Sunday Column (273)

This week I could go on about another favourite topic: the weather. I was off work all week (annual leave) as it was half term. I spent lots of time with my boys and wife. But I had preferred spending it more outside than inside.

One of the highlights was supposed to be a daily bike ride and Legoland for the kids. The weather however put a damper on the first idea. Rain almost daily stopped me from exercising as much as I would have liked to. Legoland too – despite the regular entrance price for two adults and two children coming close to ยฃ200 – was weather dependent. So there was no way of going early in the week but we went at Friday instead.

Tescos’ Clubcard vouchers saved us a bunch and we had a fantastic day out – almost “on the cheap” yet not compromising a thing. The boys picked up a present each for being good during the week, not asking to play on the iPad. They held out quite long with C staying awake the whole journey home, arriving close to 9 pm. What a great day, yet most rides are too advanced for our wee ones, but they enjoyed just looking at some, building stuff or having fun running around or joining “easy rides” like helicopters, the submarine, or driving little cars. They had an amazing day – so did we ๐Ÿ™‚ We then spent all Saturday building the models we bought! Loved it!!!!

I am not complaining yet the weather has been awful. Swimming, bowling, soft play and lazy days at home seem to be the daily routine. Sorting some things that needed getting done around the house. Getting on top of life.

I enjoyed my break. The boys picked up German again. They had breakfast with me most mornings and I read the story every night. Much needed and much missed bonding time. We managed to catch up with the neighbours, did some errands, and really made the most of the weather.

I also decided to shave off my full beard. Not sure if the goat tee is the best option or if I grow back the full version. The latter seems to be fashionable at the moment, 2014 as the year of the beard.

Cast your vote! On Facebook it is 3:1 to grow it back….

Then there were two topics in the press that caught my eyes besides the European election which I don’t like to comment on. Politics are getting more ridiculous each year.
One is that they still haven’t found the plane. The Malaysian airliner wasn’t in the search corridor they anticipated – so where is it? Are any of the conspiracy theories true? What if someone hijacked it and flew it to a remote island? Or, is the ocean that vast that it could be anywhere? How can a plane disappear in the 21st century not leaving a trace. Maybe a way of testing some bigger thing….we might find out one day.
The other one is Apple buying Beats, a headphone brand appealing to younger people. If they reduce the average age of an apple buyer by maybe 2 years, the acquisition makes sense from a commercial point of view. Will it fit in with the brand and will Apple be able to innovate ahead of the game? Android and Samsung, Google and even Motorola are stepping up the game. I wonder if I might move back to Android at some point. Not for my laptop but maybe for my phone/tablet…..oh no chance…..or is there?

That really sums up a wonderful week I spend at home with the loved ones. Time to get my work head on again, look at my emails which I avoided all week. Just.

Have a great week, a nice start into June!

Cheers,
Volker