The Amazing World of Si Hart

Amazing insights into my mind as I battle against the inefficient world of the library, moderate a message board, write Doctor Who audio adventures and try and stay sane!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Learner driver no more!

You'll have to excuse me, as I'm feeling rather elated this morning, as I have just passed my driving test! I'm quite amazed to be honest a) that I've actually done it and b) that I passed after what wasn't one of my best drives ever (but I suppose who actually drives at their best on their test?). I made a few silly mistakes and knew that I'd get the reverse round the corner, which I've been really weak on recently... but I got through it and here I am, beaming away, feeling really pleased.

Who'd have thought it, eh? Me, a driver... it's been a long time talked about and now I am! There was a time a few years back when I sort of reconciled myself to never doing it, but I'm glad I have. It opens up new opportunities and stuff, doesn't it?But I do have a lot of lifts to pay back... better get used to being the designated driver for the next few years I suppose!

So big thanks to my driving instructor Phil for doing a great job and to Steve for giving me the push to get me to do it!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Gay Gordons and all that

We danced Scottish dances and ate Scottish food on Saturday night. It was the long awaited party to celebrate Chris and Michelle's engagement and a great time was had by all that were there. We weren't very good at the dancing, but it was lovely to be able to dance with Steve for a change. It's not something we do very often and we're always rather self conscious about it when we're in public, but sometimes you know it does hit you that we're still not really allowed to do these things in public together. Perhaps it's best not to think about it and just get on with it, like we did on Saturday.
We're looking forward to the wedding in August a great deal.

The Haggis was great. It was piped into the hall and in proper Burns Night fashion was ceremonially cut open. It's just a shame that we'd already eaten... later on the two dinners caused me a few problems, but you don't want to know about that.

Sunday afternoon we spent with Steve's family and we had a great meal out in the picturesque village of Sarrat a few miles outside of Croxley. Lovely as always to see everyone.

Monday it snowed. And snowed. 11cms fell on us, which is more than has fallen here for many, many years apparently. It's rather nice. It was so still and quiet yesterday evening, when everyone had got home and was safely indoors. That's the best bit- that lovely calm spell once it's settled and there's no-one around.
I was very glad that my driving lesson was cancelled though. As always down here no-one was really ready for it and so the roads hadn't been gritted and they were snowy and slippery. I don't think I'd have got very far and if I did I wouldn't have got there very fast. With only a few weeks to go until my test it's a shame to miss out a lesson, but it's better that than smash up his car!

I was back at work today. We had a quiet morning while the snow fell once again, but a much busier afternoon when the sun came out and began to melt the snow away. I think it's going to be very icy out tomorrow, so I'll be taking care on the frozen, slippery pavements on my way to Great Hollands.

I admitted I didn't like one of the PS audios today. You could tell there was a sharp intake of breath from at least one person as I dared to voice an opinion on it. It's one of the more popular plays you see. I've always tried to be very positive about them all on the board, because I think we've made some great Doctor Who, and I like to encourage everyone, especially those who've put time and effort into the plays but naturally you can't like all of them. At least I justified myself which is more than most people would do.
In some ways the game we're playing is quite a divisive one, as I'm naturally rather protective of my writing and sometimes it's easy to take votes against it personally. Perhaps I should just be more thick skinned, but hey I'm only human. Don't hold it against me.