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.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

We won the leauge

My rugby team, Tonbridge Juddians 3rds won the league this year.  We won all our games except for 2 where we had to pull out due to player shortages.  The opposition wouldn't reschedule so they count as losses.  A special note must go out to me of actually scoring this year.

Here's a photo of 3 of us at Kent rugby's prize giving ceremony.  Will I play again next season?  Not sure yet.


Some of you might not be aware, that I went to Madrid at the weekend to watch the Champions League Final between Tottenham and Liverpool.  We didn't manage to get tickets in the end but had a good time getting there. 

The route Tonbridge->Gatwick->Malaga->Madrid->Malaga->Gatwick->Redhill->Tonbridge

3:40am waiting for my taxi to the airport

Our transport / bed for the night.

It even had a shower

2 double bed bunks

En route 400km

Spurs fan zone

Our first of many beers

Our venue for the game

Champions! James supports Tottenham

Moon Base Alpha, where we parked for the night

The victory parade via an Irish pub in Malaga

Friday, 31 May 2019

Blank, blank, blank. BEES!

I spotted a guy last week depositing a box full of bees on some railings.  Very strange.  Pretty sure this wasn't official.

Madrid bound

I've stupidly agreed to travel to Madrid for the Champions League final.

  • Problem 1:  No flights left to Madrid so we have to fly to Malaga
  • Problem 2:  Malaga is 400+ miles from Madrid so we need to hire a camper van
  • Problem 3:  We don't have tickets, i've got a number in my head that i'm prepared to pay but even if we can't get any we will have a fun adventure.
Let's hope I get back in one piece.

5000th post

Well, it's been a long time coming.  Especially as i've not really posted much this past year.  Who would have thought having a child would be so time consuming?

Quite an exciting year really, this time last year we would have all been in Chicago, where I spent most of my days marching around the streets trying to get Flo to have some sleep.  America was great but it was also tough.  Not knowing anyone and having only Flo to talk to during the day certainly was difficult at times.  Luckily we had 5 sets of family and friends coming over to visit which certainly made it a lot easier.

We tacked on a week or so's holiday at the end to do a bit of travelling which was good.  We got to see Cleveland, Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit and Niagara Falls (plus a few other places).

When we got back I was back into getting a job mode.  The easy part was setting up the company but actually getting work proved more difficult.  I think at first it was my reluctance to go back into capital modelling which meant I wasn't getting put forward for much (my last 10 years is based in capital modelling), then when I became less choosy,  it was getting onto Christmas where notoriously nothing much gets done in terms of recruitment.  Things picked up in the new year and I started work mid Feb.

All good, despite being in a new part of the industry, I seem to be doing well and although not confirmed looks like I might get an extension which will be very nice.  I like contracting, I don't have to deal with much politics these days and have mostly been able to leave on time every day, I get in an hour early so they can't really complain when I leave to pick up Flo.

In other exciting Clark family news, April has had a big promotion, partly thanks to her time at head office.  She's also been elected as a green party councilor in our local elections.  We've acquired a new cat.  After the disappointment of losing both of our previous cats in a very short space of time we've now just opted for one (although she's about the size as both of them combined).  Josie is her name in case you're interested.  She's a very patient cat and generally accepts Flo's attentions.  She's also not that fussed when our friend's dog pops over for a visit too which is nice.

That's probably enough for the time being.  Now to get back to working from home.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Stag, stag, stag

I went to Brussels this weekend with three friends from Tonbridge.  We had a great time.

Although there was a lot of drinking involved, it was over a prolonged period and we were all in bed by 10:30 (9:30 UK time)

Fruity beers

Mussels in brussels

Pints bigger than your head

Sunday morning in fancy kitchen shops

Miss timing the final day of the season so watching the Liverpool game on the Euro Star back.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A nice relaxing bath

Flo woke me up at about 5:15 this morning, which is actually quite good.  She'd slept through since 7pm the previous day so a good night for Flo.  I got up and prepared her some milk, after that 9 times out of 10 she'll settle and we'll generally get another couple of hours before she wakes up again.

With it only being an hour or so before I'd need to get ready for work I decided it wasn't worth trying to get back to sleep so ended up running a nice relaxing bath.

10 minutes in the cat decided to have a shit in her litter try (it's currently situated in the shower cubicle in the bathroom).  It stank so I had to get out of the bath, fish out the shit and flush it down the loo.

I got back in the bath.  10 minutes later Flo started chirping again.  I got out of the bath to see if a bottle of warm water would settle her, I opened her door to an ungodly odour.  She'd just had a shit in her nappy and was upset.  I changed her, put her back down and gave her the bottle.

10 minutes later April gets in the shower, Flo hadn't settled, Flo was still awake and had decided to throw her toys out of her cot.  Flo was annoyed that she no longer had her toys.  Flo started crying.

I get out of the bath for good.  Nice and relaxed