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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Normality (mainly) in autumn...

Life has slowly returned to something resembling normality since Beth returned from her stay in hospital - a month ago already! The children have returned to school, and Beth to work (two and a half hours a week, so she's not overdoing it!) and I have been trying to return to my normal pattern of work, which is definitely keeping me buys (mainly ahead of the clock change at the end of October), and home life, trying to be as productive and creative as I can be.

This last aspect has a bit of a challenge, though, especially since I discovered the delights of Mario Kart Wii - it's the on-line play that I enjoy most, because every race is different, with just the right amount - and type - of interaction to make it fun, without the novelty wearing off (yet!) That said, there are always those who take the game very seriously, making a race rather a dull affair, and last night I encountered someone who had clearly 'hacked' the software and was intent on causing nothing but trouble, by disrupting other players' enjoyment of the game - it's a bit of a shame.

For what it's worth, I race online (mainly) as "dad@syzygy" and my Friend Code is 5241-7201-3887... feel free to add me!

Lenni and a partially sanded door!But as you may have seen from the Twitpics that I've posted on the blog, I've been trying to spend some more time working on, and in, the studio. Lenni and I did some work on the door before summer came to an end, and my latest project has been to try and configure my ageing version of Logic (the last they made for PC) to communicate with the small collection of keyboards and rack-mounted synths. I still have a number of songs that I work on from time to time, but I need to get back into the habit of going down there after work, or at the weekends. It's quite fun to make the occasional jingle or voice-over for podcasts to which I listen, or just try out something based on a track I've heard, with no particular result in mind. I've been enjoying the Home Made Hit Show podcast - and will hopefully submit a completed composition to be played on it.

We have had some wonderful family weekends, too - yesterday, we drove to Oxfordshire to celebrate the birthdays of Luke and Amelie, our nephew and neice, and it was like a mini family reunion, since almost all the the cousins were together, enjoying a go-karting party. There are some photos below, and more in the gallery - with such wonderful weather, after a short drive to Cath & Martin's, the children enjoyed playing outside, too. In fact, now Beth's a little more mobile, we've very much enjoyed having some family outings, even to a nearby town or to the many parks in Luton. We're looking forward to a long weekend in Sussex during October, which will be somewhat compensation for missing out on our summer holiday to the Isle of Wight.

Luke in his go-kartAmelie and birthday cake
Chris in his go-kartEleanor, driving her go-kart
As the weekend draws to a close now, though, we've been enjoying a family afternoon watching some films (Spongebob Squarepants - The Movie, with a 'fight scene' in the most improbable location, and the amazing March Of The Penguins) and relaxing after all the travelling yesterday. The week ahead will be a fairly unusual one, because I am working late on Wednesday, while one of the main databases is shut down to allow some long awaited software updates to be installed, but I will - of course - be updating Twitter - and maybe even on a regular basis (which is more than can be said for this blog!)

Posted by james at September 27, 2009 6:59 PM

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