I had the good foresight to take Friday off work, as I had expected to be suffering from post Charity Chuckle blues/hangover. Turns out I didn't really, quite the opposite - I was up early and still on a high from the success of the night. As Joe was staying at Auntie Amy's house we offered to have Isaac for the night, and he was fantastic! OK we had to surrender television for the night so he could get his fix of Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Tombliboos, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and of course Ninky Nonk (ok I had to google some of them, I couldn't remember them all!).
He was quite taken by our new goldfish, Elvis and Priscilla, and insisted on feeding them, a lot! We played our usual game of 'crawl round on Uncle Dan's head while he lays down', and snuggled up on the sofa in an attempt to get him to sleep. It never worked. He finally fell asleep at 'ahem' o'clock (can't be too precise in case his Mam and Dad read), and didn't hear a peep out of him until 7am. Great stuff! We dropped him back off and got on with our busy Saturday.
It was Grand National day and so I done my bit as bookies runner and headed off to the Hartlepool match with Dad. Incidentally, I picked up my winnings today (£3.50), but it cost me a lot more than I got back! With Pools facing relegation today it was a must win game, as is every remaining fixture, and it turned out they actually did win! There is still a tiny bit of hope in staying up, but it's going to need a large slice of luck.
Saturday night was poker night - there was 8 of us playing, but looking in the recycling bin this morning you would have thought there was 20! Nat played the perfect hostess as always and left chilli and rice for the lads, and pie and peas for those who prefer normal food. One invited critic said this of the food:
"Mouth watering dish that danced around in the mouth 10 out of 10"
Les Blakeman (former London food critic)
Despite my hazy recollections, I think we played 6 games, and with 4 different winners, the money was spread out. What we did learn from the night was that Matthew had a secret past in the music industry, Shifty has a well practised technique for completely emptying a shot glass of vodka jelly, and I have a salad crisper, hoorah! Oh and it is much better clearing up on the night no matter how late it is than facing it on a Sunday morning.
I'm hoping to spend a bit of time organising my C2C trip, and updating websites, but more of that later.