I had rather a lot of library fines.
I know, I know. I'm ashamed of myself. Does it excuse me by saying that I acquired them because the Yeti used my ticket and "forgot" to tell me - about 18 months ago.
I owed them £41.60, which my lovely mother sent me as a birthday present. So I went in today to pay it off.
Girl - That's your account reactivated then.
Kate - How much is it to pay again please?
Girl - Actually, nothing.
Kate - I'm sorry, did you say nothing?!?
Girl - Yup. We're having an amnesty in February for anyone rejoining the library, like you. So no fines to pay.
Kate - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I got myself some books out (and I've made a big note on the calendar for when they're due back) and I now have some spare money.
I had planned to finally buy my Unseen University Cut-Out Book(s) with it, but having just spoken to my mother she says I can't spend it on books.
Since I'm trying to eat less chocolate I can't spend it on 168 creme eggs either (12 for £3.50 at Woolworths, £50 = 168 eggs + £1 left) so I don't quite know what I shall do with it.
I know the grown-up thing would be to put it back in the bank to pay towards my gas bill, but that's not much of a birthday present.
When mum rings back I shall confer with her and she what she thinks would be a suitable purchase.
Update: Mum says put half of it towards the gas bill and spend the other half on something frivolous - but not books.