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Sunday 25 May 2008

Failure

Today has been another day marked more by its failures than by any success. I have failed today to: Understand how Movable Type implements the AtomPub API through the atom.cgi script sufficiently to get LoudTwitter to post to my weblog....


Friday 25 April 2008

Back Seat Blogging

I've been told to add that my wife remains as gorgeous as always. And I wouldn't dare contradict her....


A Brief History of Crapness

So here's my sad tale that led to nearly 11 months of not blogging. Don't go expecting Gone with the Wind or anything......... As suggested by my post of 11 July last year, by the middle of the year I...


Monday 29 January 2007

Jees. 2007 sucks already

Wow. I honestly thought that 2007 would rise from the shitty ashes of 2006 and give me some kind of hope for the future. Not happening so far..... Don't get me wrong. There are other people facing far, far worse...

Monday 28 August 2006

My "poorly" jumper...

Boys and girls, this is my poorly jumper. It's an item of clothing that has been with me for in excess of 10 years and it's one of the most comfortable, comforting things I own. Unfortunately, Sharon hates it with...

Thursday 10 August 2006

Horse Racing and Texas at Newmarket

Last Friday, 4 August, Sharon and I went to Newmarket Races with my boss and work colleagues. Sharon and I bet about £20 a time on each of the 6 races of the evening, a total of £120, but managed...

Friday 14 July 2006

Flying Lesson

Last month I finally got to go for the flying lesson Sharon bought for our wedding anniversary back in November. After 4 cancelled lessons due to bad weather, the elements finally relented and allowed me up there. I'm not sure...

Thursday 13 July 2006

Crossroads

Today has been a crossroads for a number of reasons. Unfortunately I'm not able to discuss any off them here. Walls have ears and all that...... Why then am I feeling so low? As one door closes (actually several doors)...

Monday 26 June 2006

"life's full of stuff that's been keeping me from blogging"

I've been a little busy of late as the title of this post suggests (It's a quote from angelheaded hipster by the way). Mostly, I've been working and looking after Sharon and the family after her operation. But a major...

Thursday 1 June 2006

The God of I.T. hates me

I'm not sure what I've done. Maybe I mistreated too many ZX Spectrums as a youngster. Maybe I discarded old digital watches too readily. Whatever my past sins toward silicon, I appear to be reaping serious negative digital karma. 3...

Saturday 13 May 2006

Mentoring

Often, it's not until someone else turns to you for advice and guidance that you realise just how much expertise you have in a particular subject / skill. Especially when it's an activity you haven't done for a while and...

Sunday 30 April 2006

Shaved Head

Tonight Sharon shaved my head. What do you think? If you're interested in shaving your head then headshaver.org has more information than you can shake a stick at. However, if I decide I like this and planto shave my head...

Friday 7 April 2006

Get me to the Church hotel on time

Wow! Look at that. Almost a whole week without a single entry. It's touch busy at the moment. I'm not likely to be doing any blogging over the weekend either because my sister's getting married. So, in the meantime, here's...

Saturday 1 April 2006

It's what weekends are for.....

Is there anything better than a post-coital snooze on a sunny afternoon? Too much information?...

Saturday 25 March 2006

Madrid

I'm in Madrid at the moment on my future Brother in Law's stag do. Last night we hade a few beers and sampled some Tapas. Today we went to Real Madrid's ground, Santiago Bernabeu. Tonight we're off for more beers...

Tuesday 14 March 2006

It's Steak and BJ Day!

Today is March 14th - Steak and BJ Day. So, check out what I was given for dinner! Technorati Tags: steak, steak and BJ, dinner...

Thursday 9 March 2006

Money, Day 3

Continuing the monitor of spending.Today's list:£2 - James' school dinner£72 - Vet's fees for test on Lilly to see why she's constantly schratching£10 - Beer and wine£7 - Food...

Money Pt.2

Second in this most boring series. Today we spent: £1 on a loaf of bread £15 on Sharon's singing lesson £3.99 on a bottle of wine £1 on a scratchcard...

Tuesday 7 March 2006

Money Pt. 1

For various reasons I need to save as much / spend as little money as possible over the next 2 1/2 weeks. I intend to post here at the end of each day how much I've spent and on what....

Thursday 9 February 2006

Diablo Toasted Sandwiches

For Christmas I got the Diablo Toasted Sandwich Maker I asked for. And it is very good. Nice, deep sandwiches that hold plenty of filling. It makes very little mess and is completely dishwasher proof. The instruction booklet that comes...

Monday 23 January 2006

I'm going flying tomorrow....

It's my birthday tomorrow. I'm 34. To celebrate I've booked to go on the flying lesson that Sharon bought me for our wedding anniversary last year. I'm flying (subject to the weather - which looks good) with the East Midlands...

Thursday 5 January 2006

New Year's Eve start over

My New Year Resolution, one of the most important I've made for a long time, lasted less than 24 hours. I'm having a start over again. From now on 2006 officially started on the morning of 3 January. My New...

Tuesday 13 December 2005

Explanation

It's December. I'm busy. I'm working 4 days a week. I'm doing mobile discos 4 to 5 times a week. When I'm at home I'm doing paperwork for the disco agency; contracts, invoices and bookings. I've had DJs let me...

Friday 18 November 2005

Subtlety



Thursday 13 October 2005

Credible Explanations

At some point last night, whilst I was fast asleep, someone crept into my bedroom and, without waking me up, smacked me in the face with a shovel. They're very good at this because they managed it without leaving any...

Wednesday 12 October 2005

Daylight

In the space of a week the time at which I drag myself out of bed in the morning has gone from bright (for non-UK readers substitute weak & washy) sunlight to total darkness. Sunset is also starting to occur...

Friday 16 September 2005

Paul Taylor

This man has my name. And he uses it in the press far more than I ever do. Do you know how disappointing it is to see your name in the papers 10 to 20 times a day and none...

Thursday 8 September 2005

What a difference a year (or three) makes

Looking back at this week 3 years ago: Cultured - I'd competed a test to tell me what type of organisation I should work with. I think the result quite accuractely describes the company I actually ended up with. Anxiety...

Saturday 6 August 2005

Bad Week

This has benn an awful week with 2 particularly awful days. Unfortunately it's not anything I can discuss in public. Take it from me. It's been awful. I had to do one of the hardest things I've ever done. It...

Thursday 7 July 2005

London Bombs - On my way home

I've just walked half way across London to get to Euston Station. I navigated by following some bloke who I was fairly sure I'd overheard saying he was walking to Euston. I'm tired and sweaty. It started to rain as...

London Bombs V

I've decided to try to get home tonight, although I don't know how wiose that is. Much of the transport in the centre is still suspended. I can get a train north from where I am to Victoria Station. If...

London Bombs IV

I have managed to get out of the centre of London by getting a taxi south to a friend's house. Some transport is starting to run again according to the news but most of the centre is closed down. I'm...

London Bombs III

There are rumours that southbound trains are running again but, having spent over an hour in the queue for a taxi (and it's now even bigger than when i joined it) i don't fancy leaving the queue to find out....

London Bombs II

As the day goes on, more of London's train stations seem to close. For a great many people taxis are the only way to get home and the queues stretch for hundreds of yards. Taxis will apparently take you out...

Aw Crap! Bombs in London

I'm stuck in the centre of London today in the middle of the UK first major terrorist attack since 11/9. Apparently (I'm receiving my news relayed by text message from Sharon - although now I'm in an Internet cafe I'll...

Monday 4 July 2005

I broke something at the weekend

I broke summat at the weekend. I stressed it too much and it finally broke. Living with it in that state is like having one hand tied behind my back. I'm hoping to get it repaired soon. No. It's not...

Tuesday 14 June 2005

Root Beer

When I was a kid McDonalds sold Root Beer and it quickly became my favourite soft drink. It reminded me of the sarsaparilla drink my Granny used to make me when we visited her. Unfortunately, in the early 1990s, just...

Sunday 5 June 2005

Mute

I've had lots and lots to write about of late. I've had very little time to write about anything and, to be honest, very little impetus or desire write recently. Come round with a beer or two and I'll talk...

Tuesday 26 April 2005

Do not stand on my grave and weep...

19 April 2005, one week ago, was the ninth anniversary of my first wedding, to Karen (pronounced care-ann) Daniel. 5 May 2005 will be the ninth anniversary of her death. The weeks and months after her death are hazy in...

Friday 25 March 2005

Still Going

I really hate blogs that seem to consist of regular apologies for not posting because someone's "too busy". Yet here I am, nothing for a week and the best I can say is, "Sorry, too busy". Unfortunately, most of what...

Tuesday 15 March 2005

Not dead - Just Busy

Still here. Just......



Wednesday 9 March 2005

All over

We're home again after the operation.....



Before the operation

We're at the hospital waiting for Sharon's operation to start. See the full entry for more...



More Surgery

Sharon should be going in for a laparoscopy this afternoon to determine whether she has a cyst on her ovary. She was first told this could be a possibility back in July last year. It took several months to get...

Thursday 24 February 2005

I wanna

One of the few items I've found recently that would go in an "I want this" category but not the "Gadgets" category would be a signed copy of The Art of Discworld by Paul Kidby. Nice. In fact pretty much...

Monday 14 February 2005

My Valentine

Sharon, Happy Valentines Honey. Whether we're rich or poor, I feel like the wealthiest man on the planet. Except I can't afford to buy you expensive jewellery. Other than that I feel like the wealthiest man on the planet. Oh....

Wednesday 9 February 2005

Presents

You know, I very nearly told you all what I'd bought Sharon for Valentines Day and the vague plan I have for the evening of Valentines Day. Then I remembered that she occassionally reads this site. I don't think I...

Saturday 5 February 2005

Old School Reports

My mum came round yesterday with a pile of old paperwork that she'd cleared out of her filing cabinet. It included some certificates I had received as a Scout and for various activities when I was a child. It also...

Friday 4 February 2005

Poems what I wrote my wiff

I love you. More than stew. You love me. So cook my tea, Wench. ---- I love you. You love me. Lets have sex. Where no one can see. Us ---- You're sexy and sweet From your head to your...

Wednesday 26 January 2005

Rat Shit

The world feels like it's unravelling at the moment. Everything seems to be slowly but surely going wrong. Sharon hasn't felt well for more than 2 days in a row since the start of they year. Consequently the house is...

Friday 21 January 2005

And...

And it's my birthday on Monday and people keep asking me what I want. I haven't got a clue to be honest. Any suggestions?...

Phew!

It's been a busy old week, all in all. On Sunday night I DJed at a staff party for The Entertainment Agency's biggest client (for free). I really didn't want to as I'd got work the next day but there...

Thursday 13 January 2005

200 Things

Zero thought blogging content. Instant filler. Lazy blog writing. Call them what you will, every now and then there's a blogging meme that captures my attention. The 200 things list below is one of them, although I don't know why....

Sunday 9 January 2005

Saturday Night Texting

Me - In Coventry DJing at a wedding. Barry - DJing at a terrible Xmas party. Our 13 yr old daughter is on crutches during some particularly bad growing pains and has 2 friends round. Sharon (8/1 21:34): Hi hows...

Wednesday 5 January 2005

2005 Sucks

Yes. I know it's extremely early in the year to be writing the whole thing off, but I have to say I feel like 2005 has already, is well an truly and is shaping up to completely and utterly suck....

Saturday 1 January 2005

We suffer

Ctrl+Alt+Del - Tragically l337 says it all for Sharon & I today. Eugh! Update: Real Life get's it on the nail too....

Friday 31 December 2004

Crash and Burn

OK, so I said that the entires may be few and far between because of the amount I was working. I didn't realise that they would only become scarce once I'd actually finished working. In fact, everything has become scarce...

Saturday 4 December 2004

Subtle Hint

Do you think someone was hinting? I'm off out shopping soon then....

Tuesday 23 November 2004

Dear Cupid

Customer Services Cupid Life Partners UK Ltd Cloud 9 Up There Somewhere 23 November 2004 Dear Sirs My purchase of Wife, Model "Sharon" Many years ago I purchased from you an early model Girlfriend. Unfortunately the available model was not...

Thursday 18 November 2004

A Quick Consultation

Me: I have some pain in my lower abdomen. It's been getting worse slowly during the day. Dr Nice: How's your bowels? Me: Fine. Fine. Been farting like a trooper but there's nothing new there. I think it might be...

Friday 5 November 2004

Wedding Anniversary

It was our wedding anniversary on Wednesday. 3 years ago on the 3 November we were married. I had a huge, romantic blog post planned. I planned it in my head as I drove home from work. Unfortunately by the...

Monday 1 November 2004

Monday morning blues.....

I'm feeling a little glum today. My normal Monday morning blues haven't lifted as the day has gone on. Even spending my lunch hour searching for pictures of Eastenders' finest hasn't lifted my mood. Please, somebody leave me a comment...

Self Diagnosis - Nervous Breakdown

According to this list of symptoms, I may be suffering from a 5 year long nervous breakdown. I think I'll just turn the lights off and sit in a corner until the men in white coats come and collect me....

Sunday 31 October 2004

Quick Catch Up

OK. So, thanks to convincing HM C&E to settle out of court regarding a client, I've not been quite so busy as I was or was expecting to be. Unfortunately, due to a very poorly 2 year old and a...

Wednesday 27 October 2004

Er. Hi.... Bye!!!

Sorry. Can't stop. Majorly busy. Up to my eyeballs in it to be honest and not likely to get time to write anything for days. Shame really. Got loads of links to post and some interesting shit to write about....

Monday 18 October 2004

Trouble and Strife

Pretty soon our local hospital is going to put a zipper on Sharon's abdomen. First there's the 3 cesarean sections that she's had, then of course she had to have her gall bladder removed last year. Last week she was...

Wednesday 6 October 2004

A stress tightrope

Historically I've always worked best under stress. Up to the age of 25 - 26 stress was my main motivator.Work would lie undone until the 11th hour, at which time the impending deadline would kick me squarely in the ass...

Sunday 3 October 2004

Colchester Aardvarks

Click for Biggie It's only taken a month, but we've finally found the USB lead for our camera and been able to download the pictures we took at Colchester Zoo last month. I'll set up a gallery for some more...

Monday 20 September 2004

No reason

This has no relevance at all....

Saturday 18 September 2004

I want, I want, I want....

Also known as, The Extremely Short Wishlist....

Thursday 2 September 2004

Our adopted children...

We went to Colchester Zoo today to see my adopted aardvarks. 3 hours each way with 3 kids in the car, it was actually a lot less painful than I was expecting. The zoo itself was excellent. We were there...

Sunday 29 August 2004

Kitchen Visitors

At night we have visitors. Strange alien creatures take over our kitchen whilst the lights are out. The creatures are so alien and unexpected that I've been into the kitchen, made a cup of tea and left without noticing the...

Monday 23 August 2004

Up to my elbows in it

To many house owners there is a sound that instantly instills dread and fear. A sound that drains the money from your wallet and instantly expands to fill your spare time with DIY repairs and decorations.

That sound is running, dripping, splashing water.



Friday 23 July 2004

A good nights sleep...

Today I'm tired. And I'm complaining about it. See more in the full entry.



Sunday 11 July 2004

Every day is like sunday....

Sharon's off at the Move Festival tonight to see Morrissey. When she first suggested she wanted to go she asked whether I would go with her. However, I'm not a Morrissey fan. I find his music depressing and I wouldn't...

Saturday 3 July 2004

Wednesday

Today feels like a Wednesday. My Wednesdays normally happen on a Tuesday but they're Wednesdays none the less and today feel like one of those. And if you know what I'm talking about I probably shouldn't have mentioned it....

Sunday 27 June 2004

Adopted aardvark

My fathers day present arrived this weekend. Sharon and the kids have adopted some aardvarks at Colchester Zoo for me (website down at time of writing). Apparently it took Sharon weeks to find a zoo in the UK that...

Friday 18 June 2004

Emotional Landmines

I used to think that as time went by since Karen died the pain, grief and loss would fade away until eventually I was left simply with my memories of her, both happy and sad. It doesn't seem to quite...

Friday 28 May 2004

Right that's it...

... I've had enough. I'm taking a break and I won't be around for 6 or 7 days. I'll be somewhere else chilling out. In the meantime, I can recommend any of the sites in my Blogroll. I apologise for...

Sunday 23 May 2004

16 Years

I can't remember if I've ever told you (and even a search can't find it) that Sharon was my first serious girlfriend and I was her first serious boyfriend. In 1988, when I was 16 and Sharon was 15, we...

Thursday 6 May 2004

Relief

You know that sinking feeling you get when you realise you've completely and utterly screwed up? The one that's sometime accompanied by the sound of crunching metal as you reverse into a parked car. The one you get just milliseconds...

Monday 26 April 2004

Ebay Woo-yay!

Woot! There's been a little flurry of bids for my Manchester United 1999 Signed Football on Ebay and it has finally reached it reserve with over a day left. Here's hoping the action continues and takes the price higher....

Saturday 24 April 2004

Ebay Auctioneer again

My second item on Ebay is a Mamas & Papas pram we don't need any more. This time I decided to put a little more effort into the presentation of the listing. My first item isn't exactly going great guns...

Tuesday 20 April 2004

It's the wrong time of year for me.

So here we are again. Every year I convince myself that it's not really effecting me, that I'm OK. But still, at this time of year I become a little more introspective; a little more reserved; a bit more run...

Today - tonight

Today was a good day. Tonight is a rough night. Maybe tomorrow I'll explain........

Sunday 18 April 2004

Ebay Auctioneer

Well, I've done it. After months of nagging from my in-laws I've finally listed my first item for auction on Ebay.co.uk, a Manchester United (Man Utd) 1999 Signed Football. I bought it in a charity auction almost 2 years ago...

Bleurgh!

I'm proper sick at the moment. Some kind of gastric flu I think. You don't want to know the details. And I'm flying up to Edinburgh this afternoon. That'll be fun. I'm just hoping to be better by tomorrow when...

Saturday 27 March 2004

New (to me) car

Well, despite my complete ineptitude when it comes to buying cars, today we picked up a nice Peugeot 406. This is not mine, obviously. It's just a picture I nicked. It's an 8 year old 406 1.9 L TD. Nothing...

Monday 22 March 2004

Leave me alone

So, Saturday night I celebrated my creativity a little too hard. And on Sunday god punished me by adding to my reasonable hangover with a rather vicious stomach bug. Well, Connor have it to me (and Sharon) but I'm sure...

Wednesday 10 March 2004

Warm Milky Drink

I'm having difficulty getting to sleep tonight. My little chap and his two friends are still black and blue but recovering. They're a little swollen and not nestling as comfortably as usual, but it's bearable. The main discomfort is the...

Shopping Terror

There are 2 things I hate buying, and I don't use the word hate lightly: 1) Shoes - Don't ask me why, I have no idea. I could clothes shop all day, longer if I actually had enough money to...

Tuesday 9 March 2004

Training Exercises

Everything went well yesterday and it was all over with the minimum of fuss. We arrived just before 8am (Sharon had to come because I was advised not to drive home) and I was in the operating theatre by 9.30....

Sunday 7 March 2004

You'll feel a little prick....

Tomorrow, I'm off for one of these. Everybody seems to think I should be nervous, but it really is a tiny simple operation. I have a Prince Albert so a little op (warning - not for the squeamish) under local...

Tuesday 27 January 2004

Spectacularly boring entry

Nothing to report. I got incredibly wasted on Saturday night as a celebration / commiseration of my birthday, so most of Sunday disappeared too. Monday morning, I was still feeling ill and needed to do some work to get my...

Saturday 24 January 2004

Happy Birthday to me

Hey! It's my birthday. Yey me! And I'm posting this from the web browser of my Handspring Treo. How cool is that?...

Friday 23 January 2004

Gonna party like it's your my birthday

Shit. Completely forgot to mention, it's my birthday tomorrow. I don't have a wish list. I don't expect that there's anyone reads this that knows me well enough to want to spend money on me (although I wouldn't be so...

Thursday 22 January 2004

I've been married almost 70,000,000 seconds

At about 20 minutes past midnight tonight (I assume its GMT but I'm not sure) Sharon and I will have been married exactly 70,000,000 seconds. Find your age or anniversary in seconds, minutes, hours and Mercurian to Plutonian Years at...

Tuesday 20 January 2004

Gadget Freek

I got one of these last week. And it rocks. Then I installed this. Unsuprisingly my free time productivity has gone down the drain. The trial period runs out in 7 days. I may not pay for the software. It's...

Wednesday 7 January 2004

Crap

My car key, of which I have only one copy, snapped in half this evening for no apparent reason. It didn't even break in the lock, but sat on the drivers seat. I now can't drive my car, can't even...

Tuesday 6 January 2004

Goats uncovers the secret aardvark conspiracy

Following on from yesterday's discovery, I was trawling through the Goats archive. It appears one of the characters may have uncovered my evil plan. An alternative theory is that I've been deprived of the Internet for so long that I'm...

Finally

I have Internet access at home once again. If I weren't already an NTL customer I would certainly not have joined up on the back of their recent performance. Every step of every action has been marred by technical and...

Monday 5 January 2004

I'm back (sort of).

That has to go down as one of the most stressful Christmases ever. And I still have no Internet access. Here's a tiny tip for everyone; never move house just a few days before Christmas. Especially is you've got 3...

Wednesday 24 December 2003

Internet DTs

NTHell told me on Monday that it would be 3 weeks before they could reconnect our telephone, television and Internet at the new house. 3 F*CKING WEEKS! Instant visions of WWW.withdrawal flashed up before my eyes, kids with Simpsons deprivation...

Monday 22 December 2003

Moved

We moved house on Friday and it was a major task. I'm still knackered and I still ache. Unfortunately, it's likely to be after Christmas before our Internet connection catches up with us. Updates here may be infrequent until it...

Sunday 14 December 2003

Moving

It sorted. Finally. After loads of hassle and almost a month late, we're moving house on Friday, possibly. Well, more of a probably than a possibly but its still not 100%. Unfortunately I was supposed to be DJing Friday lunchtime...

Friday 5 December 2003

Plague Ship

Currently Connor has a chest infection (one in a long line of them, he's on antibiotics for the 12th time in his 16 month life), James has gastric flu (running a temperature of 99.7 and miserable as sin) and Chloe...

Sunday 30 November 2003

Xmas wishes

As soon as they get some stock back in, I'd like some of Morpheus' glasses from The Matrix. You know the ones? They clip onto the bridge of the nose. Update: No sooner than I link it, they remove the...

Sunday 23 November 2003

How moving

In theory, we should be moving house in 5 days. In practise, it's not going to happen. But we could be moving at any time in the next 3 weeks (hopefully). So we're busy packing, throwing, disassembling and organising. Hence...

Thursday 13 November 2003

You gotta work hard if you want any at all...

I'm a little busy at the moment. For personal reasons we're one person down at work, a consultant I was working quite closely with. Consequently my work load is a little heavier. Coupled with the fact that my concentration is...

Thursday 6 November 2003

Sucky sucky sucky

Yesterday, with the exception of actually getting to see V Graham Norton being recorded, pretty much sucked. Sharon and I had a big argument in the morning which sucked. We chose to make a diversion in the morning to meet...

Insomnia

Half past one in the morning. 5 1/2 until I have to get up. And I can't sleep. Not even close to dropping off. And the longer I lie there, the more stressed I get and the less I'm likely...

Tuesday 4 November 2003

V v v theaardvark

We're off to see V. Graham Norton being recorded tomorrow. Yesterday they phoned and asked if I could send through photos of me as a baby, a young boy, a teenager and a recent photo. Today they phoned and asked...

Monday 3 November 2003

Trouble and Strife

I want somebody to share Share the rest of my life Share my innermost thoughts Know my intimate details Someone who'll stand by my side And give me support And in return She'll get my support She will listen to...

Sunday 26 October 2003

Forgetful Anonymous

Hello. My name is theaardvark and I am forgetful. It has been several hours since I last forgot anything significant. This morning I forgot that I was running the bath and caused water to overflow. I only realised when it...

Friday 24 October 2003

There's no time like the present

Isn't it amazing how a few mid-week days off work, with midday lie-ins, can completely mess with not just your body clock but you internal calender too. Despite having been at work this morning and working from home this afternoon,...

So, how sick are you?

I've been a little poorly. Doting fathers everywhere will know the story. Your darling child picks up a bug. Mum keeps him/her off school, suddenly Mum is struck down. You take a little time of work to help her cope...

Tuesday 21 October 2003

House Husband

Sharon's been poorly today. Immobilised by a sickness bug. So I've been doing housework since 4 o'clock. That means no real time to blog. But I did find a little something to point you toward. Doorsteps is a cute little...

Sunday 19 October 2003

Indulgence

Today, Sharon and I went shopping for Chloe's birthday present. She's 12 on Wednesday. We've planned for quite a while, together with her Dad, to buy her a computer. So we dragged ourselves over to Dunstall Park where they have...

Tuesday 14 October 2003

Like the windmills in my mind....

A good friend of mine is going through the wringer at the mo. His Mum has just found out for the 3rd time that she's suffering from Cancer. His Dad is already quite ill and, for his Mum, this is...

Wednesday 8 October 2003

Bad Checksum!

I'm having problems with my computer. I have since I installed the new chip and motherboard a couple of months ago. A couple of times a week, on boot up it gives a "Checksum Error" and resets the BIOS. I...

Sunday 5 October 2003

Today's colour

Ever have a blue day you can't explain? A day when, for no reason, you can't lift yourself out of the doldrums? When you could easily have stayed in bed all day, hidden from the world where people seem to...

Friday 3 October 2003

Who me?

I don't know what I've eaten, but a pair of these would not go amiss right now. More information than you needed I'm sure, but I'm always happy to share....

Wednesday 1 October 2003

Sorry.

[homer] No time to blog. Must go drink beer. Talk tomorrow. [/homer]...

Tuesday 30 September 2003

Our House

Our new house. Hopefully. (Click for big) ETA: End of the year....

Friday 19 September 2003

Money makes the world go....

Once again, we're 6 days before pay day and we've run out of money. 3 months ago it didn't used to be like this. We were actually clearing our overdraft off. But for the last couple of months we've been...

Sunday 14 September 2003

Random Email

From: JlXXXXXXX@aol.com Sent: 14 September 2003 22:36 To: [my personal email address] Subject: Gemma. Hello Paul, Just heard about you from Gemma's mum Heather. I suppose this goes without saying really " Gemma is extremely special to all of us",...

Thursday 11 September 2003

Wishlist

I've often thought about a wishlist but the kind of things I want, that I'm into don't tend to be together on one site. So, I'll do one here as a blog entry. This is not a begging entry. I...

Wednesday 10 September 2003

Desire, longing, need and the Technics CD Turntables.

I really, really (really, really, really) want one (well two actually) of these. Really, really really. Can you tell what it is? Take another look. And read a couple of articles. It's a professional Technics CD (and MP3) player with...

Thursday 4 September 2003

Routine

It feels like a week where not much has happened. But in-hindsight there's a couple of milestones achieved this week. James started school and Chloe started High School. Both seem to be doing well although James is a little less...

Monday 1 September 2003

Walking Dead

Just can't get my head round work this morning. I think I overdid it slightly at the weekend. I need 2 to 3 days of solid sleep to get my head together. However, that's not very likely. In other news,...

Wednesday 27 August 2003

Three and a half thousand reasons

OK, here's the deal. The house Sharon and I want to buy is £130,000 (it was £135k but they accepted our offer of £130k). Our house is on the market at £90,000. I can afford to increase my mortgage by...

Tuesday 26 August 2003

Discomfort

I had my tongue pierced on Friday and it's a little uncomfortable today. I think she pierced it a little too far forward but I guess I won't know for sure until I have the shorter bar put in. Tell...

Monday 18 August 2003

Have some cheer.

I had the real Monday Morning Blues this morning. I was not a happy bunny at all. Too much partying at the weekend I guess. Then I got this email in response to some advice I gave: Paul Thankyou for...

Party on dude!

On Saturday I did something I haven't done for ages. I went out clubbing to a "big" club. Alan and I made the 45 minute trek up to Coalville to go to Passion and had an excellent time. Unfortunately we...

Monday 11 August 2003

Excuse me a minute.....

I'm playing Delta Force Task Force Dagger. I promise I'll be back. If only I could kill that bugger that keeps knifing me in the back. Oh, and right after I've done the housework too....

Friday 8 August 2003

Wherever I lay my hat...

Ok, so don't ask why but I've kind of been in denial that we're re-entering the whole buying and selling houses thing. I mean; I can't ignore it. Sharon's been a little demon getting our house ready and nagging me...

Wednesday 6 August 2003

eXistential Problems

All of my spare time at home is currently being soaked up by a Windows XP install (re-install, re-install, curse, re-install). Dive into Mark has a very good guide to what I would be going though if I knew what I was doing.



Monday 4 August 2003

More power....

Sounds like I've gotsome writing to do. Lets see, power went off at 11pm Thursday and came back on at 5pm Saturday. That’s 42 hours. So that's £100. That should replace the frozen food in my freezer but it's not...

By the power of Greyskull....

Aquila Networks - 7:30pm SUNDAY 3 August, 2003 Substation Fire - Burntwood, Staffordshire Electricity supplies have been restored to all the domestic customers affected by the substation fire at Burntwood. Electricity is currently supplied from over 100 mobile generating units...

Friday 1 August 2003

Powerless update

Look, we made the news. Chase Terrace, Burntwood - That's where I live....

Processorless

Turn's out the problem with my PC wasn't minor. Somehow the processor has got fried and probably taken the motherboard with it. Soooooo that's £150 plus I'll need to spend before I can get it working again. Bugger, bugger, bugger,...

Powerless

Soooo, the big news today is that our house, along with 18,000 other people in the vicinity, has been without electricity for 10 hours. The power went off last night at about 11pm, after spending 5 or 10 minutes at...

Monday 28 July 2003

Weekend High, Monday Low..

The problem with a good weekend is that, when it's followed by a bad Monday it feels even worse. This weekend wasn't a major high. I had a good gig on Friday night which I enjoyed. I spent most of...

Monday 21 July 2003

Delayed action guilt complex

Just over 7 years ago my first wife died. We'd been together for almost exactly 3 years and married for just 3 weeks. Over the period of our relationship I'd made some mistakes. The sort of mistakes that get made...

Things not to say to a DJ

when asking him for a record.... 1) When are you going to play something good? - Firstly, you're saying my music is crap. Secondly, you appear to expect me to read your mind and work out what you like. I...

Monday 14 July 2003

Annoying slang/ abbreviations I wish I didn't use.

BTW - Bye the way FYI - For your information Defo - Definately Ar - Yes Cool - (How retro 70s?)...

Lazing on a sunny afternoon

I'm getting old. I know I'm getting old because yesterday afternoon Sharon and Al had to almost physically drag me away from the ironing in order to go to the park. The UK is experiencing its second mini-heatwave of the...

Thursday 10 July 2003

Poorly

Sharon's not well. In fact she's quite sick. Not seriously ill but very sick. She has been since Wednesday which is one of the reasons I've been scarce....

Sunday 6 July 2003

The wrong side of the bed.

Ever spend an entire weekend with your arse firmly in your hands? In such a stinking mood that you take it out on everyone around you but with no real explanation? It's been a tough weekend and it's mostly been...

Tuesday 1 July 2003

Money's too tight to mention.

I need more money. Not too much more, just more. Just this year....

Monday 23 June 2003

Honey, I'm home.....

It's been a bad day. I remember as a child the bad temper my Dad used to have. I was always sensible enough to stay out of his way when I saw it brewing but my sisters didn't seem to...

Monday 16 June 2003

Picture my Fathers Day

Strangely, my Dad had exactly the same Fathers Day as me. He spent it attempting to fit out a bathroom and, being faced with unending problems, was in a foul temper all day....

Sunday 15 June 2003

All the things she said

"I've found a nice, cheap bath suite" she said. "It's only £195" she said. "Pete says he fitted his in a day" she said. "He says he'll come over on Saturday and help you" she said. "And I'll buy some...

Friday 13 June 2003

Phuuuphh!!!

Can't be bothered. Really can't be bothered. I've been feeling like this for a few days. I just can't be bothered with anything very much. It's a Friday afternoon at work and I'm really struggling with my motivation to keep...

Sunday 8 June 2003

Happy Fathers Day

I spent most of yesterday finding, selecting and then collecting my Fathers Day present one week early. A touch unusual for a fathers day present I know, but a damn site more permanent than a "Worlds Best Dad" coffee mug....

Wednesday 4 June 2003

My holiday in 31,000 words

Holiday Photo Gallery on my personal Website...

Here's the culprit

Now it's catch up time....

Wednesday 28 May 2003

It's the borrowers....

My house eats socks. I now own 3 pairs of socks and approximately 50 odd socks, enough to fill a small crate. There's nothing unusual about that, it happens to everyone. 80s observational humour would have been lost without the...

Monday 26 May 2003

So much to say and so little time.

The unfortunate side effect of having a lot to say is that, unless you have the time to say it, you tend to say very little. So, in order to say at least something; It seems that I have returned...

Thursday 15 May 2003

Ooooooh, I do like to be beside the seaside.....

There are times when I'm glad I'm a bloke. It imbues you with certain magical powers. Like the ability to pack for a 6 day holiday in less than half an hour and take up less that half a suitcase....

Wednesday 14 May 2003

Balearic Break

On Friday we're off on holiday for a week so it'll be a little quiet round here, unless I find an internet cafe. We're going to southern Ibiza and, at the moment, I can't wait. I know it going to...

Saturday 10 May 2003

Tired

Connor has a cold at the moment and he's teething, which is making for a broken nights sleep. Somehow he manages to sleep deeply from 7pm when he's put to bed until just 15 minutes after Sharon and I go...

Thursday 8 May 2003

...

I have nothing really to add today. It's been a strange kind of day. Its sheer normality has seemed completely out of sorts. There was no solemn Bugle Call Retreat, no mass silence. There was no let up at work...

Wednesday 7 May 2003

In memoriam

Tomorrow, 8 May, is the 7th anniversary of the death of my first wife, Karen Taylor (nee Daniels). We were married for just 3 weeks having married on 19 April 1996 before the brain tumour that had left her paralysed...

Today I have...

...been mostly stressed to buggery. No particular reason. At work we account for our time on timesheets so that the office manager can calculate how much to bill our clients. To date we have used weekly timesheets and I have...

Monday 5 May 2003

Long Weekend

Make that a looooong weekend. (Warning: Boring personal shite ahead)..........

Thursday 1 May 2003

Bah!

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!Here is how you matched up against all the levels:LevelScorePurgatory (Repenting Believers)Very LowLevel 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very LowLevel 2 (Lustful)ExtremeLevel 3 (Gluttonous)ModerateLevel 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)HighLevel 5...

Wednesday 30 April 2003

Civilised Times

I'm going straight from home to meet with a client today because the client's only a few miles from my house. The client arranged the meeting for 10am so I had a massive lie in (for a weekday anyway) until...

Tuesday 29 April 2003

We really must catch up....

Have you ever noticed, when you get together with an old friend whom you haven't seen for months, you have less to talk about than you have with the people you see everyday? Despite the fact that more has occurred...

Sunday 27 April 2003

0 - booked in 5 hours

I love the internet. Over a phone call on Friday lunchtime, Sharon and I decided we wanted to go on holiday. We decided we would join her Mum & Family in Ibiza for a week in May. By the end...

Saturday 26 April 2003

Saturday Scruples

It's been a while since I've done a meme, so here's a Saturday one. Found via Globe of Blogs - Saturday Scruples! A patient calls late Friday to inquire about a test result. You're only a lab technician and can't...

Friday 25 April 2003

Personal Message

Sharon, I love you loads. P. No particular reason. No major dramas. Just wanted to say it....

Saturday 19 April 2003

Ow, my head!

I've been a little slack here for the last couple of days, but I do have an excuse (well 2 occurances of the same excuse). Sharon & I had friends over on Thursday night and Friday night and consequently have...

Monday 14 April 2003

Gotaway

A very good friend of mine lent me his copy of The Getaway for the PS2. I've had a quick play tonight. I don't think I'll be getting much acheived around the house this week. ;-)...

Sunday 13 April 2003

A present for me?

Sharon and I are feeding next doors 3 cats whilst they are on holiday this week. This afternon, when I walked through the door I thought I'd discovered the remains of an over exhuberent pillow fight....

Saturday 12 April 2003

Must get a life.....

Don't you think it's ironic that the only part of a washing machine that gets really mucky is the part were all the cleaning powder goes in?...

Look what I did.....

We're having a naming ceremony for Connor on 1 June 2003. Neither Sharon nor I are particularly religious so we couldn't go with a christening but we still wanted to have the opportunity to gather a family and friends together...

MT, MT, MT

OK. I know I've been a little obsessed of late and not posted anything much other than the trials of setting up a new site. But lets face it, what with the war dominating every TV channel and most of...

Tuesday 8 April 2003

Absorbtion

When I get into a project that interests me, I tend to let other things slide. Over the weekend I had to force myself to take time to do the paperwork for my business. Today Sharon has gone to bed...

Sunday 30 March 2003

New Project

I've been a touch busy for the last few days. What with Sharon still being ill, looking after the kids and working. But what little free time I do have (between 8pm when the kids are in bed I've managed...

Tuesday 25 March 2003

Ouch

2 1/2 hours sleep last night because Connor's got a nasty cough. I'm soooo not a happy bunny this morning. I figure that babies are cute as a defence mechanism. Just as you're about to snap, they smile or gurgle...

Sunday 23 March 2003

Ho hum

Well, not exactly the result I was hoping for, but the new rules do seem to be playing to McLaren. If this continues it should do Coulthard some good. Although I'd suggest he doesn't want to make too many of...

?????

Check out Alonso! Still hanging on in there in second place. Of course, if Coulthard hadn't dropped out he'd be in 3rd but it's still a top result for Renault. And then, just as I type, Alonso came into the...

Nooooo!

With Sharon home but bed ridden, it falls to your truly to look after the children. At precisely 6.15am Connor decided it was time I got up. By 6.30 I realised he wasn't going to go back to sleep and...

Thursday 20 March 2003

Update

Sharon is feeling a little better today but the quality of the nursing care is bringing her down a touch. Still in a lot of pain, she had to wait 6 hours for one dose of pain killers. At one...

Wednesday 19 March 2003

Deja-vu

I've been here before recently. Only not. Sitting in front of my PC noting my woes in public having just spent a couple of hours getting all of the kids stuff ready for tomorrow. Wife in hospital, still quite poorly....

Tuesday 18 March 2003

Tears before bedtime

Sunday night saw the final episode of Cold Feet broadcast by ITV. An award winning comedy drama it's not something I've watched avidly, but Sharon has so it's been on whilst I've sat here at my PC. I've managed to...

All gone

All gone - Well, it's over. Thankfully her operation wasn't cancelled and, after crawling out of bed at 6am we were at the hospital for 7 o'clock (we had time for me to stop for a McDonalds' breakfast though). The...

Monday 17 March 2003

Fingers Crossed

Tomorrow morning, 7am Sharon is due to go into hospital to have her gall bladder removed. This is the fourth appointment that has been made. The first, in December, was cancelled with a weeks notice. The second was cancelled on...

Sunday 9 March 2003

Money Sink

My Xmas present to Sharon was a car. It stretched the budget a touch, and we couldn't afford anything flash. With just a budget of £500 (I still hadn't started work) we managed to find a Citroen AX 1.4 TRZ...

Friday 7 March 2003

Aaaaaand relax......

What a week at work! The last 3 days have been absolutely hectic and I've been getting home completely knackered. My stack of ongoing cases is getting higher every day and the work involved in each seems to get more...

Wednesday 5 March 2003

High speed worry

I had a dizzy spell this evening. No ordinary "stood up a little too quick" touch of dizziness. No. A dizziness bomb exploded behind my eyes setting off nausea and putting lights in my vision. I thought I was going...

Monday 3 March 2003

Ick

Today I'm feeling sick. I went to work as usual but by 11 o'clock I had pains in my guts and was having to make regular trips to the toilet (which is a touch embarrassing in a very small office)....

Thursday 13 February 2003

Aaaargh!

I have avoided this subject for as long as I have felt able because I suspect my views do not match those of the majority of people who read this blog. But, at the risk of being ostracised by everyone...

Saturday 1 February 2003

Unfortunate

So. Sharon spent weeks psyching herself up for this operation. She spent days organising things like child-care with relatives. I took a days leave from work at a value of approximately £100 and gave away £200 worth of disco bookings...

Thursday 30 January 2003

Trials

Tomorrow morning, Sharon goes into hospital to have her gall bladder removed and will be kept in for about 5 days. So whilst she gets to lie around in bed for 5 days and be waited hand and foot, I...

Wednesday 29 January 2003

Suppression

Not much to say so far this week was there? Once again, its not because of a lack of happenings but more due to a lack of desire to discuss it. Friday night was a fairly major party and the...

Tuesday 28 January 2003

Ouch

When you're still recovering on the Monday morning, you know its time to stop partying as hard as you used to. Sharon and I are finally facing the reality that we can cut it like we could a few years...

Wednesday 22 January 2003

I'd completely forgotten

I was going to post this here on a regular basis because I can't fit it in my side bar. Don't know what made me think of it this week ;-)...

Thursday 16 January 2003

Sorry but.....

I've got a bit to blog about. Unfortunately the new season of Buffy starts tonight on Sky so I'm a little busy. I may have a little time during Angel because its just a repeat of last season but all...

Tuesday 14 January 2003

Ouch

I've had a nasty head cold since the middle of December. Its given me, at various times, ear infections in both ears and a throat infection. On Saturday night / early Sunday morning the ear infection in my right ear...

Friday 10 January 2003

Dear Diary

Today didn't suck. When I woke up, the heating had taken the chill off the house. I didn't have to scrape ice off the car. I felt like I acheived something at work this morning. I got some advice completed...

Wednesday 8 January 2003

Unclean

A VIRUS! My virus checker just detected a virus! How on earth did this happen? I don't remember doing anything recently that would allow a virus onto my machine. Ew! I feel so..... dirty....

Saturday 4 January 2003

Ouch

New Years Eve is always a big celebration. Sharon was 30 on New Years Day giving us extra reason to celebrate. I won't go into details but we had an immense amount of fun but we are still suffering now....

Tuesday 31 December 2002

Happy New Year

Image remorselessly stolen from tattoodles.com....

Wednesday 25 December 2002

Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season to be jolly. Jolly fat, jolly stressed and jolly well broke! But still, I do hope that everyone has had a superb day. Mine is just coming to an end and I think finally I'm going to...

Wednesday 18 December 2002

Wherefore art thou?

Over a week without a post. I'm sorry. Unfortunately it has not been due to a lack of things to post about. It has been mainly due to a major de-motivation to do anything that is not absolutely necessary. Work,...

Monday 25 November 2002

Pink

You can't really get much more pink than this when you're talking hair colour....

Shocking

Over the weekend I had a true crisis of faith. Pretty strange for an atheist. I also died dyed my hair bright pink. More later....

Sunday 17 November 2002

Frustration.

Today James took a green felt tip pen and drew a line on the wall up the stairs and onto the landing. Straight over the newly redecorated wall paper which is less than 2 months old. Not a big deal...

Wednesday 13 November 2002

I am.....

I'm not well. I've not been well for a few weeks now. Nothing serious, just a head cold, but I can't shake it and rather than slowly getting better it seems to be getting worse and digging in for the...

Monday 11 November 2002

Black & White Sweets!

Is it because I'm getting old? Is it because I know money is very tight this year? Or is it because I'm feeling a little blue? Whatever the cause, I know a few people will not agree with me here....

Saturday 26 October 2002

He works hard for a living....

If you count the van driving as one shift and a disco as one shift then I have just worked 15 shifts in 12 days. By the time I got home from my disco last night I was shattered. I...

Tuesday 22 October 2002

All the old ties...

My parents moved house today. They left behind the house I grew up in from the age of 6 to 21. This was the house where I had had my own room, the house where I had invited friends over...

The Blahs!

I seem to be experiencing the Blogging Blahs. It's an affliction, kind of like writers block only not, which affects most bloggers at some point. Mine at the moment is brought on by a complete lack of time to consider,...

Monday 21 October 2002

Work all day...

I'm slap bang in the middle of 9 days of solid work (including 3 evenings) and I'm pretty knackered. Including discos and van driving, I worked 32 hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Today I did a 12 hour day...

Sunday 20 October 2002

Time to breathe

This weekend has been kind of manic. It's 10:30 on Sunday night and I've not had 5 minutes to myself yet. Even now when I'm ready for my bed my house has been invaded by pissed up women on a...

Friday 18 October 2002

Otherwise occupied

Almost 72 hours without a single post! What on earth has been going on. Am I ill? Was I knocked down by a surprisingly speedy funeral procession? Was my PC so over run with pr0n spam that it gave up...

Saturday 12 October 2002

Celebrate good times, c'mon!

We' gathered together tonight, a group of us that have had new arrivals over the last 2 months. They were all boys and we were the first of the bunch to welcome our new life to the world. Unfortunately, having...

Friday 11 October 2002

Happy, Happy, Happy

So here I am, after about an hours sleep, ready to embark on the lowest paid job I have had since I was a paperboy 16 years ago. What a bunch of unrested, uncalled for, desperate for the money arseburgers!...

Sabotaged

It never ceases to amaze me the number of ways my own body finds to betray me. Noisy bodily functions during important meetings. Lack of energy during grueling tasks. The (very) occassional failure to perform to the usual standards in...

Thursday 10 October 2002

Movement

After registering with a driving staff agency yesterday, I got a phone call this afternoon offering me some "drivers mate" work. Basically I have to be up at 4.30am and out of the house by 5.00am ready to start work...

Wednesday 9 October 2002

Wishing the worst, wanting the best.

What is it about us, that when we think we're good and/or experienced at something, we almost wish other people would mess up so that we can offer them guidance and assistance. Sharon and I went round to see Jack...

Inertia

Inertia. I've been out of work for too long. Today I went and registered with a recruitment agency for some multi-drop van driving work. It consists of loading a van with parcels needing delivering to 20 or 30 different places...

Friday 4 October 2002

Have decks, will travel!

In a couple of hours I'm heading off to do a disco for an engagement party and then I'm away for the weekend. Straight after tonight's disco I'm going to stay at a good friend's house as a half way...

Gimme Gimme Gimme.

I wanted to add this to the side bar on the right, but its just a smidge too big to fit. So I'm just going to have to post it here regularly....

Thursday 3 October 2002

Why?

Sometimes I write because I have something you may find interesting. Sometimes I write because I have something I want to say. Sometimes I need to get something off my chest. Sometimes I write because I have something I don't...

Tuesday 1 October 2002

Correction

OK, I take that back. My life is not boring. There's just not much going on at the moment that would interest anyone enough to write about. I spent almost the whole day yesterday going paper work for the entertainment...

Yawn!

My life is sooooo boring at the moment. Anyone got any good stories they can tell me?...

Tuesday 24 September 2002

Memories.

Wil Wheaton has an excellent little piece of writing today. The smell of a perfume on a complete stranger brought back recollections of early romantic fumblings. It got me thinking; what happened to my memories of times like that? I...

Saturday 21 September 2002

You're not missing anything.

I've been a little remiss on the journal type entries of late. This really is because I've had very little to talk about. Depression still mutes my reactions to virtually every experience. I find it hard to get excited about...

Monday 16 September 2002

Bleurg!

I don't feel too well today. Sickness, diarrohea and a complete lack of energy. I've slept for about 16 hours and I'm still tired. Hopefully I'll be back on form tomorrow....

Sunday 15 September 2002

Stoned.

Yesterday morning, at about 5am, Sharon was awoken with an excruciating pain in her midriff. The pain she said was the worst she has ever experienced, worse than anything to do with the caesarean. It was located directly under her...

Monday 9 September 2002

......

...... I've written and thrown away about 4 entries since Friday. I've not known what to say. Facing up to what Thursday means to me is difficult. It scares me that I've had an anxiety attack because that is so...

Friday 6 September 2002

Anxiety

Yesterday I had what I think was an anxiety attack. Bugger....

Wednesday 28 August 2002

Bugger!

I've just found out from the Benefits Agency that, despite being told I should sign on in order to receive Jobseekers Allowance, the Jobseekers Allowance I would be entitled to is precisely £0. Because I am making some attempt to...

100 things

100 things.I married my first ever serious girlfriend. We'd had a break from first dating to getting back together of nearly 13 years. During that time I had been married and widowed. I have 5 body piercings. Only 2 are...

Sunday 25 August 2002

Today was a good day....

Despite having less than 3 hours sleep last night, this weekend has been a good weekend. Yesterday I caught up on some admin for the disco. Last night's wedding disco went quite well. I tend to judge how good a...

Thursday 22 August 2002

Sponging off society.

I finally went down to the Job Centre today and signed on to receive my crappy "Contribution-based" Jobseekers allowance. I get a total of £53 to support a family of 5. If I quit trying to be self sufficient and...

Thursday 15 August 2002

This used to be my playground......

My old high school now looks like this: Image shamelessly stolen from www.expressandstar.com our excellent regional newspaper....

Just another brick in the wall

My old high school burnt down last night. The adult in me recognises the damage and disruption this will cause, especially as today was the day that the 18 year olds were supposed to have picked up their A level...

Wednesday 7 August 2002

They stole my brain!

I can't explain why, but I've had real trouble concentrating on anything for the last few days. It feels like trying to think through cotton wool. Minutes drift by into hours and still I've got nothing achieved. Sharon's starting to...

Tuesday 6 August 2002

Wetting the baby's head

Last night I finally got chance to go out with a few friends and celebrate Connor's arrival in the style traditional for new fathers. I had fully intended to just have a few drinks and be back by 10.30pm. Instead...

Sunday 4 August 2002

A man of leisure

For someone with no full time occupation I seem to have precious little time. Looking after a newborn is an incredibly all consuming activity. Connor seems to sleep all day but won't settle at night leaving Sharon and I worn...

Monday 29 July 2002

Dear diary......

OK. So over the last few weeks this Blog has reduced to little more than a blow by blow recitation of the events of my life. When it started it was going to be more than that. But over the...

Saturday 27 July 2002

Surprise!

After DJing in Liverpool last night and getting to bed at 6am, I got a phone call from Sharon at 9.15. Just as I was about to gently remind her that I'd had just 3 hours sleep and could she...

Thursday 25 July 2002

Currently suffering from.... Exhaustion and

Exhaustion and acid indigestion, and that's just me. Sharon's recovery is going OK but a little slower than the nurses would like. I understand that, because this was her third caesarean, the surgeons had to "mess her around a little"...

Sunday 21 July 2002

Wow! How busy was that weekend?

Well I think I've had about 5 minutes to myself since Friday morning. Its like having teeth pulled. On Friday Sharon & I went to the dentist. Sharon's afraid of the dentist so that was a bit of a trauma....

Saturday 20 July 2002

Manchester United

As of tonight, I am the (proud?) owner of a football signed by the Man Utd team that won the European Cup in 1999 or something. Don't ask why. I'm not too sure how it happened. There was some kind...

Thursday 18 July 2002

Busy Busy Busy.

At the moment (2 mins to 12) I'm still in the middle of rebuilding the light screens for the front of the disco. I've changed them to reflect the new company name because I'm doing a charity do tomorrow and...

To De(lete) or not to De(lete); that is the question.

For those of you who keep blogs, do you cringe when you look back over entries posted when you were feeling a little down? Do you read through them and think "I sound like such a whining drama queen?" because...

Wednesday 17 July 2002

And then someone says hi.

God I hate myself when I wallow in self pity. After making the post I caught up on the blogs I read and my guestbook. Isn't it amazing how just a few kind messages can give you the kick up...

Tuesday 16 July 2002

Sometimes I struggle

I have a lot going on in my head at the moment and sometimes my coping strategies don't hold up. I have a wife who is quite ill at the moment and is due to give birth to our baby...

Friday 12 July 2002

Anyone else wanna take a pop?

Some spiteful, uncaring, poisonous little toads stole my motorbike at lunchtime today. Whilst we were in the house they wrenched open the garage door and in broad daylight threw my bike into the back of their red van. They say...

Thursday 11 July 2002

How Rude!

I spent the entire day today cleaning the house from top to bottom. A woman whose kids attend the school down the road was coming to see Sharon about child minding her kids from September. She didn't turn up. And...

Wednesday 10 July 2002

Dear Diary...

Its been one of those days were everything has turned into a drama. First off a routine visit to see Sharon's consultant to update on how she's coping took 3 1/2 hours. The original clinic had been cancelled without us...

Tuesday 9 July 2002

What time is it?

The total removal of all familiar structure to my days and weeks together with the stress of coping with what's going on recently has left me feeling a little disorientated. I can't place my days and I'm finding it difficult...

Sunday 7 July 2002

My eyes hurt

Just this evening when I'm looking at stuff my eyes hurt. But if I close them then they stop hurting. I don't think there's anything specifically wrong (its not long since they were last tested) but probably symptomatic of my...

Friday 5 July 2002

Good News

What an excellent day so far! Sharon is home again and feeling much more comfortable for it. She has been told to do just minimal amounts of activity, to eat small amounts frequently and to drink lots. Hopefully if she...

Sunday 30 June 2002

Saturday

Sharon is still feeling uncomfortable but seems to be a lot happier for being at home. Everybody is chipping in and helping out with the kids and the house work. some friends had James and Chloe for 2 hours and...

Friday 28 June 2002

Perspective. Its amazing what a

Perspective. Its amazing what a good nights sleep can do for you. I re-read last nights blog and the tired section sounds so over dramatic. I was going to edit it out but that just feels false. Where's the point...

Thursday 27 June 2002

Good news and bad

Sharon can come home tomorrow (provided there's no disasters overnight). Her consultant finally came to see her this afternoon. Although she's having contractions every 5 to 10 minutes she's not actually giving birth. So the consultant said they want to...

Wednesday 26 June 2002

Hospital

At 5 o'clock this morning Sharon started having contractions without actually going into labour (don't ask, because I probably couldn't answer). The doctors gave her Pethadrin to stop the contraction which left her a little disorientated (at one point she...

Tuesday 25 June 2002

Worry & Stress

Sharon phoned me at midday today to tell me she was in the hospital. The consultant is worried about the effect that the baby is having on her caesarean scars. Apparently it's causing her to have weak contractions. So they're...

New Clothes

The trousers for my new suit arrived this morning having been altered. I feel like a kid with new clothes that has to wear them immediately. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever grow up. It does make a diiference though,...

Sunday 23 June 2002

Guilt

You ever think about a mistake you made in the past and how it made other people think of you? When my first wife was ill I made joke about the inherintance I would get when she died (she was...

Saturday 22 June 2002

I love Saturdays

They're like weekdays but without any work. Another weekend without any discos, which is nice in a way because I don't have to rush around like a madman to get everything done in time to go out and do my...

Friday 21 June 2002

Self pity

After a particularly bad afternoon at work today I wasn't going to post another entry today. Self pity is a horrible thing and, in hindsight, incredibly selfish. Once again, as soon as I got home my spirits were lifted. After...

England v Brazil

...meant that the roads were empty this morning and I arrived at work on time!!! The enthusiasm for this match is so over the top that it's almost infectious. Listening to the radio I found myself starting to root for...

Thursday 20 June 2002

Me

Must get my last post in before Midnight tonight. It's not been a bad day all in all. I'm still not doing the stuff at work that I should be, but I did enough today that I didn't feel completely...

Only 20 minutes late for work

And I notice that this page has been listed on Google already with a page ranking of about 5/10, which is not bad at all. Especially considering its only 4 days old. So why cant I get www.aardvark.dj listed at...

Tuesday 18 June 2002

Nuisance Call

Sharon got a wierd phone call this afternoon. When she answered, nobody spoke but there were some strange mumbling noises and she coud hear someone in the background. It wasn't until she recongnised a voice saying "That's nice what've you...

Why blog?

Obviously, I'm pretty new to blogging. I'm trying to find my way around and just about the only way to do that is to check out some other blogs. And I'm thinking; Does the world need another blog? What do...

Yey!!

Check it out. I'm up and about before half past seven. For the first time in 4 weeks, I might actually get to work on time today. I forgot to put the bins out for the binmen last night though....

Monday 17 June 2002

I've done bugger all

I've done bugger all at work today other than set up this weblog. Its pretty hard to stay motivated when you've only got 2 weeks left and none of your previous work has seen any real recognition. I'm a VAT...

It starts

And so it may finish. Just what the world needs; another Blog. Sorry. I will fill this with things on my mind. Random stuff mainly. A bit of a diary. Some useful stuff I trip over. Some of the years...

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