Oh yeah. I'm sitting here, and I've just realised that this is the first weekend in a looooong time where I've been totally selfish and done only what I've wanted to do. And do you know what? It feels good.
Everyone should make time for me-time. Or you-time, if you see what I mean.
So how have I wasted this entire weekend? Like this:
• A decorator came round to look at the wood on the outside of Sparky Towers. It's been in dire need of tarting up since, well, I bought the place two years ago, so I thought I'd better do something about it - especially if winter's going to be half as wet and miserable as summer was. Despite appearances, it turns out my wood is healthy and strong (which came as a pleasant surprise bearing in mind how shitty it looks), and he's gonna make a start on it next week.
• Downloaded the demos for The Simpsons Game and Project Gotham Racing 4 on the Xbox. The Simpsons is surprisingly good fun, and feels like you're actually playing an episode, if that makes sense. PGR4 is something altogether different, though. I got PGR3 with my Xbox, and pretty much still regard it as the pinnacle of driving games. The new one - even in demo form - quite simply blows it away though - particularly the weather conditions; good lord, slamming that Ferrari through a massive puddle then gliding it beautifully on opposite-lock round a corner was quite frankly, and rather tragically, the sexiest thing I've done this weekend.
• A quick trip to Kingston to buy soap (I'm very particular about the soap I use), and using it as an excuse to drop into the Apple store to fiddle with an iPod Touch and a new iMac AGAIN. Seriously will be buying one of the latter veeeery sooooooon…
• Spent Saturday night updating my iTunes in anticipation of the above. Truth be told, I was a bit lazy from the word go when I got my first iPod, and my iTunes was home to partial albums, duplicate songs, and missing artwork. While I've not loaded everything I've got on there, I've put a significant proportion of hella-awesomeness on - including a live version of a David Bowie track I *love* that I didn't even know I owned!
• Read the four comics I bought this week - and was pleasantly surprised that they weren't actually that horrific! My appreciation of comics has, perversely, been tested recently by my love of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez's Love and Rockets, and because I've been reading so much of their work over the last couple of weeks, it's served to highlight how dull most other comics are. I also read a lot more Love and Rockets, though, which only strengthened my appreciation for the Hernandez brothers' work as some of the very best comics, and indeed, literature around…
• Good. God. Sainsbury's toffee muffins, six for the price of four. They are AWESOME.
• Oh, I finally got round to hoovering. I wasn't joking when I said it was beginning to look like I had a shag carpet. I recognised about six weeks ago that it needed doing, but a variety of things got in the way and I kept making excuses not to do it. Job done now though! Thank god - it was beginning to bung up the wheels of my chair.
• Naps. It's criminal how much time I've spent in bed this weekend. I've had two long lie-ins, and two afternoon naps. My bedroom has such a warm glow about it when the sun shines in the window, particularly in autumn and winter, and I've been making the most of it. Either that or someone's been dropping chloroform on my pillow.
• Caught up on the second episode of Jericho - still not really doing it for me: I'm giving it one more chance to catch my attention before I ditch it - and the first episode of Californication starring David Duchovny and some woman I used to see in the pub round the corner from my office. I thought I'd either love this or hate it, and was surprised to find myself in the middle ground, nudging closer, perhaps, to the loving end of the scale. It's a bit like Sex and the City from a male perspective, and Duchovny is very good; it even made me laugh out loud at one point. Definitely one to keep an eye on, as long as it can keep up the momentum.
That's me then - all that's left to do is the washing up and a run, then I'm going to settle down with my book and maybe catch an early-ish night.