mbernardi: (WeeMee)
So first weekend in February was Quarter Tone the 25th UK Filkcon held at the Ramada Grantham Hotel in Lincolnshire
This was it's usual friendly self and in fact the only convention in the ear where I stayed away from home.
As usual I signed bi-weekly at the Job Centre and danced with K every Wednesday
I also had to attend Job Club regularly at CDG in Crawley, this was mandated by the Job Centre but at least I got my travel costs reimbursed.
Also got my broadband upgraded to unlimited fibre, which was faster and unlimited (obviously) but not excessively fast. Also my website www.dendarii.co.uk was wiped and I didn't notice for a little while!
Also saw the ISS (International Space Station) travel over head for the first time.
Picocon 30 took place over the weekend of 16-17 and this was my last con of the year (away from home)
I even managed a short visit to the Science Museum to see the Turing Exhibit.
I continued to volunteer at Susses Oakleaf
I had to order a new TV, a reconditioned Toshiba (which has worked well all year), used it successfully with my Raspberry Pi
I had to return my kobo ereader for replacement as it had a fault on the screen. It was replaced at WHS (where I'd originally purchased it)
Last Saturday in the month the regular Social Dance in Crawley dancing with K.
Visited parent the following day, just for the day though.
On the last day of the month I retook my ECDL test and unfortunately the system crashed part way though so I didn't finished. Booked a date to retake the test again.
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
About an hour ago I got an unexpected visit from my sister and niece wondering if I was OK! My phone has been having intermittent ringing issues and they hadn't been able to get hold of me! I will have to post more frequently just to make sure everyone knows I'm OK.

So in the last few weeks I've seen "The Sorcerers Apprentice" at the cinema, I've been re-reading a number of series, starting with Anita Blake, as a result I've been reading ebooks on my iPod. I've also been listening to podcasts also on my iPod.

I regraded my ISP which reduced my monthly outlay but caused my website at www.dendarii.co.uk to disappear, as I have now only got 100MB of space, luckily I had just mirrored everything to www.iiradned.co.uk and I have now got my site back and my disk space to less than 100MB.

On the last Wednesday of last month I had to attend a Back to Work seminar, which suggested options, most of which I have been doing already. Then got a very cheap day return to London so I could got the the Science Museum and the Space Lates. I even built an explorer robot!

My eyes were due for their bi-annual checkup, they have actually got slightly better. I didn't need new glasses but since I'm on jobseekers allowance I could get long distance lenses for free, so I got a spare set.

For the last week or so I've been having problems with my phone / adsl internet. Currently the speed is so low that video streaming is impossible, though text browsing and email still get through. We've been unable to find out why so I've had to order a 3G dongle for emergencies.

Last week my electric kettle cracked so I bought a new stainless steel one from Argus, at only £9.99 it appears to be excellent value.

This weekend is my niece's birthday so I'll be seeing her and the rest of the family then.
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
About an hour ago I got an unexpected visit from my sister and niece wondering if I was OK! My phone has been having intermittent ringing issues and they hadn't been able to get hold of me! I will have to post more frequently just to make sure everyone knows I'm OK.

So in the last few weeks I've seen "The Sorcerers Apprentice" at the cinema, I've been re-reading a number of series, starting with Anita Blake, as a result I've been reading ebooks on my iPod. I've also been listening to podcasts also on my iPod.

I regraded my ISP which reduced my monthly outlay but caused my website at www.dendarii.co.uk to disappear, as I have now only got 100MB of space, luckily I had just mirrored everything to www.iiradned.co.uk and I have now got my site back and my disk space to less than 100MB.

On the last Wednesday of last month I had to attend a Back to Work seminar, which suggested options, most of which I have been doing already. Then got a very cheap day return to London so I could got the the Science Museum and the Space Lates. I even built an explorer robot!

My eyes were due for their bi-annual checkup, they have actually got slightly better. I didn't need new glasses but since I'm on jobseekers allowance I could get long distance lenses for free, so I got a spare set.

For the last week or so I've been having problems with my phone / adsl internet. Currently the speed is so low that video streaming is impossible, though text browsing and email still get through. We've been unable to find out why so I've had to order a 3G dongle for emergencies.

Last week my electric kettle cracked so I bought a new stainless steel one from Argus, at only £9.99 it appears to be excellent value.

This weekend is my niece's birthday so I'll be seeing her and the rest of the family then.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
I thought I'd finish off the financial year, and my March posting in one go.

This last weekend the weather wasn't as accommodating as previously so I messed out on my walk around Bedelands Farm, hopefully next weekend will be better.

Pat Wrede has recently had a new website at www.pcwrede.com and I've now added a link there from my minimal Read Wrede pages. I'm really looking forward to her new book The Thirteenth Child which is due out later this month.

Yesterday was quite hectic, the PTB decided that we (Charityshare) didn't need to provide IT Training any more and after 2 months notice the team was made redundant. With over 40 years of training experience it was a very strong group and is no no more. There was a farewell lunch for for them and a few of our colleagues, at the tapas bar just over the road. I had a nice chicken Fajitas for a very reasonable price, but had to leave before most of the rest as I had to get back to work!

In the evening was the last juggling class of this term and I managed a number of firsts. First due to BST I was able to juggle outside in daylight, and I was able to borrow some knives and managed over 50 throws in one go.

We then did some collaboration and Pete and I managed well over 10 x self pass with clubs, we got so zen we weren't counting! We also manged 9 x pass, pass twice. Then the five of us that have been passing clubs tried a self pass pentagram! Everything fell apart quite quickly, but even the little we did manage, did get better.

This morning I had training on a new web service that is due to be made available from the NSPCC in the next few months and the Charityshare is providing the back-end support for.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
I thought I'd finish off the financial year, and my March posting in one go.

This last weekend the weather wasn't as accommodating as previously so I messed out on my walk around Bedelands Farm, hopefully next weekend will be better.

Pat Wrede has recently had a new website at www.pcwrede.com and I've now added a link there from my minimal Read Wrede pages. I'm really looking forward to her new book The Thirteenth Child which is due out later this month.

Yesterday was quite hectic, the PTB decided that we (Charityshare) didn't need to provide IT Training any more and after 2 months notice the team was made redundant. With over 40 years of training experience it was a very strong group and is no no more. There was a farewell lunch for for them and a few of our colleagues, at the tapas bar just over the road. I had a nice chicken Fajitas for a very reasonable price, but had to leave before most of the rest as I had to get back to work!

In the evening was the last juggling class of this term and I managed a number of firsts. First due to BST I was able to juggle outside in daylight, and I was able to borrow some knives and managed over 50 throws in one go.

We then did some collaboration and Pete and I managed well over 10 x self pass with clubs, we got so zen we weren't counting! We also manged 9 x pass, pass twice. Then the five of us that have been passing clubs tried a self pass pentagram! Everything fell apart quite quickly, but even the little we did manage, did get better.

This morning I had training on a new web service that is due to be made available from the NSPCC in the next few months and the Charityshare is providing the back-end support for.

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