I was looking forward to writing a post this week.
It was going to be full of shiny things, of news about all the stuff that Ifan and I were going to have done in the course of his week staying with us. The new social layer, our algorithm for new courses, all sorts of shiny things.
But, of course, as some of you will already have sensed, the whole idea was predicated on us having some electricity.
Silly of us, really.
There’s been a bit of a storm here, you see, and trees falling down all over the place, including one blocking the street just outside our house. It’s been lying gracefully against the power lines, like a respectable matron doing her best to hide how much she’s been drinking at the local charity ball.
So here’s the news for SSi, fresh from the cutting edge: we’ve been on holiday.
A duffel coat and woolly underwear, candle-lighting, telling stories about how much we used to love lights and central heating kind of holiday, but a holiday nonetheless.
In true SSi style, though, we have actually managed to get a few things done during this holiday!
We’ve talked through some of the initial tricky points of the new algorithm in fairly rigorous detail (and I more or less had to restrain Ifan from starting to code it immediately, which he’s not allowed to do until we’ve sold some Spanish lessons!), we’ve got a clear line on what needs to be done before we publish the new social layer (which should be about two or three weeks) and what we need to have another round of tests in terms of advertising those Spanish lessons – and Ifan got some bits of coding done in the day or two before the storm.
And inspired by my mother-in-law’s internet connection and laptop, I managed to get around to publishing the first ten sessions of our new Course 1 for Welsh, a mere six or seven months after getting Lleuwen’s permission to use some of her music as the intro and outro (in the belief that I was about to publish them!). We should have another five sessions ready in the fairly near future, and then it won’t be long before we can run our first tests for one day and two day immersion sessions. Interesting times ahead!
And in the most holiday-ish part of the week, Ifan took us all out for a meal on Tuesday night. We agreed on the grounds that we wouldn’t let him pay for the children, and then we carefully left all our cards and money at home, so he ended up footing an absurdly large bill, on a salary that’s much lower than it ought to be. Ahem. He’s extremely kind, so we’re planning on taking shameless advantage of him for years to come…:-)
Anyway, next week will be a little more productive.
I say that with confidence, not least because we’ve just heard that some insane engineer from Scottish Power has been dangling from the top of the relevant telegraph pole, in what looks like about a Force 10, clearly suffering from a dramatic lack of common sense – and has managed to reconnect us. Blessings upon him!