Monday, 19 March 2018

My life for the next 5 months

Preferably with a sleepy baby.

The youth of today

I think Florence for a walk around the park this afternoon and there where bit one but two groups of youths smoking pot. FFS. I don't mind them doing it, they just shouldn't really be doing it in public. The second group were huddled inside the public toilet so I couldn't use it.

Chicago in less than 2 weeks

We popped into London on Friday to get our US visas.  All good, they just need to send our passports back to us which should be at some point over the next couple of days.

All this means we're good to go Chicago on Saturday 31st March!  Not long at all.

We're very excited by it all but things are daunting too, we've got loads to pack but we're still using half of it (Florence's clothes etc.) so can't really pack anything.  If it was up to me we'd just rush it on the Friday before but pretty sure April won't allow that.

Park Life

Enjoying the park.

Since i've been off i've been averaging around 20,000 steps per day.  Mostly walking around and again the playing fields with Florence asleep.

Someone's s fan of the rugby

Supporting the wrong team though!

Pretty dull game really.

Some feeding times are more successful than others

A bit messy

Up the nose!

She prefers the boob

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Pray for me

April's got a keeping in touch day at work today so I've been left at home holding the baby.

Wish me luck...

Monday, 12 March 2018

Saturday's Chicago party

Friends came round the house on Saturday night to see us off to Chicago.  Less than 3 weeks to go now.

Questing time

I met up with Kris and Ian for Questing Time on Sunday night.  It's basically just a bunch of comedians playing Dungeons and Dragons.


Saturday, 10 March 2018


It snowed pretty heavily in Kent a couple of weeks ago, so what did I do?  Go sledging!  Not bad for a 38 year old.

New toy

One of our friends gave us their baby bouncer.  Florence was more interested in watch me make a fool out of myself.

Some Daddy time

Florence has been getting a lot more daddy time recently.

April's birthday celebrations

It was April's birthday yesterday so my Dad and his wife Ann came down for a spot of baby sitting.  We ended up heading into London to see At the Drive at Brixton Academy, but before wthat we had a spot to eat at Meatliqueur where we had the biggest ever onions rings (amoungst other things).

Some Clark news

It's been quite a while since my last blog post, i've had my mind on other things.

Basically i've been off work since the 23rd as I was made redundant.

Don't worry, i'm extremely happy about it.  I just couldn't really say much until an agreement has been signed.  I now just have to fill out the paper work.

Message me if you'd like to hear more, but I reiterate that i'm very happy about the situation.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018


For those that read my blog and are not aware of the exciting news, we're all off to Chicago for 5 months over the Easter Bank holiday.


April's been asked to cover someone else's maternity leave over in head office so will cut hers short.  That means I will take my planned shared parental leave a couple of months early and then extend that out until Florence's 1 year old.

April's company will put the three of us in Chicago but the cats won't have to fend for themselves, a friend's work colleague is looking to move to Tonbridge in the near future and is available to pay our bills and look after cats.

Flights start at around £350 return so if you'd like to come over for a visit, book you time in our diaries now.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Pestering IT does work

I've been pestering IT as my work PC only had 4GB Ram.  It's not really a problem as I do 90% of my work on big servers that have 128GB.  I do have issues when i've got a number of local workbooks open, outlook and Chrome so thought i'd see what they can do.

I've now got 10GB!

My windows experience index has gone up from 5.7 to 6.7.  Whoopie!

Thanks IT.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Winning is expensive.

Guess who won the poker?  And I won the darts!

Poker night 3 was a success for.  I ended up winning!  It was agreed the punishment for winning was to buy all of the drinks in the pub afterwards.  My £80 winnings didn't last long and I think I made a net loss of about £60 for the whole night.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Anyone for some blue food?

I'm making some chicken and vegetable soup and bought some black potatoes (because they looked interesting).  When I cut them open they're actually purple, so too now are my fingers.  I'm hoping they don't turn my soup blue too!

2 cats went in, 1.5 came back


Consoling herself with some food

Not much cat left

Took the cats to the vets for their annual C.A.T (jabs), poor Biscuit left there with a mohawk.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Toughest on the pitch

Who would have thought that my position at rugby was made up of the toughest men on the pitch (gets the least injuries).  And before you point out that the winger in position 14 has less, this doesn't count as they make a point of avoiding contact at all costs.

Position Concussion Blood Neck Shoulder Knee Muscular Total
1 7 28 26 28 22 23 134
2 20 33 29 22 28 22 154
3 7 29 13 24 22 23 118
4 12 20 8 19 15 10 84
5 5 25 13 14 12 13 82
6 17 26 6 15 13 18 95
7 15 31 11 16 16 18 107
8 8 18 13 21 17 22 99
9 16 25 8 21 21 18 109
10 24 17 26 14 8 24 113
11 14 10 14 11 15 15 79
12 8 5 9 8 14 18 62
13 10 13 9 8 8 19 67
14 6 3 7 8 13 23 60
15 6 15 11 16 19 20 87

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fuck you dieters

We get free cereal at work and occasionally I have a packet of Alpen in the morning if i've not had much to eat the night before (like last night where I only ate 2 babybels, plus 4 Kronenburgs).

I usually use  original Alpen but this morning I took a look at the packet with no added sugar.

With sugar 374 kcal,
Without 375 kcal

Not only are you eating sawdust, but you're not even saving on calorie intake.  I don't think it's worth it.

Eating on your own isn't much fun

I had Monday and Tuesday off from work as was feeling pretty ill.  I was generally feeling better in the evening on Tuesday so popped out.  I was also going stir crazy!  I was the only one in for the first 30 mins.  The Thai was good though.  Might try it again tonight as I have nothing in the house.

Not the best valentines day

I even had a lovely conversation with some twat on twitter.  That was a mistake.

At least Liverpool won 0-5 against Porto

Adjustments to the fridge magnet wall

Bored yesterday so added a little change to our magnet wall

Lloyd's has gone very PC

Gender neutral toilets on my floor at Lloyd's.  They've just renamed the previous disabled toilets.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pub steal

I picked up this menu holder in a pub last week.  That will go nicely in the bar.

Last day with Florence

Florence has landed in Australia after about a day of travelling.  Here's a photo of us on Sunday at the farmers market.  Brr...  Last night was my first without Florence.  Only another 11 to go.

It's around 35 degrees along the Gold Coast.  Urgh...

As promised

Little Flo has a moustache!  That's if this plastic pacifier one counts.  Was it worth £6?

Probably not.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Cat attack!


Florence was upstairs asleep, the cats decided to attack!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Snow in Tonbridge

Snow in Tonbridge, not really enough to settle in the town but the countryside looks nice.  And definitely not going to be a snow day.  Boo!

Correlations in the new version of the model

This month I have the exciting task of converting our models into the new version of ReMetrica (the capital modelling tool we use).  This is what the new version of the model has done to our correlations.  It's almost pretty.

I'm sure it's a magic eye thing.  If you stare long enough into it you will see a dolphin or if you're luck a naked lady.