Monday, 20 February 2006

Bean 2


Bean 2
Originally uploaded by Billius.

Looks like Ethan has a sibling on the way! More later...

Update: Bean 2 is about 2.5 inches top-to-tail, and this being Denise's first (13 week) scan we don't know whether its a boy bean or a girl bean.

However we do know Bean 2 likes chocolate (or mummy eating chocolate)- as there was lots of wriggling, jumping and even what looked like Karate-kicks during the scan!

Sunday, 19 February 2006

Work Hard, Play Hard... Unexpected Bump in the Night

During the last year or so I've often experienced the odd occasion of sharp pains in my lower abdomen - normally after standing around at a party/conference/event for hours schmoozing (with the odd glass of wine). At the time I put this pain down to either a trapped nerve, imminent bladder explosion or generally having overdosed on canapes.

Waking up in Barcelona on Thursday morning I felt something wasn't quite right - it wasn't until I was showering that I noticed something sticking out of my abdomen which had not been there the night before!

Needless to say - this blog entry is not going to be accompanied by any photos - I'll spare you that.

Two minutes later I was on the phone to my doctor - who suggested I get down the surgery right away - bit tricky given my current location in Spain (whereupon I ended up having a surreal conversation about how good voice quality was on modern mobile phones whilst roaming with the same carrier abroad...) anyway - made an appointment for the following morning.

Friday morning back in Blighty, it seems I have a Inguinal Hernia - no immediate danger - just painful until I get it sorted (hopefully soon) with surgery - until then I shouldn't put strain on it otherwise it can get bigger and nastier.

....So, no more clubbing, cycling (or lifting heavy telescopes) for a while :(

Barcelona + 3GSM = Not Compatible

Well, thats not strictly true....

3GSM at Barcelona had a real buzz around it - maybe a bit harder to get round all the halls to the different company stands - but way more people, better food, better service - and personally speaking a very productive week of work

However, the general rule of thumb that you go out to dinner around 10ish (or if you go earlier you certainly don't start eating until 10ish), then maybe have a nightcap with your colleagues and associates afterwards normally means you don't get back to your hotel (especially if its a taxi ride away) until the wee hours of the morning. Then its up and at 'em for 9am meetings a few hours later!

The mistake we all made was not having a siesta slot in our meeting schedules each day :)

Monday, 13 February 2006

3GSM


3GSM
Originally uploaded by Billius.

Ham


Ham
Originally uploaded by Billius.

If I hadn't already ate lots these would have made a nice late night snack.

Sunday, 12 February 2006

la Ramblas - dinner


la Ramblas - dinner
Originally uploaded by Billius.

Out for a bite to eat. Its 11pm so only just getting busy. Methinks long week ahead..

Somewhere in Spain


Somewhere in Spain
Originally uploaded by Billius.

You can tell from the beer i'm in Spain - i'm supposedly near Barcelona.

rainy day in gatwick


rainy day in gatwick
Originally uploaded by Billius.

Middle seat awaits me on flight to Barcelona.

Saturday, 11 February 2006

saturday morning


saturday morning
Originally uploaded by Billius.

Swimming pool in the family room


unfortunately our wine cellar / gimp hole is more like a swimming pool :( not quite this bad at the moment - but certainly not dry enough to keep wine in....

New kitchen at night


Here's a shot of the new kitchen