Thursday, November 28, 2013

So long and thanks for all the fish

It's been fantastic having a house guest for the last week or so. We have been spoiled by having the kids fetched and entertained, dinner has been made, the house has been cleaned and our clothes have magically been washed and ironed each day. Truly spoiled.

This morning we were up at 5:30 to deliver our Mary Poppins substitute to the airport and I was at my desk by 7:20.

Now a busy day awaits and then we'll have to figure out how to make ourselves something to eat this evening.

Thanks mum

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I'm getting bad at remembering this

I seem to have fallen out of the habit of blogging a little.

We have been busy as usual. MK took 3 grand parents and the kids to the theater in Tivoli on Friday afternoon before I met them at Mother for pizza. I worked and got my phone fixed but was rather too early at the restaurant and they were late which was a little frustrating for me. The restaurant was packed and the service was VERY slow. The food was good but I think the overall result is that I can't be bothered to go there again especially given that MK and I had stomach ache after eating so much pizza!

I sailed on Saturday morning in Vallensbæk, the Finn club had arranged for a coach to be out on the water with us and to give some feedback afterwards. It was a really nice day with very little wind and we concentrated on doing a lot of starts. I wasn't very good as I am always very wary of hitting the new shiny boats that the more experienced and better sailors have. I enjoyed it but I don't think I learned very much.

Here's a video from saturday's sailing on facebook

Dinner with all of the outlaws on Saturday evening was delicious and Sunday was a day for crossfit relaxation, a walk and I have also changed the cartridge in the bathroom tap so that works again.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Poor Host

I am afraid that we are abusing the good will of our house guest.

The first evening I left her to cook dinner whilst I went to Crossfit. Wednesday evening she was left to make dinner again by herself and then had to put up with being shushed repeatedly whilst I tried to watch a film (that continued last night as well!)

At least someone else cooked dinner last night and we are going out to eat tonight after a trip to the theatre in Tivoli.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Shoulder Press

I squeezed in a cheeky Crossfit session last night which was great, but it was pretty tough. The first set of 50 times 50kg overhead presses was hard, but then getting back round to it again after running, 50 push ups, 50 pull ups, 50 medicine ball sit ups, 50 squats was really hard.

I managed 13 in the second round before running out of time at 25 minutes.

I also found out that I can quite easily do a 50kg snatch :-)

Monday, November 18, 2013


Another hectic weekend.

On Saturday the Finn club had arranged for the Danish national coach to be at the sailing club for a training session on the water. I hadn't sailed for a few weeks but I was looking forward to getting back out and hoping for some constructive help from the coach.

I am always a bit rusty after a month off from sailing, but nothing was working properly. The wind was blowing reasonably hard from the land which makes it shifty and unpredictable. We were also sailing close to the shore so the consequences of capsizing could well have been a broken mast (and the water is rather cold).

I was far too tense and terrified of capsizing which I nearly did 3 times. I wasn't enjoying it. The aim of the training was to have us all sailing close to each other so the courses were short and we had 3 starts for each actual race. I made the first 3 starts and finished the first race fairly close to last. I made the next 2 starts, but then somehow lost my nerve. Nothing I tried to do was going how I wanted to and I just wanted to get back without breaking anything. I sailed back a forth a bit in an effort to calm my nerves, but in the end I just went in. I was embarrassed. One of the guys out there was well into his 60s with an artificial knee and he was doing better than me and there weren't even very big waves.

I'll try again next weekend when there is another coaching session, but then I think I'll pack the boat up until sailing starts again in the new year.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Long day, late night

I know very well that I am not the only person who works long hours, but I am getting tired of it at the moment.

Yesterday I left the office at 7pm, worked all the way home on the train, went to crossfit from 8-9, ate dinner and then worked until midnight.

Tonight I am leaving on time (in the car because the trains were a mess this morning) and when I get home I am going to drink most of a bottle of wine before watching Jack Reacher.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


MK was electioneering yesterday afternoon so I inherited the task of taking DK and his friend to their weekly music class (with J along as well). I was pretty lost to be honest,  everyone else knew the songs and what they were supposed to be doing, but it was actually quite good fun.

We then are an enormous piece of roast pork between us. It isn't very long ago that we would have laughed a the idea of eating over a 1kg of pork (before a gallon of fat came out) for dinner, but last night we had to find some other stuff for J to eat afterwards because he was still hungry. He generally eats as much as I do these days and always more than MK.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Getting better all round

DK is much better, he is still tired from the antibiotics, but the mark on his leg has pretty much gone and his cough is much better.

I seem to have slightly less to do at work as well at the moment so MK and I managed to watch a film together last night - Friends with Benefits or F%#k Buddies as it was translated in Danish. She loved it (I suspect she had no idea that it was Justin Timberlake or who he is but that's OK)
I thought it was pretty terrible to be honest, it was supposed to be taking a snide view of cliché ridden rom coms, but it ended up being one. It doesn't really matter because MK thought it was good and next time we'll probably watch something less like a romantic comedy.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


I didn't sail because it was too windy for me. Of the 8 or so that did venture out, 2 broke their masts so I was very glad that I stayed on dry land.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Last Regatta of the year

Tomorrow is the last formal regatta of the year. We are only sailing for 3 hours instead of the normal 6 hours and there is roast pork afterwards instead of sausages.

Last night I stuck my own sail numbers to my good sail that I got with my new mast. It took a while to figure out whether the number should be parallel with the battons or the bottom of the sail or if they should be perpendicular to the back edge of the sail. It seems that the the latter was the case.

I think it looks OK, but its hard to tell on the floor in the basement. The weather looks like being rather boring but at least that minimises the risk of swimming in the rather cold sea.

Thursday, November 07, 2013


DK has been ill the last couple of days and then we noticed a big red ring on his leg (the black line around it is my doing to see if it is growing or not).

It turns out that it is all related to an infected tick bite so now he is on antibiotics for 10 days and we can hope that it doesn't developed into Lyme disease

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Oh Bother

I dropped my phone on sunday and broke the glass on the front. Thankfully I can expense the repair, but it's a real pain in the bum to find the time and place to get it fixed.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013


I've been away from home again in Copenhagen, but this time it was planned so I had a toothbrush and some clean pants.

We are having a workshop at Schaeffergaarden in the north of Copenhagen

It's pretty nice and the restaurant is good too, I particularly like the 50s decor that I think is actually mostly original from the period rather than being a retro re-fit.