gifts: essentially, everything came from the fabulous Skandium or from Heathrow Duty Free. Skandium is on Brompton Rd and sells many lovely Scandinavian homewares (the Moonin stuff was all very reasonably priced, as opposed to the £100+ wooden monkeys), it is just as well my luggage was already at its limit as I would have otherwise bought dozens of Moomin mugs. As to the duty free, well, who doesn;t like toy cars and giant blocks of Toblerone?

This did lead to me spending Christmas trying to explain Moomins to an Australian under six set, but the parents were already in on the Finn-family action, so all is well.

At this point, I should mention that I have just come back from the pub where I accidentally drank two double Cointreaus on an empty stomach and may well be very very stonkered, due to being a tragic lightweight in the alcohol department.

Anyway, a belated but heartfelt HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all who celebrate it, and HAPPY CHANNUKAH to all who celebrate it. (Alas, I was in Charles de Gaulle airport with raitala  rather than at Channikah dinner. Poo! Though excellent company.) I will be on time and possibly compis mentis for New Year. And happy Yule or Western public holidays to everyone else!

Quite shortly I will be functional enough to post a few photo essays on my travels. Providing people are willing to overlook the fact that I am a dismal photographer. But I have jokes! And now, back to beta-ing. Might have a coffee first, to counteract the Cointreau ...

lyraslyras on December 27th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Why is it that I can always reset my body to European time with little pain, but coming back to Australian time slaughters me?

I don't know, but it seems to be a common problem.

Thanks for the tip about Skandium! There's a Scandinavian shop in my suburb, but the moomin mugs are getting on for $60 each there, and they never put them on sale.
It's a Deensedeensey on December 27th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Yay baked goods! BAKED GOODS! And for the lovely food from all the rest of your friends. See, we do loves you.
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 27th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
I think changing time zones is like driving a strange car. I have no problems adjusting to a strange car (different clutch, instrument locations etc), but when I get back into my own car, which I've driven for years, it feels dead weird.

You remain rather adorable when under the influence. I think we should explore this further in person. *pokes you*

But I'm glad you're back, and having fun, and wish you a wonderful New Years and a 2010 full of everything amazing.

Melpollymel on December 27th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Awww! Moomins! Yet another part of a surreal childhood no one else seems to have heard of. But entirely made of awesome.
pioniepionie on December 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Moomins! I wasn't aware of that shop on the Brompton Road, and will definitely pay it a visit. I read Moomin stories to my little 'un, whether he likes it or not ;)
hpreader on December 28th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)

Why is it...

1. Your body has already done it once while fresh, and then you make it do it again right away and after beating it up with travel. Heh.

2. Which direction do you travel each time? I.e., toward the west, or toward the east (literal travel direction on the globe). I've heard several people (including my sister who travels extensively both within the US and worldwide) say that traveling toward the west is easier, whether it happens first or second. (She says the difference is even noticeable with only a 2 hour time differential.)
lotus_lizzylotus_lizzy on December 28th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip and that you arrived home safe and sound! :)