Yes, yes you read that right.  That is what I spent most of my afternoon manhandling.  Watermelons.  We did a work community afternoon, and 30 of us headed over to the Boston Food Bank to do our part helping pull together packs of food for families living on the poverty line in the Greater Boston Area.


Well, we thought we would be pulling packs together.  In fact, the centre had received a bumper delivery of watermelons.  About 40 giant crates of watermelons, to be exact.  Our job was to split them down into boxes of 3-4 and stack them on pallets for distribution.  After two hours, let me tell you that watermelons get heavy…


Otherwise it’s been a standard week – after lunch at Marina Bay with some work friends, we deep fried two chickens on Saturday for dinner (because, hello, have you tried to find a non-frozen turkey in May?), which involved half the neighbourhood coming over to partake, with salads, rolls, lemonade, wine and cake (yes, Mum, cake, but it’s ok, I pointed it).  Then on Sunday it was oysters with a friend at Ten Tables (they do “Oyster Sunday’s” each week), and a significant amount of packing because, oh yes, I’m coming home on Friday for two whole weeks (plus a bit!).  Two weeks of family, friends and the Great British Weather.  Hooray!


I’m told busy season will end soon.  Considering it’s May, I am hoping so!  I’m currently working from home trying to catch up on things (having done the same yesterday – yes, on a Sunday, it’s all good fun) without people asking me questions every few minutes.  The joy of email and instant messaging mean that isn’t quite the reality, but it is rather nice to be at home in my terribly comfy clothes while working on VSOE analyses and getting files completed.  Still, it will be worth the work to get these things done so I can get weekends back properly!


The past few weeks haven’t been too bad (well, outside the work side of things) – a first communion for the younger of the boys I live with (followed by lunch at Bertucci’s and a great party!), some cinema trips and a lovely trip to Ten Tables with a friend.  Today the sunshine has even come out, so my walk to Whole Foods later today might be rather nice!  Finger’s crossed anyway.


Anyhow, I must get on with work again.  The next few weeks will have a lot of work involved, but hopefully also some fun.  And it’s now under three weeks until I go home for a two week bumper trip to see friends, family, and the homeland!  The countdown is on!