Yesterday I cuddled:
a boa constrictor
a leopard gecko
a scorpion (which glowed in the dark!)
Just your average Sunday.
I haven’t posted this week as it’s been a really tough one. I’ve been on call, which means I’ve driven around 400 miles for work (all over East Sussex, Surrey and Kent!) and had to pick up a wayward charge from 2 separate police stations on two consecutive nights which was a real joy since I’ve only ever been in a police station once in my entire life and that was just to report an accident.
Safe to say that wasn’t the highlight of my week! 2 very late nights and not enough sleep when I finally did get to bed (I wish my mind could just forget about work but unfortunately I don’t seem to be wired with an off switch) and then yesterday completely topped it off as every single phone call I took was someone wanting to yell at me…literally.
I took 13 phone calls throughout the day (I have to record who I speak to, and what about, so this is an accurate figure) and every.single.one of them was from a grumpy/dissatisfied/upset/annoyed person who felt it necessary to raise their voice over the accepted level to get across their point.
My favourite one was from someone whose language left a considerable amount to be desired and let me tell you the insults she threw at me would have been hilarious if they weren’t so vulgar 😦
It was a bad day which just didn’t get better, although there was a good half-hour when I realised that I am probably going to win the award for Best Sister Ever as I found the perfect Christmas present for one of my sisters.
Other than that, it sucked. The day was topped off by a phone call at 11.30pm (at which point I’d been asleep for about 90 minutes) telling me that one of young people had been reported missing. Thus followed an hour of finding Social Services numbers and reporting this to the necessary people, chased up by another hour where I waited for the Duty Social Worker to call me back. I gave up at 2.30am and went to sleep only to wake up about 4 times throughout the night, completly paranoid about missing THE phone call.
Needless to say I’m tired.
Today is Rosie’s birthday though, and we had a lovely morning. I got up and decorated the house with balloons and put out her presents etc (and freaked Ro out by playing Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday when she walked into the lounge) and we had pancakes for breakfast. That made me happy. I got Ro two of the QI books, which made her laugh. She’s going to put them in her bathroom, because everyone needs something to read in there. 😛
I’ve already had two Out of Hours calls today but I’m praying it will be a quiet afternoon and evening so I can celebrate with Rosie tonight. Ro has now gone out to lunch at her parents’ house, so I am using the time to make her birthday cake. It’s going to be soooo pretty :)I’m also listening to my worship album on Spotify, which is reminding me that I have the perfect Saviour who knows exactly how tired I am and what I need.
Last week may have sucked, but this is a new week and it is full of grace and God’s mercy for me and those around me. I love that.
Sometimes I have a bad day. Occasionally I have a really bad day.
Thankfully though, my bad days don’t result in this:
Read my Bible
Did 40 laps in the pool
Returned some clothes to the store
Recycled about twenty assorted jars and bottles (I love the sound as they smash in the jar-bank)
Went to Physio and let the therapist manipulate my neck so much it made me nauseous 😦
Spent far too many minutes in traffic around the Wincheap roundabout – it makes me grit my teeth when I know I have to sit through that every.single.time I have to go anywhere!
Made a lime yoghurt cake (see below!) … to be honest I was rather sceptical about how yoghurt could possibly work in a cake (it substitutes the butter, has a fair amount of flour and also has ground almonds) It made a rather thick, clumpy kind of batter so I was worried it’d gone wrong! But, it smelt lovely in the oven and now it looks very delicious. Do you agree?!
I haven’t tasted it yet, but I just spent a ridiculous amount of time making a sugar syrup to put on the top, and so I have to let that sink through the cake to get it all limey. I’m hoping I like it, otherwiseI spent a silly amount of time on it.
Also today I watched two of the preaches in the most recent series from church, which I missed due to being away. I also missed this Sunday’s preach, though I was at church for both services!
Right now I am off to Westgate Hall to try and give blood…last time they wouldn’t let me as my iron levels were too low (by 3 points, sucky) so I’m hoping they’re back up again today as if you go three times and they can’t take it, you’re not allowed to go again 😦 And it costs the NHS every time they test your levels so I don’t want to waste their money!
Following that, I am going to return my library books and get new ones, then I will come home and hoover and probably have a cup of tea before I go and collect Rachel and Hannah from school.
Fun stuff 🙂
Seems I took a little blogging break for a while. Apologies. In my defense, I was a poorly little chicken and whilst I’m sure hearing about all my ills would have been greatly entertaining for some, the thought of spending more than 5 minutes at a time staring at a bright computer screen was enough to send me back to bed!
I’m almost better now, though. I don’t really know what happened, or how a simple cold for any normal person ends up knocking me out for over a week but oh well.
What have I been up to, I hear you ask?! Not a great deal, to be truthful. Mostly work, and being ill!
It was Jessica’s 2nd birthday last Thursday, so I had a few days leave booked so I could go home for the party. Conveniently that coincided with my most poorly time, so I was able to be at home with my lovely mum who makes me cups of tea (which I’d always forget to drink) and gets up in the night when she hears me coughing to give me medicine 🙂 What a dear.
Jessica can say my name now, which fills me with a ridiculous amount of joy! She was very cute at her party and I took her out for the morning the day after (we went for lunch with Abigail and it was lots of fun) She had lots of presents but was more interested in the balloons!!
I came back home on Tuesday and was back at work on Wednesday, and so other than working I honestly haven’t done a great deal. Two of the girls I disciple came round for dinner on Friday night and we had a good catch up and some prayer and generally a lovely time.
Then yesterday, Nancie (one of the girls) and I went to the Marlowe Theatre to see Cirque Eloize which is a troupe of French circus type artists. They were amazing, but also a little bit weird in placed – one act was “hand to hand” where a guy and girl did loads of acrobatics stuff together and some of it was oddly sexual and Nancie and I thought it was just a little bit too much, and then there was a scarily flexible girl who did contortions and that was a bit gross really. She kind of delighted in getting the crowd to go “eugh” when she dislocated herself. She did do the fun twirly aero-acrobatics on the ribbons though, that was cool.
The best bit was when a group of them did the “trampo-wall” which was basically throwing themselves off the set wall and bouncing on a trampoline then flinging themselves up to stand/sit/lie on the wall again. It was a good show overally but next time I go to the Marlowe I shall get different seats as we couldn’t see the whole stage.
Yesterday turned out to be full of culture as Rosie and I and her dad went to see the Soweto Gospel Choir in the evening, though that was a lit of a letdown because although it was an amazing sound, the concert was in the Cathedral so literally only the first 10 rows could see anything! Everyone came out looking as miserable as they’d gone in and complaining that there’s no point going to see a Gospel Choir when you can’t see how joyful they are. Which is totally true.
It’s been a nice weekend really. I loved being at church again, though I managed to go to two services and not sit in for either preach (creche on the first service and chatting with a friend through the second). I’ll listen to it online tomorrow, I have quite a few to catch up on so I’m going to have a peaceful day at home (in between my physio session and attempting to give blood) and listen to them all.
Tonight I’m out to the pub for a few hours, then home to watch Downton Abbey 🙂
Today is one of those days when I really like my life
This weekend I went to Cambridge/Bedford for my lovely friend Rachel’s Hen Party…and God provided such stunning weather for us! The hottest October day since 1985, we were covered in suncream and fanning ourselves all day. It was gorgeous.
The weekend started with a car journey, as all good weekends tend to do, and a bit of a car swap. Rosie B was meant to be driving us, but her power steering went a little bit special on the way to collect Rosie and I, so we piled into my Rosie’s car instead and headed up the motorway to a little village near Cambridge, called Granchester. It was soooo hot, none of us could believe the weather and the tea place we went to was just gorgeous. They were a little overwhelmed by the number of people there, I think, the carpark was full and people had to park along the verge and walk down (like us!)
We sat under a tree, on deckchairs, and had yummy scones and sandwiches and gave Rachel her Hen Presents. Her sister-in-law Jude made a completely beautiful sash for Ray to wear, which had “Rachel’s Hen Do’ on it in pretty applique, and a veil and a tutu. She looked very cute, especially with her straw hat on top of the veil!
Gemma, one of the bridesmaids, had organised the day and did such a wonderful job, everything was carefully planned and thought through – after tea and presents we got into our cars again and drove into Cambridge to go punting!! I’ve never been before and it was a lot of fun, I confirmed my own suspicions that I have zero upper body strength and possibly also no sense of direction/steering, but we all took a turn with the punting stick and it was hilarious! Also, it was very refreshing being on the river and having the breeze.
Whilst we were in Cambridge we did a wedding themed photo challenge, and the team I was in won!!! Some of the things we had to do were hilarious, and a little risque (!) but we got a lot of giggles from the people we asked to help us and it was such fun.
We then drove to Bedford (getting lost on the way, since the satnav couldn’t recognise the new roads) and eventually got to Rachel’s house to get ready to go out for the evening – we went to a great-smelling curry restaurant called Indiya, and had poppadoms and curry and it was all soooo good. After curry we went back to Rachel’s, and got into jammies and looked through the photos from the challenge (and my team were crowned victorious!!) and then put on Bride Wars and ate fondue and then pretty much all fell asleep. Poor Ray got a little bit poorly from all the heat, but she’s fine now. We all slept on the floor in her room and in the sitting room and then woke up this morning to have cake for breakfast, because that’s just what you do at Hen Weekends!
The drive back to Canterbury felt like it took ages, and it was just so hot in the car but you couldn’t really do anything about it. We got back at about 1.30pm, which wasn’t that long really. And now I am sat trying not to overheat or be sick…too much heat and sun have gone to my head I think!
Here are some of the photos:
We played Punt Bingo as we went along the river, and one of the only things we didn’t see was someone falling off a punt. Rachel nearly did, a few times, but actually she did very well (despite screaming quite a lot at the beginning) as she floated around the other side of the dock.