... how to become invisible! Shall I share the secret? All you have to do is stand in the foyer of your local supermarket with a charity collection tin. Most people can't see you! I spent 2 hours on Friday and 2 hours yesterday doing just that and was amazed at how many people couldn't see me.
Actually, yesterday was one of those days when I shouldn't even have got out of bed. It started when I got up and realised I had given Mrs Nomad my last capsule of hot chocolate so there wasn't one for me to have for my breakfast. Then Mr Fixit couldn't get any more when he went to our local supermarket, so not more hot chocolate for me for a few days.
Then I went off to do my charity bit. When I got there, no-one had notified the front desk I was coming, so there was a delay while they checked that the hospice had been given permission for someone to be there. When they decided I was official, I went off to the foyer. I knew where I wanted to stand, but when I got there, there was a woman already there with a stand set up and she was giving out leaflets for double glazing, new kitchens, conservatories, etc., so I parked myself opposite her. This woman (who I called Snotty Lady) promptly told me I couldn't stand there as "they" didn't allow someone to stand opposite someone else like that. (Wonder why I didn't ask who "they" were?). So I moved - a bit. Now in the UK if you have a collecting tin you are not allowed to rattle it to try and attract people's attention, but Snotty Lady was accosting everyone as they came in and out and asking them if they wanted a leaflet. Of course, because she was talking directly to them, they answered her, and then scurried on without making any eye contact or anything. I would be surprised if I collected more than £5 in 2 hours. I was cold, and fed up when I got home.
In the afternoon I had some cards and packages to send overseas, so I was doing the postage online, but the site was running so slowly that it all took so long I actually said to Mr Fixit that I thought it might even have been quicker to go and stand in a queue at the post-office, although queues can take 20 minutes there at the best of times, and at Christmas it's just downright silly.
Then I went to see my father. We were busy chatting, and it got to about 7.15pm so it was time for me to leave cos the results show from Saturday's Strictly Come dancing, would be starting at 7.20. That's when my father checked for me and told me it had started at 7 pm! Whaaat? It always starts at 7.20. I got home in time to see the final dance-off.
See what I mean? I should have just stayed in bed all day.
Anyway, don't forget there is still time to vote in the Christmas Parade, here, by clicking on the *Like* underneath the photo. Then you can enter the Hostess Trivia quiz here and the Mysterious Festive Mysteries quiz here. There are prizes too for the quiz entries, and the Christmas Parade entry with the most votes.