Nice long weekend

I booked Friday off work so that I could help Cheryl pack up and move to her new place over the long weekend. Most of her things were packed by Friday afternoon and so we began moving things by hand to the new place half a mile away. We got a couple of runs of help from her friend Peter who had hired a van with his friend, so that helped a fair bit. We decided to watch Shutter Island before going to sleep, but Cheryl was asleep inside of an hour, and I was falling asleep too, so we just turned it off.

On Saturday Gordon came and gave us a couple of trips in his car, which moved out the vast majority of everything that was left and his help was absolutely invaluable. I will be making sure he has a plentiful supply of alcohol next time we’re out. 😀

After moving that stuff we went to Asda in Hyson Green and when we got back we decided to just hang out and watch films. We finished Shutter Island from the night before, and then Cheryl made me watch Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. We then began watching Fearless, but I realised I’d seen it before, and it was pretty late, and Cheryl was pretty drunk. I made her some scrambled eggs because she randomly decided she wanted some, and then we went to sleep.

On Sunday we caught the train back to Mansfield. My next-door neighbour gave us a lift back to Crown Street, which was very nice and helpful. We watched most of the England vs. Germany game at my house. :'( From there we headed to my sister’s house because it was her birthday. We hung out there for a couple of hours and then it was time to head back to Nottingham before the trains stopped running.

Rather than going straight home we called Rik to see if he fancied some drinks. Turned out that he did, and was already in The Three Wheatsheaves. We went and met up with him, Mike, and Tom and were joined by John and Hannah (unless I got their names wrong). After a couple of drinks we headed back to Cheryl’s old flat to gather the last remaining items and then took them over to the new place. There shouldn’t be any more stuff to move now, and it’s just a matter of finding a place for a thousand pairs of shoes.

Cheryl finds out her uni results today, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for her. 🙂

Birthdays, bad news, and buying furniture

On Friday I found out that JonP’s dad Peter had died the previous day. It’s really sad news and I can’t believe it happened. It was so completely unexpected as far as I knew. Dave, Len, and I went over to see JonP, Emma, and family over at Peter’s house and we stayed there until the early hours of the morning. I learned that you have to say your glass is half full no matter how much liquid is in it unless you want someone else to drink it for you.

Carly came to see everyone at one point. When it reached midnight it was her birthday, and also Peter’s brother-in-law George’s. We wished them all a happy birthday, which was quite strange considering the circumstances of the gathering. We left Peter’s house at 5am and went to McDonalds to get breakfast just as they opened. It was pretty nice at that time. Len caught a taxi back to Nottingham and Dave and I caught a taxi back to our houses.

I slept until about mid-day on Saturday and woke up feeling really hot even though it was overcast outside. Lizz was planning to go to Ikea, so I went along. We had all the usual arguments as we went around and eventually settled on a pair of wardrobes that are 236cm tall. That’s pretty much all the way to the ceiling in our bedroom. After we’d collected everything we began to wonder if it would all fit in the car or not. I called Dave to see if it would be possible to get his help if it wouldn’t fit in our car. He said there’s no way it would fit in his. It’s a good job we managed to get it all in our car. 🙂 The drive home was not a comfortable one for me as I had to sit on a folded-down seat crouched over like a hunchback. I couldn’t lean back because there were boxes beside me. I was glad to get home.

We constructed one of the wardrobes and then Dave and Emma came over to call for us. Lizz said she had to stay to work on the wardrobe because there were no doors or shelves or anything. I went along and we watched Yes Man at Hayley’s house before Hayley dropped us back off at home again.

Lizz went for a bike ride on Sunday, and so I got to work on the second wardrobe. I had just got it standing when Lizz’s dad and Philip arrived with the chicken coop. We moved that to the back garden. Lizz and her mum got back and we all hung out in the garden while Lizz’s dad put some rubber on top of the coop to keep the rain out.

When everyone had gone Lizz and I went upstairs and finished off the wardrobe and tidied up. Lizz got her clothes sorted out for the first time in a very long time and I think it made her very happy indeed. I didn’t have any coat hangers left over, so I’ll have to sort mine out later on.

I spent a while playing Burnout Paradise and managed to gain another couple of trophies, which is nice. Then Lizz and I relaxed on the sofa and watched an episode of Battlestar Galactica before I went upstairs to bed before Lizz because I was so tired.

A very mixed, eventful, busy weekend. Looking forward to a more relaxing one soon!