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!