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Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:15

When I was I the motor racing world everyone got their name, blood group, and any allergies tattoo'd on their wrist. It's the only tattoo I'd ever considered.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:23

Great photos!


The boss is ignoring the email I sent him. I knew he would. He has a fantastic talent of shutting himself away in his little office and pretending its not happened. I know he'll carry on hiding away until its time to leave and then "want a word". But I'm off out tonight so wont be staying back it'll have to wait until Tuesday!

I've had my second group contact me regarding tours and special activities that I knew nothing about. They "spoke to someone". Possibly a well meaning volunteer trying to help but if they don't tell me I can't do anything. They were expecting a guided tour, hands on activities, special fire engine rides, all wouldn't be a problem but because I didn't know they were coming I'm away and am not cancelling a big family event with less than 24 hours notice! Refuse to be the bad guy here because of the piss poor communication going on in this place. 

I shall start looking for a new job just in case. I KNOW I can make this worse, I know I will be awesome at it. BUT I need the museum to back me. I also need a budget as you can't do awesome with stolen pens and nothing else! Too many false promises not enough actually physical support.

Right. Time to find out if we can anonymously make a hygiene report to the council because ignoring things wont always make them go away.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:15

Very cloudy so couldn't even tell if it got any darker


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:43

Have a lovely day everyone. Got told off yesterday for "telling" a volunteer who was on front desk duty to leave his sandwich to quickly check the door as the bell had gone while I was trying to take five minutes to have a very quick lunch in between classes (I'd already answered the phone twice and served a customer stood waiting while five of our staff / volunteers sat three yards away eating). I had a choice between eat drink OR pee in that five minutes (and run back upstairs).

Awake to an email from the boss complaining the toilets are filthy and it is now also my duty to clean the toilets after a school visit (even though when I checked the upstairs ones I couldn't clean them as TWO volunteers were in there and rather expected them to mop out when they'd finished) as well as generally cleaning the entire museum. So while I scrubbed down my classroom and set everything up for the next group, knowing I'd be working til 20:30 at home catching up with all of the paperwork I have to do for classes and general museum administration... the boss sits in his warm office, one volunteer empties the bins, two stand in a filthy toilet but don't raise a hand to help and everyone else leave because as soon as that museum door closes they know if they stay they'll have to do stuff.

At what point am I allowed to point out that they are beyond taking the piddle? I shall try to have a word with him to day but I know that because I'm paid (barely) he thinks he can push everything on me and let volunteers do what they want.

Oh well. Decided I'm going into work late so I can find a good vantage point to feel (couldn't find any glasses) the eclipse (after all its not all bad if he sacks me) its wonderfully sunny here so here's hoping the Sheffield smog doesnt appear over the horizon. 

Scout project.

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 21:36

Where in the world are you Ricky? This will help give people an idea of last frosts and weather conditions that might affect you.


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 21:03

It's a rare treat Wintersong (although I have to confess a good 30% of my up chucks have been the adult helpers who are 500 times worse at not having breakfast / coming into work when they've a stomach bug / not washing their hands / for gods sake eat your breakfast)

Just stopped writing risk assessments to pack Reggies bag for a weekend away with family. Good lord how can one little dog need so much stuff?! I'm one step of purchasing a yummy mummy bag to try and keep an emergency away kit in 

My bag however contains fresh underwear and a toothbrush. Perhaps I might splash out and put another pair of trousers in there (if there is space in the truck).

Or I might go and climb into bed. Watched super vets. Really really shouldn't watch super vets. I can watch one born every minute and feel nothing except bored but THAT POOR PUPPY 


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:49

Beaus Mum I was the person who mentioned the antlers: Reggie has had his for several weeks now and is barely making a dent on it despite keeping him busy for hours! He does have a crate to sleep in and he uses one when we go to work but he prefers to sleep on the stairs when both myself and his lordship are here (when he's normally spark out all night: I have to wake both of them up in the morning!) So I don't want to start shutting him up at night when we're home alone as that'll upset him further. We'll be doing home alones for a few months so he'll get used to it!

52 children today and despite my wearing brand new smart trousers and high heels (not exactly practical for leaping around the classroom playing the fool and climbing in engines) NOT A SINGLE CHILD THREW UP ON ME! Normally the mere hint at something "special" causes a child to up chuck everywhere. I am celebrating by climbing into my pjs and keeping all fluids well away from my laptop while I write up invoices and risk assessments (and hunting the internet for toys I want to help bring our "stories" to life).



Posted: 19/03/2015 at 07:27

Mummy you're in / near Sheffield aren't you? If so try calling Taylor Made Gardens. We used them for some near industrial garden clearing at the museum (National Emergenc Services) last year after getting many many quotes and they were genuinely polite chaps: came out and quoted, took the time to explain all our options, and the lads he had with him really worked their guts off! I'd be more than happy to use him in my garden if I needed help and could afford it.


Hope that helps!


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 07:18

Morning all. Final school for this week - this means I'll have had 176 students through the door. We'll see if the immune system boosting supplements Dove suggested are working. The Museum is sans cleaner once again (left because he didn't like being expected to clean... erm?!) So at least I'm able to ensure not only my classroom but everything else I can find time to wipe down is thoroughly disinfected! 

Puppy had a reasonable night with only a small amount of barking and running up and down the stairs. I'm just hoping that today fellow dog walkers will at the very least stay in the same postcode as their free running dogs. It does make things more stressful for those of us working on training our excitable 23kg puppies! 

Daffodils in June?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 07:06

Try filling the fridge this year and see what happens? 

We're trialing many plants this year ready for next years wedding on 26th June. So many of them are going to be reliant on what kind of winter and spring we get And we're already looking at paper / silks just in case!

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