Long time no smell

Indeed, it has been a while since either of us has posted. I've been prodding Hannah to write up our experience of pre-marital counselling, but she doesn't seem to get the hint. But, I shall persist.

In the mean time, we've had our first session of "The Marriage Course" (wonderfully original names some of these courses think up for themselves). That was fairly interesting, because it was an introductory and a assessment session.

We first had a basic upfront summary of the course and then some testimonials by couples who have taken the course (read infommercials). Then after that we took an assessment of each of our relationships (there were a number of couples there - but everything is private to you two), and as we expected, Hannah and I rated our relationship as high, but not perfect. We know we're not perfect and that our relationship is not perfect. But I'm glad we can be that honest with each other, and realise that our relatinoship is not perfect, and we're determined to work at it.

In other news, a few weeks ago the coil in my car died, and had to be replaced (for those not mechanically minded, the coil is what creates enough electricty out of a car's puny battery to create a spark with the spark plugs). Daniel put me in contact with an inexpensive mechanic he knows, and I organised to get him to look at it.

Since the coil was bust, my car couldn't start, and so I was planning on asking Daniel to give me a tow to the mechanic, but as I spoke on the phone to him, he recommended I find out from my insurance if I can have them organise towing for me. I phoned up my insurance, and within 15 minutes I had organised free towing of my car from home to the mechanic. In fact, the tow guy was kind enough to pick me up from the train station (since I was travelling by train) and then, after having dropped the car off with the mechanic, giving us a ride home again.

While the car was with the mechanic, he fixed up the brakes as well, since those were in the process of failing too. And it wasn't too expensive either. However, every penny counts at the moment, so it was an expense I could have done without.

This past week I've been on a MySQL training course, learning about new features in MySQL as well as effective and optimal use of the database. It's been interesting, although a little boring. I've dealt with most of the stuff on other systems, but I always say that it's a good idea to go back to basics, make sure your foundations are correct. We all know what happened to the man who built his house on the sandWink!

Additional benefits of the course have been getting up later and getting home earlier. We've been spoilt this week. But next week is back to the grindstone!

Wedding preparations are underway, although we still don't have a venue for the reception. Please pray for us in that regard, at this late stage there are lots of places that are already booked for that weekend. Otherwise things are going well. Hannah's dress is getting there, but you'll have to ask her how far it is... I'm trying to be a good groom and wait till the wedding day before seeing the dress, you know.

Well, that's all for now. I'll try to get Hannah to fill in on other details (specifically things she's been doing) and tell a story or two from her side.