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Showing posts from January, 2018

The year is going quickly

The year is already 30 days old - where did the time go? It's Rory's birthday in 2 days (which has me questioning where the last five years went!) After initially not being a massive fan of school, something seems to have clicked with Rory and he's now zooming ahead with reading and writing - he's one of only 3 in the higher reading group, whereas before Christmas it was a struggle to get him to read at all!

Mentally I seem to have been coping quite well this month, which I think is mostly down to exercise and not injuring myself. I've kept up circuit training 2-3 times a week and I managed a 50km ride recently which is my longest ride for a few months. I've already broken 200km for the month so my target of 2000km for the year is well on track. I even went running on the beach during circuit training last week and my calf muscles survived unscathed! I've also been stretching every day and this weekend I finally succeeded in touching my toes for the first t…

Reasons to be cheerful

I'm going to try and be more positive about things in 2018 - I'm currently feeling reasonably good but I'm sure there'll come a time when I'm not feeling so great, so here's a list of things that I can look forward to this year: Anna and I are going to see Dry Powder, a play featuring Hayley Atwell, in FebruaryI'm going to a friend's stag do in Nottingham in MarchNicky and I are going to see England vs Italy at Wembley Stadium in March - it'll be Nicky's first visit to Wembley and his first England game. The last time I saw England at Wembley was when the wally with the brolly was in charge as we lost to Croatia - I hope it's a better game than that was!We're off for an Ingram family holiday to Center Parcs in AprilAnna and I are going to see the Manics at Wembley Arena in MayI'm off to Scotland for a wedding in JuneThe family (and Anna's parents) will be back in the Isle of Wight in AugustThere's an Ingram extended family ga…

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)…