I do feel like more walking would benefit me, though, I don't tend to do very well on 'moderate' exercise, I get sleepy and lethargic and sad.
Speaking of, I am seeing a response to the folic acid. I'm getting fewer pins and needles in my legs, and they're generally more comfortable. I'm still very tired a lot, though, and I still feel worse if I eat less meat.
Reading: I just finished Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond, edited by John Joseph Adams, which is delightful and if you like Oz related stuff, worth reading
Watching: nothing yesterday, but I've been listening to LeVar Burton Reads, which is a podcast of short stories with an introduction and a few words at the end.
Playing: On the Underground, Colin and I drew! Child favourites at the moment are Hey! That's My Fish and Coup. I really like Coup, can take or leave the penguins.
Eating: orzo with a tomato, mushroom and mozzarella sauce for the adults and lamb chops for the carnivores.
- Test rode an Onderwater tandem, which has the child stoker seat at front - Matthew loved it
- Second parents evening for Matthew's school, nice to see teachers again and get more idea of school plans
- Rainbow Sponsored Trike Ride - I ended up riding Matthew's bike as a balance bike since he didn't want to join in
- Blood tests: my calcium, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D levels are all normal, but keep taking the vitamin D for now
- We did HBA1C as well, which is average blood sugar levels, also fine - I'm at slight risk due to Type 2 diabetes in family and current weight)
- Picnic lunch and playdate with Kirsten/Andre/Judith/Colin and Lammas Land - lots of fun
- Shelford Feast - Matthew enjoyed all the stalls and mini steam train and bouncy castles, I helped out on the Rainbow stall
- Eye Test for Matthew this morning: doing great, patching is helping his eyes work well together, ordered new lenses for his current glasses, next appointment in October half term
- Work appointed one interim head, who only stayed 2 days, and are now appointing again
- The "implementation" phase of Organisational Change is officially complete and we all now in theory have new jobs - but almost no management so not much actual change at the moment
- Total resignations now at 4 (Patrick, James, Stephen, Andrew) with possibility of more to come
Plus assorted bike rides, visits to the park, dyeing hair purple again and so on - and lots of lego :)
Coming up in the near future:
- Collect Matthew's school uniform (I see the school's admin at Pre-School and she's kindly said she'll bring it along for me)
- Early start tomorrow for Rainbow Leavers Trip to Wandlebury
- Rainbow end of term staff party tomorrow evening: as part of the committee I'm involved in helping host it
- Rainbow leaving party on Friday morning - last day of pre-school!
- A week in the lake district starting on Saturday
- Test riding a Circe Helios tandem when we get back
- Folk Festival on Sunday 30th - possibly with Matthew, possibly without
- New Interim Head of IT Group starts (phased in) on 1st August (Hi Julian)
- A week in Devon with family from 4th August - staying at Wortham Manor
In between the two weeks away Matthew will have a week at Hania's - and then when we get back he's got three weeks of holiday club before granny and grandad come to visit the first week in September, and then school starts on the 11th.
I think I know why I'm exhausted :)
I seem to have got involved in organising Queer Code London. We have a breakfast meet in Central London on
Tuesday 1 August Tuesday 8 August, 7:30am-9am, and I’d love to see as many people there as possible.
The breakfast is free and includes vegetarian options, and the building is step-free accessible. You’ll need to join the Meetup group to see the location, but it's in Central London within a couple of minutes’ walk of a zone 1 station. Spaces are limited, so sign up ASAP.
No allies, please – this event is for queer coders only — but please pass this on as widely as you like.
I imagine this is a manifestation of the downfall of LJ, but:
worth checking yourself (www.livejournal.com/manage/logins.bml ) if you ain't already deleted your account?
let me know, please, if I suddenly go spammy anywhere else...
Wawel Castle in Kraków.
June started for me in Newquay, Cornwall. I took a boat to Crantock Beach, had a swim in the sea there, and then on the way back, waded through the Gannel estuary to get to East Pentire. I later wandered across more beaches, hid inside caves, and peered at sea anemones in rock pools.
I visited Eastbourne one day and read poems by Lovecraft aloud at the end of the pier, drank a blue slush puppie, paddled briefly in the sea, looked at an upside down painting of a bed in an art gallery, snuck past builders to complete an Ingress banner, smelt roses, sat on the pebbles and stared at the sea, and my hair became tangled in the sea air.
I started a new job!
One lunchtime, I ate a salad with sweet potatoes in it, and admired the views in the sunshine from the top of One New Change, with new colleagues.
In the evenings, I often cross the river and walk along the Southbank. One evening, I was given free ice cream and had blackberry and bay flavour. Sometimes there are people blowing bubbles. I stare at the skyscrapers.
I went on a tube walk from Roding Valley to Woodford and there were overgrown paths next to the river, and butterflies.
I stared at pictures of underwater croquet, dystopian landscapes, spacesuits, dinosaurs, and robots at the Into the Unknown exhibition at the Barbican.
I went to Crystal Palace Park for hikerspal's birthday celebration and then to the Bridge House.
I ate soosiam and watal appam and drank bright green nellicrush.
I reactivated my OKCupid account and in 24 hours, had 356 likes, which seemed totally absurd.
I completed two of the flaneurs June challenges- one where I got on the first bus that came along and then got off after 9 stops, and then got on the next bus that came along, and so on. I started at St Paul's and ended up in Acton. The other, I did in Kraków, and took the first left, then the first right, and so on. (Write-up).
I visited the underground salt cathedral of Poland: the Wieliczka salt mine, and there I saw chandeliers made of salt, statues carved from rock salt, and looked around the chapel. I peered at stalactites and stalagmites, and licked the salt mine, and found it was salty indeed. I also saw pretty rocks glowing under UV.
In central Kraków, I wandered around the grounds of the Wawel castle, the Old Town and Kazimierz. I walked down into the dragon's den, but it was only afterwards that I saw a dragon breathing fire. In the Museum of Municipal Engineering, I stared at old printing presses and trams and learnt about the infrastructure of the city. I played Pinball Dreams on an Amiga and Duck Hunt on a NES.
I ate a lot of ice-cream, including wonderful flavours such as gooseberry, bueno, Smurf, kogel mogel, pesto, sweet burnt charcoal, semolina, rhubarb.
I visited the socialist realist district of Nowa Huta and stared up at the architecture. I visited a bunker in a former cinema and tried on a gas mask. I learnt about how the town was designed with nuclear war in mind and visited the Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime.
I took a trip to Zakopane. I stared out the window of a bus at the countryside on the way there and saw hay bales (grass bales?) that looked a bit like Cousin Itt. I also saw people dressed up in traditional costumes for Corpus Christi. I took a cable car above the trees and up into the mountains and oh, it was stunning. I ate some apple cake and some coffee there, and then went on a hike, moving from rock to rock as if I was a mountain goat. I was in awe of the mountains and the beautiful scenery. Back in Zakopane, I noticed a house that was upside down as I went past it on a bus, and then later found it and went inside. Everything was upside down in there and that delighted me. I also become temporarily upside down (or perhaps the right way up).
I reached level 15 in Ingress and ate some sea buckthorn sorbet.
I also managed to get my Platinum Explorer badge, for visiting 10,000 unique portals.
I attended the monthly social, organised a Badgerbadger banner meet, listened to Andrew Krug answer questions, went to social events for French visitors and a Norwegian visitor, a few meets in the Whippet, and also ate pizza at nyecamden's birthday celebration!
One lunchtime, I did an Ingress banner, walking from St Paul's to Blackfriars and then ate a "Matcha Madness" bubble waffle, and it was then that I heard a Nirvana song playing and that made me happy.
I made a flower out of Ingress intel maps.