A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Yo Yo

The broadband has been up and down like a yo-yo today, lots of frustration and context switching working from home trying to rapidly respond to instant messages and email in the small window that seems to appear where normality resumes.  It felt like there was a pattern, and I was able to navigate my productivity in four minute chunks before swearing profusely at the ceiling.  Waiting for the next cycle to appear, the Cytrix countdown clock becoming my friend for the day.

It’s been a strange week weather wise, extremely cold from a wind chill point of view but full of light and sunshine like a corner has turned.  The sunrise, is welcome in the mornings casting strange light across the house. I’m desperately trying to become active again.  Cycling and Walking into work for the odd day and as a consequence my hip and back remind me of all the time I’ve spent sat down.  I just can’t jump to it like I used to.  I’m trying to form a daily habit of 15 mins of yoga which I genuinely think helps.

Despite the cold, I’ve had the BBQ on with a view to quickly cooking Aubergine, Courgette and Peppers rapidly for the week ahead.  An attempt at getting a more Mediterranean diet on the go.   Soft and velvety aubergine mixed through a bag of salad is the way to go and very comforting.

I’m late again to the share, consequence of the yo yo on Friday and trying to pack so much in.  I’d tell you about the Batman, but if like me you don’t want to  hear or see a thing until you’ve seen it then I’ll stay stum and just tell you I had an enjoyable day across in Glasgow with both my sons.  We went to the cinema and saw a very long, dark, film, which we all enjoyed.  Followed by a coffee and a chat in Starbucks.

The Batman Trailer

Today has seen us clear the hall down so the bathroom fitters can get through without catching something.  Amazing how books on a bookshelf can catch dust, so they have also had a light touch with the hoover.   The boy has gone up to the dry ski slope with some pals meantime.  It will be a relief to know he’s done ok as I think he’s got a shock coming about the difference from real snow.   Meanwhile we are in the garden, trying to remove the signs of winter, sweeping and weeding.

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. Rowena

    Greetings for another week. I have another 30 minutes before I pick up our daughter from her late shift at McDonald’s, which we call “Macca’s” here in Australia, and thought I’d catch up on a few blogs.
    Glad to here you are from Glasgow. I have some ancestors from Islay who ended up in Glasgow and my 4 x great grandfather turned out to be the dubious sheep of the family and was jailed for bigamy briefly in New Zealand. This branch were Johnstons and they were apparently whiskey distillers, and a branch of the family was involved with laphroaig. To be honest, even I’ve wondered whether much of the antics of this family are made up, but it all seems to be true.
    I’ve never been to Islay. Have you been there?
    Over the last month, I’ve taken to travelling overseas via Google Earth and I went to Islay the other night wandering from Bowmore to Port Ellen. It was fun. I’ve also been to a few places in Ireland, which I’ve shared on the blog. I might have to visit Glasgow soon.
    BTW I read about the troubles of having to clean up after cooking. It’s a bit rough, isn’t it?!! I found the same with painting as well. The painting part was so creative, exciting etc and then I had to clean up all those brushes.
    Lastly, I thought you might be interested in a podcast I listened to recently. I came across a wonderful Irish author, Michael Harding. I came across a book of his “A Cloud Where the Birds Rise”. While I was waiting for the book to arrive, I got into Michael’s podcasts and was hooked. Here’s the link to the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRYg1hvCh0
    Best wishes,

    • akeerie

      Laphroaig was one of the first whisky I tried in my first flat share in Edinburgh. Very peaty/Smokey if I remember rightly. I like a more gentler one these days, but that one I can safely say started a journey of loving the stuff in moderation! I’ve not been to Islay, but definitely on the list of places to go. Sadly no Munro’s to walk up, or it would really be up there on the list. The pull of the distilleries might take me there one day. Google earth is amazing, love using it for travel planning. Thanks for the suggestion on Michael Harding, I’ll take a look.

      • Rowena

        I can only wonder about the consequences of that first whiskey in your first flat share in Edinburgh. It sounds a lot more upmarket than some of the plonk we consumed at uni and I used to add coke to port to hide the flavour. It was pretty rugged. I’ve never been a big drinker but there was a session of tequila out on the balcony of the terrace house I rented with a few friends near Sydney University. Our place overlooking the main pedestian crossing into uni and it was fun sitting up there and watching friends go by. It’s certainly a world far removed from the present. Kids are also the same age.
        Let me know how you go with Michael Harding. I am still loving his work.

  2. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Alex,

    We too are fighting an ongoing problem of lousy internet service. Ours is complicated by,despite being able to build quite a bonfire of mail adds for faster internet, any calls to inquire about same results in our being told our neighborhood does not have the infrastructure to support the service. Our choices seem to be only that which can find it’s way through aged copper wires, satellite or a new idea where we have a device that picks up local cell service and turns it into local wifi – which was a great idea until it too became to slow to use consistently. . . ugh.

    Some days – I think my retirement will be driven less by my readiness and more driven by what I can pull through those aged copper wires. The ISP tells me that our end of those wires is almost dead because most of the wires in the larger cable bundle are now so old to be dead.


    • akeerie

      Once we moved into a house that I think we were lucky had a phone line, the telephone pole had been commandeered by all the silver surfers in the area. Took us six weeks to get something installed on the same pole. It’s a nice problem to have in the grand scheme of things and 98% of the time it runs well. Just don’t need it dropping just as I’m about to take a call working from home with the boss. That old nutshell of the internet is down!

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