Thursday, February 19, 2009

In the park

Henrik and I went to the park this morning and he had a brilliant time playing. The slide is definitely his favourite, he could have spent hours sliding down. Unfortunately the steps are two high for him to climb up so I had to lift him up there and after 10 or 15 minutes I was too tired so we moved onto the see-saw which required a bit less effort on my part!

Henrik also really into metros/trains at the moment. If we walk from ours to Whitley Bay we cross a metro bridge and more often than not there is a metro going past when we are near it. He is starting to recognise the noise the metro makes before it is visible and he starts to get very excited. It is very sweet, he waves to it as it goes past.

Last Friday Henrik and I had lunch with the girls from work and took the metro into Newcastle. We also went and had a coffee with Katie from church. When we were having coffee (or tea and hot chocolate) there was a little girl sitting on the table next to us and Henrik gave her one of his big disarming smiles and the little girl ended up feeding most of her ice cream portion to Henrik who was very willing to eat it! On the way home Henrik had a treat as we sat on the first seat in the metro next to the driver, he got very excited by every metro which passed us.

Time seems to be flying by, it is nearly March! The evenings are starting to get lighter which is nice. It is nice to leave uni and it is still light. I had my second annual assessment for my PhD couple of weeks ago, hopefully I should hear soon how it went. I am doing more interviews at the moment so that's nice, something different to do :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I find Cadbury's chocolate too sweet but this advert nearly makes up for the overly sweet chocolate!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Weekend fun

Olly and Becky came up for the weekend and we had a very nice time doing nothing. Yesterday we went to the park and the highlight for Henrik was playing in the big puddle - forget the slides and the swings! We also had the tightest ever game of chinese chequers, Becky winning by one move.

We haven't seen much snow at all here over the last week, much to my disappointment the arctic conditions haven't made it to here in the north east. We've had a slight dusting but apart from that life has been going on here as usual. But I remain hopeful, there is always tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Henrik baking korvapuusti

Mums and toddlers

I was at mums and toddlers first time for couple of months. Jean has changed the days she looks after Henrik and instead of Wednesday he is at hers on Thursday so I got to go to mums and toddlers today.

It was funny to see how much all the little ones had grown. There were three mums who were pregnant when I was there last time in November and they all had had their babies. Henrik wasn't one of the small ones anymore, he was in the majority, definitely a toddler rather than a baby!

Henrik and I baked some korvapuusti couple of days ago. Henrik was doing really well for a while, rolling out the dough very nicely but then he got a taste of the dough and after that all he wanted to do was to eat the dough! I did try to tell him that eating too much yeasty dough is not good for your tummy, but he was not worried.

I had my second annual assessment on Monday, which means I've been doing my PhD for 21 months now, it's gone quickly. I had to check and count the months when the email came through from the graduate school telling me it was time to arrange my next assessment, I felt like I'd just had the last one. I should get the report in couple of weeks time but I think I should have passed comfortably.

I spoke at church on Sunday which was quite fun. My passage was Ephesians 2:1-10, all about us being brought to life by God so I spoke about transformation and change. It was funny preparing because all I could think of was a song we used to sing in a Sunday school about us being saved through grace as a gift of God (silla armosta me olemme pelastetut, emme tekojemme kautta ettei kukaan kerskaisi...)

Marks and Spencer's have their two packets of cookies for £2 offer on again so we have nice biscuits in the office again :)