Progress Report

Well….I’m a little busy, and I feel tired!

Kitchen skills update: I haven’t got too far yet it must be said

  • I have purchased a copy of the Nigel Slater book, but so far it’s only lurking on my bedside table awaiting further investigation.  (I currentlyhave at least 20 new books lined up partly on top, partly inside my bedside table…)
  • I have had a general kitchen reorganisation which, as well as throwing out the jars of pasta sauce that expired in 2006, incorporated the establishment of a “baking” cupboard. I’ve also invested in a proper a set of scales and a new mixing bowl too. 🙂 (Maybe next weekend I’ll actually manage to use them!)

Garden Update: Not much doing really due to only hours of light occuring whilst at work and incessant dampness at weekends. Last weekend I did manage to:

  • pull out the last remaining dead summer bedding plants (yes I know – shocking that they were still there).
  • chop back my penstamons and gauras which (lets face it) are the only things I have so far that need chopping back. The backgarden looks depressingly bare at the moment. I know I’m repeating myself, but I really hope the shrubs I acquired last year put on a bit of growth this spring/summer.
  • tidy up my white geraniums/pelagoniums in the greenhouse which I’m hoping to persuade to flower again this year – fingers crossed.

Getting around to things: I’ve been catching up on ‘stuff’.

  • First example – in December I temporarily gave up using my kitchen composter because I was fed up of washing out the thing each time I emptied it. I decided to use compostible liners, so I’ve just been waiting for them to arrive. Of course, they’ll probably arrive a lot quicker now I’ve actually got around to ordering them (yesterday). 🙂
  • Second example – I bought a pair of trousers that needed shortening. I’m not sure quite when I bought them. They’ve been sitting on the cabinet at the top of my stairs awaiting the pins and thread treatment for quite a while now, but they finally got it this afternoon. (Hurrah!)

College courses: I’ve been on the college courses two weeks now and so far I’m enjoying them.

  • Digital Photgraphy: I think it’s fair to say this one is my favourite. I’ve definitely learnt a couple of things already. It helps that this particular course tutor is organised and ready for us each week. The first thing he did was go through the course objectives, give us examples of previous pupils’ work so we got an immediate idea of what was expected. Then it was straight into it – getting us to use our cameras in particular ways. (A suprising number of people turned up without a digital camera though!) So far we’ve looked at shutter speed, motion blur, aperture and how they are all inter-related, and I understand a little bit better how some of the buttons and dials on my Nikon D40 work.
  • Web design: Well….the first week, you would have been forgiven for thinking they’d dragged the guy in off the street five minutes before the start time and begged him to teach it. He took ages to get going, didn’t really give much indication of the course aims, gave the general impression of severely ‘winging it’ and tried to send us home after two hours although it was a 3 hour course. This week was better. It still took an hour to get going, but when he finally got around to setting us something to do it was fine. I had been worried before I got there that I was going to be out of my depth, but I’m pleased to say this is not the case at all. I’m not learning much about html (I can already code this just using notepad – well up to a certain degree anyway) but I am learning how to use Dreamweaver properly (I use it at work – but on a ‘here it is, get on with it without any training or even a manual’ basis).

And that’s about it really. But I’m TIRED!!!


3 Responses to “Progress Report”

  1. 1 uphilldowndale January 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Pasta sauce,2006, fresh as a daisy, I can find things much more out of date than that in our cupboards!
    Your description of your web design tutor having been dragged in off the street is likely to be closer to the truth than you realise!

  2. 2 nezza January 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Damn! And I’ve thrown it out now! 🙂

    Yikes – well…they dragged him in off an American street. Or maybe a Canadian one. I’m not sure how to tell the difference. He knows his stuff, I’m just not sure he’s a natural teacher.

  3. 3 uphilldowndale January 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I did reject the bottle of Benilyn cough medicine I got out of the cupboard today, it was 5 years past its use by date and looked like road tar!

    As for IT tutors they would rather interact with the binary world than the real world.

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