Monday, I hate you so.

It’s Monday. The day of the week I really dislike. Today has the added bonus that I’ve not had a good night’s sleep. 

I was really unsettled last night for some reason. It felt like I was waking up every half hour. 

Denise has already been up since 6am, had a shower and made our packed lunches. 

She’s a total trooper. I don’t know what we would do without her. 

As it is Monday, it goes without saying that today has been absolutely stupidly busy. It’s been go go go all day. 

Today struck in a strange way today when it decided to make my mobile phone go all weird on me. The screen was doing loads of things all by itself. It even went into whatsapp and rang someone while I wasn’t in the van.
I was struggling to type, do voice messages, or anything pretty much whatsoever. I ended up at last resort and having to restore my phone back to factory settings. Its a pain in the butt, but had to be done. For now it seems to have settled down.

It’s half five in the evening and I’m in Cafe Nero having a cuppa while I wait for Georgia to finish work.

Denise has gone to the gym after work, but to be honest, she nearly decided not to as she is aching from yesterday’s session.

While waiting for Georgia I admired some more of the Christmas lights that were on display. 

And a quick video I took of some of the twinkling decorations.

When we got home, Denise was already home from the gym and was busy cooking a Chilli Con Carni which was really, really tasty. While having our dinner, we all had a catch up about our days at work.

Afterwards we just went to bed to watch vlogs while I edited my blog.

Hope Monday was good for you.

What did you do today. Tell us in the comments below.

Take care

Steve

It’s amazing how things have progressed

Who would of thought that as little as maybe ten years ago we could not do things that we take for granted these days. Ten years ago I never thought that I would be able to do a real time video call to a friend in another country thousands of miles away or from a device small enough to wear on your wrist or from a mobile phone, you would be able to send a text, photo or video message to someone as well who is half way round the world. All real time. Sometimes I sit and think how amazing technology is these days and how quick it has progressed.


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These days composing your own music, making music on a computer, writing and publishing books, ordering shopping from the confines of a nice warm house to be delivered to your door. Finding any bit of information you need, from recipes, to holiday reviews. Its all there waiting to be experienced.

I wonder in another ten years what will we be using and doing then. What do you think we will be doing in ten years time with technology?

I remember when I was a kid, all the kids thought by the year 2000, we would be driving around in flying cars.

Well that never happened. Shame really, that would be fun. No more worrying about getting stuck in snow or floods etc. Imagine how cool that would be.

I just came across this image by The Telegraph newspaper. Sort of sums up what I mean. The evolution of humanity.

I would love to see virtual workstations like this for the home, like I have seen on films. Amazing.

Leave your thoughts below in the comments

Have a great week

Steve

Space invaders and a ghost film review

Fridays are meant to be a time when you forward to the weekend aren’t they? Well today, I can’t get excited as I am working tomorrow and I still have not had much sleep. That’s a few days running now. It’s got to the point where I said to Denise this morning that if I don’t sleep well tonight, I might take a sleeping tablet.

Anyway today was a nice steady day. Nothing bad happened apart from having to drive into the North Pennines, which after 2.5 years is starting to wear a bit thin now. Apart from that it was a good day.

Random pic of the day. 

There are several of these tiled space invader mosaics scattered around Newcastle. To my knowledge noone knows who stuck them up. They just appeared over night years ago. I think it’s like a challenge where you have to go and find them all. I remember seeing a list on the tinterwebs of all the locations. I have not located them all yet I don’t think. 

I came home to an empty house as Georgia was in Newcastle with her friends and Denise went to the gym.
After Denise got home, we had chicken, slimming world oven chips and loads of mushy peas. Oh yes, tomorrow I will be stinking lol. Stinking like a man should stink lol.

I did actually vlog today, but forgot to end it so will either end it in the morning or make it a 2 day vlog. Can’t decide yet.

Tonight we decided to watch something a bit different on Netflix. It was a film called ‘I am the pretty thing that lives in the house’

It had loads of one star ratings but after someone said it like an old style phycological thriller ghost story rather than a modern guts and gore film, we decided to give it a try. To be honest, it wasn’t boring but not exciting either, it was just decent in my opinion. Its kind of hard to explain the plot. Its about a woman who gets sent to a house to look after a terminally ill woman, but she starts feeling theres more to the house than she first thought. I think it will be one of those that you will either hate or love.

Anyway you all have a good weekend

Steve

Thursday tiredness, fruit and Mobikes.

It’s Thursday and it’s going to be a long day as I did not have that much sleep last night due to having restless leg again and Denise was snoring but I will do what’s needed to get through the rest of the day. I sometimes wonder if I smothered her with a pillow would I get off with extenuating circumstances for being so tired and lack of sleep for a long period of time ha ha.
I know places like Manchester have had these for a while now but Newcastle have only just introduced them. What I am talking about are Mobikes.

I had never even heard of these until That’s Brad on YouTube pulled several of these out of a local canal while he was magnet fishing. I was having a good look at them this morning and they look really uncomfortable. There does not appear to be any suspension whatsoever on these. I cannot use a normal bike anyway because of my back injuries but these would be horrific to ride, a bit like a bike from the 1970s. I suppose the idea and the initiative behind it is good to get people fit and use less cars in the city. To find out about the Mobike Scheme, check out their Mobike Website. I now know what its all about. What a great idea, even if the bikes look a bit weird and bone shakey ( if that’s even a word lol )

I have been to the greengrocers today to get our supply of fruit.

I was advised by Emma M never to buy food from a greengrocers at the beginning of the week as they are still trying to get rid of the stuff from the end of the last week so I checked with the man I know in the greengrocers and he said they get their fresh fruit in on the Thursday so that is why I get the fruit on a Thursday now.

In Newcastle and had some spare time so I took a photo. That filled in a whole 5 seconds haha

While being parked up I’ve just seen something which is one of my bugbears and does my head in. It’s when kids walk along the street and their pants are halfway down their backside. Oh my god that really irritates me. It just looks so scruffy and I bet the kids that do that think they look super cool. Does this annoy anybody else, or is it just me?

Thanks to the kind nature of my boss, I got to finish work early so I have come across to the Metro Centre to meet up with Denise for a coffee after work which is always nice. I have heard that Georgia has not had the best of days but she was apparently close to tears on the phone with her mother earlier.

Anyway, after getting home and having a chicken dinner, we went to bed and just chilled out with vlogs on the tv, and Georgia chatting to friends on social media.

I hope everyone has had a great day today

Catch you soon

Digital addiction

In this day of digital this and digital that are we now becoming dependent on being connected 24/7 to the outside world and letting everybody know what we are doing ? Nearly everyone I know apart from the older generation and by that I mean people who are 60s and over seem to be permanently attached to their phone and hardly any time goes by where they are not checking statuses emails text messages etc etc. Also, a lot of people, seem to have to find a wifi hotspot wherever they are, whether in a shop, restaurant, shopping mall, city centre, a friends house, or wherever, to get a better connection so they can get their messages and updates quicker or to share a selfie, photo of their meal or a cute photo of their cat. It’s like some sort of primal need.

‘Cell phone addiction treatment center’

Denise and myself were in a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and they were a family sitting at the next table comma mother father and two young children . I happened to look across at one point and the two kids were sitting there looking bored while their parents we’re both on their mobile phones typing away and it made me think are we losing the art of communication ? Have things really got so bad where we cannot hold a conversation with another person face to face ? I have in the past, as a joke , send our daughter a text message when she has been in her bedroom to tell her that her tea was ready as I know that would be noticed straight away. It worked .

I have to admit that we even fall foul of it in the evenings when we have our tea. We normally watch YouTube vlogs while we have our dinner. but because Georgia isn’t always keen on some of the vlogs that we watch she sits on her phone while having her tea. So you see, even we fall into the digital trap as well.

Don’t get me wrong some of the technology available to help people communicate is amazing and I sometimes wish we had this sort of thing when I was a kid but these days with mobile phones, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and the abundance of other apps that are out there never mind getting started on the multi channel TV where there’s something to watch on TV 24/7, communication is going down the pan and I think these days we do not see as much of our kids as we probably should or hear as much from them as we probably should which granted, some parents were probably think is a good thing ha ha.

I don’t think things are going to get any better either with future generations as I have heard of children for example 3 years old playing with mobile phones and tablets which I know can be educational but my own personal view on this is to limit the time on there and not just use it to keep the child quiet. Also with the multi channel TV comes all the children’s channels which again is another way that is used to keep the child quiet and I think the interaction between parent and child is getting less and less with the parent being so busy all the time and the availability of copious amounts of children’s TV. I think more and more future generations are going to be growing up dependent on electronic devices and digital connection to their friends and family.

Let us know your thoughts on this below in the comments section.

Wednesday, Steve’s Day

Well its Wednesday, or I like to call it on my vlogs, Steve’s Day. Its so nice having a day off work right in the middle of the week. I’ve never had that in any other job. It makes a hell of a difference.

As normal on a Wednesday I try to get on top of the washing. We seem to go through an extraordinary amount of towels to a family of 3. Thats the main thing that fills the laundry basket. Typical as well that towels take longer to dry in the dryer. So I always try to do these last and get on with more important stuff like everyday clothes and underwear etc. wAfter setting that off in the washer, I got on with the job I keep either forgetting on keep putting off. This is clean the fish tank, do water treatments and feed the fish. Its not a difficult job, just a pain. At least it keeps my fishies happy anyway.

I had a Skype call of Emma M today from her holiday in Tenerife. It was lovely to see her look happy and smiling. I really hope she has a good time and takes the chance to relax. She deserves a break. Not only is Emma ( and her mum and aunty ) away on holiday, but also George Monkey.

For anyone who does not know, he’s The Wright Times mascot, and always jumps at the chance to go away on holiday with friends or go to their houses for a break from his monkey duties.

IN the afternoon I had a rather impromptu power nap. It was weird waking up and the room was in darkness with the daylight saving hours these days. I wish we didn’t have to have them. Just keep the days as they are during the summer. Where its light longer at night. Non of this getting dark at 2.30 in the afternoon.

Anyway Denise come home from work and then the Gym. We had tea. Meatballs and spaghetti in a tomato based sauce. Yummy.

W went to bed to catch up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead. I’m enjoying Season 8 so far and its only on episode 3. After that we watched loads of music video’s from my playlist’s on YouTube

Georgia eventually got home from work and meeting her friends at about 20.45. Had her tea and told us about the loads of course work she has to get done for January. Good luck to her for that. She’s gonna have to knuckle down.

Anyway, thats been my day today. Nothing exciting. How has your been? Drop a comment below.

Not as I had planned

Today did not start too bad. It was lovely and sunny but still cold at the same time but at least this morning I did not have to scrape the ice off the car. As always every two weeks this Tuesday is the busy one but so far still not been too bad. No dramas which is always a good thing and at least the person that had problems with yesterday has not said anything to me today.
It’s lunch time now so I’m going to have a quick bite to eat while sitting in the van parked up.It has started raining so the pitter patter of the raindrops on the windscreen and roof is quite relaxing. I am looking forward to having the day off tomorrow to catch up on the washing and also possibly seeing what I can do with my blog page and see if there are any changes I can make to it.
Well that wasn’t what I planned. After being quite busy at work, got home, fell asleep, then was woke up by Denise who had made our tea. Chicken curry, I love it. After that went back to bed and fell straight asleep again until 9.45 this morning (Wednesday). Wow, I must of really need so much sleep.

A very cold day at the coast.

Today has been a nice day, in which we went down to Whitley Bay.It was quite cold so I ended up wearing my winter coat and woolly hat. As it is my fathers birthday on Tuesday, I want to take him at some flowers to put on his grave. After that we went to The Rendezvous Cafe (Rendezvous Cafe Facebook page) for a coffee and a hot dog sandwich. One thing we enjoy doing after our coffee is go for a walk along the prom. We really enjoy seeing families with their kids enjoying healthy time out on their bikes or on the beach, and also the dog walkers with their many varieties of dog. Everyone always seem so friendly down there. Many a time we have had conversations with total strangers about everything from the weather, to their dogs, and everything in between. Most people seem more than happy to give you a hello or chat to you.

After our trip down to the coast, we drove to Newcastle city centre to drop Georgia off to meet her friends so they could all get the bus back down to Whitley Bay again to go to a firework display. Yes I know, it seems daft but thats what they did.

Denise and I, got home, warmed up and went on a YouTube live. It ended up being our longest live yet at just over two hours. The people on there were so cool and a great laugh. We are honoured to have an amazing community that are kind enough to subscribe to us. We always enjoy chatting to them on the live’s and getting to know them. To us, our subscribers are what make doing vlogs worthwhile. They are the most important part of the vlogs. We appreciate the support of every single one of them.

After that marathon live session, we had our lovely Sunday meal. Made by Denise’s Dad. This week he make a pork dinner. The meat and gravy were divine.

To my disgust though, denise’s Dad threw away the crackling. Thats the crispy skin from after the pork has been cooked. He thought I wouldn’t want it. I think we are going to have to have words haha.

Once all that beautiful food had been polished off, We finished todays vlog and I retired to bed to doing some editing while Denise watched the X Factor while waiting for Georgia to get home.

Georgia got home about 22.20 and was absolutely freezing cold but had had a good time, which is the main thing. As I finish this vlog, Georgia is downstairs catching up on X Factor herself while warming up while having her dinner as well.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week, and that your weekend has been good for you.

Take care and stay safe

Steve