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10 July 2016 @ 02:52 pm
Weekly Notebook  
Sunday: Ran in the Great North 10K with kargicq (will write up in due course!). Had a very pleasant lunch in the garden with his family before heading back to Manchester.

Monday: B. left for Texas early in the morning, while I headed to work arriving just in time for a morning of meetings.

Tuesday: Spent the day tying up various public engagement loose ends.

Wednesday: Two back to back Dangerous Science workshops sessions on "Programming AI" aimed at (I think) 17 year-olds which I'd got roped into running via a complicated sequence of events. The first was a bit dicey so I skipped lunch in order to regig the material. The second session went well. I then spent a hurried hour printing out leaflets and re-writing a brief for publicity material before getting to the railway station only to discover my train had been cancelled and the next train to Manchester only had two carriages so I was standing as far as Birchwood. I was fairly out-of-it by the time I got home, fortunately supper was planned to be pizza which has the virtue of being fairly mindless to prepare.

Thursday: More public engagement loose ends, plus reading things for the thing I'm doing tomorrow (apologies for the vagueness but a) I signed an NDA and b) the organisation involved seems to want everyone to believe they are one step behind the step they are actually at).

Friday: Read more of the things. Last day of school for G who was delighted to discover that nearly all her friends will be in her class next year. So delighted she recorded herself squeaking for joy on her phone as she walked home. She was less delighted with the sentence "She appears to enjoy Physical Education" that appeared in her report and spent some time complaining about it before conceding that Rounders and Netball were probably all right.

Saturday: Spent all day at the Daresbury Open Week Family Day with the Lego Rovers. 9,000 people had registered and I had over 250 at the Lego Rover stand. Daresbury supplied several volunteers to help me and I was impressed with the way they picked up the essentials of the activity and were able to communicate them to kids after minimal (and in one case non-existent) briefings. Unsuprisingly I had once again planned pizza for supper, though at least this time I had known I would be exhausted when I got back since I was going to be there for 10 hours with only a half hour break for lunch.

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liadtbunnyliadtbunny on July 10th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
A full week. I hope the pizzas were good ones:)
louisedennislouisedennis on July 12th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)
Well they were fairly bog standard pepperoni pizzas (that being the only type of pizza G. eats) but they hit the spot.