>I’ve never really been much into cricket, and I pretend I don’t know much about it, but it was our holiday game at every single caravan site we ever went to as a family, best way to make lots of new friends – and my dad was the best at everything, naturally – and my first husband used to play. So I do actually know about it, I just don’t often shout about it. However, since earlier in the summer when I got dragged to see Barnsley Cricket Club play, I decided I really ought to concentrate a bit more on it – I’ve always been a football fan, I understand all the rules (even the offside one), and there are more goals …
Today, while I updated the gig list, and to make that less of a chore, I’ve been listening to the 4th day of the current test match online … and it was actually quite exciting. I never thought I’d ever see the day that I’d say that. About an hour ago it looked like it might go into the 5th and final day after all, and I went onto the guestbook and said I wished they could have got it in the bag today … less than an hour later they did exactly that. England won the ashes.
I think I need to be careful what I wish for … or everyone else should be careful what I wish for. Fantastic result. Well done England!
This was a very busy day at work. It was deadline day and I have to say that every single article save one came in – and the one that didn’t had already asked for an extension. Much of the day was checking content and pictures, chatting to my boss, rejigging the page plan, and getting the whole thing ready to go. I did that but was so shattered by the end of the day, I went straight home to chill.
Since I’ve been living without credit I’ve been budgeting quite well, but this was my first 5 weekend month. I was down to my last £20 in my purse with about £1.13p in my bank account, driving on fresh air, and eating dust. On Saturday I had a bit of a lie in, then spent the day washing (5 loads) and ironing (2 hours) and baking (rice pudding and sticky ginger cake). I cooked a chili con carne (here’s one I made earlier) and had it with a giant baked spud. Then I slobbed in front of X-Factor. I started to watch The Constant Gardener, but gave up on that at 10pm and went for an early night.
Maybe because I had an early night and slept right through, I was up at 9am today. Very unusual for a Sunday. I put one more wash through, then got so carried away on the gig list, listening to the cricket, that I forgot to hang it out. There’s a job for tomorrow if the rain holds off. For tea I’m supposed to be batch-cooking cottage pies and baking 2 dozen biscuits (cookies), but I’m feeling quite weary having already spent almost the entire day in front of the computer. I’ve not used the car, but I did nip to the local shop at dinnertime and managed to spend less than £7 on a few essentials, which left me with £13. Good result. I always, always have more than enough food in for the cats, but I needed to get milk, bread, eggs, fizzy pop and, erm, chocolate buttons … um, I did say essentials …
Holly woke with a swollen arm, a limp, and a tender shoulder. I think it’s just a sprain, but she was off her food first thing and wouldn’t let me near her. She asked to go out twice, but for much of the day I’ve made her stay indoors and quiet. Fingers crossed, the limping seems to have diminished and she’s gone and had 2 greedy sittings at the cat mats. I haven’t budgeted for vet fees yet, but if she needs the vet, I’ll take that money out of my “pocket money” budget.
I started with the cricket and I’ll finish with it. As I say I’ve always been more the football fan, and footballers do get some stick for diving and appealing for hand ball and all sorts of other silly excuses. I don’t believe, though, that I’ve ever heard the excuse they were using on the cricket this morning – they were blaming a “misbehaving ball” …