week is now over, and I am absolutely exhausted. Everybody who was here has left now - Jaco
, Bridget and Claire, Ross and Claire, the Squash people (one of whom was probably called Claire), etc. I still haven't finished my paper, but I'm getting closer and closer to it. Maybe I'll be able to get some sleep soon?
Another festival has come and gone. I didn't do much festival-wise - I basically went to things that other people invited me to. Giselle, the ballet, with Ingrid, was good, although not as good as Swan Lake last year, I thought. I did see some truly excellent Jazz, Carlo Mombelli on the bass, Marcus Wyatt on the trumpet. I also watched Prime Circle live, which was entertaining. I almost watched the Springbok Nude Girls - arguably South Africa's best band, whom I've been keen to see ever since I stupidly didn't watch them in my first year - but at the last moment, Bridget told me that she was tired after the trip, and wouldn't be going out, so I sold my ticket to Claire-from-Capetown, and went to spend some time with Bridget.Jaco
were down for the week. It was great to meet Jaco after knowing of him, and then knowing him, online - he really is an awesome guy, and incredibly bright. It's nice to have connections with various IT people around South Africa, but he's good to have as a friend too. Adeline is a friend of his from Cape Town, who occasionally appears on Lagnet, and she came down with him. It was fantastic to meet her, too: she's incredibly fun, and bright, and all-round good company. Claire is her over-exuberant friend, also from Cape Town, and, while a little scary, also fun.
Bridget left early this morning, having gone to bed at about half-past six yesterday evening. I was a little surprised, and rather disappointed, that she should just disappear so early - she phoned me to say "tired, sick, going to bed, see you next term". She wouldn't even let me go round to say goodbye. Puellae hostes sunt. Ah, well, I know what she's like when she's sick/tired, I don't blame her for throwing in the towel early.
My various digsmates are doing the shift-change, too - some leaving, some arriving back. Jess's brother Ross, and his girlfriend (also Claire), have left, too.
So, all is quietening down - schoolsfest is happening, but that's it. Ingrid has gone to Pretoria, Dave has gone to Knysna, Tim has gone back to Ladybrand (via Zimbabwe?) - it's just cliff, Russell and I left.
I am still tutoring the RUMEP people - it's exhausting, but quite rewarding when they understand something. It finishes on Thursday, praise the Lawd. By then, I will have finished this gawdamn paper, too, and I can relax a little.