Saturday, 23 September 2017

A day of chill

Today was a day of chill. We didn't actually get up until gone 12 which hasn't happened for a while. There were a number of things that we had planned to do but these were all suspended in favour of taking it easy. The things can wait for another day....

There was food, there was RuPaul's Drag Race and a whole bucket of relax.

We have a busy day tomorrow so the rest was good!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Working from home, tracking, iPhone 8 Plus and tidying

Well today I decided to work from home as I was expecting a package and Toni was out so there would be novody home to receive it. I didn’t want the hassle of rearranging delivery. I got a text message saying it would arrive between 12:30 and 14:30 with a link to a tracking page. Usually these things just say something like 0700 collected from depot, 0715 out for delivery. This one however told me that I was delivery number 93 and the tracker worked in real time updating with each delivery number as it went along. It was quite interesting to watch.

Slap bang in the middle of my allocated slot I took delivery of my shiny new iPhone 8 Plus. Yes I know I could have waited for the iPhone X but the plus had everything that I needed. I did the unwrapping and charged it up before securing it into its lovely new case. I’m not 100% sure about this case but it can easily be changed if needs be. The wireless charging works perfectly and before long everything was restored and up and running. That’s me one happy bunny.

Work was just mental with things going wrong left, right and centre. It was just one of those days where I never really got to come up for air. It was such a relief when 17:30 came around. Toni was still out and Sam was working late so I had a chance to play with my new phone before deciding I was going to tidy up the bedroom and sort some stuff out.

It was the time for some more RuPaul’s Drag Race to complete my chill out.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Olympic wasteland and Magic Madhouse EXP

After work today Sam and I set out for Stratford to go and visit Magic Madhouse EXP to see if we could pick up some Star Wars Destiny: Empire At Wat booster boxes. We arrived to a wet and miserable Stratford and head to walk quite a way through the Olympic wasteland to get to our destination. It's crazy to think how much money was spent on all of this stuff just for it to be desolate now.

After much frustration and Google Maps failure we got desperate and resorted to Apple Maps to try and get to our destination. Turned out that Apple Maps was our saviour and we got there in the end. We rocked up at Magic Madhouse EXP and asked if they had any Star Wars Destiny: Empire At War booster boxes only to be told that they only sold single packs as they hadn't thought there would be any demand. We were gutted having made a bit of a trek to get there only to think we would have to leave empty handed.

Seeing how dejected we looked the assistant (Gav) told us to hang on a second and he made phone call. Turned out their warehouse was only ten minutes away and the guy there was about to leave for the day but hadn't so Gav asked him to fly by the store bringing two boxes of boosters with him. We were delighted at this act of kindness. We ended up waiting for nearly two hours but had a great time looking around the store and talking to Gav and Tim until our goodies arrived. Very thankful we said our goodbyes and then jumped in an Uber to get home with our spoils.

It was our first visit to Magic Madhouse EXP and we can't rate them highly enough for going that extra mile to make us happy. We'll definitely be making a return trip at some point.

...and while we were waiting for out Uber we saw this marvellous sight:

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Herding geese and banging nails

Every now and then something interesting happens outside The Gherkin. We aren't talking overpriced sculptures here, we are talking real live action events. Today we were treated to an awesome display of herding geese. There was real turf laid down, fences put up and dogs in effect to round up the birds.

That wasn't all though, oh no. They were really pushing the boat out today. We also had a competition to bang in nails to a piece of wood in a race against the accordian player.

I have no idea what it was all in aid of but it was very surreal and mildly amusing. All hail whoever decided that this was the sort of entertainment that we should be putting outside one of London's most prestigious buildings LOL.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Funghi fun, manic Monday, Død Snø 2 and New York Rangers

While walking to the station this morning I noticed some amazing funghi growing on the side of a tree. It looked like somebody had stuffed a bicycle saddle into the bark.

The working day was definitely a manic Monday. Still I guess it beats sitting around with nothing to do LOL.

Toni was out tonight so Sam and I had horror night. We opted for Dead Snow 2. Normally sequels in the nazi zombie genre just get worse bur this one was amazing. So funny and a weird mashup of Norwegian and English. If you liked the first one you'll love the second one!

Sam and I then indulged in a little Samurai Warriors 4 on the PS4 for some over the top craziness.

The evening played out with a little more RuPaul's Drag Race to kill of some time before the first New York Rangers preseason game. The plan wasn't to stay up all night and watch this which was just as well as I was knackered and had to go to bed at some point LOL

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guardians Day, Capitals webcast and more Magicians

There had been plans to go and do moot stuff today but to a low amount of people wanting to attend we decided to postpone it. Instead we decided to make today Guardians Day. Tara had never seen Guardians Of The Galaxy so we decided to educate her :)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1 was followed by Vol. 2 so that she didn't miss out on any of the fun. It was a real hardship having to watch both of them again LOL. They are both excellent movies but for Vol. 2 just edges it as the better one plus we have the Adam Warlock tease in the credits.

Sadly the NHL weren't streaming the Flyers v Islanders game in the afternoon so I decided to watch the Edinburgh Capitals v Belfast Giants game instead. It's not quite the same but it was an enjoyable game nonetheless with the Capitals coming back from a 2-5 deficit to lose 5-6 LOL.

There was also some more The Magicians to be watched so we burned our way through to the end of Season 1. It's a series that gets better and better as it goes on with some nice twists and turns with a fantastic finale. Next stop, Season 2........

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Magicians, Gatwick road trip, PS VR and NHL

I had hoped for a long sleep this morning but that wasn't to be but I guess getting up after 9 isn't really a bad thing LOL. Tea and breakfast was followed by a couple of episodes of The Magicians.

At midday Toni and I jumped in the car for a road trip to Gatwick to go and pick up Aaron and his friend Amy from the airport. Despite the M25 being quite busy we made it in plenty of time. Flight was on time so it was a smooth pick up and then back round the M25 to drop Amy off in Deptford and Aaron back in Sidcup. It was still almost five hours so not an insignificant outing LOL.

Sam picked up a PlayStation PS VR set cheap on eBay and we had a little dabble on it. I have to say that the Star Wars Battlefront PS VR mission is absolutely superb. VR is not something I'm that interested in but seeing a VR Star Wars universe is a whole different ball game. Colour me impressed!

The only slight downside of PS VR versus Occulus was that I felt a little seasick afterwards.

Tonight was the first of the NHL preseason games so we decided to indulge as we hadn't watched any ice hockey for quite some time. Vancouver Canucks v LA Kings was the first match in the preseason series. I'm not really a fan of either team as such but boy it was good to have some hockey back!