Well I guess I can manage a vaguely brief recap now, can't I?
Katy and I had the second session - and the first of the slightly more formal ones - of our marriage preparation course on Saturday morning, but thankfully Geraldine and Michael weren't whizzing off on holiday this time so we could run it at a slightly more civilised hour than the one the other week! It went very well, with us discussing the biblical basis for marriage and the roles within marriage, but we were well ready for lunch by the end of it, giving the local Miller's Kitchen our custom as often seems to be the case! We managed a short stroll around at the Alice Holt forestry centre afterwards, but that was Katy pretty much finished for the day, so I don't remember us doing much more after that than go home, munch samosas, bhajis and pakoras, and play a couple of games of Scrabble - with reasonably even honours for the latter this time.
Sunday morning we went to the church meeting of course, which was tied in with the "40 days of purpose" scheme that Katy's congregation is currently committed to - and for which I am trying hard to keep up to date with the accompanying book! We were going to have lunch with a small group of people from the church, but somewhere along the line a load more people were invited, which made our trip to Pizza Piazza quite fun but a little busier than some of us would have liked. Time was getting on by the time we were out of there, and the weather was looking decidedly threatening, so we agreed I wouldn't hit the road home too late. The journey did indeed turn out to be slow, but mainly due to the M1's unique breed of rubberneckers, as well as the customary roadworks on the M25.
So altogether perhaps a little less hectic than the weekend before, which I am sure Katy appreciated given her current state of health. But any hope of being full of energy myself for the week ahead proved to be a little bit premature.
Monday at work was OK, managing to concentrate on the thermal conductivity oven software once again, now that the preparatory DVD and CD-ROM are out of the way - barring QA disasters - but the evening was not so great. I had agreed with Sarah that I would proof read her latest assignment - well, in fact I was meant to have done it a week previously, but there was no assignment to proof read then! - but when I arrived it was pretty clear there was still some way to go before it would be ready for me. Rachael was already at a youth club, so I agreed I would take Laura out for some tea and give Sarah some peace and quiet to finish off. But after all that we were still going way into the small hours of the morning and I eventually had to concede defeat and go home. But Sarah phoned yesterday evening to say she'd handed it in and her tutor seemed happy enough with it, so perhaps it was worth the effort and my diminished sanity.
Of course, despite being utterly shattered by the time I got home, my mind was still buzzing, so I didn't get a particularly good night's sleep and I spent much of yesterday in a foul mood as you know - though that was at least partly due to some work that got dumped on me, but I was already on a hair trigger. That work was making yet another CD-ROM for a particularly obnoxious academic, containing yet more random junk downloaded off the web. I simply cannot see why it is that these academics can write software and spreadsheets and so on - even if they ask us to tidy up their messes - but can't even download a few files on to a CD. It's not as if I'm short of proper programming work right now either. But only just over four weeks to go and it'll all be history.
At least today's been all right. No-one's head's been bitten off yet anyway!