April 2017

May. 5th, 2017 01:03 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Yoga class has still been reduced to 4 students and last week there was no class. Decided to add an additional workout and have now started line dancing on Wednesday evening.
Watched 3 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
At work the merger between SE CSU and NEL CSU was completed first week of the month, (IT merged last year). IT Team has new installed Skype for business (IM Service from NHS Mail).
In ballroom dancing learned new sequence in Waltz, and new sequence dance the Veleta, social dance on last Saturday of the month and 2 additional practices on 2nd & 3rd Fridays.
Got some sad news too. Dance partner J's Dad died, after some weeks of ill health. Had a DNR authorisation.
Stared final migration from LiveJournal to Dreamwidth, including all my posts and as many contacts and feeds as I can. I started posting to LJ on 11 April 2007 and it seems appropriate to finish 10 years later. This will be my last post at LiveJournal, my next post will only appear at Dreamwidth.
On the 8th I treated myself to a day at the Theatre Royal in Brighton (as previously noted) Walking back stage (and on stage), getting to see all the props for the afternoon performance was really cool. It's also really small, I've also been backstage at the Hawth (a much more modern theatre) which has much wider passageways and rooms. But then the Theatre Royal was built 210 years ago.
In the afternoon I attended a matinee performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" based on the movie (which I saw many years ago) with a delightful performance by Joanne Clifton as Millie.
The following Monday the SF Book club discussed Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson, which I hadn't finished on the night, but did complete the book a few days later.
Took my birthday off work and spent the day with my family (it is my sister's birthday the day after mine so we usually celebrate together), walked the dog together! Chinese meal for lunch.
Eastercon was in Birmingham NEC - stayed at Arden Hotel And Leisure Club about 20min walk from the con hotel (but cheaper!) used its Leisure club facilities a number of times
Registered for Innominate and collected program pack and badge, used app to select program items of interest (the one do not miss was ""Vorkosigan's Law: Legal Concepts from an Imagined Universe - this compared and contrasted the fictional universe with example in the British Legal system - SB was in the military and has since become a barrister!)
The program opened with a bang as Dr Emma J King, educator from The Royal Institution explored the history of the institute with added explosions!
The trek to and from my hotel was a bit of a pain, but the room cost were almost half that of the con hotel so.... (and it was good exercise).
The other program items that I didn't was to miss was the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, which was one of the best attended and started with free jellybabies! And the Easter Morning Service, which was non-denominations with a CoE backbone.
I did attend a least one program item with each GoH (Pat Cadigan, Colin Harris & Judith Clute. I also supported the Dublin worldcon bid.
My journey home was also somewhat fraught, as I caught what I thought was the Virgin - London train, but which I discovered, at Winchester, was going to Bournemouth! I did get off at the next stop of Southampton Central, then had to take a train along the south coast from the Isle of Wight to Brighton, before getting home some hours latter than expected (I still managed to got some shopping before going ballroom dancing!)
I finally topped up my iPhone, with £10 credit (may have been a year since my last £10) got one month addition £20 credit for free. BUT I have to use it before 24 May
Had my bi-annual dental checkup and will have to return for another filling, but generally speaking my teeth are OK!
D & I did a major spring clean of the kitchen (may be the most comprehensive clean since it was re-built!) Floor was bushed and mopped and scrubbed, all the counters were cleared and cleaned, the bins emptied, the sink and cooker tops cleaned and the freezer was defrosted!
I will have to buy replacement dish racks now though.
And this is the end of my posting to LiveJournal, all future material will appear at Dreamwidth anyone who wants to follow me there feel free, please comment there rather than on LJ. All my previous LJ material and comments have been imported into Dreamwidth.
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
Continuing training course at BTC in Eastbourne, as part of the course members of the group had to help organise an event to include food and presentation of certificates. I got to design and print the certificates! We also had mock interviews and I also worked towards taking Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2 (there isn't a Level 3 yet). I went to see The Wolverine at the local cinema in Eastbourne.

The first weekend in August the Crawley Juggling Convention returned to The Hawth. Did some club swinging and poi (did a bit of teaching there!). The Kettle of Fish show in the evening as always was excellent.

The new Doctor Who was announce on that Sunday!

Went Dancing on Tue and Wed throughout the month, and have given up on Fri due to knee pain. Note Crawley Library now has free WiFi and the rest of the county due to have this feature by the end of the year.

Saw Julie & Julia at the Hawth cinema after a celebration of food and drink.

At the BTC Award ceremony I was very surprised to receive one of four tutor awards. A very nice crystal block engraved with the details.
The Functional Skills Maths was a comprehensive online test, which I managed to pass with 86% However the English one included a presentation (I talked about how SF changed my life) and conversation (my mock interview was used). As this was a new course it needed an external review so I haven't got the results yet (Dec 13).

Saw The Lone Ranger also at the Eastbourne cinema

Defrosted new freezer for the first time, the old chest freezer retained all the ice as it melted, the new upright one not so much. Many rags and towels were needed to keep the floor mostly dry.

The Brighton SF Reading Group finally met for the first time in the Earth & Stars pub in Brighton. This was a MeetUp.com sponsored group, which had been mostly dormant until Paul Braizer took over! Decided how to run the meetings and choose books, first book chosen was edited by Paul "The West Pier Gazette and Other Stories". Due to meet on the first Monday of the month.

I continued to cut the grass (both front and back lawns), a novel experience.

Got a request for help from K at Sussex Oakleaf and confirmed that I was starting on Business Admin L3 course at Crawley college next month.

On Bank Holiday Monday there was a showing of Grease, in the open air, at the Burgess Hill FC ground, just across the road. It was originally planned for the previous Saturday but rain stopped play. I was very surprised at how many of the songs I could sing along to!

Managed to lose my phone so had to get a replacement and the old SIMM blocked.

Danced all the dances with J at the end of month Saturday Social in Crawley.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
My parents are getting on in years (as am I) and have not had the best of health recently, but they still wanted to visit their villa in Spain this year (they didn't make it last year). An I selflessly have volunteered to travel with them to insure they arrive safely.

The last week has been eventful, I've been visiting my Chiropractor regularly (4 times since the last post!) and it seems to have helped. I also managed to get a better chair at work (the last two day I had a rocking, kneeling chair which was cool).

I've been clearing stuff off my Sky+ box, so there would be space for this weeks stuff, but I really need to finish watching Ashes to Ashes.

Last Monday was hectic, when i got home I discovered the freezer had switched itself off and had almost completely defrosted! Fortunately the ice packs a the bottom kept most stuff frozen, but the ice cream had totally melted and the mince had defrosted. And then after getting all the water out of the freezer, switching it back on and eating one of the least frozen dinners, it was off to juggling, where I borrowed 3 juggling knives and managed to successfully juggle them! Did some passing too but that was less successful.

So once I got home I had to turn the defrosted mince into meat sauce, which took about half an hour, then I had to freeze it in individual portions, the freezer now working perfectly.

Well at least i wont have to do another defrost for a year or so!

Due to the Chiropractor visits I have to leave some what earlier than I have usually done in the past, and so to compensate I've getting the train 40 minutes earlier. Which means getting out of bed 40 minutes earlier. A 6:00am wake-up call is not my favourite thing but needs must...
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
My parents are getting on in years (as am I) and have not had the best of health recently, but they still wanted to visit their villa in Spain this year (they didn't make it last year). An I selflessly have volunteered to travel with them to insure they arrive safely.

The last week has been eventful, I've been visiting my Chiropractor regularly (4 times since the last post!) and it seems to have helped. I also managed to get a better chair at work (the last two day I had a rocking, kneeling chair which was cool).

I've been clearing stuff off my Sky+ box, so there would be space for this weeks stuff, but I really need to finish watching Ashes to Ashes.

Last Monday was hectic, when i got home I discovered the freezer had switched itself off and had almost completely defrosted! Fortunately the ice packs a the bottom kept most stuff frozen, but the ice cream had totally melted and the mince had defrosted. And then after getting all the water out of the freezer, switching it back on and eating one of the least frozen dinners, it was off to juggling, where I borrowed 3 juggling knives and managed to successfully juggle them! Did some passing too but that was less successful.

So once I got home I had to turn the defrosted mince into meat sauce, which took about half an hour, then I had to freeze it in individual portions, the freezer now working perfectly.

Well at least i wont have to do another defrost for a year or so!

Due to the Chiropractor visits I have to leave some what earlier than I have usually done in the past, and so to compensate I've getting the train 40 minutes earlier. Which means getting out of bed 40 minutes earlier. A 6:00am wake-up call is not my favourite thing but needs must...

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