I ended up staying late-ish at work because I picked up this report to do around 4.45, intending to go home at normal time and finish it in the morning if I had to, except I ended up with some urgent amendments in the middle so just decided to finish it off instead. This turned out to be a good plan, as it happened, because Paul was in town to get a CRB check done at Extra (he's going to be starting a Saturday job with his ex-manager in an effort to gain more money and pay off various debts), so I met up with him and we went to Wagamama for dinner.
Whilst in there, we ran into my mum and David, who had gone to see Cabaret that afternoon and were in the process of finding some food. They popped in to say hello and then went away again, and we ran into them again on the way out. They will be coming over at some point for food and to hand over a sewing machine and some recipe books. :)
Back home, Paul got changed and headed out again to a gig, and I set about a 'quick' tidy-up because the gas man is coming this morning to check the boiler and fires. Mostly I just planned to do the washing up, but then decided to finally clean the wall shelves and have a bit of a rearrange. So, an hour or so later, and the shelves are much clearer, all of Paul's accumulated 'kitchen CDs' are in a rectangular wicker box on the shelves, the spice rack is on top of the fridge (with the three bottles of squash), and the CD player is now under the boiler rather than on top of the microwave. I put an extension lead on the window sill which now has the washing machine and CD player plugged into it, with one free, and there's now also a free socket behind the microwave thanks to moving the CD player... If I can find somewhere to screw it to the wall without it falling off again, my spider lamp will be able to use that so we can see what we're cooking a bit better...
I've also moved the coffee table out of the way so the gas man can get to the fire a bit easier...
Our electricity company has sent us some free energy-saving bulbs. Can anyone on my f-list please explain something to me? The two 'wattages' (i.e. the wattage equivalent) are 60 and 75 respectively for the bulbs, but what I would like to know is this: do energy-saving bulbs kick out the same amount of heat as their wattage equivalent?
The reason I ask is that the paper lampshade in the living room can only safely withstand a 40-watt bulb without catching fire from the heat, but because of the dark walls and the fact that the shade is red, the room is very dingy. If energy-efficient bulbs don't produce the same amount of heat then I would consider using, e.g. the 75-watt equivalent in the living room to shed some literal light on things.
Can the technology-savvy please enlighten me?
Failing the collective brain, I'll use Google. :P
If the rain ever stops, I might go and collect that bike off Paul's mum this weekend. We are overdue a visit, and I've had the bloody bicycle pump for a month. :)