Thursday, 2 April 2020

Good times

Myself and 3 ( friends re-watched the 2005 Champions League final last night, it was good fun.

Tonight a bunch of us are watching the Fugitive.  Should be fun. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Very strange

I've been working from home for two weeks and a half now.  It feels very odd.  Mostly I feel isolated, I have a couple of calls a day at the moment with my new line manager and one or two a week with other people in the wider business.  For the rest i'm left to my own devices.  I'm still working on the parameterisation of 8 classes of business, 3 are officially signed off. 1 is pretty much there, i've got 4 to hopefully sign off tomorrow.  Not sure what else I will have left to do, I guess I will help out with the more general pricing work.  With the two bank holidays, i've only got 15 days left anyway.

I've been asked a couple of times if i'd like to go permanent, i'm unsure.  I've still not heard back regarding that interview I had last week, so I may see what sort of numbers they will offer as the uncertainty around getting a new role in the near future is certainly a lot higher than it was a month ago.  It's certainly nice to feel wanted though.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

I had this strange feeling that I was being watched

A neighbour's cat was watching me work this morning.  I think it got bored as it didn't stay long.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Keeping in touch

It's very tough with everybody locked away at the moment so we've been trying to stay in touch with friends and family by using some of the various online tools.

Last week we had a remote 40th birthday cheer, a games night that only involved red wine, a quiz (which we won (5/10)) and chat with my brothers family on Sunday.  This week we've got a film night.  This will involve us all pressing play on Netflix at the same time then talking bollocks over it whilst (you've guessed it) drinking red wine.

Some sexy shots of the cat

Here's Josie rolling around trying to attract some attention.

She obviously caught my attention as I took a load of photos of her.  She's a good cat.  We were very lucky with the adoption.  Very patient with Flo, not that Flo's bad with her, she just understands that it's a necessary evil.

Lazy cat

Here's Josie on top of the conservatory asking to come in.  We have child / burglar locks on the sash windows so they only open a little bit.  She had to crawl on her belly to get in.  Poor girl.

If you look in the back ground you can see our wonderful hanging baskets...  Almost Babylonesk.  They are of course weeds growing in the guttering of our conservatory.   There is a gap between our house and our next door neighbours but not sure if I can squeeze into it to clear out the guttering.

Our long term plan is to get this knocked down and replaced with something more permanent therefore negating the need for me to do some actual work. 

Once things calm down we'll sort it out...

We're tidying up some files at the moment and I just found this

It's the x-ray of my left hand before I had the operation, check out the image on the right.  What direction is that pointing in?  Ouch!  If you search for my other finger x-ray, that's better, it looks like i'm giving someone the V.

I don't think i've seen this x-ray before.  April must have squirrelled it away in her filing cabinet.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

A bit shorter than I expected...

April did it. It's basically a 6 on the top with a 4 'blended' into the back and sides. 

I'm sure it'll grow back...




Friday, 27 March 2020


I was due to get my haircut this Saturday (the day before the Australia trip), but that's not going to happen now as all of the hairdressers are now shut.

I have a set of clippers for trimming my 'beard', the question is do I let April attempt to cut it for me?  I don't have a particularly complex haircut, it's basically a number two with a trim on top.  Incidentally that's the same thing i've asked for for at least the last 25 years!

I think if I get her to do a 5 or a 6 all over, then we can take it from there...  watch this space.  I mean what's the worst that could happen???

The last friend that cut my hair was Kris, when he gave me a 0.  I think he ran away for fear of a beating after that.

That's a turn up for the books

Just weighed myself for the first time in a month and i'm down to 90.5kg.  Not intentionally.  Pretty sure I was nearly 95kg before.

I've only been socially excluding for a week and a half, but have missed out on 'networking' at lunch and no watching football beers must really help with my weight.

Who would have thought there were that many calories in beer...

I've not done any real exercise since I stopped playing rugby in early Jan so it does make the above very strange.

I've got my dumbbells down from the top room and are now in my office.  I think the next time any of you see me i'll be a different man...