Friday, 27 August 2010

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With less than twenty four hours until we take to our sleeping bags for a night under canvas, I am quite looking forward to sitting round a camp fire sipping port and noshing on bananas with chocolate buttons melted in them. All manner of silliness will ensue, hopefully we’ll have clear skies for a spot of naked eye astronomy and satellite spotting, and then over to the pond for a bit of bait drowning, otherwise known as fishing.


Just entered the bad books because I refused to despatch a rather large arachnid.

Anyway, I digress. The last time I slept in a tent was my last visit to Lyme Regis, which is also when I broke my toe. It did smart and there were some choice words, none of which can be written here.

When we return home on Sunday we will have the company of an old friend who’s visiting from Northshire, there are also plans to do a bit of shopping on Monday, if Trudes has the strength I shall treat her to the fancy coffee doodad that she likes; I shall have an iced vanilla milkshake thing.

I should think that treats will be unlikely as I shall no doubt be having a few too many whilst camping, when we get back to sillyvisation I shall be back on tub watch. The current status is another kilo lost and 0.4% total body fat has been dropped, I do hope nobody slips over on it. The next big milestone is Trudes return to the hospital for, what is hoped to be, the last instalment of lump watch. If all has gone well we shall be celebrating, I don’t yet know how, and then we can concentrate on getting my brave wife to be strong and healthy and getting our wedding plans off the ground.

I think we’re both agreed on a quiet affair with just a few close friends and family, suits me as long as it’s what Trudes wants.

I saw my boy for the first time in months on Wednesday, he asked if he could come up for a visit, I explained that he doesn’t need to ask, he just needs to let us know that he’s on his way. Even if he only gives us a couple of hour’s notice of his imminent arrival, I’m sure Trudes will have no objections. It will be brilliant to spend some quality time with him, he’s grown so much. He’s six foot two and stick thin, the sod! But his character hasn’t changed a bit. I’m sure him and Trudes will get on like a house on fire, no doubt at my expense. He’ll probably give her loads of ammo with to have a giggle at me with, and I don’t doubt that by the time he leaves we will have very sore side from the jokes and silly stories. This is the main reason I’m trying my hardest to keep Trudes and one of my oldest friends separate. If laughter is the best medicine, then Stu can cure Trudes of anything. Of course it comes with a price, namely my total humiliation, light hearted of course, but if anyone person can reduce me to a babbling wreck with tales from the days of my roguish youth, Mr Green is the man, and oh lord does he have some tales. I expect that some of the guys that we’ll be spending the weekend with will all have an embarrassing tale about me to share with T. Should be a laugh though.

So, until Monday when I report back from camping, I bid you farewell.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Camping, Chrimbo and consoles!

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday, this week seems to be dragging. I guess it’s because it’s so close to payday, the last week of the month always seems to be the longest. It may also be due to the fact that I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m at the shop on Saturday, not supervising the gaming, although I shall take a rule book, some dice and some blast templates as the sprogs either don’t have them or regularly forget them. I won’t be taking any models. I’m running the shop for the day so that my friend can have time with family. After the shop we head to a friends for a spot of camping, I haven’t camped (ooer) for a few years and I’m really looking forward to kicking back and having a few beers. Some Doom Bar has been sent ahead for the evening. I hope to get a spot of fishing in on Sunday, also something I haven’t done for some time.

We’re taking Little Miss Molly Pops, and she getting a special outfit made to keep her (not quite so) baldy bum warm, as usual pics will be on my FB page after the event.

With it being a bank holiday, I think the plan is to do very little on Monday, Trudes has hinted that there’s a pair of shoes she quite likes so they may have to be put aside for Christmas. I’ve mentioned two potential pressies to herself, the first being the eagerly awaited, well for the gaming geeks amongst us, Isle of Blood. This is a new boxed set from Games Workshop. It features the new 8th edition rules and two armies of finely detailed models. The other pressie is slightly more expensive than the game. I would like a new, more powerful telescope. I’ve got my eye on one, it’s made by Skywatcher and has a motorised equatorial mount. I suspect I may have to count it as a Chrimbo and birthday pressie, but I think I can live with that.

Trudes has reciprocated the start of pressie lists, only hers consists primarily of shoes and handbags. Well, she is a girl! I expect that non footwear related gift ideas will arise closer to the time, and I shall endeavour to get her some of the goodies that she requests, plus a few surprises.

I’ve never been great at buying for others, at the opposite end of that scale I think I’m relatively easy to buy for. Pretty much anything that goes beep will do for me. Speaking of things that go beep, I really must dust off my 360. It must be over a year since I last used it, and longer for the PS2. If any of my readers happen to have a spare copy of Hogs of War floating about, please get in touch. Apparently it’s one of the few computer gamey majigs that Trudes actually likes. I wonder what it would take to turn from geek-girl to gamer chick. Although technically, they’re not that different.

What I need to find is a game that is very immersive, the down side is that if I manage to find her a game that she likes, I won’t get a look in. Tee hee, I’ll get a slap for that.

There’s two games forth coming that are on my “I’d like that” list, the first is Fable 3 and the second is Star Wars, the Force Unleashed 2. These are just up my street for gaming; they have elements of the old style platform, the shoot ‘em up and a good amount of puzzle solving. Although if mindless blowing things up is what floats your boat, I don’t think you can go far wrong with any of the halo or Call of Duty games.

On facebook I’ve made a photo gallery of cars I like, just for fun more than anything else. I plan to add to it now and then, if you get a chance take a look and see if you agree with my choices.

Well that’s about all for now