I’m having a bit of a sucky day today. I woke up early this morning to get ready for a thing that Mr Hammond was organising, stuck on the washing machine and went back to bed. Forty minutes later, I register that the noise it’s making seems weirder than normal, I step out of bed straight into half an inch of water. The washing machine has been spurting out fluid with total abandon out of some flange I can’t even find. As a result the flat’s completely drenched, with the bedroom, hallway, kitchen and bathroom particularly saturated. After a day of mopping up with every vaguely absorbent thing in the house and unhelpful phone calls with my landlords (and enormous trips to the launderette to wash and dry things) I’ve managed to find a small damp-free patch in the sitting room where I’ll be sleeping this evening (and probably tomorrow evening too). Pretty much every other room is full of drying things or is still still completely sodden through. It’s semi-official – everything sucks.
On the upside, I’m being forced to sort out a lot of the crap in my flat – if only so I can find a relatively elevated clear place to sleep. And because I’m forced to stay at home as I’ve got to have the windows open to have any chance of the place drying out at all, I’ve been able to continue my slow plod through the excellent Learn to Program (with Ruby) by Chris Pine. It’s a bloody stunning bit of work and a great break from the horror of trying to scrape up another few pints of washing machine overflow with an old towel or rug from a cupboard.