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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
9:06 pm
Facts of life
A little girl knocked on the door yesterday evening, asking if I could help her with a bird. Wondering what she meant, I followed her out into the garden and, by the side fence, there was an injured wood pigeon. He was nestled down between the fence and a bush, making it difficult to get to him, and he wasn't moving much. There was also a roving band of cats around, clearly waiting for an opportunity.
After explaining to the girl that it was probably best just to leave him be, I went back inside. I returned an hour later, and the bird had gone.
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
6:47 pm
Exam over
That seemed to go well enough, and that is now it it, all exams done and all assignments completed and handed in. All I have to do now is wait and see what resits I'll have to do!
Have very definately decided not to do the next year, although I've been wavering slightly all day. But no, I don't have the time.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
4:26 pm
Exam tomorrow
Final exam of my HNC tomorrow, and then it'll all be over with. I'm tempted to stay on for the final year required to get the FdSc, but I've been doing this part time for 4 years now and it's starting to get annoying. Tomorrow is the Further Digital Principles exam, a subject which I am very comfortable with and yet have only been getting low scores for - mostly due to the lack of time I've had spare to be able to put into the course.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
5:22 pm
Another go.
I'm terrible at these things, I really am. Sometime after my last post on Livejournal, my HDD in my PC failed and I had to get a new one. This is the first time since then I've thought about Livejournal, as I've just had to reinstall Semagic onto this machine.

To be fair, though, there's been a fair amount going on in my life recently. Rhiannon is now 17 months old, we've been on holiday to Crete last month and we also moved house. Getting the house into some sort of order is much more difficult this time around. The last time we moved, we moved from a single room in my parents house into a 3 bedroom terraced house, so we had plenty of room to put our Stuff. This time, we've moved into a four bedroom semi. It's a bigger house, with 3 sheds and a decent loft and stuff, but still we're having trouble fitting everything in. Our large 4door wardrobe has already had to go, as it doesn't fit the shape of the bedroom in the same way that it did the old one, and other sacrifices and changes have been made on an almost daily basis.

The new house is good, though. Whilst we don't ourselves have a lawn, the back gate opens out onto a green space with a path leading down through the woods. Although 6 houses back onto this green, ours is the only one with a back gate onto it (which I find odd, to tell you the truth) although there is a footpath through it. This means that I get most of the benefits of having a large lawn (ie, the ability to play football on it) without having to cut the grass myself, as the council do it far more regularly than I ever would. We do have a good sized, and well designed, patio-and-decking garden for barbecues and outdoor toys.
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
8:16 pm
New photos
New photos of Rhiannon uploaded to http://www.flickr.com/photos/teut/ , including her christening.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
8:35 pm
Photos of the baby
Have finally posted photos of the baby on Flickr. There are 121 of them there, so don't feel obliged to look at all of them :)

Friday, December 23rd, 2005
9:35 am
Rhiannon Ivy Cooper was born at about, ohh, 20:30 yesterday, eventually being delivered by C Section. Mother and baby are doing fine, although mum is a little pissed off at now having to stay in hospital until christmas day. Hurrah!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
12:42 pm
Baby update
So the baby, who was due 2 weeks ago today, still hasn't arrived yet. Jane went into hospital on Monday to start the inducing process but, so far, it hasn't worked. Revised estimate from the midwife is "sometime tomorrow, hopefully.", but that's been the estimate since we got there on monday, so I'm not holding my breath. Watch this space, more news as it comes in

Current Mood: sleepy
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
10:02 pm
Stolen from a couple of people...
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if
we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and
me. It can be anything you want, either good or bad. I promise not to
come after you with a spatula, either way.

you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be
surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
12:39 pm
What eyewear?
So I don't need glasses to drive, so my eyes aren't that bad. This means that I'll only need one pair of glasses, as I can continue to wear my sunglasses for driving with no problems. I've been thinking, though, about when I would wear them. I don't need them for work; I don't need them to drive; I certainly don't need them to read - in fact, I'll only be using them on Thursdays at college. Perhaps it would be simpler all round if I just sat closer to the whiteboard?
Monday, October 10th, 2005
7:18 pm
A few things
You know, there's absolutely sod all on TV at 6.30 on a weekday? Ho hum, best do something else then. Much as I'd love to go upstairs and play Rome: Total War, I have to stay down here and keep Jane company. I think she's getting ill.
I've been squinting at the whiteboard from the back of the classroom when I've been in college these past few weeks, so I've booked myself in for an eye test on Saturday. An expensive eyewear purchase will probably follow. Fortunately, we've just remortgaged the house and there's a bit of money left over for such things. I might need those specs for driving, too.
I did that Test The Nation English Test on Saturday. I was a bit puzzled by some of the questions, and relieved by the lack of questions about parts of speech, but I managed to get into the top 1% of the population according to their look-up table. I beat Jane, too, which was good 'cos she has an English degree.
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
7:00 pm
Free day off
The main supplier at work is having a stocktake at the moment and, for the minute, our input has plummeted to almost nothing. Because of this, they've given us tomorrow off! No makeup time, no use of holiday, just a free day off!
Hopefully, there will at least be something to do on monday.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
6:13 pm
Daffy loses an unwanted label
This week, Phillip "Daffy" DeFreitas lost his tag as the only active cricketer to have actually won, and not just retained, the Ashes. There's a good Pub Quiz question there somewhere.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
8:56 pm
Wireless network
I'm typing this downstairs, on the laptop, having just installed a wireless network. My wife says she is happy that she'll see more of me, but she has yet to realise that it just means she'll see more of me, not necessarily converse more :D

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
4:49 pm
Pregnancy websites
So, Jane regularly visits various pregnancy related websites. Quite a few of them give a weekly run-down and what you can expect to be happening around this particular time. Last week, one site recommended that she go out and eat doughnuts. This week, we get...

Week 25
YOUR PARTNER may make a few changes in his appearance or actions as he anticipates becoming a parent. Watch for a different haircut, a beard, or a new activity he may view as "fatherly," like furniture making or cooking.

So... I'm expected to grow a goatee and start building chairs?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
8:48 pm
So, I'm reading "Prince of Dogs", by Kate Elliot. It's the second in a series of I'm not sure how many, and I'm coming to the end of this one and I'm beginning to realise that I'm not actually, when you get right down to it, enjoying it much. I don't think I'll bother with the next one.
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
6:45 pm
Australia beaten by Bangladesh!
I can't believe it! I'm stunned! Bangladesh were supposed to be the whipping boys of the group!
I'm very happy for them. It's a great day for cricket.

Current Mood: shocked
Monday, June 13th, 2005
9:30 pm
England won by 100 runs
I'm stunned. Australia bowled out for 79, even if it is in such a warped version of the game.

Stunned, but very happy. Roll on the Test series, maybe we'll compete this year.

Current Mood: giddy
Thursday, May 19th, 2005
9:19 pm
Email fraud thing
So, I got an email, supposedly from Ebay, telling me that my account has been stolen. Ho hum, it's an obvious fraud if you've any experience with them, so it got ignored. But I got a bit bored later on, and I decided to investigate a bit. The link on the email tells you to go to http://ebay-userpage.com/ - so off I toddled there, although I took the ?eBayISAPI.dll&VerifyRegistrationShow off the end of the link.
Anyway, the page itself is almost reasonable to a cursory glance, and I can see how it would fool people who aren't particularly computer savvy. The don't half ask for a lot of information, though. I did a quick search for ebay-userpage.com on Google, and didn't come up with any pages warning people of the fraud. Do you think there's anyone I should tell...?
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
8:50 pm
Answerphone message
So, Jane went off to the doctors to have blood tests done. I'm told this happens a lot when you're pregnant, but it's not something that Jane particularly likes - she doesn't like needles. I don't mind them myself - I've always been more curious watching what goes in or is coming out. Anyway, she goes off to get blood taken yesterday and today, we find this message on the answering machine...

"Hello, This is Dr Alexander from the surgery with a message for Jane Cooper. We took a blood sample from you yesterday and I'm sorry to say... [dramatic pause]... that the laboratory won't process it because we used a computer label on the bottle."

The message ends with an invitation to give more blood. Listening to the message again, the Dramatic Pause was actually less than a second, but it seemed an awful lot longer when I heard it the first time. That doctor reallly needs to sort out how he leaves messages for people...
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