Archive for February, 2010

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the forks what? Oh now that is not good.

February 11, 2010

Scotty came home last week and parked his bike in the hall way as usual.
Thing is the next morning, things were not right. He dumped his bike and walked to work because of this:

appalling photos at the moment cos I really cannot be bothered to sort out the big camera when its still dark most of the day. Still after finding the forks sheared through, not even on a weld line, I took scotty back to Halfords that evening where he purchased the bike. It was around 15 days out of warranty. Luckily because its a chris bordman bike they were super helpful and agreed to replace like for like under the warranty. Then we stood there and asked if we could hire a bike from them because this is the only way Scotty gets to work. Stuart the very helpful assistant wheeled out a mountain bike and said “sorry its nothing special, will this do whilst your bike is being repaired?” Over joyed, we said yes, any old wheels will be fine, and he let us borrow the bike for free for the duration of the fix. Hoorah! GREAT service, GREAT staff, and Halfords Norwich get our best personal service of the year award so far.

Oh and I finished the rug:

rug!

Not quite as big as I wanted but it is lovely and warm under foot whilst getting our snowy boots on and orf.  New things on the needles are a silk drop stitch scarf with the silk which was dyed with natural indigo bought from Alexandra Palace. Think Clapotis with a pattern in non dropped columns: elan pattern here. Oh and a mitten which I’m having to do one at a time for a work colleague. The request was manly but bright colours.
This and lasagna were yesterdays achievements. We will not di... on Twitpic

And I think I’m fully up to date with most of the exciting things… I’m still rather disappointed the snow keeps turning to sheet ice and I’ve not been able to make a snow creature of any form this winter. Still looks like with more snow coming I may still get my chance.

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The anticipation

February 10, 2010

well, I feel like I’m letting the side down with not updating. Although I’m not promising anything regular at the moment I thought I should at least let you know I’ve had a birthday.

I even booked the Friday off work to laze about when my birthday was on a Saturday. Thing is, right up to it I was super happy and really excited and ready for one of the best birthdays of my life because last year was a complete write off and I was signed off work for a week by the doctor with a minor bout of depression.

The anticipation is almost always better than the actual thing. I woke up on the Thursday and sort of plodded through the day. I had a cold and knew it felt like it was going to get worse. Friday, yes it was worse. Got a bit of cleaning and tidying done. Went for a well earned massage at my local beauty parlour which was completely sublime. Best ever, if you live in Norwich let me know and I’ll pass on her details. My Masseuse said she could work on my back for hours. Eh, sort of a compliment but meant that my back is a very big mess, which I’m thoroughly aware of believe me.

So, yeah Saturday came, got up, nearly gave up and fell back to sleep on the sofa, eventually pulled myself together and went out for a stunning lunch at Shiki Sushi with the family. I must admit this was the best thing in the world and made me very happy, no matter how fluey I felt it was lovely to see everyone and even see my nieces and nephews eat everything put in front of them.

I got everything I asked for, I am very lucky my family are generous. A cutting board and rotary cutter, slippers and scales for cooking. Sadly the scales were broken but I took them back to my brother for him to source new ones. Slippers fit perfectly, and I’ve not tried the cutter yet. Got a nice bottle of red wine and some of dad’s finest last years Sloe Gin.

So far so good. I went home not long after and spent the rest of my birthday finishing off my own pair of socks.
Hoorah Los sockos finitos. Looking rather dashing on my sock ... on Twitpic
looking very lovely on my christmas sock blockers.

Scotty did get me something but it didn’t turn up until last night. I’ve since been wearing it almost constantly.
bought from Etsy shop here I love both the hair fork and the shawl pin he got me.

I just wish I didn’t have a subdued only half as exciting birthday as I wanted. I was very very happy but you can only be so happy with a stinky cold. wah.
Good job I spent Sunday lazing and knitting too!