mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Suffered cold and had to take time off work. Ballroom dancing classes every Tuesday, but not for the last two weeks
Yoga classes also continued except for the last two weeks of the month.
Bought an amazon fire TV stick, not quite as useful as it seemed in reviews and TV adverts!
Christmas Dance in Steyning Alice & Bradley demo and End of Year Dance in Crawley, demo Sam & Shannon
Brighton SF Book Club had a Christmas party with is short discussion of Bill the Galactic Hero
Visited the Chiropractor, had an issue with my right shoulder.
Finally sent out Christmas cards, and got amazon voucher for xmas presents
Completed Fire Safety training online to complete all mandatory work training - still need face to face fire safety training
Got train and bus to my parents and sister's family home on xmas eve, took 2 hours 30 min (car takes 20 min)
Spent Christmas with my family, came home to discover my shower had failed, had to buy replacement.
Last Tuesday in the month went to the Rocky Horror Show with J, at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Biggest news was that as of 1st September I am now employed directly by NHS rather than via an agency - as had been the case for the last 2 years! But it's only for 6 months.
However I didn't get paid on the last Friday of the month as expected but had to chase up to get my money on the following Monday!
All month went dance class without a partner (J in Canada) as we started (as a class) to learn the Viennese Waltz - which I have wanted to revise since we learned it in a private lesson.
So most Tuesday's I partnered dance teacher B, though the last week I danced with L (whose partner was unavailable).
J was back from her travels for the last Saturday Social Dance, though as she hadn't danced for over 6 weeks her memory of the steps was a bit dodgy! But I still danced more than the previous month!
I finished listening to The Martian by Andy Weir - I wish I'd read it earlier so I could have nominated it for a Hugo! Have to remember to nominate the Movie instead.
On the 2nd Monday of the month went to the Earth & Stars in Brighton for Discussion of the Left Hand of Darkness - didn't finish this book, We were given inadvertent ARCs of Anima by Brett Davidson, as a Read for next year
I have now used the Amazon Locker (Dimple), at the martlets in town, a number of time and mostly find it very convenient - however, the 4-5 day collection window can sometime be inconvenient! Fortunately it appears to be open 24 hours a day!
I've just ordered a new USB Memory stick to which I have copied Calibre and as many ebooks as I could find, on my desktop and old laptop. I also need to hunt up any other ebook floating around!
I have been watching Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish on TV so when his Live show was advertised at the Hawth I got a ticket, for next month (November)
The weekly, free, yoga class, after work has been extended for a further 8 weeks - my back thanks the powers that be!
Christmas is coming earlier and earlier. Lidl started selling Mince pies and Stollen, with a best before date in November!
Mowed the front lawn at the end of the month, we should soon get to the point where the grass stops growing, but we are not there yet ;-(
Both Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing started this month - so thats what my license fee pays for!
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Best news of the month my contract at work has been extended to the end of March 2014.
Second best news I realised that my season ticket alowed me unlimited travel between Three Bridges and Durrington by any viable route, which included the route via Horsham and Crawley. Which means I don't have to buy any more tickets to get to my weekly dance class.
Continued dancing with C & J on Tuesday evenings.
Strictly Come Dancing continued on to a excellent final just before Christmas, any one of the four finalists could have won and it was all down to the audience vote.

Leylands road (under the railway bridge), was closed for nearly a week and was somewhat resurfaced (at least where all the potholes had been).

Finally got my Kobo case from Clever with Leather in Brighton, went to the dentist and had two filling both on left upper side.

Weather started to get frosty, but mostly raining. (inc storms)

Saw Frozen at Worthing Cinema, which had a pixar feel to the Disney princesses. The following day saw THG: Catching Fire at a different Worthing cinema.
Saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at my local cinema, which has now been totally refurbished. Very nice new seats. This was followed by Strictly Dance Magic where J joined me for a Christmas dance in BH.

Took a final day off and helped at Sussex Oakleaf re-customising a spreadsheet i'd setup earlier in the year. Then to last dance class of the year (which included drinks and nibbles). Got a card and plant from J!

Another storm with torrential rain meant I couldn't get to work on Christmas Eve, so was collected slightly early by my sister and dad.
Christmas Eve was a main dinner as S was working over xmas, there were guests (L&S's best friends) M & G. Played Harry Potter Scene It, my BiL and I were the best!
Christmas Day included morning service, present opening (I got a ticket to the Harry Potter Experience!!!!) then dinner. Uploaded the November instalment to LJ
Saw Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special followed by Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor. Read all evening

On Boxing Day read then helped prepare lunch, after which was taken home (one road still partially closed with a tree over half of it).

Back to work and very quiet even with half the normal staff, only on the phone for half the time.

New Years Eve caught the 17:17 to Crawley via Littlehampton and arrived at 18:29 J collected me and we got to St W by 6:45 in time for the food to start just after 19:00.
Good buffet meal, much dancing and an excellent demonstration by Ian Sharpe & Victoria Lawrence.
Then danced the New Year in and helped clear up the room.
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The last few days, as the snow finally melted, the trains were much delayed. On Wednesday the delay was 53 minutes due to a preceding train being frozen to the tracks! (other parts of the country had it much worse). I've even managed to get a request for a refund in, so I might get some money back.

I also finally booked my Gafilk hotel room, just in time as on-line discounts require 14 days before arrival.

Christmas Eve was a half work day, left at 13:45 and caught the 14:00 from Farringdon to Three Bridges, then caught the train to Horsham, where I was picked up by my sister, then to their home.

Christmas day we were up by 8:00 open presents (I didn't get a large haul) but I did get a Dr Who Annual, a new grey furry cap, and a protective case for my iPod. (Not to mention an actual £20 note!).

Then the parents and I went off to church for the 10:00 Eucharist then back for nibbles, so that Christmas dinner with the whole family was a bit later. After a full Christmas meal of turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots, peas and Yorkshire pudding, followed by Christmas pudding and cream, I crashed for a couple of hours. The up for the first part of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Then the Christmas Strictly Come Dancing episode. Saw another couple of iPlayer programs on my iPod then to bed.

This morning I saw Dr Who Confidential, again on my iPod, then lunch. I've been trying to improve the performance of my Dad's PC and believe that it really needs extra memory installed.
mbernardi: (iPod Touch)
The last few days, as the snow finally melted, the trains were much delayed. On Wednesday the delay was 53 minutes due to a preceding train being frozen to the tracks! (other parts of the country had it much worse). I've even managed to get a request for a refund in, so I might get some money back.

I also finally booked my Gafilk hotel room, just in time as on-line discounts require 14 days before arrival.

Christmas Eve was a half work day, left at 13:45 and caught the 14:00 from Farringdon to Three Bridges, then caught the train to Horsham, where I was picked up by my sister, then to their home.

Christmas day we were up by 8:00 open presents (I didn't get a large haul) but I did get a Dr Who Annual, a new grey furry cap, and a protective case for my iPod. (Not to mention an actual £20 note!).

Then the parents and I went off to church for the 10:00 Eucharist then back for nibbles, so that Christmas dinner with the whole family was a bit later. After a full Christmas meal of turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots, peas and Yorkshire pudding, followed by Christmas pudding and cream, I crashed for a couple of hours. The up for the first part of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Then the Christmas Strictly Come Dancing episode. Saw another couple of iPlayer programs on my iPod then to bed.

This morning I saw Dr Who Confidential, again on my iPod, then lunch. I've been trying to improve the performance of my Dad's PC and believe that it really needs extra memory installed.
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Been quite busy this last week. At work we had to have 2 tape drives in our tape library replaces, allowing our backups to run successfully again.

Last weekend my niece turned 18, so a immediate family fondue was held at lunch time on Saturday, and a buffet style lunch / tea occurred on Sunday afternoon for less immediate family (L went clubbing on Saturday night to celebrate legal drinking!)

Strictly Come Dancing started up too and I've been watching the Friday and Saturday dancing, with background every evening on It Takes two.

Autumn is certainly here as it's been misty first thing and the leaves are drying out (but not going the proper autumnal shade. I did manage to take a walk around Bedelands last Saturday afternoon, and saw a couple of fungi, but no interesting leaves and just a few dried up blackberries.

The tree on my front lawn, chopped down before I went off to Montreal, has now been moved and I can see the grass once again (under a layer of dead leaves!)

Yesterday I went to the local cinema to see the animated feature "Cloudy, with a Chance of Meatballs" in which mad science really goes to town. Followed by another very short bike ride, Hopefully before Christmas I'll be able to ride it into town. Talking of Christmas, last weekend when shopping I saw my first Christmas cakes, Chocolate money and Christmas puddings. It's 3 months to Christmas wouldn't they be past their sell by date if bought now?

I've managed to install Windows XP in a Virtual PC on my Dell laptop running Ubuntu/Mint. There are just a few things that won't run under Linux (audible.com audio books, Palm Desktop?, Pegasus Mail, Internet Explorer and a few other bits and bobs including remote access to work).

Tonight I hope to see "Moon" at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. It's had excellent reviews so hope it'll be good. It's also on on Wednesday but there will be a Science Museum late then. so I'll be in South Kensington instead.
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Been quite busy this last week. At work we had to have 2 tape drives in our tape library replaces, allowing our backups to run successfully again.

Last weekend my niece turned 18, so a immediate family fondue was held at lunch time on Saturday, and a buffet style lunch / tea occurred on Sunday afternoon for less immediate family (L went clubbing on Saturday night to celebrate legal drinking!)

Strictly Come Dancing started up too and I've been watching the Friday and Saturday dancing, with background every evening on It Takes two.

Autumn is certainly here as it's been misty first thing and the leaves are drying out (but not going the proper autumnal shade. I did manage to take a walk around Beadlands last Saturday afternoon, and saw a couple of fungi, but no interesting leaves and just a few dried up blackberries.

The tree on my front lawn, chopped down before I went off to Montreal, has now been moved and I can see the grass once again (under a layer of dead leaves!)

Yesterday I went to the local cinema to see the animated feature "Cloudy, with a Chance of Meatballs" in which mad science really goes to town. Followed by another very short bike ride, Hopefully before Christmas I'll be able to ride it into town. Talking of Christmas, last weekend when shopping I saw my first Christmas cakes, Chocolate money and Christmas puddings. It's 3 months to Christmas wouldn't they be past their sell by date if bought now?

I've managed to install Windows XP in a Virtual PC on my Dell laptop running Ubuntu/Mint. There are just a few things that won't run under Linux (audible.com audio books, Palm Desktop?, Pegasus Mail, Internet Explorer and a few other bits and bobs including remote access to work).

Tonight I hope to see "Moon" at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. It's had excellent reviews so hope it'll be good. It's also on on Wednesday but there will be a Science Museum late then. so I'll be in South Kensington instead.
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
On Christmas Eve the trains were running on a week end service and the office closed early, I was one of the last to leave as I had to change all the backup tapes before I could leave. I was still out by 2:30pm and managed to catch the 3:11 to Three Bridges (where I almost didn't get out in time) before getting the train to Horsham, where I got picked up from the station, by my sister

On Christmas Day we (parents, sister and I) went to Holy Communion. My father celebrated, for the first time in weeks. He hadn't even been to church for weeks so it was really nice that he felt able to celebrate. My sister and her family were off to their in-laws so we had a buffet nibbles for lunch before they left.

An then there was the Christmas Doctor Who, with Kylie, which was brilliant, and then a little later the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, which was also marvellous. and then to bed.

I actually got up a bit earlier on Boxing Day so I could watch Casino Royale (recorded on Sky+) which was excellent. My younger sister phoned, but I didn't get a chance to speak to her, she too was suffering from a cold. Then we had a real Christmas dinner, with duck and turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts, chestnuts, carrots, cauliflower, Yorkshire pudding! Then to follow Christmas pudding with brandy cream and custard. Excellent.

With the addition of a glass of wine I was totally wiped out by 3pm when we finished and crashed and slept till just after 5pm when my sister took me home.
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
On Christmas Eve the trains were running on a week end service and the office closed early, I was one of the last to leave as I had to change all the backup tapes before I could leave. I was still out by 2:30pm and managed to catch the 3:11 to Three Bridges (where I almost didn't get out in time) before getting the train to Horsham, where I got picked up from the station, by my sister

On Christmas Day we (parents, sister and I) went to Holy Communion. My father celebrated, for the first time in weeks. He hadn't even been to church for weeks so it was really nice that he felt able to celebrate. My sister and her family were off to their in-laws so we had a buffet nibbles for lunch before they left.

An then there was the Christmas Doctor Who, with Kylie, which was brilliant, and then a little later the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, which was also marvellous. and then to bed.

I actually got up a bit earlier on Boxing Day so I could watch Casino Royale (recorded on Sky+) which was excellent. My younger sister phoned, but I didn't get a chance to speak to her, she too was suffering from a cold. Then we had a real Christmas dinner, with duck and turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts, chestnuts, carrots, cauliflower, Yorkshire pudding! Then to follow Christmas pudding with brandy cream and custard. Excellent.

With the addition of a glass of wine I was totally wiped out by 3pm when we finished and crashed and slept till just after 5pm when my sister took me home.

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