It’s easier to see the stars at night

Hi, I’m midway through a short-break, enjoying time off with the Ever Lovely Mrs J and our two not-so-small nippers. The break from work has been very welcome and I’m glad to not see the inside of a meeting room for a time 🙂 We’ve had a bit of an expensive month with house repairs, a replacement phone for Wee Man, and today the Hoover went pop. I’ve heard things come in threes, but this seems more like sixes 🙂 Still, we are all healthy and money is there to be spent. Certainly, there’s little point in hoarding it Smaug-style and lying about on a heap of cash. Woo, it that uncomfortable and I’d wager we’d run low on five […]

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Compliments

Hi, Over on the Chameleons’ forum, one of our members, Steph, posted a happy incident in which she’d complimented a stranger and had a very positive reaction. I think paying someone a sincere compliment is both great and yet, sometimes tricky. I think it’s tricky because well, there’s A) a chance that you’ll get it wrong and offend, and/or B) that the person may not take the compliment. In terms of the latter, there’s the whole gig around what are they after?, are they hitting on me?, to I’m not used to strangers saying this! That last one – people saying nice things – is something I struggle with. With family, well, most of the time it’s good-natured teasing, so compliments […]

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Time to move on?

Hi, I don’t know about you dear reader, but for me, there’s nothing quite like a week with your family to help set some perspective. Where we live is quite the rural idyll and by quirks of geography, we escape much of the rougher weather. With that in mind, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had many dog walks together. Wee Man has had space and time to relax and play his guitar while we’re out. Little Miss has entertained herself with gaming or reading. We’ve been out on day trips and had good times together, so it’s been a very pleasant break. I, perhaps foolishly, checked my work email to remove some of the crap before I […]

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The Good Day

Hi, I don’t know if the planets aligned or it was just a series of very fortunate events, but today was completely spot on. Earlier the Ever Lovely Mrs J had suggested we both take a day off together. Like I need much encouragement to take a day off! 🙂 As Jimmy Cliff crooned through his exit from the dark, I thought just how good things had gone. We dropped the kids off at their respective schools and headed into town together. There was much laughter, bright sunshine, and that cheery upbeat mood you get when enjoying time off. Mrs J had her hair done (looks fab, BTW), I had a run back to the car (who forgot the wallet?), we […]

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Inspired

Hi, I heard recently that my line manager from job long since left, died recently. We’ll call him W for now, although that’s not his real name. Even now, I’m a bit touchy about naming people specifically, but hey-ho. It’s not like you know the city, my bloke name, where I work, or what I do. Plus, there’s a photo here and there to truly out me…. but, moving on. 🙂 So W was not – by his own admission – someone with an IT background. He said to me that he could read people and provided I was straight with him, he’d do the same. He wasn’t a politician, but he was diplomatic. He wasn’t technical, but he got projects […]

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