A long long weekend

Hello! It’s a very tired, but happy, Claire who is typing this. I have had a manic few days, but in the nicest possible way…

It started on Friday. Many of you know that I’m a Joinee. Joinees are people who are part of a collective / movement / cult / whatever that’s committed to performing weekly RAoKs (Random Acts of Kindness). We also get together every few months of so for ‘Join Meets’ where we raise money for charity, give out sweeties and stuff, hug people, etc… I could explain this better were I not so pooped, but if you want more info then do clicky on to http://www.join-me.co.uk/ for full details.

Anyhow, one of the Join Meets is the catchily titled Good Good Friday and Bad Bad Saturday (GGF/BBS), which took place this weekend. Which is why I sped up to Nottingham in my wee car, with sweets aplenty. GGF involved giving lots of mini eggs to youths and OAPs and other shoppers in Nottingham city centre, then a charity raffle and pub banter, then lots and lots of chat (Joinees are pretty much universally awesome, so I love hanging out with them). At 11.30 I was pooped so said I was going to hit the hay…only to change my mind and join many of the rest of the gang at a really amazingly trashy nightclub. Such fun! Dancing and photos and helping Vic split up a fight which kicked off due to MC Hammer dancing. Then I went back to Siobhan and Jo’s hotel room and we had girly gossip until a little after 4…this seemed like a great idea until I awoke at 6 and couldn’t get back to sleep!

So BBS dawned and I strolled across town. Because I had to get ready for the main event of the day – the famed North versus South football match. I had some problem committing to a team due to my mongreldom, but eventually plumped for the North…who won 4-1! Both teams played really well in Baltic conditions, and even more money was raised for good causes. My friend Phil scored two of those goals – one of which was a blinder! Then back to the pub, and on to the restaurant, where I had awesome chat with some lovely new folk (who help arrange Loverpool, another Join Meet, that I’m hugely excited about) and the always lovely Katie and Dan/Wilf. We had chat about many things, including the phenomenon of ‘money notes’ in powerballads (like a money shot, but musical). Dan/Wilf then proved himself to be potentially the nicest boy ever by accompanying me on a Claire mission to find stuff. In my wee car (Dan/Wilf is 6’5″!). Around Nottingham’s insane one-way system. And then we went on a giant Ferris Wheel! I love Dan/Wilf, he didn’t even laugh (too much) at my slight vertigo. Then back to the others for more pub and chat and hugs. Then back to another hotel, and Tigger (she is AWESOME) and I sat up till late talking about boys and life and sex and music. Such fun! But unfortunately we discovered that in one situation, I’m a fool. D’oh. Need to fix this.

Sunday dawned and the remaining Joinees reconvened for chat and breakfast. Finally at 2 I tore myself away and set off further north, bound for Edinburgh. Six hours later I arrived at Jenna’s, and we promptly headed into town with her flatmate Rich to watch a gig. The people playing were friends of Jenna and they were really good (clicky to www.myspace.com/8trackstereo for a wee listen). So was the Merlot. Comedy also ensued when I discovered I hadn’t eaten since breakfast, so proceeded to eat the bagel Tigs had giving me. In a chic bar venue in Edinburgh…. Then back to Jenna’s, chat and chips and fun. Then bed.

Today Jenna and I chatted more, and then I set off again – this time to St Andrew’s for lunch with Henry. Henry is one of the loveliest boys ever and one of my best friends, and as he’s jetting off overseas to pursue a fabulous career, this was one of my last chances to see him for a while. We had top fun and conversation. He’s going to be a huge success over in Bahrain, but by God I’ll miss him. Then I set off on the final 180 mile leg of my journey, through the windswept and snowcapped Highlands. Breathtaking. And the last 30 miles on snow-covered hilly B roads were hilarious.

And now I’m home. And warm. And sleepy. And sat contemplating a weekend of fun, good chats, and a bit of a revelation (which I’m trying to sort out in my head. It’s potentially a good thing, maybe even a brilliant thing, but it’s sideswiped me a wee bit). And looking forward to some real Scottish fun. It’s so lovely to be home. But now, it’s time to rest.

Love, as always,


  1. Cheryl
    25th March 2008 / 1:19 am

    Sounds like a pretty good, good weekend. Nothing is like that nice cozy, content feeling at the end of a weekend.

  2. kristen
    25th March 2008 / 11:46 am

    I’m going to check out this link – I feel like being a joinee would be good for me.

  3. Sacred Suzie
    25th March 2008 / 12:34 pm

    Some rest and recovery time is almost always required after a great weekend, LOL. 🙂

  4. Wiwille
    25th March 2008 / 1:13 pm

    You’re a fool?

  5. JLee
    25th March 2008 / 1:25 pm

    What a wonderful adventurous weekend! I love the Joinee thing…that’s great you are doing that. Also, there is nothing like late night girl talk every now and then.

  6. Miss Ash
    25th March 2008 / 2:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. Two things…how does a fight break out due to MC Hammer dancing? That’s kinda funny…And what is this new revelation?

  7. Claire
    25th March 2008 / 2:23 pm

    Cheryl & SSuzie & JLee – you so got that right! And today I’m being super lazy to recover!Kristen – Yay! It’s super fun :).Wiwille – more soon. Heh, look at me trying to be all mysterious…Ash – it was awesome. I was torn between trying to break it up and cracking the hell up. The revelation is a thought in progress – once I’ve got my brain in order there’ll no doubt be musings to follow…Cxx

  8. Sparkling Red
    25th March 2008 / 3:33 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! I’m going to see if I can find a RAoK group in my area. How could you go wrong with such a self-selected bunch of good-hearted folk? Lovely. 🙂

  9. Random Chick
    25th March 2008 / 3:43 pm

    Claire! Please swing back by my blog and enter my caption contest! I posted the WRONG deadline date…DUHH!!! It is actually THIS FRIDAY, 3/28/08. I’d love to see what you come up with!!! And THANKS for stopping by my blog!!! BTW, LOVE your blog!!! 😉

  10. Alice
    25th March 2008 / 3:47 pm

    thanks for your comments & support on my blog.. so sweet :-)i hadn’t heard of this joinee deal, but i LOVE the idea. i hope they have a group around here!

  11. The Egg
    25th March 2008 / 4:20 pm

    What an awesome weekend! Nothing better than the company of good pals. Have a great week!

  12. cK
    25th March 2008 / 6:29 pm

    Phew! That’s quite a spell. Sounds like loads of fun, and am I’m happy you had it.Hmmm. Joinees. Is this like the people who randomly meet in a public place and do something like everyone freezes for 5 minutes? I watched a couple videos of that on another blog recently. It was quite fascinating to watch how those not in on it reacted.-cK

  13. daisies
    25th March 2008 / 7:10 pm

    sounds like a ton of fun 🙂 hope you got lots of rest, xo

  14. MelO
    25th March 2008 / 9:37 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I love the idea of this group you are a part of. I wonder if there is anything similar in the States?Sounds like a fun (yet exhausting) weekend. Hope you have had plenty of R&R!

  15. Claire
    26th March 2008 / 12:15 am

    Red & Alice- just google ‘Join Me’ and I’m sure you’ll find a local link. Yay!Random Chick – will do!Egg, daisies, Melo – merci beaucoup, darlings.cK – ah flashmobs! They can be fun! But Joinees are something altogether more awesome.;)Cxx

  16. KennethSF
    26th March 2008 / 10:30 am

    So is there a San Francisco chapter of the Joinees? I sometimes pay for random strangers’ espresso purchases at my local Starbucks. I’m thinking that might qualify me to join. 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    27th September 2010 / 1:59 pm

    I always motivated by you, your views and way of thinking, again, appreciate for this nice post.- Norman

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