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Living in a new world – Days at home (16)

Today I started off with some work for my contract.
It actually has been a busy day so far.

Not only did I attend a few calls, I also delivered week 2 of a mindfulness course for a legal company. It is great to get positive feedback and being able to make a difference. Thank you for the opportunity.

Whilst still in full swing today, catching up on numerous things, I wanted to share the webinar on mindfulness I gave for Hoxby the other day. I am so glad to share the love with anyone who is keen on understanding more about mindfulness.

My wife raised close to Β£1,000 for cutting off her hair, and I am very proud of a) for her serving the NHS and medical sector and b) for her bravery to cut her hair. I am the opposite and want to use the isolation to grow mine. We shall see. Hopefully it is over soon.

That’s it again for today, it feels like a diary, and I miss my office mates. But the boys are happy, mummy is off this week, so great to spend some time with her.

Sunday Column (29)


I have to admit a few things.

a) I do wear a moustache πŸ™‚ But it is for charity, Everyman – I will post a link soon so you can sponsor me. tache

b) I got so fed up of my old alarm clock, or new alarm clock, that I replaced it this weekend. Not that the new one is much better in regards to functionality or wake-up sound, but still better than the other. So job done … hopefully anyway.

On Monday/Tuesday I was still down with the man flu. No sympathy but it was much better on Wednesday. However, I needed to travel with work up North on Tuesday and it was interesting to see some other parts of the country.

Wednesday I met some old work colleagues. They do some great design work, so if you need a designer, please let me know. I am more than happy to put you in touch. Also, Friday I met another blast from the past – an ex colleague I worked with in Dubai about 3 years ago. It is interesting to see how things have moved on and changed. However, people stay the same and it is good to stay in touch!

I have a few thoughts about my blog here too. Once I finalised them, I let you know. I think I will reduce my activity here. I did already on Twitter, just because I have less time at the moment. Being a proud dad and working on a career is just enough at the moment.

On Saturday I had a nice massage and found out about my leg, e.g. why my knee hurts and my foot and my hip and….yes, it is just my age πŸ˜‰ So I am planning to see an osteopath soon to get my muscles and ligaments sorted. Nothing to worry about however.

Saturday night was nice to have some friends around for drinks. My wife called it an “adult evening without the kids”. It was very enjoyable!

I spent a lot of time with the boy this weekend and tried to work as little as possible. It is really nice to have some time with him and see how much he is developing.

So a very well round up week.
Have a great week, enjoy the autumn weather…looks like we need to put the heating on soon.

Sunday Column (27)

Oh dear, this is bank holiday weekend. I was off on Friday and I have to say, getting the chance to catch up on some sleep, and on some things I wanted to do for a while, was great. Luckily I finished the polishing of the furniture during the week…. so Friday was all mine. I managed a total of 2 hours in the afternoon to sleep after I spend most of the morning shopping and writing for my blog.


We finished, or my wife did, painting the living room. The carpet is removed, the furniture polished and you might spot our 32 inch TV in the back – it saves so much space.

From work we support the campaign (which we also created by the way) for Tacheback and research into prostate and testicular cancer! Hence, I will grow a moustache during September….

So please donate on the site and I keep you posted on my Twitter and Facebook feed anyway.

Having said all that, there wasn’t much else going on this week. Colin is growing and is already above the 95 percentile, over 7 kilos. He smiles a lot but cries a lot too. He slept 8 hours the other day, so fingers crossed, sleeping pattern will go back to normal.

On Monday I said good-bye to a good friend I have known for 6 years and she is now going back to Berlin. However, I am certain she will be back in London sometime soon. Good luck, sure you be fine, we are going to miss you.

The dentist who I visited Friday is happy with my teeth but I decided to get a bite-guard, so that I don’t grind my teeth at night (and don’t bite the wife either ;-)). I kept doing that for a while (the grinding) and stopped but now I am doing it again. Might just be the lack of sleep and all the things I am thinking about. So thought it was a good investment, and by getting it done privately (as supposed to through the NHS), it cost me much less than the NHS would ask for, e.g. Β£198 πŸ™ Sometimes I miss the great German healthcare system. Never mind, I cope ….

On Saturday we were babysitting our neighbours child and this was the first test if we are ready for a 2nd child. I personally think that we should hold of for a while as I think with my work and career ambitions that 1 child is enough to take care of….I guess I keep you posted on this one πŸ™‚ But practise never harms πŸ˜‰

I also got a lot of clearing out done. Not only did I clear the kitchen cupboard and we gave a lot of things to charity but I also shredded lots of old German documents I didn’t need any more. Of course I had 5 photocopies of each document so our bin is full already. It is always good to de-clutter your life I find. And, it is so interesting to see what you used to keep and like. For instance my Jack Daniels Whiskey glasses were once very important to me. Now I have nice real ones from Scotland, the Glencairn glass, which are much nicer πŸ™‚

By the way Whisky, last weekend I finished my Scappa and this weekend my Talisker bottle. I still got enough choice to get me going, but even the Balblair is getting emptier πŸ™‚ Time to go up North again and have a shopping spree.

Another nice thing that happened this weekend was that I got a text from my local pizza delivery shop offering me a discount. After my blog post about local business this is great. I don’t want to claim it was because of my post but it is good to see that local business adopt good marketing strategies!

I also went for a 30 minute run this weekend too. My knee didn’t like it but since my FT wasn’t delivered I had to get my own copy and so I thought it would be a good excuse. It just shows how unfit I am. Depending on how my knee behaves I have a strong intention to go more often….

That is really it. Although we tried going away for a day, it seems that we couldn’t trust the weather, so we decided to have a lazy weekend at home. Very enjoyable.

Speak next week,