A few things to catch up on since the last blog…
The head of school is back on Monday so the things mentioned in the password protected posts should start to move along from the 31st. There seem to be people who we barely know coming out of woodwork to give support and to quote someone from the school “He won’t be without ammunition will he?”
I have a new favourite song of the moment. It’s only 1 minute 45 seconds long and I’m sure my father (as he works in Physics at a University) will appreciate it.
Yesterday we went to the Archaeology, and then the Maritime, museums in Southampton. It’s one of those things that you don’t ever get round to doing until you have someone visit. No-one was visiting, but we just thought that 4 years was a bit long to not go and see it. Both places were very interesting and worth the visit, we just should have gone earlier I think.
Finally, I’m having another go at touch typing. Every time I try and learn how to type I fail. I think the big problem is that because I know were all the keys are and I type so fast that I can’t de-program myself into doing it properly. There are certain finger positions for each key and because I don’t use them I type very fast but with very little accuracy. I’ll demonstrate by not using the backspace key
Finally, I’m having another go ast touch typoing. Everyt time tI try and learn how to type I fail. I thinkg the nig problem is that because I know where all thekeys are and I type so fast that I can’t de-program myself into doing it proerply. There are fertain findger pisitions for each bey and becasuse I don’t use them I type fvery fast but with very little accusracy. I’ll demonstrate by not using the backspacekey.
The other thing I’m bad at doing is that I read ahead and end up putting the first letter of the next word in front of the word I should be typing. “fertain finger” is an example.
Anywho. The sun is shining, the blog is on a new version and we’ll get round to booking our holidays soon.
We watched a fantastic routine by Mark Watson in the Nuffield theatre last night. We don’t get to watch much live comedy so this really was something special.
The only bad thing is that Russell Howard, who we want to see even more, is sold out already. We only bought Mark’s tickets a week before hand (granted we were at the back) but this one is exactly a month away and sold out.
And I bought a double decker today… but I guess you had to be there.
On Week 2 of the University year, the 2nd busiest week of the year, Amy and I went to Hull. Work weren’t really happy about it, but it was Amy’s mother’s only week off for many a month.
On the first day we went off to Hull Fair and Amy won a little bagpuss doll by spending a lot of money and enjoying herself. I went around moaning about how it’s all fixed and it’s a waste of money, but I had a go on one and won a pretty big teddy. I was happy after that. £1, one prize.
The Saturday we turned up was the last day of the fair so it was all pretty hectic. We didn’t stay too late but still managed to stay for a few hours.
By Monday we’d gone to town and I’d bought an xbox 360 * with a bunch of 2nd hand games, including the fantastic Guitar Hero 2, which I ended up spending many an hour on.
Tuesday we went down to Leeds and visited Ikea for Lunch. Amy bought a new stool that is being used as a mini-craft table. Good stuff.
Both journeys were pretty flawless. There was a bit of worry as the only motorway out of Hull was closed until 10 minuets before we left, but just like our Cardiff trip, because it had just opened, everyone avoided the road and it was very clear. Except for the fog. There was only about 300 yards of dense fog, but it’s really scary being in there. You slow down because you can’t see very far, but you slow down too much and someone will go straight into the back of you as they can’t see you’re doing 40 on a motorway.
This weekend we trebled the number of miles our little car has done when we went up to Cardiff. It was lovely to see everyone again and even better to not have to pay £70 for the train fare. However, it wouldn’t be like us to have troubles.
I love my TomTom GPS. My TomTom, however, doesn’t like Rhoose. It doesn’t seem to know what a ‘tiny country lane’ is and why it is important not to send people down them. In the end we programmed so many way points into the thing that it couldn’t get confused. On the way back even that didn’t work as the damn thing through that my waypoint was on a particular side of the road so it sent me up to the motorway and then tried to send us back to Cardiff. I ignored it.
The journey home could have been much worse than it was. There was a massive accident that closed a large portion of the M4, the only practical way out of South Wales, but we went to Ikea Cardiff and tried to spend as much time there as possible. We ended up waiting for about 15 minutes at junction 30 (28 was the one that was closed) but it seems we were all being held up so the police could open the road. We phoned someone to check the roads 30 minutes before and it was still closed. So that couldn’t have been better.
Ikea was very good. I was planning to go to the Bristol one and to have it as a little break but my dad said the Cardiff one was much better, and seeing as we needed to wait for the motorway to open it worked out well. Breakfast was 95p each and we managed to get a new dinner set that we have been trying to buy for 18 months and plenty of stupid things like scissors, straws and towel holders.
Lovely to see everyone again and we’ll do it again sometime.