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Takahe update...

Oh goodness, I have been so busy, so incredibly busy, have had so little sleep and have been so sick this week, it's amazing, and yet I'm still functioning, and even cheerful at times. I sound sick though. I've had a head cold, total blockage from the nose upwards!! I think it's waning now. But the stress was Friday, MISSION DAY at school. Me in charge of everyone getting out and about doing good deeds for the community. It feels like chaos all day but the girls had a magnificent day, they worked hard, they touched hearts in old people's homes, heard reading in schools, collected for charity on the streets, baked cookies for the local businesses, cleared up rubbish, worked on leadership skills, sold sausages, busked and washed cars for the Mary Potter Hospice roof fund... and even visited the Children's Ward at the hospital, handing out balloons and hand made cards! The girls who did that job cried all the way back, touched by the plight of the little children! We had a lovely sharing time in the Gym at the end of the day and I was so happy to be able to tell the whole college how proud I was of them all.

So it was worth it, even though I felt like total crapola. Even now I wouldn't say no to someone taking off the top of my head with a small chainsaw. I don't sound that great! Won't be singing at Mass in the morning...

On other fronts, the Codfish apparently threw a tantrum at the last liturgy committee meeting and yelled 'I don't care, I don't care, I don't care!' at someone before storming out! I'm glad I missed that meeting!!! I left with my first Communion kids just as they were arriving for the meeting. Also had Finn's soccer photos, Steve away all week, Finn's speech board exams at school, soccer practice and, to top it all off, after two sunny days, the foulest weather on Friday you have ever seen. A deluge of horizontal rain for half an hour along with gale force winds dampened our spirits on Mission Day but we overcame it and as the girls worked harder, the weather cleared!

I missed Moth, too. She's back from sunny Portugal now.

And so, Saturday evening draws to a close. It's another howling gale. I don't mind, I'm going to bed!


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May. 16th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, back temporarily - and almost certain of internet out there next time so that it will only be the journey times that are 'out of action'.

Have all your girls got head colds now?? ;) I'm glad they all worked so hard and you all got such a sense of achievement.

The weather here is very mixed - and we had a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon. I wish I was back in Portugal.
May. 16th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
I hope I didn't pass my cold on. I just couldn't stay home because I was in charge of so much. I might work out how to change that for next year...!!!

-and almost certain of internet out there next time
That's subject to the mysterious ways of the rural Portuguese, huh! But I admire your determination *g*
May. 17th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Actually, the problem lies with the urban office with a receptionist who can't read maps and doesn't understand that the engineers need to venture out into rural parts... But yes, we're determined!
May. 16th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love going to bed when there's a gale howling outside... somehow there's nothing as comforting as being snuggled up warm and cosy and listening to the chaos out there.

I'm really impressed with everything you got done for Mission Day. We've just had Christian Aid week here and, as every year, all the city's churches have come together to hold a massive second hand book sale. I ended up with 30 cookbooks, a dozen cross stitch magazines and a handful of very random but great books!
May. 16th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's great to be cosy in bed while the house shakes and shudders, rain splattering against the leadlight above our bed.

The book sale sounds wonderful. Our City Mission does one of those each year and it's become enormously popular.
-I'm really impressed with everything you got done for Mission Day.
Mission Day is horrific in some ways(for me anyway LOL), but as the girls go bubbling out to do their jobs, it seems so very very right, to be doing good work, so I have to embrace the day as a blessing!
May. 17th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Well done for Mission Day, it sounds like a complete success. Your girls have done themselves proud. And you did a fantastic job under very trying conditions!

Hope you're feeling better soon and have the chance to spend Sunday at least relaxing and looking after yourself.
May. 17th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! Sunday has been busy as usual LOL but it's now 4pm and I'm about to start my work! OMG! We had Open Day at Finn's prospective high school this afternoon.

at least relaxing and looking after yourself.
Just doesn't seem space for me! Guess it's just that time of my life - rest will come later, as long as I make it through intact, and I guess that's the only concern, to survive the teenage chaos of the next seven or eight years OMG!
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