Saturday, July 31, 2004

Melting Away

So much for a mini heatwave this weekend, granted it's hot and muggy but there isn't much sun to be had. We even had some rain this morning while we were out buying extra screws to put the gate up. We bought the gate last summer and I've just got around to fitting it, only a year late then, but these things shouldn't be rushed.

The garden is now looking cool, with all the weeds and the rubbish out of the way. We've had a problem lately with kids being in the front garden and chucking rubbish in our glass only recycling box. I've been very cunning and turned it upside down, that'll fox 'em.

Now I'm off to get a nice cold glass of cider before I melt away......

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Rayman Golf

Having got the wap connection set up on the new mobiles yesterday, I've wasted no time in downloading Rayman Golf! I've only had time to play a couple of practice holes, but from what I've seen so far I'm impressed. It's easy to play (not so easy to master) and the graphics are ace for a little java game. Waiting around in the Chinese takeaway will never be the same. I'll wait and see what appears on the phone bill before I try downloading any more. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

The Meddler

The sim car on my mobile (and Debbie's) has been stopped to make way for the new ones from T-Mobile and we've left the new sim cards at home having being told the changeover would be on Friday. So all I can do with it at the moment is play mini golf, cool! We'll get the new sim cards installed tonight and then we can sign up for web access and hopefully get some better games, there are only a couple on the phone worth playing, mini golf obviously and the other one being Deep Abyss.

Today is going well for a change, working in IT and getting the problems that no-one else can solve, I can spend days getting to the bottom of some of these queries. Long gone are the days when you could ask questions like "have you switched the printer on" or "is the mouse plugged in". Everyone's a bit more computer literate these days and that presents it's own problems. Take the meddler, for instance, someone who has a go at fixing something and ends up making it considerably less fixed than it was in the first place. Then of course when they do finally admit defeat and call for help, they deny that they ever touched anything just to make it more of a challenge.

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Loosing Sleep

Yesterday's doing nothing plan was cool and I would have thought I'd be all refreshed and raring to go today but I'm quite the opposite. My get up and go has left the building leaving me tired and I'm loosing the will to stay awake. I'm not usually this bad, it's all Big Brother's fault, if they had the show on at 9pm during the week, I'd get my extra hours sleep that I obviously need. Housemates should also be warned about kicking off or doing anything remotely interesting as this just results in the show being extended and I loose more precious sleep. I might just tape tonight's show and watch it tomorrow tea time, the problem with that is the show is already 24 hours out of date when it's shown, so by the time I see the show it will be 48 hours out of date. By Friday I'd be watching Thursdays show about Wednesday and then the eviction show later showing a little of Thursday and Friday. It's all very confusing and I'm going to end up with jet lag or something by the weekend.

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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Getting Away With It

I've managed it again, I'd planned to put the gate on today but, horror of horrors, it's raining so it is with real dissapointment that I'm going to have to pospone this again. Unfortunatley, the rain showers and howling winds have also put paid to the idea of having bbq today, maybe we'll just have some burgers on the grill instead.

So, with that off the schedule for today, it leaves me free to do absolultley nothing which is what Sundays were made for.

I've still got some beer left from last night, only four bottles but they are big ones. I went for the offer at the local supermarket yesterday, buy three bottles for four pounds, so I just picked the six of the big 750ml bottles of Castle Lager. Looks like I'll be performing my special vanishing beer trick again later on today.

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Friday, July 23, 2004

Crunchie Friday

It's Friday, it's five to five, it's Crackerjack! It's not really, well it is Friday. Back in my school days, Crackerjack always meant it was Friday tea time and no more school for a couple of days. It also meant trying to hold on to a whole load of cabbages, honestly! More recently Cadbury used the Friday feeling message in their advertising with the slogan 'Thank Crunchie it's Friday'. Before Debbie moved over here, we used to take it in turns to travel over the Pennines on a Friday night to see each other over the weekend and we always referred to Fridays as Crunchie Day and have done ever since. The odd thing is that neither of us is all that keen on chocolate, appart from the film starring Johnny Depp. Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 22, 2004

The New Phone

Did you know it has mini golf?.... Posted by Hello

Mini Golf

The new phones are brilliant, nice colour screen, nice buttons for texting, they don't eat your unfinished text if you're distracted for 30 seconds, you can make more than one call without having to charge the battery again, it has mini golf, we can share stuff via bluetooth and we can take photos, did I mention it has mini golf?

We need a bluetooth adapter now for the PC, but not at the prices they were asking at the mobile phone shop, we'll shop around for somewhere cheaper.

Last year, when we got the old phones, we weren't that bothered about taking photos with a phone, we'd just use the digital camera, but now we can we wouldn't be without it.

It's cool for showing friends and family pictures of Lucy and Harvey, instead of getting a creased photo out of your purse or wallet, you can show them whole selection on your phone and really bore them silly. It will also be good for taking a picture of 'the moment', when something interesting happens and naturally, you haven't got the camera with you.

There is a real danger of me nodding off now, sitting here poised with the phone waiting for something interesting to happen.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Weather Pixie

I've been noticing these Weather Pixie's while I've been perusing other blogs so, given that I'm quite interested in the weather, especially in winter, I thought I'd put one on here.

I chose Sheffield Airport as the location being the nearest airport to us, however, I noticed that there weren't that many updates, well none to be honest. I think it's because the bloke on top of a step ladder, sorry, in the watch tower next to the field, sorry, runway, hasn't got time for the updates.

So, I've changed it to Leeds Bradford Airport which is the second closest airport to us and that seems to have done the trick.
Hopefully in a few months time, it'll be showing snow on there

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Carry On Working

Reading Call Centre Confidential for the last few months I've toyed with the idea of doing something similar myself, however, I haven't really got the time to put into it, it's hard enough updating this diary and keeping the updates flowing over at Snowbabies.

I thought about it again after last night's meeting and if I were ever to do something like this, it would probably read like a script for a Carry On Film.

Monday, July 19, 2004

The Old Phone

I'll be glad to see the back of it! Posted by Hello

A What Code?

I've been making a few enquiries about our mobile phones over the last week and it seems we can change them a couple of weeks early. We're with O2 at the moment and we want to go back to T-Moblie and get a nice new posh phone while were at it.
I've called O2 today to cancel and they suggested getting a PAC code so we could keep the same numbers and they explained that the current contract would end as soon as we with started with T-Mobile. Just the ticket I thought, where's the catch........ the phones are down at the department that issues PAC codes so I've got to call back in an hour. Not a very good advert for a phone company.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Brad & Jenifer

While reading through the news today, I came across this story amogst all the usual woe is me and woe is someone else. It's about two seals rescused in Lincolnshire and taken to Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness. They were named Brad and Jenifer lol. Stories like these warm the heart on a dark and misserable day. I think we might visit there in the coming weeks, it looks like a nice day out and all for a very good cause.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Summer Skies

I used to do a lot of bird watching and while I don't really go any more, it does make you more aware of the birds around you when you're just out and about in everyday life or walking the dogs across the fields. The summer months are the best when we can just sit in the back garden and watch the swifts skimming the skyline and the swallows and house martins performing daring low level stunts chasing after insects. The bird I see most often these days is the pied wagtail, which I've nick named the McDonalds bird because there is at least one in every car park. They can even be seen at the motorway services, at least somebody likes the food there! They've obviously adapted to change really well, while others like the humble house sparrow are struggling to cope. There are reasons why they aren't coping so well, but on the face of it, it does seem odd that the house sparrow is having a hard time when there have never been so many houses and the tree sparrow is clawing it's way back in some areas like our local RSPB centre.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Bob The Bumble Bee

We have a new pet in the office today, Bob the Bumble Bee, I did try and escort him out of the open window but he wasn't going out into the heavy rain and I don't blame him. I don't mind the odd visit from Bob in the summer, he's cool, it's Willie the Wasp that I can't be doing with. While Bob will play nicely on the windowsill, Willie is after his first victim as soon as he's through the window. More often than not, Willie comes to a squishy end at the hands of Ronnie the Ruler.

Good Morning Campers!

A big HELLO to you and thank you for dropping by :-)

Here's a quick recap of the last thirty-four years.........

I was born and bread in Yorkshire, near an old mining town made famous in a Monty Python sketch. I left home at the tender age of twenty-nine to share a flat with a mad South African gent in town. He was seduced by the bright lights of the big city, so unable to afford to keep the flat on my own, I left for a doomed relationship before coming back home to my roots. A few weeks after vowing never to get involved in a relationship again, Snowman met Buttercup through Feesch and in less than six months time I'll be getting married to the love of my life :-)

That's the introduction done and now I've forgotten what I was going to write about. It'll come back to me later, this is always happening, I've got a memory like fish with no brain, I'll have to go and get one of those electronic voice recorders so I can make notes to remind me what I was thinking about.