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Monday, 28 July 2008

Haircut, breakage and general relaxation!

Another week over - a new week begins, and a few things to report.. the first is Eleanor's new look. Since it's summer, she asked if she could have shoulder-length hair. Beth (rather reluctantly) acceded to this request, and - as you can see - she looks much older, but just as cute! Here are some before/after photos!

Broken Sony headphones..It's been another busy week at work, and in a rush to get to a job, I managed to stand on one of my beloved in-ear headphones.. disaster! They are, unfortunately, not designed to be dismantled, so unless someone invents some glue that actually sticks plastic together, I'm sad to say they're now an 'in-one-ear' headphone.. fortunately I have a spare set that I'm now using. Something of a disaster!

I guess I don't update this blog so often at the moment because I link to interesting sites I encounter on my Twitter... I've been doing some work in the studio, but the list of projects I should be working on is showing no signs of dwindling!

Trev's coming down in the next couple of weeks, so I'm hoping we can capitalise on that and get all the recording done. Then I will be knuckling down and sorting out some editing and sound effects. I'm intending August to be a month of productivity and focus - I plan to give up many of the distractions, such as Facebook and many mailing lists, and cut down on Twitter and instant messaging. Oh, and no computer games! After completing the amazing Portal (at risk of repeating myself - I can't remember writing a blog post about it!) with no argument, it's my favourite computer game of all; Christopher loves it, too - after playing all of the challenge levels, we downloaded some further maps using an application called Gameshadow.. and he's spent some happy afternoons working through the cheats! The best bit is that it's non-combative, so I have no qualms about him playing it.. unlike HalfLife 2, which I started and couldn't resist using up several evenings getting about halfway through it. I'm hoping to be tenacious about giving it up for August!

Back to work tomorrow... we have had a lovely, relaxing weekend, culminating in a visit to some family friends in North London, where we all enjoyed a barbecue and a kickabout. I'm writing this at a 'fun with food' summer holiday event at Lenni's school, where the children have the chance to make all kinds of things - edible and artistic - with food. We're really fortunate to be in a town that offers Family Workers at the schools - an excellent use of our Council Tax, I feel - it would be great if the idea caught on.

We're also off to see WALL´┐ŻE at the cinema this afternoon - the children's first experience in front of the big screen, which will be exciting for them (and probably quite loud!) and all too soon, the long weekend will be over, and I'll be back to work in the morning. It's lovely to have a 'bonus day' with the children, though - definitely one of the benefits of the summer holidays!

Link of the day:

  • www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/eurekayears : I've long been an admirer of Adam Hart-Davis, and this is something of a hidden gem - a half-hour programme dealing with a year picked out of history for its developments and discoveries. We tend to 'Listen Again' to it on a Saturday morning... a great (and educational!) way to start the weekend!

Posted by james at July 28, 2008 5:37 PM

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