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

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Looking forward to the weekend

The weather forecast for the weekend looks great.  I've promised to open up the bar to a view friends in Tonbridge.  That of course means that I need to tidy it up first.

I did a couple of hours in there a couple of weekends ago so there isn't really that much to do.  I've just got to throw out a few moldy beer towels and give it a good airing.  I'm sure it will be fine.   Ill also give the bbq an inspection too.  Nothing like a good 20 minute blast of gas to kill any unwanted germs.

Friday, 5 April 2019


So, i've been contracting for the past 7 weeks and everything is going well.  I've been paid twice and it's nice to have money coming into my account again.  An additional bonus is i've overpaid tax in my last place so am due a very tidy £6k once the dust settles.

I especially like it when I get paid to do a team away day.  We went over to Greenwich (next to the O2) for a spot of golf at a driving range.  Amazing views, right across the river from Canary Wharf.

The most annoying part of the day was having to head back early to pick up Flo as April's away in Chicago for the week.

Another tough part of being a contractor is trying to resist spending all he new found money in my account.  I've twice very nearly bought myself a new £500 tablet.  I must resist.  I must resist.

Friday, 15 March 2019

It's been a while

I've just done over 4 weeks at work in my new role.  And although things have been a bit busy this week I think i'll do fine here.  My initial contract is for 6 months which is standard and you never know I may get an extension.  Who knows...

I'm almost sorted with my company accounts etc., I think it's just my VAT certificate left to arrive then i'm good to go.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Start saving

Only six months until the big 40. I accept lots of presents or hard cash.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

First day

Well, that was interesting. My first day in my new contracting career went well. I was shown various things that i'll be expected to work on and it's mostly things I've done before.
Fairly confident that I'll be able to do a good job there.
Almost there on the business side of things, just agreeing terms with an accountant to go.

Friday, 8 February 2019

More blogging

Now that I'm due to start working next week I might try and make some more regular blog posts.

I also have a new my setup inspire me.

Introducing Josephine (Josie) our new family member.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Nearly a Year off

Looks like I'm back working next week! I've got a contracting role at a very good managing agency back in the city.
It's taken a while, a while longer than I would have liked but thankfully I've not run out of money so all is good.
I'm excited about getting back to work but will miss Flo, more or less my only human contact during the week.

Monday, 14 January 2019

No WiFi and no Internet

Just spent the past three nights in a lovely old house over near Diss for Kris' 40th birthday celebrations.
It was a nice break, but glad to be home.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Dead rat!

We've had a bit of a rat problem since we've come back from Chicago, and until now not been able to get rid of them.  Today I smelt a strange smell from the cupboard under the stairs so I took a look.  Yuk!

There was a dead rat half stuck in one of my beer making kits.  All cleaned up now and hopefully it will be the last of them.