Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Today I picked my phone up to see three missed calls, three text messages and two voice mails. Great!
One of the messages was a lady looking for a brass instructor for her school, so that one was welcome!
One was my sister asking if I know someone who I played in youth orchestra with. Does that count as knowing them? Probably.
The last one was a friend asking if I want a curry tonight. My initial reaction is that I don't want to go out and see anyone again ever again (still in hibernate mode) but I know I'd love it if we went really. My boyfriend is very busy before New Year at work and I think is working late tonight so we can't. I do love curry but would rather cook him some food because he's going to be tired and I was very grumpy yesterday night (when he told me he had to work late).
Voice mails: One hang-up. Great! (nothing to do with that one), One gig lady who I am avoiding because I haven't organised another trumpet player for her yet.
Missed calls: Don't matter because if it was important they'd have left a message.
EMAIL: haven't got there yet. Next job!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Boxing Day food is my favourite for Christmas, because we get to have ham for breakfast. If I'm really lucky I might get an egg with my ham. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
I need the others to WAKE UP though first.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Apologies for yesterday's whine. I was in a mood and vented here. It was helpful to get me out of the mood in real life.
I hope you are having the best Christmas ever. Ours is going pretty well! The dinner was delicious and nobody has fought yet, which is a real anomaly for a Champ Christmas.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Fortunately I'm still excited as we curtailed the two days of hellish trips just in time.
This morning I am really angry with my stupid thoughtless boyfriend who announced to me that he was starting work at 6.30 today when he got home last night. Why should this bother me? I have to drop him there at that time, because I need the car today (going to England).
Not content with making sure that I have to drive 200 miles minimum on 4 hours sleep, he set his alarm 1 hour early and snored during the night. Loud enough for my sister and I to hear him from the living room over the sound of the telly. I woke him up and made him take a decongestant spray thing as he has a cold again. It worked for a while.
Then to top the sleep, early morning thing off.... he was the last one out of the house this morning. He locked my sister in the house without realising. He should have left her a key if he wanted to do that. He did not. I was REALLY angry about that as in case of a fire she'd have been in trouble. He has done it to me in the past too. I'm still angry - can you tell?
Anyway, until I see him there's no point in stewing over this so I'll leave you with a very sincere wish that you all have a very
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
She (somewhat surprisingly) was up for the idea!
Off we went to the wigwam, leaving Glasgow in chilly winter sunshine. We drove off and headed deeper and deeper into grey clouds. As the weather closed in our hopes of a walk in the hills dwindled. We arrived at the farm in howling winds and driving rain!
(This is a photobucket picture I've lifted... must be what it looks like in summer.)
We checked in then fairly swiftly left to go to the Green Welly Stop for some shopping and to the pub for a bite to eat.
It was fun, we bought some things in the shops and the food in the pub was delicious. We both had spicy parsnip soup followed by Christmas roast dinner. Mmmmm.
We then drove back to the wigwam and shut ourselves in there with a few bottles of wine and some games. We played scrabble. I won. We played Yahtzee. I won! Kept me happy. We had some sandwichy bread things for dinner, played some more games, drank some more wine before bed.
The rain didn't let up at all so we woke up and had to walk to the toilet block in the same heavy rain we had walked through all evening.
The wigwam however was completely dry and very cosy. They are heated and lit, so it's a really nice place to stay. There are bench beds and a small table gives you something to play games on. I love it.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I have finished presents for: Mum, Boyf's mum, Boyf's sisters, Boyf's sister's boyfriend, friend's girlfriend.
The sloe gin is ready - I tried it and it's very nice.
On Monday my Mum arrives so I'll let her have a taste of the gin and tell me what she thinks. That means I have 1 day left to finish her pressie (as she'll be here and I can't be making it with her here!).
I have one more teaching thing left to do and then that's me for the term. Yey!
Overall I think we're sorted. I have to get something for my sister but the other gifts are done and dusted. I'm quite happy!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Show dance - argentine tango. AMAZING. If you only have time to watch one, make it this one.
2. My Christmas tree is up! I'll hoover tonight then put the pressies round and post a picture.
3. I love Vincent. And I want Rachel to win.
4. I have finished the scarf my friend asked me to make for his girlfriend. However he now says he might give it to his mum. Is it bad that that annoyed me? I put MY mum's scarf on hold to do this one for him.
5. There's a good couple of minutes of bumph before the dance, but this shows that Rachel can do all the dances - in case you thought her tango was only good because Vincent is so good.
6. My boyfriend bought a bottle of port as a thank you gift for me to give to my friend who doesn't really drink. Ha ha - nice bottle of port for TC then.... I bought her something else.
7. This is a waltz which I think is dull but others might like.
8. My work has announced redundancies. I don't know if I'll be one of them but I think that finding a 2 day a week job might be tricky so I hope I'm not.
9. As my boss was off sick last week, I might have my appraisal today.
10. I've run out of toilet roll. Probably a fact you didn't want to know!
11. I've also run out of washing powder. Think it's time to go shopping.
12. It's now five past 8 so I need to get the bus to work.
13. I'd show you more dances but you've got my favourite there already. Hope Rachel wins. I'm off this weekend so I'll get to watch! Mum comes to visit on Monday.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The car is back and working properly again.
Last night we had the West Division Carol concert thing with all the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers & Leaders. I'd offered last year to play the music for the carols - and they took me up on it this year.
I am lucky enough to have good friends who I've played with for years and they agreed to join me for a trumpet trio. They weren't so keen on the idea of the 12 Days of Xmas, so I agreed to play that on the piano instead.
I then discovered that a Ranger in our division plays the trumpet, so I phoned and invited her to join us. She did a pretty good job and seemed happy enough.
The bit AFTER the concert where the kids go through for juice and biscuits was the bit I didn't enjoy so much. There were so many kids and keeping track of mine with only 2 of us there was difficult. On one hand I knew they were safe anyway as they were surrounded by guiders but on the other hand I worried that parents would come and collect them and I wouldn't know.
It didn't last long - I rounded them all up (by spreading the news that I had xmas pressies for them) and kept them together til they were collected. They said they enjoyed the concert so that makes it worthwhile.
So that's us until the 13th January. Plenty of time to plan a great 2nd term!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
- I was in York on Friday night last week. We drove all the way just for the wedding party.
- I was in Uddingston (other side of Glasgow) on Saturday night for a Christmas party.
- I really enjoy playing old music. Like Bach.
- I still have a bit of a cold but it's MUCH better.
- I am loving the run-up to Christmas. This year is quieter... or more organised. I'm not sure which. It's allowing me to enjoy it when usually I'm all muddled up at this time of year.
- I have got most of my Christmas shopping done.
- I am debating whether it is more important that my boyfriend has a coat than that I stick to my principles. He should buy it himself - he left his coat in a bar, but I know he won't ever get round to it and he's walking round without a coat in freezing weather.
- I am not going out tonight because I still have Christmas knitting to do.
- I was out last night - It was fun!
- I am out tomorrow night. Fingers crossed for fun again!
- I haven't got dressed for work yet and it's ten past eight.
- I have my appraisal today at work.
- I want to get a real tree and decorate it with my biscuit decorations right now.
I hope that you have a great day - see you all later (night in means night reading and catching up!).
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
We are now:
I got my Leaders warrant a few years ago. You have to complete a workbook - it has several modules that are intended to teach you what you need to know to run a unit.
- chart development of kids who are making their promise to see how they change through Brownies.
- to show how you've used the Programme in planning.
- to turn up to something outside the meetings in the hall. You have to do something that involves different Units, or different aged kids. So you could do a joint night with 2 packs, or you could invite the Rainbows for a party.... Does that make sense?
- do First Aid. This bit works well.
- assess the safety of your meeting place. This bit is very important as it isn't something you would know to do unless you had run a group before.
- do accounts and you need to keep records.
That's all I can remember.
The part I think that fails is in the fundamentals of Guiding. Who teaches you what Brownies is? Who talks through the programme, or the Adventure? There are packs for Guiders - a manual and an Adventure File, so you can read and teach yourself.
There is no reason to assume that a trainee Guider has any experience of Guiding in her past. The Adventure File tells you about opening and closing meetings and is actually a really useful resource, but it can't teach you songs (unless you read music.. and if you do you'll notice that the Brownie song is printed in a minor key... which is just weird).
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Made the tart (photo to follow).
Sliced the potatoes and layered them with onions and mushroom (coz I had a few left over) plus herbs (parsley and thyme). I poured over vegetable stock and dabbed some butter on the top. That is in the oven now as it takes an hour and a half. I'll take it out soon and put it back in once our friend is here.
I have de-stalked the field mushrooms and toasted the pine nuts. I have changed the plan a little here: I am going to put a dollop of cranberry and caramelised onion chutney on top of the cooked mushroom, then put goats cheese and/or herby breadcrumb crust on top of that and then sprinkle on pine nuts before serving. I have rocket and some little tomatoes to go at the side.
I have boiled the ham (coz that's how I like it best - soft texture) and scored the fat. I have now rubbed on some honey and have just put it in the oven, as I think it needs about an hour to get a nice shiny crust.
I might go and dress the rocket with some lemon juice and olive oil.... as I've got a few minutes to kill. Our friend is ALWAYS late so I'm not expecting him to arrive in the next half hour really.
P.S. After a promising start Wales just lost to New Zealand 9-29. Boo hoo.
Result: (Picture taken of my extra just-in-case mushroom which is in the fridge now.) The mushrooms looked really pretty on the white plate (see the meat picture) with the salad etc. I forgot the pine nuts - so ended up with mushroom grilled with goats cheese and herby breadcrumb topping. It was really tasty. I tested putting the chutney on but it made the mushroom go slimy during cooking, so I served it on the side with the salad.
Result: Pudding. Slice served with vanilla icecream.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I would really like to take a sick day, which would give me a chance to shift this before teaching on Saturday. However because I am self employed with 4 different employers and only work in my office job on Thursday and Friday I would feel too guilty phoning in sick today.
Anyway: Thank you very much for your votes yesterday.
The menu for Saturday:
Field Mushrooms stuffed with.... not quite sure yet but goats cheese and pine nuts are a constituant part.
I am delighted that we ended up with this one for starter. I like mushrooms a LOT.
Honey-roast ham with this potato bake thing and veg.
I am also chuffed about this choice. The potato thing is made by baking sliced potatoes in stock. The top goes nicely crispy with a soft juicy potato bottom bit. Mmm.... Veg to accompany: Will depend on what I see in the supermarket.
Maple syrup and pecan tart
This came up because I allowed my boyfriend access to the cookery book. In fact I asked for his suggestions. He spotted this and wanted it immediately - so I know he will be over the moon about this choice. I don't really like desserts that much so either would have done for me.
I would post you photos - but I think I'd look like a weirdo. Instead I'll tell you about how it goes on Sunday.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1) I am cooking dinner on Saturday and can't make a decision on what to cook.
2) Please help me choose the menu - Starter:
5) I am a competent cook.
6) I enjoy cooking so am looking forward to this weekend.
7) I haven't been participating in TT for a while because I am having some problems getting up for the office job on a Thursday and really haven't had the time before leaving.
8) I have been working most nights.
9) Yesterday I played in Oliver for a friend who couldn't do the matinee.
10) My friend who couldn't do the matinee phoned me to ask me if I could leave my trumpet as he'd forgotten his.
11) Because I am a good friend and a nice person I found the grottiest trumpet I could and modified it a little to make it slightly worse, then left it out for him. I did leave my real trumpet too - but he used the dodgy one which has tuning problems (I hear).
12) I went to the cinema last night and saw Burn After Reading.
13) I didn't like it.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I had a mum helping because her daughter was making a promise tonight. My planning at the moment is totally crap. I will improve for next term. We're getting away with it by using my experience and talent for winging it. But I suspect it's finite.
I'll need to organise a planning meeting for next term (hopefully in the pub... that'd be my ideal).
Tonight we: Made juggling balls out of balloons filled with bulgar wheat. It's quite cool - makes a sort of beanbag/stress ball thing. You use a funnel to fill a balloon with the wheat then twist up the neck. Cut the top off another balloon and stretch it over the neck of the filled balloon, to make a two-tone juggling ball.
This bit would have worked FINE except that I couldn't get a funnel anywhere (no time to try a DIY shop but I did do the Guide shop, hobby shop and supermarkets). In the supermarket by the balloons they had party hats. "Hmmm, they look a lot like funnels" I think.
Party hats are funnel shaped, but they do not make the greatest of funnels. We got by - and each girl went home with one juggling ball. But you can't really do much juggling with one ball! Also the Young Leader I think was trying to suggest they look like bollocks. I just ignored it - she was annoying me tonight anyway - totally unhelpful all evening. (I told her off for it even though I hate doing that).
We also had hula hoops and a tightrope with blindfold. We had a ball and they played some fairground style games with the hoops and the ball. I think the kids enjoyed the night actually - so the mess and stress was definitely worth it. Promise ceremony went well (with my Assistant making her promise too).
I'm shattered though now so it's bedtime for me.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I knitted myself a cornetto case last night... I am just SO cool. No really.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Next weekend I'm playing cornett - I've mentioned it on my blog before so I'll just link it for you to find out more yourselves. (changed my mind and stuck up a photo)
I love to play this instrument. On graduating college I acquired a resin cornett but last year I bought a wooden one. I have been trying to learn it since, and am getting to grips with it now.
So this weekend was to be the virgin outing for this instrument. Until today I discovered that the pitch of the piece is a fourth higher than I had expected. That's a lot higher!
A week of mental practising is what is called for.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
p.s. I am not drunk.... and I am regretting eating chinese already.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I haven't spent much time around very little kids, as I only have 2 friends with babies, and don't really get the whole baby thing. She was very cute, and it was interesting to see what they're like in real life. I do think she'll be more fun in a couple of years or so.
Am I actually allowed to say that out loud? I hope she doesn't know about the blog.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
He wants to do something fun today - and I really don't.
He wants to go out for lunch, to head into town... to GO somewhere to do something.
I want to knit my slippers, to practise the cornetto, to teach later, to do some journalling.
He wants me to come out with him.
I want him to do something here - like finish painting, or play his new computer game, or garden. Or to go OUT without dragging me into it too.
I am busy working for the next few weeks almost all the time, so we won't have much time again for a while.
By rights we should be trying to spend this day together - but I am finding him really annoying as he's pottering around the house when I know he wants to go out and do something. I wish he would just go and do what he wants to do and leave me alone!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We played some games - like wink murder and musical scary statues.
We sang some songs (the Pink Panther - because one of them turned up dressed like the pink panther).
We ate some party food.
And then I cleaned up a LOT of mess. We ran out of time for apple bobbing, so next week they are making chocolate dipped apples with hundreds and thousands. They'll love that. I'm off - working - so I'll miss it. Good luck assistant - I'll find a parent to help.
Monday, October 27, 2008
However the sentence was not finished because I went nuts. "Seriously? The only thing about YOUR party, full of YOUR friends, that your FAMILY came up for, that I spent a day cooking YOUR choices of buffet for... the ONLY thing that you were enjoying about that was your music?".
He's been quiet since then. As have I.
I am terrible at leaving things that annoy me alone. I can't be annoyed about stuff silently. And I can't talk about you behind your back - so feel very safe in the knowledge that I'll tell you exactly what I think.
Anyway - now it's all out there in the open I'll be able to forget all about it. So the confrontation is entirely selfish, and is possibly something I should stop doing. I don't know.
Friday, October 24, 2008
On his actual birthday we took a trip to Callander to go to the Rob Roy exhibition (which was amusingly bad when we visited in the past), but it had closed. So we took a scenic drive home. We then went out to dinner (after I had finished Brownies, of course).
On the next day I spent the morning preparing a buffet for 30 people, played a gig in the afternoon, came home to teach and we then went out to his birthday party in a local pub. He was in his element as he could plug his own MP3 player into the sound system. The other guests (in particular his Mum) seemed less enthralled after a few hours of it, so I asked her if we should put on the 'party mix' (from his sister's boyfriend's ipod). Her reply was 'Yes, might liven it up a bit'. So I plugged it in.... and he chucked a wobbly. I wanted to smack him and am still annoyed about it now actually. There's nothing he can do to change it but from that moment on I did not enjoy his party, and had it been anyone else's I would have left. Rude arsehole. Honestly - thinking about his petulant reaction makes me genuinely angry. I have never wanted to walk out of anywhere as much. But I didn't - I stuck it out and smiled. I tried (and failed) to talk to his mum. I bought drinks, drank drinks, ate buffet, chatted to my friends and to some of his colleagues.
He enjoyed himself - which is the main thing. He was clearly very happy to have his sister, mum dad and sister's boyfriend here. His sis is fantastic and her boyfriend is very funny. I like them a lot.
And now he's officially old. Ha! Lucky for me that I'm not planning to turn 30 ever.
I am having a nice time tonight doing nothing - it's pleasing me greatly. However by writing the above I've wound myself up again so I think it's time for me to go and get a(nother) glass of wine!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
It will mean I either blog lots and lots through the stress of it. Or blog little because of the fun we're having.
Hope all is well with you all. I'll let you know how it goes!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We went for a morning visit to the beach. After a quick whizz round the museum we headed for the sand. Then my friend pointed at the sea and claimed to have seen a dolphin.
Ever the sceptic, I dubiously looked over to find that she was right! The dolphins swam back and forth getting closer and closer to us, until from the shore we could see them coming out of the water and diving back in.
It was an amazing end to a fun holiday.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
You are a self-employed musician. You are asked to do a gig 6 months in the future for really bad money.
You take the gig because you have nothing else booked for that week and there is no reason not to.
At the end of the phone call, the amateur booker says 'OK great. So you won't drop out now before the gig will you? I mean we really want to get this sorted out firmly right now.. etc'.
What do you reply?
I reply something like 'oh yeah of course sure...' (bearing in mind I'm a good 1/2 bottle of peach schnapps down by the time of this conversation)...
I am THINKING though: "Who the hell do you think you are? The money for this is sh't so if I'm offered something for a decent fee what do you think I'm gonna do??".
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Other stuff: Gig-wise there's a fair bit going on and I am nervous about a gig this weekend but generally all is good. There's a video on youtube if you're interested in seeing me in action... with my trio friends.
Sorry I haven't been a very good blogger this week - I'm just very busy but I do appreciate your comments and will be round properly soon. First I must get this Brownie night over with!!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Or am I missing something?
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Well according to the many recipes, all of which were similar, take 1lb sloes, 1litre gin, 1 wineglass of sugar.
Prick the skins of the sloes and drop them in the gin (obviously you have to remove some gin first or they won't fit.
I went for putting half in an old vodka bottle).
Add the sugar and shake.
Shake daily for a week then weekly for two months.
In my wisdom I decided to make this sat in the front room watching telly. This was due to the number of berries I would have to prick. It seemed daunting without other entertainment, but I can't remember what was on the box so it must have entertained me more than I expected.
This is the colour it is at the moment.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We stumbled across some sloe bushes so collected as many berries as we could in the hope that we could go home to make us some sloe gin.
Anyhow - now I have to Google me a recipe, and get going. I bought the gin last night so am all set. I'll post about it when I know what I'm doing! (I'm quite excited.)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I might just sack blogging altogether. I can't read anyone on Blogspot's blogs most of the time, and I can't get into my own blog.
It's too random - you have to be able to blog when you have the time. I don't have the time to check back every couple of hours on the offchance that it might be working now.
Assuming this holds for more than 10 minutes, I'll be round to see you shortly.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyway - back to normal stuff.
At Brownies last night we made chocolate truffles using cream cheese, icing sugar and melted chocolate. It looked disgusting!!!!!!!!!! But tasted surprisingly alright. It didn't set properly so they went home with brown blobs on greaseproof paper, rather than rolled up truffle balls as I'd expected. I tried not to get too involved in this as I'm not well.
They seemed quite happy despite my lecturing them on good behaviour and brownie points (I'm really not feeling good and they weren't watching for the hand in the air thing - for any non-Brownies, when the Guider puts her hand up it means stop where you are right now and shut it). We also had a game of practising what you do when the hand goes up. One of them talked all 4 times we tried it so I made her sit at the side while we did songs. That was actually annoying as she's one of the best singers.
Anyway - it felt very hard work. I think they had fun though. Next week they're preparing for their promise and starting hostess badge as we normally get them through this one as part of their promise ceremony.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Today I have to be at a rehearsal at half 10am. It finishes at half 11, and is taking place in a room above a brewery bar. The bar would open at 12.
a) Go for a half hour walk then head into the bar at opening time?
b) Go for a half hour walk then go home and chill out (or finish all the other things I have to do actually)?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Useless stupid Blogger.
I have started a wordpress blog which I am quite confused by at the moment as you have to do layout stuff yourself. Much more of this and I'm gonna switch though.
Monday, September 15, 2008
If I could do it my way I would practise on and off mixed in with all the other household things that need doing all day and all night.
I have a practise mute which I can use. It muffles me right down to under the level of the TV even but it isn't rewarding to play with. I suppose it will have to do.
Plan for Brownies tomorow: Jewellery making. I saw a craft somewhere where you rip paper into long thin triangles and wrap it round knitting needles to make beads. I'll let you know how it goes!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
To make up for it I'll tell you everything in one go:
Tomorrow I have work then am playing with a Wind Band which I haven't done (other than kids ones) for a few years. Should be fun.
I am a tragic geek who stayed up late last night playing My Sims on the Wii. Sad. I am sorry. It was new - won't happen again.
For tea today we had pasta with a delicious sauce made from carrots, peppers, tomatoes and pork. Yum.
As you can see not much has happened!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I have Brownie stuff, gig stuff, teaching stuff. I always feel like this at the start of the year though - it'll calm down. Think it might be time to make myself a list.
Brownies last night was fun. We did an evening on friendship as I'm still trying to get used to all the new ones. (We had another sign up last night - overfull now). We put their names on each envelope and everyone has to write something nice about each person and put it in the envelope. They get to take the envelopes home full of nice things.
Note to anyone who does this: VET the comments. We didn't. I never imagined that anyone would put anything mean in the envelopes, but we got a couple of 'she is annoying's. We did it in sixes rather than as a whole group because I didn't want it to last all evening.
I printed teddy bear colouring in templates for the girls then gave them instructions for the colouring in like 'For the ears: If you have brothers (only) colour red, sisters only colour blue, both colour yellow, neither colour pink' etc. The idea of this is that at the end they will see how alike they are. We didn't quite finish this so we'll do that bit next week. We'll make a display out of them too.
Other than that we planned this term and played port/starboard. The old Brownies knew about it already and have always enjoyed it, and the new ones thought it was great.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
This was so much fun! I know it's shocking - I am sorry to all those of you who can actually write properly but this made me laugh a LOT.
The words: toad stool, liquid lunch, Jurassic Park, counting sheep, manacles,
The Animals in manacles,
perch on toadstools next to whirlpools,
Drinking liquid lunch made from melon chunks,
Painting modern Art, in Jurassic Park,
Before counting sheep as they try to sleep.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The first job is to copy and post some accompaniments for some gigs we have coming up in Wales & England. It's taken me most of the day to get our new scanner sorted out and to get the music scanned in. I can't post originals as I have 3 different organists to post the stuff to and only 1 set of originals (obviously).
I suppose I had better get on with it.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
They are a mixed bunch. One of them is tiny - and very cute! One is a fighter - she broke a guide's hand kicking last year whilst at Rainbows. Tonight she kicked another Brownie (who kicked her back). I told her that it was not acceptable behaviour and that if it happened again I would speak to her parents (hence the tears). The majority of them are VERY confident little girls, which is good.. but very noisy, which could be good or bad.
We had fun. We made name badges (coz I have so many new ones) with stickers and felt tips. We had a pow wow (they sit in a circle and we discuss anything that needs to be said). We appointed sixers and told the girls their sixes. We played some games. Then Brownie Bells and home time. It went quite quickly. It wasn't the smoothest evening ever, but it was ok and I'm sure we'll get the hang of the bigger group soon enough.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
To set the scene: We have one car between us. I have the car on Saturday as I teach in an awkward place for public transport. My boyfriend doesn't work in a great place for public transport either really but he has the car every other day of the week.
TC "Do you really need a lift home from work on Saturday?"
Boy "Um... well I could get the train."
TC "Would that be ok?" *batting eyelashes giving a winning smile*
Boy "Yes, I'll get someone to drop me at the train station. How come?"
TC "Well Jenny is coming round for dinner."
My real reason for asking? I want to watch the final of Last Choir Standing on tv.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
At the chippy a man came in asking for a carrier bag because his plastic bag had split outside just up the road. He was not a chip shop customer.
The owner of the shop told him that there was a 5p charge for a plastic bag. The guy thought for a second then left.
The owner then told us dodgy guys come into the chippy quite often asking for a carrier bag that they can use to hide the item they've just stolen from a car up the road.
The dodgy guy came back into the shop and this time I noticed he had a big square/rectangular object hidden underneath his jumper. He asked to see the plastic bag. The shopkeeper showed him but he didn't buy it and left for good this time.
I want to know what you could nick from a car that's about the size of a box of tissues (maybe slightly bigger)?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I sit around getting up slowly, making tea, playing the computer, practising a bit, playing the piano........ then I teach a bit...... then I can go back to the earlier stuff before bed.
However I know it's not good. I am - as of tomorrow - going to make an effort to sort out my room to make myself get back into hard work again. I had a crazy few weeks and reacted by just flopping for a few days. Time to stop that.
Monday, August 25, 2008
A week or two ago a nice Guider from Ireland gave me a newsletter she uses... which I edited for my pack (deleted the name of her and her unit and replaced it with my unit and my name).
I thought last night that I ought post it. So I printed 20 copies, and took the envelopes, addresses and letters to the pub to put it together somewhere with beer. HOWEVER on the bus there I spotted an error...
Can you spot it? In the first big heading (the layout's gone a bit nuts when I've changed it into a JPEG) - "SEPTMEBER".
As this will be the first thing I send to my new Brownies I decided to print them out again. I ripped up the misspelt copies. I printed page 1, then stuck all the paper in to print page 2.
The stupid ink ran out on the reverse of ALL the copies.
So that's 40 copies ruined. On the up-side, I spotted another mistake (it instead of is) which I can now fix too.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I can't remember what time it is meant to be at.
My friend texted at half 3 this morning to tel me it's at 9.30. She'll be feeling good for it!!
On the OTHER hand it is annoying me that I'm having to watch GMTV (dodgy breakfast tv news and gossip show) if I've been up late as BBC in the morning show the sports I've already seen.
Perhaps blaming the Olympics isn't fair. Perhaps I should pinpoint the real culprit for unwatchable telly:
Big Brother. It is terrible!!!!!!!!
Usually if I don't want to watch BBC Breakfast (good breakfast tv news show) I can always watch some old Frasier re-runs, but when Big Brother is on the channel (Channel 4) seems to show it at all hours and the channel is a no-go. The last two series's of the show have bombed though I think so hopefully they'll give up after this one.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
- Take the first wash from last night out to dry
- Put on a wash
- Go to work in my office job
- Buy shoes
- Meet a friend
- Put on a wash
- Put clothes out to dry
- Put on a wash
- Put clothes out to dry
- Put on a wash
- Put clothes out to dry
- PUT ON A WASH!
- Go to bed.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We then came home and played bubble blowing. FYI - a trumpet is not the most effective method of bubble blowing, but when it works the bubbles are mightily impressive.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
When we bought a flat, like many first time buyers, we had no 'stuff'. We moved in with a side table, a black wooden chair and a computer table and computer.
We bought the basics to get going - a bed, some drawers, a sofa (really cheap - really rubbish). Then a friend offered a deal on a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge freezer which were in her great Aunt's house. Her aunt was going into a home so we bought the items from her at a bargain price, for which we were VERY grateful!
However the fridge freezer and tumble dryer have since been replaced. It was gutting to have to throw them away but we couldn't find anybody to take the tumble dryer (which worked) and the fridge was finished.
Finally this is the washing machine giving up the ghost. It must be pretty old. It's a Hoover Classica Autowasher 1000- can't find a date using the magic of the internet.
RIP washing machine.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The other day I turned the radio on (BBC Radio 2 - thought it might have been Jonathan Ross) and this what was playing.
"Bow, Bow Bow.... Bow, Bow Bow...."
NO WAY - it can't be?
I thought I was going mad for a minute. But it was really there - The Frog Chorus was genuinely coming from my car stereo!
It is much longer than I remembered. Alan Titchmarsh played it on his show. I had to turn over straight after this because the next thing was a Mozart piano piece (yawn). Later I tried again to find it a pop song played on Euphonium. Nope - not for me.
Anyway - Hope you enjoy the video... or enjoy the reminder of 198_ .
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I have an unusual real name. And a blog name that isn't a name. So my results on this meme weren't great. My real name just brought up articles or websites really about me, so I'm going with Top.
Top needs a bottom for daytime sex. There were two or three like this... Top needs a young boy.... Top needs a slutty bottom... and so on.
Top needs refinishing.
Top needs the time.
Anyway I must go as I have lots of work to do. As the meme says 'Top needs the time'. I have a pupil due this morning any time now and rehearsals after that all day.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Maybe more accurately the title of my post should be: Musicians. Bah.
I don't know.
What I do know is that it annoys me when musicians dump a gig for a better paid one. I understand it. I have done it.... although never without finding a suitable replacement for myself - sometimes paying them more than the gig would have paid me because I'm earning more anyway.
It also irritates me when people who are music teachers as well as performers assume that everyone else is having a huge long restful holiday when in fact some of us have taken work to fill the gaps teaching left.
And I want to do a rehearsal at eleven o'clock tomorrow morning because I have another rehearsal in another city at half past six that night. However a colleague can't be bothered to get there in time for that so is making us have the rehearsal later. Which annoys me because I know that he's not doing anything at 11am. He just has to travel for an hour and a half so would need to leave at half past nine - which is obviously too early in school holidays.
Now that's off my chest I feel a lot better!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
I have also begun baking a chocolate sponge. This one's in the oven. It smells nice!
I will let you know how this one turns out.
The last cake I have to make is a toffee sponge - I've nicked a recipe off the web so will paste the link here.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Anyone else: I have to make a cake for a friend's birthday next weekend. Does anyone have experience of cake-making? I want to know if you can freeze cake and not spoil it?
I suspect she's really after a chocolate cake - probably with more chocolate. My birthday cake was DELICIOUS though as vanilla with chocolate covering and filling.
She also will expect something impressive - so a novelty or giant cake I think.
I have scratched my head for ideas. So far I'm thinking the classic pile of presents would be quite cool. Or maybe a handbag shape. OR a multi-tiered patterned cake with a crown on top which I saw on a website.
So back to the question - can you freeze cake without spoiling it?
Friday, July 25, 2008
It was won by the SNP. Maybe it's time for me to find out more about them - I've avoided it because of the name Scottish NATIONAL party. Reminds me of the ultra-evil British National Party.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
What on earth could a big cuddly Simpson head be doing on the grass out there?
My best guess - foxes. There was also a big black fox poo on the grass next to the head (which had actually turned out to be a slipper), to assist in my identification of the culprit.
This weekend I'm off out the back with a strimmer and spade to clear the undergrowth at the bottom of the garden - hopefully I'll destroy their habitat.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
While my boyfriend was in Italy I went to Leeds, Cardiff and Carlisle.
A great time was had by all. I went to the pub, ate out, did a bit of sightseeing and went for walks in the countryside.
I particularly want to tell you about the food – which was outstanding!
Leeds: We ate out at a restaurant called Citrus. The downside was that they brought me a cheese soufflé when I ordered a fig and blue cheese chart. The UPSIDE was that the food was great and my starter was free.
Cardiff: We ate out at the Brasserie. You could choose your meat/fish etc from a cold counter and they cooked it. We chose bbq ribs and roast duckling, and muscles in white wine and lemon sole. It was delicious, but the fish was my absolute favourite. My little sister is moving to Cardiff soon and I am most certainly going to visit her often!
Carlisle: My friend’s mother is an amazing cook – Dinner started with salt & pepper squid which I learnt to do myself. The preparation involved hilarious moments where my friend’s mum commented that the squid when washed looked a bit like a condom, but she didn’t think it would taste like a condom… although she didn’t actually know what a condom tasted like. Meanwhile her son went red at each mention of the word ‘condom’ and squirmed openly at the final comment while I could only crease up laughing at the pair of them! They barbecued a joint of lamb marinated in yoghurt mint and brown sugar and while it cooked we took a trip to the local pub. And then after all that there was even dessert! Plums and cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
Now my boyfriend tells me that the food in Italy was wonderful. He tried octopus and other seafood which previously he has refused to eat and I am most pleased with this step forward. However I do not believe for a second that his meals could possibly have surpassed the menu which the UK provided that week.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
They giggled and chatted and giggled in their dorm until one of the guiders moved in and settled on the lower bunk making them sleep.
On Saturday morning I awoke to more giggles and squeals. I checked my phone: 5am!
The other guiders were seemed able to sleep but I can't do that - I'm a wake up get up person. So I went through.
"Hands up who knows what time it is?" No hands.
"twenty past........... FIVE"
Their faces dropped! They knew they were in trouble... but still giggled when I left the room.
So I got my sleeping bag and told them a couple of stories: one about good brownies who go to sleep and do lots of fun things with their refreshed cheerful guiders... and one about bad brownies who stay up all night and spend the day doing chores and cleaning, becuase their guiders are too crabbit to go out and play.
They all just giggled at me, and a Brownie from another pack responded "you should've brought those other Brownies then". Somehow I don't think they take me very seriously! It worked though, and they dropped off again very quickly.
I went back to sleep and woke up again around half 6, which is fine as they were to be woken at half 7.
On Saturday our Harry Potter theme meant we could fit in a visit from a man with owls. Real live owls. IT WAS COOL!!!!!!!
In the afternoon they had a trip to the loch. A treasure hunt. I may have taken them slightly the wrong way as I had no idea how to get there, and neither did the guider who took a group 2 mins after me. We weren't lost though.
Otherwise, we did some crafts... sang a few songs... had a party where they entertained us with a fashion show and some comedy sketches then we entertained them with a Harry Potter magic show.
On the last day the grown-ups have to clean the house so the Brownies spent a fair bit of time playing outside.
What impressed me most over the weekend was the way the kids from 3 different packs all mucked in together and made new friends quickly. They all behaved really well and made the weekend enjoyable for all of us. They got their Brownie Holiday badge and some goodies and I am pretty sure they all went home very happy.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I am on my own in the flat.
I went away on Friday to Brownie camp. I got home on Sunday but drove straight down to England to stay with my sister before heading to Wales for the night.
We then came back to Leeds. Meanwhile my boyfriend jetted off to Tuscany (grr).
I then went to Carlisle to visit a friend and his family.
Now I am home. Most of my pals are on holiday, and I only arrived here at 7pm so there hasn't been time to organise an outing.
So I'm getting a bit bored. Might need to get a knitting project going. At 10pm it's too late to practise the trumpet!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
However when I got home my boyfriend had still not found the passport he began looking for the previous day.
So I started to help. I looked through all of the sensible places. I searched the filing cabinet file by file.
I looked through the less sensible places, such as the kitchen drawers and recipe book shelf.
The previous night I watched him check the passport drawer, so knew it could not be there. In case though I asked 'did you check the drawer again'? The reply: About 4 times.
So we kept searching into the evening.
EVENTUALLY when it was far too late to meet people who'd been out since six o'clock I was on the verge of announcing that he was just going to have to queue for an emergency passport application today when I checked the passport drawer. I had no expectation of finding anything, but guess what?
HIS PASSPORT WAS EXACTLY WHERE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE FIRST PLACE! Idiot x
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I'm excited though.
The first thing coming up is Brownie camp. Wish us luck.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Today I have a pupil coming round in the morning. She's a really nice kid so it'll be fun. After that the day is my own.
Wimbledon: Anyone watch it? Andy Murray won his match yesterday - it was confusing to me as I really don't understand tennis scoring - but he's a Scot so I'm pleased he won.
I think that was the quarter final.... or the qualifier for the quarter final. Does anyone else know?
This is the first week off school and already I'm wondering what to do with the days off. I think this is the only week I have completely free though so I'm just going to enjoy it.
Monday, June 30, 2008
I went to withdraw camp money from the brownie account, only to discover that the form the bank in the city centre gave me last week is not sufficient unless the signatory is present with ID. Which they won't be as they are now in France on Guide camp. I have signed completed forms to add me as a signatory, but the bank now tell me this takes 2 weeks. Not something they chose to mention two weeks ago when I asked about it!
I leave for Brownie camp on Friday. Without the money?? I need to fix this one fast!
Update: I did get mail from my parents..... to clear up any confusion. It arrived after I posted this - they did not forget.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I forgot to photograph the cake til this morning. And the super-tasty one I made later has gone. But the very tasty one that my boyfriend made is left and I've photographed that for you instead.
Mine was a vanilla victoria sponge with vanilla creamy icing filling and chocolate fudge icing all round the top and sides, decorated with white chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli. Mmmmm.
I tried to get my pals to vote on which cake they preferred but they just refused to say that mine was better. I'm taking this verdict from the 'pie chart test'. (approximation of cake quantities eaten half-way through party). Cake 1 is mine.
We had fun. I am feeling really full... and thirsty (can't think why I'd have that symptom this morning!).
Saturday, June 28, 2008
So far we have:
Strimmed weedy bit
Been to supermarket
Been to DIY store (for replacement gazebo, as it is very likely we'll get rain although it's holding off just now)
Played some Super Mario Galaxy
Listened to the radio
It's now 1pm. 2 hours til kick off. I might just clear the washing up if it's dried and then pour myself a glass of wine.
Then I'll decorate the other cake - we burnt the first one so I made a replacement - and post you some pictures x
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
My boyfriend recently got a new phone. I mentioned previously on my blog that I was planning to make him a cover for it as it has an enormous screen and he'll scratch it all up at work carrying it round.
So I invented (not claiming it's an original idea... just that I didn't steal it from anyone) the Phone Sock.
This is the prototype. As such I have offered to make my boyfriend a new and improved version but he is resisting. He is a bit sentimental.
This is the first commission. Allan (a colleague) requested the colour scheme. The rest of the design, including a home made button added after the photo, are my creation. I am quite proud of this one.
And the third (and the one I resent making a bit as I hate Celtic and Rangers) - a blue, white and red cover. This is a work in progress. I expect to have it finished today providing I stop reading your blogs for a while. (FINISHED!!)