Yesterday was tiring, but for a much more pleasant reason. I took Nicholas to see My First Ballet: Cinderella at the Peacock Theatre, and for icecream at Ruby Violet afterward. We walked to Ruby Violet through pouring rain with bright new umbrellas, and had the whole shop to ourselves. By the time we'd finished eating it was bright and sunny for the return walk to Kings Cross. This morning I was thankfully free of hangover symptoms, but did (need to) spend the morning in bed again. (Reading fanfic and re-reading All Systems Red; there are worse ways to spend a Sunday morning.)
The shiny new phone runs Pokemon Go and on Friday I let Charles talk me into installing it and going for a daily walk with him. The first evening, we passed the charity shop and saw the biggest Angry Bird toy I have ever seen. Charles bought it at opening time the next morning. Today our walk took us past the noticeboard in the park - where someone had hung my lost keys! About five minutes later, we met one of the people who'd put them there, who said they'd found them about 5 minutes after I'd gone home last week from grumpily trawling the park! I thanked them profusely and asked them to pass it on.
Nicholas says he wants to be called Nick rather than Nico, and I'm slipping up far too often, but at least making sure other adults taking care of him are made aware, and giving him some standard reminder phrases to use on me and others. (It's really not my preferred version of his name, but it's his name not mine, so I need to get over that.)
School has finished for the summer, and in less than two weeks we will be in Helsinki! I have so much to do between now and then ...
David our osteopath was out to see Dino today. It’s been six months as we missed a visit due to the Strangles epidemic so this was a long overdue untwangling for the pony! Good news is: neck, shoulders, chest, thorassic spine are all fine. Bad news: pelvis and lumbar spine are not great. This is a continuation of his usual issues but it’s a bit worse than usual due to the break and him having been stuck in with no movement basically for six weeks. His left pelvis is tipped up a bit, and that’s causing the lumbar spine to be stiff (or the right pelvis is dropped – it’s hard to say for sure) but David did some loosening work. We need to get moving more! Start and finish on the right rein, lots of serpentines starting on the right bend and don’t worry too much about canter for the moment is the plan. Overall though he just needs to move more.
He’s had a bit of a quiet week. Work has been difficult and an accident on the A406 meant I couldn’t even get to the yard on Monday evening! And it’s been raining. Hopefully this next week will clear up a bit. Good news though – our hacking buddy, Jake, is back in work so we should be able to go for a mooch tomorrow! YAY!
- continue wibbling about it here
- resurrect/repurpose my Wordpress blog, or
- start an entirely new blog/site specifically for the purpose
(No poll, 'cos I'm a cheapskate free user.)
ETA: Well, that seems pretty conclusive: as well as the "here" comments below, I ran a poll on Twitter and got a 4:1:1 backing for continuing with Dreamwidth. Of course, I don't know how many of the pro-DW votes are also commenters….
- Test rode an Onderwater tandem, which has the child stoker seat at front - Matthew loved it
- Second parents evening for Matthew's school, nice to see teachers again and get more idea of school plans
- Rainbow Sponsored Trike Ride - I ended up riding Matthew's bike as a balance bike since he didn't want to join in
- Blood tests: my calcium, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D levels are all normal, but keep taking the vitamin D for now
- We did HBA1C as well, which is average blood sugar levels, also fine - I'm at slight risk due to Type 2 diabetes in family and current weight)
- Picnic lunch and playdate with Kirsten/Andre/Judith/Colin and Lammas Land - lots of fun
- Shelford Feast - Matthew enjoyed all the stalls and mini steam train and bouncy castles, I helped out on the Rainbow stall
- Eye Test for Matthew this morning: doing great, patching is helping his eyes work well together, ordered new lenses for his current glasses, next appointment in October half term
- Work appointed one interim head, who only stayed 2 days, and are now appointing again
- The "implementation" phase of Organisational Change is officially complete and we all now in theory have new jobs - but almost no management so not much actual change at the moment
- Total resignations now at 4 (Patrick, James, Stephen, Andrew) with possibility of more to come
Plus assorted bike rides, visits to the park, dyeing hair purple again and so on - and lots of lego :)
Coming up in the near future:
- Collect Matthew's school uniform (I see the school's admin at Pre-School and she's kindly said she'll bring it along for me)
- Early start tomorrow for Rainbow Leavers Trip to Wandlebury
- Rainbow end of term staff party tomorrow evening: as part of the committee I'm involved in helping host it
- Rainbow leaving party on Friday morning - last day of pre-school!
- A week in the lake district starting on Saturday
- Test riding a Circe Helios tandem when we get back
- Folk Festival on Sunday 30th - possibly with Matthew, possibly without
- New Interim Head of IT Group starts (phased in) on 1st August (Hi Julian)
- A week in Devon with family from 4th August - staying at Wortham Manor
In between the two weeks away Matthew will have a week at Hania's - and then when we get back he's got three weeks of holiday club before granny and grandad come to visit the first week in September, and then school starts on the 11th.
I think I know why I'm exhausted :)
As we were wandering down to the school the other day we noticed that Karen’s 7.5T ‘proper’ horsebox had the ramp down because people were using it to practice loading. Dino has never been in a large box before so we took the opportunity to have a go! He wasn’t hugely impressed with the idea but a bit of targeting and clicking and we got up the ramp!
We did it twice. He was reasonably content to stand whilst I was faffing with the phone to take a photo but you can see he’s not completely relaxed. There was no force needed though, I gave him lots of time to think and just let him come to the target so I’m really pleased he felt able to trust me enough to do what I was asking even though he was unsure about it. Clever pony <3
Other than that this week has been pretty quiet. He had three nights off in the end, one scheduled, one due to bad weather and one due to me being an idiot and writing him down to be turned out even though I didn't want him to be! I feel like he's improving though. His in hand ST work is improving and his ridden lateral work is beginning to come. We did a bit of cantering in the field on Sunday which gives a bit of a more forward canter down a longer straight line which I think is helpful to build some stamina so I think it's all going the right way. Still not managed to get our hacking as my schedule has been nuts though! Hopefully soon.
Plan for this week:
Monday - didn't happen as a traffic accident stopped me getting to the yard
Tuesday - ST/CT tonight I think. We did a brief session learning to stand on a mat on Sunday which I'd like to do more with.
Wednesday - day off
Thursday - ridden schooling
Friday - day off
Saturday - field/hack ride
Sunday - pole/jump work. We really need to do some jumping again!
Also, Worldcon has an at-con volunteer sign-up page! See here: https://urly.fi/Nos
If you're happy to help me set up the Exhibits hall on Tuesday then please say you've been assigned an area and pick "Exhibits MIMO" and I will be eternally grateful :-)
Between that and my subsequent pacing around the park failing to find my keys, I am 50% over my target step count and extremely grumpy with tiredness.
I imagine this is a manifestation of the downfall of LJ, but:
worth checking yourself (www.livejournal.com/manage/logins.bml ) if you ain't already deleted your account?
let me know, please, if I suddenly go spammy anywhere else...
Good morning,my friend,Selina again J
The toys I recommend today is :
BABY NURSERY SET
BABY NURSERY SET
BEACH TOYS WATER GUN BEACH TOOL TOYS BEAUTY SET SHOPPING CART
That last one's quite specific, I wonder if they sell many?
Then I bought the right shiny new phone on contract from my current mobile SIM provider. I had it delivered to a local store, because it was that or my house, and slogged into town yesterday to collect it. I was under the impression that the local store staff could sort out moving my number - this isn't a PAC situation because it's same-company to same-company. But no! They were powerless! If I had come into the store to buy the thing in the first place they could have helped me, but because I bought in online I had to ring up the helpline to sort out my number.
So I did that this morning. But apparently because I have Not Done Things The Expected Way, the only way the person on the phone could resolve things is to have the phone company ship me another phone, and separately ship me a prepaid envelope to send back the other one -the one I have already spent ages setting up, naturally. The idea that they could just update the records on the database on which they can see the details of both my contracts is just not possible, and there was a definite flavour of them graciously helping me out of my own mistake because it was clearly stated on the website that I had to go into a store to upgrade.
(I checked this morning, and the relevant page does say "you can upgrade by going into a [brand] store" - in a page that has a bunch of other stuff on it, and in definitely smaller print than the big banners saying "get special deal on our shiny new phones". Were it me, I'd change it to say "to upgrade, you must go into a store".)
I mean, I think I'm not going to be out any money due to my Not Doing It Properly, just some tedious admin. But it's annoying and I'm frustrated both by the weddedness to Going Into A Shop, and by the idea it's somehow better to ship two phones back and forth than to update a database.
The phone is very shiny and lovely though, and I'm sure its twin will be just as good.
* diagetic sound (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
* exciting optics (sundogs, fresnel lenses, fibre optics, eclipses, moiré patterns...)
* guerilla art
* multilingual punk bands
* popping candy in serious cooking
* pre-70s monster movies
* signs on broken toilets apologising for the inconvenience
* real-life versions of fictional things
* lego versions of real-life things
* really good drummers
* ARGs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/