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Wondrous

We had a busy weekend!

It started as usual with J and L going to their swimming lessons and N going to her music thingy (she’s sounding bloody good at her violin at the mo – grade 4 exam coming up in a couple of weeks).

After this we headed to Nottingham Uni to see their “Wonders” day.  It was basically lots of stuff for kids to come and look at and do.  We were hoping to meet Nicky and her boys there too (and Roger et al if they made it).  It was hot.  Very hot.  We parked up but there was no sign nor anyone to point anything out – all we saw was the Uni campus (a very nice one it should be said).  Eventually we headed somewhere – kids were whinging due to the heat and needing to eat.  We called Nicky and said where we were.  She arrived soon with M and m and we chatted for maybe 5 mins before they headed off and pointed us at somewhere some stuff was on.  Hopefully we’ll meet up again later in the afternoon.

We ended up in the pharmacy building and did experiments with sweets and star jumps and reaction times and illusions and dinosaur stuff and 3d printing and and and.

We ended up there for 2.5 hours.  By which time we had had enough (and had to get home) and Nicky et al had gone home.  And we’d seen 1 building worth of stuff.  Turns out we missed about 90% of the event.

So home with a bunch of whingy kids (still hot, hungry and wanting ice cream).

N and R had to go to a scouts thingy in Derby pretty much as soon as we got home.  J and L played with water in the garden.

And that was Satdy.

Yesterday I had my yearly enforced lie in with breakfast delivered after some apparent stresses audible from downstairs.  Still it was a lovely bacon sandwich with mushrooms.  Ta.

Then to the park to meet friends for food and chats but then we had to zoom off to sit in a different field with family and others at “The Big Lunch”.  We had to leave the first one early to get to the second one late.  Too many things!

And then L went up to a friend’s place to play in a pool.  J and N played with water bombs and such for a bit whilst we drank beer and cooked.  And then dinner with B and J from up the road.  And then it was 10 o’clock.

And I’d forgotten to call my dad.  Happy Father’s Day for yesterday pops!

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Tipping it down

Ooh aren’t I a growed up?

It was lovely and sunny yesterday so it was spent at home actually doing stuff.  Between us we emptied a lot of junk from out out of the garage. Old fridge, 2 chests of drawers, a computer desk, 2 kids ride on toys, a dead pram, and much much more.

And now you can get into the garage!

Kids bikes are accessible!  The mower is there!  There’s a floor!

And isn’t going the tip a grand trip?  It took 2 Zafira loads to cart away our stuff so I spent a good deal of time in queues and then hurling stuff into whacking great skips.  Such a nice feeling.

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Rib tickler

Well yesterday was fun.  I’ve been coughing a bit for about a month but yesterday I started to get pain under my right ribs whenever I inhaled deeply or yawned.  I was at work so couldn’t do much about it.  And it didn’t go away.

So I leave at 5 and my next job is to get back to the next village for 6.30 to pick up J (he’s started at Beavers recently).  As luck would have it I left a few mins early and got there at about 6.05.  And my GP is just down the way… Hmmmmm.

So I popped in on the extremely off chance that I could see a dr.  And my luck was in!  In within a few mins.  Anyway he did some obs and listening to the chest and said “You need a chest xray”.

Oh great.  He tried to contact the hospital to get me into “Ambulatory care” but couldn’t get through (after 6pm you see).  So he wrote me a letter and gave it to me saying “Take this to A&E”.

A&E! Really!?

So after getting J and going home and re-organising the whole blinking evening I headed off to the hospital.

And I’m sitting there with no obvious issues whilst people with blood on their faces are trooping in one after another, and there’s a cyclist shaking like a leaf after coming off his bike, and an old chap who’s probably got something properly medical wrong with him.

So 3 and a half hours I was there.  But they did their jobs – I had blood tests, ECG, and a chest Xray.  And I’m fine.  Just a continuing cruddy cold and cough.

Bleugh.

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A Wii bit of cycling

Oh my word J has had a week to remember.

Firstly Nintendo have now released their long-awaited “NX” machine – now called the Switch.  My thought was “Hmm I bet that loads of people will be selling their Wii U’s when they buy the Switch”.  And indeed I was right.  Second thought was “people with an excellent taste in games will look after their machines well” and indeed I was right.

So I got a Wii U in pretty much “as new” condition with 4 really well chosen games for a good £100 less than buying a new one with one game.  Excellent.

And it’s all pretty good.  The menu screen is really slow though.  It seems this is a known problem.  A pain but not a terrible one.  J has been playing Mario Kart 8 and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  N has been more a fan of Splatoon.  None of us have yet dropped into Smash Bros.  So a few games to get soon – certainly Super Mario 3d, new Zelda, poss Minecraft for J.  Looking forward to it.

So J is happy.  But that’s not all!

He got a bike.  Someone in the village had a boy’s bike going so we got it and it’s in good nick too – with stabilisers.  And we went off and had the wee ones cycling yesterday.  J’s bike not quite set up right but him and L were off.  If they carry on as they are then they’ll both be without stabilisers by the end of the summer.  Excellent!

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