But there are things I do go to. Yesterday they gave out this year's Golden Apples:
I won my category in 2011 and 2012, but was up against it this year. I was invited to the ceremony (meaning that I had at least been nominated) and took Mrs RC along for the ride. It was a much bigger event than the last 2, having more the feel of a mini-Oscars or something! There was a buffet and jugs of apple juice on the tables, with the lucky ones being called up on stage to receive their awards and have photos taken. It was a great afternoon, and in the end I came 2nd in my category, which I was very pleased with. Besides, this year's apples weren't as posh as the ones I have got :-)
Tonight, after work, we are going to our staff/student BBQ. The weather is rotten, but it is at a pub, so only the cook (not me) is likely to get very wet. Mrs RC is coming in for this too, giving her a chance to meet some of our wonderful students. Should be a good evening - I even left my bike at home this morning so I could catch the bus back home with Mrs RC - which is only sensible, it is not a good idea to cycle that road after too many beers...