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A quiet weekend, one way or another

My sweetie was due to leave today for a trip to the States. But Eyjafjallajokull has said 'No'! So although I probably won't be spending the weekend in my pyjamas, watching Buffy and living on pizza, the fantastic quiet that results from absolutely no air traffic is going to pretty darn therapeutic. I had no idea just how much background (and sometimes not so background) noise aircraft make, until it went away. Bliss!

Of course, if this had happened last month I probably wouldn't have notice the quiet until I got home this evening. I'd noticed, over the last couple of years, that my desktop's fan was getting louder and louder. I'd also noticed, over the last couple of years, that I didn't enjoy listening to music while I worked - whereas I used to have to have music on to get anything done. I'd also noticed that I increasingly hated being in my office, feeling stressed and tense as soon as I walked in the door, and unable to concentrate for long at anything. I didn't connect any of these until last month when I got a new, quiet pc. Dear Lord what a difference a lack of noise makes! What a relief to actually feel calm in my office, and to be able to play music that helps me think! And how stupid do I feel, that I didn't figure this out 2 years ago? Of course, with the main pc hum gone, I noticed that my speakers had a horrible hum. So I had to get new speakers. But for a mere £30 (rather than the £5 of the old pair), I have lovely crystal clear, hum-free music, and my productivity, if not soaring, is certainly on the increase. At least on the days when there are no students around, that is.


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Apr. 15th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
It's a pity I know it's a volcano, otherwise I would be picturing a sort of Nordic Sauron saying "You shall not pass!".
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Eyjafjallajokull
At first I didn't know it was a volcano. I thought it was some kind of wierd Northern-European version of FSM. :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
I hope the FSM/Nordic Sauron allows me to come home on Tuesday. Holy moly. Until then, I may not be watching Buffy, but I'm practically living it in California. You know there's a place called Sunnyvale near San Francisco? (No actual Sunnydale, unfortunately, but close enough.) The smog in LA is phenomenal. Almost rivals the ash cloud.
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