A new kind of normal

After our utterly devastating news on Monday, Husby and I seem to have grown closer together, which I guess is at least something of a silver lining. I’ve been able to affirm to him (and myself) that if I had known about the infertility before I married him, I still would have.

I think the shock was worse because we were on a high from finding out that his treatment was going to be one which promoted fertility. We just didn’t have the facts at that stage of how pointless this seems – it’s like getting a 50% pay rise when you only earn £2 per week. It will provide us (hopefully, maybe) with the tiniest of tiny chances. The fact that we already had a natural conception (and subsequent miscarriage) is some kind of cold comfort, at least.

After my increasingly familiar stress reactions of not eating, not sleeping, sleeping at odd times and bursting into tears at the smallest thing (or nothing, depending on whether or not the nothing I was doing allowed my brain to wander into dangerous thinkery), resulting in absolutely nothing of note to post yesterday, I can gladly announce the next doozy life has presented me with.

At least it’s not just me this time.

In their infinite wisdom, the directors of the course I am undertaking (ornamental fish management, with plans to end up in publishing/education) have decided that what we need is a 30 hour course on brick-laying, to be taken weekly in small doses.

I mean, really?

So today, I and three of my cohort built a small, half brick wall and I learned a lot of bricklaying jargon that I never wished to know, but probably need to remember for now.

Half-brick wall – a wall which is the thickness of half a brick, usually made by bricks being placed lengthwise on top of each other.

Whole-brick wall – a wall which is the thickness of a whole brick, usually made by two rows of bricks being placed lengthwise on top of each other

English bond – bricks which overlap by half

Flemish bond – bricks which have some overlaps by half, interspersed with bricks laid end-on

Return – a corner in a wall

Snots – the bits of cement which ooze out of the edges of the bricks as you lay them

Frog – the dip in the top of a brick, increasing its load-bearing capabilities (should be uppermost when laid for full effect)

Consider yourself enlightened. Unless you are au fait with the finer points of brickie-ness, in which case you know.

2 thoughts on “A new kind of normal

  1. Goodness only knows! Apparently I'm now competent in mixing sand and lime with water to make an impermanent cementing agent. I can also lay bricks in a straight line alongways but not upwards. Happy to cobble something together for you, but I always suspected I'd be better at woodwork. Perhaps that's next term's class…


  2. I honestly thought you were kidding with the brick-laying thing the first time I read it. What? Why? So you can build your own brick wall around the fish pond? I have a whole mess of old bricks I would like to have someone use to build a mailbox holder. Interested? 🙂


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