Looking back at 2017

My initial reaction to reaching the end of 2017 is that I'm glad it's finished and hopefully 2018 will be better. I think that this is mostly due to events out of my control though (e.g. US politics and Brexit) and worrying about those will not solve anything. With that in mind, one of my new year's resolutions is to try and be more positive. So I am going to look back at 2017 and concentrate on highlights rather than negative points.


I caught up with some friends from university (a couple of whom I hadn't seen in several years) and had a good time. We went to the Four Quarters in London which has lots of old arcade games - it was awesome!

I also took Nicky to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of John Williams which was brilliant.


This was a quiet month (apart from Rory and Kitty turning 4 and 6 respectively). I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 which has been fun to tinker with.


Another quiet month. Looking back, I see I was injured (again)…

Almost Christmas

Only eleven days to go until Christmas now. All the presents have been bought, just need to wrap everything up. I might try and do some during the day whilst the kids are still at school, to keep last-minute panicking to a minimum!

I've been doing circuit training for seven weeks now and seem to be fitter. This is mainly in the sense that I can continue a little longer before it starts hurting! It no longer aches horribly afterwards though so my muscles must be getting used to it. I keep pulling muscles - I pulled my left calf on Tuesday to follow my right calf a couple of weeks ago, and my right hamstring the week before that. I just need my left hamstring to go for the full set!

I've taken some time off over Christmas for the first time in years, so the kids' last day at school will be my last day of work, then I'll be back to work in the new year. So in theory this will be slightly more relaxing but it means I no longer have an excuse to hide away upstairs! Work has…


I've been so busy recently that I've not had time to update any blogs! Work has really ramped up recently (as expected) and I've started doing circuit training a couple of times a week during the day, so free time is at a premium. I do feel much better for the exercise though, even though I have been very achy recently. I couldn't even straighten my arm after the first two sessions, I was walking around like C-3PO! I'm hoping to shift a little weight and just get generally fitter/stronger, both to aid my cycling and just to generally feel better. I've hit a little problem this week though, I pulled a hamstring on Friday trying to race Nicky home from school! It's been threatening to go for weeks so hopefully it will heal back stronger and I can get on with things.

The Manics at the Roundhouse was great. Anna and I went for a quick Wagamama's beforehand which was actually the perfect pre-gig meal because we didn't feel too bloated afterwards. The sup…

Sick of being sick

I've been tired or ill for the last three weeks. I've not been happy! I've been feeling like a zombie most days, getting work done and then having no energy left for anything else. I think I'm over the worst of it now and look forward to getting back to normality - being able to go for a bike ride would also be great! I went out with Nicky yesterday, we only did 4km but I was knackered afterwards!

Clacton was OK, although the caravan is starting to fall apart and there's only so much you can do with duct tape! It remains to be seen if we soldier on with it or get a newer one, but at least we don't have to worry about Glastonbury next year!

It was mine and Anna's 11th wedding anniversary yesterday. The time has gone by so quickly. We didn't really do much as Anna had an Open University tutorial in the morning, so we just got a takeaway and watched Mad Max: Fury Road. It had received so many good reviews so we were disappointed when it turned out to be a …

Out of breath

I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment. I woke up last Thursday feeling a bit breathless with a feeling like something was pressing against my chest. Hopefully it's just a cold and will go soon but it's pretty frustrating - it's stopping me from riding my bike or anything too hectic. I feel fine other than this which is very annoying.

Rory seems to be enjoying his start to school life, he comes home every day with a big smile and tells us that he been doing loads of exciting things but there were too many things to remember! The other two are back into the routine without any problems.

I've not really done anything exciting over the last few weeks. We're going away this weekend to Clacton though for a family birthday and to check the fridge caravan - I replaced it after our holiday to the Isle of Wight but haven't been able to test it yet, and I have to saw a bit off the vent to make it fit - I'm sure it'll be lots of fun(!) I've also…

Back to school

Finally, the house is quiet and I can concentrate on work! Nicky and Kitty seem happy enough back at school, although I think Rory is in for a big shock when he starts next week and has to be ready to leave by 8.40! His teacher and TA came to visit yesterday and he ignored them both which is unusual for him, he seems to be coming down with something.

I've not been doing too well recently. I think having the kids at home and not having the time/energy to go for a bike ride means I've not had any time to myself for a while, which I don't seem able to cope with at all. I've started using a meditation app to see if that can help me cope with anxiety/stress. I don't really have anything to be anxious or stressed about other than silly little things.

I went to Brushfest over the Bank Holiday weekend with some friends - it was nice to go to a festival without kids and be able to drink and see who I wanted! The highlight were definitely the Mariachi Doritos, but that may w…

Roll on September

It seems like the school holidays go on forever, especially when I'm trying to concentrate on something! Working from home definitely has its advantages but sometimes I miss having somewhere separate. I might try the library one day as it has a lot of free desks and power sockets, and free Wi-Fi most importantly!

I've been fairly busy since getting back from the Isle of Wight with various things. We went to a friend's housewarming the weekend before last. It used to be the case that we were the only people turning up with kids but now everyone else is catching up. Now that ours are older it means we can almost relax and sit down whilst they entertain themselves! It was good to catch up with people and to see people react to the beard (which is now 2 months old).

I had to go on a speeding awareness course last week after getting caught a few months ago (Kitty was late for a ballet rehearsal and I was stuck in traffic for half an hour - doesn't excuse it obviously!) It w…