Nice day again today, strong winds, but warm and sunny when I went for my lunchtime walk.
I was going to buy a new soldering iron with the birthday money, and lo and behold that was my present from Jim at the end of the day.
Our only plan in London was to meet Emma for lunch in The Gate up by Angel. We stopped for a cheeky prosecco in The Nags Head:
... then walked to the restaurant. And it was nice. Lots of vegan choice, I had the lentil terrine pate for starter, aubergine teriyake for main and no room for a pudding really, but I had a bit of Clare's (vegan) banoffee pie, very nice. Emma is doing well, looking forward to meeting her new arrival within the new few weeks.
Back home again in time to do the boys' tea.
Oh also Dawn of off Hollyoaks a long time ago was at Folkestone West station. She is a neighbour of ours, though we don't actually know here. It still counts as a celeb spot.
Paul Clarke 28 Jul Comment / reply
Work today, in the office, but then bonus day off tomorrow for birthdays!
If you can see the picture can you see the faint yellow box around Harry and Tommy? There is text if you hover over that. It's a feature I used to really like on flickr back in the day and tried ages ago to implement it here. Realised at the weekend that it wasn't working on google based images, so fixed it. I'll try and add more details to images as I go now. It's all good so long as the url doesn't change...
They also played tennis too and loved that, might see if we can find some more for him to play over the summer.
Went to a good boot fair this morning, bought a hot wheels garage for Tommy and some books for Harry.
Still hot again, though rain has hit at Mum and Dad's so it might be coming this way. The garden needs it, the lawn has gone brown.
I went home via the Potting Shed too which was really nice.
I bought this light ages and ages ago, a bit of a punt. It's meant for attaching to video cameras and it didn't come with its own power supply so didn't think I could use it at first. I've bought another couple of solutions in the meantime but not been able to get them working, both involved soldering and I found it too hard. But I've found another power supply, leftover from some other device, and set it up and it works great!
Very annoyed with work today, a project that I thought had gone swimmingly has been put on hold. I must have got the wrong idea about what was required, but mainly I've trodden on toes I think. One really bizarre accusation is that I'd done all of the work in advance, done it too fast. This is because I did a few prototypes of the work to demo different approaches so people could try them out. Because I'd written tests for the prototype to prove they worked, this is seen as some kind of witchcraft to the project manager, and they don't trust it. Also because we did so much planning in advance there was very little work to do, so because I said it's only a couple of days work for one person this has pissed them off too as they were planning on it being several weeks for two people. This one experience has changed my view of wanting to carry on working here. Got two more months to get through to get the bonus for taking this secondment, or I could bail out now and take half of it... Not sure I'd enjoy my old job much more at the moment.
Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do js, nodejs, php, and ruby. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel...