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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Well I've read 'Who Moved My Cheese?", it did only take an hour, and it has changed my life. Though as a whodunnit it was mostly disappointing. But the main points of the story, as written by Haw (one of the Littlepeople) on the largest wall of Cheese Station N, in an act of wanton vandalism which frankly the author failed to condemn, are:

Change Happens
They keep moving the cheese.

Anticipate Change
Get ready for the cheese to move.

Monitor Change
Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.

Adapt to Change Quickly
The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese.

Move with the cheese.

Enjoy Change!
Savour the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese.

Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy it Again and Again
They keep moving the cheese.

I put the lessons into practice immediately by trying to anticipate the inevitable naughtiness of Timmy, and sure enough, the cheese made one hell of a move, when he spent the evening trying to sabotage my attempts to pack a chocolate polar bear into a cardboard box. Chewing my roll of brown paper, and running off with the sellotape didn't help, but I managed to move with the cheese and savour the adventure. And I only kicked him once. Well ok, twice.

As for smelling the cheese, well I must admit I had detected a slight odour in the kitchen all day, but had failed to locate the source. Until 8pm, that is, when I found that my freezer bag was sitting in a pool of cat's urine. I certainly didn't anticipate that. Having mopped the kitchen floor, run the bag under the tap for ten minutes, rubbed it with kitchen roll, and left it to dry, it still stank of cat wee, and I felt strangely reluctant to use it for food storage. So I ended up chucking it in the bin. I'll be invoicing Lorraine when she gets back.

As I will be for the dishwasher tablets I had to buy at 9:30pm, after spending 24 hours loading the dishwasher, only to find there were no tablets in the house. Oh, and then there's the lightbulbs. And the milk we bought today. Now I come to think about it, I should be making a list...