Last Of The Summer

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 09:31 pm
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So I was off work for eight days altogether to help out at Mum & Dad's, and came back to work on Monday.

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Meanwhile I am continuing to watch all my M*A*S*H DVDs and I have nearly finished my kingfisher cross-stitch. This will be followed by all the fuss of framing it and finding space on the wall for it. But then I can start the one my friends bought me for the birthday the year she was pregnant with their older son (he's 15 now).
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We've had two family gatherings of sorts today.

Furniture and Bonfire Night )

I've got more than half of my Christmas shopping done I reckon, tomorrow will be more shopping at a myriad of places in Birmingham - the Disney Store, the Christian bookshop, WHSmith - I'll probably get some Jellybeans but nothing from Hotel Chocolat - I love their stuff but it's expensive for what you get.

Today was the day

Saturday, June 1st, 2013 09:47 pm
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I'm sorry I haven't been here squeeing about space stuff. But you know it's been awesome. Chris Hadfield went up to the ISS before Christmas as a regular Canadian astronaut, and came down a couple of weeks ago as a global superstar. And now, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano are up there, and seem to be settling into life in space.

Today was the day of the Big Family Gathering )
I wasn't looking forward to today I must admit, but it did go really well. Now I'm 40 I think some people assume I'm too old to have children, so I don't get questioned about it. Which suits me just fine.

May Day Weekend

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 08:10 pm
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May Day Weekend, and future weekends )
Hopefully I will report back again after tomorrow's outing, with photos. And possibly a short review of Hugh's episode of Perspectives.

Occasions

Monday, March 4th, 2013 01:37 pm
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Hen nights, birthday plans, and Sherlocking )
So tomorrow it's back to work, then next week it's the baking of my bake-off cake - I hope it all gets sold because I'm rather caked out of it for now, nice though it is.

Summer Ending

Sunday, September 4th, 2011 05:54 pm
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Not sure when autumn officially starts, but I think today is the last day of summer in a way. The schools start back tomorrow, which means I can no longer take the relaxed attitude towards getting up, getting ready and going out to work that I've had for the past few weeks. Pedestrians and traffic will be back in great numbers.

Also it's one week until my uncle arrives from Australia for a two-week visit. They'll all be decamping to Cornwall for a week during the visit, so I'll get the place to myself for a bit, but the visit itself was only sprung on me a week ago, I don't know how long it's been planned for. My concern is getting enough sleep during the weekdays my uncle is here - the neighbourhood dogs' recent tendencies to bark late into the night, coupled with my uncle's jetlagged early rising mean less hours for me to get a decent night's sleep. I hope both can be contained to a minimum.

Am hoping to take some time off while they're all away, but this month we have major changes at work and it's also blood donation time in a couple of weeks, so there's limited flexibility for taking time off. However, Fridays are more fully available again as we've had notice from our Yoga teacher that classes aren't going to restart after the summer break - not surprising, I think it was getting to a point where she wasn't making any money from us, too many people had dropped out for health reasons or long-term leave or had left the organisation. Her company's classes are generally held around my area, so I'm going to see what she has on and when. I'd like to go to Kettlebell classes, she used to teach them but had to find another venue, if they're back on again and not on a Wednesday I might sign up.

It's also definitely the end of Summer because the Autumn TV programming is starting up. This includes QI, which is back next Friday, despite the first episode having Lee Mack on the panel. Ugh, he is not funny at all. He's like the one in a new crowd of people you meet who thinks he's "the funny one" when actually he's just very annoying and totally unfunny.

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25th, 2010 07:00 pm
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Day 359 Christmas Day at our house - with Little Bean, so much fun. Although I think she was rather overwhelmed, all these new toys and all these faces watching her, although she enjoyed her presents and the Christmas lights.

We had Christmas lunch at 5pm, this is our Christmas table:

Christmas Dinner

Delish as always, and followed by peach trifle. No crackers before the meal because the baby was asleep. Thankfully my cold is improving, although I'm still on the paracetamol every four hours.

Everyone liked the presents I bought, especially the calendars. I received lots of DVDs, lots of sweets (we won't run out of chocolate here for a long time) and some Auntie things. But it was so lovely to spend Christmas Day with Bean <3
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Day 322 Just finished some delish food, a split muffin with smoked salmon, poached egg, chives and pesto on each:

Poached Eggs & Smoked Salmon

The original idea was for Eggs Benedict, but I have no Hollandaise Sauce. I then came across a recipe online involving a spoonful of pesto on top of poached egg, so I combined the two. The egg-poaching worked very well, I tipped the eggs into a good whirlpool and they held well, poached for four minutes which gave them a solid yolk. And the little towers didn't collapse:

It Didn't Collapse!

Earlier this afternoon I went to visit my sister and baby Bean. Bean is three months old now, and smiles and gurgles and laughs a lot. akalfjslfjdlfjdljfsld she is so cute, I took lots of photos of her and only stopped when the batteries died on my camera <3 <3 <3

Tupperware

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 07:31 pm
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Day 314 Here is our most significant set of Tupperware, bought by Mum & Dad in 197-something (or possibly late 1960s) - we still use these on a daily basis:

Tupperware

There's also a blue one, which my sister now has. When we were small, blue was her colour and pink was mine. I got fed up of always having the same colour, so I started using other colours, but she was devoted to the blue and wouldn't let anyone else have the blue dish. Mum & Dad also had two sets of drinks beakers (1 small, 1 large) with lids - the dishes also have lids, notoriously difficult to get on - and we used the pink & blue each of those too. The large beakers were often taken on holiday, including to my relatives in Cornwall, where more than one of them fell victim to the dogs' longing for a chew toy at any cost (as did my mother's wellies one year).

I've never seen the rainbow set appear elsewhere in Tupperware, it must have been a fashion of the time, either someone with psychedelic influences decided it was a good idea, or it was influenced by the arrival of colour television.

Ms Manicure

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 05:05 pm
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Day 273 Needing to file a nail, I chose one of my nail files:

Ms Manicure

I think the older ones (at the top, not the multi-sided filer/buffer) are getting a bit too smooth to be of much use on my nails. I don't understand why people actively choose boring nail files when they can have ones like this. Or, nicer ones, these are just what Boots have on offer.

My cold is improving, although I don't expect to be back at work until Monday. Meanwhile, Dad has caught my germs, which means (a) he'll be worse than me because of his diabetes, and (b) I'll get blamed for whatever odd negative stuff happens (eg Dad being ill, prehistoric whale landing on the roof etc). We're hoping he didn't pass on anything last night while babysitting - I kept a safe distance from the baby. Blah.

Pizza Hut

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 08:31 pm
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Day 261 We're not long home from Pizza Hut. Yesterday was my cousin's older daughter's 18th birthday, this was a family meal like they usually have. Only not quite like they usually have, because this was nice.

Pizza Hut Balloons

There were only seven of us - self, Mum & Dad, cousin, two daughters, Birthday Girl's boyfriend. Cousins from Wales weren't there, uncle wasn't there, Birthday Girl's brother wasn't there (he was taking his grandmother to see a West End show as it was also her birthday in the week). The food was nice, the staff were very good - cheerful, made one mistake with the order in that they had a large pizza for Mum instead of a small one, but charged only for a small one - and the service was good and the place was clean.

Happy Birthday Mum

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 08:48 pm
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Day 230 Today is Mum's birthday. I'm grabbing a slice of birthday cake while there's some left :D

Happy Birthday Mum

She spent the late afternoon with her granddaughter, who apparently slept the whole time :) My sister is doing better, still no word on how long they want to keep them in, but they're both definitely progressing well.

A Toast

Monday, August 16th, 2010 08:15 pm
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Day 228 A toast - to little Bean, who arrived in the world today:

A Toast

She is a girl-bean, no name officially confirmed yet. Mother & baby doing well and being well looked after ♥

Reading Material

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 06:40 pm
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Day 223 A gathering of reading material I have recently received, or recently unearthed following a mini-clearout:

Reading Material

Weather comes from the Royal Meteorological Society, and is fabulous for cloud geeks and has some interesting articles about weather events. Physics World is from the Institute of Physics, is full of stuff of which I understand some and the rest is entertainingly over my head - this goes to my friend at work for her daughter when I've read it, she'll start her final year at school next month and probably understands every word, she's planning on studying engineering or physics at university. The other books are various purchases of mine - the Jeeves & Wooster book I bought for £3 from a charity show, probably my best ever bargain alongside the green dress I bought for £5 (instead of £25) when I was 19.

Feel a bit less stressed today, more aware of stress potential rather than actually experiencing it. Busy at work so only now am I catching up with the EVA on the International Space Station - still have to catch up with reporting but at least now I have NASA TV on. And it sounds like my sister's baby will be arriving soon - they're talking of inducing her but want to see her reach 38 weeks first (ie the weekend), so it's turning into busy time here but for good reasons :)

Bumpity Bump

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 10:11 pm
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Day 210 It's Canadian uncle's last evening with us so we went out for a meal to the pub-restaurant in Warwickshire that Dad goes to with his friends. I was sitting next to my sister:

Bumpity Bump

She's eight months pregnant now, and can still wear her belly bar, which Dad found hard to comprehend but then Dad finds any body piercing hard to comprehend - when we had our ears pierced as children his line was "fancy making a hole in your body to hang something in".

I realised when we got back that tonight was probably our last meal out as a family before Bean arrives, next time we do this there will either be babysitting arrangements or a high chair at the table.

It's Raining

Monday, July 12th, 2010 07:54 pm
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Day 193 It finally rained! More is forecast for during the week, it's the first we've had for a while - note that none of the play at Wimbledon was interrupted by rain. It's collected on the roof of my car as it's out of the carport and on the drive for the week, while my uncle's hire car is in the carport - as I'm out first and in last during the day it makes sense.

It's Raining

They had the oldies' gathering today, there was lots of food left (thankfully not all of it was made from pork) so I've had two little cheesecakes, a little chocolate eclair, and some pizza. And there's chocolate Swiss roll left :P

Oh Canadian

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 01:40 pm
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Day 191 My Canadian uncle is here, I think he's staying this week and then he's off about the country. So I decided this was an appropriate top to wear today:

Canada Top

Hahahaha yes that's all my own clevage. And all 100% natural :D

Sushi For Lunch

Friday, June 11th, 2010 06:34 pm
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Day 162 This was my lunch, purchased this morning at Tesco before work:

Sushi For Lunch

Not the best lunchtime sushi (that honour goes to Pret a Manger vegetarian) but very nice. Also purchased was some PJs for Dad for Father's Day - there's not a lot I can reasonably get him (alcohol, chocolate, aftershave, cufflinks & ties all being out, and no more easy-to-reach bookstores) but according to Mum he's wanting for new PJs. After I bought them I noticed it was a pack of two sets, I just picked them because they were the only non-football ones they had. Was laden with bags going into work as I'd brought in my black Converses to loan out to a workfriend who sprained her ankle a few days ago and doesn't have any comparable footwear - the Converses were really good for my sprained ankle last year. She put them on and everyone was all "OMG so cool!" but already she is limping less in them than in her previous shoes.
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Day 18 I gave blood today! First time ever. The bloodmobile visited us at work:

Bloodmobile

I was really worried beforehand that they might reject me, but all went well, no problem, the needles hurt for about a millisecond and not very much when they do, actually the most painful thing is either the radio in the background or all the water you have to drink making its way straight to the bladder it seems. Was a bit light-headed afterwards, not majorly, more like after a big glass of wine on an empty stomach, and this mostly went away after lunch. Some people were rejected because they don't have enough iron, or still had a cold, my friend with the recently-broken ankle was told to come back when the swelling had completely gone because she needs all her blood while it's still swollen.

I'm glad it all went OK, actually better than OK, I thought it was awesome. The thing with blood donation in the UK is that many people's introduction to donating blood was via Tony Hancock:



I got home this afternoon - not with a "Be nice to me, I gave blood today" (like Dad always used to bring back when he donated blood at work) or "1st donation" sticker, but with my little booklet about giving blood - a card & info about my blood type will be sent to me later. This got Dad up to search for his little book full of stamps from his blood donations but it wasn't in any of the many drawers he searched through. Also, Mum had received an email from her cousin, a geanalogy enthusiast, to say that through her paternal grandmother, we are direct descendants of King Edward I (through his daughter Joan) and therefore of William the Conqueror. Cool :)
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Today is my parents' wedding anniversary, and looking at the other cards they've received, the one my mother gave to my father had a vaguely familiar-looking motorbike on the front:

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So I looked inside.... do these gentlemen look familiar?

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