Had a lovely weekend visiting luckykaa in Leicester. Much geekery, cooking, snuggling and cultural exchange was done.
Arrived in Leicester. Put our heads together regarding dinner. Decided on a mini roast since we had all the ingredients lying around. Neil worked his cookery wizardry and made delicious roast potatoes. I worked my cookery witchcraft and conjured up delicious Yorkshire pudding. Nipped out to grab some Rioja for Neil and a cheesecake for dessert. Being a non-drinker, locating Rioja took quite a bit of time (and a consultation with Google over the spelling/colour of wine it was). Came back. Ate food. Food was delicious. Began Part 3 of our Cultural Exchange programme and made him watch Hercules. He seemed to enjoy it, though I'm not sure if the bottle of Rioja helped with his enjoyment or not. Turned in for the night after drunk!Neil lost the ability to speak and started communicating via a series of grunts.
Woke up. Had bacon. Headed out to the National Space Centre. Took a very long winded route to get there (which involved going around in circles) because Neil's SatNav is possessed by the devil. Had a really nice time there. Two huge rockets and lots of engines to look at. The planetarium had a nice presentation about matter and what everything in the universe is made of.
So I got to be a space nerd.
There was also a tiny cinema showing A Trip To The Moon (Le Voyage Dans La Lune) which I hadn't seen in its entirety before (just a few clips that I studied at university).
So I got to be a space nerd and a film nerd.
Outside the little cinema was a book signed by H.G Wells.
So I got to be a space nerd and a film nerd and a book nerd.
Went on a 3D simulator that I thought was going to be really scary (Alton Towers has made me wary of anything with a drop down bar involved) but was actually lots of fun and only mildly scary.
Played around with a few of the interactive exhibits (turns out there are more essential supplies for astronauts than chocolate, clothes and a single goldfish) and generally had lots of fun with Neil being epic nerds together. It was a lovely day out.
Came home, got shown how to make egg fried rice (yum!) and watched the director's cut of Dark City. Definitely not the film I was expecting (was expecting a pulpy noir film full of twists and turns...well, it definitely had twists and turns!) but a really well put together film. Loved the pulpy noir look and feel of everything. Kind of like Sin City without the misogyny.
Caught up with Doctor Who (still no space tarantulas - thank fuck!), watched a few modules of Look Around You (cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard at something) and got Neil to watch Spoony's review of Mazes and Monsters. Also looked at hotels for our trip to Brussels in December. Very relaxed and chilled out day before heading back to the frozen north.
Very nice weekend, though not sure where I can take Neil when he next visits Sheffield. Already shown him Rivelin reservoir, the botanical gardens and Ladybower. Where else in Sheffield can I show off to him?