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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Heroes in heels

Hi, Earlier in the week I happened to stumble upon the film musical, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. Some of you may remember the BBC documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at Sixteen. If you’d like to be reminded of your age, it was easy back in 2011. By all that’s fabulous! I might even have been in my 30s back then. 😉 I don’t remember the documentary that well – I mean, it has been a decade! – but elements of its memory echoed as the musical played out. Incidentally, I happened to catch an interview with an older Jamie on Radio One’s drag podcast a few years back. It was interesting to hear how his life had developed and also, bless […]

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The joy of choice

Hi, With both kids back in full time education, the Ever Lovely Mrs J mostly at work, and the slowly descending temperatures, I felt it was time to ditch the summer coat. So long Wookie pins. May you rest until springtime and recover your energy from providing bloke mode over. I’ve written this before, but I feel it needs repeating that when my body matches how I feel, my mood is lifted. It’s not that I feel dysphoric or similar emotional pain, but it’s akin to an ache or carrying a heavy weight around. When either of those are gone, you’re reminded of how life should feel and to feel content, or even good, about yourself, well, I think that’s […]

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Pastures new

Hi, It’s been a somewhat funny week this time around. Some good news in that we managed to get the downstairs bathroom shower replaced – I know, first world problems eh? But it will give the kids (both teens) more privacy. True perhaps for the Ever Lovely Mrs J as well who uses the ensuite one upstairs. Like most early teens, our youngest has been back at school for the new term, although due to an Inset day for the staff, had today off. Wee Man on the other hand, will be making his way to university this coming Monday. Quite a change for him, I think, and I hope he finds what he needs. It was an age since […]

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