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A short(ish) update

Well hasn’t it been a long time since I last posted?! Three whole months actually.

Life has certainly been busy for me over the last few months what with all the ups and downs it tries to throw. But I’m muddling through! Here’s a brief catch up of what’s been going on and what’s to come….

Travel

I had my string of holidays earlier this year which were great. My trip to Barcelona with my brother was a much needed change to the normal weekend. Then my 2 week exploring holiday with Gareth in Egypt was certainly one to remember. I am still due to write a little something about that holiday and post a few pictures as I think you’d find it interesting. Then there was our 4 day trip to Gran Canaria, well, I think I’ll just leave that one there!

Work

Just before my trip to Gran Canaria a colleague decided to leave the office where I work. Now I must explain that I work for a small family business, and the staff in my office used to consist of my Mum, my Dad (who works Mondays and Fridays here and Tuesdays through to Thursdays in our other office), my ex-colleague and myself. Between us we run 5 companies. Now, since we are down to mainly Mum and myself in this office I have found the workload to have increased far more than I thought it would. Put it this way, I’m looking forward to just having the chance to talk to the others about getting someone else in to help.

In no way am I complaining, I actually quite enjoy it when I’m busy, but I’m finding since we are working such intense days I have no energy at the weekends or week nights and certain aspects of my life are starting to suffer. For example, my social life! So this really needs a look at.

Fitness and Social

Following on from that, a few months ago I was reading a health blog (I would have posted the link but I have forgotten where it is) and it was talking about how we shouldn’t be focussing all our attention on how we are now, but how we will be 15 years on in our lives. This got me a little concerned as I had never thought of my health in this way before.

I’m not massively unhealthy, I don’t snack and I do a moderate amount of exercise but I have always known that I should be looking after myself far more than I am. Reading that blog made me think about many aspects of my lifestyle and how they are contributing factors to my health situation in years to come, which as I get older will get more and more irreversible. What’s more, I have never been the wellest of people; always getting sick when I was a child, suffering from asthma and eczema, and even now I find if I get run down (including overdoing it on a night out) or over stressed my body gives up and gets ill! If I’m like this now, how will I be in later life? So in light of all this I have decided:

  • To lose some weight and get in shape – I’ve never been a fan of the gym and quite frankly I don’t think it likes me much either, but needs must! I have a gym membership which is screaming out to be used more so this is my chance. But if I keep at it, hopefully I’ll get healthier than I am now, I should feel less tired/worn out, not be as prone to getting ill and most importantly I’ll be more ready (health wise) to face the rest of my life! I don’t feel the need to come out of the other end of this exercise looking like an Adonis, but I’d quite like to lose the “handles” above my waistline and firm up in a few other areas while I’m at it. Feeling more confident in myself and my look would be a plus point – yes I want to take my top off in the clubs!
  • To add more activities to my life and in turn meet new people – Well this part just makes me sound like a hermit! (which I’m not in case you’re wondering).I have been wanting to add some variety for a while now and I think I have found just the thing, Outdoor Lads. I have always been interested in trekking, camping, walking, mountaining etc. and I’d like to do more of it. I think this would be a great way of doing the things I like but also getting to know more guys like me. Plus the great thing is it’s away from the club/bar/scene culture and in the great ourtdoors.

Even though I have had the idea of Outdoor Lads in the back of my mind for about 9 months now I have never really acted on it. Maybe I’m a little apprehensive about the whole thing and meeting new people, I don’t know! That was until I heard about my friend.

About 4 months ago one of my best friends, I shall call him Dave, moved to London. I was both really excited and a bit nervous for him as London can be a very intense place to live; I’ve known a lot of people who have been swallowed up in the big smoke culture and sometimes do they don’t come out very squeaky clean on the other side (but that’s just what I have seen)! I had every confidence in Dave as he is a very responsible and level headed person as his job needs him to be, and I was sure he’d land on his feet with no problem, getting a great group of friends who would treat him right, and then it was approximately 1 month after he moved to London that I learned he had joined the London Gay Men’s Chorus.I am now so pleased for him as it has provided him with a stable, friendly, responsible group of guys who are from all walks of life, enjoying one thing together – singing, have a look at the YouTube video at the end of this paragraph to see exactly what I mean. There’s also a superb social aspect to this too.

One thing to note, and my point of all this is it’s a safe environment in which to meet other guys and make friends, much like Outdoor Lads which I have just registered for and I’m going to look into booking my first event soon. Dave and I actually discussed this last weekend when I went to visit him. Dave, if you’re reading this I’m really pleased it’s all working out for you and you are comfortable in your new home :)

House Hunting

Nothing to report – mortgage lenders are idiots!

What’s to come?

Well this is the big question isn’t it?! To answer it truthfully, I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.

I’d quite like to go on another holiday towards the end of the year, I’m thinking Thailand for a couple of weeks with Explore, what do you guys think?

I also have a few qualifications to finish off which I should find time to do to be honest. One of the being the advanced driving course, which could be quite fun! Then I might look at possibly furthering my education with an AAT Qualification.

Clay pigeon shooting is on the cards too, as my father, brother and myself all got a voucher for Christmas, so I suppose that should be booked before the weather turns.

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Well it turns out I lied to you when I said “A short(ish) update” but I hope you have enjoyed reading this post anyway, and as always I invite you to leave comments or ask questions – I’ll always reply!

Can you relate to anything mentioned? or had similar experiences?

:)

Poker night

Right, so tonight is poker night!

I have been invited over to my friend Gareth’s for dinner and poker tonight. Brendan will be joining us too. Gareth and Brendan are two of my best friends,  and having known them both just about a year each they are also both two very new friends who I have had a year of fun and laughs with, and hopefully many more to come :)

I have a little confession to make, I have no idea how to play poker – at all! So ever since Gareth “whatsapped” me on Tuesday, inviting me over, I have been revising online on various websites.

I seem to have mastered hand rankings, but I am confused as to what the difference is between “best hand” and “the nuts”. They both seem to mean “the best hand”. Well I’m sure it will all become clear tonight! I am also quite up to speed on “the deal” including the flop, turn and river cards and what happens with betting, checking, calling and folding etc.

I have to say I am very excited about tonight’s poker game. I’ll be playing with some great people and I’m sure there will be great drink flowing heading for a great hangover tomorrow morning. However, there will be some great memories created and to be remembered from this.

Wish me luck! let’s hope I come out from this a rich man! ;)

Do you play poker? Have any funny memories you’d like to share? Maybe even some tips for me?! Leave your comment below and I’ll reply!

Saturday – 6th October 2012

So Saturday evening just gone a group of us went out for the evening in Reading. It was a slightly different night as our 2 friends, Sarah and Louise, who we know from school were back home for the weekend for various reasons.

It was great to catch up with everyone and find out what each other had been up to since the last time we saw one another. We also shared funny stories of school and talked about old friends. so it was a very happy evening :)

Sarah, on the right, has just completed her PHD! So extra celebrations for that and congratulations to her!

What do you like to do when catching up with old friends?

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