Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Day 795 (29/02/2012)

Must catch up with my work as I have another meeting later, talking about some more work with a chap I know. Probably won't get a tea cake today.

Day 794 (28/02/2012)

Another day and yet more work taking me out of the office but this was better than yesterday.

It was very interesting meeting the guys from Sound & Fury and I'm looking forward to see what the do with what we talked about.

Day 793 (27/02/2012)

Early morning start catching the train (not first class unfortunately) to London.

Then spent the day talking to students about things. It wasn't perfect but we live & learn.

The most important thing was that I had time at Paddington to visit Yo Sushi.

So all in all a good day.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Day 791 & 792 (25 & 26/02/2012)

Started the day with Kiwi Berries, no I'd never heard of them either.

But guess what, they are like baby Kiwi fruit.

So if you ignore the Maple Syrup, a healthy breakfast.

I know we should get rid of the old children's plate but they are just the right size and so handy.

Doing some work but not in a busy harassed way.

Update - Sunday 19:45 - Had a lovely roast beef diner and a bit to much wine, now trying to finish my stuff as in London lecturing at Goldsmiths tomorrow.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Day 790 (24/02/2012)

Thomas was back in the papers yesterday with quite a large picture on the back page.

Loads of work on at the moment and a full week next week with meetings & things on most days.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Day 789 (23/02/2012)

Finally picked up my wife's car, not quite £700 for the gearbox & clutch but then had to go a get a new back tyre on the way home which added even more.

I'm going to book it in for a valet, as it might as well look & smell as good new seeing as we will be keeping it for the rest of year now.

Day 788 (22/02/2012)

Meeting in Birmingham, nice sandwiches for lunch but turned down the chance of a cake.

Being good.

Suddenly I seem to be swamped with work. Also setting up a new laptop with some new software.

I know how many computers can one man have, well the answer is loads.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Day 787 (21/02/2012)

Busy day, dentist first thing, then Ann our cleaner is coming round and then Pancake Day. I suppose in between these things I could also do some work.

Update - 19:45 - Pancake Day but I made sure I had plenty of fruit.

If you can't make out the fruit its the coloured bits next to the ice-cream and under the meringue and maple syrup.

In an attempt to regain my youth I shall be watching the Brits and deciding whose album to download next.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Day 786 (20/02/2012)

For the last few nights there has been a really deep frosts with the cars looking like they have a slight covering of snow, yet by morning they are clear. I get up early to scrape the ice from my wife's car before she goes to work but after I get up early there's no bloody ice. It gets me every time, yet I know if I stayed in bed then the ice wouldn't have disappeared and my wife would have a go at me.

Last week I bought some shares, not many just the odd 1 or 2 but I just thought it would be nice to have a share in Apple & Google. When I go into an Apple store I will think I own part of this, admittedly only having 1 share means I only own a very very small part of it.

Update - 20:30 - A friend of mine, whose the same age as me, has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I am sure its just something that most men have to put up with as we are living longer than we used to but it is hard saying stay positive in every conversation & every text. I hope it turns out OK or is not terrible drawn out. Sometimes life is crap but what can you do.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Day 784 & 785 (18 & 19/02/2012)

The weekend is here and things to do but it won't all be work, some tidying up will be done.

Update - Sunday 18:45 - Had a nice Roast Chicken Sunday Dinner.

Very nearly up to date on updating all of my training stuff. Must start on doing my work afterwards.

Kelly will be back later as she has been in Leicester for the weekend.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Day 783 (17/02/2012)

I have a nice amount of work coming in at the moment and might, fingers crossed, even have the weekend off.

Thomas was in Bristol last night, clubbing with his friends. He came home for a few hours this afternoon and has gone back to Bristol for a party. I suppose its best to make the most of your youth whilst you can as when you get older it takes a week to recover from a late night, let alone drinking.

I feeling quite confident about the changes I am making to my courses, hope it goes OK.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Day 782 (16/02/2012)

Working in the office.

Thomas is staying over in Bristol with his mates, going out to a club, hopefully it will be trouble free.

Life seemed so much easier when we where his age. No-one had photo ID and very few had driving licences, so bouncers used to allow you in on the understanding you didn't cause any trouble. Nowadays it seems harder to get into a club than it does to open a bank account.

Heard back about my wife's car, it should be just less than £600 to get fixed, so next week her car should be worth around £1,000 as long as the tank is full of petrol.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Day 781 (15/02/2012)

Well we had a lovely Valentines Day meal at Tramontes.

We even went for the liquor coffee as Kelly was acting as our taxi driver.

Been very busy in the office today. I seem to be getting more work in and have a lot of training stuff to put together.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Day 780 (14/02/2012)

Valentines Day and we are a off to Tramontes tonight.

The wife's car is still in a sad state waiting for a gearbox, hopefully they will be able to find a reasonable one or it is new car time and she has expensive tastes.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Day 779 (13/02/2012)

I answered the door first thing to the deliveryman wondering what my wife had been ordering now.

OK, I forgot the 250 usb drives I had ordered for work.

Just a nice amount of work at the moment but you know the flood gates will open again soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Day 777 & 778 (11 & 12/02/2012)

Think it may have been quite cold overnight (bloody freezing), thankfully I wasn't outside.

Update - Saturday 20:45 - I think the year will end work wise a lot differently to how it started and not in any way that I had foreseen. A few different possibilities with vastly different possible outcomes. Which way should I go or push for, quite a few pros and cons. No immediate rush and maybe not all bad but just there are going to be changes and things can not stay the same.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Day 776 (10/02/2012)

Nice to have a lie-in after getting up at 5:45am yesterday. I am definitely not a morning person.

Still keeping up with the no polo's, no bags of crisps, no food after 10pm and slightly less of things diet. I think I deserve a treat, how about a few large polo & crisp sandwiches. If I keep this up till the end of the month (and I will) then I shall also bring in a no alcohol and no afters during the week rule (unless I am out). By the end of March I should be at least 1 pound lighter and the weather should have improved so will then start cycling during the week.

Who knows if I keep this up for another 5 or 6 years then I may get down to just being a standard XL, we can only hope.

Update - 15:00 - Just heard back about my wife's car, apparently it needs a new gear box, which is neither cheap or easy. They are looking for a second hand gearbox, which hopefully will only be a couple of hundred and it will then take about 5hrs to do. Oh what joy.

Day 775 (09/02/2012)

Early start (up before 6, not good) going to Cardiff to give a days training.

At least the hotel had very nice food.

Dark, cold and wet by the time I left.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Day 774 (08/02/2012)

My wife's car has always had a problem with the gearbox, but today the gearbox seems to have gone on holiday after she reversed off of the driveway and was stopped in the middle of the road.

What a heavy car to push on a freezing cold morning.

Hopefully it will be something quick, easy and cheap to fix (you know it wont be).

Early morning tomorrow as I have to be in Cardiff for about 8am but don't want to stay away.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Day 773 (07/02/2012)

Still avoiding the worst of the weather.

I went to dump some stuff today and was asked to pay £2.90 to get rid of some hardcore / rubble. I can understand during these times of austerity being asked to pay for something that this time last year was free but I didn't have my wallet with me so had to drive home and then back to the tip again just to pay the £2.90 to dump stuff. It is understandable why people fly tip, it wasn't the cost it was the bloody inconvenience!!!!!!!

Funny how seeing as I only have to prepare my course material rather than actual reports over the last few days but have actually achieved very little. I could have done all I wanted in a few hours and now be sat downstairs relaxing (it's 8:30pm).

Monday, 6 February 2012

Day 772 (06/02/2012)

Well after all the hype we appear to have missed all the snow and freezing conditions.

Still no polo's or packs of crisps and I have added a no food after 10pm rule. I know that sounds obvious but I sometimes keep funny hours and there is nothing like a few cheese and biscuits just before midnight.

I am also going to try a new rule this week, only to have one of something. Not like on my trip to America where I was offered one whole family cheese cake.

I mean I will only have one sandwich instead of two or only one sweet at a time, at least that way I will have to walk down from my office to get another one afterwards.

Up to date with my work which mean I can actually spend time on my course material, which is a nice luxury.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Day 770 & 771 (04 & 05/02/2012)

Today I have started a small new years resolution. I thought it was pointless starting them in the new year as that is bound to fail. Before last year I hadn't had mints for years but a side effect of the medication I was on was that you had a terrible taste in your mouth, so I was having loads of polo's. I have not had any tablets for a few weeks and have finished my polo's and am not going to get any more..... ever (maybe).

I have also decided to add packs of crisps to the list but am still allowed the occasional crisp if they are out on a buffet or whatever but I am not going to actually have any whole packs.

In a couple of weeks I will try to add a few other items to the list of things I am giving up.

Apart from that it is very cold and going to snow and I am preparing stuff for my courses.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Day 769 (03/02/2012)

Another cold morning, where I had to scrape the ice from my wife's car before she went to work.

About 2 o'clock in the afternoon I went to do the recycling and had to scrape the ice from my car, which was fair as it had been in the shade during the day. But what I hadn't expected was after I had done the recycling I went to wipe my hands, using the pack of wet wipes I keep in the car but it was a frozen and like a solid brick. I hadn't thought it was that cold.

Up to date with my work now (first time in ages) so now I can concentrate on my courses & presentations over the weekend.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Day 768 (02/02/2012)

Dare I say I am just about getting up to date with my work. That is just as well as I have two talks to give next week so have lots of preparation to do for those.

Still very cold so kept the heating on all day.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Day 767 (01/02/2012)

Golly its cold, well freezing to be more exact.

Work Work Work.

Thomas didn't make the paper this week but was on the website instead.