Nov25

Written by:Driper
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 

A few weeks have passed and not a great deal has been going on but a lot of planning has been happening. Having said that we (Freda, Connor and I) planned a 10km run for a few weeks ago. The unfortunate thing was that the weather was expected to be garbage (very wet, not good for a run) for the next 4 days, we didn't realise that getting there would be 40 pounds each and we had Neil's (Carmel's boyfriend) birthday the night before the run.
We eventually decided not to go and then the weather on the day would have been perfect for running, cool but dry. Oh well. We can say I entered a 10km run, nobody has to know we didn't finish.

A few weeks have passed and not a great deal has been going on but a lot of planning has been happening. Having said that we (Freda, Connor and I) planned a 10km run for a few weeks ago. The unfortunate thing was that the weather was expected to be garbage (very wet, not good for a run) for the next 4 days, we didn't realise that getting there would be 40 pounds each and we had Neil's (Carmel's boyfriend) birthday the night before the run.
We eventually decided not to go and then the weather on the day would have been perfect for running, cool but dry. Oh well. We can say I entered a 10km run, nobody has to know we didn't finish.

Freda and I have finally worked out how to do some more travel while we are on this side of the planet. There is a tour operator Freda previously used in Italy (Bus About) who run a tour all around Europe (and other places). It's a reasonable scheme. For about 650 pounds per person we can travel around Europe by bus nearly anywhere from May till October. We can even stop and come back to our trip. We have decided that we will do most of our travel from the end of July till mid October (nope, its not a typo, its a huge break we hope). We will go from the UK to Ireland for two weddings and to spend some time with family and friends then start our holiday.
We plan to go to Croatia for a week sailing (well, motor sailing I expect). We now have Neil, Carmel, Jenni and Ryan all coming on the Croatia sail which should be awesome. We then start our tour of Europe visiting all the well known spots and a number of others. So far around 30 stops are planned. Then we will finally wander our way back home. Obviously with these mega plans comes the need to save so weekends are a little less busy at the moment. We will be spending xmas and new year in Ireland which will no doubt be great.
I just got news that my contract has been extended to the end of March which is great news (not bad considering I was only meant to be there for a few weeks). CACHE support a worthy cause run here in the UK called Children In Need. As part of that cause we had a number of competitions for staff to enter and an auction of donated goods. I manage to loose the arm wrestling contest (I drew last years champ, well at least that is my excuse).
Then we had a chili eating contest. I love chili and thought I might have a shot. You can see the actual contest (Chili Contest) but the real interesting part was what happened afterwards. I didn't realise (neither did anyone else) that the sauce we used (Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce) was rated at something in the region of 250,000 Scoville (Dave's sauce on Wikipedia). For the next 4 hours I was unable to function (as were a few of the other competitors), I could not move. My entire body was either burning up or freezing cold within minutes of each other. I could feel my chest cavity burning, like someone was trying to light a fire inside my body. It wasn't until the next day that I finally felt normal. The bottle does say not to use more than a drop as part of a complete meal and this is one warning I will heed next time I pickup a bottle of chilli sauce. I did manage not to be physically sick and although other member of the competition say they did either I have my doubts.

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