I've had a busy sort of week this week. Way back in January when I went to Wales, I tentatively made plans to go back in August. But then that all went up in the air with all the IVF stuff so I was never really sure whether I would be able to make it (plus my holiday hours at work were getting slightly stretched).
Well, since it didn't work I've got my August back again. The current plan is
to wait for the never-ending period to, y'know, end; wait for the next one to
show up, at which point I can get in touch with the hospital; then we'll have
about a six week waiting period before we can start the frozen embryo transfer.
I need something to occupy my time in the interim and a trip to Wales seems to
fit the bill quite nicely.
I discussed dates with my Mum on Tuesday and spent a chunk of Wednesday
looking at different transport options. At first it seemed like flying down was
the cheapest option, apart from the fact I would have to get some form of
photographic ID and take an extra day off work.
Then it was the train. I'd initially dismissed it based on the fact that a
return ticket Glasgow to Cardiff was £170! I'm not sure what made me do it, I
think I was half wondering if I could travel as a mix of bus and train, but I
looked at where the change was (Crewe) and checked out tickets from Glasgow to
Crewe. Suddenly a single was £11! And from Crewe to Cardiff it was only £19; a
far cry from the £150.50 for a single ticket from Glasgow to Cardiff. Getting my
tickets like that could reduce the bill from £170 down to around £70 (plus a
little extra for booking fees).
In the end it was a moot point though, the bus was even cheaper. And I've
done it before. Almost a year ago, in fact, when I travelled down to Gloucester
for my cousin's wedding. On that occasion I spent a day travelling down and came
back up overnight. This time around I'll be travelling down overnight and coming
back over the course of a day.
There's only one change to worry about in both directions, and although those
changes take place at different stations, they're both familiar to me. Plus it's
with National Express who have a helpful app to tell you where you are in your
route, if there are any delays and when you can expect to arrive. Oh, and as I
learned when we got heavily delayed on the way into Birmingham last year, if
your journey is booked with National Express all the way through then they make
sure you get to your destination. Even if delays on one coach mean you miss your
Next time I will look into flying though. I will get my passport updated and
will save myself some travelling time. All the same, I quite like long road
journeys. I like having time to read, listen to music, knit, or just be alone
with my thoughts. I used to spend hours and hours alone as a teenager but now
I'm a grown up I don't get to do that so much, so I'm quite looking forward to
having all that time on the road (whilst still having my phone for contact with
the outside world, and people around me should I need them).
Other than planning long road trips, I've been knitting loads. I lost my
knitting mojo for a while but Zebedee Zebra brought it back and I'm now working
on a Jean Greenhowe Christmas Crib. Thus far I've just cast on for my second Wise Man; I finished the first one yesterday. As usually happens with Jean's patterns, the main
body knitted up dead quick, but giving him his character is taking a little
while (not least because I managed to add in about an extra six rows of
stockinette to his robe – meaning I've worked about 312 more stitches than was
necessary! Oops!) But I love it, so I don't mind. I'm aiming to do two
characters a month so I'll have a full Nativity for my front window by
I'm also reading a lot more again. I'm getting caught back up on the Reading
Challenge (though I still need to get caught up on Goodreads). I've just finished 'a book
with antonyms in the title' and chose The Death and Life of Charlie St
Cloud which I got about two years ago and have kept on shuffling around my
bookcase ever since. It started out well but then took me completely by surprise
when it veered off into magic realism territory (one of my favourite genres,
when it's done well). And I've been informed there's a film of it as well,
definitely one I'm going to have to look out for!
Last week I received copies of Misha Gericke's books The Vanished Knight and The Heir's Choice, the first two books in The War of Six Crowns series. I kept visiting her blog and noticing the request for reviewers and kept on thinking I liked the sound of them, so was lucky enough to get some new reading material. Now I'm caught back up on the Reading Challenge I'm dipping into the first of the two, expect to see a review here shortly.
Now I'm obviously having to organise reading material for my trip away. I'm
not sure forty-six days is quite enough time to get that all in hand. Plus I
need to put the BBC audio production of The Lord of the Rings on my Kindle, I
tried doing it last year but managed to blow up my earphones shortly after
getting on the bus at Birmingham, couldn't get new ones until Carlisle and by
that point had kind of gone off the whole idea of an epic fantasy story.
What're your plans for the rest of the summer?