Is it really November 2006? What happened to the rest of the year?!
Things have been very quiet on the site for a while, with the last week’s updates being a rare burst of activity in an otherwise long period of quiet. The lack of posts is due to a number of reasons, though chief among them being another busy period at work, and some important family matters that have demanded attention. Due to both I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind for writing about web-standards, or writing about what I’ve been doing. I’ve not been in much of a mood for posting general inanity either. You can probably tell, what with the only recent updates being a stark commentary on political matters that have ticked me off.
By way of a very brief catch up
I’ve been back home more often than usual in the last few weeks, which is nice as I’ve seen more of friends and family than usual. It kind of helps to touch base, as sometimes I can find myself having drifted downstream somewhere and got a little lost in the process. Last weekend my parents came to visit, and while the weather was pretty poor on the Saturday it didn’t stop us visiting Conwy or Betws-y-coed. I’m told I’ve been to Betws before as a child, but I didn’t remember it. It looks the sort of place that would be a photographers dream on a good day, and I intend to visit on such a day, next year. While we were there we had a meal in one of the old railway carriages, which was great. I totally wanted to ride on the miniature steam train too. *embarrassed*
Mike and Kate came to visit for a week about a month ago, and I have a feeling I didn’t get around to posting about that. It was cool to have them over, and fortunately the weather that week was a lot better than the previous month had been. Unfortunately I only got the one photo, and Kate would kill me if I put that online (she wasn’t prepared for it), and so it’s not online.
Moving into the now
I’ve decided October is an evil month purely on grounds of expense. Annual bills meant an additional £900 over and above the usual monthly outgoings. Fortunately I was sneaky and managed to punt about £130 of that into this months wages.
With the change of the clocks I’ve started being a little more pro-active with things I want to get done. I figured that extra hour in bed would be better spent not in bed, and as my body-clock was already used to getting up at 7am GMT (8am BST) I’ve instead been getting up ‘early’, having an actual breakfast, and doing 20min of meditation before setting off to work. OK, so today’s meditation wasn’t very good as I was half asleep and unable to concentrate, but I intend to persevere. While I’ve been in the mood for being proactive I’ve started looking at this site again. It’s about a year since any of the code was touched, and it’s ever been 50% finished in all that time. So, after an evening swearing at Ubuntu and Linux in general for not having drivers for my printer, I broke out a pen and paper and manually wrote down the site’s database structure. This will be in preparation of planning for the implementation of some new ideas, and the finishing of the site (I for one would love to see a working archive section now that there are so many posts on the site…)