Monday, 9 April 2007

All hail the mighty Mezz!

Oh, ‘tis a terrible thing to be addicted. To the Internet, that is. Alien Wally and Mags are experiencing terrible withdrawal symptoms as a result of having no broadband at their new flat. BT is sending an engineer on 17 April to install a phone line and then it will be roughly 7 days after that until NewNet can connect the broadband. In the meantime, Alien Wally and Mags will have to pop into The Mezz when they can – a lovely café/bar that also offers free wifi access. The upside for Alien Wally is that his coffee addiction is also sated at the same time.

The MacNoodle is doing well. Alien Wally and Mags bought her a cat scratching post for her cage, in the hopes that she would stop using their legs and hands to sharpen her claws. Said plan didn’t really work – now the MacNoodle just sharpens her claws on the scratching post before Alien Wally and Mags arrive, and then proceeds to jump onto their laps and knead with claws fully extended. It must be love.

Alien Wally and Mags nearly got a chance to sleep over with the MacNoodle a few days ago, when the lady at the cattery locked them in by accident and forgot to come and let them out at the appointed time. When the MacNoodle wouldn’t let them share her heated bed, Alien Wally and Mags decided to try to escape by calling the cattery office. A rescue operation was launched, and Alien Wally and Mags freed.

Moving day was fun. Sort of. Enterprise Car Rental decided to upgrade Alien Wally and Mags’ booking of a small van to one rather large van instead. Suddenly, the many boxes and suitcases looked rather small and pathetic in the cavernous interior of the van, although unfortunately didn’t become any lighter. Alien Wally is to be commended for his strength and fortitude on moving day, as he took on the bulk of the carrying of crates. Mags helped by driving the van down the driveway outside the flat, although, after a close call with a passing 4x4, she was deemed a potential hazard to other road users and hence Alien Wally took over for the rest of the journey.

The new flat is slowly but surely starting to look and feel more like home. Alien Wally and Mags used the van on moving day to buy some necessities from Homebase, but ran out of time to take the van to Ikea to get curtains for the main lounge window. The next day, the two bravely used the bus to transport their big Ikea bag and long curtain rods home. The bus driver didn’t even blink at the load – since there is a dedicated Ikea bus-stop, he must be used to people doing this. However, one fellow bus passenger, while trying to negotiate the aisle to the front of the bus to get off at the next stop, mistook the upright curtain pole for a bus pole and gripped it tightly, nearly pulling Alien Wally off his seat and almost landing herself on the ground when it proved not to be as fixed as she imagined.

Saturday morning brought with it an early morning ring of the bell. Puzzled at who would be visiting them so soon after arrival at the new flat, Alien Wally and Mags investigated. Lo and behold – TV license inspectors! Alien Wally and Mags had to disappoint them, however, as the new flat doesn’t have a TV. The inspectors rallied bravely and instead helped Alien Wally and Mags with some of the settings on the boiler. It has been very warm and summery here in Scotland for the past week, and Alien Wally and Mags had been baffled at how to turn off the central heating while still having hot water. That problem has now been solved, thank goodness!

Alien Wally and Mags hope that you had a wonderful Easter, a relaxing long weekend, and that the Easter bunny brought you some yummy Easter eggs too. Crème eggs… mmmmm!

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