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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Carpet kid..

Well, it's looking better in the studio, after a week (on and off) of moving the contents out into the guest room, which has had some of the space reclaimed now there are carpets throughout the rest of the house. Save for a visit from the electrician to install a new light fitting in the downstairs toilet, things have somewhat returned to normal! We've all been beset by colds and bugs this week, with Christopher suffering to the extent that he didn't have the energy to attend cubs on Monday, Eleanor having sniffles and a cough, Beth feeling even less energetic than the pregnancy normally leaves her, and - for my part - a thick head and a 48 hour case of the hiccups!

Princess Petals IVWe've not let that deter us, though - there's been plenty going on. On Saturday, we took a trip to Pets At Home to buy Princess Petals the fourth (having had two goldfish of that name and a still-going 'FurReal Friends' cat; it's Lenni's "pet name") and some much needed lighting for the tank. They were selling some rather sweet little LED spotlights for �5, so we bought three and a power hub, which amounted to about as much as it would have cost to replace the original RENA lamp. We chose a white, red and blue spotlight, and they cast a gentle but attractive glow in the tank, which we like and I don't think the fish are too bothered by.

The children with Father Christmas at Harrods, December 2007It was something of a 'first' for Christopher on Saturday night, since he had his first sleep-out with the Cubs. It was 'The Giant Sleepover' in the Arndale Centre (or 'Mall' as it is now known), and when I left him there at seven in the evening, I think Beth and I were both worried that he'd not recovered completely from his cold and wouldn't enjoy a bit of an adventure. Fortunately, though, he was cheery when Beth picked him up on Sunday morning (which was more than could be said for me, since I was really suffering from.. well, something!) and had had enough sleep to cope with another busy day. After church we drove down to London, and took a bus to Knighstbridge to visit Harrods for a meeting with Father Christmas. It's amazing that they offer this free 'service', although I think we had to buy tickets in the summer! The children had a good time, though, and received some little mementos of their trip (and a photo each.. I guess that's how they make their money!)

Monday was - as always - back to school for the children, and I made it my intention to install the carpet in the studio. I needed to buy some replacement boards from B&Q, but fortunately the carpet company had agreed to supply some more underlay to replace that which had mistakenly been installed on the stairs (we'd decided against it, but I don't think the fitter was aware). Despite the frustration of breaking(!) the carpet-cutting knife and - even moreso - having to work around a heavy rack that I couldn't wheel out of the room because it was connected umbilically to the studio's structured cabling, I finally had the carpet down before the end of the day, so I was quite pleased that I'd achieved my objective. Pleased but achey!

Newly carpeted studio...Once again, the week is whipping by, and it's hard to keep track of what's been going on. The weekends are certainly starting to fill up, too, but I'm definitely looking forward to next Friday, which is my last working day before Christmas.

I've got quite a few little links to share - mainly audio gems, such as Chegger's Podcast, which has been created to promote an interactive quiz game (warning: loud noises!) that features the legendary(?) Keith Chegwin. He's an affable presenter, with some entertaining anecdotes, although I'm always put off by how similar he sounds to his sister (Radio 2's Janice Long)!

There's another contender for Christmas number 37, too. RadioToday, a site that keeps me up-to-date with the many of the goings-on in UK radio, announced that a bunch of commercial radio DJs got together to record a festive single. It's a cover version of Shakin' Stevens's "Merry Christmas Everyone" and, well, it's certainly a modern interpretation.

You can hear a snippet here:

..and if you're crazy enough to want more, just let me know.

Home, then.. it's Wednesday (which is Heroes night, hooray!) and I only have to work one more day before a four-day weekend. Yup.. I've taken Friday as a leave day, since it's Lenni's school play and Christopher has a disco in the evening. I'm sure I didn't go to discos when I was at primary school.. how things have changed (and how old do I sound?!) Then, I only have four days left to work before Christmas, one of which will be after the departmental Christmas Party.. I hope I survive it!! More from me soon, if I'm not spending every available hour sorting the studio out!

Posted by james at December 5, 2007 9:05 PM

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