Well dear reader, I survived- and I have the battle scars to prove it!!
Getting that assignment in was extremely traumatic and I am still exhausted.
Next, I thought I’d do gingerbread bikkies. I followed the recipe precisely. As I had no gingerbread people cutters, I decided on an Oz theme and made maps of
Australia, koalas, kangaroos, Opera Houses, and . Well they came out of the oven having spread all over the place. The koalas and kangaroos looked like road kill and the others looked like amorphous blobs. Meanwhile the serene, organised he who-knows- about- these- things (HWKATT) had cooked two great big casseroles, one veggie and one meat that turned out completely perfect – just typical!! Sydney Harbour Bridges
Luckily the mulled wine turned out well so everyone had a fantastic time and we got to bed at 1am after finishing all the cleaning up. I couldn’t do much writing on Monday as I was working on the Maritime campus as an ambassador for a visiting school. I enjoyed catching up with the others from the events and educational liaison teams and the school kids were much better behaved than the last lot thank goodness! I really had to get cracking on the essay that evening but I was too tired to get much done. Gone are those days when I could stay up all night working! I finally finished by midnight on Tuesday. The deadline wasn’t until the next day but I really wanted to get it in before I went to sleep. I kept trying to submit it until 1.30am with no luck so finally gave up and collapsed into bed. The next day I learnt that there had been a technical fault in the system – aaahhhh! It was finally fixed at about 10am and it was with great relief I pressed that ‘submit’ button! I went into uni early to hand in my placement manager’s report placement because it is hand written and needs to be signed. I celebrated by having turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings in the Dome – a bit sad but it was yummy!!
That was our last day in college before Christmas and I came home to a house that looked like a hurricane had been through it -papers and books strewn everywhere. Instead of doing the sensible thing and spending a day sorting everything out ready for the new term, I chucked it all in one room, shut the door firmly and began to prepare for an annual event in my calendar - the Christmas Sweat Shop!
This is when my friend Chloe comes over with fabric and ideas for Christmas pressies. I have to then figure out how we’ll make them and we then set up the production line. I do all the machining and issue instructions about what to pin cut, iron, trim etc. We made four retro style aprons, a cushion, and cupcake shaped pincushions and the kitchen was covered in pins, sequins, scarps of fabric and stuffing when HWKATT came home. He promptly picked up the shopping list and recycle bags and headed off for a bit of retail therapy in Sainsbury’s!!