Super Sunday

So today was more about watching sport than actually doing any. Yep the world’s longest junior rugby league season in history continued (it started last March and is still going on) , not that I’m complaining, I love rugby, but I think this ‘ Summer rugby’ needs renaming ‘All year rugby’, then at least we know what to expect. Today was Yorkshire Cup semi – final day and what a day it was. They won, and won in style, the opposition turned up assuming they already had the game won – how wrong they were. So the U16′ final beckons , and I for one can’t wait. Having been there twice before with a different team, this time, win, lose or draw, I will actually get to enjoy it.
With the rugby and uploading the match photos to Facebook taking up more of the day than I intended Janathon ended up being a quick mile and a quarter walk, had it not been for Janathon I probably wouldn’t have bothered but something is better than nothing – maybe!!!!
Another ‘proud mum’ moment
Back on the bike tomorrow
Bring it on.

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A Super Weekend and another Shock!!!!

Would you like a dessert!

Would you like a dessert!

So we’re back from our annual pilgrimage to London to watch the Challenge Cup final, it was like a home from home, an all  Yorkshire final. It was hard to decide who we wanted to win, both teams are huge rivals of our own team, Wakefield Trinity. In the end we opted for Castleford, it was the wrong choice – the Rhinos won. Still it was a great weekend, we saw some great sights and some not so great. Never have I seen so many over stretched rugby shirts in one place. Lets just say one team must only sell a one-size-fits-all-shirt and leave it at that.

To be fair the rugby fans weren’t the only ones poured into their clothing, the waitress in our hotel seemed to be suffering from the same fate, maybe that’s why she had the strangest of smiles plastered over her face, she was a dead ringer for Peter Kay’s ‘Geraldine’ and unfortunately, much to the amusement of Jack and I, she took a real shine to my hubby!! He got one of her ‘best’ smiles every time she passed and when she crouched (squatted) down at the side of him and scared him half to death to ask “would you like a dessert?” I failed at keeping a straight face. Needless to say we spent the rest of the weekend avoiding ‘Geraldine!’

Having finally come back down to earth after my maths results last week, today brought even more good news. You may remember me mentioning spending the best part of a week trying to write a personal statement  (more like four days gawping at a blank piece of paper and one day writing -but you get the idea!) Anyway, the whole point of the statement was to try to justify me being accepted onto a part-time degree course without any prior  higher-level education, it worked. I’m back in shock -again!! University, at my age!! Still,why not? I’ve spent years putting everything and everyone before me and my family. Now its time for me to do what’s right for us -I can’t wait!!

A great weekend

great news

Bring it on

The ‘No Blog’ blog………

Well, so much for the school holidays starting, giving me a chance to catch up on the blogging! Here we are,week five and I still haven’t started (well I have now but you know what I mean!) Any way, let’s get the excuses out of the way first.

There was the end of term madness (it gets more chaotic every year), we went to watch ‘Le Grand Depart’ in Yorkshire, I bust my knee (again), spent three weeks on crutches and am waiting to see the consultant (again), he’s not going to be happy! I ran (hobbled) a colour run while on crutches -photos to follow at some point. I’ve had lots of physio, and can now cycle on the flat (which is hilarious as Wakefield is as hilly as hell), but I smiled sweetly and promised to cycle on the flat. I spent a week writing a personal statement, I’ll tell you why if it pays off. We had a fab holiday in Ibiza (more to follow), a fortnight with no internet was bizarre to say the least and then I started to decorate the bathroom, which in true Dawn-style, turned into painting the whole house (apart from the cellar), by Friday I couldn’t move but the house looks fab!! So finally, I’ve got some spare time. In between the hunt for school shoes, when are shops going to realise that not every school kid wants to look like a TOWIE reject, and sell normal shoes, finishing my R.E planning (what do I know about Buddha!?!?) and heading to London to watch the Challenge cup final ( I hate to say this, but, ‘Come on Cas’) I promise to catchup.

How has the holidays managed to pass so quick?

Promise to get the blog back on track (again)

Bring it on!!

 

Fairy Fun in the Sun

So the sunshine continued as we headed to Manchester ( sun in Manchester – there’s a novelty!!) for the second day of the Magic Weekend. Not a magician in sight, though we could have done with one. Seven super league games in one weekend and guess whose team was the worst??? Yep, the not-so-mighty Wakefield Trinity let us down again, you don’t mind loosing if they put the effort in but it’s a tad annoying when they don’t.
Still there was plenty to take our mind off the crap rugby, life- size crayons, super heroes, bears, nuns, men in pants ( very tight pants -yuk!) and a bunch of fairies. Alas, I knew one or two of the fairies, in fact I knew them all – I’ve got to say they made a lovely bunch, not their usual rugby league wear but they seem to be taking a liking to this dressing up malarkey- rumour is they’re going as traffic cones next week………..
A great weekend
Nearly the school holidays (again)
Bring it on!!

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Fair-weather Fans and Flat Tyres

s1Just where did the last 2 weeks go, even the extra day off didn’t help, another two weeks of not having  a minute to spare has passed by. Don’t get me wrong, I like being busy but a little minute to catch my breath would be so nice. I don’t suppose the weather has helped, due to the never-ending running, rugby, cycling and golf the house is always over run with kits,clubs,shoes and bikes, but add this weeks non-stop ‘April showers in May’ and mud, grass and even sand add to the fun. Bliss.

Then there’s been the maths revision, having decided to take the plunge and opt for the higher GCSE paper, the race is on to catch up with all the things the foundation course doesn’t cover. So now my head is spinning. Soh-cah- toa, surds, quadratic equations, cyclic quadrilaterals the list goes on and on and onzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Roll on the final exam on the 17th June, I can have my life back!  Do we really put sixteen year old kids under this much pressure!?!?!

So to today and thankfully, Summer has arrived, for the first time in weeks it was a dry Saturday morning cycle, and also for the first time in weeks, we didn’t get lost! Granted I got a flat tyre that wouldn’t re-inflate, even the spare inner tube wouldn’t play, and I had to run the last three miles home with bike in hand, but it was a beautiful ride. The downside of the beautiful weather was the fair-weather fans were out in force. You know the kind, you never see them in the winter, autumn and spring are a real struggle too. But a hot summer day and there they are hogging the highway (well path, but it doesn’t have the same impact!) Pedalling, plodding and dog walking as if they’ve got all the time in the world with not so much as a sorry, thankyou or kiss my arse when you stop for their killer dog, stop to let them through or shout morning as they pass by. Some people are just plain rude (says me with passerby Tourette’s -I forget they can still hear me when I start to rant!).

A lovely day in the sunshine

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on

 

Bank Holiday Sunday in the Land of the Giants………

 

 

 

 

So another bank holiday weekend over, not long until the next one, no really it’s not long -try 3 weeks!! Not that we’ve done anything special. I’ve spent most of my extra day off washing, cleaning, ironing and studying, it’s my own fault really. Having spent Saturday cycling (no mishaps this week – we didn’t even get lost)  sunbathing and reading the papers, it was my intention to get all my jobs done on Sunday while Jack was over in Hull playing rugby -the lure of a trip out to East Hull proved too tempting though. Christ knows why. There were some right sights, and I don’t mean the docks and the Humber Bridge!! Why women wander around in nightie and dressing gowns beyond , but at quarter two in the afternoon complete with saggy knockers trailing on the floor -still it takes all sorts!!! Just to add to the ‘why have I come feeling’ Jack’s team lost. To be honest they never stood much of a chance, the opposition had clearly spent the winter break sat in a grow bag, and there was I thinking my son was finally catching up. They were huge, one had a beard (these are U14’s) and most were taller than two of the U16’s who had come to watch -it’s going to be a long season!!!

With the jobs done it was time to get my head in the maths books again, Construction Loci-always a favourite of mine (never bleeding heard of it!) Still now I know where Tommy can plant his tree, how far a dog can wa

nder on a lead and how to draw some random diagram that means absolutely sod all! Measures tomorrow, I can’t wait, hopefully it will be a measure of something alcoholic!!

had a lovely weekend

looks like a soggy sprint in the morning (the Bank Holiday weather has arrived)

Bring it on!

Lost – part 1274, Lazy and Lax

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Ok, Ok so maybe I/we haven’t been lost over a thousand times but I/we  seem to be averaging once a week of late -though to be fair to hubby I am way better getting lost than he is. Todays ‘lost while cycling’ look was 100% hubbys fault though. His ‘we’ll take this path because then we’ll end up on the main path’ suggestion didn’t go to plan. Not only did the path go on forever, it was another bumpy ride, not just tree roots, but streams and trip traps bridges that I expected a troll to leap from under at any minute. I wasn’t happy, especially when we ended up nowhere, or so we thought, having looked at the map since ,we weren’t that far from civilisation! So the only option was to pedal through the hay fever fields ( you know – that yellow stuff that makes you sneeze!) more bumpy pedalling – joy. Still on the plus side we added another two plus miles to our route it wasn’t all bad. Might even do it again next week as long as I can strap a cushion to my saddle!
So after a busy day yesterday today was a bit of a novelty day – thanks to Easter there was no junior rugby,time for a lie- in. Wahoo!!! So why did I wake up at 8?!? Still coffee and a good book meant I didn’t get up till 9:30 that must count as a lazy morning?
No rugby also meant I had time to do a proper Sunday Lunch, with all the trimmings. I even made desert – not so much of a lazy day after all. In between the cooking there was maths swotting to be done – reflections,translations, transitions and orders of rotational symmetry. Deep joy, it should have been easy, it wasn’t. Some muppet at the proof-reading factory had clearly been asleep on the job – the questions were wrong. Wrong orders, wrong vectors, wrong directions – even I know the difference between clockwise and anti-clockwise (just!!) wrong, wrong wrong. I’m not happy. The books are in a heap in the middle of the kitchen table – I’ll go back to being lazy. For now!

Quiet Sunday
Makes a nice change
Bring it on.

The Sun is Shinning and the Rugby is ………….

sunSo, as is the tradition on Good Friday, it was rugby league derby day with the not so mighty Wakefield Trinity (my team) taking on the currently in form Castleford. On the plus side the sun shone brightly……….that was about it really. We lost !!!! I suppose there are other positives to take from the game, we actually scored more than 6 points, we prevented the opposition from scoring more than fifty points (just!) and Daddy Cool, the club mascot, stuffed Cas’s strange-looking tiger thing in the half time race!!

It’s fair to say being a Wakey fan is somewhat depressing at the moment, we just can’t win. Don’t get  me wrong, for nearly 1/4 of the game we actually looked like we knew what we were doing – the rest of it. Well put it this way we won’t be wasting our hard-earned cash going to the Easter Monday game.

Still the day wasn’t a total let down with another 9 miles logged on the bike this morning, lots of uphills, not many downs and for the second time in 3 days I braved the funny fanny path -you blokes don’t know how lucky you are. Bouncing up and down over tree roots, branches and old train lines doesn’t make for the comfiest of rides -I pedaled the whole thing without stopping though, I am definitely getting better!

A beautiful day

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on

Can’t quite Put My Finger on it!!

Funny-Animals-Holidays-Holidays-HolidaysQuite how I have managed to go over thirty days without a blog, I’ll never know. But it was a bit of a shock horror moment when I realised I hadn’t done anything since the 9th of March! I’ve even had complaints over the lack of it. (There you go Alison, you’ve got a mention, again!!) So with the school holidays finally here, I promise to make more of an effort – it’s not like I’ve anything else to do……………

So just what has been taking up so much of my time? I can’t really put my finger on it. Don’t gt me wrong, the Maths GCSE wheel continues to turn endlessly round. What with Pythagorean triples (!!) construction and loci (!!) and SURDS (thought it was a soap powder at first, but then I remembered it was surf!!) my heads spinning. Still on the plus side the swotting is paying off. 100% in my last two exams is not to be sniffed at, if only they were the real things and not mocks. So now I’m in a dilemma -do I stick to the foundation paper with a pretty much guaranteed C pass or do I chance my arm and take the higher paper, decisions, decisions.

Talking of decisions, Jacks been busy picking his options for year nine, not easy at the best of times, even less easy when you don’t really know what you want to do when you leave school – well apart from play sport, all day, every day. A couple of days out at local colleges did help, within the space of 24 hours he’d gone from “I’m leaving school at 16”  to “Can I go to Uni”, apparently becoming a P.E teacher (lets hope that knobhead Michael Gove has buggered off if he does!) sounds quite good. Eek, we better get saving!! To be honest, in the end it wasn’t that hard to pick, he had four options and there were only four things he wanted to do -sorted!!

We’ve finally upped the weekend cycling mileage and are now up to 20+ miles each Saturday morning,I do sometimes feel Hubby is after cashing in the life insurance with some of the dodgy paths we seem to bounce along (and I mean bounce -having a saddle wedged up your lady bits is no fun -believe me!!) but I am starting to get more confident doing it. Granted I have to talk myself through it- so if you see some woman pedalling through the woods constantly saying pedal, pedal, pedal, oh shit, pedal pedal, f**k. Don’t worry it’s not the local loon -its just me!!

Looking back, since the ninth of March Ive cycled 178 miles and run about 45. Not bad really considering how busy I’ve been doing things I can’t really put my finger on!!

Easter is upon us

Time to rest and recover

maybe not!!

Bring it on!!

Sunshine Sunday!!

sunSo after a week of tossing pancakes, dressing up as a giraffe and building robots out of recyclable materials I was ready for the weekend – a time for rest and recuperation. Shame I never got round to doing either. I’m blaming the weather. At last the miserable weather has gone and the sun was out -do you really think I was going to stay in!

Yesterday we finally got back out on the bikes for a 14.5 mile cycle through the woods and various paths that went nowhere -it all adds to the fun. We would have gone further were it not for the fact that my knee looks like it’s about to give birth to triplets -lord knows what’s up with it now but it’s going to have to do one, I really haven’t got time!!

Today was rugby day, all day, outside in the sunshine what more can a girl ask for -well a house work and ironing fairy would be nice but you can’t have everything.

A lovely weekend

Hoping for an easier week

Bring it on

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