13 August 2012

You can walk, you can talk, you can fight

I'm feeling a bit better. You lot are good therapy. Or I really needed to break myself on that punchbag. One or the other.

Mycroft organising a bit of time for John and I alone was brilliant. We had such a good time together. I'm very glad to say that Mycroft and Sherlock both had a good time too.

The film was fantastic - sitting on a blanket in amongst the gravestones as night fell, watching on the big screen and hearing people shriek around us in the dark. It was perfect.

We also gave the degus a bath, and afterward they clearly decided they needed to get reacquainted...








I think they may have been copying John and my pose on the sofa... (I'd be the one on the bottom, mainly comatose...)


I've been told I should be back to my team after I work my nights. I'm glad, because this job is fairly boring, to be honest. And because it means they feel the threat from terrorism is under some sort of control.

Not so glad because my team are busy, and that's never really good news.

150 comments:

pandabob said...

yay to feeling better :-) and to soon being back where you belong with your team.

Good luck with work tonight :-)

Anonybob

Greg Lestrade said...

cheers.

Apparently it's left-handers day today... I'll have to find one to hug ;)

Small Hobbit said...

At least you won't have far to look :)

John H. D. Watson said...

The degus really are very sweet.

That film was a lot scarier in a graveyard than I remember it being on television.

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm so glad to hear you're starting to feel better - and that you'll be back with your team soon :-)

Those degus look adorable, all snuggled up together.

Greg Lestrade said...

Which would explain you shrieking, yes, Danger. ;)

Nameless - me too. It's kind of ridiculous, the black hole you get caught in. Feeling bad about feeling bad. Definitely a bit of an upward turn today.

John H. D. Watson said...

Squirrels.

Greg Lestrade said...

You must think I'm nuts...

John H. D. Watson said...

I think a lot of your nuts.

Greg Lestrade said...

Mmmm. Come and give us a kiss before I drag me and my nuts off to work and miss you squirreling me away under the duvet, Tufty.

John H. D. Watson said...

What, just one? All right then.

How do you say 'It was squirrels' in Italian?

Greg Lestrade said...

Era scoiattoli.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Thank you.

Greg Lestrade said...

I live to serve. And am enjoying watching you try to say scoiattoli far too much to leave for work... you make hilarious expressions, you know?

John H. D. Watson said...

It sounds like a pasta. Is there squirrel shaped pasta?

REReader said...

If there isn't, there should be!

I'm glad you're feeling more yourself whatever the reason, L--and here's hoping you get back to your team in short order!

(The photo of the degus is adorable. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

One day I may make you squirrel shaped pasta. Scoiattolini. Stuffed with a walnut and gorgonzola mix, perhaps?

I don't want to be at work. I want to be mimicing the degus.

Is mimicing a word? mimicking?

REReader said...

(Mimicking--at least in my nice American dictionary. :))

John H. D. Watson said...

L - that sounds delicious, squirrel shaped or not.

Greg Lestrade said...

You're delicious, degu-shaped or not.

Greg Lestrade said...

..just been asked if I was texting my wife, because I 'looked soppy'....

Anonymous said...

the person who asked was a newly wed right?

you are both very cute you know.

John H. D. Watson said...

Soppy! Ha. What did you tell them?

Anon Without A Name said...

Hah, I'm quite sure you do look soppy :-)

And I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you, Lestrade - there's nothing ridiculous about feeling bad about feeling bad. It's a nasty trap to find yourself caught in, and it's only in hindsight that you can start to wonder WTF was going on. I'm very you're feeling happier :-D

Greg Lestrade said...

I told them I was, yeah ;)

No, I didn't say anything, just smiled and let them draw their own conclusions.

Nameless - I didn't mean I was particularly ridiculous. More that it was ridiculous what knots our minds tie themselves in. What hope is there for the human race...

Anonymous said...

the collapse of the human race comes when we stop feeling things not when we have feelings we can't get our heads round

Anonymous said...

The degus are my new desktop image. (I change it a lot at work to keep the kids happy.)

Glad you're feeling better, L! And I hope you get back to your team soon. Wish they didn't need you (knowing it means someone else's misfortune), but it sounds like they do.

rsf

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - ah right, sorry I misunderstood. Yeah, it's a daft what knots the mind can tie itself into; OTOH, it's awesome what strength, and clarity the human mind can bring to bear under the right circumstances too.

Hope work is going OK.

John - you having a reasonably restful evening after a couple of hectic days?

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - the goos are great. I don't know if the same one always goes on top, so to speak. Sherlock will know. I know in the wild they all pile up and sleep in a huge goo-pile.

Nameless - work's okay, yeah. Just missing John a lot tonight. More than usual. Hence looking soppy, I daresay.

John H. D. Watson said...

Nameless - pretty good, yeah. Quiet, everyone asleep, or at least reading in bed, which is close enough in Mycroft's case.

John H. D. Watson said...

And L has texted me a picture entitled 'soppy face' in which he's crossing his eyes and sticking his tongue out. Ha.

Desert Wanderer said...

Does it look something like this?

John H. D. Watson said...

Remarkably similar!

Anonymous said...

whereas you're more like this :)

Desert Wanderer said...

haha, brilliant, Anon!

Anonymous said...

I was thinking of something squeakier, other anon!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I have to ask. I was reading an article about the Olympics and the person mentioned a bouncy castle stonehenge.

Really? I mean, have you gone and seen it? Because that's brilliant!

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I havent seen it. Hope it's not towered over by a dwarf...

I didn't even make it to bed when I got in this morning. Fell asleep on the sofa getting my shoes off. Only to be woken shortly after by Sherlock who had been , i think, fired from a cannon, the speed he was travelling when he hit me.

Once he'd been fed and watered I went to bed properly. Am now up. Sun is shining. We should go and do something.

REReader said...

Isn't it nice to be needed? :)

Going and doing something sounds like an excellent idea--always assuming everyone hasn't already gone out so as to let you sleep in a bit!

Anonymous said...

Found a video

And tour dates.

You can all go bounce on Stonehenge!

rsf

Anonymous said...

Hm. Or maybe not. I can't tell if the dates are opening dates or if I'm a day late for it to be in London and it won't be inflated again until Bristol. :(

rsf

REReader said...

OMG, I want that in my backyard, too! (Well, if I had a backyard I would. :))

pandabob said...

Bike ride? run? walking the dogs? playing in the park? sleeping?

I'm sure it's none of the above and far more interesting for it but hows the day been spent gentlemen?

piplover said...

My sister went to that! Now I know what she was talking about, I'm so jealous!

Sherlock said...

It's HUGE! I want to bounce in it.

Anonymous said...

Me too! I'm just sorry I didn't know about it until now. How far away is Bristol, Sherlock?

rsf

Sherlock said...

Not too far for bouncing.

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - it's pretty much where Rach and Nicky live. So probably not too far for bouncing... for very good boys who are calm and helpful to their nannies and brothers.

Sherlock said...

I'm being very good!

REReader said...

For a chance to bounce on Stonehenge, I would be very good, too! :)

Sherlock said...

I'm the best!

REReader said...

Oho, is it a contest, then? Who'll be the judge? :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad it's not too far away for bouncing. I wonder if Nicky and Rach would want to bounce too?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

What are you the best of, Sherlock? Because you're not the best doctor I know... or the best nanny I know... Maybe the best nearly-7-year old?

REReader said...

...Of course, for a proper contest I'd have to be in London, too. I guess it will have to wait....which I suppose means you beat me by default!

Sherlock said...

I'll be the best at bouncing!

REReader said...

That I completely believe. *nods*

pandabob said...

From what I've heard Sherlock you don't need a bouncy castle to be best at bouncing ;-) I'm glad you might get to go and have a try of it though :-)

REReader said...

Did you know trampolining is an Olympic sport? THERE's some bouncing for you!

Sherlock said...

Yes we watched some and they go really high but they only do it for a really short time and they don't do stuff as good as the divers do.

REReader said...

This is true. Hmmmm... I wonder if the trampoliners go as high as the springboard divers?

Greg Lestrade said...

are you measuring from the water or from the springboard?

REReader said...

Oh, from the water, for how long they have to do things on the way down--or maybe the total from takeoff to landing, which would be the same both ways from a trampoline but not from a springboard.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think the springboards in the olympics are about 3 metres. We didn't see any of that. We only watched the ten metre platform diving.

Greg Lestrade said...

The trampoline website says they get up to ten metres high. But Sherlock remains fairly unimpressed, I think he prefers the idea of plunging into water at the end.

REReader said...

Heh--it is more impressive-looking! Although a bad landing could be pretty dire either way.

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah. Couldn't bomb off a 10m board. Sadly.

I'm so tempted to get a Doctor's note for work tonight ;)

REReader said...

Hey, a doctor's note worked for that Algerian runner!

pandabob said...

Why not Greg you're going back to MIT after tonight so what can they do? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, I've seen people jump on trampolines while wearing skis and snowboards. Would that be enough challenge for you?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm setting a good example, and I'm here. Surveillance of an address. The joy.

Small Hobbit said...

Here's hoping there's enough action to stop the boredom, but insufficient to make you late home.

REReader said...

And you don't have many more days of it!

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm setting a good example

So you get to go to bouncy Stonehenge too?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah.

But I only want to go on if you'll come with me. So to speak.

I'm not sure it would be right to bounce about on such a massive erection without my boyfriend.

John H. D. Watson said...

Definitely wouldn't. I am, as always, happy to come with you.

How's work? Still boring?

Greg Lestrade said...

interminably dull.

Molto noioso.

Anonymous said...

Here is a song for the occasion http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00vc19r

Hope it works, if not google 'bouncy druids'

Good luck with getting that tune out of your head!

Lancs. Anon

Anonymous said...

Siamo spiacenti ma non vi è così noioso per voi. A presto

REReader said...

Is that UK-only, Lancs? I can't get it to play.

Anonymous said...

Might be but it's on you tube if you search for bouncy druids, you'll get it. I just couldn't copy the link!

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

Grazie, Anonimo.

REReader said...

Oh, lordy, that's hysterical, Lancs! :D

Anonymous said...

Se è molto noioso si potrebbe scrivere al medico una lettera d'amore, non molte persone che in questi giorni

ttid said...

You should have stayed home Greg.

John H. D. Watson said...

ttid - Why's that?

Anonymous said...

youtube link to the bouncy druids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFKUX5VAyZs

Lancs. Anon

pandabob said...

I hope there is enough work to keep you awake until morning Greg :-)

John, are you asleep? I hope you are getting enough rest while Greg's at work. I should imagine that his return to MIT and less regular night shifts will be a positive for you :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Hope he's asleep. And not on the sofa, but properly in bed!

John H. D. Watson said...

I might've possibly been asleep on the sofa. But I'm in bed now. Email noise woke me up, don't apologise, you've saved me a stiff neck in the morning. Or later in the morning. Something.

Small Hobbit said...

That song is hilarious. But John, if you don't want to feel like throttling Lancs Anon by the end of the day, don't let Sherlock hear it ;) It's on a par with the annoying toy that's given on Christmas Day which mysteriously loses its batteries before Boxing Day.

Anon Without A Name said...

Hope you managed to get back to sleep OK John; hope you managed to get to bed before falling asleep this time, Lestrade :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I did, after showering. Bloke I was stuck with is a smoker. I didn't cave in and have one, but it was close at about 3am. And my clothes still smell, as did the rest of me. So shower, bed...and now food and quite possibly more bed :)

Kholly said...

Well done on resisting the cigarette. That had to be hard and if it wasn't then you've made great progress.

Greg Lestrade said...

it was very nearly impossible...

Anonymous said...

Oh, my. That song, Small Hobbit! I have so many friends I need to share that with...

Have a nice sleep in, L!

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

I may never get that song out of my head again, but I still like it.

Greg Lestrade said...

i haven't listened yet. I wasn't going to do that to myself on top of nightshift.

no doubt Danger will be singing it at me now though.

John H. D. Watson said...

I could let Sherlock sing it to you instead...

Greg Lestrade said...

Of course, Sherlock translated that as 'Sherlock, sing it at Lestrade'. Complete with bouncing actions...

I think he forgot some of the verse. But I got the gist of the bouncy part. Still am getting the gist. Constantly.

John H. D. Watson said...

I was going to take them to Stonehenge but now I'm afraid it won't live up to the bouncy version.

Greg Lestrade said...

ha, I think it would for Mycroft.

Maybe not for you or Sherlock...

Anonymous said...

Go to the real Stonehenge first. And then Avebury, where you can actually get close to one of the stones. (Well, you could when I was there decades ago.) They're more impressive up close.

And then go bouncing!

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

Heh. Like reading the book before you go to see the movie?

REReader said...

I think he forgot some of the verse

There's a verse?

:D

Greg Lestrade said...

I do prefer Avebury. Huge hills to roll down. Well, ditches, really. defences, anyway. It's great.

Stonehenge is all tourists and fences and roads.

Anonymous said...

John, yup! Source before the derivative. I'll see the movie before reading the book if it came first, too. ;D

rsf

Anonymous said...

Avebury was wonderful. Although I had too much dignity at the tender age of 19 to roll down hills. I'd do it now, though!

What I remember about Stonehenge is looking from the bus window and thinking "Gosh, it's not very big", and then getting closer and thinking "On the other hand..."

What they really need there though is an interactive exhibit called "Try to move this rock" with a really really big stone for people to push at uselessly.

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

L - Avebury is better, agreed. And more suited to the bouncing Sherlock will do even in and around non-inflatable landmarks.

John H. D. Watson said...

(I went with my school, and they didn't let us roll down hills.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I went with some friends. It inspired us to try to ride our bikes up stupidly steep hills.

REReader said...

Sites like Stonehenge are a problem, really. (Not that there are any precisely like Stonehenge, which is part of the problem.) if you keep people respectfully back aways with ropes and fences, it's just something to look at from a distance, and then what? You need to be right up in the middle of it to try to grasp the achievement and the meaning and all. But if you let people up close, they leave graffiti and litter and cause all kinds of damage and threaten the site's survival (just think of the cave paintings at Lascaux, just breathing in the caves has damaged the paintings). And a swarm of tourists sort of ruins the experience anyway. So what to do?

Anonymous said...

Make bouncy replicas! Then you can look respectfully from a distance and bounce too!

(One of the youtube vids has people who says they stayed bouncing for FIVE HOURS. I don't think I'd last that long.)

rsf

REReader said...

That's a LOT of bouncing!

Anonymous said...

I realise I'm as old as dirt but all this talk of Avebury is giving me near fatal flashbacks to 'Children of the Stones' which for those who don't remember it was like 'Wicker Man' for children and was at the time one of the scariest things I'd ever seen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_the_Stones

and I think some bits are on youtube!

Lancs. Anon

John H. D. Watson said...

I suspect Sherlock could do it for five hours.

Anonymous said...

Hi, can you check for a comment stuck in the spam filter at some point? Or possibly you deleted it, it was a really scary programme!

Lancs. Anon

REReader said...

I have not the slightest doubt that Sherlock could bounce for 5 hours, but would he want to? I have to think that it might start to get boring at around 4 hours... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Sorry Lancs - it's recovered now, fished out of the spam pot.

RR - There is no telling what will and won't be considered boring by Sherlock.

REReader said...

Heh! I'll be interested to find out. :)

Anonymous said...

Oooh, that sounds really neat, Lancs. I want to see it now.

rsf

Ttid said...

John sorry I went to sleep I meant Greg would have had a nicer time staying in at home with you.

pandabob said...

So Greg are you back to MIT now?

Hope you all have a good evening :-)

Anonybob

Greg Lestrade said...

...Well, nearly. Finally doing that 2 day driving course, tomorrow and Friday, THEN back to MIT.

It wouldn't do to just leave me alone and not send me anywhere, would it?

Honestly, though, I don't mind. I enjoy the driving.

REReader said...

That sounds rather fun, actually. Can you commute for the driving course, or do you have to go somewhere?

Greg Lestrade said...

I can commute.

Sherlock's currently obsessed with camping like this:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01906/Cliff-camping-camp_1906707i.jpg

Small Hobbit said...

I don't think it would be very practical for the dogs.

Does this mean you have to work the weekend L, or do you go back on Monday?

pandabob said...

I'm so glad you're getting back to where you belong even if it is a long drive away ;-)

I'm not sure I'd go for camping like that Greg I think I'll stick to hobbit holes and wigwams :-)

REReader said...

*innocently looks at photo and quickly closes window*

Eeep!

(I'm not good with heights.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm not sure it'd be the comfiest way to snuggle up with the doc.

The degus would probably like it though. They have a hammock thing they like to pile into and sleep in.

SH - weekend is under negotiation. I might work it in a trade-off for other days. Want to try and run two weeks worth of rest days together, if I can, to get away with John and the boys.

pandabob said...

so driving course? how much fun will that be?

(I know the question should really be What very useful skills will you learn on your course?)

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, quite a lot. It's only a refresher, so I'll be doing the advanced driver training and the skid pan.

I'm going to try and put in a bid to get the advanced bike and off-road bike, too. But I doubt I'll be allowed.

pandabob said...

I've always wondered if the skid pan stuff was fun or just completely terrifying but it always sounds like fun. :-)

The bike stuff would be good and I'm sure you can persuade someone that its a good idea, just use your charm ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Bit of both, AnonyBob. First time out it can be a bit terrifying. But as you go on you get a bit more used to it and it feels less weird. And definitely fun, depending on who you're driving with.

Afraid all my charm has to be directed at the good Doc so he won't give up on me...

pandabob said...

so he won't give up on me About as likely to give up on breathing I think but not worth the risk I agree ;-)

You could always get Sherlock to ring up and beg for you I'm sure he'd be up for that.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - never. Also I've made Japanese cucumber salad and it's not bad.

Greg Lestrade said...

nothing about you is bad.

very much looking forward to tonight. my companion last night left a lot to be desired when compared to you.

Greg Lestrade said...

We just saw the ISS pass overhead. Even through the bright lights of London.

Sherlock, of course, had to watch from my shoulders. The ground was just too far away. And now he'd better be well into bed and on the way to sleep.

REReader said...

COOL!

(And of course, how else could he see? Your shoulders are much closer to the sky! :))

Greg Lestrade said...

To be fair to him, he didn't have any shoes on. I mean, neither did I, but my feet are dead tough ;)

REReader said...

Besides, it's sweet.

Was there a reason for barefootedness?

Greg Lestrade said...

I always have bare feet at home. How else would I leave my inside-out socks around the place for John?

And we didn't realise it was going over until 3 mins before it did, so we just headed out quickly.

Anon Without A Name said...

Bare feet at home is the only way to go.

We love seeing the ISS going overhead; seen it twice this past week, both times very bright. I always have a moment of "there's people up there!" when I see it. Science is cool.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock's decided sleeping whilst weightless would be better than sleeping on a cliff face. I hope he agrees that just sleeping normally in his bed is interesting enough for the next 8 or so hours...

John H. D. Watson said...

L offered to let me sit on his shoulders too... I declined.

Greg Lestrade said...

As long as you know the offer's always there!

REReader said...

Sounds like a lovely cap to the day.

And I have to agree, sleeping while weightless sounds pretty awesome.

pandabob said...

How's the course gone today Greg? I hope its been very educational ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah, it was pretty good. I wasn't too shabby behind the wheel! Didn't do everything right, but there'd be no point going if I could already.

Anonymous said...

I've always thought that courses like that looked interesting. But I can't help but wonder if the cars they have you drive are like rental horses -- they know the track better than you do, but the suspension is half-sprung and the steering is getting wonky, just from going round and round and round the same route.

rsf

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