Today I got my day off. As a normal example, I work Monday 9 - 7, Tuesday 9 - 5.40, either Wednesday off then Saturday in/full Wednesday then half-day Friday, Thursday 9 - 7/ 9 - 5, Friday 9 - 1 or 9 - 7, Saturday 9 - 1. I'm working this Saturday but the only day off I could manage to give myself was today, which was a bit of a pain. What I really wanted to do was to have Wednesday off and go to Dublin, but there was no way that was happening. Originally I was supposed to be going to a meeting Wednesday, then that was cancelled but I still worked to cover another gap. The upshot was that I had loads of things to do today. Of course, I got very few of them done!
First on the list was going to the tip, never got there. Would have had to collect all the rubbish up first and that's David's job because I'd chuck things he wants. David was finishing the plastering in whirlywitchette
's room. Rubbish builders who did the house had done a seriously bad job on the walls. When we went to redecorate huge chunks of the wall were coming off. Made for an unusual look ;-)
Didn't do any of the boring things like washing the floor and cleaning the cooker that I intended to do. Instead whirlywitchette
and I went to Borders, to get a magazine for David, Vintage Guitar magazine. Roisin and had a good time playing with the blocks they have in the kiddies' section, then she played with the bead runners and I looked at some children's books. We chose three for her, but when I went to pay for them I thought better of it. She really isn't much into reading, she likes to look at books and play with them, but she won't let me read to her at all, and she hadn't much interest when we were choosing the books. So I started to second guess whether I was really buying the books for her or for me, and whether I could justify buying them in a lean month. I put them back and waited to see if she's get upset, no, she clapped. Bye bye Daisy and the Moon, The Gruffalo's Child and Sharing a Shell!
We went next to Mothercare where whirlywitchette
discovered something she really wanted, a wooden abacus. I bought that for her instead. Returned home with David's magazine, then decided to go out again, this time to the MetroCentre. Had to get new shoes for Roisin. Her not-very-old at all shoes had an unfortunate ducking, didn't dry properly, and were mouldy. It was very embarrassing in Clarks when we took the shoes off, I hadn't realised quite
how bad they smelled! But we got new boots, and I will try washing the old ones so she will have two pairs. She had no change in shoe size - typical! They had a much better selection for her this time.
Tonight I fancied having boeuf stroganoff but D doesn't like it much, so we're having pizza from Domino's instead. Now to decide on the type.
It's the last day of September, and I hoped I would finish my current book in time to put it on September's list, but I don't see that happening without 3 hours of solid reading tonight. And that's not going to happen! Yet again I haven't read as much as I'd like, but I have enjoyed everything I did read. No non fiction though, I don't think the Cultural Development Plan, Neighbourhood Strategies or the cookbooks I browse at lunchtime count! [No, I don't read the council plans at lunchtime, that's the cookery books]
Further to my comments above about Roisin not being too keen on books - she is sitting on the sofa at the moment, reading a book. The book is Keeping Watch
by Laurie R King, my current read. Despite reading it backwards, she seems to be impressed with it. She is telling me her interpretation with great excitement. Said book was originally published in 2003, in the US, but has only been published in a large print edition here, as her publishers believed that there would be no market for a book with a Vietnam theme here.