When a plan comes together. First of all celebrated with my wife and partner in crime this weekend marking the 5th year since we fell madly in love with New York and I popped the question. Second, completed the Exchange 2003 migration to Office365 at work that has been causing me come serious sleep issues for months but went without a serious hitch. Thirdly, finally got some time to convert my home into a Microsoft Windows free environment. I’ve now got a 64 bit Centos Server in the loft hosting about 3 TB of media and stuff via Samba and all is good. I turned off the old trusty Windows XP box last year and life has kept getting in the way. That and the advances of streaming (Netflix, Spotify, Airplay, etc) meant that, to be fair, we haven’t missed the stuff I actually store. But today, as I type I am listening to old songs that are not on Spotify using the old WDTV that means it is playing through the lounge system and throughout the downstairs. Old school in todays technology but it’s just nice to have it all back and virus free! Plus our video/photo footage of the kids is just magical to review on the big screen. I’m so glad that we have this record in such an easy to view medium. I was chatting to a mate the other day about just how hard it was to take a film to the chemists to get it developed, then find that you had put your finger over the one you wanted. And it would cost you for the pleasure! Amazing just easy it has become in such a short time. Basically everything is awesome and I’m a very happy chap….
It’s been quite a ride to be fair these last three months with a new job and all of the changes that has meant to our little family. I have learnt so much that was obviously lacking in my skill set and have sharpened the bits I did have. My girls have also had significant changes with massive leaps forward in development and some great memories. It’s been a real shame that I didn’t keep the blog going during this time in draft format and publish now but it was the safest thing to do while I was job hunting. Well I’m back now and will continue to bore the pants off you with my blog entries…
So today I decided that enough was enough and it’s time for a new job. I’m not going to rant about the detail but suffice to say that I believe that I am going to be useful to another organisation in the very near future. I can’t live with the threat of not being paid hanging over me or those around me who have to suffer my tension and to be fair it’s probably time anyway. I’ve been in a great work place for years but I feel like I’ve stagnated technically. I need new challenges and to feel like the work I put my heart and soul into is actually worth it. So what next? If I move away from Bridgnorth then it will mean changes with lifestyle changes, particularly with the school run. I stayed last time for that reason but I can’t help but find work wherever I can. And that sucks. It’s been so brilliant to be able to drop off and pick up moo over the past 4 years from school. Ah well, bring on the new and let’s see what I can do….
Olivia’s first full day at nursery and H back at work today, phew glad it’s gone ok! I got to take liv in and pick both my girls up on the way home. A first for me too! Liv is feeling better but still congested, the girls at nursery were great with her even though she needed two full outfit changes due to sick and explosive pop. Don’t know where she gets that from!! All in all, today went well … And as if that wasn’t enough, she has just crawled for the first time!!! Amazing, one day at nursery and she’s got it!!! We are a very happy family right now ….
Well it was all going so well, a whole week with all of my girls and a fantastic dance show by Moo but then Liv suddenly developed a cough. On Sunday morning we were concerned with the sound of her breathing and called up the out of hours doctors. A few questions and before we knew what was going on an ambulance was on its way! Crazy and quite scary for all of us. The two paramedics were brilliant and very kind. Luckily it is nothing more than a virus and teething symptoms but we were nervous for a while there. She didn’t sleep last night and neither did we. She did find it quite hilarious to put her finger in my ear and try to push out my brain repeatedly this morning. Today she hasn’t exactly been better but at least the congestion is coming out of her like a green river…
Well, this week so far Livs has gone to nursery twice and loved it! Her first tooth finally came through and then last night another popped through! This week we also have Mills almost every night which is just awesome - especially when she made the toast for breakfast! Another first! Oh and due to having a pair of drum sticks and a practice pad in the car, Millie can now do a paradiddle!! I love that people who we pass on the way to or from school must see a man and his daughter either dancing, high fiving, singing or now playing drums. I’m holding out for a full Jackson 5 style family band…
I love it. It is VERY quick, clear, lasts longer and best of all does all the good stuff that the old Android one could do. I don’t use iTunes so that doesn’t bother me. Everything is good in the world, I’m currently playing the new Deadmau5 album on the phone using Spotify and AirPlaying it onto the lounge system (TV, AMP, 5.1 Speakers) and it’s a nice place to be. I said to H earlier that if I hadn’t played with Airplay I wouldn’t have even considered it. It really is that important to me to be able to listen to Spotify/podcasts wirelessly lol. I’ve spent the past 20 odd years walking around with headphones in so I can keep a constant input of media and now I can give my ears a rest and do it at a flick. Big love to Xbian for making it happen also! This is just the beginning – I’ve already ordered my black turtleneck…..
Firstly, I expect to take a fair amount of flack for the following statement. I have upgraded to an iPhone5. It will not go unnoticed by several people that I have heaped abuse upon and been quite sniffy about my preference for Android smartphones over the years. And also one person who will get a great deal of amusement out of it, but you know what, I’m tired of the Android operating system. I was in there like a shot when the first one came out and loved my G1. I’ve upgraded three times since then and each time felt that it got better. Now I feel like a change for three important reasons:
My setup at home now includes 2 Raspberry Pis running XBIAN - this means I can *wirelessly* send music/movies/video footage/pictures to either of them from any point in the house. One is connected to the lounge system and speakers in the kitchen, the other into the bathroom speakers. This uses an Apple only product called AirPlay. I own an iPad, my wife uses an iPhone, all of my friends and family use iPhones so it makes sense that anyone who visits can display pictures from their phone on the TV in the lounge without having to do anything other than press the Airplay icon that automatically appears on an iPhone when it is in range.
My big stick that I used to smack any iPhone person with was that the navigation built into the Android OS has the best free GPS navigation app and yours doesn’t, ner ner ner ner nerrrr. Well now it does and it looks much nicer on there too.
If I can’t get on with it, wifey is due on upgrade in three months so I will give her my phone and go back to Android. See, the plan is perfect!
So it’s been a while since the last blog and to be fair an awful lot has happened. I’ll start with the smallest and work up from there! Liv has come off the boob, onto the formula and turned a major corner. It took the best part of two weeks for the milk to go down for poor old H and I’m told it was a very painful experience. Huge swollen breasts are never a bad thing to a man. Liv is putting on weight at a decent rate and is on the third highest percentile for height apparently. Teeth are coming in (and don’t we know it), but still none of the ****ers have come through despite them being very visible.
Moo went to see Justin Beaker/Beaver (delete as appropriate to wind her up) last night and fully screamed the place down apparently dancing until the last note. She had a half term at ‘Cold Disney’ and a great time at the Valentine’s disco. She is so much fun to be around with a cracking sense of humour. She also lost her first front tooth on Tuesday and is very proud of it!
H is dreading going back to work as she has become quite attached to our ankle biter and isn’t looking forward to Nursery. It’s worth it for the child development alone but I wish she was going to work at a company she was better suited with her exemplary skills in design. We also said our sad farewell to Tharon Main – rest in peace Papa. We raised a toast in your honour with the lovely Champagne you brought us last Xmas. Peace after so much pain.
Me, well lots of work has been done and not a great deal of fun apart from the band. We’ve still haven’t got a band name, vocalist or more than 3 songs but we are having a lot of fun writing, rewriting, chatting, throwing a bit out, jamming on blues standards, writing, chatting, going home because we are grown ups now with commitments – you know, that kind of stuff. I’m very happy with my Rickenbacker bass sound having thrown my compressor into the mix and bought some decent speaker cables – what a difference! Boney is toying with having 3 separate amps (yes 3) rather than the Marshall rig and a Vox rig he runs through at the moment. Yes, the surrounding houses must love us. Jonny Meatballs has just bought a new Tama drum kit and crikey it is like a cannon going off, very sweet. We are open to offers if anyone has a suggestion for a band name