Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I am becoming convinced that a custom Moots is the way to go. Perfect fit and geometry, relaxed position, moustache bars, compact crankset, XTR mountain bike equipment so you can have integrated shifters with hydraulic brake levers. You'd never want to ride anything else!
That's it, drive to Steamboat Springs and get the guys to make you one of these, it will be ready by spring and I'm sure they'd do you one with disc brakes if that's what you want.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Anyway, last night we stayed in a nice hotel and went out for a nice meal: Lemon grass soup served with quail and lentils followed by a selection of very good fish and finally three different creme brulle (raspberry, strawberry and white chocolate). That was the surprise menu and it was a goo surprise.
So US Chrissy presents... hmm Just some ideas, but there is not really any need to send us anything
Gilette fusion razor blades
Palm TX wifi PDA
I'm looking for other things, but need to check details...
long sleeve t shirts/jumpers
Shimano 105 9 speed STI shifter/brake levers
Pair of jeans, need to get spec...
It's hard work spending other peoples money.......
I'll get back to it later when I've had a rest and I can find some pictures to make it more fun.
OK there are some pictures...
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Karen and Lars have announced that they are getting married. This is very exciting news and we are already looking forward to the event. I just wish we had been there to see the look on Lars's mothers face...
Congratulations again and good luck with the planning!
Friday, November 24, 2006
OK, I can see that I look like crap, but that is not the point. Now I look like crap with shorter hair.For the grandparents:
We had Pizza last night, even J seems to like pizza!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Just for once I am at my own office, at least I can get my expenses in!
This will be my last word on our work/life situation. Perhaps I need to learn to express myself more positively because I was not feeling morose when I wrote that post on the train to Germany, it was merely and update on what is going on at the moment.
Anyway, K got home from Sweden at 10:00 and I had enjoyed looking after J on my own for the day with no real problems, actually he is pretty much back to his usual happy self!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I have carefully not mentioned my employer by name here, but I am not worried about being found out. Given the job market in Denmark and my current position, there is little doubt that they need me as much, if not more than I need them.
Pride may come before a fall, but that is certainly how it looks from here.
The intention of the post was to let you guys know what is going on in my little world.
Wednesday should be fun, I have J for the duration as MK is off to Sweden for all of his waking hours. I am sure that will be enough to fill another post tomorrow night...
Monday, November 20, 2006
I am not really sure what to do at the moment. I am not a person who sits paralysed in situations that I don't enjoy, but here I am a little stuck. The problem is that it appears I need to earn a reasonable living so that we can continue to live in the manner to which we have become accustomed. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that my current job is not conducive to a happy family existence. Since September I have been travelling a lot and have (some may say unusually) been working very hard. The result is that I rely too much on MK to look after me and Jeremy and when I am home, I have been tired and not helpful enough. I am determined not to be an absent father, but I can see that it is happening already. With MK back at work, travelling and working are becoming rather too much for us to deal with happily. To me, just dealing with it is not enough, life needs to include at least a soupcon of happiness.
So what to do about it?
Option 1 – Take a break
I could happily give up working tomorrow and have been encouraged to do so, it is amazing how supportive MK can be regardless of the impact on herself, and she will always encourage me to do what will make me happy. I would love some time to enjoy Jeremy and return to a healthier lifestyle, but I think the financial consequences are too great at the moment so I think that option is out for the time being.
Option 2 – Sit it out and wait for the PhD
Having begun the journey towards this utopian academic existence, it has turned out to be a frustratingly slow process that I hope will be completed within the next 6 months, in the meantime, I am somewhat in limbo. With a minimum of 2 months notice to work out, it could easily be another 8 months before that gets off the ground and that is a long time to be living like this.
Option 3 – Get another job
I have a 2 month notice period and in Denmark this is always from the end of the month so the earliest I can be free is the beginning of February. Given the job market in Copenhagen at the moment, I know that I can get another job and probably an interesting one, but do I really want to start a new job? What I really want is the PhD and it's not really very fair to start a new job and then leave after a couple of months.
So there is the dilemma. I think I will tough it out with the current job for a while in the hope that it calms down with the travelling. As soon as it looks like the funding is on its way for the PhD I will be out like a shot. Perhaps it makes sense to wait until the spring anyway; it's more fun to be out of work when the sun is shining.
I wrote this to try and explain how lucky I am to have such a wonderful supportive wife and that I don't want to take her for granted. Perhaps it is telling that in the end I have written almost entirely about myself. She is the one who is spending around 3 hours each day in the car getting to work and back and then looking after Jeremy whilst I am off on my travels; at this particular moment I am sitting on a train just outside Hamburg looking forward to another night in a hotel whilst she will be awoken every couple of hours by the little man. I can't really believe it, but Jeremy hasn't slept through the night since we went to the US in August…
I guess that means do nothing for now, but be ready to pounce as soon as an opportunity comes along. In the meantime, don't take the good bits for granted (in other words, buy flowers more often!)
So Iceland, how was it? I hear you all ask.
It is a pretty special place, not like anywhere else I have been. The cold was apparently unusually severe, but the landscape was amazing, with steam apparently emitted from the ground all over the place and most streams and rivers lined with ice from the water vapor freezing to the grass. I'd like to go back and see Reykjavik and take a bit more time to explore, but preferably when someone else is paying again.
At the quad biking - last picture before the battery died :-(
Saturday, November 18, 2006
After a short swim outside just now, we are getting ready for a meal together tonight.
This really is an unusual country in every respect. The Danes are really shocked by the prices, it is a taste of their own medicine to my eyes!
Photos when I have a chance...
Friday, November 17, 2006
I haven't had to do something like that for more than 10 years, never mind sometimes you just have to join in and pretend to understand what the f' is going on.
Yes we won.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Well I can confirm my first impressions: It is very cold here. About -10 Degrees and a VERY cold wind.
We went riding today on Icelandic horses (small and hairy) in the desolate and impressive landscape. Then we went to the blue lagoon in the dark, thankfully with no big allergy problems. Legging to and from the hotish water was rather bracing!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Thursday night - J and MK are both sick
Friday - J and MK are getting a bit better
Friday night - I am sick and J is still under the weather
Saturday - I am under the weather and J is sick
Sunday - Everyone has their status reduced to "under the weather"
However, as J has not eaten anything resembling a meal since Wednesday we have been to the Doctors and come home with penicillin for his double ear infection and preparing for him to have another week at home.
The rest of the week, I will try to make more interesting with pictures and updates from Hamburg
Friday, November 10, 2006
So post a comment and give me your details please.
I have had a crazy week, one night at home and 60 hours of work, I need to sleep.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
This is the gate that I walk through when I go to the main office in Carlsberg, it is pretty impressive and even after a year here, it still makes me smile.
J is sick again after having a vaccination yesterday, this is getting boring...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The exciting thing is that I am going shopping in a minute to get some clean socks, pants and shirt!
I don't suppose I can find a picture of those on google images though...
Monday, November 06, 2006
At least I managed to clean my bike ready for the winter it is now safely fitted to the turbo trainer for the coming 5-6 months... urgh.
I can while away my time making infinately slow progress towards this table and surrounding junk/bike parts
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thanks, I am looking forward to Skyping with you all soon!
Friday, November 03, 2006
J is getting better, but still not sleeping much so neitherr are his parents.
Oh and it's still cold!