Movember

TL:DR at the bottom…

This is a tad late going up.  Read and find out why my face feels like Sandpaper!

You may not have heard of Movember – I only really thought about it properly last year, though as a concept its been around a bit longer.  For those who don’t know then Movember is a global event arranged to get raise awareness of Mens Health issues – especially Testicular and Prostrate cancer by encouraging men to grow moustaches (it cannot connect at the side of the face into side burns, or in the middle to make a beard.  Beyond that anything can go.

It will all kick on the 1st November with everyone being clean shaven – then the growing begins.  There’s going to be weekly updates and we’ve got a whole team from work taking part.

The site for it all is here: http://mobro.co/alexanderjwalters If you can sponser it would be appreciated but please don’t feel any pressure (I know alot of people helped out with the marathon earlier this year).

TL:DR?

Supporting Movember this year – watch here for a range of updates -http://mobro.co/alexanderjwalters

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Training Update

Keep updating this – keep forgetting to post this, so excuse the huge info dump.

You may or may not know that I’m currently in the process of training up to run the London Marathon this April.  A (so-called) friend persuaded me that signing up would be a good idea so I now find myself out 4 nights a week wondering how on earth I allowed myself to be dragged out doing this – of course is the point is to raise money to help support the charity VICTA which works with visually impaired children, giving them the things they need to make life easier.

So how’s the training going?  Well a couple of weeks ago I moved onto my new marathon training plan (which should all being well) have me ready to run the marathon in about 14 weeks time (conveniently when the marathon actually is).  This has lead to a change in my running habits – I used to go out 2-3 times a week and do a shortish run (5k/3.10 miles), I’m now going out 3-4 times a week no matter the weather (can’t make any more excuses) and running 3 shorter runs (started at the 5k/3.10 miles mark and getting longer) and one longer run (this started at 6miles/9.65km) and this distance also builds up over the next few months with the view of getting to the point where I can run a marathon and (more importantly) still be alive at the end of it.

This training scheme is taking the pattern of having the three shorter runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings, followed by the longer run on Saturdays, so slightly different from the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday jogs I was doing before.  I started this off with a nice 6 mile jog – which was hard but I managed, and was pretty chuffed I managed this.  This was followed by three 3 mile jogs – the second of which was harder, due to the proximity to the other runs, but by the time I got to the third my body seemed to be picking up the idea a bit more.  Then the following weekend it was a 7mile jog – which was a bit harder than the 6mile jog – I was generally feeling more tired after the week/new training scheme but managed to pull through what I would say was one of the hardest runs (bear in mind until the weekend before the largest distance I’d run in my life was 3 miles).  In the new week it was a 3mile run for Monday & Wednesday, and a 4 mile run on the Tuesday.  The Monday run was on a hideously cold night and I ended up having major problems from cramp and stiff legs, leading me to the point where I was really dreading going out for the 4 mile jog on the Tuesday evening.

Turns out I was right to dread the 4 mile jog – I found that I was able to jog in fits to the 2 mile marker and then had to walk the rest of the way home – unsure if I was going to make it.  Still I pulled through enough to get home, and then did a bit of research into what could be causing the problem finding out about something called runners knee where the symptoms seemed to match – this wasn’t good as the main thing it recommended was resting your knees something I’ve not really got the time for…  So I walked the three mile run I had planned for Wednesday, and skipped the 5 mile one at the weekend – giving the knees a chance to rest.  I’ve also tried using my running shoes all the time I don’t need smart shoes – they’re designed to boost your midstep and have enabled me to get around over the weekend without any knee issues (walking was getting to be problematic).

Following the weekend, I decided to repeat the week and went out for a 3 mile run using the newer running shoes, rather than the older flatter based ones I usually wear.  This was followed by another 4 mile run which also went well.  I then got a bit cheeky and skipped the last three mile run of the week to allow my knees to rest up a bit further before going for 5 miles at the weekend – this went well and for the first time I really felt I was hitting a steady pace and getting a good stride – hopefully I can keep this going.

The first 3 mile run of the new week went well except for a slip up as I was going into my end cooldown thanks to a patch of icy pavement.  This lead to a grazed knee and a sore hip – nothing serious and hopefully nothing that’ll have long lasting effects with a 5 mile, 3 mile, and a 9 mile jog to go before the end of the week.

The other side effect of all this running is that the local sales of banananas are going up – I find that they provide a good source of potassium which helps out with the leg cramps I get after really pushing it when out on a run.  It would probably really help if I liked the taste…

So that’s what I’ve been doing.  But how can you help?  Well you can sponsor me by going to the sponsorship page here (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/alexanderjwalters).  If your around at the weekends and fancy helping out as a “water station” on one of the long runs I’m not going to say no either – if you think you can help with this, drop me an email to AlexsMarathon@gmail.com – your  support is and will be appreciated especially when running along the dark streets on a cold January evening.

That is the Week That Was

Another late/quickish one I’m afraid…

Monday

It was the start of a week of earlies – not always the best thing.  Still things were reasonably quiet in the office.  After work I headed home, had a rest, went for a run, popped round the shops, and then back for Young Apprentice.

Tuesday

I ended up sticking around in work a bit later than I’d normally do and then heading into town to meet up with Keith and Ben.  Rob joined for a quick pint and we had a nice evening catching up on recently events.  After dinner it was off home and off to bed.

Wednesday

Work as usual, followed by a run in the evening.  I then raced over to my parents as it was my mums birthday to drop off her birthday present – a box of chocolates which seemed to go down well.  Then it was home and off to bed.

Thursday

Work as usual, sticking around a bit later afterwards to get ready for Ceroc.  Before Ceroc had a nice catch up in the pub with Louise, Scot, Luke and Mark, though the rest of the evening wasn’t so great – the class was good and fantastic fun, but by the time the freestyle started I felt knackered and couldn’t motivate myself.  In the end I sloped off to go and get some sleep.

Friday

The final early start of the week – it was another quiet day in the office without too much to do.  After work I ended up heading home and getting an early night

Saturday

Saturday was unfortunately another early start (a day I couldn’t done with a lie-in) to meet British Gas again – this time they did actually turn up – though once again were late/outside the appointment I’d been given.  They were also only there for 5 minutes, before telling me that my loft space was too small for them to move around in and that I would need to rebook the appointment to use a blow method or small fitters.  Not very good at all.  Still I managed to get a large part of my Christmas shopping done that morning before lunch and heading over to my parents to help them dismantle their garden table for storage over the winter.  This done I headed home to meet Paul for a couple of films – Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, and the Brothers Bloom – a bit of pizza and a chilled evening.

Sunday

After the usual Sunday morning, my parents picked me up and we headed over to Horsham to see my Gran.  We went out for a lovely lunch at the Devils Dyke – where it was insanely windy  – lots of hand gliders and bits flying around the top – I wish I’d brought my camera with me.  Lunch was good, and then we had a drive around the country afterwards before heading back to Kent, having a short run (only 3k round the block) and heading off to bed.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Going to be late and quickish today. Sorry.

Monday
Monday – usual work day with a quiet late duty at work in the afternoon. Then out for a run (strangely fun despite the cold weather) and a chilled evening watching Young Apprentice.

Tuesday
Standard day at work – nothing that exciting to report. Then after work, I headed home, got changed, met up with Shaun and it was back to town for Michael’s birthday dinner – this was a really nice meal down at Wildwood followed by a trip up to the cinema to see the special one-off re-release of Ghostbusters, something nice to see on the big screen. It was then home and to bed.

Wednesday
Another standard day at work, nothing overly exciting going on, then home, out for a run and a chilled evening after that.

Thursday
Thursday – not such a fun day. I was due to get some Loft Insulation installed by British Gas. They’d phoned up Wednesday evening to confirm that they would be in around 8am – excellent I thought – that gives me the chance to do all the other jobs I need to do. It got to 10… then 11… then 12 and still no sign of the men. At this point I had to ask Paul who was visiting to pop over to Asda to pick up some cake ingredients for me. I also phoned to try and find out where this van was to find out that the depot didn’t really know. Eventually around 4:30pm I got a call to say that they were on their way, and at 5pm a call to say they were stuck in traffic and it’s probably an idea to re-schedule. Not impressed at all – especially as I’d taken a day of to basically be kept under house arrest. Still I managed to get the cake for Children in Need created, and be out in time to meet my colleagues at the pub for a pre-quiz dinner. In the evening it was the big office Children in Need quiz – this was great fun with a good team – we ended up coming annoyingly third, with several points where we could’ve ranked higher. Quiz done it was home and to bed.

Friday
Friday was Children in Need in the office – this meant a huge cake stall and various other fun and games going on in the office. It seemed a bit more subdued than previous years but was still fun – with the quiz I’d written raising around £40 for the charity. The workload of the day was pretty normal, with nothing overly exciting going on (except for the discovery there is too much cake). After work we headed out for a “quick” drink – ending up getting home around half 11… There I watched a bit of the Children in Need telethon and headed off to bed.

Saturday
Saturday was lazy start, getting a couple of jobs done around the house and watching the sublime Howl’s Moving Castle. Mid-afternoon I headed over to Michael’s to help him prep the house for his party, and then we had a really fun evening – including a somewhat extreme frape and congaing away from a ghost… I’ll leave that all to your imagination. The night finished with one of the best games of Munchkin I’ve ever played – if you’ve not heard of it look it up, great game – where a fluke modifier gave me an extreme bonus making me nigh on unbeatable – very Munchkin. Then it was off to the sofa for a sleep.

Sunday
Sunday was a lazy day, getting up late. Helping tidy up in payment to bacon sarnies, then heading home for an hour before being picked up to go visit my brother in London. My parents were taking some bits up for him to his new house, and then we were going out to celebrate my mums birthday. We ended up at a nice Turkish restaurant – though I have no idea where it was! The food was lovely getting a good mix of the range available. It was then home for a quiet evening and an early night in preparation for a week of earlies.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Monday

Ah Monday, the start of a new week.  It was a bit of a confused Monday at least to start with – I was expecting to be spending with week with the rollout team, but on arrival at the prebuilds office they were surprised to see me expecting me to be with my usual team.  Still we very quickly got it sorted out and I got into the flow of getting the devices built and ready for rolling out to stie.  After work I headed home and having been warned that there was no equipment working at the gym by a manager at work stayed in and had a quiet evening watching a bit of TV and popping out to Asda fro supplies.

Tuesday

Tuesday was another chilled day – getting computers built and ready to go, it was a very nice change of pace to how the office is normally.  I had a nice amble round town at lunchtime with Jackie, and then after work headed home and had a quiet evening at home.

Wednesday

Once again more of the same at work – a quietly chilled day.  Then after work I headed home and given the gym situation decided to give a road run ago.  I tried a route which last time I tried almost killed me due to the hills enroute causing an asthma attack.  This time however, I managed to get all the way around without struggling nearly as much so was really chuffed with that.  Run done Michael popped around for a cup of tea, and we watched a bit of TV before he headed home and I headed off to bed.

Thursday

Thursday was a longish day – I had to be in work early to load up the van to take this to site, for a new computer rollout.  We got a bit delayed in traffic but fortunately the site we were heading too wasn’t too far away from the equipment store.  Once there we had to unload the van quickly, so that this wouldn’t be blocking the main entrance and tried to get started to discover that the main network was down.  This created a few more interesting problems though we were able to spend some time getting the hardware swapped over meaning that things had a chance to come back up to get the customers setup on their new systems for the most part (though the connections were flaky through the morning).  Leaving the site around lunchtime we headed back to the main offices, unloaded the van and I then popped into town for a bite to eat before back to the office for a couple of hours.  Work finished, I got changed, moved the car and met up with Paul and the others for a bite to eat before Ceroc.  We tried eating in the new pizza restaurant at town and this was just as good as their take away.  It was then onto Ceroc which was ok – it wasn’t the best night I’ve had, but then again the week before had been so good it was always going to be hard to beat.  After Ceroc, and as I had the next day off I popped for a nightcap with Paul (who was utterly fantastic at Ceroc – really pulling the moves together) and then headed home to bed.

Friday

Despite having the day off Friday was still an early start.  I had a man from British Gas coming round to do a survey for installing Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall insulation so had to be ready for when he came over.    He ended up coming after lunch so I had a chilled morning doing a couple of odd jobs around the house, before finding out that my exterior walls have some of the worst cavities he’s seen (a problem that fortunately only affects cavity wall insulation) but I was going to be able to get my loft insulated at no charge.  After the man left, Claire came over, we got some chips, watched a film and caught up – it’s been a while since I saw her.  We watched a bit of Iron Man, then she headed home and I headed off to bed.

Saturday

Saturday had a rubbish start – to begin with it was early as I had to get to the office for some Overtime.  Then I managed to pull off part of my car bumper leaving the drive (fortunately this was fixable at the car park), and on arriving I managed to throw my phone at the ground (it survived thank goodness).  Still once we got into the flow of the overtime it went well and quickly – we actually managed to finish an hour early, with a generally happy banter throughout the day.  This done it was home and a chilled evening just watching a bit of TV recovering from all the heavy lifting of the day.

Sunday

After the usual start on a Sunday morning, I headed over to my parents for Sunday lunch.  This was nice to catch up with them (and for once I wasn’t required to move anything around!)  After lunch I headed home and relaxed a bit pondering the pros and cons of going for a run, then deciding to get working through the Zoo photos instead, getting through about 500 leaving another 200 to sort…  Almost there…

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Monday

Monday saw a start to the day where I felt very scruffy standing next to a very smart Tom – he was on his way to do some work in court and we were getting the train together.  And trust me he looked start which lead to me looking very scruffy.  The journey back wasn’t a bad one, getting back in good time to find a bus ready to go and getting in to relax a bit.  I then dove out again to get a hair cut (I grew all the hair required for my Halloween costume so was really glad to see it go), before doing a bit of work on the photos from the weekend, and heading out to the gym (this wasn’t a goo session as the equipment was broken or someone else was using it. A really disappointing session), a trip up to Asda, and then finally home for Young Apprentice followed by bed.

Tuesday

Tuesday was back to the office – it was quite strange how much of a fuss my haircut caused.  People seemed somewhat surprised at how short hair looks on me…  Beyond that it was a fairly standard day at work, nothing out of the ordinary happened, then after work I headed home and had a bit of a chill, before heading out to help my Dad move a table and moving onto the cinema to catch a couple of films (the joys of having an unlimited card!).  We ended up seeing In Time and Real Steel – both very enjoyable films, both with very different styles and ideas being played with.  I really hope to get more written up but that’s going to depend on how other things go – things have been a bit busy.  After the cinema it was straight home and to bed.

Wednesday

Wednesday was another standard day at work, I headed back from the office and after the fiasco of the gym on Monday decided to give this a bit of a break choosing to relax at home instead.  So nothing really exciting to report.

Thursday

Thursday was an intentionally late start to the day.  This wasn’t too bad and I managed to get a couple of jobs done at home before heading out to work, work was a quiet day just getting on with calls, before heading out to move the car and join the others for dinner at Pizza Express before moving onto Ceroc.  All in all it was a really nice evening (though the service was a bit slow), at Ceroc I was asked to come in and help with the beginners improvers class which was quite strange to re-visit, but was really chuffed to be able to pick up one of the intermediate moves by watching the demo at the start.  Then in freestyle I had one of the best dancers at the club come and ask for a dance – somewhat terrifying but I hopefully didn’t make a complete tit of myself…  It was so much fun I completely lost track of time and next thing I knew, it was the end of the night and time to go home and head to bed.

Friday

Friday was a long day at work, and I really could’ve gone for a pint afterwards but had to race home to meet my parents to drive up to Norfolk to see my Gran.  It wasn’t a bad drive – we didn’t really get held up at all, arriving in what felt like good time.  Once there we had a catch-up, marvelled at how little signal you go on your mobile (not very useful as I was trying to arrange to meet Dan and Ali) and chilled for a bit before bed.

Saturday

Saturday was an early start, my Dad kindly drove me to the local Sandringham estate so I could go for a jog in the woods, and he wandered around in the woods with my camera taking small number of pictures.  After I’d got back and showered off, we helped my Gran move some furniture around, and rolled up a carpet to clear out a room for decorating.  This done we had a bite of lunch, and then I got dropped in the town centre to get the bus down to Norwich to see Dan and Ali.  This was a long boring bus ride (I can’t believe that Ali used to do this everyday!), meeting up with Dan and Ali at the other end.  We headed out, had some dinner and then onto a local fireworks display, meeting up with a couple of Dan’s old uni friends.  It was then back to Dans, via his parents to watch V for Vendetta (it seemed appropriate!!).  After the film, then bed.

Sunday

Sunday was an early start to grab a bacon buttie for breakfast, before heading back to the bus stop, and then back to my Grans.  This journey didn’t seem so bad – possibly as it was light?  We then went out for a bit of lunch at a local Thai restaurant, before moving some more furniture around, and then driving back to Kent.  I stopped at my parents for a cuppa, before heading back to mine for dinner, and a quiet evening.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Monday

Monday proved to be an interesting start to the week, following the computer rollout at the weekend I was involved with the floor walking to try and trouble shoot any issues that may have been rolled out with the new computers.  This was a good opportunity to get meet the staff, and to get a better idea of some of the problems that can affect the rollout of these new devices.  After this is was back to the office, and out again for a bit lunch, an amble round town, and then back for a quiet afternoon.  Following all of this it was out to the gym as usual, then home, calling in at my parents on the way to say hi, followed by Young Apprentice and bed.

Tuesday

I was on the late shift at work on Tuesday – which meant a welcome lie-in in the morning.  At work I was on the Remote Fault shift which was reasonably quiet – compared to how it can be this was very nice and relaxed, with a day that was at the most of it quiet and boring.  After work had finished I moved the car and came back into town to meet up with Keith and Ben for a nice trip to the Wetherspoons steak night.  The conversation was as always rambling but touched on some interesting points – with challenges being through in multiple directions leading to what I thought of as a lively debate – always good fun.  After dinner it was home and off to bed.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a longer day – once again an appreciated late start, for a quietish day at work.  After work it was a race back home to get out for the gym, a 40 minute run, back home for a bite to eat, before heading out to the cinema to see the new Tintin film – I really want to get some thoughts written up on this so watch this space.  After the film it was a trip home and off to bed.

Thursday

Thursday was a fun day – work was fairly chilled and relaxed, and I had a nice walk around town with Jackie at lunchtime.  After work I got changed, moved the car and had dinner with Jackie, Julie, and Paul before Ceroc – this included a new beer to me called Taking the Pith which was quite a light beer but with Lemon & Lime flavours making it lovely and refreshing.  We then walked on down to Ceroc which provided to be a really good night – the moves were relatively easy to follow and the freestyle afterwards was great fun – getting to dance with a couple of people who I’d normally be too scared to ask to dance.  I then slipped off for a night cap with Paul (another pint of Taking the Pith) to cap off what was a lovely evening.

Friday

After a late night the previous night (and as my ankle was really feeling a bit iffy) I held off visiting the gym as planned.  Instead I had a lazy day around the house getting things ready to go away for the weekend and watching a bit of TV.  Then in the evening I headed off to the station to get the train up to Colchester to visit Tom and Cliff for Halloween.  It was a good journey up (with the exception of having to push through Westfield Cross full of shoppers to get between stations) and I managed to make a good journey.  Was also really pleased to walk up the hill outside of Toms without a) panting for breath, b) sweating – as this hill is a bit of a beast and has done me in before – shows that all the gym work is having an effect.  We sat around and had a bit of a catch-up planning things for the next day – it was a very nice chilled evening and good to see them both and discover how things have been.

Saturday

Saturday was great fun – we were up early, and heading to the Range to get Tom a couple of extra bits for his costume before continuing onto Colchester Zoo.  This was a brilliant day – wandering around, having a look at the animals, there were several feeding sessions that we attended which mean that you got to the animals really active and it was lovely to see – I took the camera with me and got a couple of photos so watch out as these will be appearing when they’re sorted.  The Zoo was also having a special late night opening with events going on into the evening for Halloween so we had a wander around these and I was terrified whilst the others watched on and laughed (I don’t do well when people try to make you jump).  It was also good as it allowed you to see some of the more nocturnal We decided that the queue for the Ghost Train seemed just a bit too long, so headed back to Toms, where we got changed into our costumes, met up with Laura, had a bite to eat and some cocktails before heading into the town.  We had a good night out, visiting a couple of different pubs and generally having a laugh.  Then when we could stay awake no longer (and the place we’d found ourselves in had awful music) it was back to Toms and sleep.

Sunday

Sunday was a slightly more chilled, relaxing day following the night before, we had a bit of a late start with some muffins for breakfast, watched a bit of TV (Merlin!), and got ourselves picked up.  We then dropped Laura on the Uni campus (which is completely different with new roads they’re building) and then headed down to Cliff’s parents in Chapel for a very lovely and relaxed evening, enjoying a Chinese, a bit of TV and a silly board game.  I helped out feeding the horses and getting them off to bed and thoroughly knackered and thrown by the clock change we headed back to Toms and our waiting beds.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Monday

Bleeping NipplesMonday saw a return to the office as normal.  For the early Duty shift too.  Things were fairly quiet and normal so a chilled day.  Afterward the shift was over I headed into town with Rob to grab a quick lunch before back to the office for a quiet afternoon.  After work I headed home, got changed and then headed to the gym.  It was there that I discovered one of the curses of running.  I decided to push forward into Bridge to 10K – this only extended my running time from 30 minutes to 40 (but it also lead to a problem that I’ve not really encountered before this run – bleeping nipples.  Basically caused by my t-shirt rubbing against my chest I think you can guess the rest.  I can’t tell you how unbelievable uncomfortable this was when I’d finished showering (the XXX Mint shower gel didn’t help).  This was a discomfort that stayed with me till midday Tuesday and put a bit of a dampener on the evening.  Still was chuffed to have run that far without too much difficulties.  After the gym I headed to Asda for a quick shop, then headed home, chilled and went to bed.

Tuesday

Tuesday was an insanely busy day at work – one of our two data centres went down due to a power outage, so we spent most of the morning fielding phone calls from people calling to let us know that something wasn’t working.  Things had calmed down by lunchtime when the main symptoms were clearing up a bit (and people were beginning to realise that we did know it was going on) so managed to get through a list of people I had to phone back regarding the issues.  Then finally come mid afternoon things were gradually pulling themselves back onto their feet and it quietened down to pretty much a normal day.  I fled the office early as I was meeting up with Shaun, Paul and Michael and we were all heading off to London.  To celebrate the release of his latest book, Snuff, Terry Pratchett’s publishers had arranged and evening with him at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, we arrived and found our way to seats (unfortunately in the vertigo inducing balcony), and then had a lovely funny evening watching Terry Pratchett chat with his assistant Rob sharing anecdotes and stories, whilst answering some questions sent in from Twitter.  After the show we went and hung around the stage door to see if we could get a glimpse of the man himself, we were there till 11:30 and while Rob his assistant came out and kindly handed out some signed book plates, that was all we saw.  It was then back to the station and home, getting to bed around 2 in the morning.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a later start due to the previous night’s lateness.  It would’ve been nice not to have needed to go to work at all, and just have a long lie-in but needs must.  I headed in, getting in later than I normally would and stumbling through my morning in a bit of a sleep haze.  Fortunately by lunchtime I’d woken up somewhat as we headed into town with everyone for a quick BK.  After work I had to race home, get changed for the gym (adding plasters to function as nipple covers to try and prevent a repeat of Monday) and headed out to the Post Office to pick up a parcel, before on to the gym for another run – this time going much better with the plasters preventing issues.  After the gym it was home and off to bed.

Thursday

Thursday started with me actually stopping to check the run I’d been doing assuming it was Bridge to 10k was correct – turns out I’d managed to leap in at the deep end… Pretty much at the end of a 6 week training program – not bad I thought to myself, but at the same time probably explained why I felt so knackered!  Anyway the day at work was pretty normal – with a planned cinema trip after work falling through, meaning that I ended up heading home, and having an evening of rest – which was much enjoyed and needed.

Friday

Friday was another reasonable day at work – nothing majorly exciting happened, and then we had a really nice trip to the pub afterwards.  We ended up with a bunch of people coming and going – finishing up with me and Jackie having a nice dinner and a good laugh.  After the pub it was off home and bed as I needed an early night.

Saturday

Saturday was an earlier start than a usual Saturday as I was putting in some overtime and boosting the hours.  It was a nice day, arriving, getting started and just having a good chance to talk to people you don’t normally get to see.  The work wasn’t overly hard and we managed to get everything done in the allocated time.  After this I headed home, had a small bite to eat and then headed out to the cinema with Michael to go and see The Three Musketeers – this isn’t going to win any awards but was a fun actiony romp – giving the Three Musketeers the Pirates of the Caribbean treatment.  A very enjoyable show all in all.  After the film it was home and off to bed.

Sunday

Sunday was a lazy day – I was supposed to be up in the attic putting down some insulation but my Dad who I was supposed to be doing it with was unable to make it in the end.  SO I took the opportunity to catch up with some TV and films and just had a lazy day getting ready for a busy week.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Monday

Monday was the first day in a slightly different week – at work I was spending the week with our Area team – the team that goes out and about, fixing faults at the desks, rather than just remoting to the customer’s computers (which is what we tend to do normally).  The day saw me arriving, picking up calls from the queue, and then heading out over the road to the main offices to get these fixed.  I think it all went well and I managed to get quite a few fixed.  After work I headed home, out to the gym, and then possibly gave myself an over-hard workout to make up for skipping a week.  I certainly felt it over the course of the week.  After the gym I limped round Asda to grab some food, headed home and chilled for a bit before heading to bed.

Tuesday

Tuesday once again saw some interesting trips out of the office (our main building is a bit of a rabbit warren so can be quite easy to get lost within).  Still I managed to get my head around the room numbering system eventually, and find the rooms I was supposed to be in.  Lunch was a very nice trip to Chunkys with Shaun, made even better by discovering the Honey Chilli Beef (one of my favourite Chunkys specials) was back as well which is always a boost to the day.  After work I headed home, got changed, and then went round to my parents for dinner as my Godparents were visiting as they were staying locally.  This a nice dinner with one of my sisters Turkey and Cranberry rings which are always a treat.  After dinner it was home and off to bed.

Wednesday

Wednesday saw work continue going out, visiting desks, getting jobs done – it was really interesting and a good team to be working with.  After work I got changed, and met up with Paul, before heading off to the local pub, where we met with Alicja, Siobhan (one of Alicja’s colleagues), Nick and Luke for a couple of drinks, a bite to eat and then headed on out to see Left of the Right Side perform.  This was at a bar called Chicagos which was comfortably busy, and there were 3 other bands giving a good show.  The music was generally good and we were able to bust out a couple of Ceroc moves as well so was nice to show off a bit.  LOTRS performed really well and it’s a shame that their going for a bit of a break now.  After the gig we ambled home through the deserted streets and it was home/to bed.

Thursday

Thursday turned into an unintentionally long day – I got into work around 9ish but didn’t end up leaving till gone 7 that evening, due to a computer I needed to get finished off ready for the customer to use first thing Friday.  I managed to get the work finished so was chuffed with this, though it was a bit gutting a 15 minute job extended out to around 3/4 hours.  Once I’d managed to escape I met up with Luke, Natalie, Julie and Carole for dinner before moving onto Ceroc (where only myself, Paul and Jason made it).  It wasn’t my best night – I felt completely knackered and was really struggling to get some of the moves.  Then afterwards everyone seemed to want to dance which was really frustrating as I couldn’t string it all together properly.  Still it was a fun night but I slipped off early to get to bed and get some sleep.

Friday

Friday was an early start at work as I ended up going to Broadstairs to help with new device rollout.  It was a gorgeously sunny day and though the van was full we didn’t have a huge amount to do meaning it wasn’t a huge stress.  We stopped and had a nice lunch at the local caff and managed to get back in good time, getting a couple of final calls sorted before returning my laptop, mug and bits back to my normal desk.  After work I headed home, had a quick rest and then headed out to the gym for a better workout session – still I felt very stiff/sore afterwards.  Then it was home to chill watching a bit of TV before bed.

Saturday

Saturday was a lazy day to start with – I didn’t get up to late and had a good read whilst lieing in bed.  I then got some jobs done, watched a bit of TV and met up with Paul for a couple of drinks in town.  We popped up to the Flowerpot for a couple of really nice pints, before I had to leave to meet the others for Lees birthday dinner at the Lucky Cat.  This was Japanese/Chinese style food and very tasty with really friendly staff (when they found out it was Lee’s birthday they brought him out a good bag and a sweet dish for caramelised Apple and Banana with a candle in it).  Dinner done, we headed out separate ways, so it was home and bed for me.

Sunday

After the usual Sunday morning routine I was supposed to get a visit from my Dad, but he was late, so ended up having to push everything else back in the day.  He eventually arrived and we popped out to get some loft insulation – which was planned as part of my birthday present (alongside boarding and a ladder) to get the attic a bit more suitable.  This all brought and stored inside, Paul popped round and we watched a couple of films (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-sec proving to be a rather amusing little film) before throwing Paul out and heading off to bed.

And that is the week that was.

That Is The Week That Was

Going to be a quick one this time I think

Monday
Work, followed by heading home, had a surprise visit from my mum which basically made me too late to make the gym. Chilled and headed off to bed.

Tuesday
Work, then after headed down to Wetherspoons to meet up with Keith and Ben for a Steak night. IT was a nice dinner with the background of the Wetherspoons beer festival to give some interesting drinks.

Wednesday
Work, then home, supposedly to the gym but just felt knackered, so chilled and allowed myself a week off.

Thursday
Work, then straight to the pub to meet the guys for a pre-ceroc dinner. Once again enjoying the range of Beer festival beers and a fun dinner. Then onto Ceroc which was fun – Jackie and I are really getting into our stride together pulling out some good moves. It was scary the number of people there though – the room which did seem huge is now seeming really small and cramped. Ceroc done it was home and off to bed.

Friday
Work, which was a busy morning due to half the team being out at a team meeting. It was then a quick lunch (everyone was having to squeeze their lunch breaks into an hour slot) before a long quiet afternoon. After work it was to the pub for what was intended to be a quick drink, but somewhat extended. Fortunately Luke let me crash on his sofa bed so didn’t have to worry about problems getting home.

Saturday
Had a somewhat lazy start – mainly as I didn’t hear that Luke was up so didn’t want to disturb him. Embarrassingly it turned out that he’d been up for ages and was just very very quiet. Luke dropped me back in town to the car, and I headed home, and had a chilled afternoon relaxing at home (and trying to rip a video off iPlayer for my mum). Then it was back to town to meet up with Keith and Ben for Ben’s birthday. We went up to the all you can eat buffet at the Raja which was very tasty, before moving onto a local pub for a nice chilled end to the evening (though the Ginger & Chilli ale didn’t go down too well with the spicy currys..)

Sunday
Sunday was a lazy day at home, getting various chores done. Nothing exciting to report really – except possibly the new look for the Blog – I’ve had the same theme since I started in 2005 so figured it was time for a refresh. Hoping that the new look continues to match the theme and that it looks vaguely good.

And that is the week that was.