Funny how some nights out seen to be damn near perfect. For those times, I think it’s good to sit back and bask in the afterglow. Did anything amazing happen? No, not especially, but everything went to plan.
It all started to go right when the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I came to a mutually agreeable time on me going out. All was cool, calm and collected. Hell, I’d even managed to read to both kids and have a decent shave without damaging myself before leaving. As Bill or Ted would say: most unprecedented. 🙂
Arriving at the venue, I was greeted by a group of folk waving their arms about while some other folk, in army fatigues, yelled encouragement at them. Funny how people choose to spend their evenings! Well, so I thought as I sat upstairs putting my make-up on 😉 Still, so long as they’re not hurting anyone, what’s the harm?
“Move it, Jones! Get those tights on. Don’t ladder them, numbskull. Keep the seams straight on the toes. Move it, Jones! Move it, move it!“
BTW, five geek points if you read the above line in Gunnery Sergeant Hartman’s voice from Full Metal Jacket. 🙂 I was pretty much ready when the shouting stopped and the bloke running the drill made them sing happy birthday to his colleague. I guess even drill sergeants have a heart.
Given all the glitz of the party season, I’ve started to look less at my Urban Decay colours, and more at the everyday palettes. I do like Urban Decay eye make-up, I think the shades are great, the colour goes on / blends nicely and they really do add to a party look. I’ve yet to save up for the Naked Palette, but maybe one day!
Anyhoo, the colours are all good when you’re going out to a party, if you’re looking for something more day to day, sometimes it’s nice to take it down a notch and I think a bit of variety can be good. This time it was my trusty Model’s Prefer set and despite a brief pause of oh, that’s different, I was very pleased with the final result. Plus one on the good-mood-o-meter.
I’d taken two dresses, but the fitted one just wasn’t working. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised I’d been putting it on wrong. Duuhhh! So I went with a favourite wrap dress and some shoe boots I don’t often wear, but I thought they worked given the hemline, so hey ho.
Oh and I got to try the other nail varnish that Sophie treated me to for Xmas. A rather fabulous red, with a wonderful finish. I really must start to log the better products. Maybe someone will find it useful! 🙂
Money, money, money
The evening went well and later on I had a chat with Sandi, Tanya and Tracey over the rent situation. I did some totting up and given the new rent, we need to do one of two things: move to a cheaper venue, or increase the subs. The latter seems more preferable because the Temple Centre has some great benefits:
- We have the run of the place after 8pm, which helps first time visitors.
- The council staff are a great bunch and are used to seeing us around.
- The place is fairly easy to get to being on the outskirts of Nottingham (most members are out of town and travel in)
- Parking is excellent (lots of space, secure, private, etc)
- The changing facilities are good (private, free with our booking, are a good size and not a set of loos!)
That’s not to say we couldn’t, or wouldn’t move, but if we did, the new venue would need to be pretty special. Tanya mentioned a place near Sherwood which sounded good, so that’s something to consider if we can’t get our collective act together.
After a bit of basic maths – not my strong suit, I’ll be honest – and it became pretty clear that we (the group) needed to sort things out over the subs. Now, I’m normally pretty good at plodding along, but when I think something can be sorted out with a chat, I’m afraid I’m a bit of a take charge kinda gal. I guess that’s come from my mum, bless her 😉 So, a show of hands and some debate, the group’s agreed to change the subs.
We’re going to make it six pounds per visitor and four pounds for partners. We did debate the idea of reduced rates for the unemployed/retired, however, if we do that, we also need to increase the rates for working people. It’s tricky to keep everyone happy – if indeed that is possible – but I think we’ve reached a happy medium. We did debate making it seven quid per visitor and keeping partners free, but that didn’t go down so well. Personally, I don’t mind paying seven quid, but I can understand that other folk feel differently. Luckily two of our regular partners offered to pay a reduced rate and that covers the shortfall nicely.
We’re going to be stricter with the entrance policy. You pay on the way in, so no ducking the fee. Now, I think 90% of people pay without problem, so it’s one or two people forgetting, or dodging it. I don’t mind the former, I know there are times when it’s been the end of the night and I’ve realised I’ve not put my money in. Ooops! But the dodging part is not so good.
The bottom line is we have to raise the money to pay the rent. We don’t get a discount because half a dozen folk are retired. It’s a shame we don’t, but those are the breaks 🙂 So, it’s all good – to coin a phrase – and I think this will secure our future for a bit. I still think that six quid for a night out is pretty good. You’d pay at least three just to park in Nottingham!
Looks like we’re all okay, which is a very nice way to head into the new year. Here’s too a good weekend!
Update: Grayson Perry collected his CBE award from Prince Charles this week. A quick Google will show you the outfit he wore – Grayson, not Prince Charles 😉 I find Grayson’s views on art and commentary fascinating stuff. I’m not sure I agree with all of his views on being trans, but they are his views how he feels. Mine are only about how it works for me. However, this line from his wife, Phillpa made me laugh:
Football eh? The Every Lovely Mrs J said the same thing. Be careful what you wish for ladies! 😀