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Sunday Column (91)

This week passed very very quickly. But it was a good week looking back.

After 8 days of wait my replacement laptop arrived and it only took a few hours to have my life back, reinstalling everything. And, at night, I met a friend of mine I haven’t seen for a long time. She is German, used to live in London but seemed to have found her happiness back home again. It was good to exchange ideas, life thoughts and expectations. Sometimes people own things they aren’t aware of. And, if you read this, you know that you are actually much much happier than many other people. Embrace it!

Tuesday was my normal Tai Chi night. I am debating whether I should continue in the new year. I enjoy it very much, but it almost seems, with the upcoming second child, that I might not have time. And I think I could use the time more useful but would I? It is my night (me time) after all, and I should try to keep it that way. Really need to think that through.

Now Wednesday the team from mexad went for one drink. Maybe two. It is great to work with such nice colleagues and I am very excited about the opportunities and growth that lies ahead for 2011. Really enjoy working with you guys! Not that you’d read it πŸ™‚

Thursday was a long awaited night in the whiskey bar of the Athenaeum Hotel. Whilst pricey I had a great night amongst other whiskey drinkers and friends. I tried my first Japanese Whiskey (although my wife said I tried one years ago….), some new Islay Whiskies and had a genuine great night. Sorry I couldn’t stay longer, but there is always next time. Thanks, Adam, for organising it.

Now, the highlight was really the weekend. Not only did I hit 1000 followers on Twitter, but my parents came to visit. I got the new Reinhard Mey CD “Mairegen”. Although, listening to it on Friday night over a glass of wine, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the older stuff he did.

However, we had a fantastic weekend. I really enjoyed family time. Three generation and two cultures together for a weekend. It really makes me think how far I would move away or how much I would miss my roots in Germany if I was further away. Does it matter? How far are my roots still in Germany, Scotland, England, Britain or Europe. I often wonder where life will take me.

Ballueder Coat of ArmsMy parents have helped a lot lately to look into our past, e.g. to research the family history. Bottom line is that we still don’t know where we are coming from. Most likely not from France which is nice to know πŸ˜‰ but it now makes it more difficult to find out. “Balluer” seems to be a real variation of our last name. So we are curious if we ever find out. Funny or coincidently there is a dance called the “Braes of Balluder” in Scotland. So maybe my roots are further grown in Scotland than I had ever imagined. Who knows, definitely something to research. And most my family where farm workers, interesting.

Anyway, it was a fantastic weekend. Despite Colin’s and my cold, we managed to spend great quality time together. I have the feeling that the next 4 weeks to Christmas will be very busy and passing very quickly. So any time I can spend with my wee man, I really enjoy. He is growing so quickly, discovering and learning. Only when you realise how much children mean to you and how much joy they bring, you realise how little important so many other things are. It is all about the greater good. And children make you greater.

Love and Happiness to all of you.

Volker

Sunday Column (90)

90 weeks of writing my Sunday Column. 90 weeks since this day in February last year….2009. Must have been 2009. It seems longer ago sometimes, but also thinking about it, we soon will be in 2011. Scary. Do you remember in school speaking about this unreal date of 2000 and that by 2020 or 2030 we will all be flying in little car like planes to work? Well, let’s see what the future holds.

Also, looking at the number 90, my grandmother Charlotte would have been 99 this week. She passed away a few years ago but I still remember her often. She loved yellow roses, and so do I.

This week was dominated by two things. One was my laptop and I will write about that in a minute. The other one was a stomach bug. Colin was ill last Sunday, spewing and all, sleeping a lot. So I asked my wife if it is likely for us to get it and her answer was ‘of course not, don’t be such a hypochondriac‘. I was up all Monday night, missed a few meetings on Tuesday, dragged myself into work on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Friday afternoon I made it home in time to look after Colin as my wife had been up all night on Thursday… So sitting here at the weekend, chilling and relaxing, couldn’t be better. Thinking about food, what I could eat, cook and drink. Very nice. Life is back to normal.

Not quite really. DELL, a well known brand that claims to have made millions with Twitter, is really shit in regards to customer service. After my laptop didn’t get delivered this week, and I chased them daily to find out when it will be delivered, I went on Twitter. The promise was shipment within 24 hours, so 8 days seemed rather unreasonable. My personal account manager wasn’t able to help me, nor was he able to call me back, leave voicemails or email me. He did offer a discount on my next order though. This doesn’t make sense as if it was up to me, I wouldn’t order with DELL again. Anyway, the social media trick seemed to have worked and DELL will call me on Tuesday to offer me a discount on the current purchase which….fingers crossed….should arrive on Monday. Just a shame that as a customer you have to escalate things until someone listens. And, that you have to chase something you are paying for rather than the other way around. Anyway, don’t get me started.

10 days without a laptop are fine. I have a desktop to work from at work and a laptop at home. But it is not the same to having all your data in one place, aggregating things, looking things up, organising things etc. My whole life is in a laptop, in Outlook really. I was now contemplating whether to complete change to the clouds, e.g. moving all my emails online (which we already do via gmail for businesses), the calendar and tasks too. But Outlook is still much better, particularly because you can have a reminder on an email, a function I dearly miss.

Another highlight this week was the royal wedding announcement. The eldest son of Princess Diana and Charles is finally getting married. What a wonderful news for Britain, isn’t it? I wonder if her parents have to pay for the wedding or if Prince Charles will help out πŸ˜‰ Seriously, David Cameron is contemplating of giving us an extra bank holiday to celebrate. On Twitter we already agreed on a #royalweddingtweetup….so watch the space! It is hilarious. Bookmakers took bets on date of announcement, venue, wedding date etc. – if there is something in Britain going on, you can bet you can bet on it.

The weekend was rather productive too. I managed to repair the kitchen door, clean the leaves off the front garden, go shopping, clean the oven, have great food again, watch movies and really chill out. Of course spending lots of time with my precious boy. That was desperately needed.

Colin is fantastic at the moment. He gets all upset when you tell him off but he is a great laugh when you chase him around the house. He looks so lovely sleeping in his cot, and I could stand there forever at night watching him. Peaceful and fearless – nothing can bother him in his little sleep.

I think something I realised this week more and more are two things. One is that work is not everything. I love my work (Hello Boss πŸ™‚ ) and I love working but I need to be clearer about when to take time off, e.g. when being sick, and when to put more emphasis on the family, e.g. when being home. Sometimes work just needs to wait. And it can. Perception though is often different.

The other thing I learned is how important the health of your guts are. If they are f* you are f* – so watch what you eat, how much you eat, and what and how much you drink of course.

Have a fantastic week. Mine can only get better, but I keep saying that πŸ˜‰

Cheers
Volker