Friday, July 11, 2008

More Thoughts - Sundry and Otherwise

Lots of thinking lately.......nothing else to do with all the rain. The rotten weather we've had has led to lots of icky bugs going around and my depression has settled in again.
I'm sitting at home with my stuff piled up waiting to hear what is happening about Tewkesbury Medieval Festival - a challenge as it hasn't stopped raining pretty much for a week here.
We're all a bit upset as it would appear we are not going to be camping (an integral part of the experience) but are welcome during the day for the events.
My first Berkeley joust was cancelled due to the weather, and this is my first Tewkesbury Battle....not cancelled, but still - not the experience I was hoping for.
On the plus side, the sun is doing it's best to shine this morning - so perhaps the grounds will dry out enough by tonight for us to go for the weekend.
I did some training last week and came away with these brilliant quotes....
One individual was steadfastly checking his casualty, determined the condition and yelled 'Call the emergency sandwich!' and which point I shouted 'Stop! Call the what??' and we all collapsed with laughter.
Another student was giving the Resusci-Anne (the CPR manikin) rescue breaths and he said 'Reminds me of my first kiss!' his partner said 'Oh? Mine was breathing.....!'
And I was getting punch drunk after teaching the same thing all day to lots of pairings that, when the last pair were practising and one of them yelled 'Call me an ambulance!' I yelled back 'You're an ambulance!'......a momentary pause and we all shrieked with laughter.
I was told they love my teaching technique, lots of hands on, interaction and banter which facilitates the learning process.
My first big teaching event is next month - when I am running a full day of learning for thirty First Aiders. It'll include a forum for discussing current issues, a lecture on heart conditions and lots of practice on each other to warm up cold skills. I'm very nervous.
Update: The sun has already been beaten into submission by big black clouds.....oh dear....
Five minutes later: The sun is back.......
Seven minutes later: Nope, the clouds are taking the upper hand......
Eight minutes: The sun is not beaten yet....
cq

8 comments:

Bilbo said...

I'll remember to call the Emergency Sandwich if I'm ever in trouble...hope you dry out soon.

Walker said...

The sun must have decided to have roast Canadian. You can come and take it from here is yoy please LOl

I hope the weather chnges and you get to enjoy the weekend.

Making teaching something fun only helps people remember what they need to remember ;)

Bilbo said...

Oh, and by the way...you really shouldn't use my picture without permission... ;-)

Ally said...

Hi there! Michele sent me!
Have a nice week!

Mar said...

I love those brilliant quotes, cq, what a laugh!!
Love the pic too :)
Send the rain over here, we need every drop!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Sad to know the joust cancelled.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Sorry to read of the Rain, Rain, Rain....and as the poem says.."Go Away and Come Back On Another Day..." In this case, I am going to say...Come Back In Another MONTH!!!
Your class sounds fantastic, dear CQ....How great to learn something so important but with a "light" touch....The Best, my dear...YOU ARE THE BEST!

David said...

sending sun your way from sunny Santa Monica, ca
beach daze!!!!
woo hooo