Play us a song piano man

Showing us his new piano skills. Day 301/365.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011, Day 301/365.

I have to admit that when I take JJ out to an adult thing he’s usually pretty good. I mostly let him take his DS just incase he needs to entertain himself but he doesn’t always use it.

I do get the “I’m bored”, “I want to go home” whines sometimes but usually he’s excellent.

Last Tuesday we went to a friend’s going away and as it was an evening thing I only planned to stay for a little while so I could get him home to bed at a reasonable hour. If I didn’t take him it would mean not going, or organising childcare for a few hours which is probably more disruptive sometimes.

He knew most of my friends who were there so was able to chat to them. There was a piano at this place and as I’ve shared before, he’s been learning piano.

After we’d been there for about an hour he asked me if he could play the piano. I said to ask the owner and she said it was fine so off he went. The piano was upstairs and most of us were downstairs.

As I said he’s only been learning the piano for a few weeks but he’s got a couple of tunes he’s memorised and a friend showed him an easy one which he’s since played every day.

It was great to see him do this of his own accord and get off the hand-held game. And he enjoyed himself.

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Double rainbow. Day 300/365.

Monday, 19 September 2011, Day 300/365.

Last Monday was one of those awful windy spring days. One of those days where it hasn’t rained for a while so the dust is picked up by the wind and annoys hayfever sufferers. Before I even went to work I had a hayfever tablet which helped a bit, but didn’t help the dull head I had all day.

On the way home from work it poured with rain and as I looked out the window I saw this rainbow. It was one of those perfect ones where it stretches all the way across the sky.

After I got off the bus it had pretty much stopped raining, but I’d got my umbrella out just in case and the man said to me that it was lucky I had my umbrella. I told him I always carry it and then because I thought he hadn’t seen the rainbow and everyone should see it I pointed it out.

He said there might be a pot of gold at the end of it to which I replied that I was going to pick up my pot of gold, ie my son.

On the way to pick up my pot of gold, I took this photo and it wasn’t until I saw it later that I realised there were two rainbows. Does that mean a double pot of gold?

Weekend

Birthday girl. Day 298/365.

Saturday, 17 September 2011, Day 298/365.

In flower. Day 299/365.

Sunday, 18 September 2011, Day 299/365.

The weekend that was. Celebrating a friend’s 40th and enjoying lovely spring weather.

That was a week ago and now I’ve got a virus and don’t feel like much at all.

Holding the rail

Hold the rail. Day 297/365.

Friday, 16 September 2011, Day 297/365.

This is a bit of a health post. A few months ago I wrote about my sore knees and how I was having some glucosamine powder but it was so awful I had to find ways of making it more palatable.

I did the mix it with fruit smoothy thing for a little while but gave it up and just ended up mixing the powder with water, holding my nose, drinking it and without taking another breath, having a sip of coffee to get rid of the god-awful taste.

I was really glad when I finished this powder.

I’m now taking the equivalent in tablet form and it’s much much better. And so are my knees. I take one of the glucosamine tablets, two fish oil tablets and a Vitamin B tablet and my knees are much better.

They would hurt when walking up and down stairs and I still get a twinge but it’s much easier to get up stairs without wincing at the pain.

Dumplings

Lunch. Day 296/365.

Thursday, 15 September 2011, Day 296/365.

The good thing about working in the city is the easy access to quite a number of eating establishments.

I met some ex-colleagues for lunch last week and we went to a dumpling place – they seem to have risen in popularity recently.

Somehow we ended up with a soup dumpling hot-pot which was quite delicious but I didn’t get my dumpling fix as there were only two each.

Despite that, it was delicious and filling.

Which way up?

Tree trunk. Which way round should it go? Day 295/365.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011, Day 295/365.

Can you tell what this is?

I took the photo and when I was looking back at it I wasn’t quite sure at first what it was. Then I turned my camera around at all different angles to see which way up it should go. The trouble with doing that on an iPhone is that the picture turns with you.

Anyway, I left it this way up and this way up it shall stay.

Weaving the web

The web. Day 294/365.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011, Day 294/365.

Sometimes I love the way photos turn out. For this one I noticed the extra detail, something I might normally walk past.

Incase you can’t tell, this is a spider web. It’s on a fence and I took it on our morning walk. I probably had to stop when Monty stopped to have a sniff at something and that’s when I noticed it.

The term ‘the web’ means a lot more to me too because it’s the area of work that I’m involved in and love doing. Even though I have some contract work at the moment I still apply for longer term jobs as they arise.

I went for an interview a few weeks ago and thought I did pretty well but found out that I was unsuccessful. I’ve asked for some feedback but have yet to hear and think that I may not.

I know it’s a difficult phone call to have, the sorry you weren’t quite what we were looking for as an employee phone call, but as I took a lot of my time to write an application and get ready for and attend an interview surely I’m entitled to some feedback?

So I’m left wondering if my skills weren’t quite up to scratch, or they thought I might not be a good team fit or perhaps it was something else entirely?

I pick myself on and move on to the next possibility, write yet another job application when the opportunity arises. Or perhaps I’m destined for more contract work? I do quite like it even though it’s not quite the work that I’d ideally like to be doing, I am learning things.

Does the spider know what it’s doing next when it weaves its web? I sure don’t.