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Techie Stuff

Dear Mum,

Work today was pretty good, I went to a site and actually had to take a PC to pieces to find out what was wrong with it. Turned out the power switch had come loose so it wouldn’t start up. I fixed it, went back to the office then got on with some website editing for the business.

However the best bit of today was when I got a call from Deanne to say that her boss had called her into his office, where he had offered her a slightly different role to fill in for someone who’s left. It means she’ll get to stay at the zoo just a little bit longer, and hopefully long enough to find a slightly more permanent (and more part time!) position.

I got home to a lovely pasta bake that Deanne had made, an interesting recipe that included a tin of tomato soup and torn up pieces of bread. Tasty.

We’re getting on with the packing and the house is slowly receding into multiple boxes, hopefully everything’ll be ready by moving day.

I also wrapped a present for a certain someone, which I’ll be posting in the next few days. I took a photo so you know what to look for when it arrives and don’t accidentally open it before the big day.

Tomorrow I’m dropping Josh off at Julie’s then she’s taking him to school and picking him up, then he’s staying over at hers, we’ve been invited over for tea, so it should be a nice relaxing evening for us.



Mum's Present

Mum’s Present


Dear Mum,
After Deanne had left for work today Joshy and I read a couple of his books, then got up and played for a while before cooking some sausage rolls then packing them, along with some other food and drinks. After I showered we grabbed the bag of supplies and drove to Scitech.
It was almost eleven when we arrived so we sat down and ate some lunch, then got on with some scientific investigation and engineering. Joshua was particularly interested in the big interactive water wall today, it’s a huge screen with a cartoon scene, that you can draw lines on to direct the water. You can fill up things like water tanks and solar heating systems, then empty them out again.
He also waited ages for a turn on the pneumatic message sender. Once he got his turn he spent a couple of minutes carefully writing the note, as per the picture below, then jumping up and down on the seat which blows air through a pipe, to move the message canister to the other end where I was waiting.
We got home around three and Josh watched Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (again!!!). Deanne had sent me a link she had happened upon about setting up your own IT support business. And it got my brain chuntering, so I decided I’d have a go. I’ve already set up a website and am going to order some business cards as soon as I get a chance. I’ll post the site up here when I’ve got it all ready for action. I figure I have skills which people need and I have nothing to lose, so I may as well have a go!
Tomorrow is, as yet, unplanned. Although Joshua has mentioned the Zoo. But I’ll wait to see what the weather is like before we decide.
By the way, I’ve dropped a few more photos of today in the Dropbox, so get the Old Guy to download them for you.



Dear Mum,

Today was an interesting day! I set off to Bob’s house at about ten o’clock this morning after popping into the post office to copy my driving licence for a house rental application. I arrived at his house at about 10:20 and hung around as I was expecting him to get back from work at about half past.

Anyway he calls me up at about half past and said he was just about there. I waited for a while and then got another call, it turned out he had come to Julie’s house and I had gone to his, half an hour away!!!

Anyway, he came back and we had a quick drink then set off to Harvey Norman, which is the equivalent of Curry’s/PC World in the UK. He had already told me his budget and was expecting just to get a laptop for what he had suggested, but we ended up getting a laptop, a new decent screen, and a case. He also got himself a new wireless transmitter thing so he can take it away with him and get internet access, when he goes down south etc., on the laptop and his phone.

However after we got home and opened the boxes up I realised that the guy in the shop hadn’t checked if there was an HDMI (video for the monitor) cable in with the monitor, so we had to go back and buy one of those too. Still under budget and haggled down a bit! Oh yes, I forgot to say the wireless internet thing is a bit like buying a phone contract and when Bob tried to buy it it turned out his driving license (which he needed to prove his identity/credit rating) is out of date and he has applied and paid for a new one but not received it yet. So we had to go back to his house to get the receipt from the renewal before he could get the wireless dongle.

Anyway we got home and cleaned up his old PC and the desk it all sits on, then got everything out and plugged it all in. Then we waited…and waited…and waited, as the wireless doo-dah was meant to take about four hours to come on-line. After four and a bit hours we got bored and called up his provider and I talked to them and it turned out the password that the guy in the shop had given us was wrong. The bloke on the phone changed the password and gave it to us and after that it was all fine.

I left Bob’s at about six and got back home for 6:30-ish, Olive had come over for tea and it was just being put out when I got back.

I have, up ’till now, left out the most exciting bit of the day. Which is that on the way home from the computer shop (the first time!) I got a phone call from one of the employers I’ve applied for a job through and have been offered an interview next week. The funny thing is that this job was advertised about  month ago, so I’m wondering if the other roles I’ve put forward for will take as long to get round to their short-listing, anyway exciting times 🙂 

After that it was bedtime for Joshua and now it’s just about bedtime for me.