If there's one aspect of modern life that fills me with such mixed feelings, it's waiting for packages.
Quite apart from it being rather against my preferred waking habits (who was it who said "only a scoundrel thinks of waking before noon"?), it makes one intimately familiar with that most curious of emotional combinations: that of sudden anticipation and disappointment.
Every time a van should pull into the road (especially one with a FedEx or Royal Mail logo on the side), I'm there craning my neck and crossing my fingers - only to deflate as the van rides away, or the dilligent steward of the parcels bestows his cardboard-enwrapped munificence upon some other house. Damnit, why must people insist on buying things at the same tume I do?!
And then of course, the Royal Mail van pulls into our driveway. That'll probably be for me, then.
But anyway, exciting new things! My life is enriched by the presence of a lovely new Combobulator
and Vector Prime
Just one more package left to receive. And this one, I dare say, will be easily the most exciting...