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The sock frustration

Work's still going strong. Today the kids had a half day because we had another comprehensive reading strategies training. On Thursday I'll be away from the classroom all week because of a preschool program coordinators training day. My student teacher and the teacher assistent will take of my class and I curious to see how it'll turn out.
So all in all, it's a bit of a 'messy' week.
On a bright note though: my stick insects are unexpectedly thriving and I really enjoy taking care of them. They've grown a lot and one of the eggs even hatched. Unfortunately the little one didn't make it, but the rest of them are doing really well.

(In comparison: my 2nd Grade co-worker had stick insects as well, but placed them on a windowsill in her classroom, in direct sunlight. The tank turned into a sauna and all the stick insect dried out)
I've been told that as soon as their armpits turn orange, they're ready to lay eggs, so I'm closely watching that.

I have a ton of church-related activities this week, way too much to be honest. I still need to write the minutes of last weeks administration committee, there's Christmas service committee tomorrow, a congregation meeting on Wednesday and church group on Thursday. Which I"m going to skip.
Thankfully Christmas service committee is at my place tomorrow, so that's one more night I don't have to go out.

And of course the knitting socks project is still going.
*sigh*
The first try-out sock I did turned out resonably well, so last week I started on my first official pair. I used left over yarn from the shawl I finished two weeks ago, but that didnt' work out so well. The yarn is too thick, throwing off the measuring table. I now have a very large, uneven socks that just looks bizarre. So I'm going to start again and take it with me on to Stich 'n Bitch this Friday.

Minoes is doing very well, I've found a way to deal with her excessive meowing. She's been doing a lot of that since Jo and Saartje moved out and I went back to work. She just needs lots of cuddles and attention and I just have to mind that I'm not away from home every single night.
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Saturday was World Animals Day, so she got a new toy-mouse, snacks and a new collar.

My weekend was okay. On Saturday I went to a sample sale of a webshop that has really nice dresses. The sample sale was held in Bunnik, which is a nearby, tiny village.
Unfortunately I hadn't read the inivte clear enough and left thinking it would start at 11:30 AM. Which it didn't, they didn't open until 14:30 PM. So I had three hours to kill in a place that only had a handful of stores. They did have a bookshop though. It was mostly stationary and magazines, but I ended up buying 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion and spend the rest of te morning outside a small dinner, reading and drinking - the world's worst- coffee.
I ended up buying two dresses, so that was nice.

Yesterday was just really low-key. I finished reading 'The Rosie Project' which is a really fun book to read. Bit like: what would happen if Sheldon and Penny from Big Bang Theory would end up together?
Or the kind of book to give to Amy Farrah Fowler just to keep her spirits up.

On a family-related note:
My grandfather has taken a turn for the worst. A few months ago they diagnosed him with stomach and liver cancer, but because he refused any kind of examination or treatment, nobody knows how far progressed the cancer is. He's been feeling very weak and sick lately, so we all think it won't be very long.
It's very sad in a way, on the other hand: he's ready to die. I think he has been since my grandmother died three years ago.

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My poor baby...

I'm really worried about Minoes. She's been very lethargic for the past week. Basically all she does is sleep on my bed. She's still eating and drinking, but when I stroke her back and get near her abdomen she cries out.
I googled her symptoms and I think she had constipation.

 

My poor darling... I'm going to take her to the vet tomorrow night. Ay least that way I'll have weekend to fuss over her.

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London 2013 - Day 5: Pack up and leave!

I can't believe I'm already on the ferry home! This week has flown by.

 

But first: yesterday evening, The Lion King. We had tickets for the grand circle and I'd hoped we'd be sitting nearer to the front, but unfortunately our seats were all the way up. Normally this would't have bothered me, but during the opening song of the Lion King the puppeteers enter the theatre by walking through the audience and we didn't get to see that now.
Aside from that, it was an amazing performance, they have stayed very close to the original Disney picture, but have adapted it completely to a stage performance. And the singing and dancing is beautiful.
And I love the British atmosphere in the theatre... it's so much more enthousiastic.

 

This morning we had to pack and check out, which took some time and then we went to Oxford Street first to get rid of our last British pounds. I spend them all at Uniqlo.
My mum fell in love with Mark's and Spencer's... we stayed there for two hours(!) After that I was slightly less enthusiastic about the place.
We planned on taking a short stroll to Hyde Park just before we had to take the train to Harwich, but we took a wrong turn so eventually we ended back at King's Cross.
I didn't mind too much. By that time I was already pretty wiped out and a last day is always a bit... weird... Your mind is already half and half on the journey back, so you'r constantly checking your watch.
I remember the first time I went to London I had a near-panick attack at the thought I'd miss out on something. But since then I've already been back two times and I'll probably go again some day.

 

Still, when the train drove away from Liverpool Station I was feeling a little blue. Like I usually feel when Christmas is over.

 

Anyway, now we're at the boat. There was some hassle with wrong train tickets and problems with boarding the ferry because of some technical stuff but we've just taken off and the boat is shaking a little. Tomorrow when I wake up I will be back in the Netherlands again.

 

Sailing

I'm bundled up at the top bunk of the cabin somewhere on the North Sea. Travelling by ferry might end up being my favourite way of getting to London.
Sweet dreams everyone!

@Lavenderandhay: I *loved* your story!!! Will do a properly review as soon as ff.net wil let me.

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Packed up and ready to go...

Everything is in there... I checked and double-checked...

 

Now I'm sitting at my sunny balcony, enjoying my coffee and cuddling the cats.
Because that's the one thing I don't like - not seeing my girls for a week.

 

I'm waiting for my dad to call, he's at the airport now, picking up my brother who's returning from the States today.
We'll have a quick family gathering before the other half is about to take off.
Then in the afternoon mum and I will go to Hoek van Holland harbour Bij train. My grandfather lives in Hoek van Holland, so we're going to see him before going on the ferry. </p>
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Crafting London style...

Hi guys,
I'm going to London tomorrow for a couple of days and apart from Covent Garden and every Starbucks in the city, I'm looking for good craft stores/ crafty places to go.

 

Well, that's nice and vague... At home I know my (budget) places where I can get my craft supplies, but can anyone recommend places in London?
I like crocheting, knitting, paper crafts, sewing and cake/ cupcake decorating.

 

Thanks!