Sunday 14 October 2018

Weeknote: 13/10

I achieved my goal of getting the sleeves sewn in and the neckline picked up for the weekend. I'm currently about eight rows away from it being finished, plus a thousand ends that need weaving in, of course.

My thoughts have already turned to my next project and I find myself thinking about knitting some more Christmas trees to decorate the house, now that we finally have the sort of living room where Christmas decorations don't look like something strategically placed to conceal a pile of rubbish.

Going to:
It's been a busy week so I went to ground a bit. No ballet. No yoga. On Thursday I did go to visit a colleague at his school in Wiltshire. I interviewed against him for that job and it was really weird being back at the school for the first time since. No regrets at all, except perhaps for this amazing classroom view (I still think mine is better though).

On Friday it was a half day and I gave a lecture to the PGCE group and went to have a drink with a friend at The Botanist, a lovely bar just off the triangle that you wouldn't know unless you knew. I had some rhubarb and bramley apple gin which was amazing.

Then I popped off to Portsmouth for the rest of the weekend. Mother Hand and I went for a long seafront walk on Saturday afternoon, with lunch at the Tenth Hole.

Then I went out with my old school friends Zoe and Leila and Zoe's sisters and friend for a belated birthday celebration. We crawled the bars of Albert and Palmerston Roads. I was deeply disappointed to have to explain to a barman in a cocktail bar what a martini is (??!!?) but pleased to find an excellent variety of gins available at all of the locations we went to and I sampled them all heartily. Most of my photographs are blurry. This isn't a coincidence.

It was lovely to hang out with these two again after so long. I like to think our 17 year old selves would be proud, though they would doubtless of had some negative things to say about our outfits.

I'm faltering this week, which is why there isn't much more to add to this weeknote. Half term is looming, thank goodness. I have felt like the plates have all been wobbling and threatening to crash all week, so I am looking forward to having a week and a half off to chill out and catch up. I'm going spa-ing with Mother Hand and I've just booked a yoga weekend at the end of November to look forward to. Loading up on the me-time treats.

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