Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Last Night At The Engine Shed.

Yesterday was the first time in a long time, since I hadn't written a blog post.   Well it seems to me it has been a long time since I started blogging every day.   It was in fact the 7th of February I started blogging every day, so not that long ago.   I was doing so well.   Anyhoo, the reason being was I was out last night supporting a charity event at The Engine Shed in Lincoln, to support Lincoln City FC as they had a managers 'battle' to raise money for St. Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln, LCFC Sport and Education Trust (SET) and Lincs2Nepal.

The Engine Shed holds a lot of events, and gigs and we have bands perform there in the past such as Kings of Leon, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian, and comedians such as Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Russell Howard to name but a few.   It is really very popular in the city.   I remember the very first gig I saw there, and that was The Pigeon Detectives.   They were brilliant.   At the time, I had heard of them, but I hadn't heard any of their music, but they were amazing.

Anyway, so last night the manager of Lincoln City FC, Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky entered a battle of the wits to raise money for charity.   It was all set up like 'A Question Of Sport' with a referee, and my dad, Alan, who is the football clubs Supporters Liason Officer, doing the microphone introductions and presenting the whole thing to a crowd of a few hundred, not sure exactly how many.   And it was being recorded as a radio show as well for a later date.   The audience was divided into two halves (one team for Danny and one team for Nicky) I was on Nicky's team, and we had the opportunity to join in too as the lads were asked questions all about Lincoln City football club and their time there as a management team.   I really enjoyed the evening.  They even had audience participation.   It was a lot of fun.   Dad did well too, and my mum enjoyed it as well.   Our team lost...but hey ho, haha!   It was all for charity.  We don't know the exact figure that was raised yet, but we should find out in a couple of days.   It was a really great night and it was a lot of fun.

So I was a bit wrecked when I got home last night, and that was after my mum, dad and I stopped for a McDonalds, which I hadn't had in ages.   This was why I didn't do a post last night, so I do apologize for that.   I know I was doing so well with my daily blogging, but I just needed my bed when I got home.  I was really grateful to have a day off today too.   That definitely worked out well for me.   Been a bit tired today.   It's my age.   Plus, I generally don't drink all that much now either, not as much as I used to anyway, which of course isn't a bad thing.   I only had four VK apples, not the strongest thing in the world, but....well lets just say I slept well.

Today I have been as lazy as hell, apart from doing some ironing this afternoon.   Watched a bit of TV, been on the net, watched Q.I, but now decided to get into bed to do this post, whilst having a cup of tea and making my way through a packet of Ginger Nut biscuits.  Which are very nice.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Update: Just heard there was over £7000 raised so far for the three charities, which is amazing I am so pleased.   It was a great evening.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Start Of Another Week.

I have had a nice day today, by not doing an awful lot, which might sound a bit bad, but you know...it's Sunday.   Wasn't working today which was good.   I don't generally mind working Sundays anyway, I just prefer not to work on the Sunday after my holiday like I did last week.

Today I have been doing a bit of cleaning, cleaned the bathroom, tidied up in my room that kind of thing.   This evening I spent some time deciding on an outfit for tomorrow night because I am going to a charity event at Lincoln City Fc, so that should be a nice evening.  Tomorrow is actually the only day I am finishing early (4.15pm) so that is really handy.  Then I am off on Tuesday which is nice.

Tonight I watched Transformers: The Last Knight, which was really cool.   Very entertaining, lots of action, and to be perfectly honest, this one was a hell of a lot better than the last Transformers movie, Age Of Extinction, I kid you not, I have just had to look up what it was called because I couldn't remember.   Yeah it was that bad.   In my opinion anyway.   The Last Knight was much better.   It had a much better storyline, I really loved the King Arthur and Merlin references in it.   And Anthony Hopkins!   He was brilliant.   It is definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it yet.

The snow hasn't been too bad today but it does look a bit icy out there tonight, and it is bitterly cold.   Hopefully it won't be too bad tomorrow morning when I am off to work.  Don't start till 11am though.  A bit of a lie in, woohoo.   I have also been watching a couple of episodes of Designated Survivor tonight too.   It's a really great show, and it does seem to be getting better as the series is going along.

So I wonder what this week will bring?!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Had A Change Of Department.

First off, I would like to just take the opportunity to express my hatred for the snow right now.   It is currently snowing still, however it is just that kind of fine, hard, sleety snow that you can see being blown across the roads and pavements.   I still hate it.   I had to drive to work in that this morning!   And on the way home.   And people were over-taking me at 60mph (or something)  It was stupid.   It wasn't fun.   They are calling it 'The Beast From The East' on the news.   Wonderful....

We were really short staffed in work today.  Not on my Homewares department, but on the Accessories department on the ground floor of the House Of Fraser store.   Coincidently, I started off working on the Accessories department when I first started working for the company some fifteen years ago, so it wasn't new to me, well, the stock was obviously, but I really enjoyed it.   I found today I still don't mind tidying handbags.   Plus it gave the opportunity to check out all the Ted Baker handbags I would love to own.   I spent most of today either serving customers, and it was really busy down there being a Saturday, but also I helped out finishing off price-checking and satoing (putting stickers on) their sale stock.   Being totally honest, I really enjoyed the day.  It was something different from what I am used to, and something I had not done for a long time.   It was good.   The day seemed to just fly by too.

One of the things I did notice was the amount of customers that came on that department in a short space of time, compared to what it is normally like on Homewares.   A lot of the customers that come onto Homewares usually go to our Buy and Collect, and then maybe they might buy something on the department afterwards, but it depends.   Homewares was apparently 'dead' today.   Normally I would have blamed that on the snow, because it has been bad today, but considering how busy it was on Accessories, and the Menswear department which is opposite, I am not so sure.  Strange really.   Perhaps we need to do something more to promote the Home department?....

Anyway.   I did really enjoy the day.  We have got so many scarves.  That was what I was mainly pricing up today.  And they kept falling off the bloody hangers.   If that is all I have to complain about though, that's not bad.  

I also finished at 4.15 today, which was really cool, particularly as the weather was bad it meant I could get home before the worst of it hit.   Spent the evening watching The Chase, Q.I and An Evening With Jane McDonald, which was really good.  She is such an incredible singer, and she looks so stunning too.  I really enjoyed the show.

All in all an interesting, but a certainly good day.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Friday, 16 March 2018

DCs Legends Of Tomorrow.

I have had the place to myself this evening, as the folks have gone out for dinner, so I decided to have a little 'session' of watching Legends Of Tomorrow on Now TV.  It is really very good.  I am on still series 1, but I am getting the hand of the characters and how it all ties in with the Marvel world.   From what I have seen so far it is very well done.

The first thing I noticed about it was it stars Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, and who was in Doctor Who.   I did love that series of Doctor Who he was in, and it was with Karen Gillan as Amy Pond.   So now they have both starred in Marvel 'works' because Karen Gillan stars in Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy.   That is pretty cool for two Brits if you ask me.

I also love Wentworth Miller in Legends of Tomorrow (formally in Prison Break, which I have not seen either.   I do find his character Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold, a bit cocky, but I love him.  I think so far he is my favourite character in the show.   I do like Caity Lotz as Sara as well.   She's cool, and she's feisty too. And I also recognized Victor Garber, who in my opinion, doesn't look like he has changed since he made Titanic some 21 years ago.  How weird is that?!


Today in work I was busy checking tickets and prices on the Bathshop department.    Apparently, it had been done but....it wasn't, because I found absolutely loads on there today that were wrong.  If we had had the auditors come in today, we would have failed.   Badly.

Anyhoo.  I did enjoy my little Legends Of Tomorrow binge watch.   Was also introduced to the character of Arrow in the show that I saw tonight too.   Might have to give that show a watch at some point as well.   For now I will just keep on watching Legends Of Tomorrow, because it's really very entertaining.

On a final note, this is my 100th post on Sarah's DreamScapes woohoo! I am so pleased.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday 15th March.

For some reason today I really feel like it should be a lot later on the week.   Like it should actually be Saturday, and that would mean I would be off tomorrow if it was.   It was so strange for me to have yesterday off work.   I never get Wednesdays off ever.

Today was mostly taken up with price checking as much as possible, as we do have our audit coming up....any time from now and the end of March.   Like a lot of places, we never know exactly when we will get it, but it does have to be before the end of the month.   I spent today checking prices, mainly on photo frames, on the shop floor and in the stockroom, and let me tell you....we have a hell of a lot of photo frames.   Oh yes, before I forget, I also dropped one of these frames today.   Technically it fell the shelf, but it fell, and smashed into a million tiny glass pieces.   Luckily the day got better after that, but still could have done without it.

I also spent a bit of time in the stockroom checking frames and a few vases that were in there.   Found quite a few.   They all had tickets on, but they were all the wrong prices, and that means a mark against us in audit if something is found with the wrong price on.   My day went really quick to be fair.  Apart from the rain we had this morning, it was a good day.

Tonight I caught up with the Great British Bake Off for Stand Up For Cancer and that was really good.  Perri, who is in Diversity won.  He was really good.  I did love Stacey Solomon's rainbow unicorn creation.   That was really cool.  And Nick Hewer, with those bloody choux buns, that was hilarious.   He did make a bit of a mess of than.   It was such a good show tonight I really enjoyed it.

Now I am just about to tuck into a Cadbury's cream egg and I cannot wait.   They are my favourites.   You can so tell Easter is round the corner.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

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