Nov 13 2014

Thursday 13 November 2014: Bird

I was trying to take a photo of the bird flying by and this pesky awesome sunrise got right in my way.

Got my eyes tested at lunchtime. Slight change to my prescription. I went to one near work assuming that a national chain of opticians would have centralised records. But they don’t. I found that a bit odd.

More builders round tonight, one more tomorrow and then we should probably have enough quotes to make a decision.

That’s me on holiday for a week. Woop Woop.

you: why aren’t you doing it yourself?
me: what?
you: the garage conversion
me: because there’s too tight a deadline
you: which is?
me: march, when bambino arrives
you: that’s 3 months!! Surely enough time
me: you saw how long it took to build the playhouse
you: fair point. Get someone in. You’re obviously not man enough for the job
me: right that’s it. Where are my tools…….

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Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues


Nov 12 2014

Wednesday 12 November 2014: Forecast

After probably 10 years of semi-reliable service my old weather station base unit has packed in. Luckily I had it’s replacement ready to go….having bought it about 3 years ago.

Bit of a headache inducing day at work. I was the only one of the three in my team in today, and it felt a bit like I was fire-fighting without actually putting any fires out. At lunchtime I went to DB’s office to give him his flash triggers back. The office is in what was once just someones home on Drumsheugh Gdns. To think that it was once a family home is amazing, the rooms are absolutely incredible. The ex boss saw me and asked if I was there to hand in my CV. Many more days like today and I could be tempted!

Also started the process of getting quotes for the garage conversion. Tried using RatedPeople.com, so we’ll see how that goes.

you: you bought it 3 years ago?
me: the spare weather station?
you: yes the spare weather station.
me: yes. I bought it 3 years ago
you: why?!
me: because you never know when ones going to fail
you: wouldn’t most people just wait until the failure occurred?
me: but I’m not most people
you: something which becomes more and more apparent as time drags on.

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Culture Club: Karma Chameleon


Nov 11 2014

Tuesday 11 November 2014: Edge of darkness

Today was tuesday. Ghengis was super good, but the missus was super tired so I didn’t get to the boozer. Instead it was more oz masterchef. I noticed that it was episode 51. At at least an hour an episode (minus adverts) that’s a lot of time devoted to it!

you: and can you cook any better as a result?
me: eh…
you: for example what did you have for tea?
me: pizza
you: home made dough? Interesting toppings?
me: eh….
you: bought in?
me: well, yeah, but it was a freshly made tesco one
you: and was it good
me: it had, literally, an inch of grated mozzarella on it. That’s an inch thick. All over it. By the time it had melted it was a solid 1/2 inch slab of cheese
you: that’s doesn’t answer my question. Was it good?
me: no. it had too much cheese on it.
you: You are probably the only person to ever complain about too much cheese on a pizza. But then you are probably the only person to ever have complained about a lot of things.

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Idina Menzel: Let it go

(at the time of writing that video has had 363 MILLION views! That’s incredible! And only half of them were Ghengis over the last few days. She loves running back and forward singing it….well singing a couple of lines of it anyway. And when I say singing I mean shouting. At the "here I stand, and here I’ll stay" bit she always stamps her foot like Elsa which is cute)


Nov 10 2014

Monday 10 November 2014: 2 birds

A lot of misty starts to the days at the moment.

Out for a wander with sbarlster at lunchtime. I had to get out for a bit of a wander to burn off some of the coffee and walnut cake that he’d brought in.

Tonight I sorted (with the missus help) out all the details I’d collected at the wedding fair over the weekend. Tomorrow the emailing will begin.

The d1ck that bought the rx8 off ebay still hasn’t got in touch. So I’m having to wait for a non paying bidder claim to go through before I can re-list. So frickin’ annoying.

you: if you hadn’t had any cake you wouldn’t have needed to burn it off
me: but if I hadn’t had any that would have been rude
you: not if it meant the rest of the team got to have some
me: I only had one bit!
you: when you cut the little triangle out of a cake that’s the bit you are meant to take
me: not the remainder?
you: not the remainder.
me: oh.

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Spin Doctors: Two Princes


Nov 9 2014

Sunday 9 November 2014: Shaft

Day 2 at the wedding fair. I thought I was tired after yesterdays, but that was just the warm up. Totally shattered today.

Another decent day though, another set of contact details, another set of brides that claimed to like my work.

Home and Ghengis was super excited as she’d done a big painting for me. It’s very nice too. She’d also pee’d on the floor though which the missus could have done without. Twice. We thought we were nearly there with the potty training, but maybe there is a wee (no pun intended) way to go.

you: of course they claimed to!
me: what do you mean?
you: claimed to like your photos
me: they did.
you: well they were hardly going to say your photos are crap when they are standing talking to you
me: oh. I guess. But they seemed genuine
you: you’re a great guy
me: thanks
you: did that seem genuine?
me: yes
you: well it wasn’t. Lesson learned for you I hope.

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Ingrid Michaelson: You and I


Nov 8 2014

Saturday 8 November 2014: Work it.

First day exhibiting at the Edinburgh Wedding Fair and I am absolutely knackered. Because I’m there by myself I didn’t really want to leave the stand in case I missed prospective brides, so I didn’t have a seat in 8 hours. I didn’t even get to the loo. Same again tomorrow. Although I might try and fit in a loo break.

It was fun though. Spoke to some lovely couples who seemed to like my work. So hopefully something will come of it. Not getting all that much chance to network but I’ll try for a bit more of that tomorrow.

you: I don’t really want to know
me: what?
you: if you went to the loo or not!
me: and you’re probably best off not trying to network
you: and why might that be?
me: because you are an inept fool

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B.J Thomas : Raindrops keep falling on my head.


Nov 7 2014

Friday 7 November 2014: One cloud

Been a bit of a non stop day today. Took Ghengis to her first baby ballet class this morning. She was a bit shy and didn’t join in a whole lot, but she showed mum how to dance pointing her toes on skype tonight so I guess she was paying attention.

Then I took her to soft play.

And to top it off I got offered a space to exhibit at the Edinburgh Wedding Fair as a result of a last minute cancellation. This has meant a rush job on getting prints done and preparations made. I’m still not finished and am knackered, but I’m hoping it’s all worth it, even more so as it’s costing me a lot of money.

Someone used the "buy it now" option for the rx8 on ebay last night. Then haven’t been in touch or answered my emails yet. So I fear it’s just a timewaster which is highly annoying. I think I’ll just have to re-list it, make immediate payment mandatory, and take the whacking great hit of the paypal fees.

Tonight Ghengis got woken up by fireworks and she was scared, so we brought her down to sit with us for a bit. And she was as cute as could be. She just sat quietly, or when she did pipe up it was to say something like "you’re my best friend mummy. And you too daddy." Wee sweetheart.

you: it was just a joke
me: what was
you: me buying your car from ebay
me: don’t joke about things like that. It’s so frickin’ annoying.
you: which is exactly why I joke about it
me: why would someone do that?
you: to waste your time
me: but why would they do that?
you: perhaps you wasted their time?
me: I don’t even know them
you: perhaps they read one of your journal entries and realised they’d never get that time back for something more interesting.

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Suzanne Vega: Headshots (/hedgehogs)


Nov 6 2014

Thursday 6 November 2014: Cheery chops

That was thursday that was.

Ghengis was a right cheery wee thing when I was putting her to bed.

you: not much of an entry today
me: backblip. Can’t remember what I did
you: it was only a day ago!
me: a day too long ago
you: bit of a random song choice tonight
me: I remember making my family listen to the album it was from on repeat for the entirety of a holiday to wales. Even I was sick to the back teeth of it
you: you can remember one of your childhood holidays but you can’t remember yesterday
me: one of? The.

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Levellers: One Way


Nov 5 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014: Badaboom

Onslow. Tonight the missus said I reminded her of Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances. How rude! I was just sitting on the couch with no shirt on, eating yoghurt. That’s not so bad is it? Speaking of the missus, she wrote all our christmas cards yesterday. That’s even earlier than last year.

Cycled into town to see the fireworks tonight. I got my gear set up and started taking photos, then overheard a phone conversation behind me: "Aye, ah’m stood here up oan the flat bit beside some c**t wi’ a big f’kn camera". Not for long you’re not pal. I picked up my gear and moved. I mean call me that once you know me, fine, but before I’ve said hello. No. I made a bad exit strategy decision too, getting caught up in the 1000’s of people when had I gone the other way I would have been straight out.

So, tonight I have been Onslow the C**t. Neither of which I am particularly happy about.

you: haha
me: you would find it amusing
you: seems like it’s a night for name calling
me: here we go…
you: fatty
me: novel
you: bawbag
me: interesting
you: mr poo poo head
me: what age are you?!
you: younger than you, you decrepit old bawbag mr poo poo head.


Nov 4 2014

Tuesday 4 November 2014: Duck this.

Straight out of the "what’s sitting on my desk" book of blipping.

Met monochrome and boab for a bit of lunch at taste of italy. Since I started a diet yesterday I just had lasagne, and chips, and coke.

I decided to try and sort out my t-shirts on sunday. So I emptied the t-shirt shelf. There were 57 on it. I got it down to 51. And a few more have made an appearance from the washing machine. The oldest one I have is 24 years old. But I have several others that are over 20. I just can’t throw them out.

you: a diet?!
me: yes.
you: but you dislike the concept of diets
me: yes. That has something to do with liking food
you: you always say diets are pointless, people should just do more exercise
me: I do.
you: so why aren’t you?
me: doing more exercise? because I just can’t find the time.
you: and why are you?
me: trying to eat a bit less? Because along with the t-shirts I found another pair of work trousers. When I tried them on lets just say I was putting a lot of faith in the stitching holding the button on
you: fatty fatty boom boom.

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Athlete: wires.


Nov 3 2014

Monday 3 November 2014: My new motor….

….and then I woke up and had my cornflakes.

Blue skies and sunshine at lunchtime so I got out for a bit of a wander and spotted this beauty. Interestingly it had Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres on.

you: no.
me: what?
you: it’s not
me: what’s not what?!
you: it is in no way interesting what type of tyres a car had on.
me: well I found it interesting
you: and that’s why you are lacking in the friends department.

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Vengaboys: We like to party (vengabus)

(the first duplicate, and this baby loved it too.


Nov 2 2014

Sunday 2 November 2014: I like riding on my bike

Today was the first time we’d taken Ghengis out down the street on her bike. On the gentle slopes she was lifting her feet and gliding a bit which was ace. We played snap with the new Peppa Pig cards the missus bought a lot today too. She’s getting better, but Ghengis still beats her.

W.E were having a halloween party for the bairns today, but I was too tired to do all the driving so we didn’t make it. Instead I had a nap.

Got the RX8 photographed and on ebay. Straight off the bat I had a mistake, claiming in the title that it had an MOT until 2105. Which wouldn’t be bad going.

you: she has her bunnet on I see
me: she wasn’t allowed to leave the house without it.
you: and finally!
me: finally what?
you: you’ve put the motor up for sale rather than just talking about doing it!
me: I haven’t mentioned it that much
you: no no, not at all.

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Pet Shop Boys: Always on my mind.


Nov 1 2014

Saturday 1 November 2014: Hairstand

First park run for a while today. It was a lovely autumnal morning for it. Half way around I was overtaken by an 11 year old girl. I got by her again on the uphill. Then she overtook me on the downhill, and then I couldn’t catch her again.

Through to the swamp with arvo for a bit of lunch and some fun out in the park.

Ghengis has taken to calling me by my name rather than "daddy". Which is amusing and annoying at the same time.

Decided to do a chippy taste test tonight. There is one just along the road that I’ve always ignored as I drive to the one we know is good. Tonight I got a fish supper from each. While the staff were friendly and cheery, sadly the fish and chips weren’t quite as good.

you: on the downhill?
me: what?
you: you were overtaken by a small girl on the downhill?
me: yes.
you: on the downhill?!
me: yes on the downhill. I can’t run very well downhill. I’m too worried about my knees
you: you can’t run very well full stop. But on a downhill? That’s just embarrassing
me: there were plenty of other people to be embarrassed about being beaten by so one more doesn’t matter. There were a couple of witches. A skeleton, and the man who’s breathing made him sound like he was an actual zombie (which sped me up for a short while, just in case), but then he overtook me and it turns out he was just a man with breathing difficulties
you: beaten by a man with breathing difficulties. That just says it all. Give up.

25:51.

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Rednex: Cotton Eyed Joe. (sorry)


Oct 31 2014

Friday 31 October 2014: Winner!

Woop woop! So finally I won something in the works halloween do. Third in the photo comp. Second in the apple dookin. But today I got first in the pumpkin comp. £50 amazon voucher! Sweet. So now they have slashed my pension in half minus £50. I only need to win a pumpkin carving comp virtually every day of the year for the next 23 years and I’ll be evens.

Took Ghengis on the train to go to the museum today. The minute we got there she ran off with her camera taking photos of the animals.

After that we stopped in by my work for the pumpkin and fancy dress competition judging and arrived just as it was completing. Ghengis popped on her witch outfit before we went in. Quite amusing seeing a wee witch wandering around a multi million pound head office. The ladies on the reception desk certainly had a laugh. We had to get a security pass printed for her and everything. My plan was that if I didn’t win the pumpkin comp I was going to invent an under 3 fancy dress category.

So it was a long day for the wee chook with no nap, but she was a good wee chook and good fun too.

you: what do you mean you won?!
me: eh, I came first
you: how can that be?
me: because mine was judged the best
you: but what about BC?
me: yes I heard about it before I went to the office. I feared I was doomed to fail again as he had created an arduino powered mega-pumkin. But I think it had a technical malfunction on the way to the judging
you: what did you do to it?!
me: you’re not pinning it on me! I arrived after the event!
you: do you have any witnesses?
me: Ghengis
you: you are calling on your 2 year old daughter as your chief witness
me: and all the folk in the office!
you: highly suspicious if you ask me!

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Sleeper: Lie Detector


Oct 30 2014

Thursday 30 October 2014: Half a pumpkin

Realising that there was a high probability I wouldn’t see my pumpkin again once I took it in for the work competition I grabbed a quick photo this morning. I couldn’t get a panorama shot to work, so I’ve only got half of the design to show. Because I’m not in the office tomorrow I had to take it today, a day early. I hope there is no sabotage.

Today’s halloween activity at the office was dookin’ for apples. And I was winning! Right up until the organiser had a go, and beat me. Another 50 quid slipped away. As far as I am aware, in the history of competitions, organisers (and their immediate family) are banned from participating. And his apples were smaller than mine. I demand a stewards enquiry. It was pretty funny all the same. I didn’t think any lasses would have a shot due to the hair/makeup implications. So I was surprised when some seriously senior women had a go!

Curry and a beer with Steven tonight. First time in ages.

you: you’re not handling this well
me: what?
you: the continual losing
me: I’m not losing. I’ve had a third and a second so far
you: so, you’ve been first and second loser.
me: if you must. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

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Taylor Swift: Shake it off


Oct 29 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014: Lanterns

Spent nearly an hour yesterday getting the car running after yesterday’s garage revelations. PITA.

At work this week our area is having a halloween themed event each day. Monday was a baking contest. Tuesday was a photo competition. The missus vetoed the photo I was going to do so I ended up just punting in the photo of Ghengis in her pumpkin outfit just to show the event some support. Anyway, it came third, which was fine, had the winning "Photo" actually been a photo, rather than an exercise in photoshop. And the prize was £50 of john lewis vouchers! Raging. Actually it was a good laugh winding the winner up saying I was going to request a stewards enquiry.

Friday’s is a pumpkin carving contest, so I’ve spent this evening in the garage, dremel in hand. Considering it was freehand and no templates were involved I’m pretty pleased with the result. No doubt a carved turnip will win, seeing as the contests appear to be lacking well defined rules.

you: but you’re not bitter!
me: no, I’m not
you: much.
me: seriously. It’s all just a bit of fun
you: you wouldn’t have got the vouchers anyway, you would still just have been second
me: ….I’m trying to identify a reason for a stewards enquiry for that one too
you: oh no, not bitter at all.

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REM: Driver 8


Oct 28 2014

Tuesday 28 October 2014: Beer

Few jars at the red squirrel tonight. Had a burger. While they are ok, and have a nice char grilled flavour, they aren’t a patch on the stockbridge tap. I liked this wee poster in the shunky. But under IPA it doesn’t mention Deuchars. An oversight surely?

Got a call from the garage to say that they had their new welder so the rx8 had now passed it’s MOT (yay), and that they had flooded the engine and could no longer get it to start….so I could come and collect it when I was ready. Eh. WTF?!

Also got a call from the organiser of a wedding fayre I’ve been waiting ages to get in to. But the space she was offering me was bigger than I needed and so expensive I had to turn it down.

you: hahah!
me: you find something amusing?
you: yeah you drop off a fully functional car, they break it, then tell you you can come and collect it
me: yes, were it not mine I dare say I might find the tale amusing too.

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Sundays: Summertime


Oct 27 2014

Monday 27 October 2014: V1.1

That was monday that was.

The garage appear to not be returning my calls regarding the rx8. This does not fill me with confidence.

First TSFB, and the first time I’ve felt the baby kick. Ace!

you: go on then. What are the new features since V1?
me: eh
you: No..!
me: no what?
you: you haven’t?!
me: haven’t what?
you: just updated what the screen says?
me: eh…
you: you loser!

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Lorde: Team


Oct 26 2014

Sunday 26 October 2014: Here we go again.

When we asked Ghengis what mummy had in her tummy, the response was "pasta and pizza". Which given that we’d had italian for lunch was a fair response. We tried explaining that she was going to have a wee brother or sister but she either didn’t get it, or was just blanking it out for fear of no longer being top dog. It’s gonna be awesome. That’s assuming this is a 16 year pregnancy and Ghengis has left home by the time the baby is born. Failing that it’s just going to be tiring….and awesome. Touchdown is early March. Bring it on.

Anyway, this is it, bump 2’s first outing on blip. Which can only mean one thing. It’s time for TSFB to make a re-appearance. I’ll give one nights grace to look out ear plugs/defenders.

Obi-wan and his posse came round for a couple of hours. The wee dude is cute as a button and was running around like a good un

This arvo Ghengis fell while she was holding a wooden egg between her teeth, and it went into her mouth and got stuck. Poor wee chook looked frightened as we tried to get it out. Thank goodness we were both here as the missus had to fish it out as my fingers were too big. She’s been told a million times not to run with things in her mouth. Hopefully now she’ll listen.

We managed to fit another film in, not quite finished it yet. That’s three in three days. That’s more than we’ve watched the rest of the year combined. Today was Argo. An hour and a half of dull, followed by what might be a good ending. But I think I’ll stick with my Life of Pi review: "No."

you: something has gone horribly wrong
me: what?
you: it hasn’t worked
me: what?!
you: the chemical castration.
me: what are you talking about?
you: I couldn’t bare the thought of another child having to suffer you as a father so I’ve been slipping you a little something something in your coffee.
me: it would appear to have been the wrong kind of something something.


Oct 25 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014: New boots.

Ghengis got new wellies today. And she seems to rather like them. She ran up and down the house in them. She danced in them. She even posed for a picture in them.

Out this morning to help take down all the bird boxes in the woods as they are getting re-furbished. Bit of a wild day for it, wet and windy.

At lunchtime we decided to fit another film in while ghengis slept. Jack Reacher this time.

you: so?
me: so what?
you: where is it?
me: where’s what?!
you: well based on your amazing film review skills yesterday I’m on tenterhooks for your stunning appraisal of Jack Reacher
me: better
you: better than what?!
me: lots of things
you: like?
me: dog dirt. Supermarket car park door dings. Neds
you: useful. Any film related things
me: better than yesterdays film.
you: great. What a review. I’m going to rush out and buy the dvd. Idiot.


Oct 24 2014

Friday 24 October 2014: mini goggle box

When Ghengis wakes up a bit early she likes to be given a tablet and her choice of viewing. And she’ll sit like a wee zombie quite happily until it’s time for her breakfast. Unless it’s an episode of peppa pig she doesn’t like in which case I get jumped on to sort it out. What did people do before tablets and youtube? Get up I suppose.

Ghengis’ wee friend’s mum sent me a text last night to see about meeting up at soft play. So after a trip to the hospital we headed down and they had great fun running around.

Then out for a bit of lunch. And then the missus and I decided to watch a film while Ghengis had a nap. We watched the life of pi. No.

you: no what?
me: just no.
you: to what?!
me: the film.
you: so your response to a film with 8/10 on imbd and over 300k votes, is just "no"
me: yes.
you: no explanation, no expansion?
me: no. Just, no.
you: hang on, what was that, is that the bbc at the door offering you the host position on Film 2015. Oh no, because your opinion is worthless.


Oct 23 2014

Thursday 23 October 2014: Diwali

When I got home tonight I found danbo staring wistfully at the battery charger. I asked him what was wrong and he said he’d been feeling a bit low on energy.

Unlike me. I’ve had a sugar headache all day today. This week sees a lot of the indian folks in our office celebrating Diwali, the festival of light. As a result they had brought in lots of indian sweets today. You know, the ones made with cashews and sugar. The ones I can’t resist. And to top it off one of them was the carrot based sweet that is incredible. The basis of it is grated carrot boiled in milk. Sounds rank? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It’s ace.

So to try and calm my sugar intake I went out for lunch with JJ.

Bit of a grim night tonight, and looking to be the same tomorrow, so I don’t know what I’ll do with Ghengis. The RX8 still isn’t back from the garage having failed it’s MOT. It just needed a bit of welding done, but their welder is broken. It’s annoying having to spend money on it to get it’s MOT just to sell it.

you: jeez man you really need to settle down
me: with what?
you: your eating. Sweets by the bucketload. Eating out. Puddings
me: I know I know. Still, it’s a good time to start afresh
you: what? The time of year when it’s horrible weather so you don’t want to go outside and exercise
me: well, there is that
you: and the time of year where just around the corner are christmas meals, beer, and oversized boxes of chocolats
me: well, there is that too. All I need is a bit more self control.
you: a bit more? Having any in the first place would be a good start.


Oct 22 2014

Wednesday 22 October 2014: Hide

Only here a day and already danbo is hiding from me when the camera comes out. I reckon Ghengis must have taught him that one.

When I got home Ghengis was still eating her tea, but she started shouting at me "daddy my made you lots of presents!". And she had. Some nice glittery paintings.

Jenelope arrived this evening to pick up mum. She had brought some home baking/cooking as she normally does. And it was perhaps the finest pudding I’ve ever eaten. It was perfect chocolate browny, topped with baked white chocolate cheescake. It was incredible.

you: well that sounds healthy
me: who cares about health. It was delicious!
you: said the overweight piggy
me: oink. Something needs to be done though.
you: it’s called exercise.


Oct 21 2014

Tuesday 21 October 2014: Danbo….

…..the saviour of many an uninspired blipper. I forgot I’d ordered him, but here he is in all his overpriced plasticy glory.

Dropped the rx8 off for it’s MOT this morning and dad ran me to the station. Which meant I didn’t have my bike. I can honestly say I hate walking. It’s so over-rated.

Met DB for a bit of lunch and to borrow some camera gear. Chicken and spinach calzone, it was rather nice.

Home and Ghengis has had a nice day with Bamma and Bumps.

Bit of an aussie masterchef catchup, and that’s about it for the day.

you: anything else you’ve forgotten you’ve bought?
me: well if I remembered I’d forgotten buying it enough to tell you about it then it wouldn’t be forgotten now, would it. Idiot.
you: hey that’s my line!


Oct 20 2014

Monday 20 October 2014: new stripes

The garage at work has been repainted. Exciting stuff eh.

A wander with Sutin at lunchtime for a moan about the walloping our pensions have had. I’ve come up with a solution:

All the decent pensions are being closed because people live too long. So I think that they ought to offer a euthanasia/running man pension option. You get a boatload of money up until you are 80, then you either opt for euthanasia, or you take the Arnold Schwarzenegger Running Man style option. Although what chance an 80 year old would have in such a scenario I’m not sure. The final option is based on the assumption that the world is going to revert to how it was when the Romans were in charge. So if you opt to get eaten by a tiger in front of a baying crowd in the Colosseum your family gets a £150k payout.

Left home early to look after Ghengis as the missus had to go to a conference. It was nice being home in the afternoon to play with her.

you: so what option are you going for?
me: Running Man, obviously
you: you reckon an 80 year old you stands a chance of escaping trained hunters with advanced weaponry?
me: oh totally
you: you sound pretty confident. What’s the plan?
me: easy, I’m going to play dead
you: oh yes of course, that’s bound to work. Idiot.


Oct 19 2014

Sunday 19 October 2014: Blip10. Again.

Well they were still lying around. And I didn’t have another photo. And it’s the last day of the blip 10 year celebrations.

Had another go driving the bro in laws caymen. brrrrm brrrrm. Cracking noise.

Dad popped in on his way up to W.E which was a nice surprise. Then White Lightning and his missus popped in for a brew. Fed up with the prices of edinburgh they have started looking further afield for a house. It would be cool to have one of the boys living locally.

Got a bit of garage tidying done, in preparation for it’s (hopefully) imminent conversion.

you: did you hit a bridge?
me: what do you mean?
you: a tree?
me: eh?
you: another car?
me: what are you talking about?
you: what was the cracking noise you were referring to when you were driving the caymen
me: the engine you idiot
you: hey, it’s you who doesn’t make themselves clear.


Oct 18 2014

Saturday 18 October 2014: Tired wee chook.

This morning we took Ghengis to the park. It was so warm for the time of year, it was really nice. And I was surprised to find that there wasn’t another soul there.

In the afternoon Ghengis helped me to get the RX8 washed ready to take some photos to get it whacked on ebay. Then she decided to take a swipe at the beemer with her sponge even though I asked her not to. This meant I had to wash it too as I hate seeing cars badly washed. She initially said she was going to help….then quickly got bored and went back inside.

Chippy and strictly. Day done.

you: so is that why you don’t?
me: don’t what?
you: ever wash your car?
me: why?
you: because you are incapable of doing it well.
me: no. I just never seem to find the time
you: yet the algae/lichen/moss finds time to grow on the car
me: they don’t have a wee lass to keep amused
you: so what’s your excuse for the years prior to her arrival?
me: eh…….


Oct 17 2014

Friday 17 October 2014: Blip10

Notes to self:
* Poster paint is not face paint.
* White towels were not a good idea.
* I appear to have lost my expensive flash triggers.

you: you appear to have lost more than that. Freak
me: hang on, I’m not done recounting my day

Ghengis was a good wee chook today. She didn’t want to go to the library to get a new book so we just stayed home. She played with her dolls for about an hour, having a tea party and singing to them. In the afternoon she invited the neighbours around to her playhouse for a real tea party. I took some chairs in and it was grand.

So, blip is 10 years old this week. Congrats to Joe on a)starting blip and b) growing it to what it is today. I now have over 4 years of my life documented in pictures and words, and if it wasn’t for blip, and Monochrome telling me about it, all of it would have been lost to the sieve of grey mush in my head. Cheers chaps.

you: you appear to have missed the part of your day where you stuck red balloons to your head and painted your face red with Ghengis’ paint
me: I think the picture will help me remember that bit.
you: you really ought to thank Joe that you now have a place to document what I say to you
me: as I’ve said before, that’s the one bit I’m not thankful for. I’d rather be able to pretend you didn’t exist
you: and as I’ve said before, you can’t. And never will.


Oct 16 2014

Thursday 16 October 2014: Has anyone seen Ghengis?

This is where she hides every night when I’m going to brush her teeth

you: and why is there a suitcase at the top of your stairs every night?
me: isn’t it obvious?
you: no. Or I wouldn’t have asked
me: eh, to give Ghengis somewhere to hide. Duh!
you: oh yes, obviously.
you: and why does there appear to be christmas lights hanging off your stairs?
me: isn’t it obvious?
you: NO!
me: keep yer hair on! There just are.
you: all year?
me: all year.
you: WHY?!
me: because we don’t own a night light.
you: oh. Obviously. Idiot.


Oct 15 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014: mega V

So many geese going around at the moment. This morning stood at the station I saw this batch. Tonight I saw what I assume was the same batch, if not more, going in the other direction

Ate half the cake Ghengis made yesterday. This would be ok if it wasn’t loaf sized.

New apprentice started last night, so we’ve just watched the first 2 episodes. How do they manage to find such idiots year on year?

you: you think you could do better
me: I’m pretty sure I could do better than the majority of them
you: and what makes you think that?
me: eh, I’m not a total moron
you: I beg to differ.


Oct 14 2014

Tuesday 14 October 2014: Pork Bonanza…

…minus the pulled pork, which came later once I asked for it. It was relatively enjoyable. The ribs weren’t great, or the sausages….the gammon steak was quite nice.. wasn’t sure about the pulled pork.

Having a bit of trouble dealing with how cute ghengis is being just now, whenever I speak to her on the phone I just want to come home and see her. The missus was laughing at me the other day because she said I was just sitting staring at Ghengis totally smitten while she talked to me. I can’t help it, she’s awesome.

Today on the phone I got "daddy I made a cake for you, would you like some". Too freakin right I would. What she didn’t inform me of was that she sneezed in the mix while she was making.

you: so….
me: what
you: of the four pork items on your pork bonanza, you liked one
me: I wouldn’t say I liked it
you: so you didn’t like any of it!
me: I was happy enough to eat it
you: high praise indeed