Friday, 17 February 2017
I bought a game for the 3DS last week - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The 3DS belongs to Nicky (it was his Christmas present) but he's said I can borrow it to play. Of course, I've not been able to play it at all yet whilst Nicky has been playing it quite a bit! I'm happy about it though - Zelda games have been some of the biggest highlights of my gaming life and I'm glad that Nicky can now appreciate it too. Speaking of games, I'm hoping to watch the end of Metal Gear Solid 4 tonight. I actually completed it two weeks ago but I read that the final cut scene is over an hour in length so I want to make sure I can watch it uninterrupted!
We've got our holiday booked for the summer - we're heading back to the same place on the Isle of Wight for the third year in a row. It's nice there and the kids like it, so we may as well stick with what we know and it should take them less time to get used to it. We'll probably go somewhere in the caravan in the spring half term to make sure the caravan is all ready for the Isle of Wight (and Glastonbury, obviously!)
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Rory was four last week. Those four years have gone by both extremely quickly and very slowly at the same time! We didn't do anything special, just took the kids to the local soft play so they could run around and wear themselves out. Kitty will be six in a couple of weeks and Nicky will be eight in April! It makes me feel old.
Not much else to write about really! It's cold again despite being brighter during the week. I'm looking forward to warmer and brighter days so we can kick the kids out in the garden after school so they get some exercise (although apparently they're made to run a mile every day at school!)
Monday, 23 January 2017
Monday, 9 January 2017
I didn't realise that it had been so long since my last post. Life has been pretty stressful and non-stop in the run up to Christmas, which wasn't helped by me doing my back in and getting a nasty cold. I didn't eat nearly enough junk on Christmas Day due to feeling lousy! I'm still trying to clear all the chocolate and beer out of the cupboards before I can start thinking of being healthy!
So, 2016 wasn't the best of years - there were some highlights but plenty of lows. Hopefully 2017 will be less stressful and more enjoyable. The kids are getting older and more independent, and Rory will start school in September so we should hopefully get a few more things done around the house!
After waiting almost a decade I've finally bought a PS3 and am catching up on many years of missed gaming. I've lasted this long without reading any Metal Gear Solid 4 spoilers and so can enjoy the game properly - loving it so far, I'm onto Act 2 now. I also got Lego Dimensions to play with the kids and it's really good - it's fun to play with plenty of references for kids and adults alike. I also played and completed Life is Strange which I absolutely loved - I've never been emotionally affected so much by a game before and the end choice left me a wreck!
Cycling has been very stop-start due to colds and injuries. Hopefully I can get back to training properly and build up the miles. Fingers crossed that I'll get a place on RideLondon this year!
Monday, 10 October 2016
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Yes, standing - we had groundling tickets. I'd done a fair amount of research before booking and found that you get the best view standing (no pillars in the way) and the seats were uncomfortable anyway. Groundling tickets are only £5 so superb value. Here is a panorama showing the view from inside (you can only take photos whilst the stage is clear). This was our view in the first half, right at the front.
The play was brilliant - I studied Macbeth at school and parts of it came back to me throughout. It was uncomfortably warm, I can't imagine how the actors must have felt up on stage! The porter scene seems to divide critics but I thought it added some much needed comic relief to proceedings, and there were a few other such interjections throughout. Standing for three hours wasn't a problem - I've stood much longer at gigs and festivals, and I'm healing pretty well from surgery.
Afterwards we spent a little while looking around the Tate Modern, and then had dinner at Cheeky Chicos - the food was good but the place was quiet, I guess it's busier during the week. We then revisited a few Sam Smiths pubs with the aim of updating my website, but I never cope well drinking in heat so we only managed four before heading back. Overall it was a lovely day, the child-free time was much appreciated!
The kids are back at school now, Nicky is in junior school and has a new class to settle into. It's hard to believe it's his fourth year at school already! I've also been back on the bike a few more times, although I haven't been sleeping well recently so have been too tired to go out this week.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
We went to Blackgang Chine again, taking advantage of their 7-day ticket and going for the late night opening on the Monday as well. I think they're at the right age for it, in a few more years I think they'll be too old. Nicky was extremely excited about the hedge maze, rollercoaster and water slides, as well as the fact that there were several Pokéstops and gyms dotted around - shame the phone signal wasn't strong enough to play Pokémon Go too much!
We went to Carisbrooke Castle for the first time and got some wooden swords and shields to play with - I'm sure we'll live to regret this! We also revisited several places that we went to last time such as the model village in Godshill, the Griffin pub complete with hedge maze, the Caulkhead pub with pirate ship in the garden and more. We also managed a couple of days on the beach - the first time at Ventnor we also hired a beach hut for the day, it cost £15 but it was nice to have a base to keep things in.
Since coming back I have mostly been watching the Olympics, especially the cycling. I've also managed a couple of rides on my road bike which I'm very pleased about, nothing major (only 5km and 8km) but taking it easy to begin with!