Friday, 31 July 2015

23 and out

Finally, a whole day off! Two, actually, and most of a third, too, as I'm not working again until Sunday night. My cup runneth over! Well, not quite - having done ten straight early turns up to yesterday, it was no surprise at all when I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, less than an hour later than my alarm had been set for during the run of 'stupid o'clocks'. Still, it's a nice day, and I'll be getting ready and going out into it before too long. First port of call will be the local Royal Mail delivery office, to pick up a parcel which they tried to deliver yesterday. A bit of an impulse buy, I have to admit, but I think it'll be worthwhile. I've bought a second laptop. Only a refurbished (second-hand!) one, but one with a large screen, so I can watch the various streaming sport channels I subscribe to while still using this laptop for other things at the same time - blogging, for instance!
The other thing to look forward to today is K's return from the north - she's been away visiting friends in Scotland since Tuesday. I need to get used to her not being around, though, because it's only just over a year until she'll be off to uni. To that end, I did a bit of internet house-hunting yesterday, for both of us, finding a small, but nice-looking place in 'worktown' that would do for me, and student accommodation in the uni town that's top of K's shortlist, for a combined price only around £100 a month more than we're paying now. Of course, neither is likely to be on the market twelve months hence, but at least it gives me an idea of what might be available, and at what cost.
Then tomorrow, I've got one of my few and far between 'socials' - my brother and sister-in-law are coming up to London for the day. We'll have to avoid the centre of 'town', though - much of it is shut to traffic, all weekend, for the Ride London cycling event. I'm all for cyclists having good access to the city - less cars - but I do wish the powers-that-be could find a way of doing it that was less disruptive to everyone else. The biggest problem is that so many of the Thames bridges are closed, effectively cutting London in half - I had all sorts of problems getting to work for an early turn on the equivalent Sunday last year, but this year, at least, being on nights means that I'll be travelling after the event has finished. Be thankful for small mercies, and all that!

Love & best wishes to all
Sammy B


  1. I got an extra 3 day weekend cut off the other day. F*ck my boss. They all want the damn extra 3-day weekend, I suffer. I bought an extra computer, too, to use for my ham radio stuff. Nice to have dedicated machinery.

    We get the world road bike championships in September. It will affect me because my route to the LGBTQ youth group involves the streets they will be racing on. I know this because they re-paved all the streets I drive on! HAHAHAHA That is shameful! "You shall drive on potholes until the race comes!" HAHAHAHAHA

    I know you have cherished your time with K living with you. That's so awesome, and means you have CEMENTED your relationship with her. K will, even at uni, be a part of your life, even as she moves into full adulthood, and independence. You are SOOOO lucky!!!!

    I met a blogger friend today, for the first time. Much like your time with your brother and his family. So cool, so special!

    Peace <3

    1. Hello Jay
      It would be nice if everything fell into place neatly, but life, of course, isn't like that - my 'social' ended up being scrapped today because my sister-in-law was taken ill, to the point of spending quite a bit of the day in hospital having tests, although the 'worst case scenario' was ruled out as a result, and she's ended up back at home this evening. Still, at least my new laptop is working OK.

      Love & best wishes
      Sammy B