mbernardi: (bladerunner)
While I did manage to include most happening I did forget a couple of thing I really should note.

The Weather! It seems to have been raining for months, and feels more like February or November than July. This is supposed to be summer guys! We recently go so much rain overnight that the TV signal from the Sky satellite was interrupted for an hour, we also had puddles 10cm deep in the garden.

Talking of the garden last Sunday D helped the neighbour install 2 new fence panels and then later, I helped him cut down the last tree growing in my back garden. Using the newly purchased chainsaw the actual felling went like a charm. Unfortunately I fell over while examining the cut in the trunk and pulled a 1.5cm strip off my right index finger and the tip of my left middle finger got mushed. The latter is almost healed a week latter, the former not so much.

During the last three weeks, I also got my hair cut, a regular 6 weekly occurrence, now I don't have a pony tail. Again I got a clipper cut for half the price of a scissors cut!

Last time I mentioned a ukulele class, and since then I have usually managed to spend 5-10 minutes a day (occasionally longer) noodling, mostly trying out chords and tying to remember which ones are which. I've just made up some chord flash cards from ukulehunt.com. Unfortunately they aren't all the same hight so I've had to do some adjusting. I'm now trying to play some tunes, with mixed success.

Receently on TV I've been watching Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which is impossible, in the last episode he walked down the side of a building!!!!
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
On Saturday 19th I went to Haywards Heath for an Open Day by Rewards, who are providing the support for my ITQ Diploma. I discussed possible continuation modules and worked on my current ones, including compleating an assiged task.

Then discovered a new (in the last 6 months) 99p shop and bought sundry stuff. Lugged my shopping home on the train then to town, where I got a eye test appointment, and other sundries.

On Sunday I went to Preston Park to see The Moscow State Circus. These are the best circus performers in the world and in one case managed to convey what dance might be in free fall. There was also some very good juggling (which is not always the case). Well worth the trouble getting to see them (even if there was only one train an hour!)

On Tuesday I went to Brighton and have ordered a new belt from "Clever with Leather", this will be hand made to order and so a bit expensive, but may last my lifetime.
However my main reason for going was to see, as part of the Brighton Festival, "Smashed" at The Theatre Royal, a one hour juggling performance by nine performers with nine chairs and numerous apples and at the end crockery. A combination of dance with juggling and music hall melodies it was very memorable.

Wednesday night was dancing night, but before that I went to the bus depot and got an addition week added to my MetroKey hopefully I will thus NOT pay to use buses over the bank holiday.

Due to the heat (23°C indoors) we didn't learn any new Jive ;-( but instead revised the slower Rhumba and Waltz, with a short burst of Cha Cha. This week for the first time I forgot to take a cold drink, and was lucky to buy a tea at the church cafe.

Last Saturday I got up early, as I had a headache, and had an appointment to get my eyes tested. I need slightly different lenses for reading / PC work (which may be why the headaches). I ordered new glases costing £214 but also getting a pair or prescription sunglasses included in the price. This was lucky as I dropped my old sunglases and the arm broke off.

I also booked an appointment with a local chiroprator who has a more get fit attitude. I'll be seeing him on Thursday.

Then I got my hair cut, the shortest it's been in 35 years! Because they only used clipper to trim it was almost half price!

I then went off to Crawley and bought some books and a pair of trousers on sale at BHS, reduced to £15. Then I read in the garden outside the library until 18:00 when I got the bus to Goffs Park, which is near to St Wilfrids School where the monthly social dance take place. Unfortunately K sprained her ankle on Friday and couldn't make it, and I didn't check my text messages until I had paid for the evening! Despite not haveing a partner I had a fairly good time and did get to dance a Rhumba, a Waltz and two Quicksteps!

On Sunday I phoned my Mum to wish her a happy birthday, then bought train tickets for next week and then went to the Orion Cinema to see Men in Black III. This was fun, not great art but at least as good as the first movie.

Ten days

May. 28th, 2009 01:00 pm
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
The last ten days have been quite full and interesting!
As I mentioned I'm getting my whole kitchen replaced, walls and ceiling being repainted, new kitchen cabinets, floor tiles and cooker.

First to go were the old tiles and old cabinets, with the old cooker. The old tiles were ripped off the floor and have been replaces, most of the walls have been repainted (except where new cupboards are going). The new sink unit has been plumbed in and a bit of rotten wall has been replaced.

The new gas cooker has been fitted, and the fridges, freezer, washer and dishwasher have return to the kitchen from their sojourn in the hall way. Most of the plumbing has now been refitted and I hope to be able to actually eat at my kitchen table sometime soon.

In addition to all the kitchen stuff, I've had to get my phone SIM card replaced and a mini SD memory chip installed in my phone. I also visited my chiropractor who indicated I'd pulled a tendon in my right heel!

In then went to Brighton to get a gift and a card for my Dad who celebrated 50 years as a priest on Sunday. When I got home I called my parents and they came to pick me up so I could visit. They were impressed with the kitchen, though the cooker and other appliances hadn't moved by then.

I gave Dad his card and gift and he seems to enjoy them, I also gave my Mum an early birthday present an Audio/Video PC2TV connection cable and instructions how to use them!

On Sunday the whole family came to church (even my niece's boyfriend who had never been to church before!) My Dad mostly celebrated, with assistance, for the first time this year! There were munchies and cake after the service.

After close friends and family (both my aunts and uncles) came back to the house for a buffet lunch. The sun was shining and the sky was blue so we all sat outside, and had a good time.

Since it was a Bank holiday I stayed over till Monday, when I went shopping with my sister, for a present for my Mum, as it was/will be her birthday on Wednesday 27th. We found what we were looking for and then I was taken home, (sister was impressed with the kitchen too) and we went to town to get a few bit that were needed.

The weather on Monday was terrible so I didn't go out for a walk, also my right heel was a bit painful.

I've got a postal vote (since by working in London I might not get home before polls close) and it arrived for the local and european elections yesterday and I will be posting them off today. Hope it gets back in time.

Ten days

May. 28th, 2009 01:00 pm
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
The last ten days have been quite full and interesting!
As I mentioned I'm getting my whole kitchen replaced, walls and ceiling being repainted, new kitchen cabinets, floor tiles and cooker.

First to go were the old tiles and old cabinets, with the old cooker. The old tiles were ripped off the floor and have been replaces, most of the walls have been repainted (except where new cupboards are going). The new sink unit has been plumbed in and a bit of rotten wall has been replaced.

The new gas cooker has been fitted, and the fridges, freezer, washer and dishwasher have return to the kitchen from their sojourn in the hall way. Most of the plumbing has now been refitted and I hope to be able to actually eat at my kitchen table sometime soon.

In addition to all the kitchen stuff, I've had to get my phone SIM card replaced and a mini SD memory chip installed in my phone. I also visited my chiropractor who indicated I'd pulled a tendon in my right heel!

In then went to Brighton to get a gift and a card for my Dad who celebrated 50 years as a priest on Sunday. When I got home I called my parents and they came to pick me up so I could visit. They were impressed with the kitchen, though the cooker and other appliances hadn't moved by then.

I gave Dad his card and gift and he seems to enjoy them, I also gave my Mum an early birthday present an Audio/Video PC2TV connection cable and instructions how to use them!

On Sunday the whole family came to church (even my niece's boyfriend who had never been to church before!) My Dad mostly celebrated, with assistance, for the first time this year! There were munchies and cake after the service.

After close friends and family (both my aunts and uncles) came back to the house for a buffet lunch. The sun was shining and the sky was blue so we all sat outside, and had a good time.

Since it was a Bank holiday I stayed over till Monday, when I went shopping with my sister, for a present for my Mum, as it was/will be her birthday on Wednesday 27th. We found what we were looking for and then I was taken home, (sister was impressed with the kitchen too) and we went to town to get a few bit that were needed.

The weather on Monday was terrible so I didn't go out for a walk, also my right heel was a bit painful.

I've got a postal vote (since by working in London I might not get home before polls close) and it arrived for the local and european elections yesterday and I will be posting them off today. Hope it gets back in time.

Kittens

Aug. 26th, 2007 08:01 pm
mbernardi: (Default)
My sister's cat had kittens on 21 July, five weeks ago. I finally visited to see the furballs, and they are 5 balls of cuteness.

She has documented their progress in a thread on TheCatSite.com called Huni's kittens, there are dozens of photos and short comment.

Since it's a bank holiday I'm staying an extra day, it's been very nice weather wise, and their garden is prettier and bigger than mine ;-)

Kittens

Aug. 26th, 2007 08:01 pm
mbernardi: (Default)
My sister's cat had kittens on 21 July, five weeks ago. I finally visited to see the furballs, and they are 5 balls of cuteness.

She has documented their progress in a thread on TheCatSite.com called Huni's kittens, there are dozens of photos and short comment.

Since it's a bank holiday I'm staying an extra day, it's been very nice weather wise, and their garden is prettier and bigger than mine ;-)
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
There was a certain amount of rain & thunder on Friday afternoon. But despite this I managed to visit Forbidden Planet, & pick up a few books, without getting drenched.

However when I got to Victoria NO south bound trains were running at all! Fortunately for me, the first one to run, stopped at my station so the 18:17 actually left at 20:10ish, I only had a 40 minute wait. (Which considering the circumstances was marvelous).

Saturday I was eagerly waiting for an amazon parcel, which arrived just after nine. I spent the rest of the day reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". I think it's the best book in the series YMMV, and I'm not saying any more [spoiler etc.].

As a result of reading all day, didn't get a chance to go shopping, but fortunately I'd stocked up the previous weekend, so I didn't run out of anything!
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
There was a certain amount of rain & thunder on Friday afternoon. But despite this I managed to visit Forbidden Planet, & pick up a few books, without getting drenched.

However when I got to Victoria NO south bound trains were running at all! Fortunately for me, the first one to run, stopped at my station so the 18:17 actually left at 20:10ish, I only had a 40 minute wait. (Which considering the circumstances was marvelous).

Saturday I was eagerly waiting for an amazon parcel, which arrived just after nine. I spent the rest of the day reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". I think it's the best book in the series YMMV, and I'm not saying any more [spoiler etc.].

As a result of reading all day, didn't get a chance to go shopping, but fortunately I'd stocked up the previous weekend, so I didn't run out of anything!
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
On Monday at Juggling class I managed to set two personal bests. I juggled 3 clubs in a cascade for over two hundred throws. In addition I managed 9 passes with clubs, throwing to Tim ("teacher"). We also managed a couple of 8 throws to so in general this was a major improvement.

It's been very warm all week, it's 30°C in the office at the moment, since we don't have any air-con.... We are hoping for a portable solution soon, but we're not holding our collective breaths! It may be some time as the building, currently [pun!] doesn't have appropriate wiring for the extra power use!
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
On Monday at Juggling class I managed to set two personal bests. I juggled 3 clubs in a cascade for over two hundred throws. In addition I managed 9 passes with clubs, throwing to Tim ("teacher"). We also managed a couple of 8 throws to so in general this was a major improvement.

It's been very warm all week, it's 30°C in the office at the moment, since we don't have any air-con.... We are hoping for a portable solution soon, but we're not holding our collective breaths! It may be some time as the building, currently [pun!] doesn't have appropriate wiring for the extra power use!

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