I had intended to blog yesterday but it was a crazy crazy day. I was woken up by pao who declared it was 6.55am and the alarm wasn’t working because the electricity had tripped some time in the night. Bearing in mind I had to get to a village 10 minutes away for 7.45 for a lift to work at another campus an hour away where I had to train a group of students at 9.30, I was a bit dazed and slightly panicked. Luckily, the bits of the day that would have taken the most time i.e. bathing etc had been done the night before so I had to get into clothes (mercifully no ironing required) and get some wake up beverage and get to Wingham. I switched on the kettle and it tripped the switch again. And rinse. And repeat so no wake up juice for me. We left our house at 7.35 to find ourselves in a 30 car line along the road as the rubbish truck wend its way slowly along the road to Wingham. Luckily I made it to Bob’s house in the nick of time (they were already sitting in the car) and thence to work on time and my colleague Louise kindly donated a tea bag and some milk so I could start the day without being tetchy with the students.
So that was yesterday and this is today when I felt lucky.
1. Still uncertain about the kettle (and not too sure about the coffee machine either). I looked at the microwave as a source of heating water for wake up beverage but half-awake brain wasn’t feeling too confident about ability to heat water by that method without scalding lips on hot mug. pao came down stairs and boiled some water in a saucepan and presented me with a cup of tea.
2. I got to work to find that B had returned from a triumphant study leave in Boston and had left me these on my desk.
Thanks, B! You’re awesome.
3. I got an odd email about the person who normally helps me with particular problems and ended up clearing a fortnight’s worth of problems with the new person assigned to do that person’s work.. I know the new helpful person a bit and he is very lovely and efficient so he’s getting brownies on Wednesday as he is shouldering a load of training that I wasn’t confident about the first person doing.
4. My colleague who I think is brilliant and such a lovely and nice person got a promotion.
5. We got to go round and visit Bob (another Bob! Aren’t Bob’s great?) who loaned us a whole bunch of equipment to test our electrical system with plus all the guidelines we need to know what to do. He very patiently explained to pao what to look out for.
6. Bob’s stunningly pretty tortie cat was very very friendly and came up for a cuddle straight away.
7. We got to see Bob’s amazing house. I might be coveting his rack (updated to add: a computer rack!!). I’ve not seen so many network points in a domestic dwelling before. He also had a workshop full of amazing stuff like very old computing equipment – really trailblazing stuff.
8. The helical socks are going so fast – this is what I finished as of early evening yesterday. Sports weight yarn is really instant gratification.
9. I got to eat skate and chips in Tankerton washed down by a proper cup of tea. pao took pity on me and suggested we eat inside as it was a tad chilly for outside.
10. On the way to Bob’s house, we stopped for hand-made proper Italian ice creams at Macari’s on Herne Bay sea front.
11. I remembered to bring the socks that need to be kitchenered home – Phoebe likes them!!
I’ve been good all day – now I’m going to crack open that bag of Take 5!