Sunday, 19 November 2017

Snuggles and snooze, fire and dad visiting

There was no rush to get up today which was nice. Snuggles and snoozing is the best way to start the day :)

Breakfast and more episodes of The Punisher was followed by having a bit of a tidy up in preparation for dad coming to stay for a few days. This included sorting out the fireplace so that we could actually have it on. It's so nice to have real flames in the living room.

Dad arrived safe and sound we had a good catch up. Food was provided from Rannah and we then enjoyed much tea and many episodes of QI.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cafe Delicio, Specsavers and The Punisher

Today did go quite as planned. We went out for a lovely breakfast at Cafe Delicio and then booked eye tests at Specsavers. We spent far too long messing around and trying on glasses. When we got home we really didn't feel like doing much tidying up and so we watched Hell's Kitchen instead LOL.

This afternoon we started watching Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix. Wow, talk about raising the bar! Daredevil was good and I also liked Jessica Jones and Luke Cage but The Punisher is the new gold standard. For me this representation of Frank Castle matches closely my hero from the comics.

All thirteen episodes were published on Netflix yesterday and today we binge watched eight of them. It really is a great series and if you like Marvel shows or The Punisher then you should really take some time out to watch this.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Happy Anniversary

Today was our 5th wedding anniversary and also marked 10 years of being together. Time flies when you are having fun. It's been an amazing journey so far and I can't wait to see where things take us next.

Toni was delivered some lovely red roses and we went out for a meal together at Ziyafet to celebrate.

Life is GOOD!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Toxic for the win

I won tickets to go and see The Toxic Avenger The Musical so we were back again for more Toxic fun. This was my 6th time and Sam's 10th.

It was another brilliant performance and now Ben has really settled into his role as Melvin/Toxie and is owning it big style. The wigs were out again tonight which was appreciated by the director who we talked to after the show. It all just never gets old and we have two more return visits plan before it all ends.

Sam and I managed to get Sophia's autograph tonight and gave her the card that we made for the 100th show (we missed her that night).

There's only two and a half weeks lift of the run so if you want to go and see it you need to get your skates on or you will miss out. Seriously, it is well worth going to see!.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Last Jedi countdown is on with new trailer

The countdown is now officially on as we approach the release of The Last Jedi!

To help that excitement build we have another International Trailer for The Last Jedi with a couple of new snippets in it. Avoid if you don't want to know anything!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Happy Birthday Zoe

Happy Birthday Zoe, hope you have a great day!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Loads of sleep, Empire At War, SQL analysis and TV catch up

I didn't get up until after noon today. It was wonderful! There was so much needed sleep and it was so nice to wake up feeling much less stressed than I had been.

Although we haven't managed to play Star Wars Destiny for a while Sam and I finally got around to sorting out our collection and getting our Empire At War boosters catalogued. We can now proudly say that we have a full set of Destiny Awakenings, Spirit Of Rebellion and are only a few cards short for Empire At War. Now we eagerly away the release of the Legacies expansion set.

I briefly popped into work mode to do some SQL Server memory analysis before falling back into relax mode. The rest of the day was accompanied by The Blacklist, Hell's Kitchen, Inhumans and The Shannara Chronicles. Oh yes, I and I got some laundry done too :)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Toxic Avenger The Musical round FIVE

This evening it was off to see The Toxic Avenger The Musical for a fifth time (and ninth for Sam0 along with Aaron and Zoe (their second time) and Tara (her first). This was the first time we had seen new Toxic main man Ben Irish.

Sam and I have seen both Mark Anderson and Peter Bindloss portraying Toxic and both were excellent. Ben Irish started this week and already looks like he has settled in very well. He plays the role very well and like the other two also brings his own unique touch to the character. As usual Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Ché Frances, Natalie Hope and Emma Salvo were awesome as were all the musicians.

As usual we hung around to meet some of the cast afterwards and had our first chat with Ben Irish. Show director Benji Sperring took this lovely photo of Zoe and Tara showing off their Toxic merchandise with Ben.

I never get tired of watching this show and will be going at least two more times before the run ends on 3rd December.

Up early and working - mission accomplished

Today I was up early and started work at 07:30 as the Wave 3 migration continued. No rest for the wicked as they say! Things went fairly smoothly and most of the small hiccups we encountered were easily rectified. Thank goodness this was the last migration weekend. No doubt there will be plenty of  troubleshooting things next week but the main hard work is now over.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Work, work and more work

Today was mostly made up of work!

I was in the office all day working hard, fighting fires and prepping for the Wave 3 migrations. Got home, had some dinner and then it was time for more work as I commenced the Wave 3 migrations. It was a LONG day but it got me well ahead of the game for tomorrow even though I was knackered at the end of it all.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Busy day and then Aaron's birthday meal

It was another busy day today. It just seems relentless and I am just about managing to not collapse from exhaustion. Just as well I manage to sleep pretty well otherwise I would really be in trouble LOL.

After leaving work much later than planned it was home in time to head to Ziyafet for Aaron's birthday meal. Along with Toni and I we had Aaron (obviously), Jade, Zoe, Ryan and Callum. Food as usual was superb and everyone had a great time. Aaron was delighted with the birthday surprise at the end.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Busy at work and an underwhelming Chinese meal

Today was no different to most days, we were busy at work, very busy LOL.

As a novelty tonight we ordered a Chinese. We haven't had Chinese for months and months. The idea was a good one but we've moved since we last had one and sadly the one we ordered from tonight was woefully underwhelming. Nothing worse that really having a hankering for something and then regretting the decision afterwards.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cancelled train, sad news, late trains

Went in a little later than planned today due to not wanting leave the new mega comfy mattress. Aiming for the Blackfriars train I was excited at the prospect of picking up a delicious bacon roll from Piccolo's en route to the office. Blackfriars train was cancelled so I was bacon blocked!

Preparation for the weekend continues and there are now very few problem left over from previous migrations. I'm still hopeful I can crack them all before I start Wave 3.

In very sad news it was announced today that David had resigned and won't be back. This is a big loss to us and he will be missed very much.

The curse of the trains continued later on as everything was delayed when I got to Cannon Street to head home. My train ended up leaving nearly 25 minutes wait. Could have been much worse and at least it wasn't cancelled but it was something I could have done without.

My evening consisted of Indian take away, Lucifer and some more episodes of The Magicians.

Happy Birthday Aaron

Happy Birthday Aaron. Hope you have a great day!

Monday, 6 November 2017

No rest for the wicked and a new mattress

Work continues to be busy, there's just no rest for the wicked sadly!

Yes it's busy busy busy but that beats being bored I suppose. I did at least manage to close off some more niggly left over migration problems and then get some preparation work done for the Wave 3 migrations this coming weekend.

Got home just in time for our new mattress to be delivered! Can't wait to see how good it is. It's really high and looks mega comfortable.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Midday start, Shannara, hair, The Magicians and Star Wars Battlefront II video

We didn't get up until midday today. How frightfully indulgent of us LOL.

We prepared brunch and then burned our way through the first four episodes of The Shannara Chronicles season 2. The second series is much better than the first with better scripts, acting and visual effects. This is definitely a series to watch if you like sci-fi/fantasy shows.

After Shannara it was time for some mutual hair clipping as we both needed our undercuts brought back under control. It was quite nice sitting in the garden doing hair even if it was a tad nippy LOL

Next it was time to binge watch season 2 of The Magicians. Season 1 was a grower that was compelling viewing by the time it reached it's finale. Season 3 is due in 2018 so we thought we'd better get up to date in preparation.

We did pretty well, burning through 9 of 13 episodes.

It's not long now until the release of Star Wars Battlefront II so here's a nice video of all the main characters in the game in action:

Apparently Finn and Captain Phasma will also be added to the game! I can't wait!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sleep, TV catchup, ice hockey and chill

Lots of sleep was had overnight and there was no rush to get up this morning. That's the perfect way to chill after a hectic week.

Not doing very much was the plan for the day. We did about of tidying in the living room and made some plans for the garage to finally get that sorted out.

The rest of the day was spent watching Hell's Kitch, Star Wars Rebels, and then a mega catch up on Marvel's Inhumans.

Throw in a bit of ice hockey and you have a nicely chilled day and a relaxed feeling. That's the way to do it!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Busy at work, problems decreasing and an early night

Work remains busy following two weekends of migrations and we are still ironing out the last few little glitches that remain.

There was a change of pace at lunchtime as Toni came up town to meet Sam and I. We hit the nearest Nando's for a spot of lunch. It was really nice to do this. We had been talking about it for ages but never got round to it. Hopefully we will do this more often now.

Thankfully at the end of today it looks as though one of our persistent issues has finally gone away with clients reporting that things were good today. Fingers crossed that this remains true on Monday. One more migration weekend to go and then I can start to relax a little.

By the time I got home I was knackered and so I had a much needed early night.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Toxic Avenger The Musical 100th show

Sam and I were back at the Arts Theatre  again tonight for my 4th and his 7th viewing of The Toxic Avenger The Musical. As you might have gathered, we like it quite a lot!

We were front row tonight and had planned some Rocky Horror style audience participation. We had wigs, hearts and Oprah posters all to fit in with various parts of the show. It was all well received by the cast who we spoke to afterwards. We bought them cake and gave them cards and awards as a token of our appreciation for the great performances they give and delight that we receive.

There was a bucket collection in aid of Acting For Others

I'll be seeing the show at least two more times as will Sam although I suspect he'll also add a couple more on top of that. It will be a real shame when this run ends.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi 'Awake' Trailer

Another little trailer has been released for The Last Jedi. There is some new footage in this one, I won't post any spoilers, watch the video below if you want to! Oh that excitement is building!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dearest Monster by Sister Goth

So the other day I had the lovely surprise of having Martine Martin, ex-Orpheum band mate, get in touch and share her new single with me. She has reinvented herself as Sister Goth. Dearest Monster  delivers an almighty gothic punch big on sweeping keyboards and atmosphere! Colour me impressed. It is dark and brooding and features some great instrumentation. It was a delight to hear the familiar voice of Erin Johnson (from Orpheum) providing additional vocals.

Halloween was the perfect day to unleash this on the world!

I really enjoyed this single and can't wait to hear more from Sister Goth,

Here's the video:

Check out Sister Goth on Facecbook here:

Samhain Blessings

Samhain blessings to all my friends and family

Monday, 30 October 2017

Star Wars Rebels and The Last Jedi international trailer

Caught up with the last two episodes of Star Wars Rebels, In the Name of the Rebellion Parts 1 and 2. I'm loving the way we are now riding the approach to Rogue One timeline with Saw Gerrera playing a big part, large kyber crystals and mentions of Jeddah.

This season has started off brilliantly and I can only hope that they'll finish with a bang as this is the final season. Will they go for Rogue One style deaths to explain the absence of some the main characters in the rest of the saga? Only time will tell on that front!

In other Star Wars news we've just had the first international trailer dropped on us. The excitement builds some more as we get a couple of short new things thrown in.... I won't add any spoilers :) It isn't as big on new things as The Force Awakens international trailer but that's fine. It all teases very nicely!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Dolmen Grove Essex & Kent Moot Samhain ceremony

Today we made a welcome return to Fobbing where we held the Dolmen Grove Free Spirits Camp. This time it was for the Dolmen Grove Essex & Kent Moot Samhain ceremony. It was so lovely to be back there and feel the lovely energy of the area. We started putting up the gazebo and it almost felt like construction the camp again. Once everything was set up we lit our fire pit and then we were good to go.

It was a lovely ceremony conducted by Toni and all five of us really had a good time participating. After the ceremony we shared food, chatted and chilled around the fire pit.

Once of the things we've always believed in the Dolmen Grove is that it's not about how many people you have at an event but whether or not you have the right people. We most certainly did today and one of them was a first timer. Hopefully we'll be seeing her again.

I couldn't leave the site without taking a few pictures of the area, it is so beautiful.

I am sure this won't be the last time we are back here......

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Working a Saturday (again), Cafe Delicio and no problems

It was like a normal working day today. I was up at 07:30 and started work straight away (I decided to WFH rather than travel in to the office). Everything was smooth, I'd planned things well and with good support from my colleagues in Delhi I had everything done by lunchtime so we could hand over to clients to test.

This meant that Toni and I had a chance to go out for some breakfast/lunch together and chill out. We went to Cafe Delicio in Eltham for some lovely noms. They had gone to great efforts to get the place in the mood for Halloween which was really sweet.

I kept an eye on emails but there were no issues reported by the clients that did sign in and do some testing which was a relief for me :)

Once client said that they needed access to some additional environments ahead of time. I was in a benevolent mood so said that it could be done overnight so that they would have access to them on the Sunday. The plan had been to have Delhi to do part one over night and me finish things off in the morning. Delhi were so on the ball with things though that we managed to get everything done between us in the evening which meant that no additional Sunday work for me! I was very happy about that!

Feeling all happy from a some great work I decided to watch the New York Rangers game. It was a bit painful at times and not the result I wanted but it was good to watch some hockey again.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Everything is under control

Today was busy but under control. Some people were panicking about the second wave of migrations this weekend but I was not letting them pull the plug on it.

I had a very busy day getting everything prepped for the weekend and also had to try and get some people to calm down and realise that the first wave overall had been very successful and that we only really had one problem outstanding for two clients which weren't showstoppers. Thankfully everyone did calm down and agreed that the plan for the weekend would go ahead and all seemed prepared for Monday.

I got home and had a nice Indian and some chill time before getting a confirmation that the first part of the migration work had been completed by my colleagues in Delhi. I then decided to log on and start some of my work that was planned for tomorrow which would then make tomorrow a shorter day. Everything went very smoothly and I was then in a position where I had much less to do in the morning which was a relief.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Getting things under control and a return to Ragnarok

Well the shit storm fallout is slowly getting put under control. It's been a somewhat interesting couple of days but I was like a tugboat with a fire hose!

I've worked bloody hard fighting fires and sorting stuff out but it is all starting to pay off as people are happy that I've managed to keep plates spinning for them and as a result make happy clients. There's still a horrible blot on the horizon that has to be dealt with next week but for now we appear to be heading into calmer waters.

We headed back to Cineworld Bexleyheath tonight for a second showing of Thor: Ragnarok as Zoe had been working on Tuesday so missed out. It's still a brilliant movie and is highly recommended.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II

Oh my gosh, there is a new trailer out for the single plater mode in the Star Wars Battle Front II game.

This just make me so excited. Can't wait to get my hands on this and to enjoy a mode that was sadly missing from the first game.

The shit storm is here.....

Well I was right yesterday, the shit storm did come and I had lots of stuff to do, WAY too much but I just had to knuckle down and get on with things.

I'm not actually sure how I got through the day but by the end of it I did start to have something resembling control coming back which was a relief.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

The day today was saved by a trip to Cineworld Bexleyheath to go and see Thor: Ragnarok.

Oh wow is all I have to say. This is best of the Thor movies so far. They've injected some Guardians style humour and visuals into it that make to work so well. Hulk's appearance is sublime and Loki as ever is the perfect opposite of Thor and yet the come closer together. No spoilers here but the plot was great. As with all Marvel films, don't leave until the end of the credits or you'll miss out

If you were less fond of the Thor movie then this will be the one for you to enjoy.

This was a much needed piece of light relief from chaos at work!

Problem solved and total shit storm looming!

Today was part good and part disaster work wise. Although I think I finally managed to get to the bottom of my outstanding problem everything else fell apart and a total shit storm looms on the horizon. I can't say anything at the moment but just as I thought my stress had gone it was all back and much worse!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Beautiful sunrise, problem remains and a double dose of Thor

Today I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise. It was so lovely to see before I headed off to work.

I messed about with one of the photos to create this little beauty:

Work was less beautiful but then that was what I expected LOL. My one remaining problem started to come back my way again just as I predicted last week but thankfully I managed to pass it back on to another team for further investigation. We have some rough thoughts on what is happening now at least but it's taking a long time to get to the bottom of things. Hopefully tomorrow will bring good news for us.

After the working day was done the evening was spent watching Thor and Thor: The Dark World in preparation for us going to see Thor: Ragnarok tomorrow night. I have a real soft spot for the Thor films. They are quite silly but fit perfectly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.