Monday, 21 July 2014

Me on Monday ~ 8

You can't tell too much from this photo but if I turned round you'd see that there's a lot less hair this week compared to last. Easily about 3" gone, maybe more from the back. Whats that I'm holding? A massive clue about what I did when I left work at lunchtime - picked up my holiday tickets! Happy? You bet. Counting down the days!

Yes this weekend was a hair cutting, dog walking, margarita drinking, falling off the Slimming World wagon because we were at friends for dinner, thunderstorm sheltering, sewing a few more log cabin blocks, sitting in the sunshine kind of weekend. Which brings me to the last two days before schools break up for the summer. As I said earlier, Happy? You bet. Counting down the days! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Me on Monday ~ 7

Although Sian's away for a while I'm continuing with the Me on Monday post.

I was working this morning but it doesn't seem so bad when we break up for the 6 week holidays next Wednesday!  I only worked half day and when i got home at lunchtime Coco was so happy to see me, I didn't have the heart to tell her I was going out again. So, guess who ended up my back seat passenger? 

I went into work with poor aching shoulders and a stiff back because our daughter decided she fancied moving her bedroom around on Saturday so it was a ...
Furniture shifting, wardrobe emptying, clothes sorting, paintwork washing, dusty carpet hoovering, new recipe trying, quilt fabric cutting, log cabin pattern learning, dog walking, World Cup Final watching kind of weekend.  I went back to work today for a rest!

How's your Monday shaping up?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

One photo - 20 words

Awards Evening. Forty eight silver cups and glass trophies.  Seventy book prizes. Thirty certificates. Three book tokens. One exhausted secretary.

Joining in with Abi's idea of linking one photo ( or in this case, a collage!) with 20 words.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Me on Monday ~ 6

Well hello to the first Monday of July! And I'm happy to report it's not a working Monday for me. I have a day full of catching up to do.  All those things I planned to do on Saturday and didn't get round to.  It's the day the Tour de France comes past this area so many roads are closed in nearby villages.  
So what does a blogger do on her day off?  I'll give you a clue
Well, if she's joining in with Sian's 'Pile of Postcards Exchange' she'll be off to the post office to sort out postage for those going overseas.  And if she's joining in with Fiona's Friendship Quilt, she'll be posting the next block for that too. And as it's her day off, she'll be meeting up for coffee with a friend.  The sun's shining, so the dog may be able to enjoy a nice long leisurely walk later too!
Did you have a good weekend?  What a Wimbledon final eh?  For me it was a:
furniture moving, spare room cleaning, paella eating, wine drinking, nursing a husband with 'man flu', tennis watching, kind of weekend. Our son is coming home after 2 years up in Edinburgh and we are desperately trying to make some space for all the 'stuff' he will have accumulated up there.  Which explains the first two things on my weekend list.  His sister seems to have used his room as an overflow wardrobe in his absence and we need to make some space - lots of it.  It's not an easy task I can assure you - I need my Monday 'off' to make up for all the hard work of the weekend! 
Linking up with the aforementioned Sian for her 'Me on Monday' meme.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Scavenger hunt round up #1

The first month of the Scavenger Hunt organised by Rinda is finished.  Are you joining in?  It's such a fun little project to do.  I've actually ticked quite a few off but there are a few that I know I can better photos for so this is not my final choice.  But you know how you see something and think 'I'd better snap that, I may not get a better opportunity to tick that off the list'!
I managed to get quite a few on our recent trip to Edinburgh and I love that when I look back on these photos, it won't be just the Scavenger Hunt I think of but a happy time with friends with the added bonus of meeting up with our son!
Now I'm not totally happy with the parade!  The Gumball 3000 rally was arriving in Edinburgh while we were there and the cars were all parading through the streets in preparation for the next leg of their journey.  I am keeping my eyes out for a better interpretation of this one!

My daughter has her initial tattooed on the inside of her right wrist.  We joke about it looking as if she doesn't know her left from her right and has to have an R for right tattoed on!  I love my juggler - he is an Australian teacher who is working with our school for a few months.  His previous job was in a circus so he was a natural with the juggling balls!
Now, I'm not happy with the first one here.  It's a sign set into the paving outside the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood House.  And although it's not in plain English, I think it may be considered to be written in the Scottish dialiect rather than language.  What do you think?  Also my group of tourists is us with our friends while we were looking round the tourist spots in Edinburgh. We were hundreds of miles from home, surely that makes us tourists? Again, I think I will be looking to replace this one!
Now, the first one here annoys me so much I didn't really want to include it!  I had real trouble finding any sign that showed you that you were entering our town and when I did, it wasn't exactly exciting.  But more to the point (and please bear in mind that I work in a school.  My boss is an ex-English teacher.  They are red hot on spelling and punctuation in any letters or communication we send out to parents) the council have missed out our apostrophe!  What?!  I felt like taking a black paintbrush and putting in the missing punctuation between the p and the s.

So I feel like I am making good progress in the hunt, although I am confident that as the weeks go on, I will find better photos for some of them but this is the state of play at the end of the first month.  How are you getting on?  Which ones do you think you will struggle with?   

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My Month in Numbers - Making a positive out of a negative edition

Or alternatively, things I didn't do in June. 
  • The lady in charge of the Slimming World group was as pleased as I was that I didn't put on any weight. In fact I lost 4 1/2 lbs. and yet I still seem to be eating as much as I ever did. Strange.
  • I didn't have to wear any sun cream on our visit to Edinburgh. We travelled 376 miles (took an hour on Easyjet) to spend 3 days in bonny Scotland with our friends. The weather was mixed to say the least. 
  • I didn't pick any winning teams in World Cup sweepstakes. Spain was the first team out, Ghana weren't far behind them and I never had much confidence in South Korea brining home the cup.  I blame the lady in charge of the school kitchen. Every day she made World Cup biscuits, and every time I bought one, my team lost.
  • I didn't receive all my blocks for the friendship quilt project, but I did receive 7 beautiful squares, and sent 1 off in return to the next person on the list.
  • I had 70 books delivered to school; school prizes to be handed out at Awards Evening in July. Each one has to have a personalised book mark and fancy book plate stuck into a front page. I didn't spill any coffee over any of them, nor did I put the wrong label in the wrong book. (I hope) It's a good job I don't have long legs as I now have 7 of these boxes under my desk 
  • I didn't get every picture on Rinda's Scavenger Hunt list but I have found 12. I now know which ones are going to be more difficult than others, how do you get an unplanned photobomb?! And why is sunrise so early over here?
Counting up your month in numbers is the brainchild of Julie Kirk - pop over there to discover where WW1 nurses bought their uniform, how many miles she has jogged in her new trainers, and how far a number 9 snail moves in a year. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Me on Monday ~ 5

Ahoy there me hearties!  Cap'n Keyworth here -  
Never being one to overdramatise things, you may note that there is an issue with my eye.  (There's also a huge issue with my hair but let's not dwell on that!) If you're going to wear an eye patch, wear a good eye patch.  I went to bed Saturday night moaning that my eye felt scratchy and I woke up to find that everything was blurry.  A quick trip to the pharmacy confirmed my own suspicions that it was probably conjuntivitis.  I told my husband that the pharmacist said on no account was I to do any cooking or any other houseworky jobs but he read all the small print on the eye drops and couldn't find that written anywhere. Oh well, it was worth a try!
So, my weekend was a 'buying a couple of new bits of clothing for my holiday, practising some sample wonky log cabin quilt squares, watching more football (getting a bit bored now), moaning about my eye feeling scratchy and weepy, dog walking, dog bathing, discovering Koppaberg Mixed Berries Cider, catching up with a couple more episodes of Season 3 Breaking Bad' kind of a weekend.
How was yours?  Let's pop over to Sian's to see how things were for her this weekend.