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May 2014

A Day Not Being Mum

 

I am lucky that when I go to any theme park, I do not have to worry about what rides I can and cannot go on, I say that because this year I took Kelly to Thorpe Park and normally when Kelly goes to such places she has her boys with her who can only go on certain rides because of height restrictions or the fact the ride might be a little to fast or scary for them, even if you have the luck of going with another adult and doing the parent swap idea where one queue's up, go on the ride and then they swap places after the ride, it is still very much a long-winded process that can really eat into your day at the theme park.  So this trip to Thorpe Park was extra special for Kelly as it was just an adults day out.
I wanted it to be extra special for Kelly by taking the driving element out for her and so I picked her up about 7:30am and took a pleasant drive there, allowing for plenty of time and hoping not to get caught into much traffic, we arrived with plenty of time on our hands and had a good hour before the park actually opened and so drove a few miles down the road to find somewhere open to grab a coffee and a snack.  We found a garage that served Costa coffee and sticky cake treats and it had a nice private parking area, so I parked up and broke the rule of allowing people to eat and drink in my car, well it was a special day out.

After we had our cake and coffee we headed back to Thorpe park and this time when we arrived there were a few more cars and it was time to grab a parking bay and head to the gates and wait for them to open.  Like so many other visits I wanted to get the biggest rides out of the way and so headed straight to ‘The Swarm’ but today the ride was closed so we headed for ‘Saw’.

I had in my mind a plan of action that we would try and get as many main attractions out of the way at the start of the day and then if we wanted to go on them again I would buy fast track tickets for the individual rides.  That was a special treat for Kelly as she had no idea that I was going to do that for her, I wanted her to experience the top rides in the best position, it is known as a pole position, it is front row seats. 

The weather had turned out to be quite hot, in fact, hot enough to go on the wet rides in the middle of the day rather than at the end of the day when you do not mind getting a little wet.  How is it though, that Kelly actually did not get very wet at all, I took most of the soaking, oh well the day was hot enough that I dried off very quickly, we did, however, give ‘Tidal Wave’ a miss, that was taking getting wet to the extreme. 

The park was not busy so we did lots of rides several times and then only needed to do fast-track for three of the rides to be able to sit in pole position, we even managed to spend some time in the arcade and I had to have a go on the claw grabber machines and I won a cuddly toy, we also spend a few pounds in two pence’s on the penny flips and Kelly won a few things for the boys. 

All in all the day turned out brilliant, we had time to ride on all the rides, some several times, stop and have a spot of lunch with time to rest, go on the water rides and dry out and collect ride photos at the end of the day and then leave before the park closed, we actually left when we were tired and could not rid anymore.  Kelly and I are looking forward now to the next theme park visit later in the year.

Contacts Trail - Day One

 

I think with everyone who wears glasses, they get to a point where wearing them is inconvenient or they simply forget to have them to hand when they need them, like an unexpected meal out and you need them to read some small print on a menu and they are at home on your desk, so at times like this contact lenses seem to be the best option.
I went to my opticians and enquired about wearing lenses and I have taken one of these free trials, it lasts five days with five pairs of daily disposable contact lenses and a teaching session on how to put them in.
I was quite nervous when I arrived at the opticians but soon overcome that and my only stumbling block was not putting something in my eye, it was being able to lift my top eyelid high enough to be able to get the lens in as every attempt the lens would catch my eyelashes and prevent a successful insertion.
Getting them out is even easier and that has not proved to be a problem.
I am quite surprised how comfortable the lenses are and after not thinking you have them in your eyes you do forget they are there.

Contacts Trial - Day Two

 

Day two of the contact lens trial and from last night I noticed that the lenses did not feel as strong as my glasses so I popped back to the opticians to discuss my concerns and I was told that they will never be as strong due to the fact they sit in your eye, unlike glasses that sit a short distance from your eye.  So do I put up with the slight difference in lens strength over convenience?
I give up, it cannot be that hard to get them in, really it is supposed to be an improvement, not a headache and with half an hour to get one lens in and failed and one wasted set, I will now have to try again tomorrow as my eye is so bloodshot from today's attempt. Nothing is worth this much hassle, is it?

Contacts Trial - Day Three

 

After yesterday's failed attempt it has put me off attempting today and then coupled up with my right eye still feeling sore from yesterday, bugger me if I'm going to attempt to poke about with my eye again.  I am going to leave it a few days before having another go at it as a friend suggested.
So in the meantime, I am going to write a list of pros and cons for wearing lenses and then take a step back and see if it is really worth the hassle of wearing lenses over glasses.