Below I mentioned we made hand made Christmas cards. I’ve now put those on Flickr as well as a few Christmas photos with the family in Milton Keynes.
I’m looking forward to posting some of the photos from this holiday, but although there is internet there aren’t the cables to connect the camera up. So far we have some excellent ones of Rhodes old town walls, the roman acropolis and some dolphins that decided to turn up on our boat trip. A lot of people didn’t even see the dolphins, but I managed a quick picture!
Karen is now a mother and I’m an Uncle. I’m looking forward to those pictures too.
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I’ve been ill the past few days. Poor me. But it seems that I’ll be better for Christmas! Yay!
But my parents did ask me to put some photos on Flickr about 3-4 months ago, so in the true Christmas spirit I actually remembered today. Whoops.
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.
I’ve been looking at cars for a few weeks now and I’m still no further to working out what I’m going to buy. The choices between getting a cheap ‘first time’ car and a ‘reliable’ car that is going to last me, as well as wondering if I need a small car that’s cheap to insure or a more powerful one that would actually get me to Hull and Lynmouth without taking a hotel for the night.
One thing is for certain though, there is a mass of Ford Ka’s on the internet. If you search for a car between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds in Southampton, 50% will be a Ka. Not that I should complain because I really like them but they certainly fall into the ‘cheap to run’ rather than ‘will get to Hull’ category. At least they aren’t a 1.0 but 1.3 isn’t too far off.
On a non-speeding-down-the-motorway note I’ve had a play of The Movies demo and I’m impressed with it. I’m desperately (and successfully) trying to stop playing World of Warcraft as much as I have done. It’s a good game, but without a pause button and the ability to control the other 100 real-life people in the guild you can end up not leaving the computer for 5 hours at a time. Insert sad face here.
Another game I’ve been playing is Resident Evil 4: Wii edition. Amy got it for my Birthday and it’s a lot of fun. Still nowhere near as good as Wii Bowling. Nothing can beat that.