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USA to UK…via Iceland?

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My new shirts from the MLB Shop finally arrived yesterday morning. I’d had to contact MLB about where they had gone, as it had been 6 weeks, and according to the tracking page they had left the USA 6 times. I found out that the reason it took so long was that it had been sent to Reykjavik, Iceland by mistake – not sure how that could have happened!

On a side note, the customer service from MLB was excellent, every email was responded to really quickly, and every response was exceptionally polite. Much better than the shipping company, who didn’t even bother to respond to my email.

I ordered 5 new shirts, including two of the Nike ‘Hair-itage’ shirts – Ozzie Guillen and Brian Wilson. My favourite one is the Brian Wilson one – fear the beard! I decided the black shirt with the orange beard was a little less in your face than the bright orange shirt with the big black beard. I also bought 3 Texas Rangers shirts (including a Josh Hamilton one – my favourite Ranger).

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Family Records

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A few weeks ago, I ordered some Wakey!Wakey! stuff from the Family Records store. Last week, most of the stuff arrived, and there was a note on the invoice to say the poster I ordered was out of stock. I went on the website and it said ‘Out of Print’, so I expected not to get it, but it came today. The fact that it came made my day, but it was made much better by the hand written note that came with it.

In the age of ordering everything on the Internet and having no personal interaction, it was really refreshing to receive a letter with the parcel. It doesn’t take too long to write, but it shows they take the time for each customer and put the thought into what they are doing.

Big thumbs up to Family Records!!

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Ouch…

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I had one of my wisdom teeth taken out this morning. It wasn’t as painful as I expected, but it was very unpleasant! The anaesthetic injection wore off after a few hours so my jaw is aching now! I have another appointment in June, but at least I will know what to expect!

On the plus side, my books had been delivered when I got home after work tonight, which I am really glad about.

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I finished reading the last Charlaine Harris book this morning in the waiting room, so I am really looking forward to reading the next one – Dead Reckoning.

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Must. Not. Buy. More. Books.

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My room is already starting to resemble a library, but I seem to have a problem with buying more books. I find that the best places to buy books are the RSPCA shop in Pudsey (most fiction books are 25p each) or from The Book People. They often have good offers, and most books tend to be cheaper than Amazon or other shops. I particularly like the collections that they do, as it gives me chance to read books that I wouldn’t usually read, without having to spend lots of money. My last order included a couple of sets, and the latest Charlaine Harris which I have been waiting to be released for ages.

Here’s a full list of what I bought this time (and links if you want to have a look!)

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz – Denis Avey
The Lost Classics Collection

  • The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo
  • Peter Schlemihl – Adelbert Von Chamisso
  • The Haunted House – Charles Dickens
  • Notes From Under The Floorboards – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Devil’s Elixirs – E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – James De Mille
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter – Ambrose Bierce
  • The Black Spider – Jeremias Gotthelf

3 book collection – Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham

  • Cocktails for Three
  • The Wedding Girl
  • Sleeping Arrangements

Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

  • North and South
  • Cranford
  • Mary Barton

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1 – Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris

That’ll keep me busy for a while! 🙂

New Camera

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I caved and bought a new camera today, deciding on the Canon EOS 500D. I had read lots of reviews online and this one sounded good, and after going down to PC World to look at them, I decided on this one. I’ve not taken many pictures yet, I’m going out tomorrow to give it a test run. I did get a picture of the flowers that Vicky bought my Mum for Mother’s Day which I quite like.

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New Car!

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After spending a lot of money on repairing my car recently, all the oil leaking out of the tank was the final straw, so I decided to give it up and get a new car. I picked it up on Thursday last week and I love it!! It’s got a smaller engine than my last car (1.3 instead of 1.4) but it is so much more powerful. It’s a diesel car rather than petrol (must remember when I go to the petrol station!), so the engine sounds (and behaves) a lot differently. I’m still getting used to how differently it drives, but after a trip down to Sheffield yesterday to see Vicky, I think I’m getting there. It drives so much smoother than my old car, and it’s so much nicer inside and out. I was thinking about getting another second hand car, but after the bad experience with my last one, I decided to get a brand new one. It’s £100 cheaper on road tax, and supposedly does 70 mpg (as opposed to about 30 on my old car). It was expensive but totally worth it!

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