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Slightly naughty silly fun!

Today we decided, my husband and I, to go out and do something fun, silly and slightly naughty.

We went to a garden centre.

Which must immediately sound dull, middle aged and not at all silly, naughty or fun. You could decide at this point that my blog must be beyond tedious and navigate away before being bored rigid by hearing about bedding plants or decking. But we didn’t go to buy bedding plants or decking.

We did begin in the cafe, as I had not yet had lunch. I was pondering the menu, considering the various sensible options, but in fact they stopped serving lunch at 2pm (ridiculously early! It was only 20 past too.) thus forcing me to the first slightly naughty action. For my lunch I had lemon meringue pie and a hot chocolate, with marshmallows. It was very nice and not at all sensible πŸ™‚Β Tim had a latte and a mince pie. He’d already had soup at 12.

Then it was time for the silly fun we had come for!

Hide and seek πŸ˜€

We both have fond (and distant…) memories of playing this as kids. I was excellent at hiding as I tend to think outside the box. (Or should that be inside the box?) I once balanced on the window sill and wrapped myself in the curtains. Tim seems to have played the more active running around variant more often, but ours was just that one person hunted while the others hid and stayed still. When they were found they joined the hunt. I was usually found last.

Since I can’t run we made a compromise between our two versions. The hider could stay put, but they didn’t have to. Catching was by sight. Toilets were not allowed as a place to hide, for obvious reasons!

We should have made more rules, such as limiting hiding to within the actual garden centre. I did wonder whether he’d hide in the car (he did). But we both played slightly dirty πŸ˜€ as I hid in a part which had become disused and may or may not have been somewhere customers were supposed to go…

If I was as limber as in my youth, there were limitless options! However, even if I could have squeezed myself into that damp cramped urn, I am now far too grown up to relish the thought of hours in an uncomfortable position, needing the loo, getting cold and risking being locked in if he gave up!

I think Tim cheated. Quite apart from the car and the fact I suspect he mostly spent the time wandering around rather than actually hiding, he admitted he had been in the toilet at one point when he was supposed to be hiding. He claimed he needed it. But as I recall that’s just part of the game!

Well, it made us laugh, so it was well worth it πŸ™‚ Next time we’re considering Ikea…

November 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM 3 comments

It’s been a while

Um, what must it be, 3 months since I wrote a post? Sorry! And I have no idea how it will be until the next one. I just thought I’d let all my loyal readers know I’m still alive! Although some of you know that because even though I’ve not been posting, I’ve still been reading blogs and making the occasional comment.

I think the break has been good, really. Trying to post every day was too much under the circumstances. But typical for me to try! Especially in unsuitable circumstances πŸ™‚

I am currently undertaking a challenge I am more likely to succeed at (not to jinx it!) but I have done it before and am ever so slightly ahead, at 32583 words so far this month. Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMoΒ again – this time much more sensibly with a novel, not my thesis! I’m just trying to rediscover the joy of writing. Although my story does have some parts which just might work in an actual book, it would need a LOT of editing! But more importantly, I’m having fun with it πŸ˜€

I do love NaNo πŸ™‚ The first time I did it was 2 years ago and the discovery that I can write that much, and get past chapter 3 as well, was a huge boost to my writing confidence. Even if I did stop dead as soon as I reached 50k and broke off mid chapter… I also discovered from the forums (fora?) many useful sources to help with writing, books, blogs or whatever. Maybe one day I’ll actually complete a first draft! And then edit it. And then fail to become a millionaire…

Good thing I never planned to be a millionaire.

I crocheted loads last month, but have hardly picked up my hook and yarn this month. I blame NaNo of course! But since many readers of this blog might not be crochet fans, I have plans to roll out a whole new crochet blog. It is nearly all designed and ready to go, I just need to write a couple of posts for it. I think it would be good if I can manage to post once a week here and once a week there. But no promises. I’m not ready for concrete plans yet.

Anyway, I think that’s enough from me for now. Please leave a comment and say hi if you feel like it πŸ˜€

November 19, 2011 at 7:19 PM 6 comments


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