It's just turned eleven on Sunday night, after a long, fairly busy - but
ultimately very rewarding - weekend. I won't go into the finest detail on
everything that happened, but will try instead to concentrate on the many
It all started late Friday afternoon, with a somewhat unexpected phone call at
work from Evesham Micros, advising me that my new PC was ready for collection
any time I liked, well ahead of the seven to ten days they'd anticipated.
Needless to say, with the store open late on Friday evening, I didn't hang
around, and a short Switch-card clearance later I was on my way home with my
boot loaded up. Not much later than that, it was mostly set up and working
just fine, apart from the modem which is behaving a little strangely, but I'll
be getting that looked at early in the week hopefully.
Having phoned me to say she was on her way, Zoe arrived soon after, and we went
up to Zaks in Wolverton - via KFC, neither of us having eaten yet - to see
Watershed, Phil's band, play their first local gig. That went really well, and
seemed to go down just fine with the punters, though incredibly, Jon managed to
break not just one, but two bass strings - he'd never broken one ever before,
so two in one night seemed just too coincidental. I have little doubt it was a
blatant spiritual attack, since it disrupted the set quite a bit while Mark
dashed home to fetch a couple more bass guitars, and they didn't have time to
do every song they'd planned.
After a very late finish on Friday night, Saturday morning didn't really
happen, finally surfacing in time to walk up to town with Zoe for a late lunch
at Burger King and to do a little bit of shopping, before getting a video out
of "The Mummy", which passed the time for the start of the evening in a quite
entertaining manner. We then drove over to Pizza Hut for a meal - no surprises
on our menu choice, although we did end up with double the amount of garlic
bread we'd ordered, at no extra cost... We adjourned to Chris and Claire's,
where Paul and Carol were visiting, and we watched the end of "Shakespeare in
Love", which we'd watched only a couple of weeks ago anyway, but it was still
as entertaining as ever.
Today's been busy, up quite early to set out the chairs for the morning
meeting, then going to fetch Zoe shortly after ten. The highlight of the
morning was probably George and Cally sharing about their work in Brazil, where
they are returning to very soon, but it was generally a good time for all, and
even the worship was fairly bearable. Our friend Sarah arrived a little late,
having evidently walked up, since she'd broken her arm on Thursday after
tripping trying to stop her youngest daughter running into the road. We gave
her a lift home afterwards, and also picked her up and dropped her off for the
Lunch was at the Eastern Paradise in Wolverton, a restaurant we'd not been to
for a good long time, and that had changed quite a bit. It had always been a
favourite, especially for its value for money, but it's even better now, with a
wider choice of dishes - including poppadoms and sauces, for the first time as
part of the Sunday buffet - and complimentary wine. We walked off some of that
yummy chicken tikka with a stroll round Willen, making the most of a bright,
sunny and quite warm afternoon, though evidently about half the population of
Milton Keynes had the same idea, so it was fairly crowded.
Anyway, apart from dozing on the sofa and listening to the odd CD or whatever,
that was just about it for the weekend's activities. Next weekend won't be
quite so busy, with Zoe planning on arriving later on Sunday, wanting to go to
her own church in the morning, but no doubt heading up here soon afterwards.
But this one's been a great one, and I'm sure there will be many more to come
in due course...