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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The other T word: Transgression

Hi, I’ve deliberated about posting this today, but I think I’m just going to have to dive in, and give it a spin. Without any fanfare or fuss, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I had a bit of an argument last night. Now, I’m not going to go into the who’s right and who’s wrong. Firstly, as I’m writing this, it’s going to be biased. Secondly, it would be somewhat tedious…. Possibly more so than a regular post 🙂 But hey, moving on. So, yes, I made a mess of things before I went out, and yes, I did upset the Ever Lovely Mrs J. Yes, I did feel bloody awful about it, and yes, I did apologise profusely. Not […]

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The right type of break

Hi, I’ve had a week away from work, and as the Bank of Jones is feeling a little less full that we’d like, we’ve had a staycation. .Cue much parenting and trips out, which have all been a jolly good hoot, with many happy memories. Now that Little Miss and Wee Man are growing up, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I give them the option around joining us on a dog walk. Given the choice between a comfy sofa, YouTube/gaming, and exercise; the kids stay at home. Provided they get some exercise, I’m kinda cool with this. I think it lets them build up trust and responsibility in taking care of themselves, and to an extent, each other. We’re not dragging […]

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