Sunday, 28 February 2010

diary, work Demo, busy weekend; family, drama, cycling, motorbike jobs

Demo day in work Thursday. All working and stable, a half hour in morning of no light getting back to one Transponder but that's fixed quickly. Demo runs very easily. Back to work automating tests Thur + Fri. Fix labview + socket things, move desk Fri and fix misc test things.

Fri morning Maeve gets up a bit earlier. She can't rouse anyone so crys (because she wants to get up in time to get the bus). Bus rescheduled for next week. We're all ready 8:10. Cycling is mooted for all, but in the end I cycle and kids + Fionn take car.
Whew! I've not cycled to work in a month or more. Hard work.
Hungry Fri evening.

Sat I do motorbike jobs and miscellaneous other things. For motorbike I take off seat (stuck! now oiled) and raise back box and fix left indicator (back box pressed down on it, fixed with bamboo + duct tape). finished desoldering old switch, disconnect messy cables and put switch back on, put in new battery. It's fit to go to garage and not completely confuse a proper bike mechanic now. When warm she's revving high. Carburettor needs cleaning? Also a small hole in exhaust and service should be due.
Motorbike job starts in morning and goes on piecemeal all day interrupted by other things, food, collecting kids. Luckily no rain, cover bike and tools when job left from showers though.

Builder Dermot calls morning. Dominic's brother. Gutter problems pointed out.

With motorbike battery put an old flying insect of  Daire's on charge. Flew it a bit with Daire just before light faded.

Collected Kate from gym by bike + trailgator. I thought Kate would be tired but no, loads of energy. I could really feel her pedalling from behind.

In afternoon I go down to Dundrum, look at white shirts - see one in M&S 35 euros, Hmm. no sure. Also the park bike, tramp through half shopping centre and tramp back is ... interesting in a way but ... not a place I like to be. Out and down to Noel Reid's who are back in old Dundrum Shopping Centre. (because now it's not going to be redeveloped so they were allowed to open up again). Measured for suits for My Fair Lady and buy white shirt there. 45 euros. But I couldn't bring myself to park and trail through the Dundrum shopping centre again. Get newspaper on way home.

Evening TV (British family on holiday France, seems normal for a long while though with ominous music. ... scary things do happen!). Some perl for manipulating rubik's cube while doing this (and printing in curses colours).

Sunday up and breakfasted, cappuchinos and hot chocolates for us again, last of milk used. Dominic calls fix radiator leak by tightening valve (valve needs replacing). Water off, fiddling in attic. Gutter pipes and fiddling out back. Wooden floor buckling problem discussions.

We all go see the new Chipmunk movie in Dundrum. That's two movies in a real cinema in about 3 weeks. A phenomenal record for us! It's quite  a good and funny one. Maeve really is absorbed and rocks along with the songs.

After this we need quick food. Carvery in Dundrum shopping centre food mall was introduced to me before by theatre crowd. We head there and get good and fast food. Fionn and Kate kids portions of pasta + fish and pasta + chicken. Daire and James and Maeve burger and Lamb and chicken(kids portion) respectively. 

I have about 2 main meals each day with lots of food in between. Definately well fed and snacked this weekend!

Grab car from car park, to scout den to drop me for rehersal. We go from start to servants song (and a bit more, probably almost all act 1. We repeat Ascot Gavotte a few times. Both for performace tonight and for show. I'm a butler already for Poor Prof Higgins song but also get a line and bring in Doolittle. Might have to chop off my long hair to be a butler!

Fionn and kids visit Eoghan and Mary and family and collect black shoes and a bow tie for me. Then to GAA for presentations. I walk over to there then to home. Food then I cycle down to Mill. Rehearse Ascot a bit after 7. Then waiting and perform a bit before 9. Whew! Fun. Cycle back up home. Chat and tea, Daire and Fionn. Caoime puts up some photos of the Ascot Gavotte costumes - fellas white shirt and black bow tie with black trousers. Girls dresses and hats all shades of black and white.

My neck is quite sore/stiff. Partly all body sore after cycle Friday.
Oh! That reminds me. I got rear ended at end of Sandyford in the morning on way to work. Me on pedal bike. Rearended by black SUV. I passed a black suv pulling out before getting to traffic lights at bottom end of sandyford village. Way back from lights  they went orange and then red so I pulled up in orange box. Stopped and put foot down and stood. Then whang! Rear tyre of bike bounces forwards. Jeezus! The black SUV has  driven all the way into the orange box to the front and hit me. I'm surprised! Surprised I'm still standing (and holding bike handlebars with left hand). And looks like me and bike are okay. Looks like plastic of front bumper of SUV hit rubber of my back tyre. I'd say she just barely caught me a glance. I act indignant and lady comes out to say sorry. I'm fine and bike seems fine, she says she turned round behind to look at the kids. Anyway. I run bike across road at end of green light. Can feel shaky then - adrenaline in system.

Later in evening I feel I have a bruise alright - saddle hit my arse. Right cheek.

I have about 2 main meals each day with lots of food in between. Definately well fed and snacked this weekend!

That's it. ach jaysus 12:54 am! Past bedtime. Silly blog/diary compulsion!

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