Thursday, 31 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
My brother & sister-in-law plus parents came over on 27th so another bought of pass the present ensued before copious amounts of food & wine were consumed. I could happily get used to this life of leisure :o)
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Baking fest conducted, large stocks of gingerbread cake, mince pies, & shortbread now available to accompany enormous vat of homemade mulled wine from my secret recipe.
Done the Waitrose run. Timed it quite well - car park & store only half full. Stocked up on all the remaining bits. Strident Student's been kept busy dealing with Turkey orders, came home & collapsed in a heap having dealt with 225 turkey orders since 7.30am this morning. She's slightly on the fraught side which I guess is to be expected if you're dealing with harassed housewives in the run up to Xmas.
So all is prepared for the onslaught tomorrow. Now all that remains is to chill :o)
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Sproglets broke up from school today, came home and littered the place with all kinds of stuff out of their lockers. Decided that much as I like watching rugby I do not want anything to do with the smelly kit...winter games in general seem to breed filthy gym stuff & it's patently obvious this week has involved X country, hockey and rugby! Also appears like half the astroturf has found it's way into their PE bags over this term...how's that happened!?! One of life's mysteries.....
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
- Sumptuous festive lunch no.1 took place today with my colleagues from the management team
- Tomorrow is another Turkey fest with the HR department
- Thursday night is a further seasonal nosh up with a bunch of friends
I feel a mammoth mutt walking session will be required on a nightly basis :o/
Monday, 14 December 2009
Superb gig...brilliant atmosphere, excellent sound and fab light show. Loved the mix of old and new tracks just the right balance and the crowd were really into it. Not bad for a group of blokes my age plus ;o) Miss Sensible who was attending her first ever gig was suitably impressed.
Only low point was the bad journey back... the NEC parking arrangements are rubbish and when we finally got onto the M42 the Highways Agency had closed two lanes hence only getting in at gone 1am. Took me ages to get to sleep as I was still buzzing from the gig they were sooo good.
More pics at http://www.depechemode-live.com/091213_birmingham/index.htm
with credit to Paul who captured it all so well & John Corner for pointing me in the right direction for these snaps when mine were so rubbish.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
I had a lovely night out at Puccinis with the family and then celebrated in a slightly more raucous manner with the girlies...
sincere apologies to all in Ruby's tonight for all the loud laughter from the bunch in the corner & to poor Russell who not only provided a taxi service but was subjected & possibly traumatised by viewing my lingerie purchases from John Lewis....those from my carrier bag I hasten to clarify!
Friday, 11 December 2009
Really a nice day, thoroughly enjoyed myself :o)
Sunday, 6 December 2009
We pottered into the City centre (a friendly, buzzing environment), mooched around the Xmas market, shops, stopping for lunch at a fab little place she's discovered. The place is so different to 20-odd years ago when I was offered a management position there by Top Shop and couldn't face living somewhere so grim, but I guess that was in the days when the steel works were going to the wall and the mines shutting down - a la 'Full Monty' & 'Brassed off'. Very different story now, huge regeneration and nice eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and people...feels quite cosmopolitan. After out little sojourn we got back to the house she made me some dinner, which I think is possibly a first! :o)
Although she's in touch every day I miss her when she's away. Looking forward to her coming home for Xmas though with Waitrose and catching up with her friends I doubt I'll see that much of her. She's sorted her transfer out and is back on the 20th, assigned the role of 'Turkey Bitch' - i.e. dealing with customer orders and running to & from the chiller all day. She's been given some very fetching long johns and a thermal vest specifically for that purpose! :o/ Food retail is such a glamorous business & I can't think of anything more enjoyable than dealing with hosewives on the brink of a breakdown due to the run up to the festive celebrations :o( Not a job for the faint-hearted!
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Now absolutely knackered and think my arms about six inches longer from carrying so many bags! A marathon but successful trip.....need a spot of 'mother's ruin' to wipe away the trauma and deaden the pain from my poor feet!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Would it be wrong to fortify oneself with a drop of 'Mothers Ruin' beforehand?
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
"I’ve been made redundant. For those who can’t make my farewell drinks, I’ve put together a little FAQ:
Are you happy to be going? F*ck Yes! After you’ve been told that you’re going to be made redundant you go through 3 stages, grief (1 day), anger (1 week), and then euphoria (depends on your redundancy payout). I’m currently in the euphoria stage.
What will you miss the most? The people, and the apple crumble muffins from the coffee shop
What will you miss the least? The politics, the inefficiency, that fact that I get paid X but charged out at 5X, crappy IT, email waffle from management, the continual restructuring “to help us meet market expectations”, just the general Dilbert’ness of it all . "
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
…at the risk of sounding 'sad' I quite enjoyed Horizon tonight…quite philosophical as well as scientific. I was really chuffed with myself for picking up on how Plato related to it and could understand Schrödinger’s cat ‘cos of work but the best bit was the constant look of bewilderment/confusion on Alan Davies' face all the way through the programme...bet he wished he'd just got a ruler.
Years ago when I managed the Corporate graduate attraction and recruitment we did an advertising campaign based all around famous scientists and engineers…we did T shirts with logos including; ‘No, no, no Galileo’, ‘Put Pythagoras in a corner’, ‘F*ck Freud’, ‘Burn Bunsen Burn’, ‘Have you seen Schrödinger’s pussy’ & ‘Pavlov’s my b*tch’ It was a really creative, off-the-wall campaign...loved the idea of playing on words and possible double entendre for such a seemingly stuffy subject. We had a game on the company website called ‘Find Einstein’s Relatives’ (viral marketing - definitely the thing for students!)… I remember having to present it to the grey-suited, middle-aged Board and them being completely shocked and ‘anti’ the approach initially until we showed them the research we’d done with the target group and they finally, grudgingly relented. It was a bold move from the Civil Service mentality…such a good campaign which won quite a few recruitment advertising awards…. miss the chance to be creative…
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Did a spot of shopping in the West End. The Xmas windows in Liberty and Selfridges are fab - the latter are based around Pantomimes but with a risqué edge - very clever. The 'Look Out He's Behind You' in particular made me laugh...you probably get the gist ;o) Love the buzz of the shops over the build up to Xmas and sometimes think wistfully back to my days in retail management especially when I ventured into Top Shop - that really brought back some happy memories. Didn't manage to do any major retail therapy as I had a train to catch but picked up a couple of bits for the girls Xmas pressies.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Something terribly British about standing round muffled up in the cold, sulphur tinged air, with the glow of the fire warming your cheeks whilst your toes feel like they're about to drop off with frostbite...or is that just my masochistic tendencies coming out ;-) Won't be able to take the mutt for a walk tonight as he'll be too nervous with all the noise. He's pretty good about most things but this completely freaks him out. Same way as a pair of pumpkins outside a local house spooked him to such an extent he diverted across the road!
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Panda who works for Thales was at a grad recruitment fair in the Steel City today so scheduled coffee and a catch up with the starving student :o) They had a bit of fun trying to meet up ‘cos there were Anti War protestors outside & on the roof of the venue. You’d think they might realise the defence companies don’t actually instigate wars and I can’t help wondering if they think those oganisations are really less moral than other commercial companies eg Nestle or the big mining corporations. Have they really considered the ramifications of having no defence industry say in terms of terrorists or even basic stuff like employment or freedom of speech etc. Then there's the other angle like the technology that these firms develop being used in everyday items such as mobile phones, foetal heart monitors, airport radar and car/plane engines etc...hmm, maybe not...
Monday, 2 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
I've finally put my recruitment & selection experience to good use :o) Some time ago I offered a job to Bex, deploying her onto a piece of work with the software team where she met Rich and the rest is now history. They had a superb wedding at a place called Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury. One of the nicest weddings I've been to...a truly excellent do, informal ceremony, photos in the castle gardens, rounded off with (I never thought I would say this) a fab tribute band who did Abba, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, Cher & just about everything in between – managed to get everyone going...no doubt the pictorial evidence will be used against me at some point. Bex was true to form dancing with her train in one hand and a Jack Daniels & Coke in the other, and there can't be many brides who chose Metallica for their first dance.
Wonder whether I should give up my day job and venture into this match-making lark...maybe I could make some money out of it ;o)