Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Yes, it's an extender


Well, the big news this week is that my contract's been extended to the end of October. An additional two and a half months.

And what was the first thing that I did? Contract food poisoning. I had to leave work at lunch yesterday. I've been off again today but luckily I've not missed any pay as I've been able to work from home.


Tuesday, 2 July 2019


I had an informal chat with my boss yesterday and it's looking likely that i'll be getting an extension to my contract till the end of September and possibly to the end of October.  I should find out more by the end of the week.

Fingers crossed as the extra money would be nice, but i've done a good job filling in the gaps whilst they replace leaving members of staff.  Moving on somewhere else would be cool too.  Let's hope I don't have to wait too long...

Monster rib of beef

I massively over catered for my brother and his family coming over on Sunday.  I ended up buying a 5kg joint.  Probably more than twice what we needed.  It was pretty good though.  Shame it cost me £100.  Doh!

Jamboree 2019

2019 was a success.  Smaller turnout than usual but thanks to a nice breeze the silly temperatures didn't effect us that much. 

2nd in the sprint

4th on the 3 legged race, hampered by the child

More sprinting, I really need to get my back looked at


I'm now debt free!

I paid off the last of my credit cards this morning.  That's apart from our massive mortgage that is.  I am now officially debt free.

They were all on long term interest free but i'd rather get rid of the payments for good.  I think i've had this kind of debt since starting uni 20+ years ago.  It's nice to think that all of my money now goes direct to me.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

BBQ on Sunday

It was fairly hot on Sunday so we decided to invite people over and have a bbq.  Unfortunately I ran out of gas 5 minutes in!  Luckily i'd pre-cooked most of it in the oven anyway so it wasn't to big of a problem.

Florence decided to poor her washing up liquid all over Daddy's crotch.

Stand off


More fire

First holiday of the year

Our childminder took a weeks holiday last week so we used the opportunity to take some time off work too.  We drove to sunny Whitstable.  Here are some photos.

Fancy lunch at the Sportsman

A piece of art

Bike ride to Herne Bay


Miniature animals

Friday, 14 June 2019

4 months in

I've now done 4 months out of a 6 month contract.  2 and a half months left to bill.  Will they renew?  I'd like to think so but you never know, they're definitely looking for a permanent so that may hold me back a little but we shall have to wait and see.  There's actually 2 roles up for grabs in the team, they're now also looking for a data scientist.

It's been good.  Lot's of new stuff to learn and for the most part it's been fairly straight forward.  I'm enjoying contracting, lots of pay, with none of the politics.  I've generally been able to leave on time every night and work from home when needed which has been refreshing too.

5 years

Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of moving into our 'new house'.

Apart from the silly amount it costs to run (gas / utilities), it's been a great house.  There's still plenty we want to do with it but we'll get there eventually.

  • New front drive
  • New doors throughout
  • Refurbish back windows
  • New kitchen
  • Make permanent the conservatory
  • Line and paint the hallway
  • Replace the top front windows
  • Redecorate the top 3 rooms and toilet
  • Replace a window in the utility room

Monday, 10 June 2019

Josie enjoying her Sunday

I think she enjoys her new house.

If only she can get back in the catflap after going outside.