Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 9: Moanhog Day

...or something.  I just don't know any more.

I may have moaned about my landlord again.  But that's okay.  Because it doesn't count.

Here are some YouTube videos wot I just favourited.  Prompted by Claire.  "Sometimes", Claire?  Only "sometimes"?

And finally a Simon Pegg and Nick Frost one that you can't post on external websites. But you can watch it if you follow this link. It's my favourite.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 5: Weekend At Moanie's

Well, it was quite unlikely that I was ever going to post every day, especially as the very first weekend in Lent I went to spend a weekend in Somerset with Laura and eleven members of my immediate family.

Which was lovely, so that's my smile.  Especially playing my three-year-old nephew on the giant chess.  Which largely consisted of him removing all the pawns from the board and lining them up on the grass.

And if that's not enough for you, have yourself some nice facial hair.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 2: Moan Alone

See what I did there?  It's my day off today, so I've been at home (alone), and this is all about giving up moaning for Lent, so I made a clever film-based pun about it.  You might as well expect more of the same as this goes on.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

First though, I have a confession to make.  At about 9am I moaned a little (just a teeny tiny bit) about my live-in landlord.  But I pay him money for the privilege, so that doesn't count.  Right?  Plus I only realised I'd been moaning around 3 hours later.

Today I have mostly been amused by jokes about the upcoming UK Census via Twitter.  It started with @armyofdave providing the best argument I've seen yet for ticking the "No Religion" box, and for not digging up and re-animating the decaying corpse of a ten-year-old joke.

As @Cassetteboy says...

Here's the genuine Census Campaign website, by the way.

Then @cherryblack (via @silvermong) uncovered the mystery behind the missing question 17, before @malcolmcoles spoiled all the fun by telling us what the real reason is.

Finally, the ever reliable @davidschneider pointed us in the direction of the marital status question.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Day 1: This Is A Moan-Free Zone

On Sunday evening, whilst getting in some early pancake practice, Laura's brother asked her if she planned on giving anything up for Lent.  Without really thinking through all of the consequences, she announced that she would give up moaning.

And, being the obedient little puppy dog of a boyfriend that I am, I decided that I'd give it a go too.  I'm not at all religious (though I was brought up a Catholic), and I haven't given anything up for Lent since I was about 8 years old.  Come to think of it, I'm not even sure if I managed to successfully give up chocolate mice.

Never mind the inconsiderate bugger who decreed that Lent should start on a Wednesday, which just so happens to be my seven-lesson day.  (For those new to the blog, I'm a secondary school Maths teacher.)  The least they could have done was ease me in on a no-lesson Monday.  (For those new to the blog, I'm a part-time secondary school Maths teacher.)  Fortunately, the Year 10s are on work experience for the next fortnight, so I "only" had six lessons to contend with today.

And it went okay.  It wasn't one of those oh-too-rare days where I come home on a massive high, but it was quite nice.  There were lots of things I could quite easily have moaned about, but I didn't.  I shared some of them with colleagues, but I said most of them with a smile on my face, and didn't dwell.

This reminds me a little bit of being in Tanzania.  When somebody greets you in Swahili and asks you how you are, your responses are limited to the equivalents of "good", "cool", and "excellent".  Any kind of negative response is simply not done.  You can, if you wish, then go on to explain how you really are, but by then the tone is already set.
"Habari yako, bwana!"
"Safi, bwana, safi.  Nimepata malaria."
I'm now in a similar position.

So I thought I might as well embrace it.  I'm going to try to post about something that goes well or makes me smile every day.  And here is today's...