A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook


Post the week in the mountains, I hit Sunday with a bit of a bang. I was hoping to spring board into a new refreshed me mentally and physically. I came down with some kind of stinking cold. The first one in a couple of years so it hit me with a vengeance. Three lateral flow tests throughout the space of the week, all negative…so I can only assume it was some kind of French cold, obviously more painful than a British one and more brutal than man flu!

So I nursed myself at home, and plugged back into the machine.  The email mountain, the projects that have Easter deadlines only a stones throw away causing a jostle for resource, thinking and brain capacity that was controlling the convulsive sneezing.

The week went by in a bit of a fog, and then some excitement of normality returning.  The bus was busy, town was busy and aside from masks and empty desks in the office.  It all felt ok.

Made it to Friday and it had lifted. Time to head into the office for the first time this year. The belly of the machine, under the guise of my new, old company (its complicated). Three office moves in two + years even when we haven’t been going to the office. More a consolidation due to a company merger. Before it all happened I’m now back in the office where it all started for me some 20+ years ago. So an orientation day for me, the circle beginning again. An odd sense of a time warp. New cabinets, new layout, new carpets, modern working……same floors and same toilets! My muscle memory kicked in using the stairs and I had to remind myself I’m on floor 3 not 4 where I used to sit. Definitely not institutionalised!

So the weekend; after all it is the weekend coffee share. We’ve already bagged the Power of the Dog….which I’m in two minds about. Felt a half hour too long, beautifully filmed and a story to reflect on. Oscar worthy I’m sure in some way.

Power of the Dog Trailer

Son number one made it home from Uni, so I came home to a blueberry and coconut dream cake. Definitely up there in my top 5 list of cakes and amazingly we have some left for dinner this evening. We’ve had pancakes for breakfast mainly to cover the fact he wont be here for Shrove Tuesday. It’s been nice to have the extra smiley face at the table, a tweak to the conversation with a different set of topics.

We’ve been into town and back covering the Library, Post Office and the farmers market. The French are in situ for the Rugby six nations this afternoon. Nice to see the red white and blue colours, the berets and the town feeling touristy once more. I might turn the game on the background given the razzmatazz feel to it. I know colleagues from work are going. It’s bitterly cold still so I hope it’s a good game. I’ve just checked kick off time, it’s on now….3-12 to France. oh dear.

It was good to see the Market up and running also under the watchful eye of the castle, a few bits gathered and I splashed out on some organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Some great chat from the guy selling on where he sources the products from Greece and Italy respectively. Took our lunch today to another level.

The evening meal;  the veggie box came with so much ginger and a red chilli that it’s got to be a curry for tea tonight which the boys will be happy about.  There was a small squash and the guardian gave the recipe for a pumpkin and sweet potato tray bake with Gorgonzola.  Link to share won’t be up till during the week.

On the other coffee shares, it’s been great to see what’s on the bookshelf links. I’ve just finished Ready Player II , Ernest Cline. I enjoyed the second filling of an 80s nostalgia romp wrapped up in a futuristic virtual world. More of the same, not quite as good as the first. I’ve sent to it to my pal from university, he’s really into his sci fi so I’m looking forward to comparing notes.

I’ve moved onto step by step by Simon Reeve, an autobiography of a travel presenter.  Eighty pages in and feels written well, fast moving.

Despite the rugby looking appealing, now 10-12 to France…..I’ve now got to go help my son with a little Python programming. Time to get the grey matter going. Thanks for coffee and see you next week.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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  1. rawsonjl

    That cake looks delicious! Glad you are feeling better; we’ve had a cold making its way slowly through our house as well and I was remarking on how healthy we have all been for the past few years.

    • akeerie

      That’s a horrible feeling when you know someone in the house has a cold, it’s just a matter of time! Hope you miss it.

  2. Thistles and Kiwis

    I see France beat Scotland….ah well…. The cake sounds really good and a well deserved treat after your cold and new/old workplace experience!

    • akeerie

      Yeah they did, I was about to get into the game after I finished my post. However the boys Python needed a bit of support and it’s the one thing where I can add value into his schooling…so I was glad I missed it.

  3. Natalie

    The cake, pancakes with coffee and your menu plan sound delicious. Glad to hear you’ve recovered from the nasty cold. Going up and down the 3 floors to and from your office could be part of your daily workout. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • akeerie

      I like it Natalie. Definitely will take the stairs more, being at work definitely helps with the extra steps! Made it out on the bikes this weekend, a lovely blue sky day. Felt like warmer longer days are on there way.

  4. Gary A Wilson

    Ah – office moves. Reminds me of the day when two of us lab techs stepped into two offices of our lead engineers – both great guys but somehow hated each other, so we scrambled their box destination labels so they sent half of their boxes to each others new office. When we arrived the day after out move, the shouting could be heard from many corridors away as they “sorted” out the mess. They were so angry at each other that even after learning who orchestrated the mess, they preferred to stay angry at each other. The rest of us in the lab had a great time watching the chaos.
    Even though it was my idea, I was glad to have someone partner with me to share any blame that came back – but it never did. One of the engineers remains one of my best friends almost 45 years later.

    Glad you beat off that flu.

    • akeerie

      Haven’t had a good office jape (not sure that’s how you spell it) in so long, and I have to admire that one! Mine would have been a little bit of sellotape underneath the phone handle so the line wouldn’t connect and still ring. Modern phones today….don’t know what they are missing!

  5. Writing Sparkle

    Sorry to hear that you were feeling unwell, but glad to hear that you are on the mend.

    Ah, the office. I have been working remotely for so long, but my extension ends soon and I was told that this is likely the last time. So, back to the office for me soon. It is going to feel very strange,

    Thanks for the virtual coffee. Have a great Sunday.

  6. Janet Alcorn

    Sorry you were sick!

    That cake looks incredible. Don’t mind me… I’m just over here licking my screen. Pumpkin and sweet potato with gorgonzola also sounds amazing.

    Have a great week!

    • akeerie

      That made me laugh so much. Luckily with an extra boy in the house the cake was swept up or I would have been in trouble….the Gorgonzola not so much for the youngest. I like to challenge the taste boundaries. Needless to say there was still an empty plate afterwards!

  7. Maria

    Pancakes and coffee, yes please! And maybe some cake…
    The ski photos in your previous post are wonderful 🙂

    • akeerie

      Thank you Maria, your pictures take me right back there. You are so lucky to have it on your door step.

      • Maria

        Thank you 🙂

  8. Kirstin

    So sorry you weren’t feeling well. I normally get a cold at the start of each season. I love a good farmers market. I would’ve loved to visit one when we were in Europe in 2019. I’ve enjoyed the bookshelf shares as well, though most of the books I haven’t heard of. Of course that could be expected since there are so many books to be read.

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