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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Friday, 29 June 2007

Video chat

Speaking of Mum and Dad (and Nana) visiting, it would be good to set up a video chat while they're here. We're heading out Saturday evening, but apart from that I think we're free, so what time would you guys (Dayna, Glenn and Dee) want to get online to chat? Probably best if you're on at different times of course :)

shelves galore

Dad now has removed the louvre windows and made and fitted shelves in the spaces. He did take some photos this evening to show what he has done. Hopefully a weekend working on the shelves will finish them off ready for painting.( My comment not Dad's) He has planned out all he needs to do to finish( I think).
I'm on holidays from this afternoon (unpaid). I plan to get my hair cut and coloured on Monday, go to Spinners with Nana on Wednesday and have lunch with Nana,Denise,Lisa and the children on Thursday. I'll need to fit in packing so we can head to Adelaide on Friday. Looking forward to seeing Damien and Cheryl.
Good to hear what Dayna's been up to. Where's Glenn?(and D) Your turn for a blog guys.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Dayna HAS three posts in a row

So better stop anyone else from doing the same thing LOL.

Now, blog-worthy news...

well, I've been trying to put up more photos of the kids on koffeekat, at least you've all registered, now - Mum and Dad, have you had a look yet? Damien, thanks for the comments!

Oh, we have a new webcam and it works, we've talked to Dayna and Glenn on MSN. Since it is almost the school holidays again we will have to try to catch up.

Dayna, sounds like you've been having fun weekends... just remember, if you are getting unexplained bruises don't borrow someone else's clothes to wear - A friend's son borrowed his dad's good ($300 Hugo Boss) suit and went out on the weekend... he got so drunk he can't remember how he got home... but that is beside the point. He not only left the jacket at the venue (and can't find anyone who knows what happened to it) but he must have fallen over at some point and there is a gaping hole in the knee of the pants. When I last spoke to her she was going to give him a talking to after he got home from work. I suggested he replace the suit, but she'd found it at an oppy for $30 - almost new - great bargain!

Anyway... a teacher at Comet Hill is retiring after 34 years teaching there. Very sad, she is the best teacher they had there! Jared typed a letter for her which I got him to sign this morning and I gave him a card to give her as well, since she teaches his class on Wednesday's (today) only he has left it behind... just like the camera I especially bought for his trip to the zoo a couple of weeks ago. I gave it to him in the morning and said "Put it in your bag". When I got home, there was the camera on the couch :S

So this week has been a bit busy - we put on a retirement afternoon tea. Yesterday was Connections, Trinity was a bit grumpy. It's probably her teeth, but chicken pox is going around at the moment so I will keep an eye on her. Oh, and there she is now - she's been sleeping in and not wanting to sleep until late in the day then staying up at night :S Might be her teeth upsetting her sleeping pattern as well.

We have a birthday meet at Macca's today, and our last playgroup tomorrow followed by a lunch out, and Friday is the last day of term 2... halfway through the school year!

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

I'm posting this so Dayna doesn't have three posts in a row

Worked today, then went home. It's cold or summat.

Friday, 22 June 2007

I have a new address

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that I've got a new address - I'll move in next weekend (think i get the keys during the week).

So, address will be:
Flat 7 Tatton Court
Egerton Road
Fallowfield M14 6XH

I'll let you know the phone number once I get it put on.


Added: New phone number will be +44 161 2484282
I move on the 1st July (or thereabouts)..
internet may take a little longer to sort out.. hmmm.. :)

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Busy week or two...

It's almost the weekend and I'm looking forward to it. The last two weeks have been very busy.

Dayna and VickiIt all started Friday 1st June with the combined do for Stef's birthday and Lapo's leaving. A bunch of us from the Lab went to an Irish pub in Didsbury. Vicki and I (in the picture) had a couple of bottles of wine between us and had a very merry night. Both of us ended up with bruises we couldn't explain... hmmmm...

Saturday Vicki, Angelika and I finished putting together a French labcoat (take labcoat, cut into three, dye one piece blue and one red - making sure the white one is in the middle, sew back together). The labcoat was made as a joke for the French post-doc, Laurent. He'd gone away to a conference and told Vicki not to do anything to his fume hood.. that'll teach him for not saying anything about his labcoat. :)

lights on the lakeAfter that we went to Platt Fields park for a picnic by the lake - there was a Festival on so we took our crunchy bread, dips, cheese and juice and went to see what was going on. We got to watch a really cool shadow show - instead of just a light behind a screen, the show used projected pictures, mirrors and all kinds of cool effects. It was a beautiful warm evening and there were lots of people out. They even put lights on the lake (although if you looked at them closely they were just plastic blow-up things..).

Sunday afternoon I met the girls in town and went in search of an iced coffee - you'd be surprised at how many strange looks I got, you'd think that they didn't drink iced coffee here in England! After traipsing around 5 or 6 places we ended up having chocolate pudding instead (it was very tasty). That evening we watched the first Pirates movie at Vicki's.

Monday I went to Cafe Scientifique with Vicki, Tuesday to a talk at the museum about Caves with Vicki, Laurent and James (Angelika's man), Wednesday we met at Vicki's again to watch the second Pirates installment and Thursday a bunch of us went to the movies to watch Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End (a very good movie!). After work drinks on Friday went until after 11pm, Saturday I went to Angelika's to put some things together for Vicki's hen nights (she's off to Canada next week and will get married in early July - yes, it's all been a bit interesting for me.. but Vicki is one of only a few people I've told about my past). Sunday I looked at flats and in the evening we went to see Ocean's 13 (another very good movie!), Monday night was back at Angelika's to finish things off for Tuesday night - a Cocktail night at Bex's place and then out to Fab Cafe in town.
Dayna, Babs, Vicki and AngelikaHere's a picture of some of the girls - me, Babs, Vicki and Angelika. We'd made the veil and a matching garter, and had cut up red and black shiny material for everyone else (and even made garters for some of the girls). The busy week finished with going to see the Rocky Horror show (live) on Wednesday. It was a very good show - and many many people dressed up (even though it was FREEZING.. lots of cold people in little more than their underwear methinks).

So, I'm having a fairly quiet one this weekend (I was going to go to Oxford, but I'll go next weekend instead). I've found a new place to live - a studio flat so I don't have to share and I move in at the start of July. I'll let you know the address when I find it out (I think it's Flat 7, but that's all I know).

I think I'd better finish now - this is one VERY LONG post.. I didn't mean it to be - it's just my very busy couple of weeks!

*big hugz* to all

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Happy Birthday Nana

Just wanted to pass on a HUGE HUG and a BIG KISS to Nana for her birthday - can someone do that for me? It's okay if more than one person passes it on too. ;)

I'm currently busy trying to find a new house - I'll let you all know when I find one..

Monday, 4 June 2007

Free International Calls

For those of us without broadband (that's you Mum and Dad) my boss has recommended www.jajah.com

Apparently if you all sign up you can make free calls between Australia and the UK via the landline, as opposed to Skype which uses the internet. Both people have to be members, and then you hop online, select who you want to call and it calls your phone. You get a 150 minutes a week, 500 minutes a month apparently. So yeah, it's completely free, and via landline. Should save everyone some money.

If you sign up let me know. I've just signed us up with the username "damienmason"

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Chezzy's Specs

I finally decided to get some reading glasses after months of tired eyes, the occasional headache, and not being able to see my cross-stitching. They look dark in this poorly-lit photo, but they're actually a maroon kind of colour. Because they're for reading, I don't wear them all the time, but I have tested them out and I didn't realise I had so many tiny wrinkles on the palm of my hand! :D
As well as looking smarter, I think they do make me more intelligent! Friday night Damien, some of the Good Dog gang & I went to a quiz night and we won! Damien actually did really well and answered a lot of questions (correctly!). Our prize was a giant hamper filled with 10 mini Body Shop hampers, one for each person on the table. Henry also won the raffle which was a wine hamper. It only cost us $12 a seat (the money goes to help bears in China), so I think we did well :)
We have both been taking pilates classes on Sundays. I'm finding it to be very relaxing... until we have to do hamstring stretches. It has been a while since I last did classes and I think I have lost some of my flexibility :)