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Feb. 19th, 2017

charlie, computer cat

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As the end of half term rolls round again, I've finally managed to get through reviewing where all my class are for writing. It's not too bad, but it's not brilliant either - lots still to do, and one or two annoying cases of children who just need to remember when to use a full stop! Still, it's done for now, thank goodness.

I feel like I'm finishing this half term with masses that still needs doing. There's certainly plenty still on my task list. I'm not really sure where all the time has gone - apart from yesterday, when Cassie came down and sat on me all evening, I don't think I've wasted loads of time, but still, somehow, I have loads to do. Ah well. Maybe now that I'm feeling a bit better I'll be able to catch up on Friday.

Feb. 4th, 2017

droplets

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Gosh, I wish that I could get rid of this cold! Or at least have my tonsils out - they've been up and down like... well, I can't think of a good simile, but they have. They were really painful yesterday, but they're rather better today and I'm feeling pretty good overall, which makes me feel like I might be going to get actually better, but I've had false dawns with this cold before so who knows whether it'll actually happen. It'd be nice to be well for half term though. This afternoon, there was nice sun and mild weather so I got out and did some hard work in the garden moving plants - it felt good. I just can't wait until I can be outside again - sunshine always improves how well I feel in myself.

I went on my first protest since the Iraq war on Monday. Wish I could say I expect to have such a long gap before the next one. It felt good to be out there saying something, even if I doubt it'll make much difference.

Jan. 29th, 2017

down in the dumps

End of the world

Am feeling weird right now. Sort of stressed and uncertain and adrift. self-indulgent and not very coherent thoughtsCollapse )

Other than the rising sense of impending doom, it was actually a lovely week, if pretty busy. It was really nice to see [personal profile] coalescent and bibliolicious for dinner and girly night cocktails really hit the spot. I had an amazing cocktail which was made with apple pie syrup which I wish I'd remembered to photo. I had my first go at applying for a dep head job, although I didn't get shortlisted, and went to look around another school today. It looked nice, but was pretty big and seemed very serious - I'll apply but I suspect they're looking for someone with more experience than me.

I think maybe I should focus on trying to get well this week. If I could swallow without pain and didn't sneeze all the time, I might feel better able to cope with other stuff.

Jan. 20th, 2017

laden coal creature

Waiting around

Am sitting in the coffee area at the garage waiting for my one year service on my Leaf to be done. It's hard to believe it's a whole year since I got it but I have to say, I've really loved it. When I was buying it, I was expecting to use it only for my Oxford driving and do parental visits in a loan petrol car but actually, we've ended up driving it to Norfolk most of the times I've visited, which feels pretty cool. It's just a really pleasant drive and it makes me feel good to be bowling along without any worries about what damage I'm doing, particularly given that we pay for 100% green energy at home so I know even charging up is not doing much damage.

The one blot on the otherwise happy story of electric car ownership has been Polar/Chargemaster. They have a model where you can subscribe to their service, in which case you get an RFID card, or you can pay as you go using their app. The trouble is, their app is absolutely terrible. I can't think of a single time I've used it where it hasn't taken about 20 minutes to get it to load the charge points close to me and then get the one I want to use activated. We planned a trip to London a couple of weeks ago and parked where they had a fast charger only to discover that PAYG customers didn't have the ability to use it, something that it didn't say anywhere in the app! It's got to the point where I was just planning a trip to my parents with an extra charge because of the cold weather and I filtered out their chargers - they might be more conveniently placed sometimes but that's no good if they don't work properly! Fortunately, the ecotricity chargers have been much more reliable and easy to use, even when they switched over to using an app rather than an RFID card but still, it's kind of a pain. I guess they basically don't care about PAYG customers or possibly even think that if they make that service rubbish then people will be more likely to upgrade.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the electric car experience, but if you're thinking of getting one, just make sure you won't be relying on Polar /Chargemaster for any key journeys!

Jan. 6th, 2017

droplets

Fathala

I promised that I would post some photos of our time in Senegal, and so here we go! It's just possible that I'll manage to actually get the right link from Google photos first time, but I never have before so if I mess it up again, do let me know :)


The rhino and some of the waterbuck antelope having an early evening drink at the watering hole.

many many picsCollapse )

Dec. 27th, 2016

girl and boy at night

On our way home

I see, as is fairly typical, I stopped updating once I'd done my complaining :) In my defense, the wifi at the reserve was pretty slow so our photos didn't back up to the internet until we made it to Paris for the most part. We were talking in Dakar airport about how unusual it was that actually, if we'd had our phones stolen at that point, we would have lost really quite a lot of data - usually, it's very little.

I will do a proper entry when I get home with all the photos and details of our time at Fathala, but suffice it to say for the time being that it was a really wonderful holiday and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere peaceful and beautiful. Our luggage never turned up at the reserve, despite repeated contact by the reception desk with the airport but once we had a change of clothes, kindly run up in a very short time by an obliging Senegalese tailor, we actually managed fine. On our way back, we got to Dakar airport ahead of time and so decided to go via the left luggage area on the off chance and lo and behold! Our case, sat there waiting and probably had been for a week. It had lost it's tag, meaning that it hadn't been connected with our lost luggage report, description notwithstanding. Still, we found it, which was a relief as it had my favourite bras in and were able to sort out the details and take it with us on the next leg. It was also perfect timing because it meant that we could collect the other half of the malaria prescription from it just before we would have run out of tablets. It was a bit unnerving to collect it and then immediately check it in again, but it made it to Paris with us, where our two cases were one of the first ones out!

Paris was really lovely - we stayed in a beautiful apartment with some very friendly cats and also some lovely Canadians (<3, ailetoile and stevieg) and it was also very restful. Rather than do the museum thing, we alternated chilling in the apartment, with poke-walks and enjoying the ambience and architecture of Paris and actually, todays wander up to Notre Dame, followed by open top bus along the Champs Elysee made me think actually I'd quite like to go back again. Now, we just have to manage to get onto our plane home and off with luggage and then home to kittons!

Dec. 18th, 2016

charlie, computer cat

At the reserve

So, when I left things last, your intrepid heros were stranded in Lisbon airport, but with optimisim that we would be able to reach our final destination without any further mishaps. More(!) travel woes, and finally arriving at the reserveCollapse ) The reserve really is everything I could have hoped and more - the staff are lovely, the food is delicious, the accommodation is incredibly comfortable and there are monkeys everywhere! I keep taking photos but they haven't all uploaded yet (the internet isn't very fast) so I'll save that until I get back :) We haven't even been on the game drive yet!

There was hope that by today, our suitcase might have turned up but thus far, there's no sign. We were taken into the nearest town, on the Gambian border, today, where we stopped off, bought some fabric and then left it with a tailor who's going to make a change of clothes for us! There'll definitely be photos of those tonight, when they are supposed to be arriving. We managed to pick up some deoderant and tooth brushes and fortunately, the reserve already provided things like shampoo and body wash, as well as having some insect repellant on hand, so we're pretty much set for the moment and tomorrow we'll be ready to get out and start taking part in some of the activities on offer here.

Dec. 16th, 2016

sea-mist

Day 1 - travel woes

So far, holiday going not quite according to plan. A tale of delays and me being sadCollapse )

Dec. 11th, 2016

candle trail

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I am fed up with being bunged up. I need sunshine...

Dec. 10th, 2016

tiny kitn

It's nearly time...

Have just spent far too long fiddling with a new journal style on Dreamwidth. I'd forgotten how oddly absorbing tinkering with CSS could be. It turned out to be just the level of engagement I was up for this afternoon, given that I am full of cold and feeling lazy.

Tomorrow, I will have to snap out of my lethargy to get things done because we're actually only 6 days away from our exciting adventure holiday! We're going to be spending seven days in Senegal, staying on a wildlife reserve where you can walk with the lions(!) and then flying to Paris where we're sharing an apartment with elyssa and stevieg over Christmas! I felt so inspired by the experience of winter sun on our Caribbean trip that we just sort of decided to go for this. It'll be the first time I've ever visited Africa and I think you could reasonably describe me as hella excited :) I have no idea what the net connection is likely to be like, but I'll try to post the odd update while we're away.

So now I just have to get through the last few days of term. Fortunately, I won't have to do too much in terms of teaching as we wind down, but given how coldy I feel at the moment, I probably couldn't cope if I did have to so that's just as well! Roll on next Friday!

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