Friday, February 29, 2008
In the shop we were worried that it may be too bright, but being us we decided not to worry too much about that.
Now it is down we are really happy with it. It is not too bright and brings a nice warmed to the room with its deep shag (oh yes it is deep) and warm colours.
In case you are interested, here is the dent on the car.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It's been a few weeks since I assembled some flat pack anyway.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
It seems that as MK was turning left when the tw*t in a BMW ran into her this morning it is two thirds her fault. I don't know if you can imagine exactly what happened, but as I understand it, she was indicating to turn left (as you would turn right in the UK so crossing the lane of the oncoming traffic) and as she turned into the car park at work the BMW man overtook her. Except he didn't, he ran into her.
I guess she should have looked over her shoulder, but how the f*&k can that be two thirds her fault and one third his?
The result: We'll have to pay the no doubt high excess on the insurance and pay a premium for the next 5 years before we have a clean driving record again.
I am f'ing furious about this.
If I find out where this bloke lives I'm going to go round his house and wee in his shoes.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I'd love one of these Smeg ones, but unfortunately they are rather too expensive and difficult to get hold of over here.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Other than that it is all clear.
Yesterday was a very frustrating day, I had to leave the house at 6am and fly to Aalborg and then the flight home was delayed so I wasn't home until 10pm but at least we got a reasonable night sleep afterwards.
Later I am taking J swimming, he was rather disappointed that we couldn't go this morning, but that's life I guess, nursery first, swimming second. Apparently they are having some sort of theatre thing visiting them today as well so I am sure it will be fun.
Oh and I had my hair cut this morning.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Since I have now decided that I deserve a new bike for the upcoming "racing" season then there have been a few decisions to make:
Firstly hardtail or full suspension?
Well as the riding in Denmark is far from extreme and I am planning to use this bike as a race bike then a hardtail is the obvious choice. This is also made more clear by the fact that the used full suspension bike that I acquired last year is fine for more rough stuff
Secondly 26" or 29" wheels
Easy - 29" is the way forward and getting increasingly popular for endurance racing.
Thora Herdly what should the frame be made of?
Gary Fisher Superfly (Carbon Fibre)
Tough one here, ideally I would like Titanium, but it seems that the cheapest Ti frame I can get will be about £1000 for the frame alone so that is more or less out of the window. Steel is too heavy and there is only one carbon frame available which is a little pricy although not completely ruled out (yet). That leaves Aluminium or alloys thereof - namely Scandium. (are you asleep yet?)
Fourthly build it up myself or buy it complete?
Niner Bikes Air 9 only available as a Frame and import from the US
Again not easy as you generally get better value buying a complete bike, but lose out on the choice of parts and in this case, many of the manufacturers of 29" bikes only sell frames so the choice of frames is also compromised.
Finally where when and how should I get it?
This is more complex than it seems as there are no 29" bikes for sale in Denmark so it will have to come from the US or the UK and some companies will not sell online. As I will not be in the UK until after the 12 hour race in May I will have to get it to Denmark either by mail (expensive) or with G&G in March but Ideally I want it in April (financial reasons this time). So there are still some unanswered questions here.
Before anyone bothers to write or even think that I don't need a new bike, forget it, I know I don't need a bike, I want one and it's between me, MK and the bank manager whether or not I can have one. (Do I sound defensive?)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
One of the particularly enjoyable aspects of the film is the soundtrack which consists almost entirely of David Bowie songs performed by Seu Jorge, a Brazilian singer.
The songs are sung in Portugease with some great accoustic guitar. I found the album on itunes a few weeks ago and love it.
Be patient with the messing around at the start of this clip, it is worth while and afterall it is the first video I have ever posted!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is a rather complicated book that you more or less have to read from end to end to go through the whole process of designing your plan for the year before you put it to one side and ignore it for the whole year. Well what's the point of spending more money on training plan when I can make my own?
In the past I have never been able to follow these things anyway, but (as usual) I hope that this year will be different...
I'm reading the book and making the excel sheets so we'll see what comes out of it at the end.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I think I'll hit the awful soup diet again next week and see if I can shift some more lard before I fall at the first on the way to my new bike. What I really don't understand is that I have not been eating bad stuff, not drinking beer and have started exercising about 5 times a week from not doing anything and yet my weight is staying the same. I can only hope that I am gaining some muscle along the way...
Given my eating habits, perhaps we'd be better of with a new fridge!
We all managed some skiing
J didn't bother with skis, but he did use the lift. Next year he can have skis as well!
Here he is pretending to be cute or something, but we know better...
This is the hut/challet that we were staying in. Compared with the standard French ski resort shoe boxes it was fantastic, we had 2 bathrooms and nobody slept in the living room!
Thank you very much to T&B for unviting us up there and taking a child seat in their car so that they could taxi us around wherever we wanted.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We are having a great time skiing here in Kvitfjel in the sunshine. It is very easy to joint someone elses vacation halfway through when the fridge is full and the heating is on full.
One more day of skiing to go...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Next week I need to weigh less than this, because I don't really want to have to do this again!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I then have to get down to 100kg by the end of March or the deal is off. Finally I am aiming at being 95kg by the time I stand at the start line of the Nordic 24 in the middle of June.
We did get some lunch though...
Anyway we did manage to get something to eat and I think the others enjoyed themselves as much as they could given that I was there...
Friday, February 08, 2008
We are looking forward to a relaxing weekend of Childrens theatre in the morning and Roskilde in the afternoon.
I'll put the camera on charge I promise.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Here he is feeling better at the Cheesecake Factory in Boulder with the smaller version of MK!
The last couple of weeks have been odd in some ways. Work has been somewhat dull whilst also exciting as a few things are going to change around Easter and I have had to negotiate all of that (announcement to follow...). At home however, we have been busy doing very domestic and mundane things like clearing out the basement, moving things around and putting up shelves, which has been nice.
I am sorry that there have not been any proper photographs recently, I am out of practice at taking the pictures at the moment. At the very least I should be gloating about the clean basement and the TV on the wall although I suspect that, if anyone is really interested in anything, it will be pictures of J and his "glowing" mum.
Finally my mum is coming to stay for a few days which will be really nice and hopefully we'll get some pictures to post between us.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Having said that it was easy, it was also a little sad that he was happy to just sit still do little more than watch the tv. There was one thing that brought him to life without fail though: bringing out the medicine.
The mere sight of a medicine bottle brings out some deeply rooted fears and he does everything he can to avoid the stuff including trying to hide behind the microwave oven. At some point during the afternoon after many attempts at bribery and persuasion, I decided to have a go at forcing him to take the stuff for his own good. As soon as he saw the loaded syringe there was scream and he hid under the cushions on the settee. When I got him out and onto my lap he did everything he could to keep the stuff from getting into his mouth, but I finally overcame his defences and squirted a bit into his mouth. He gurgled and spat a bit, but I though I could get the whole 7,5ml in with the next go. So it did.
He had the last laugh (neither of us actually laughed, but never mind) as he threw up everything he had consumed over the last couple of hours (milk, bread rolls and fruit bars) all over both of us. Urgh.
After a quick dash to the bathroom to strip off and clean up I decided that he'd probably get better on his own and I really couldn't think of any other way to get him to take the stuff.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
I have been exercising pretty consistently for a couple of weeks now 5 times per week and I feel better for it. However, I think I have been eating more to compensate and I need to do something about that. Days like today are a challenge because I have been stuck at home with J which is a little boring when he is sick and lolling around so I have had to exercise some extreme restraint not to eat too much. Hopefully the coming week will see a little more weight loss...