Tired of that

It’s Friday evening and I’ve closed the lid on the work laptop, the boy dog is currently snuggled up with me, and I can hear the distant pop of fireworks. Upstairs, the Ever Lovely Mrs J is talking to her mum on the phone. I am okay, although somewhat frustrated by the barrage – not of fireworks – but media BS that continues to paint transgender community in a negative light. The seeming continuous background pop, bang, and whizz of bigotry. It’s very tiring. I’m sure I’ve sprained the muscles behind my eyes 🙄 Yes, last year I took a news break and I felt better for it. This year, it feels the attacks have stepped up and, like Climate […]

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Script: On the QT

Scene: a well lit identikit office bathroom. The door opens as a man enters. He’s carrying a large sports bag. Ralph: Afternoon, Jim. Alright, chap? Jim: Oh, y’know. Fair to shite. Ralph laughs. Jim: Here, be a pal and zip me up would you? Ralph draws the zip closed on the back of Jim’s dress. Ralph: This is lovely. You been exercising? Jim: Thanks, mate. Got it in the sale. Exercise? You do know me, right? Ralph: You couldn’t get into that Boden’s number before last month. You’ve lost weight. Jim: Aye, well, that’s the thing about infiltrating these women groups. You don’t half learn a few things. Self care for one, and I don’t mean blooming fashion and dieting. […]

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Recharged

Hi, Ah, the joys of a week off. While it’s gone by rather quickly, it’s been great to leave the work laptop switched off, ditch the sofa home office routine, and get out into Autumn. The Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had the pleasure of birth each others company and a few new routes on our dog walks. That and occasional stops for coffee. Mrs J had some good news from the medical folk recently, so we feel the are heading in the right direction. I guess you have be thankful for what goes right 🙂 We’ve changed our food box – I know, so middle class 😉 – to be veggie for Mrs J’s health and that’s […]

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Time away

Hi, This year in Notts, October half-term is two weeks. Child 2 has been kicking back, while Wee Man has been going in to Uni (and doing well in trying new things and meeting new people too). For the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I, we’re about to have a week off and I’m looking forward to it The out of office was set, the inbox emptied, and there’s no more sofa office for a full week. Plus, while I don’t mind going away, I do love the home comforts, long walks around the fields, and that amazing feeling of not having to pack & travel. With a bit of luck, we’ll get some long walks in, breathe that Autumn […]

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Once more to the wardrobe, dear friends, once more!

Hi, Today has been a day of no meetings and given some of the back to back runs of late, this cool down period to ease into the weekend is rather lovely. Not that I’ve done nothing, I should add. Part of my role is to be creative with technology, so thinking space to explore and test is valuable. Such creative work can also help me get into the zone. That moment where you’re involved in creating something new and deep into it. I used to find the same with baking or painting miniatures for tabletop gaming. Yes, I’m aware that the G in TG stands for geek in my case 😉 However, such work is also a good distraction […]

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Reflecting

Hi, How’s things? Hopefully good and if not, let’s cross our fingers and maybe they’ll turn that way soon. By random happenstance, I stumbled upon this article: the difference between reacting and responding. Well worth a read in my opinion and YATGB can certainly wait if you want to read it first. If you don’t, my takeaway from it was self care – and perhaps for others too – by giving yourself time to respond to something after thinking. It seems that in short media posts, clickbait, tweets, and manipulative headlines, well, it seems hard not to react a lot of the time. But, yet, in recent months I’ve found myself taking a deep breath, allowing myself an eye roll, […]

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