Dec 15 2014

Monday 15 December 2014: Flower Lion

This is Ghengis the flower lion. Raar.

Headed along to the playhouse at lunchtime to get tickets for wicked. There was a massive queue. I only went along rather than book online because the website annoyed me. Turns out the box office annoyed me too.

When I got home Ghengis and I had a cracking sing along to Frozen. She still doesn’t quite have my vocal control or range but she’s getting there.

you: can she manage more than 2 notes?
me: yes
you: so in effect she already has a greater vocal range than you
me: who said I was suggesting her’s needed to increase to match mine?
you:eh…. it was an assumption
me: you know what they say about assumptions
you: no.
me: me neither. If you find out do let me know.

Dec 14 2014

Sunday 14 December 2014: Dancing dunker

A day at home with Ghengis today as the missus was away shopping.

I had the first nose bleed I’ve had in about 20 years this arvo. Dunno what that was all about.

We mostly had fun, with a few tiredness related melt downs

you: mostly yours?
me: mostly mine.
you: and it must finally be taking hold
me: what?
you: the brain eating worm I put in your lunch the other day
me: what are you talking about?
you: the cause of your nose bleed
me: I would have thought that if it was a brain eating parasite that it would have died of starvation by now.

Dec 13 2014

Saturday 13 December 2014: Look at what you could have won…

….but didn’t. Not a single one of them.

It was our lads chrimbo day out. Based on last years efforts I was concerned I might die seeing as this feckin cold won’t shift. But I didn’t.

We started off at the golf driving range where we had two competitions, longest drive (won by Oz) and a target based points competition, won by Colin. I got a massive 2 points because one of the balls I hit bumbled along the ground and through the goal posts. White Lightning hit the shot of the day though getting it straight into one of the baskets. Then we went for lunch. Which….was……slow. And the lass serving us had never heard of any form of alcohol. I said I wanted a glayva (I thought it might be good for my cold) and she came back with the wine list.

So far so predictable. Both golf trophies won by the people who play golf.

Then we went to the newly re-furbished Marcos pool hall. Colin plays pool. Colin was wiping the floor with us and heading for his second trophy when The Chemist threw in the wildcard of having a semi final round, where Colin’s skill faltered against the random onslaught of Napoleon. So we had a final no one saw coming. Napoleon vs Oz. Oz took the title.

Then we went for a few beers and the first round of dominoes before heading for some tea at a malaysian place that was super tasty. Except for the fresh coconut cocktail I ordered. I thought it was going to be sweet and like cream of coconut. But it appeared to be a hollowed out coconut into which alcohol had been poured, then the coconut allowed to go putrid. I gave it to the teacher and had his beer.

Then for the final round of doms. This was it. My final chance to lift a trophy. This was the one that’s been on the go the longest. The most prized of all. And I came third. The Chemist took it by 2 points as a result of oz getting left with double blank on the second last round.

And that was that. A grand day out. A limited alcohol intake from me, but a good laugh as always.

you: glayva?
me: yeah
you: and a coconut cocktail
me yeah
you: what kind of lads day out is that?!
me: oh that’s not all I drank!
you: phew
me: I had a baileys
you: oh the carnage
me: and a couple of cups of coffee
you: you wildman
me: yes the sign Oz was sat in front of summed things up fairly well this year compared to last
you: what did it say?
me: reserved.

Dean Martin: Winter wonderland

Dec 12 2014

Friday 12 December 2014: Greedy witch!

Dentists this morning with Ghengis. She was as good as gold. She sat quietly on a chair while the dentist checked my teeth out, then sat on my knee quite happily and let the dentist check her over.

After the dentist we did a quick bit of christmas shopping and then went to soft play. I decided to get a bowl of soup while we were there. £3.50. And figured I’d have a cup of coffee while I was at it, and since it was christmas I’d have one of their christmas lattes. £3.90. WTF. For some milk, the tinniest whisp of coffee, and about a gallon of some syrup or another? Had I known I would never have had it. I’d rather have had another bowl of soup.

you: you should have checked
me: what?
you: the price before you ordered it
me: I didn’t expect it to cost that much!
you: how much were you expecting?
me: £2.50 tops.
you: we’re not still in the 90’s you know
me: it doesn’t matter. It’s the last money they’ll ever have off of me.
you: I’m sure they’re devastated.

Dec 11 2014

Thursday 11 December 2014: Snow

Given that there was pretty much a full on blizzard for at least an hour not a lot of it seems to have remained. There is a general smattering of white, but not as much as you would expect given the conditions.

Another day at home. Feeling like cack. Poor wee Ghengis is full of snot now too.

you: and as usual she is dealing with it better than you.
me: as usual.

Wolfmother: Joker and theThief

Dec 10 2014

Wednesday 10 December 2014: First of the year

Snow and gales. There was a hail blizzard for about 20 minutes today. And thunder, so I assume lightning. The sky had that horrid sickly yellow tinge to it for much of the day that is always associated with snow.

I was meant to be doing some study from home today, but I made the mistake of logging in to work, which meant I just spent most of the day working. Think I’ll skip the logging in bit tomorrow and try and get through some stuff.

Did I mention that this car is for sale. Mot’d till Nov next year. £1100 and it’s yours.

you: are you feeling ok?
me: no, now you come to mention it, why
you: because yesterday you said you had a cold yet today you didn’t mention it
me: I feel rotten
you: I should have known better than to ask
me: My head is totally blocked up
you: ok ok
me: and my nose is streaming
you: fine. no more
me: and I have a tickly cough
you: me and my big mouth….

Will Smith: Miami

Dec 9 2014

Tuesday 9 December 2014: First of the year

Out for a wee team lunch today. We went to an Italian. They had a three course christmas lunch for £14. When my starter came out it was a pasta dish the size of a main meal. Then this came out. The veg was smothered in garlic butter and was delicious. Then pudding came out, and I literally could not cut it with a spoon. No idea what had happened to it.

Started to feel like I have a proper cold now rather than whatever I had yesterday and sunday. Not good.

you: no, not good at all
me: aw that’s nice of you to show some concern
you: concern, for who?
me: me, feeling ill
you: my concern is for me
me: I’ll do my best not to pass it on to you
you: not that, moron, my concern is around the incessant whining we will no doubt be subjected to over the next few days.

Paloma Faith: Picking up the pieces

Dec 8 2014

Monday 8 December 2014: This is the one….

…I should have blipped yesterday. Made by Ghengis at nursery.

After feeling rotten most of yesterday I had another shocking nights sleep and woke up feeling rotten. In the end I didn’t go in to work, and spent most of the day asleep.

I watched a few episodes of southpark. They claim Lorde isn’t a seventeen year old singer songwriter, but is in fact Randy Marsh in disguise, a 43 year old geologist. Which for someone that likes her so much was quite amusing.

you: your daughter makes a christmas decoration and you fail to blip it
me: I have blipped it!
you: only once you remembered
me: yes, only once we remembered to put it on the tree
you: you didn’t even put it on the tree the first day?!
me: well, no, we’d moved it because she kept trying to nibble the edges off
you: that’s no excuse. The poor wee soul, she’s not going to feel like her art is very appreciated is she!
me: she didn’t notice, she was too busy throwing random bits of tinfoil on the tree
you: there you go again!
me: what?!
you: it wasn’t random, she was expressing herself through art.

Marina and the Diamonds: I am not a robot

Dec 7 2014

Sunday 7 December 2014: String her up

This arvo we put up the christmas tree. Typically when I got the lights down out of the loft the lights weren’t working properly. We had one set of old style bulb lights that I bought in error a while back. I quickly got a couple of the sections working again, but when the next section was 6 feet long I gave up and went and bought some new led ones. I refuse to have the annual "spend hours untangling and getting the lights working" ritual. Anyway, the tree looked as terrible as ever when it came down out of the loft, but by the time it was decorated it looked semi respectable. Kind of. Ghengis likes it and that’s the main thing.

It snowed this morning. Straight away Ghengis wanted to go outside. She was so upset when by the time she had her outdoor gear on and was ready to go out the snow had stopped and none had lay. Poor wee sausage.

Have felt ropey all day, just crazy tired. Party as a result of another night of fevered nightmares.

you: you are what’s wrong with this world!
me: me? solely me?
you: mostly
me: what have I done now?!
you: it’s what you haven’t done!
me: which is?
you: fix your lights! Lazy git. You’re just another part of the throw away society.
me: I didn’t throw them away if that helps
you: what did you do with them?
me: put them back in the box in case I ever need a set of partially working fairy lights
you: well I don’t know where I stand on that. Assume displeasure as the start point
me: I always do.

One Republic: Counting Stars

Dec 6 2014

Saturday 6 December 2014: Peek

The teacher and his family were through today to get their portraits done, which meant the studio stuff was still up. Ghengis was highly amusing once they had gone as she made me go and sit down, and told me how to sit, and where to sit, then she took my picture. She also took a nice one of the missus .and I.

Felt a bit ropey towards the end of the day, and this missus was knackered too, so we were in bed before 9.

you: so she’s finally getting her own back?
me: who?
you: Ghengis
me: for what?
you: you permanently having a camera stuck in her face
me: it’s not permanent
you: yeah, you give her peace when she’s sleeping.
me: normally.
you: must be a bit embarrassing when your two year old takes as good a pictures as you
me: I prefer to look on it as she’s had good tuition

B-52’s -Loveshack

Dec 5 2014

Friday 5 December 2014: Stand still….

….a second while I sort my lights out. Ok why don’t you just jump around like a loony instead. Oh, you already are.

Baby ballet this morning. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth going. And now they are changing the time of the class I’m not keen on continuing, but we’ll see.

Then G+O came through for a kids portrait session. That’s the last 3 years I’ve photographed them and the difference is amazing.

Ghengis has been a wee star this arvo. She’s just been really good, playing with her toys and reading her books. When I put her to bed and closed the door she shouted "you have a lovely sleep daddy". Aw, thanks chook. I will.

you: what would have been the point of that?
me: what?
you: Ghengis standing still
me: well it would have made life easier
you: because that’s what kids do when they come to get their photos done?
me: what?
you: make your life easy?
me: well, no.
you: so Ghengis was providing you with a realistic shooting scenario
me: well, I guess
you: I hope you paid her.

Tommy Steele: Flash Bang Wallop

Dec 4 2014

Thursday 4 December 2014: #GetHomeSafely

A lunchtime text from Monochrome alerted me to the fact that some F1 stars were going to be hooning around princes street gardens in supercars. So off I went for a look. The Caparo T1 sounded absolutely awesome. It was pretty greasy so they were having a bit of trouble getting the power down, as demonstrated by Hakkinen who had the back end of the Caparo out…..on the straight.

They were there to promote the #gethomesafely campaign, the new anti drink drive campaign, sponsored by johnnie walker……the purveyor of whisky.

Anyway, they should have been drifting around the fountain. Sebastian Loeb would have.

you: no he wouldn’t
me: yes he would have
you: I bet he wouldn’t
me: I bet he would
you: your not going to win this argument
me: that’s what you think….
me: yes he would have done. He’s the best driver in the world
you: no he’s not
me: yes he is
you: I give up
me: I win.

Ben Howard: Old Pine

Dec 3 2014

Wednesday 3 December 2014: breakfast boredom

Porridge? Again?

Bit of a meh day.

Think I have decided just to buy the shed rather than build one.

you: one of your most enthralling entries ever
me: I could barely contain my excitement as I typed.

The Cribs: Hey Scenesters!

Dec 2 2014

Tuesday 2 December 2014: Chrimbo jumper

Oz was sporting a rather fine chrimbo jumper to the boozer tonight, and standing in front of an open fire with a pint in hand he looked quite the jolly christmas character. We were at the abottsford. Have no fear, the cowboy was there. I just didn’t blip him. A break from tradition.

knackered today as I had another night of stressing about garden sheds and what I would need to build the one I want rather than buy the one I kind of want. That’s two sleepless nights due to stress over a garden shed. That has got to be some kind of world record for ridiculous things to lose sleep over.

It was another community woodland committee meeting tonight. I need to try and see if I can get the local paper to do an article about the kids photo competition I am going to run but I’m not entirely sure how you go about that.

you: you could dress as spiderman and climb the steeple with a banner
me: why would I do that exactly
you: to get an article in the paper
me: I’m not sure it would be the right kind of article
you: There’s no such thing as bad publicity
me: I think there is
you: define it
me: climbing up the steeple in a spiderman outfit
you: fine, just you ignore my advice and send a weedy email
me: I think I will
you: wonder woman outfit?
me: now we’re heading in the right direction I think
you: princess Leia
me: done!
you: I’ll keep a look out for the article. "freak arrested climbing town hall steeple wearing princess Leia outfit"

Avril Lavigne: Complicated

Dec 1 2014

Monday 1 December 2014: Where were you…..

….. on Friday? Could have done with this sky up at Glencoe. Ach, you cannae have it all. At least I wasn’t in the office Friday.

Today was Monday. Sadly I am no longer allowed in Ghengis’ secret club, even though I know the password (noodlesnoodlesnoodles). Apparently I’m not allowed because I am wearing a jumper. Seems a bit harsh.

you: harsh?
me: yeah, being thrown out for wearing a jumper, that seems a bit harsh
you: well it would appear your eviction has already been vindicated
me: how so?
you: well, you’ve already blabbed the secret password. Who knows what other secrets you may have leaked to the press
me: I’m fairly sure Ghengis doesn’t have that many secrets
you: You hope Ghengis doesn’t have any secrets
me: well, other than her plans for world domination obviously
you: obviously.

Stevie Wonder: You are the sunshine of my life

Nov 30 2014

Sunday 30 November 2014: Lamp post.

Beautiful sunny day today.

Leftover chicken satay and chicken with mushroom for breakfast. Not a bad start to the morning.

The missus’ mum’s sister and hubby came down and we all went out for lunch to cooks, but the place was too slow (which seems to be a common theme with them which isn’t great) so Ghengis and I left before pudding. The inlaws and entourage went to see the kelpies.

And I can’t see there being an awful lot happening for the rest of the day. I might try and get the rx8 listed for sale somewhere again. And I need to get some prints ordered. But that’s barely worth mentioning.

you: and yet you did
me: did what?
you: mention it
me: it just seemed like a bit of a sparse entry
you: brevity is a blessing when it comes to you’re journal entries. And with a breakfast like that I hope you had a light lunch?!
me: yes there were plenty of windows in the place
you: ho ho.
me: I had roast ham, and it was very nice, if a little salty.

George Formby: Leaning On A Lamp Post

Nov 28 2014

Friday 28 November 2014: Oop North.

Not oop north as southerners call it (ie, Manchester) but starting to get properly up North, as in Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.

Sutin picked me up at 5am. Things weren’t looking promising as it was a proper pea souper with fog. As we got nearer to our destination though it cleared. We traipsed off across the moor in the dark to find a suitable location. Sunrise didn’t quite turn out as spectacular as we hoped as the broken cloud all cleared away… was still pretty damn nice though!

The rest of the day was a bit more of a washout as the glen and Buachaille Etive Mor were both hiding in cloud.

Both Sutin and I were a bit nervous about getting the files onto the computer and taking a look in case we hadn’t done the location justice: I’m happy enough with this though. I’ve put a few more here

All in all it was a grand day out though. Now though I’m knackered and am looking forward to a lie in tomorrow….oh no, that’s right, Ghengis will have me up at 7 if not earlier.

you: credit where it’s due
me: what?
you: it was nice of Sutin to do all the driving
me: indeed it was. And there was me thinking you might actually say something nice about one of my photos
you: dream on!

Gnarls Barkley: Crazy

Nov 27 2014

Thursday 27 November 2014: Plans are afoot

Big day out with Sutin and the big cameras tomorrow. Fingers crossed it results in a better photo than this. Given the planned early start it had better do. The early start might be struggle though, given that I couldn’t get to sleep till after 2 last night as I was stressing about sheds, and then Ghengis woke at 630.

you: could you be any lazier with your photo?!
me: I put enough effort in to last nights processing to make up for the lack of effort tonight
you: I’m not entirely sure anything could make up for the lack of effort tonight

The Killers: Somebody told me

Nov 26 2014

Wednesday 26 November 2014: The trench revisited

Or to give it it’s proper title, based on Monochromes re-brand of the building floor plan, "The gulley of doom". Positioned between the Tie Fighter bays.

I had the big camera with me today and there was something I wanted to try so I had another go at this. Still not quite what I wanted.

Bit of a wander with sbarlster at lunchtime. He was after an Elf christmas jumper from primark, but they had either sold out or the staff were idiots. Or we were idiots.

you: almost certainly the latter.
me: I thought that might be your opinion
you: if there is ever any doubt whether the blame is yours, then I’ll probably assign the blame to you
me: probably?
you: Actually no you’re right. The blame is yours, no matter what.

Supergrass: Alright

Nov 25 2014

Tuesday 25 November 2014: The trench

Made it to the pub for the first time in ages tonight. Had a grand jar, somebody or other’s DNA. Tasty. And as we were at the 52 canoes, nachos were mandatory. Very nice they were too. What wasn’t mandatory was then having a breakfast burrito, or half of one anyway. The Teacher and I both had meal envy in relation to Esme and Napoloeon’s choice… we decided to get one for ourselves and half it.

you: you big…..
me: ….fatty? Pig? Greedy guts?
you: nancy!
me: ok not what I was expecting?
you: not man enough to have a whole breakfast burrito? What a pansy!
me: I’d just had a big plate of nachos!
you: which should have warmed you up nicely. What is a breakfast burrito anyway?
me: it was just a regular burrito with a fried egg and haggis on top
you: mmmm, appetising…… oh no hang on it sounds gross
me: No, it was tasty. I could have done without getting home to be told there was macaroni cheese in the oven for me thoug
you: you did not eat that too?
me: I made a start on it
you: ok now you can have it…
me: fatty? Pig? Greedy guts?
you: and the rest.

Foster the people: Pumped up kicks

Nov 24 2014

Monday 24 November 2014: Low

In summer I can sit on my bench and be in the sun because it is above this tree. Now I can sit in the sun on my bench because there are no leaves left on the tree. I know how low the sun stays in winter, but this was a nice wee illustration of what a massive difference there is….. at least I thought so.

you: I think you’re on your own with that one
me: yeah you might be right
you: what are you doing sitting out on a bench now anyway? It’s baltic!
me: the sun was out
you: which makes oh so much difference when it’s barely skimming the horizon
me: hey I’ll take it where I can get it.

The Felice Brothers: Frankie’s Gun

Nov 23 2014

Sunday 23 November 2014: Camera shy little owl

We went through to dobbies in Stirling this morning to take a look at sheds. They had ones from 2 manufacturers I am looking at. Almost too much excitement for one morning. Outside there was a wee bird of prey display and the kids could hold one for a couple of quid. We got Ghengis the little owl, and she showed absolutely no emotion or interest at all. Then the minute we were in the car: "I loved holding the little owl daddy". It sure didn’t look like it.

After that we went back to the river house. I really enjoyed my breakfast there the other day so I wanted to see what lunch was like. And it was good. 2 courses for £8 and it was tasty stuff. I think it might be my new favourite place.

Ghengis got in the way of my quadcopter this arvo and one of the props got stuck in her hair, and because they spin at about a million rpm it created a right old knot in her hair. The missus got most of it sorted, but we had to cut the last bit out. Somehow I got the blame for this.

A bit of sorting out photos in the evening and that was it, day done, holiday over.

you: "some how I got the blame for this"?!
me: yeah. A bit rich eh
you: what the frick are you talking about?! You tangled your stupid toy up in her hair
me: hey she dived in to the way of it
you: really?
me: well…..
you: were you trying to land it on her head
me: no!
you: hmmm. I’m not sure I believe you in any way shape or form.

Lorde: Yellow Flicker Beat (Lorde gaining the award for the only artist to feature more than once in a single run of tsfb.)

Nov 22 2014

Saturday 22 November 2014: Where the wild things are

Started the day off with a parkrun. I thought I was going to do a bit better today because I had my music but there was only 10 seconds in it. So in other words still slow.

New B&M store has opened in town and it is massive. Popped in to get ghengis a new pen for her book but they didn’t have one so we had to buy a whiteboard as it had a pen included with it. Still, she liked drawing on the whiteboard. And it came with some magnets for me. I like magnets.

you: you really do claim to like some odd things.
me: what?
you: magnets
me: true. I don’t like magnets, I love magnets
you: of course you do, and why wouldn’t youi
me: exactly, you can stick them together or stick things to your fridge* or make things levitate. Incredible.
you: you really need to get out more. And I’m not sure about that last one
me: Levitation? Oh totally, that’s how Marty McFly’s hoverboard worked.
you: and there we go again, mixing up reality with cinema. You are a prize idiot
me: but a levitating idiot.

Nov 21 2014

Friday 21 November 2014: Flutterby

Ghengis was a wee monster today. Absolutely crazy. We went to butterfly world, partly as it gave us an hour of not having to deal with her as she was in the back of the car.

The final of oz masterchef tonight. We wanted Laura to win, but Brent was acceptable.

I love the instructions and descriptions you get on some chinese products. The following was on the wireless doorbell that arrived today:

Fine Quality: Outstanding design
beautiful outward exhibits the distinct art and master style.which is popular withall spheresof the society, it will be vivid whit ife only because of the GALLOP brand doorbell regardless of it is put it in bedroom, office or other place. Desucing the specialart ampily for you.

Wireless and Facyle; Anyone can do
Anyone can use without troubling othars especially without chiseling or disposing. So it doesn;t attect the decoration. Doing by yourself and quick installing, these all appear to be ingenious. When the music comes up, you must be full of joy.

No fearing of o8stacle; No fearing of distance
Overlong remote could be 100 meters, the sound of signal feach a once at your will, even though it is used inhigh building, villa or other complex building

More place, more happiness
The door bell can be installed at random the button can be fixed or pasted. It is applcablein Bedroom, office, restaurant, factory, dormitory or any other place where need help. you wont miss any visitors, the happiness spread through the digital world.

you: go on then
me: what?
you: you write it out in chinese
me: well I can’t, obviously.
you: stop being a smart @rse then
me: I’m not. I said I liked it.
you: you shouldn’t criticise if you can’t do any better
me: when I start selling doorbells in china then I’ll ensure that I’ve done better.
you: I’ll be checking.
me: I have no doubt.

Emile Ford and the Checkmates: what do you want to make those eyes at me for?

Nov 20 2014

Thursday 20 November 2014: Silver birch (holiday day 4)

This morning we dropped Ghengis in at nursery then went for breakfast at the riverhouse. And it was ace. They had a log burning stove fired up, so we grabbed a seat next to that which was a grand start. There were a couple of papers to read. We got oj and tea and coffee. I liked the music that was on. And the breakfast was decent too. It really felt like we were on holiday.

Then we went to see Mockingjay Part 1. There is something wrong with that title. There shouldn’t be a part 1. There should just be "Mockingjay". Just the usual money grabbing stupidity splitting the last book in two. Annoying. Not a lot happened in the film, but we still quite enjoyed it.

Then we went for lunch at Colessio. It was quite nice. The music was dreadful though. Some incessant electro garbage. After lunch we went for a bit of a wander in town, then we went to pick up Ghengis, and that was that.

you: so your day consisted mostly of eating
me: no larger a proportion than usual
you: so you didn’t eat a massive box of popcorn at the cinema
me: if only I got the chance. I don’t get to see the popcorn bucket until all that’s left is husks and unpopped kernels.
you: and that’s still more than you deserve.

Mary Poppins: Let’s go fly a kite

Nov 19 2014

Wednesday 19 November 2014: Yeah Science!

Ghengis seemed fine this morning after a good nights kip, so we headed through to the Glasgow Science Centre.

TOO MANY CHILDREN! I thought it would have been ok seeing as it’s a week day. How wrong was I? Very. There were at least 5 different school groups there. They were so noisy. They were so runny about-y. They were so "using all the exhibits so we couldn’t get a shot-y". Ghengis still had fun, but was it worth the £30 to get Jenelope the missus and I in? No. Not with that many schoolkids.

Took Jenelope through to meet up with Dad as they were off to a job. A cup of tea and a blether and then home. Day done.

you: what did you expect?
me: with what?
you: you went to childs museum and didn’t expect kids?
me: that’s exactly what I expected
you: you took a kid!
me: yes, one child
you: so you added to the noise and runny about-y-ness
me: I could have taken ten kid and it would have had minimal impact on the maelstrom of the school trips
you: but did you learn anything?
me: I guess
you: stop whining then

Bon Jovi: Livin’ on a prayer

Nov 18 2014

Tuesday 18 November 2014: The ducks

This morning we headed down to the park to feed the ducks. When we arrived the carpark was mobbed which seemed odd for a tuesday morning. Then we noticed the 6 billion school kids that were there for some cross country event. After the duck feeding we went and fed ourselves some cakes and tea at the big hoose.

Took the yaris out for the the first time this arvo. We were laughing our heads off. Where is the power? Where are the gears? Looking for a gear is like stirring a pan of porridge. Come back RX8, all is forgiven, I’ll treat the visibly falling fuel gauge as in car entertainment rather than an issue. Not that it’s gone as I haven’t re-listed it for sale after the timewaster.

Took the quadcopter outside for a go. Not the best of plans, I’m not a good enough pilot yet. I crashed it into various neighbours gardens. "Please Mr can I get my helicopter back?"

Ghengis had a fever temperature again this arvo so the missus took her down to the docs. You’d never have known she wasn’t feeling right when Jenelope arrived as she was running around having a grand old time.

Rather than head through to glasgow for tea as we’d planned, the missus and I just went to Pierre’s in town. We were the only people in all night. I feel sorry for local businesses when I see them like that. We had a nice time though and the food was grand.

you: pilot?!
me: yeah.
you: pilot?!
me: yes, pilot. What’s wrong with you?
you: it’s a toy!
me: it still needs a pilot
you: no, it doesn’t
me: so what does it need?
you: the mind of a child/idiot trapped in a man’s body.
me: which….
you: describes you to a T

Belle and Sebastian: Get me away from here I’m dying

Nov 17 2014

Monday 17 November 2014: Terror from the sky.

The mini quadcopter I bought with my pumpkin carving winnings arrived today. I haven’t been as excited about a wee gadget in a long time. I do find it slightly terrifying though as I fly it around the house. I can just imagine a swarm of them armed with lasers rather than a camera flying around under the control of an evil robot overlord and everyone running away in fear…..but then the batteries only last 5 minutes so we won’t have to run too far.

Apart from that I had some major annoyance with the battery backup on some security stuff. And then more annoyance trying to get the cars insured. 42 minutes on the phone….to stay with the folk I am already with. I hate car insurance. I hate insurance in general.

Ghengis is still a bit coldy, but I think we might have the potty training almost sorted. She asked to go every time she needed today. Awesome.

you: what a terrible photo
me: you try flying a quadcopter and taking it’s photo at the same time
you: you have 2 hands!
me: so that’s the copter sorted. And the camera?
you: well I don’t know, improvise. And it’s the size of a saucer, what is there to be scared of?
me: eh, the blades going round at 30k rpm coming straight for your eyes as you push a stick the wrong way
you: best learn to fly it quickly then eh
me: yeah the sooner I can fly it the sooner I can move on to a Phantom
you: I was thinking more along the lines of avoiding injury, rather than spending more money
me: I don’t think they are mutually exclusive
you: just imagine the damage you could do to yourself with that big one……can I lend you some money for it…

Radiohead: Black Star

Nov 16 2014

Sunday 16 November 2014: Poo Sticks

The fog barely lifted today so it’s been a bit of a cold old day. We got out for a wander this morning and Ghengis and the missus threw twigs in the stream to race them.

Watched a few of the latest Guy Martin: Speed series. I don’t have many people I would class as heroes but he’s one of them. He just seems like such a top bloke.

This arvo we went down in to town to see santa and his reindeer, and the switching on of the lights. I read the poster wrong….santa and his reindeer were there yesterday, so we went and had a scone and a cuppa instead, then back to see the lights. I think it might be the first time Ghengis has been in a crowd. She was just looking all around her wide eyed. I don’t think anyone was expecting the confetti/snow cannons, there were kids crying all over the place, it was like a shotgun had gone off!

you: it’s "Pooh Sticks" you moron!
me: what is
you: the game
me: what game?
you: throwing twigs from the bridge and seeing who’s get’s to the other side first
me: that has a name?
you: yes, Pooh Sticks.
me: oh, I was just stating fact.

Elbow: One day like this

Nov 15 2014

Saturday 15 November 2014: Slice

We all have a bit of a cold. Ghengis seems to have it the worst today. Poor wee sausage. It keeps waking her up and she’s getting upset. I hope she never has an illness more serious than a cold as I won’t be able to handle it.

Back to the library today to take back the book we got out for her yesterday. Dinosaur Farm. It was rubbish. Dinosaurs and tractors, surely a match made in heaven. No.

If anyone happens to read this and can spare 1 minute could you vote for Hardgate Primary. It’s my old school, just a small village with not that many kids at it so they don’t have as many families to vote for them in the choir contest as the bigger places.. Just put guff data in so you don’t get spammed by the organisers. There’s no validation I don’t think, 9 zeros works for the phone number.

you: Dinosaurs
me: yeah dinosaurs
you: and tractors
me: yeah, how awesome does that combo sound?
you: eh. I think it sounds like some sort of typo
me: no, it sounds awesome
you: so what was wrong with the book?
me: well the dinosaurs didn’t drive tractors for a start
you: probably anatomically impossible. And chronologically now I come to think of it.
me: well never mind that. Nothing happened in the story either
you: what were you expecting? Some crazy plot twist?
me: just more than "farmer wakes up, washes dinosaur, goes home"
you: but that’s the life of a dinosaur farmer.

Little Mermaid : Part of your world (sorry, we had a disney cd on in the car)

Nov 14 2014

Friday 14 November 2014: Oops

Only photo of the day. Not much I can do to rescue it. It’s just Ghengis, at the library, in her pyjamas.

Baby ballet this morning and since it was children in need the bairns were all asked to wear their pj’s.

Then we went to the library to pick a book.

Then we went home.

you: please tell me you didn’t?
me: didn’t what?
you: you didn’t join in by wearing your pjs to baby ballet
me: of course I didn’t
you: phew
me: I don’t wear pj’s so it would have felt a bit fake. I just went in….
you: don’t finish that sentence.

Sheryl Crow: Strong enough