I may have done 12 hours' work on 7 hours' sleep yesterday, but it was all worth it for the girl I spoke to at the Stratford parents' evening who thought she'd made a real mistake in not applying this year. I told her that we're still accepting applications, that she can get there on the bus from Leam and that student loans aren't scary, and off she went with her prospectus to make an application. Brilliant. Then today I went to the Birmingham HE Fair at Aston, and had a great day speaking to loads of potential applicants. There were 5000 students there, and while Leicester gave away 210 prospectuses and De Montfort got rid of 490, we gave away...2762. Coventry rocks.
My brother rowed at the Henley Royal Regatta today which is a great achievement. His boat was beaten, but it was by a crew that broke the course record for the category so that's not too bad at all. I'll have to go next year as it sounds like mum had a great time. She was there with my grandad and they randomly dropped in on me on the way home, so I had a quite unexpected dinner at the Kenilworth Beefeater tonight which was lovely. I've also found out that the Bewdley Regatta is the day after mum's birthday, so I'll be able to go and watch Simon race on his home turf and eat fish & chips from the Merchant's chippy - it's always a fantastic day and I'm really pleased I can go. My parents are going to sponsor a race so we'll be able to go in the sponsors' tent as well and get free food. It probably won't be as posh as Henley though where you could apparently get a fish platter for £70!
As for last weekend - see Juicy's blog for a thorough update. Suffice to say it was fab and I had a great time despite once again causing myself utter mortification. Before the incident, that was such a brilliant night and I can safely say I've never had such a good time camping. It really reminded me of how fantastic my friends are too. :o) Don't fancy a repeat of that thunderstorm experience any time soon though!
This weekend is going to be very quiet - tennis and football all day Saturday and then I might wander out to the cinema on Sunday. I have dinner with Juicy on Friday to look forward to though. I used to look forward to quiet weekends but now I just get a bit bored by the end of them - good job I haven't got too many more coming up! I do really feel I should do something on Tuesday but I absolutely have to be sober on Wednesday for open day/teacher conference madness, so any suggestions for sober ways of celebrating one's singleton anniversary would be appreciated. Maybe I'll have to do something on Friday 7th instead - or this Saturday? I shall give it some thought.