12 July 2013

Despite the heat it'll be alright

Yesterday was a lovely day. John didn't get called in until the afternoon, so Mycroft accompanied us to see about suits in the morning. We've chosen! They measured us, so those are being adjusted now. We need to go back for a second fitting in a week or so.

Sherlock needs to come in too, if he wants a suit. He's a bit unsure.

Then in the afternoon Mycroft and I went to the park with the dogs and our guitars and we jammed :) He's a very good player. Very precise, meticulous. I'm not. He called me a 'fingering slob'. But we had a lot of fun. Then we headed off to fetch Sherlock from school, and all came home to cook John a nice dinner.

Today was sports day! John was on-call for medical emergencies, and also got roped into to 'running'...well...briskly walking....a race where you had to balance more and more hats on your head. It's the adult equivalent to the kids one where they have to stop and put on more and more clothing.

I completely failed in the sack race, got caught up in a pile-up! Involved far too much laughing and not enough racing for coach Sherlock, who said I 'didn't even TRY'.

Anyway, he'd also told me that I had apparently agreed to bake 'millions' of cakes for the school fete tomorrow.



So I've made a gluten-free orange and honey cake, chocolate-lavendar cake, and cupcakes - lemon, tiramisu, and banana with peanut butter. And some flapjack. And a chocolate fridge tray cake.

The slugs have been at the chard a bit in the allotment. Sherlock says we should get a hedgehog...

But other things are doing well. Beets, onions etc.

John took these pics:




And....as mentioned in the comments on John's blog...vomit and, er, intimate encounters.

Once upon a time, there was a boy I was...keen on. And finally, one night after clubbing, where I'd been doing my best to be noticed, he...invited me back to his.

All was going well. Very well. Until...I, er, tried to perhaps impress him a little too hard.

I can assure you that a lapful of puke meant nothing was very hard. And he wasn't impressed.


Anyway, between that and the cow story Sherlock reminded John of, I'm wondering if it isn't time for another one of those 'ask me anything' type posts. Not necessarily an upstanding column! Just...well, anything. Anon or not. I don't mind. Opinions, experiences, police work, whatever.

53 comments:

pandabob said...

your stories are some of the best that's for sure Greg ;-)

I'm glad you've had a fun couple of days, its nice that for once your time off work has been accompanied by sun :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah - nice to have something to look forward to during this morning's meeting too. Human trafficking is a massive problem, and clearly we need to work harder on it, but bloody hell, it's a depressing way to start a Friday!

Clearly that lad and I were not meant for each other...and it's led me to rather better things :)

pandabob said...

yeah that doesn't sound like much fun!!

Can I ask you a question? obviously you don't have to answer but I've often wondered how you deal with cases where you know someone is guilty but you just can't prove it.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm not sure whether that's worse than the kissing/vomit scenario or not...

Greg Lestrade said...

...what?? Definitly not worse! Surely nothing vomit-related is worse than someone else's vomit in your mouth!! He could just wash it off! and he'd have dried quickly with my face so red it heated half of London...

John H. D. Watson said...

There are other considerations! Like clothing and whether anyone had to walk home smelling of puke. Maybe I'm being overly practical. Or maybe I've just had too many people vomit on me.

Greg Lestrade said...

(Sorry, AnonyBob, I will answer once I've fiinshed discussing vomit with my intended ;) )

He didn't, we were at his. He did get a slightly puke-y bed...but that could have applied if he'd been puked on in the mouth too!

As an officer of the law, and therefore part-time professional vomit-recipient, I'd definitely rather have it on my clothes than in my mouth, personally. Is there a part of medical training where they ...somehow make that less horrific??

John H. D. Watson said...

No, not really. I mean, there's never a situation where you'd welcome vomit on any part of you, is there? It just happens.

Anon Without A Name said...

"fingering slob"

I just... I have no words. Or more accurately, I have rather too many words, absolutely none of which are suitable for this blog.

Although, having said that, your vomit story...

Greg Lestrade said...

There definitely isn't. I mean, apart from parenthood...where you've basically signed up for it, and...well, it's just part of the deal then, right? A bit like policing and medicine, except hopefully you like the vomiter a lot more!

Nameless... he has since reminded me he actually said I have very sloppy fingering. but that sounds even worse!! And what I'd written sounded bad enough... He just rolled his eyes when I tried not to laugh. And Danger gave me a look.

Kestrel337 said...

Can I just say how nice it is that you made a gluten free cake, and took Ramadan into account? As the parent of a child with multiple food allergies (and as a member of a minority religion), I'm always so touched when someone 1)remembers and 2)makes the extra effort to be inclusive.

Small Hobbit said...

Even as a parent you don't actually welcome vomit on you, it's more of an occupational hazard. But yes, you do like the vomiter more

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - I'm glad to say that, in my line of policing now, we do have a fantastic conviction rate. But...it's horrible. I swear a lot. I get angry - and you really can't let it show. I feel like I'm letting down the person who reported the crime horribly.

But also...if I can't prove it to a court, then, really, I can't prove it to myself, either. And I signed up to uphold the law, so...that's what I have to do. And the law isn't always right, sadly, in the way it works. But it's the best we have right now.

but generally, yeah, I'm not a great person to be around then. I do take it very much to heart.

Kestrel - I aim to please! I know there are kids at the school who are gluten/dairy/nut intolerant, so it's no hardship to avoid those things.

pandabob said...

fantastic conviction rates are good Greg :-)

not being able to find the right evidence has always struck me as a reason I could never do the job because obviously sometimes the evidence isn't there because they didn't actually do it however much someone is saying they did!

Thanks for taking time out from discussing vomit to answer the question ;-) You are right about it being part of the deal of parenting but as someone who has a serious issue with milk I find the first 6 months of a baby's life by far the worst thing in the world for vomit!!

Greg Lestrade said...

Well..it's sometimes easier to get a conviction for murder, because you've generally got a body, and therefore clues and history and all sorts to look at. It's harder for some other crimes, especially historical ones.

It can be very hard to keep an open mind sometimes.

I can imagine a problem with milk being...well, a problem!

(I am wondering if John will allow me back into our bed now I've admitted such vomit-related things! ;) )


Danger...guess we're not going to Russia on our honeymoon?

pandabob said...

milk input with a baby is not a problem because you never have to see it but milk output is just yuck!!

Good luck with finding somewhere to sleep if John's locked the bedroom door to protect himself ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

It's all right. I believe you've learned your lesson.

No, I think not. I mean...it would be quite a statement. But I'd as soon not get arrested in another foreign country.

Greg Lestrade said...

I have certainly learned...things since then.

Ah yes, I forgot you were going for some sort of arrest-bingo :) It would be slightly awkward to explain to my chief super that I couldn't come to work as I was in a Russian jail.

ro said...

Oh, wow! You really are the Cakemaster! What a yummy-sounding list! Much yummier-sounding than the conversation going on in the comments!!

That's exciting news about the suits! Do you think you'll go for a suit, Sherlock?

The Russian laws around homosexuality are really, really disappointing and horrifying. :(

Glad your beetroot is going well. I have a couple of huge beetroot in my root cellar (aka the vegie drawer!) - I should go and boil them up today. Yum. Beetroot & goat cheese ... mmmm.

Piplover said...

Yay for suits! It sounds like today was a great day for all. Is there any chance we can get the recipe for the gluten free cake? :)

When I was training to be an EMT my instructor told us about a time he had to give mouth to mouth without a shield. The guy vomited and my instructor had a corn colonel lodged up his nose. The point was to always, always use a shield if possible, but if you can't, well... Vomit happens.

Kestrel337 said...

Just wanted to add, my Mom always used stale beer to combat slugs. She'd pour it into a pie tin and put it near the plants that were being eaten. They crawl in and drown. But maybe that won't work at the allotment; rules and all that.

Greg Lestrade said...

Vomit does indeed happen. Often.

We have swum! Sherlock's life-saving involved more headlocks, strangulation and drowning of the 'victim' than was ideal...but he's getting there!

Now lunch has been eaten, cakes have been iced, and we must get to the fete.

I think there's a stall where kids can pay to throw wet sponges at people in stocks. I'm signing up for it.

Stay cool, everyone ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm melting. Sherlock is angry the dogs were drinking 'his' pond. Mycroft has undone a second button on his shirt. :)

Anon Without A Name said...

It must be baking in central London today. I managed about ten minutes in the sun in the back garden today before seeking the shade inside the house.

I hope everyone's enjoyng the fete (and the cakes) :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Sherlock's still claiming Phobos swallowed a frog...

rsf said...

Did any kids end up in the frog pond? Or volunteering for being on the receiving end of the sponges?

Does London have splash parks/fountains? There's a picture of one in Boston here if you're not sure what I mean. Last week it was so hot here all the grownups were in there too!

Greg Lestrade said...

There were sponges, lots of water pistols and the hosepipe! It started out with everyone for themselves, ended with lots of kids against a couple of teachers, John and I and a couple of other parents.

Sherlock said...

We don't have them Lestrade said there was one for a bit on Southbank but he doesn't think it was there last year I wish we did it's stupid in London when it's hot.

Greg Lestrade said...

Anyone else got the Ashes on? Bit exciting, isnt it!?

pandabob said...

I hope you're having a good evening after your fun day guys :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

...you know, melting, still... completely unsure how Sherlock's metabolism works. Thinking about eating a Magnum...

You? :)

pandabob said...

that sounds like fun but definitely eat the magnum :-)

I'm sitting in the dark wishing I knew an electrician but it could be worse ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

oh no! No power at all, or no lighting ring?

pandabob said...

no downstairs lighting but everything else seems to work which is good, got to look on the bright side after all :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, that is better than it could be! What sort of trips do you have? Switches or fuses?

pandabob said...

they're switches, circuit 1,3,4 and 5 work fine but when I switch two on everything goes off.

I'll find someone to sort it in the week I'm sure :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah...well, I guess you've tried most things. But give us a shout if we can help! (Switching circuits on and off, or removing bulbs one by one, is sort of all I can think of trying - before calling in a professional! :) )

Anyway, take care of yourself! Hope you have a torch...

Anonymous said...

"Eating a magnum" has a much different connotation over here and I was worried for a minute!

-Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah, yes...no, not Dirty Harry style Magnum. Or, indeed, Magnum PI. But one of these:

http://www.unilever.co.uk/Images/Magnum-Inf-Choc-Naked450_tcm28-293409.jpg

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious.

-ella

REReader said...

Sounds like you had a good--if hot!--day. :). (We had a bit of a break in the heat yesterday and today here--only reached 81 or 82F today, it was great!)

I hope you get your power fixed quickly, Pandabob.

Ella, I gotta say that's where my mind went, too... O_O

Greg Lestrade said...

Ella - they are! ;)

Good luck with the power, AnonyBob.

Think we're due another scorcher today. LHR hit 31.4 yesterday. Would be okay if there was any breeze - I think today will be better. Yesterday was too still. Still, what do they say about the temperature in the UK? 'The ideal temperature is a different one' ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

OH YES! (Apologies to all you Aussie commenters.)

pandabob said...

We've been out this morning but got back just in time to see the important ball :-D

Hope you're having a fun day :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I haven't seen it! I understand it was more the important hotspot though?

We're out and about, sweating.

Sherlock has so much hair we have used elastic bands to give him bunches to keep it off his neck. Even he has agreed a haircut might not be a bad idea...

pandabob said...

Its been all about the technology this test!!

A hair cut sounds like an adventurous idea ;-) sorry its so warm but I'm glad you're out and about making the most of it :-)

Kestrel337 said...

Well, that's what I get for not being firearms conversant. I suspect where my mind went with 'eating a magnum' was quite different to the rest of you.

I can sympathize with Sherlock. I love having my hair washed, but the whole rest of a barber or salon visit just feels like a big fat waste of time. And making small talk...ugh and double ugh.

Greg Lestrade said...

Last time I took him he didn't make small talk so much as quiz the barber at length as to whether he'd ever killed anyone sitting in the chair, and then, if he did, what he'd do with the body...

But yeah, generally he finds it boring, and is probably annoyed he can't just think his hair into submission to stay the length he wants it.

REReader said...

Last time I took him he didn't make small talk so much as quiz the barber at length as to whether he'd ever killed anyone sitting in the chair, and then, if he did, what he'd do with the body...

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd!

(I seem to remember he was unhappy with the lights and sounds; I hope those aren't a problem any more? Because shorter hair in the summer is more comfortable.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Wine. Wine is great. I am very much enjoying this wine. Partly because it is cold. Partly because it is delicious.

Even Mycroft agrees.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock says we should get a hedgehog...

Do you not think Doc looks enough like one to count? Just post a picture of him by the chard. Although, that might actually encourage them to come and lounge around his picture, sighing and gushing...

spandrella said...

I was grocery shopping today and I noticed Magnum ice cream bars! I didn't get any, but I guess they're available over here. So someday!

-Ella

Unknown said...

Kestrel, my mom used flat beer against slugs too! And if she didn't have any, then she'd use half a grapefruit rind (fruit part eaten) to make a little shady place for the slugs to gather. They were easy to round up and squish then.
RSF, that new parkway in Boston is great! In my younger days, we used to go in the circular fountain at the Christian Science center. Great place to cool off.
Short hair is easy with one of those diy-buzzers. :) No more tickly ears, neck, eyebrows, etc.
S

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