Zoe and I were discussing last night how Saturday really has become the Sabbath
again, at least for the active Christian, with Sundays often being at least a
busy a day as any from Monday to Friday. This Saturday has however proven to
be anything but a day of rest, rushing around almost non-stop - admittedly via
a barbecue, more about which in a moment - and only just now really getting a
chance to rest a while. My quick shopping trip turned out to be a lot more
drawn-out than I had been anticipating; present-shopping is something I must
admit that I am not too keen on, at least until I find that ideal gift. In
this case, it took about three hours, and much driving around Milton Keynes; I
hope it was worth it...
I also gained my level-two membership of Gadgets Anonymous, with one purchase
that must be kept secret for the moment, I am afraid, and also a text pager.
I've been wanting one of these for a while, but only recently have the purchase
prices become truly attractive. So I have a nice little PageOne MiniCall, in a
delightful iMac translucent turquoise, and can be contacted on it at more or
less any time - I'll probably keep it on all the time as they recommend, seeing
as the battery lasts for ages and messages received while the unit is turned
off are apparently lost - on 01523 408776. Be warned, though, that calls are
not too cheap, at a fixed cost of 55p standard-rate, and 35p cheap-rate from
normal phone lines.
Having finally done all my necessary shopping, I drove up to Shane and Sandy's
- via Staples again, since they had kindly omitted the battery and user manuals
from my pager! - for a barbecue to celebrate the brief return of Jon, Sally and
their family. We'll get to see them again tomorrow morning, but this was the
more official get-together, and a good time was had by all, with the weather
largely kind to us. Tomorrow, I have to help set the chairs out for the
morning meeting, but will be heading off to Iver Heath for a late lunch as soon
as I can, then in the evening we'll be going to Holy Trinity Brompton, which
should be a most interesting experience, as well as a good opportunity to meet
more of Zoe's friends.
Gosh, excitement of all excitement ... I just received my first pager message.
Having not actually told anyone my number at the time of writing this, it was
never likely to be anything exciting. And nor was it. Just the lottery
results, which I am not in the least bit interested in. I believe you can
disable unwanted services, and I think that will be one of the first to bite
the dust when I get round to ringing their helpline. I'll probably keep the
news headlines one, depending on how often those get broadcast, but I really
don't have a lot of need for European Cup football results. I guess these
things are useful to some people, but that doesn't include me, so I'll have to
investigate how to turn them off.