Sunday, 17 June 2018

two count-downs and other items of interest (in no particular order)



A double count-down is in full swing. In just a few days I'll be taking to the skies to attend a conference in Canada. Upon my return, there will be two days of work before we go on summer holidays. I am trying not to be patronising and write a list must-absolutely-not-forget-things for Richard.

I am very excited about the holiday, a bit apprehensive about the conference. It will be fun once I am there. I am lucky enough to go for pleasure only, I don't have a paper to present or any other agenda to follow.  I am travelling with a new female colleague and it will be great to get to know her better. I am really looking forward to finally visiting Canada, even if it is just for a few days. I have googled local fabric shops.

As a result of my travels, I'll miss the last day of school and I'll miss the celebration assembly. I am delighted about the latter. In the entire school calendar, this annual celebration assembly is the worst of all events. Trust me, I know. This year's would be my 13th.

We'll travel to Denmark for our holiday. I can't wait, it will be great.

Me and Jack have been practicing our commute. I decided to train him how to ride a bike in style and how to jog alongside a bike safely.  It is less than 3 km, some along the road but mostly through the woods. Jack is happy to sit in my back bike basket when we are riding on the road. When we reach the woods, he jogs ahead of me on the forest path.  In the bike, he sits in the basket and looks like a king. I don't think he'll be tempted to jump but I am going to fit a harness that should keep him securely in place. He has a cosy bed in my office and there are dog friends along the corridor, too.

Teacher presents are ready - rhubarb cordial. I have even made labels. Annie is in charge of writing cards and making sure the boys take the presents to school.

I am sewing a dress, one seam at the time. Time management has been a bit difficult and I am stealing a minute of free time here and there. I want to finish the dress for my trip to Canada. Having checked the weather forecast and temperature range, I need something light and airy. I am slightly concerned about air conditioning. Should I bring wooly socks and a cardigan for the time spent indoors?

I am slowly (very slowly) stitching my hexagons together. Expected date of finish is sometime during 2027 if I continue at the current rate. Man it is slow! I also had to get the next size up for reading glasses so I can see the tiny stitches.

I was sad to wake up to the news that the Glasgow School of Art was once more on fire and is extensively damaged, quite possibly beyond repair. Such a loss for Glasgow.

Lots of people have joined the SNP after the recent walk-out of Scottish MPs from parliament. I am not surprised. Such an unfortunate name, Scottish National Party. There is so much more to this party than Scottish Independence, something that is largely ignored south of the border. I am a Green voter myself in case you are wondering and on the few occasions that I am allowed to vote.

I am the mother of a man. Sam went to the his prom last night. He looked rather handsome in his three piece suit. Sam and and one of his friends returned just after 9 am this morning, still looking good. Oh to be young again! I am unrecognisable if I go to sleep after midnight.

Coincidentally, this is my 500th post. How did this happen? Thanks for sticking with me, it is really nice to have you visit and sometimes say hello. Cheerio for now xx

17 comments:

  1. Congrats on 500 posts! I just checked my post count and I'm at 1262! Have fun on your trip - I remember once freezing to death during a conference wearing a dress. The next time I took a jacket. I recommend a Pashmina in case you get cold. I'd love to see a photo of Jack and you on your bike with him like a king. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. Oh, the days when we could stay up all night and look fabulous! Congratulations on your 500th post, you should celebrate. Your workplace sounds delightful. How fun to be able to take Jack with you. How sweet sitting in the basket looking like a king. Have a fabulous time in Canada. You can find a little room in your luggage for a woolly pair of socks and a cardie. Enjoy and don't forget to buy some fabrics!

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  3. Happy 500! Congrats to Sam, he is indeed a man. I know you will have a brilliant time in Canada, such a beautiful country. I grew up right across the river from Windsor and my Mother was born in Orillia. To take a dog to work would be a dream, but not my two, they are nuts! Have a great week.

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  4. Having never really felt myself cross that boundary to becoming grown up it always takes me by surprise to realise I am a mother to four grown men! I wish when I was a teacher I had received such lovely thoughtful gifts... rhubarb cordial is very special! Have a good trip to Canada Christina xx

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  5. Happy 500 my dear friend. So much news. Have a great time in Canada, take a cardigan and enjoy wearing your new dress. My girls have a few more weeks to go at school but this year is the dreaded big girl leaving assembly and I am not one for all the crying, I have convinced Heidi it is a really exciting time. Jo xx

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  6. Happy 500th post! Quite the achievement. My blog has been quiet since March - too many other things happening in my life. I heard about the huge fire - such a shame for such a historical building, Glasgow and the artists.

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  7. 500 posts, well done you, that's a brilliant achievement. In fact you have reminded me, I am nearing that I think. Jack sounds very good at his commute, and what a wonderful set up for you both at work. Really sad news indeed about the Glasgow School of Art, it will be a big loss if it can't be saved. I hope you have a good time in Canada, and on your holiday too if we don't 'speak' before then. CJ xx

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  8. Enjoy your trip here, wherever here might be. Fabric shops are not as ubiquitous as they used to be, but you seem to have identified some.

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  9. Love your hexies and the predicted date of completion, I haven't started mine yet as I have too much else on the go.. but I will perhaps just when you're finishing!

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  10. 500?! Wow! EPP is so slow, but I’m sure it will be worth it when it’s finihsed. I’m also looking forward to seeing your finished dress.

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  11. I love that you are sewing your dress one seam at a time, and hope you enjoy wearing it at your conference. I know what you mean about assemblies. We've been doing primary school for 15 years now... The rhubarb cordial is a lovely colour. We made rhubarb jam this weekend as the rhubarb here will be over soon. Have a safe trip to Canada and back.

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  12. Lots to get excited about ; Canada, Denmark and holidays in general. It’s good to escape certain duties from time to time. Doesn’t your boy look grown up and yes I can’t do after midnight either. Like the sound of Jack in the basket and jogging to work with you. Canine friends are such good companions. Well done on 500 posts. Looking forward to reading more. B x

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  13. I love a countdown to travel.. 44 days to our summer vacation :)
    Denmark is amazing.. we loved it so much.. have fun
    and congratulations on your 500th post.. wow.

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  14. Congrats on the 500th blog milestone, Christina. Your upcoming trips sound like wonderful adventures, especially since the Canada one doesn't involve work and the Denmark one is with family! I have enjoyed rhubarb with strawberries in a pie, but never in liquid form. It will surely make an unusual end of term gift. Speaking of graduation, congrats to your son and to you as well for avoiding the celebration assembly. You didn't sound disappointed in the least.

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  15. Congratulations on the 500 posts! I hope both your trips are good ones - how exciting to travel to Canada with work!

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  16. Lucky you going to Canada - I'd love to visit there. Where are you going? I know what you mean about primary school assemblies - they are truly tedious, but I kind of miss them. I liked the connection we had with the school and teachers at primary school which disappears when they go to secondary school. This week we have prize day at our school and it will be very dull indeed, made worse by the fact I will have to attend on my morning off. Also can just picture you whizzing along on your bike with Jack in the basket - very cute. Have lovely holidays, in Canada and Denmark.xx

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  17. Woohoo! 500 posts! That's fabulous! Hope you have a brilliant time in Canada and the holiday packing when you return isn't too stressful. Passport, money, toothbrush and clean pants - anything else you can buy when you're there :) xx

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