Friday, 15 November 2013


In the midst of November and still surviving.

Steroids now seem to be having an effect and my chest is not hurting when I breathe. Yay!

Side effects seem to be subsiding as I am weaned off the steroids so cramps have stopped, head clearer, can think straight again, no headaches and lost a couple of pounds.  Yay!

Written five sets of reports so far (another five sets to do before 3 Dec), marked countless tests and have organised our department's displays and interactive activities for tomorrow's Open Day. 

Solved childcare problem of tomorrow's Open Day by bribing daughter to come with me and help demonstrate the Mathematics of Bubbles in exchange for Hairy Dieter's Spiced Apple Cake tomorrow afternoon.

Nearly organised the departmental Christmas Do, although the old adage "you can't please all the people all of the time" springs to mind.  I may end up booking it on a day I can't go!!

Have arranged for old (as in 'long time', not age) friend to come over next weekend for tea, cake and conversation.  Yay!

Have arranged to go to Tatton at Christmas with my mum and dad the weekend after and booked Afternoon Tea at the Gardener's Cottage.  Yay!

Yes, there's a lot of cake involved, but who doesn't like cake?

All in all, not doing too badly!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Admitting the Inevitable

I joined the Manchester Chorale in 1993 and was given a uniform of long black skirt, white blouse and maroon cummerbund and tie (I know, but it was the early 90s).

Time moved on, as did choral fashion and in 2003 we had dresses made to measure and changed to blue silk scarves:

(That's me, second row, second from left)

I am pleased to say that a decade on, the dress still fits and providing I watch my weight, no problem with Chorale concerts.

However, when we sing at the Bridgewater Hall we are required to wear long black skirts and black shirt.

Now, the skirt I was given in 1993 has a 25 inch waist and I have been trying to squeeze into it for the past few years with little success (safety pins have been involved) and so I have finally given in.

I have now accepted that I will never again have a 25 inch waist and so, last Thursday, remembering that I have a sewing machine now, I bought some fabric and made myself a new choir skirt:

This is me backstage at the Bridgewater Hall in my new skirt for the concert we did on Sunday consisting of "The Armed Man" and some other of Karl Jenkins' pieces, conducted by the man himself.

I could breathe again!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Why does Metrolink conspire against me?

Yesterday daughter had a party in Stockport 3pm - 5.30pm , hubby was at a City match returning home at 6pm and we were all going to see "Wicked" at the Palace in Manchester at 7.30pm (my Christmas present from hubby last year).  It was just about doable if we were all home by 6pm and could catch the tram into Manchester at 6.30pm.

Today I was doing a concert at the Bridgewater Hall rehearsing at 10.30am.  Fine, I could catch the tram at 9.30am and be in plenty of time.

So what does Metrolink do?

What do they always do on the rare occasions we need to go into Manchester on the tram?

"Improvement" Works all weekend with a much slower, less convenient, replacement bus service!


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Getting Ahead

So that's half term nearly over.

 I'm about to enter the long, dark tunnel of the second half of term.  

Parents' Evenings, Open Days, exams, reports, rehearsals and concerts mean that I have very little time in the next six weeks to get ready for Christmas.

Add to that hubby going to Qatar for a week in December (don't mention Qatar) in a week when I have two concerts and you see the problem.

So, I have been getting ahead.

This week I have:
  • made my Christmas cake
  • bought all my Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift tags and ribbon
  • written half of my Christmas cards
  • done half of my Christmas shopping
  • wrapped and written presents and cards to be sent abroad
  • decorated and filled 10 jam jars for daughter's class stall at School Christmas Fair
  • bought and wrapped presents for the Toy Service at Church
  • boought and wrapped presents for the Salvation Army at school
  • bought chocolate for the School and Church Christmas Fairs' chocolate tombolas
  • bought bottles for the School Christmas Fair bottle tombola

 Bring on November and December!