Another Normal

After escaping late from the office this evening I returned to the hotel, folded my work clothes back into my case instead of preparing them for the morning – I fly home tomorrow – and set off into the evening air to find something to eat. It struck me that staying in a less comfortable … Continue reading Another Normal

Tick Tock Tea

After surviving a couple of days drinking water, and hopefully making it through the withdrawal from tea and coffee, it occurred to me this evening that I could drink redbush tea, because it has no caffeine in it. Redbush tea, also known as “Rooibos”, supposedly has all sorts of health benefits, which are of course … Continue reading Tick Tock Tea


The radio alarm clock went off at 7am this morning. On a Saturday. I woke up, switched the radio off, and promptly fell back asleep, waking up again at 9am. Knowing we would be heading to my in-laws for lunch, I jumped in the shower, put on some clean clothes, made a coffee, and then … Continue reading Saturday


It is late afternoon on Boxing Day, and the children are still playing a marathon board game called “The Battle for Hogwarts” in the lounge with my other half. It’s been going on all day – I played for the first couple of hours – they seem to be in for the long haul. I … Continue reading Christmas

Finished for Christmas

At 3pm this afternoon I finished for Christmas. I go back on the 4th January. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet – it won’t until we get Christmas morning out of the way. Until then, everything looks like a huge struggle – getting the house tidy, the washing done, presents wrapped, and so … Continue reading Finished for Christmas

The Night Before

Last night I was invited out to the local brewery, which holds “members nights” every so often – for paid members to visit (along with two guests per member), and try out the various beers the brewery produces. They host a live band, a barbecue, and a chance to meet up with friends you might … Continue reading The Night Before

Two Glasses of Wine

For the last year or so, Tuesday nights have seen me break all manner of pretend fitness app step records, trudging around town to pick children up from one activity, and deliver them to another. One by one in the run-up to Christmas, those activities have come to an end. When I checked Google Calendar … Continue reading Two Glasses of Wine

It’s All Lies

Photos like this are so full of shit. If I tried that, I would tip half of the coffee over the floor, and the drawing in the coffee would look more like a monkey peed on it from 18ft away. My “coffee making” skills extend as far as putting a cup in the coffee machine … Continue reading It’s All Lies

Final Night in Frankfurt

I fly home tomorrow morning. I almost didn’t go out for anything to eat tonight. After work I collected a shopping bag from my hotel room and wandered down to the local supermarket. After wandering the aisles and not finding anything even vaguely like a pre-made salad, or filled baguette, I gave up and wandered … Continue reading Final Night in Frankfurt

The End of the Beginning

I woke several times during the early hours of the morning and checked my phone for messages in the aftermath of yesterday’s awful news. I buried my head in the bedclothes, and ignored the world until I absolutely had to leave. I did get up eventually, and wandered down the road to a nearby supermarket … Continue reading The End of the Beginning