Three registration forms and five emails later, the big news today is that Glastonbury is ON after I received the following email from the Oxfam stewarding team:
Thank you for your email.
We look forward to having you on board at Freeze next month.
Festival organisers and an increasing number of local licensing authorities require us to provide event stewards who are trained to a minimum standard. Because of this requirement, it is now compulsory for all first- time Oxfam stewards and previous Oxfam volunteers who've not attended an Oxfam training session over the last four years to attend.
If you agree to attend our on site training session on Wednesday 27 November and return to carry out your shifts on Saturday and Sunday at Freeze, you will be a priority steward for Glastonbury next year. This means as a priority steward we will be emailing you inviting you to secure your stewarding place before applications open in March. That's a whole two weeks before going live to the general public.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
With best wishes
on behalf of the Oxfam Festival Team
General Stewarding Enquiries (Oxfam Supporter Relations): 0300 200 1266
Oxfam Stewarding Office: 0117 916 6483
Check out our website: www.oxfam.org.uk/stewarding
Follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/oxfamstewards
Visit our Stewards Forum: http://www.oxfam-stewards.org.uk/forum"
This is obviously great news as Glastonbury was one of the challenges on my list that I really didn't think I'd be able to pull off having missed the boat on tickets.
There are still a couple of barriers I've got to jump through before it's all confirmed - I need to pass the training for a start - but it's a good start.
Challenge 7: Read 30 books
Yesterday I also completed the first of my 30 books after a concerted effort to get Clash of Kings, the second book in the Game of Thrones series, finished. Having watched the HBO series on TV, I already knew what was going to happen but I really enjoyed it on the whole although did find the chapters on Bronn a bit of a ball ache.
I've moved straight on to the third book in the series and cannot wait to get through that and onto the fourth book and unknown territory in terms of plot and story line.
Books read: 1
Days to go: 347
Days/book: 12.3 (average)
Challenge 3: Grow a real beard
It may be growing slower than an inebriated sleuth but the beard continues to form although coverage is patchy at best at the moment as this picture from yesterday clearly illustrates:
It's also getting a little on the itchy side around the jowls but it's quite satisfying to stroke. I'm not a massive fan though, to be honest, and will be relieved when I get to shave it off (although at the current rate of progress that could be some time yet!)
Besides that, I haven't made all that much headway on the list although by this time next week I will, of course, have completed my first challenge of baking a cake. Question is what kind of cake should I bake?
Have wonderful weekends one and all, and, if you get five minutes, please help me complete my challenge by donating now.