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It's just a sticking plaster )

And yet...
- Na'Quis's sports day: the weather was mostly good (I even got a little sunburnt), Na'Quis was proud of her achievements ("I can run really fast!"), and I'm proud of her for going and doing it, even though she'd missed preparing for sports day with her fellow pupils.
- The Marquis and I put up the garden table, and then I spent about two hours cleaning garden furniture and partly cleaning up the shed, until the dust got to me.
- I took Na'Quis with me to a singing lesson. She wants to have her own and I am going to start again. My singing teacher has a new singing room in her garden: it is fantastic. I want one. ;-)
- Just as the sun was setting it peeked out behind the cloud and made the apple blossom on our neighbours tree look the most glorious luminescent pink. It made me want to learn to paint, because on a photo I can never capture that kind of light.
- I can hear the sound of the rain on the patio. The plants will appreciate the water and I like the sound.

Dampness

Sep. 10th, 2004 12:33 pm
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It's raining today. So my knees were right last night with their soreness -- they usually get sore when there is a change in atmospheric pressure, which is not good for someone living in England. :-|

Initially I was wondering if Tuemi and friend had packed the good weather up in their suitcases, but they claim not -- too much other stuff. I saw them off to the station earlier on. Sad to see them go, but also nice to get back to sorting out the house some more.

In fact the sorting out that needs to be done encompasses some fairly major problem resolution. While Tuemi and friend were visiting, we discovered that our shower leaks into the kitchen. Yesterday the Marquis decided to investigate. He took the side of the bath and discovered that 12kg (about 24lb) of wet plaster had fallen off the wall behind the bath and lain wetly on top of the floor board, which had begun to rot underneath its damp load. The Marquis shovelled out the dirt and went online to investigate what was to be done about wet-rot... Now we just have to hope that the Land People respond soon to our email.

I was going to inaugurate my nice new birthday brolly -- a huge contraption with photos of Nuremberg all over it -- but I forgot it in the house and am having to make do with my little fold-up umbrella that I usually cart around with me. *shrugs*
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After work on Mondays, the Marquis and I sometimes like to go and play badminton. Today, however, nobody else wanted to go. So we decided just to have a wee practice together. Except that the court hadn't been book, or so it turned out. So we wandered home.

There, the Marquis sorted out light brackets for our new bikes, and after a quick dinner, we cycled to the gym to get to our Pilates class, only to find that it had been cancelled. Hm...

Seeing as we suddenly had a lot of time to go and play in, we decided to inaugurate the bicycles. The weather was lovely, sunny and not too windy and what with it being the longest day of the year we didn't need our lights at all. We did a fair bit of cycling on some quiet back roads and then went off road and along the river, first in one direction, then across a bridge and back the other way to take us back towards home.

It was a really nice ride, but I hadn't cycled in so long, I kept worrying about losing my balance and falling over. At one point, when I was trying to cycle up a bank, I started to slide back down the hill, which was somewhat disconcerting, but luckily I managed to stop nettle-covered disaster in its tracks. :-) The Marquis roared like a drain as I waddled up the slope, pushing the bicycle between my legs.

But now, safely back at home, my buttocks hurt. I don't even what to think about how they'll feel tomorrow...
:-o

***

In other news, we bought a pair of binoculars at Aldi on Saturday -- they were only £7. I'm really pleased with them, because now I can actually see the seagull chick on the corrugated roof across from our house. They are very cute grey fluffy things.

Now I just need to get in the habit of dragging the bins around with me, in case I see that raven again that has been hanging around our area.


Have a happy solstice (as [livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody puts it...)
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It's been beautiful and sunny for much of the day and I even managed to site in my class this afternoon with my jumper off, without freezing. Roll on warmth. I have had enough of winter.

This morning I got involved (impromptu) in this recruitment day at my college, because Ceejay needed someone who could bend over and attach electrodes to volunteers ankles for our polygraph demonstration. It was quite a nice thing to be involved in and I got free lunch out of it. Just sandwiches, but hey, don't knock it.

In the afternoon I went to a session about the portfolio for my PGC in Learning and Teaching in HE. Pedagogist was being his usual woolly self, but fortunately my favourite tutor, Athena came along for the second half of the session and we had some very productive discussions about our action research projects. Mine is going to be about the way my research methodology and statistics course have worked this semester after I redesigned them over the summer. The issue I am particularly interested in is how the students have felt about their level of involvement in the course and the effects that the course design (letting students decide upon the questions to investigate and putting research projects together from those with guidance from the tutors) has had upon their motivation. I actually look forward to reading up upon a lot of this stuff.

Now I am back at home and dithering about whether to type up some stuff for a potential publication I want to send of for consideration, or whether to get back to Ta'Kiri. [livejournal.com profile] the_marquis and I had a very fruitful discussion this morning about some story logistics, which I still needed to think through before launching into ch 15.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] pellegrina has managed to hand Ch 1 of our WiP to a bonafide test-reader... Looking forward to the feedback.
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Because of the disgustingly early start this morning, I feel that I have had quite a good day, really. The lecture was done before the sun had set -- it's setting noticeable later now! Yay!

The Marquis and I went for an itty-bitty walk around the park and took a look at some of the flooding there in one of the bits that's 'land-locked' but as low as the river. It's cold again, so we didn't stay out too long. We we came back in, the Marquis made us hot chocolate and we watched Time Team. While we did this, I spent some time sorting through some long overdue paperwork and banking. Feel virtuous now...

Told my Dad about this lj today -- hi, G'Lon, in case you are reading this! He called to say thanks for the translation work. :-)
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Because of the disgustingly early start this morning, I feel that I have had quite a good day, really. The lecture was done before the sun had set -- it's setting noticeable later now! Yay!

The Marquis and I went for an itty-bitty walk around the park and took a look at some of the flooding there in one of the bits that's 'land-locked' but as low as the river. It's cold again, so we didn't stay out too long. We we came back in, the Marquis made us hot chocolate and we watched Time Team. While we did this, I spent some time sorting through some long overdue paperwork and banking. Feel virtuous now...

Told my Dad about this lj today -- hi, G'Lon, in case you are reading this! He called to say thanks for the translation work. :-)
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Isn't it weird how when you decide not to go for a walk, because the weather was so crappy yesterday, then the sun shines brightly all day (with a bit of snow thrown in for free). Anyway, it meant I have my lecture done and ready to go for tomorrow, without having to work late. So now it's time to do some self-indulging. :-)

Today's quote for your delectation: "Leben ist immer lebensgefährlich!" (Erich Kästner, 1899-1974)
("Life is always life-threatening!")

Did another MBTI earlier on, ENFP again.

*burble, burble*
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Isn't it weird how when you decide not to go for a walk, because the weather was so crappy yesterday, then the sun shines brightly all day (with a bit of snow thrown in for free). Anyway, it meant I have my lecture done and ready to go for tomorrow, without having to work late. So now it's time to do some self-indulging. :-)

Today's quote for your delectation: "Leben ist immer lebensgefährlich!" (Erich Kästner, 1899-1974)
("Life is always life-threatening!")

Did another MBTI earlier on, ENFP again.

*burble, burble*
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )
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This is just what it says on the box...

Na'Lon's Saturday )

Sheep!

Jan. 28th, 2004 08:38 pm
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My snow experience -- for behold Carlisle is a usually snowfree zone, despite getting quite cold at times, unlike t'other side of the country -- was somewhat surreal.

I went to teach at 11. At 11.45 my students suddenly began to fidget and make concerned sounds. I realised that they were looking out of the window and...

... Corblimey! Blizzard time!

The world looked grey and within about 20 minutes there were about 2 inches of snow!

It was all icey and slippy by the time I headed home and I nearly fell over qite spectacularly. Managed to save myself, but pulled bits of me in painful fashions. Will have to walk very cautiously on way into work tomorrow.

But I like snow. Especially when it is followed by beautiful sunshine for a few hours and all looks bright.

Sheep!

Jan. 28th, 2004 08:38 pm
na_lon: (Default)
My snow experience -- for behold Carlisle is a usually snowfree zone, despite getting quite cold at times, unlike t'other side of the country -- was somewhat surreal.

I went to teach at 11. At 11.45 my students suddenly began to fidget and make concerned sounds. I realised that they were looking out of the window and...

... Corblimey! Blizzard time!

The world looked grey and within about 20 minutes there were about 2 inches of snow!

It was all icey and slippy by the time I headed home and I nearly fell over qite spectacularly. Managed to save myself, but pulled bits of me in painful fashions. Will have to walk very cautiously on way into work tomorrow.

But I like snow. Especially when it is followed by beautiful sunshine for a few hours and all looks bright.
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I didn't go in to work today, until I had finished the job application I was working on. Originally I'd wanted to go past the hairdresser's to make an appointment to have my hair cut, but by the time I was ready to head off I didn't have the time to do that. I went straight to the osteopath in the lovel local drizzle, appreciative of the existence of my recently acquired Drizabone -- apart from my face, I did stay almost as dry as a bone, too.

The osteopath made a not quite catty comment about the fact that I should be able to get my back to start improving rather than just keeping going at the same level of disfunction, but what with all the stress at work and so on, not much is changing. I really need to get back into the habit of going to the gym regularly -- it make a huge difference to my wellbeing.

Work after the treatment wasn't exactly conducive towards inproving the situation with my back.

The current tale of work woe )

I left work slightly early to post the application, then wandered past the hairdresser's and my usual girl had an appointment for tomorrow at 15.15. Now I need to decide what I want her to do.

hair dithering )

Hm... I am sure there were a lot more things that I was going to ramble on about when I sat down at the computer, but somehow I can't recall... Oh well... another time.
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I didn't go in to work today, until I had finished the job application I was working on. Originally I'd wanted to go past the hairdresser's to make an appointment to have my hair cut, but by the time I was ready to head off I didn't have the time to do that. I went straight to the osteopath in the lovel local drizzle, appreciative of the existence of my recently acquired Drizabone -- apart from my face, I did stay almost as dry as a bone, too.

The osteopath made a not quite catty comment about the fact that I should be able to get my back to start improving rather than just keeping going at the same level of disfunction, but what with all the stress at work and so on, not much is changing. I really need to get back into the habit of going to the gym regularly -- it make a huge difference to my wellbeing.

Work after the treatment wasn't exactly conducive towards inproving the situation with my back.

The current tale of work woe )

I left work slightly early to post the application, then wandered past the hairdresser's and my usual girl had an appointment for tomorrow at 15.15. Now I need to decide what I want her to do.

hair dithering )

Hm... I am sure there were a lot more things that I was going to ramble on about when I sat down at the computer, but somehow I can't recall... Oh well... another time.
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The weather today was just horrifible, with much wind and rain and inside out brollies and splashed up mucky water from the dual carriage way along which I have to walk on the way to work. But eventually I managed to get to work and sat down to sort out a few things before the first of two meetings of the day...

Read more... )

But today wasn't just about meetings. I also made some further notes for things to go on my CV, and I read my evil twin's DiR fic ([livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody), which I liked and which has made me want to reread the DiR books.
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The weather today was just horrifible, with much wind and rain and inside out brollies and splashed up mucky water from the dual carriage way along which I have to walk on the way to work. But eventually I managed to get to work and sat down to sort out a few things before the first of two meetings of the day...

Read more... )

But today wasn't just about meetings. I also made some further notes for things to go on my CV, and I read my evil twin's DiR fic ([livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody), which I liked and which has made me want to reread the DiR books.

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