Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
D&M arrived safely yesterday afternoon bearing gifts of US mail ordered cycling gear and my new watch that I was given for my birthday.
This evening we are making pizzas and taking it easy, hopefully tomorrow will be much like today in that the sun is shining and there is not a 50kmph wind.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday was a very windy and rather cold day, I manager to get 4 flat tyres whilst only cycling about 3 km and at that stage decided that the bike ride really wasn't supposed to happen. Later in the day we went to buy a tree. J was very excited until he had been in the car for 30 seconds when he fell asleep. By the time we arrived at the place where we had to choose a tree, he was so fast asleep that we we're able to wake him at all.
We put the massive tree on the car and took it home. After a little hacking and sawing at the trunk and a little at my hand the tree is standing proudly in the living room. J and I decorated it yesterday and we can now get used to the fact that it half fills the house.
Tomorrow = making pizza = exciting!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The result is that he is having drains put in his ears in a couple of weeks which will hopefully allow him to hear properly.
I am personally really annoyed that this seems to be yet another example of the inability of different parts of the health system to communicate with one another.
The ear doctors at the hospital have never measured the under pressure in his ears (caused by the fluid) and have done nothing other than repeatedly and apparently incompetently trying to test his hearing.
Hopefully this will work and he will be able to hear better afterwards. On the other hand I am not sure his life will be improved too much by being able to hear all of the commotion that is going on in the house most of the time...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tomorrow he is having the wax removed from his ears so that he can have them examined in detail on Thursday.
Now I am looking forward to Christmas...
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
When I fitted the brakes the (boring) new bike a couple of weeks ago I didn't bother reading the instructions. Perhaps that is why I can't get the back brake to work. I have just watched a video on YouTube of a SRAM employee with bad hair showing how to set them up and i can see that I was way off with my efforts. Perhaps I can fix it and there won't have been any damage done beyond a bit of excessive pad wear.
My other achievement in the last 24 hours is considerably more stupid though. I have a Citizen eco-drive watch that recharges it's own battery from a solar cell. The watch has been in a drawer for a while so when I put it on yesterday it needed some juice in the form of UV light. Low energy light bulbs are no good and it is dark 23½ hours a day here so I decided to improvise. I stood the watch face down on the bathroom light whilst I cleaned my teeth last night to get a bit of a boost. Then I forgot it.
This morning it was still there whilst I showered and shaved and when I remembered and took it down I nearly burned my fingers on it.
20 minutes later it stopped and I suspect it will never run again. The face is deformed from the heat and the second hand is twitching like a recently "pulled" chicken.
That's 2 watches in a month that have somehow left me, the first sold on eBay and then lost in the post so I had to refund the buyer and this the second.
At this rater I'll run out in a year or so!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I had planned another ride to work this morning, but I knew that I would need the car when I got here to go out and fetch some bits and pieces for work so I took the car. In the end the traffic was so bad that I may as well have ridden, just as I may as well have walked home last night.
Maybe I'll manage it in the morning and there is always the promise of a free breakfast when I get in on a Friday.
MK is Christmas shopping with the Mum and Sis today so I guess the plastic will be getting used a lot and J is taking his MorFar to gymnastics so they will both be exhausted when I get home...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The boys had a wonderful night of taking it in turns to wake us up. J decided that he had to open his advent gift at 2:30 this morning and was then rather disappointed when there was nothing new to open when it really was time to get out of bed. The rules are going to have to change about these gifts.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I managed to finish building my new bike on Saturday including a few small mistakes that took me a while to work out (like feeding the gear cable through the wrong part of the shifter - I didn't know it could be done until then...), but I got it together in the end and went for a successful spin around the block in the dark. I took some pictures and I'll try to post them soon.
On Sunday I had a chance to actually ride it , however, after my lie in and long breakfast I foolishly decided to fit the mudguards before I left. An hour and a half later it turned out that there was no way I could go anywhere and be back in time for our afternoon rendez vous with K&L. So guess what? I had a shower and skipped the ride. Initially I was cursing my procrastination, but then realising that if I had been truly motivated to ride, I would have. I guess that deep down I just wanted to spend the time fettling and I should simply embrace that and enjoy it. I did and felt a weight lifted from my shoulders.
I have bought clothes to the office today so I am hoping that I'll manage to get out of bed and ride in tomorrow morning. We'll wait and see...
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
He has a lovely house and it was very interesting to meet and talk to his wife who is a lecturer in Chinese at Copenhagen University. All in all it was a pleasant evening
My mistake was that I forgot to take anything with me to say thank you. I only realised when I was going home that I should at least have taken a bottle of wine, but I forgot and I suppose that it is too late now. I guess we'll just have to invite them to eat with us some time and then they can return the favour of not bringing a gift.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The weekend was fun. We spent most of Saturday and Sunday with B,E, T & K in Bicester playing and receiving rather more aural stimulation than we needed. I did manage to take some pictures, but also managed to leave the camera with MK in England so that will have to wait.
It has been a weird few weeks with MK and the boys being in England. I have been busy working, travelling and trying to keep on top of the household stuff so it will be really nice to have a weekend at home with everyone together and maybe I can also find time to go for a bike ride! The new bike is almost complete, I am missing a short piece of gear cable housing and I can't find the chain I bought. Perhaps it will show up this evening.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The non family blogs that I read are updated pretty much every day (as is this one) and the guys who do them are pretty good writers (unlike this one). That means that each day when I click on the link, I am fairly confident that I will have a minute or two of entertainment and distraction in return for my visit.
I try to post here every day and sometimes it is difficult to decide what to write about. Sometimes it is obvious if something interesting (to me at least) is going on in my life then I tend to write about it, but at other times there simply isn't anything interesting going on that I can write about. If I am very busy at work, sometimes there is nothing else going on, other times, work is less hectic, but for some other reason life is quiet, like the last couple of weeks whilst the family has been in England. So is it better to post something boring than nothing at all?
I think it is. There are a couple of reasons for this, firstly, I have no idea what the 50-100 daily visitors are actually interested in. Secondly if I post nothing then people will stop visiting at all and then I may as well stop. Finally, I can decide what I think is worth writing and it is up to you whether you want to read it or not.
I just wish I had more pictures to post when there is little so say, but I don't at the moment. I have packed the camera for this weekend so I hope I can rectify that next week.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Last night I went to a hardware store and bought the parts I needed to fit my headset and front brake, both of these were successful and I now have a very sturdy and usable headset press made from 14mm threaded bar, a load of washers, bolts and some bolts hammered into a piece of cut off steerer tube. Unfortunately I don't have enough spacers to get the stem on properly yet and I don't want to cut the steerer tube down yet. I also found that road bikes and mountain bikes have different stops on the end of the brake cables. Guess what? I have the wrong ones. I also decided that my Heath Robinson spacers for the chain ring bolts looks too nasty to live with.
So the bike now has cranks, wheels, brake and loosely fitted stem, bar and brake levers. I think that will be all until next week when I get the missing parts.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm looking forward to seeing his little feet again.
I need some shorted chain ring bolts before I fit the chain set and I couldn't fit the front brake without some spacers that I don't have.
I hope that I'll manage to get to a bike shop and a hardware shop on the way home so that I can get on with it this evening.
MK and the boys are going to Manchester for a hospital visit today, hopefully DK will be out of casts after that, but there is a chance that he will need another week in plaster. Hopefully J will also behave himself for Grandma whilst MK and DK are being seen.
By the way, it is really lonely at home on my own :-(
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
This afternoon I am heading back to DK for another hectic week of working and preparing to leave again on Friday. Thankfully next weekend I am booked on the direct flight from CPH to BHX so there is no messing around in Amsterdam although I also avoided that on Friday as the CPH to Amsterdam was not really happening so KLM booked me on the direct flight instead. Actually that was a pretty good deal except for the wasted hours in the airport, I arrive more or less on schedule.
I am hoping that my new bike frame will arrive here today before I leave so that I can get it built up before everyone is home again next week, but we'll have to wait and see...
Hopefully I can manage to get or take some more interesting pictures in the near future as I can see this is getting a bit dull.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Normally when I am left alone, the house becomes an unrecognisable tip within the first 20 minutes, this time it took 2 days before it started to go downhill. I've tried to get the worst of it put away, but the sofa has some clean folded and or ironed clothes on it along with a lot of wrapping paper and things, but the rest of the house is still clean and tidy.
Next week I plan on spending my evenings exercising with some degree of commitment and preparing my training plan for the coming year. A training plan to me is a little like a revision timetable that you prepare when you have exams, really it is just something to do to avoid doing whatever it is you should be doing. I am looking forward to getting a bit or routine training in, but nowhere near as much as I am looking forward to seeing the family this evening.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Hopefully all will go according to plan and I can have tea with the rest of the family tomorrow and maybe a beer...
I had planned to spend my evenings cycling and taking it easy, but I have been busy and tired and not managed any exercise at all. The weather has also been awful so the thought of riding to work this week has been far from my mind, having meetings in different offices hasn't helped either.
Let us just hope that there isn't a foot of snow in the morning.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
After being out rather late again last night having dinner with M&T, I am looking forward to a night at home this evening catching up on washing and maybe getting some exercise as I don't seem to have much time these days.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Stage 1: 13.09.09 Kirchberg – Neukirchen am Großvenediger 2433 vertical m and 121,86 km
When I get home this evening I will make the money transfer and then I think I will officially be and and I can start planning raising some money for charity. I just hope that is some money available given the global recession and all...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The starter was a langoustine risotto followed by chicken and then a vanilla and white chocolate cream. I filleted a chicken or two, made the bread rolls, peeled some artichokes and then made some chicken ball things wrapped in pigs stomach. The cooking was really good fun and the food was pretty good too. There was plenty of beer whilst we cooked, wine with each course then a digestif and off to a bar for another beer before going home.
Guess what? I drank too much and went to bed very late and am paying the price today.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
But I think the Thule bike rack is over priced and doesn't look that good. Having seen a lot of Rocky Mounts in Boulder (about 50% of cars have them attached) I looked into those and BINGO, they are cool, half the price of Thule and come in nice colours.
Today MK and the boys are heading off to England for a rather extended visit with Grandma and Grandad G so that DK can get his feet fixed by someone who, hopefully, knows exactly what they are doing. I don't envy MK the journey with both of the boys, but I am sure that she'll cope because she just does. It never ceases to amaze me what she can cope with and just keep going. Amazing.
After I drop them at the airport I am planning to go to the cinema and see the new James Bond film so that I have something to write about tomorrow and so that I don't spend the evening completely on my own in the house. Tomorrow I plan to cycle to work and seeing as the sun is not up until 7:34 I'll be leaving in the dark, I just hope it gets a bit light before I get here!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
That's it really
Friday, November 07, 2008
The first big hurdle is to get into the race, last time I tried to enter something like this I was 10 minutes late getting to the computer and ended up 600 or so places down the waiting list.
Is there any chance of this working?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Whilst Ponseti international helps to train doctors from developing countries to treat clubfeet so that children will be able to walk and have a normal life.
More on this to follow...
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Yes that's right we went to a hospital, this time was again to Roskilde and the reason was for a check up on DK's tummy trouble. He has been eating and pooing well all weekend so we were not too worried about it. After 5 hours we left with a good report for DK's tummy, he has gained a few grammes and is doing well.
The doctor was new to us on Friday and must be about the 10th to see DK. He is, however, the first to take an holistic view of the situation and think about linking all of the bits and pieces together regarding his cleft palate, club feet, missing ball and asymmetrical face. As a result he is interested in trying to see if there is something that can pull together all of these things. One of the steps for this was to have DK photographed - his first full frontal shots at just under 4 months old.
Like his big brother he seems to have already mastered the art of charming all he meets.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The important thing is that DK has been eating well all day so we are fairly confident that there will not be any problems in that department next week. We just have to make sure that there is enough coming out the other end!