Thursday’s Thoughts

Thursday-Thoughts

So yet again I have failed on the quest to keep a regular blog post going. Its hard trying to find the time between the daily commute, working a 10 to 6 job and family life. I got plenty to say and I just need to find the time to get it all down on paper, so to speak.

This week I had bank holiday Monday off in Scotland so myself and Jane went to Fort Kinnaird to collect a new seat for Finlay from Mammas & Pappas. It’s the last time I will be dealing with that shop, their customer service is shocking from my experience. We tried calling the store on many occasions to check the item was in store and lines were closed. We tried calling the retail park and asked to be forwarded only to be greeted with an engaged tone. I searched everywhere online to try and find a direct number but it was impossible. In the end the item was in stock and we had a nice day out but I don’t think we will be using M&P’s again as we also had problems with pram and furniture deliveries before Finlay was born. High price and poor service!

On the topic of Finlay he has been pretty testing lately, he just will not sleep which causes Jane some sleepless and stressful nights. His legs are constantly in the air and he slams them down in his cot with some serious force. We reckon it’s his teeth that are starting to come through but this is not 100% certain. He is growing all the time and is starting to look like a proper wee boy now. Don’t get me wrong he is full of laughs and his face lights up when I walk in the room, starting to get some proper interaction with him which is nice.

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In other news we have made progress with the house which sold this week which we are delighted about, was quick and painless. We have changed our move date to the 9th June so looks like we will be back in the flat for my birthday, happy days. The whole moving to to a home from a three bed flat to a the flat that I lived in for 10 years has been a total nightmare, it’s just hasn’t worked out for us as a family and we all cannot wait to get back to the flat. You will see what I mean when I post some photos from the living room window. I just need to get all the paperwork sorted, changing of electric, gas, broadband, mobiles, driving licence and everything else that goes along with it. But once we are in and settled life will be easier as we will be closer to the train station for easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow, good for my work. Closer to local amenities which is easier for everyone and just a nice environment to live in, more modern and to our tastes.

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At work things haven’t changed much, I just get stressed with the place and want to get out somehow, but like all of us I need to pay the bills. I would love to be able to think up my own business idea and make enough to be comfortable. The pipe dream eh! I did have a meeting last Friday which I ended up totally freaking out at as I had o present a design concept which was not my own and therefore I wasn’t familiar with it. Added to that the presentation was just sprung on me at the last minute and I had to present to about 20 people on the conference phone with all three of my managers in the room. As soon as I took control of the mouse the anxiety struck and I was sat there shaking like a leaf. All my managers/colleagues witnessed this which made it 10x worse and added to that it completely broke my concentration when trying to present and focus on the job in hand. I started sweating as well, in the hands, from my forehead and my back, the anxiety had taken full effect and luckily my immediate boos noticed and took over. It was so embarrassing to the point I emailed my boss after the meeting and apologised, he was understanding mind you and said its something we will work on. So I have a meeting about all of that tomorrow, lucky me.

Oh and there is the diet, this has just taken a back seat I’m afraid. I weighed myself this morning and was 17st 1, so zero change there. Mind you s I type I am tucking into a tea with two sugars and a chocolate biscuit after having cereal this morning and a noodle stir fry for lunch.

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I’ve decided that when I move I am going to start and try run round the loch pictured above as its right at my door step. This is wishful thinking but I need to lose the weight. Anyway bit of a monster post but thought I’d just lay it all down.

Until next time……

Ohhh hang on how could I forget, other big news this week I took delivery of the stunning Galaxy S8+ which replaces my Apple iPhone 6+. This phone is a thing of pure beauty and I never thought I would move from Apple but the screen on this thing is amazing. I will try and do my won review on it in a separate post but anyone reading who is thinking of a phone upgrade the S8+ is a game changer! (you can probably tell with the quality of my pictures in this post)

Friday Weigh In

So last week I properly admitted to being a fat b@st@rd and thought its time to do something about it. I stood on the scales this morning for the Friday weigh in and was disappointed to find I was 16st 13 pounds. That’s like zero change even though I have been pretty good this week, I did slip up and had a chicken kebab mid week and I’ve had a few beers throughout the week. But I have been strict with lots of water at work and sticking to sandwich and soup everyday. At night I haven’t been snacking on crap so I am a bit miffed as to why there has been zero change.

Oh I also need to add that in the morning I try and have a bowl of Shreddies Max Protein, this stuff is the muts with some cold semi skimmed milk mmmmm.

Last week I weighed in at just over 17st but to be honest my weight fluctuates so much. At night I can stand on the scales and be 17.1 and in the morning I am 16.8, this doesn’t sound right to me?

I keep on with the diet and just hope it starts to drop off. In the middle of a move just now so all a bit hectic but I do plan on getting out and running, well fast walking to start with as I want to get the weight off for my birthday in June. At least keeping my weekly Friday blog post about it keeps me motivated to reach a target.

Thursday’s Thoughts

Thursday-Thoughts

So yet again I haven’t blogged this week, finding it quite hard to fit it in right now. I don’t want my blog looking like a whole bunch of “Thursdays Thoughts” posts. So I need to blog more and try and build up some themes. Anyway on the topic of themes I am trying to keep the healthy eating going, today’s lunch is split pea soup and a ham sandwich.

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I have been getting my teeth into a new mini project at work which involves implementing user help for a tablet app. Just out of a meeting with a company who produce professional video help tutorials so going to be working with them over the coming weeks. Should be an interesting little project. I can see me having to use the phone though which is going to be a stressful situation for me as I hate talking on the phone, especially at work. I avoid it all costs!.

In otgher news I have treated myseklf to a bit of tech and just received confirmation that my new Samsung Galaxy 8 + is going to be deleveired hopefully tomorrow :). So I need to get a PAC code and get my number transferred after lunch, hoping O2 dont want me have given them notice but we shall see. Will be a big chnage moving away from Apple iPhone 6+ to Samsung but from what I have seen this phone is a peice of beauty and the UI have come on leaps and bounds. Exciting stuff!

Anyway I better go eat this soup before it gets cold and will hopefully get blogging on a more regular basis. Until next time…….

The Diet Starts Here!

Woke up the morning and took one look at my gut and thought FFS this cannot go on any longer. Its at the point where none of my clothes fit me and I feel like a tramp so I need to loose the extra weight. The scales say I am just over 17 stone which to me is shocking, I used to be 14.5 stone back in 2013/14, so I have gained nearly 3 STONE…… WTF!!!!

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I am typing this as I it at my desk at work staring at a banana and a bottle of water. I hear this is the hey to dieting well, so this is the beginning. I doubt I will ever get back down to 14.5 stone but my ideal target is 15 stone. This would mean I can get back into the clothes I like and start dressing more work like, rather than jeans and a t-shirt. Luckily I get away with this as I work in an office full of developers where they don’t bother about fashion or how you look. But it bothers me and I want to be healthy again.

Hopefully by blogging about it I can be strict with myself and and my aim will be to stick to a routine daily diet, something like:

Breakfast

  • Banana or bran flakes for breakfast

Lunch

  • Soup or home made tuna sandwiches on brown bread

Dinner

  • Chciken Stir Fry
  • Steak
  • Chicken Ommellette
  • Salmon with baby pototoes
  • Pasta¬†Arrabiata
  • Soup

Snacks

  • Tea
  • The odd bit of dark chocolate
  • Fruit

Stuff I am cutting out

  • Alcohol
  • Takeaways
  • Pizza
  • Morning rols on sausage etc
  • Crossaints
  • Anything I deem unhealthy

 

Anyway lets see how I get on, stay tuned for updates!

Thursday’s Thoughts

Thursday-Thoughts

Its been a whole week since I posted on my blog, was busy with Easter over the weekend and getting back in the zone at work. On that note work has been busy this week with me designing mockup wireframes for a tablet app we are creating. The problem is when I create my UI designs I run them past colleagues and get a variety of opinions on what it should look like and what they think the design should be. This is extremely frustrating when you have already agreed on a design the week before and have created all the stories for developers to work on. Back to the drawing board and a re write of the stories. trying to keep everyone happy in a Business Analyst role is tricky, especially when you are surrounded by people with strong opinions. Anyway that’s the work rant over for now.

In other news we have the house move still on our minds and have decided to move closer to the end of the month as this gives us time to sort our stuff out and gives us a little financial breathing space. With the car being serviced this week my funds are low and so will need to wait and have a quiet month in order to pay removals guy and finalise bills for the current house. That as well as get bits and pieces for the flat to make it feel like home again.

With the thought of the move and Summer just around the corner my fiancee Jane has seriously kicked into diet mode and I think I am going to join her as my waist line is getting out of control. So this week at work its tuna sandwiches and water with the odd cuppa here and there. I guess sits not that hard once you get into a routine but its night time I find difficult. Trying not to munch whilst watching the box is a hard one. Going to knock my alcohol intake on the head as well as it does me zero favors and I can sometimes find myself lacking at work on a Monday (or Tuesday in this case as it was Easter Monday).

This weekend will consist of emptying the house of all the crap we don’t need, multiple trips to the local tip and trying to get some stuff listed on Gumtree etc. If I can find the time I need to get the car washed and might rt and fit in some family time and go visit the Grandparents in Edinburgh.

Well that’s me finished my sandwiches, think I’ll go get a cup of tea and get back to listening to Spotify. Don’t tell anyone but I thought the new Harry Styles tune is ok. Jeezus I can’t believe I just said that, I need help. Back to Oasis is is then!. Until next time……

Thursday’s Thoughts

Thursday-Thoughts

Decided I am going to make this a regular thing every Thursday, lets me get my weekly moan out or just have a rant about the week. Or it could be positive for a change, who knows, depends on the week I am having.

So this week has been pretty dull at work as I have been waiting on client feedback on screen designs before I can make any proper progress. This means constant input from colleagues and managers on how they think a UI/UX design should work, sometimes too many opinions is a bad thing as it hampers you from just getting on. Then there is of course the client who they say is always right. In my line of work the client is right as we need to comply to standards etc hence why I awaiting their feedback. I could just call them of course but I hate using the phone so its reduced to email and Skype but I get the feeling next week it will require a phone call to get things rolling.

The other big thing that happened at work this week (about 10 minutes ago) was that I had an absence disciplinary review with my line manager. I have been off consistently over the last 12 months. Now this has improved but the way the big corporate machine works is they gotta go through procedure to tick all the boxes. Anyway after worrying about it all week the review actually went ok and was a casual chat with my manager, who I feel I am building up a better rapport¬†with, its only taken about two years! So I am glad that’s over and done with and I can now get on with the rest of my day and chill with my 90’s playlist on and blog away about it all.

In other news I picked up a new pair of glasses and sunglasses this week which are long overdue as my last pair have been planted to my face for 4 years and are scratched to hell. Having the new ones on is like viewing the world in ultra 4K HD…. Ahhhhhh! We have finally decided to move house yet again and have penciled in a date of the 5th of May, this feels good and means I can stop over thinking about where to stay and look ahead to actually moving and bettering our lives as a family. On a personal note moving on and becoming a Dad has prompted me to sell all of my DJ equipment (as you may have seen in my earlier posts). This is a bit of an inner blow and feels like I am giving up a bit of me as I saw my speakers go last night to a mate of mine. But it makes sense since we will be living in a flat again which I have done my fair share pf partying in so the neighbors will be glad to see me show up with just my MacBook, this time DJ equipment replaced with a screaming baby haha.

So its Thursday and tomorrow is the start of the long weekend Easter break so looking forward to some chill time with the family. Don’t know what we are going to do as I am currently skint but sure we will come up with something. I want to get some stuff up online for sale in preparation for the house move. So to anyone else reading this I hope you enjoy your Easter and until next time take it easy all.

The Move – It Begins

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I have spent the last six months trying to decide where me and my family should live. Having recently become a father for the first time to out lovely son Finlay we thought it best to move to a 3 bed family home in a quiet town next to my parents. I was in a 3 bed flat/maisonette which was four flights of stairs but was in a lovely setting with great amenities and lovely views out the window. The house I am now in is a lovely family home but its decor is dated and its in a very quite estate next to old neighbors and there inst really anything nearby for my fiancee to do when I am at work.

So after many discussions and arguments about where we should live today we have finally made the bold decision to move back to the flat, most people would say we are crazy but we are doing it for what we see as all the correct reasons:

  • Better living environmnet
  • Nicer setting
  • Better education
  • Easy access to trains to major cities
  • Shops, bars and cafes right on our doorstep
  • More secure being in a flat

Some of the downsides:

  • Parking is a bit of a nightmare
  • Reduced space meaning nowheer for me personally to have my own ‘geek’ space
  • Lots of stiars
  • Neighbours above causing noise
  • Need to install a bathroom at some point

To give this post some background the flat I have owned and lived in since 2008 and have had many life experiences in, this was one of the factors for moving and starting a fresh. I have moved in and out of the flat four times (if I count right) which is a bit crazy but I am sure this time it will be the last, even though I have said this before! Its probably worth mentioning that we have already moved three times in the past 18 months so the thought of doing it yet again and back to the same adds to the stress, as if its not stressful enough.

I am blogging this so I can keep a diary of how we get on as a family, especially now with a 4 month old baby to think about. I made a start by getting our current house listed and getting a man with a van booked to do the move on the 5th May. So lets see how we get on and stay tuned for updates as we go. Should be easy as done it plenty of times now……