As I mentioned before February (and to a large extent January) have been very busy work-wise. We discovered that a process that should have been done on a regular basis for the last 5 years has not been done. And it was my job to fix it, by the 25th February. So my work life for the last 2 months has pretty much involved the sole-task of transcribing pathology reports onto our Case Report Forms for all 850 of our patients (each patient has at least 2 path forms!)…as you can imagine it took a lot from me! But after accruing 20 hours over time and a lot of other work being put on the back burner. We did it! (Or at least 95% of it, which was more than enough for our trial statistician. So all round…a win!!!
WORK HARD —- BUT PLAY HARD!
But all this work business left me pretty high and dry for blogging. My free time was spent, resting, as much as possible. So what else have I been up to in February?
Gears of War 3 & 4 – That’s right! Xbox time! I’ve mentioned on the blog before, that I’m not a big gamer during “term time”. It usually takes a couple of weeks worth of holiday to get me even remotely interested in gaming. But once I’m there, I’m there, all in. Because I was working hard, with overtime most days, consistently, I rewarded myself with mindless-relaxing evenings! Working my way through the Gears of War series – which I’d started around my birthday time. It’s amazing how quickly you can complete games with 1, 2, 3+ hours a day! 😉 My next gaming series will likely be the Assassin’s Creed games, which I never even completed the first one as a kid!
Work out! – When my mind is stimulated and working over time, it’s important to let my body match the pace. Otherwise, I start getting in some bad diet habits and will really bulk-up (in the bad sense!). Not to mention, that I find exercise a massive stress release! So beginning of February I drew up a 12-week workout plan. This morning’s cardio session – saw me complete week 3! Now, heading into March, I’m enjoying the first “rest week” of my programme:
Wife’s Birthday and Valentines! – Yes, lucky me, it’s an expensive month! It was Wife’s turn for her ‘lockdown birthday’ this month. We Skyped family and friends, took the days of work, went for some walk and ordered a Thai takeaway! Very very nice! Interestingly we both got each other pretty much the same gifts and cards!!! Whilst we had agreed on the mugs, the cards were a complete surprise for both of us! I suppose one bonus of lockdown birthday’s is we had a whole cake between the two of us! Ended up giving some to our neighbours, who returned the favour this week and brought over some homemade brownies!!! Win-Win! (It’s a good thing I’ve been exercising!)…we also spent quite a bit of time playing our own version of Backgammon, a modified version called ‘Wet-gammon’ (don’t ask about the name!). New rules include: rolling 7 having to move backwards, double evens at the end get another go, double odds at the end miss a go.
Handyman time – Yes, another opportunity for me to show my skills with the tool kit! No furniture assembly this month. But I did do some “corking”. I would say I did it like a pro- and only show you the before and after photo’s….but truth be told, I didn’t read the instructions…and therefore, I didn’t wear gloves…and therefore I had “corking” on my hands all week! I tried everything getting it off, even pouring some old vodka into a bowl, and using that to scrub with a metal sponge! No fruit. It just doesn’t come off! But, here, enjoy the fruit of my labours:
4 Player Chess – Yes, you heard that right, myself and a group of childhood friends have been spending the last few weekends on online Skype calls whilst playing 4-player chess together!
Other interesting things this month?! Well, yes, I officially ordered myself the weirdest thing from Amazon! Marmite Shower-gel! It was a complete accident, only showed as Lynx Africa on my phone. The verdict? I didn’t love it, as much as I love actual marmite, this just felt too weird.
Plans for March 2021? 1) Get a haircut as soon as possible! I’m very close to shaving my hair all off and going bald again! 2) Get back into blogging aiming for at least 3 posts a week. 3) Get back on with book editing. With Jan/Feb being so busy, and all my gaming, the book edit has well and truly been on hold. I’ve enlisted some friends to Skype me 6-8am this month, to work with me/hold me accountable for 2hours book-work a day. Hopefully by the end of March we’ll have made serious headway towards getting this thing clean cut.