Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Catching up

So Janelle and Nicholas's baby is almost two weeks old now and very beautiful. And growing. Mary has been involved in serious work in supplying teaching materials and training courses for the MOE Fast Track Initiative in Literacy. Everything has to be done the day before yesterday - a bad concept which means that quality is seriously compromised (except for Mary and Meg's work).

I am just plodding on with the review of my course. Good news is that exam results for this year (management course) are the best ever. Must be doing something right. But I have so much to do and the time is ticking away. Never thought I would say it.

The computer died!!!! Probably a virus despite very expensive anti-virus software and my being totally neurotic about keeping it clean. I now hate computers with a deep loathing!! Sort of got it mended. Windows died completely and had to load another copy in a different directory. That means I can see my files and use them but have no connections to any of my programs so had to load some essential ones again. Got the internet going and it will stumble on until we return home when I hope to deal with it properly.

And for the enjoying ourselves. Well, 35 years of marriage is certainly worth celebrating. Mary was too busy on the actual day so we just went into town to watch the launch of Carifesta - a big cultural event in August. Very good, but too many people and there were a few demonstrations, allegedly about food shortages but by the size of the woman who started it, I don't think she had ever experienced a shortage and was probably causing one all on her own. We went off to a newish restaurant - Sizzling Platter and had a really good Indian meal with lovely fresh ingredients.

We have always been known for spreading out the celebrations. On Saturday we went to the Pegasus Hotel for lunch and a swim followed by a night, evening meal and breakfast in Cara Lodge, only 1/4 mile from where we live but a beautiful old colonial place with excellent service and a great atmosphere. A once in 35 years experience.

And then the "piece de resistance" to come. Tomorrow we're off to Barbados for 4 nights. Thursday is Labour day and Monday is Indian Arrival Day, both national holidays, so we only had to take one day off to make a long weekend. I'll say little about it now but will report back when we get home.