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A Stern telling off and Greenbelt (not related to each other)

Never Conforming, you are hopeless. You have successfully failed to go to the post office for more days that you care to remember and your poor WISE partner is waiting for her presents. It’s just not good enough. You must do it! I’m sure you can come up with a million and one (legitimate?) excuses but that really isn’t the point.

Anyway, I’ll post it. I will. I promise. I’m sorry.


Life appears to have been turned upside down lately. At the weekend I’m going to embark on my third trip to Devon in the last two months. I believe this to be somewhat excessive – when I was at uni, I tried not to go more than three times a year. I would really have appreciated some time with my flat as we have such a terrible relationship most of the time ;). It feels like I’m never here. I got in at 8.30ish tonight and that’s joint earliest I’ve got in for weeks. I know that if I go to the gym, cinema, friend’s, party etc that’s choice but even so. I really need to give my flat some time. Maybe then I’ll work out where all the giant spiders live and I can get rid of them. I have also met another person from my building and we got on very well. She’s a bit older than me – possibly by as much as 70 years but she’s great and I’ve been invited to pop in and see her which I’ll do. Sometime after I’ve been to the post box. :embarrassed:

What has been more productive is that I’ve written lots of a worship guide on the theme of HIV/AIDS which will be produced later in the year. (I’ll link to it when it goes online, yes it’s got my real name in it but I’m not the only writer and what’s privacy anyway(?!)). I’ve also been to the gym twice!! I meant to go today too but didn’t get round to it. I’m not convinced that it’s a great plan to have R n B in the background. It’s one of very few types of music that is really distracting and annoying. What’s wrong with a good bit of Kerrang! style music? 😉 Apparently, what I need is an MP3 player. Anyway, getting back to what I’ve done. I’ve also been involved in planning some events for Greenbelt. If you’re really unlucky I might tell you about them too…

I’m really beginning to get quite excited about Greenbelt, even if I’m a little nervous too. It will be the first time I will have officially worked for it and there will definitely be more to do – a stall in The Pulse and two workshops (not on my own). I went through the online programme today and I think it sounds like there will be some interesting talks and other sessions. On the last two occasions I’ve been it never occurred to me to look at the programme beforehand, so I was inevitably blinded by science (and ignorance) so decided to do not a lot. This time I have bigger plans. Despite this, I’m sure I’ll end up spending a lot of time in the Tiny Tea Tent contemplating what I’m missing. I’m now trying to work out what to take. I know it’s unrealistic to take some things like a camping stove because I just won’t use it – however good my intentions. I’d better write a list sooner rather than later too. I need to keep the amount of junk to a minimum as I’ll be sharing a lift with other people. This year I also need to take a tent that’s bigger than me. Last year I took the wrong one – one designed for children that was not actually big enough for me to fit in except in a very strange position that I certainly couldn’t have slept in. It also collapsed after the first night. Thank goodness for friends who were good enough to lend me the spare wing of their tent. I think I’ll deal with all that when I get back from Devon though. Sorting things out a month in advance would probably be a good plan, but would also be somewhat daft.

Anyway, I’d better get some sleep otherwise I’ll forget to go to the post office again. 🙁

Life and Harry Potter

It’s been an interesting week. I started it with my family and it was really good to see my grandfather again. When I left them all was looking interesting – they’d found a place to move to (and were willing to do it), grandad was improving and everything was looking good. Yesterday I phoned up to find out how they all were and things have changed. The bungalow they wanted to move to is sold, and they’re not sure they would have managed it after all. Grandad was allowed to visit home on Friday to see how he copes with stairs. Apparently he passed the test so they want to discharge him on Tuesday. He’s not even been allowed out of the ward without supervision until now so I don’t understand where this has suddenly come from. Nanny would be really struggling to look after him at the moment and she doesn’t think the house is suitable for him in his current state. Yesterday, however, he had something of a relapse. He fell a couple of times. Mum and nanny also decided to tell him just how ill he had been in a way he could understand. At the point he was told he agreed that he’s got to be entirely honest with the nurses and not just look for the quickest escape. He’s been trying to leave since he’s been aware that he’s in the hospital. I don’t know whether this means that he’ll still be discharged but I hope that he isn’t. He’s just not ready for it yet!

I have since got home and decided that I would wait for Harry Potter – don’t worry, I’m not going to discuss the plot. Yet.
I ordered it on Thursday and that was the first time I started getting excited. I then collected it on Friday night. I’m not sure it was a cunning plan in terms with the financial cost and having to wait with a bunch of people in costume (I hid in the corner) but being able to have finished the book by yesterday lunchtime was worth it. While I was waiting for the book I saw Madagascar and War of the Worlds – neither of which were great. I do now need to go through and read them again in order. I will have to listen to the second book rather than read it, though, as I gave away my copy while I was at uni. I am very intrigued to know how everything is going to tie back in together though.

I’ll talk about the plot another day.

WISE – I’ve now bought everything I needed to, except an envelope, but I have failed to get it in the post today. I’m sorry and I hope my WISE person will forgive me. I suppose I should give another clue. I’m not sure what though. Anyway, It’ll be in the post tomorrow.

After Edinburgh

The whole experience of being part of the protest was fantastic but it was a little draining. Suffice to say, the combination of being in the Meadows for a day and having hayfever means my chest is all clogged up now. What else do you expect when you go on holiday?

I’m back down in Devon following a train journey of over 7 hours. Thank goodness for 14 day advance first class tickets. I don’t know what I would have done without the almost constant provision of drinks. Oh the luxury. That was £29 very well spent.

I’m back with the family again. Grandad has been moved to a lovely community hospital, I hear. When I’ve stopped sniffling I’ll go and visit. It was my sister’s 21st birthday yesterday. I can’t believe she’s all grown up now! Apparently she had a lovely day which was just brilliant news.

I really must get my WISE gifts sorted. I’m sure I’m going to end up being one of the last people to send and receive mine. As I’m so far from home at the moment I’m not going to check in until mid next week and I really need to send the presents before then. I’m beginning to get some good ideas as my WISE victim has been posting some very interesting things on her blog lately… I’m sure there are only so many things you can add to a blog that you wouldn’t mind for under the price limit. Anyway, my gifts will come with a little of my sense of humour (I hope), so you have been warned.

A couple of bullet points:

I’ve changed the icon/avatar to both confuse you and save confusion. I fancied a change, but also noted that Naomi has the same icon. I am a bear of very little brain and it would confuse me to have two different people associated to it – especially if one of them isn’t me! I hope it suitably confuses you. 😉 It particularly confuses me today.

I finished the SCM Conference for this year! Horray. I think it went well, but there may be people on this site who are more suited to commenting than me. It has left me very tired so I intend to sleep for a while.

Night all.

Fancied a bit of a change

I’ve had the rainy background for a while now, but to celebrate leaving a city well known for its rain, I thought I’d have a spring clean. I also changed my avatar on the SCM forum. I think being stuck on the lifeboat last week helped.

I have to thank my friend J for the avatar as she made it herself.

So, do you prefer the rust or the rain? Personally I think the rust is really beautiful.

Blogging Madness

You’ll have to bare with me for a moment, but I’m getting a little confused as to who’s blog is who’s. Smudgie’s been blogging about me and Jack, Jack about Deeleea and me about Smudgie. Legally Blonde is commenting to me on Smudgie’s comments and it’s getting a little surreal. 😉 In a good way – of course.

Friends in a more general sense are really good though. I spent a long time catching up with a friend last night who’d been away for a while. He spent a lot of time laughing at me and the madness that I’m finding myself in until I move. It really is reassuring to know that I keep my friends entertained. LOL.

The madness kicks off a little more this week as I will have to be combining my new and old jobs for a little while. I am also triple booked next Saturday evening.

The weirdest thing of all is how much I’m genuinely enjoying all this.

I’m broken now.

I’ve been away for the weekend to do stuff. It was lots of stuff, and stuff that needed thinking about. It’s the last time I’ve had to do this, in this capacity. It was nice to be able to catch up with friends. *waves at friends*

What was also nice, but somewhat strange, was receiving complicated computer instructions about websites in a pub. We set up the lap top and looked at a nice site that is going to be launched tomorrow. He was trying to compare HTML coding with me and I didn’t understand. 🙁 He said it means I still have my life. Apparently. 😉

Anyhow, I’ve Got. To. Go. To. Sleep. as I’m a little tired now.

P.S. It is nice to be able to do things I’m interested in, in my spare time.