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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Reasons why Fran can now work in her study again

The Boiler Man has been.

If you want to know why that's even A Significant Thing, see this post from last Sunday

He took out a spanner, said, 'Yeah, I know what this is,' turned a screw, and bingo! The boiler has been renamed Whisperer. I do not have words for the relief I feel. I will just offer you these comparative situations in an attempt to explain.

I get the same level of relief when I ....

- have eaten a bar of chocolate and when I read the calories it says '100' where I was expecting '300'.

- wake up after a dream in which forty children are rioting in my classroom, lobbing doughnuts at each other and shouting 'Out, teacher, out!'

- leap out of bed thinking it's a Friday and that I'm an hour late for school, then realise it's a Saturday

- find a seat on the bus next to a string-thin person so that they don't have to commune with my thigh

- watch a string-thin person get on the bus and take the seat not next to mine

- realise I am in a cafe, alone, with a book, and have forgotten to bring the marking I intended to do

- get a phone call from the administrator at school saying, 'You know we wanted you to cover another teacher's absence and take a Year 9 PE lesson in the last lesson of this afternoon? The teacher came back.'

 - take my shoes off after a day on my feet and snuggle them into soft slippers

- realise that the wasp in my hair isn't a wasp

- get on a train at Leamington with a Prosecco-swilling screeching cussing hen party dressed in pink handkerchiefs who all get off at Banbury 15 minutes later

- find that the homework essay a student accused me of losing was in her bag all along

- snuggle into bed on a winter's night and realise that Book at Bedtime is on the radio and not some late-night unfunny sketch show that Radio 4 has labelled comedy

- realise that the three buzzing flies pirouetting around the room while I try to write/read/mark have finally located the window

- when I realise that I hadn't pressed 'Reply to All' 

22 comments:

  1. Haha! You do me in Girl. My favourite one is the wasp in the hair. I've often wondered why you hum when you walk. Enjoy your whispering boiler ☺️

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    1. The wasp in the hair ... it turns me into a leaping dervish.

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  2. Happy to know that all is well again in your world!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. I'm loving its whispery noises now.

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  4. If the boiler ain't happy, no one is happy!

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  5. .. how fabulous your boiler is now whispering.. great news.. xxx Barb xxx

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    1. Thanks, Barb. It is indeed good news of great joy and we are grateful to the Boiler Angel for sorting it.

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  6. The boiler whisperer has tamed the beast. We once had a boiler that sounded like a steam train and could have done with a boiler whisperer then.

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    1. I wanted to kiss him. I didn't, obviously ...

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    2. If you had kissed the previous boiler man, you might have gotten a whispering boiler sooner!!

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    3. I've written that down to remind me next time...

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  7. I love that moment when the buzzing flies all find the window at once, I get to spray or swat them all at once instead of leaping about the room like a ballet dancer chasing one at a time.
    Thank goodness your boiler got fixed and how lucky thta it was just a loose screw!

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    1. Flies are such a nuisance. There's no ignoring them, and that's the way they like it!

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  8. That's relief all right lol. Thank goodness.

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    1. Indeed. My heart rate has slowed considerably.

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  9. Made me think of how we felt when , years ago , our neighbours emigrated .
    Though maybe we were the reason they went ....

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    1. Oh dear ... we had a neighbour once who admitted that, because of the noise our teenagers made, she sometimes went to sit in the bathroom as that was the only place it was quiet. Oops. I still feel bad about that.

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    2. Mind you, the kids did play drums, piano and flute. That could've contributed.

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    3. With their musket , fife and drums ?
      Yes , we've had neighbours like that .

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