Oh my goodness - how did that happen?!!! Yes folks, today is my birthday. I've had some lovely gifts, including the Mirabilia White Christmas chart, some SMF fabbie and silks from Gill, a little cuddly Eeyore, a diary, some Thornton choccies, tickets to see Ray Davies of The Kinks next week, 'Yellow Submarine' Beatles CD and the promise to get my digi camera fixed from Andy, a gorgeous pink spangly leather make-up bag & lippie from my boss, a nodding Captain Jack Sparrow figure from Sharon and some money from my Dad. I don't feel my age at all. I'm still about 24 in my head I think!
I'm in the middle of a few days off from work at the mo, which I think I really needed. Work is truly exhausting right now! We've just started taking on all our Christmas casuals & I've got lots of inductions coming up over the next few weeks. I've also got a couple of little business trips - I'm going to the Horsham store one day next week for a training day and then on the 31st I'm down to Bournemouth for 3 days for a conference and more training. I really do love my job, though I'm looking forward to it quieting down substantially in mid-November once all the new staff are on board.
My camera is still unco-operative. Andy has promised to get it fixed for me though, so hopefully I'll be able to share photos very soon. I've managed to get quite a bit of stitching on my Forest Goddess in over the last few days, although I'm really getting HAED pangs right now & want to get back into my Polar Bear blues once more!! I want to finish FG though before I move on, so that I can have at least one more finish this year.
Not much progress with Dad's health. He is due to have day surgery on the 26th for his 'fistula', in prep for his starting dialysis. I'm hoping that once he starts dialysis, he will feel better in himself. He's pretty down with all the things that are happening to him. Sadly, his elderly friend across the road from him died on Friday. He was in his 90s & had been housebound for many years. He cared for his wife who was also housebound & had severe demensia. It seems he had a nasty fall when he got up in the night to help his wife. It's so sad. She will now have to go into a home to be looked after properly & she probably won't even realise that he's gone.
I had a nice few days up in Yorkshire at Sharon's last month. Although we didn't go anywhere as she was pretty poorly with morning sickness due to her expecting once again. She also asked me if I would be baby no.2's Godmum & I was delighted to say yes!! I will have to get stitching something special for the new little one who is due in May.