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A lonely night, an eye test, and beard trauma

Lisa actually spent last night at Toni's in a sleeping bag on the floor. Toni wasn't doing so well, throwing up and not really being safe on her own. I don't think Lisa got much sleep what with Toni's cats and the ticking of the pendulum clock...

Our cats were very happy to have the extra space on our bed.

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I sat down in the sun in the back garden this morning to perform my bi-weekly beard-trimming ritual. I have a rather good Norelco beard trimmer that has worked really well, it's rechargeable and goes months without needing a recharge.

I visually checked the setting (I use "5" for my beard), switched it on and ran it up an over my chin. Very quickly I realised it didn't feel right... the guard mechanism had slipped back to "1" and I'd just shaved a big chunk out of my beard! Argh. I played with the settings for a minute or two, but I couldn't reproduce the problem - it locked at 5 quite securely.

I went inside to check the damage. Hmm. Might be salvageable.

"You'll just have to shave the whole thing off," said Lisa, in an encouraging voice.

"I *like* having a goatee," I replied. "I'm gonna try and salvage it."

I used a setting of "2" which is closer than I prefer, but still acceptable, and I figured the uneveness wouldn't show except in close-ups.

Of course, the reliable Norelco beard trimmer ran down its charge before I'd finished. I had to go back inside and plug the thing in and finish up in the bathroom.

None-the-less, it's an excellent beard trimmer.

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This afternoon we had appointments at the eye doctor, Lisa to check her prescription and me to just have a checkup to make sure I still don't need glasses. I always find the optometric tests to be very interesting.

Apparently my eyes are a little less good than they were in '97 when I had my last test, but still fine. I don't need glasses, and probably won't for a while yet.

Lisa's going to get a couple of pairs of glasses with a new prescription and then trial them for a while to see if it's an improvement.

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This evening we ate chinese takeways over at Toni's place, and watched "Jackie Brown" on DVD. She was not too drugged out to enjoy it.

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