Up (and away)

With: Three laptops.
Without: My driver’s license (temporarily).

Short trip north (on business) so I find myself at the delightfully local (to me) regional airport that I love. It’s possibly my second favourite airport in the world, after Gibraltar. Nothing beats being able to walk from the aircraft to your apartment in 20 minutes or so. It’s a bit further here – and a car is involved – but still way better in every way than the two behemoth hubs that are just about reachable.

As I’ll be hiring a car at the other end, I needed my driver’s license. Of course, it was nowhere to be found. Cue (semi) panic until it was located, tearing through the oddest places in the house, all the while thinking of alternative strategies to prevent the trip being a disaster. So, note to self: project for my return is to end up With: A sensible filing system for important, often needed quickly documents, and Without: Lots and lots of obsolete paperwork and other paper based junk. [Quick update: begun!]

Onwards (plans) and upwards (water level)

With: A step towards the future.
Without: Any wellies – may need some soon though!

Signed up for CS50x (Introduction to Computer Science at Harvard, hehe) following on from this post at the ever excellent Life Hacker. This is a step towards a different future – that involves less customer service and more actually building, you know, actual things.

In other news: water levels still rising! As well as the roads round and about, the field over the back:

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Not to be defeated by the weather

With: Peachy realisation.
Without: Any clue when it might stop raining!

A slight break in the weather meant the chance to get out and about with the Waawo-ettes. A shower defeating quick march down to the nearby coastal town to pick up a few bits and bobs and have a look at the sea in fact. We have been pretty lucky so far with no flooding to speak of in the area – although recent high tides have inundated a couple of the local harbours.

It occurred to me while walking back that I’m forever reading complaints about how things to do with the family are too expensive. But we – at the moment at least – seem to have the knack for just spending time in each others’ company, no extravagant spending needed. Often no spending at all needed. Of course, the flip side to enjoying spending so much time together is that work is rapidly approaching, which means a curtailment, a limitation, comes into force. Something to work on for the future.

Up (a bit) at last

With: Height, sun!
Without: Some head cobwebs

Finally the rain stopped, and a beautiful clear day beckoned. What else is there to do when the sun is shining and there’s no work to do? Get high of course! It’s not spectacularly easy to get up very high without travelling a fair way from here, so in lieu of real height, prominence: Butser Hill, the only Marilyn in Hampshire. Gorgeous day, very quiet (when we arrived, although rammed by the time we left!) and just what was needed after days and days of being almost housebound by the rain.

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New year, new me. Scratch that – it’s still the same me

With: Rain!
Without: A certain black logo’d hoody.

Some kind of contrast weather wise to January 1, 2013: 365 days ago, the sun shone all day and it was so unseasonably warm that everyone and their dog were out and about for a New Year’s Day stroll. In fact, people threshold was reached so quickly that day, we didn’t even stop the car, but returned straight back to the sanctuary that is No61.

This year: driving wind and horizontal rain, courtesy of the back end of the latest in a series of storm systems moving through over the holiday period. Such grim, set-in weather in fact that no external mission was attempted. Still, cease repining: tomorrow promises (slightly) better weather, so an effort to get higher may be made.