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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A letter to the DIY fairy

Dear DIY Fairy

Please help my husband. I (sillily) accused him of not being able to multi-task, and now he's gone multi-tasking daft. He has the bit of wall (what we call 'ground zero') down, but not all. He has most of the white tiles grouted, but not all. He has cleaned off the grout from some of the grouted white tiles, but not all. He has fastened most battens (for the cladding) onto the wall, but not all. He is now taking the floor up (as asked to by the plumber), but not all. And he's doing it using a HAND SAW. If I enter the room and cheerily ask "done that little job?" or offer suggestions (like "shall we get in a man?") or assistance, then he barks at me, so I retreat to other rooms, all of which are hovels, containing a multitude of bathroom bits, tools, pieces of wood, nails - and several inches of oak leaves in the kitchen. What is complete is the grouting of the travertine tiles and the cleaning up of the same (I did both jobs). If I could get to the windows, I would measure them up for voiles. If I could get to the toilet, I'd make myself a cup of tea ...
Yours desperately,


Monday, November 13, 2006

Under a cloud

We had a real-time observation session with S194 tonight - alas, it was cloudy at Milton Keynes (as it was here), so they had to give up.

Next session is planned for 11th December.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Sprecken vous Italiano?

I'm testing out the development of the new OU Beginner's Italian course. (L195 Andante Beginners' Italian). This will last for 6 weeks and entails, I'm not sure what yet! My materials arrived this morning.

It's a pack, which includes a book ("Colloquial Italian" by Sylvia Lymbery), cassettes and CDs. The really interesting part though, is that we will be trying out the OU's new Virtual Learning Environment, and we have to write blogs and play with wiki and lyceum. Could be fun!

For the Lyceum online tutorials, I've had to buy a headset and have been practising with it this morning! I CAN BE MARIA!! LOL!

Bathroom update!


We have a week to try to sort this out!

I feel sorry for the hub, as he has to come home from work and then face working on the bathroom!

Then he doesn't have time to do the ironing!!

Beta blogger?

I've just changed over to the new 'beta blogger', powered by Google (they are into everything now?). I appear to have a search bar at the top of my blog now (unwelcome) - but, everything else seems to be more or less the same! They promise lots of extra utilities and stuff - if only I had time to find out more!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New Game!

Thanks to Bill, I've now discovered YouTube, which is a very useful place to stick all those really useless videos you take with your digi camera! Here's a very exciting clip of Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone, back in July (I'm at the end in the red T-shirt!).

Now I'll be able to do movie updates on the bathroom!! :)