Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ready to roll - Re-posting due to technical problems

Last weekend we continued the preparations for J starting in child care. In order to deliver him we have had to invest in child seats for the bikes. He seems to enjoy being there although he is less happy about having to wear a helmet...

By the way, the code that you have to enter to leave a message is to stop me getting tons of spam mail that I was getting before that feature was added, sorry if it is inconvenient.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Which Superhero am I?

I know that this is something that you've all been wondering, so here is the answer:

You Are Batman

Billionaire playboy by day. Saving the world by night.
And you're not even a true superhero. Just someone with a lot of expensive toys!

It seems that J has started to move along the path to walking, he has started to walk around with his little trolly thing in the living room. I have been showing him how to do this, but this time he decided to have a go on his own, much to our amazement.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Some home front updates

Handrail painted
Chimney pointed

Everyone's happy

Monday, September 25, 2006

The cricket gets it

Poalo Betini has won the world championships which is not a big surprise. I was a shame that Erik Zabel came in second again, he really deserves to have won this race at least once, but her never seems to get it right and I think time may have run out for him now.
For those of you who are not interested in cycling (probably all of you, but I am trying to educate my loyal readers a little on the subject of bike racing), we have had a very successful weekend of painting rails cutting grass, fitting child seats to bikes and general housey stuff. As usual I promise that pictures will follow.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Apples and potatoes

We are drowning in apples at the moment, but thankfully J has learned how to eat them so we may well survive provided he doesn't go off them. We have also harvested our "The Good Life" style home grown potatoes, some of which were so small that they were difficult to spot with the naked eye. M would have loved them.
Last night I polished off the chimney so to speak. Pictures will be posted when I have them on the PC. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will look a terrible mess, especially as the new pointing is much lighter in colour than the old stuff.
In the meantime, it looks as though we will be receiving a royal visit towards the end of October which will be nice and means that we can arrange J's birthday party a little early...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Back to work

Somehow I seem to have been raised to feel guilty if I decide to take a day off because I don't feel well. There are days that you go to work no matter what because there are things you have to do - presentations, meetings etc etc, but if you feel crap and there is nothing that can't wait another 24 hours then why should I feel bad? I don't know, but I do.
Anyway K is getting whatever it is now so I will be on extra duties at home.

Two other things are on my mind today:
I hope that Richard Hammond (Top Gear presenter) recovers from his 280mph car crash, it is terrible when things like that happen and I hope he is OK.

I wonder how Lance Armstrong feels this morning now that his ex-wife has won the individual time trial world champion in Austria. It seems odd that after they split she became a professional cyclist.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tiny furniture

I have J's cold so I am behaving as men normally do in such situations, I am feeling sorry for myself!
We went to the nursery school this morning, I don't think I have ever seen such tiny toilets. I think it would have been construed as a little wierd to take pictures, but they were about 30cm high.
Meanwhile back in normal life I am in the tedious process of completing my career plan for 2007. How should I phrase it politely??? I can't
I hope there will be more news to come on that front in the near future...

Monday, September 18, 2006

Chimney action and other inaction

I have finally started repointing the chimney and have done 3 sides (I ran out of sand at that point) It was a lovely day yesterday to be up on the roof and the view is pretty good too.

That was the action, unfortunately the incation has been as a result of young J having a pretty bad cold (and teeth coming through I think). He has kept us awake very well for the last 2 nights and as a result, there was no way that I was getting out of bed early and biking in the basement this morning. One day I'll manage it...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Poznan and the 21 day challenge

I have just read that you have to do something for 21 consecutive days for it to become habit so from Saturday morning I plan to get out of bed and ride my bike every day for 21 days and see how that works out.
In the meantime, here is a picture of Poznan, I will be here for the next 24 hours, my first impressions are that it is nicer than Warsaw, but that doesn't mean much.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Early to bed and early to rise...

I have never been good at going to bed, I always dither around avoiding it and then regret it in the morning when I am tired and sometimes even grumpy. When I do eventually get around to turning in early, the bloody phone rings! It has been one of my aims for some time to be disciplined enough to go to bed in time to be able to get up and train before work in the mornings. I have managed it in the past and I know I can do it again, but like so many things it always seems to be something to do tomorrow. So as I am leaving a little later than normal tomorrow straight to the airport, perhaps I will find the time to train a little for the first time in a while.
I have posted pretty much all of the interesting holiday pics so I need to take some new ones.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Birthday wishes

It's funny that I was brought up to understand that it is terribly bed form to start issuing demands around ones birthday, but apparently here in DK it is absolutely necessary. I still find that it leaves a bad taste in the mouth being so demanding, but I'm getting over it :-)

Happy Birthday Maureen

Monday, September 11, 2006


Whilst floating around in the pool in Boulder (in particular being washed up on the beach at the local kiddies pool) I decided that my excuse of new parent status has run it's course in the waistline department. There is nothing that slows down an aspiring cyclist like a bloomin' great fat gut. There is a plethora of dieting blogs out there and frankly they are even more dull than this one so I have no intention of making this into a diet blog, but as I am exceptionally weak willed I will publicly state here that: I AM ON A DIET.
I shall be publishing my progress on the fridge door for all to see and I am aiming to be at a hitherto unseen racing weight come the start of (or near the middle of at least) next season.
I can't upload an pictures for some reason so sorry to the Grandparents!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Funny names

Danes seem to think that the name of a town on Funen should be very amusing, it is called Middle Fart. Admittedly it is mildly amusing, but it shows an alarming lack of imagination. We have just driven home through one of many examples of funnier places: Assendloes - pronounced ass-end-loose. There are other examples, my personal favorite being Assenderup just up the road from Assendloes - fortuitousus probably.
Followingng the advice from ajen here are some more tedious pictures:

Thursday, September 07, 2006

London calling

I am sitting in a hotel next to St Paul's and it's pretty boring, the course I am on is all stuff I have done before, so I am frustrated by that, but I had dinner with Ben last night and a couple of beers which was really good. I hope he and H can come and visit us.Apparently J is settling back to normal life and sleeping better.I suppose London isn't as bad as i recall, but it drives me mad sitting in a room for 3 days being taught things I already know...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Getting over the jetlag

J slept until I woke him to say goodbye this morning as I am off to London for a couple of days. apart from waking at midnight, it was a good night for the little guy.
It seems that most of my work things have come together during our holiday and now that I have mown the lawn, it's almost as though we never left.
I am still short on the witty comments so I'll resort to the weather: it's very windy here today.

More pics:

Sharing a sandwich with Grandad (that is a bib, not a ruff)

All in the pool

Tired after dinner at The Dining Room with M

Monday, September 04, 2006

Back to the grind-stone

I am back in front of the usual PC now and not much seems to have changed, except for the fact that I have that out of body jet-lag feeling and have not eaten for a while.
I am not going to fool myself into thinking that the few readers of this blog are interested in anything other than photographs of J so I will just post some and worry about the witty social comment tomorrow. Enjoy!

Eating pizza at the Boulder Tea Rooms

Buying a lawn mower at Home Depot

Standing near the top of the Flat Irons (I have sneakily included myself in this one)