Oh dear, the OCD has come and gone all day (I’m currently resisting the temptation to ask if the superglue I got all over my fingers earlier is OK for Pesach; given my rabbis have found it funny when I asked if kitchen wipes and hair dye are OK, I’m going to assume that superglue is definitely not food and therefore not subject to the Pesach kashrut laws). I’m also trying not to let J*r*my C*rb*n (yemach shemo) spoil my chag. And now there’s pre-Yom Tov (festival) stress and resultant family tension. So, something nice: my room!
My parents had my old room at their house decorated a couple of months ago, but it stretched on and was only finished a week or so ago. Actually, it’s not quite finished; there’s a picture I still want to put up, but I can’t find a frame that fits. The room looks a lot fresher and more welcoming than it did when we moved in over two and a half years ago. This is good, as I come back every week for Shabbat (the Sabbath) and if my contract isn’t renewed past August I will probably have to move back in permanently, at least until I can find a new job. It’s a pity we didn’t have the budget to do anything with the black wardrobe doors, but the rest of the room looks brighter.
The view from my desk, with some of my 1,000-plus books (horizontal, vertical, two rows deep in places) on the left, guarded by the wargaming miniatures I used to paint/still occasionally paint and my DVDs on the right, with gaps where DVDs in my flat should be.
The view from the door as you come in.
I tried to photograph some of my fantasy wargaming miniatures (I never much liked wargaming, but I like to think I painted the miniatures well), but the photos didn’t come out well. This was about the best photo, although far from the best paint job, a Dark Elf lord riding a dragon.
I have to say, I used to paint these things a lot better when I was in my teens than I do now, although I haven’t painted for a year or more. I don’t know if I have less patience or a less steady hand or what. Someone has released a new Doctor Who game and I’d like to paint some of the miniatures, but Daleks, Cybermen and other Doctor Who monsters tend to be predominantly one colour (green or black, usually) and aren’t particularly interesting to paint. I’d like to paint all the Doctors at least.