Busy again

Dog under the table, surrounded by feet
Effie at one of the parties. No she’s not mine.





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Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly, just because
July and August means lots of people are visiting the observatory, which means lots of guiding work for me. Great! I accept as much as I can, because I know work will be scarce in the autumn. I’m also making a real effort to exercise for my health. It’s working – I have more energy and the weight’s slowly coming off, but it does take up time. So does cooking healthy meals.

I’ve also been having fun. Three parties in one week, my goodness. This is not normal for me, and I couldn’t have kept it up, but it was great fun while it lasted.

Meanwhile my smart phone died. Well, not exactly died. Ever since March, it’s had a habit of resetting at random intervals, which was very irritating. I didn’t think there was much point taking it back to the shop at that point, because it was bound to work perfectly while I was there, only to fail again as soon as I got home, right?

The resets gradually increased, until they were happening every few minutes and sometimes before I could finish the swipe pattern to log back in again. Of course that happened in the middle of the week with three parties so I didn’t have time to get to the shop until Saturday.

The phone’s gone off for repairs and I’m using my old not-very-smart phone. It took some fiddling to get my contacts back and to make space for WhatsApp, Calendar and Evernote, which are the apps I can’t live without but I seem to be up and running again.

And now I have to dash off to work.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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