Not having much* luck importing stuff over from LJ :-/ Not sure if it's cos the site's already overloaded with droves of dismayed sometime diarists, or if it's through some fault of my own.
Have had to wade through lots of WI** paperwork the last 48 hours or so, trying to find answers to someone else's urgent questions - my Lawd, that got stressful, but ultimately cheering, because guess what?? As a result, I had to turn to the internet, where I discovered:
As our local delegate, I get an all expenses paid, two nights away trip to Liverpool to argue the toss with several thousand women at the National Federation of Women's Institutes' Annual Meeting in a couple of months time, yippeeeeeee!!! With guest speaker Susie Dent, of lexicography, etymology and Countdown fame: RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS. Add into all that the fact that a large part of my heart belongs to the north of England, but I haven't made it north of Wolvo since 2004; and that I'll be doing so 'under my own steam' (ie without having to beg favours or financial assistance off family members), and this all makes me feel really thrilled with my recent progress, confidence and mental health wise. And a lot of that's undeniably down to WI, and the support and strength I've found at my particular Institute.
So yeah, I was all yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! LIVERPOOL HERE I COME!!!! till a couple of hours ago, when *some*one called a general election for the day after the Annual Meeting. Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhh. So this could turn out to be a real test of my manners, shall we say. WI women can be kind and supportive and funny, but a fair few of 'em can also be kneejerk rightwingers. And by then, feelings will be running high. And I'll probably be having to share a bedroom with someone chosen at random.
Fun fun fun!!
Feeling surprisingly calm and optimistic, still, however, though I'm sure this will be tested across the next couple of months. Well, the sun's out.
Should probably try to crutch it out of the house for a bit before it goes back in again, even if only as far as the postbox.
God, it's a relief to be able to write like this again, without faffing around with filters and the like.
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BEFORE NEXT SHOWER, REMEMBER
* one crutch good, two crutches better
* grabbing stick as well = even better
* take at least one sock into bathroom
* put sock and right leg of trews on BEFORE pneumatic moonboot
* you will get very tired, standing on one leg in shower, and negotiating yr carcass in and out of bath and onto/down from one good leg; so if there's anything you can do beforehand, DO IT beforehand
**Women's Institute, rather than TV's Wisconsin