A journey of weekends

A weekend homeless (& making up for last weekend)

Last weekend we were packing. Packing. Packing. This weekend we were moving. Moving. Moving. The unfortunate thing is, though, the house we were going to move into fell through a World War 2 bunker, which lay hidden from the ground survey the builders didn’t do properly. So we’re homeless! Woop fucking woop! But the silver […]

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A weekend melting

This weekend saw the thermometer melt as the mercury boiled, but fortunately, we weren’t overcome by the fumes. Instead, we spent Saturday day on the veranda… … and the evening by the creek. (When I said ‘veranda’ above, of course I meant a manky flat roof outside our hallway window, but ‘veranda’ just sounds so […]

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A delayed weekend of kindest regards

A Scutt at the letting office took it upon themselves to bad mouth us to the landlord because we have the audacity to still have an issue with being given a boiler that looked like this: (It’s not easy to see, but the screws are missing and the flue is free-floating, perched by its crook […]

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A very delayed weekend not visiting the allotment

The problem with writing a weekend post on a Wednesday is that I don’t remember what happened. I struggle to remember what happened come the Monday. To steal one of Myles’ favourite phrases, “I don’t remember”. With that said, it turns out that I do. Saturday saw us rescuing the kid because he was boooooooooooooooooored […]

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A weekend that ended with a shark in the sky

An arsehole came by the flat on Friday, under the impression that months of being lied to and disrespected has buttered us up to do what it wants. It puckered when it found out it hasn’t. Miraculously, now we’re the arseholes. I’ve demanded respect before I even begin to listen. After the kid’s team scored […]

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A four day weekend for my birthday

Saturday afternoon was a BBQ at Erika’s. Sunday was LegoCity day with the kid. Owing to his half a thumb, Shaun got to watch us. Monday was a lot of nothing followed by the allotment in the afternoon. Tuesday was a visit from Jackie, Erika popped ‘round, and the kid turned up at the door. […]

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A weekend at war

A state of war now exists between myself and Myles. The kid has taken to trumping on me, guerrilla style. While I didn’t retaliate at the time for fear of having a poo on his head, which would need to be rubbed into his hair and then dried with a hair-dryer, next weekend I’ll have […]

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A delayed weekend pre new job

Gone are the days of doing other people’s grocery shopping. And here are the days of overseeing cremations. To celebrate and prepare, the weekend was full of doing things. I treated myself to a haircut. ‘Treat’ lol — after however many months, it was a legal requirement. I tried to treat myself to a new […]

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A delayed long weekend for chocolate

For such a chilled weekend, it’s been go-go-go! Friday had all the kids excited. Saturday had the quickest and maddest egg hunt I’ve ever seen go down. Sunday was food coma. Monday was the alcomahol. Tuesday was run-run-run around, followed by panning for stones at the allotment. Today, has been a sort of interview followed […]

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A weekend that changed timezones on me

This year, British Summer Time starting didn’t start the usual Friday night before it officially starts so I can get used to it, but started 7 minutes after it started, with me confused as hell. The problem I noticed this year, what with starting work at 2am on the day British Summer Time starts, my […]

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A delayed weekend sieving soil

As it sounds, Shaun and I sieved soil over the weekend.  We got soil.  We put said soil in a sieve.  We sieved it.  We then spread the freshly sieved soil out nice over the plot with a rake.  We repeated.  But we hadn’t totally lost the plot.  We can restone Southsea beach with the […]

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A weekend delayed, much needed

The delay is in two parts, mostly because I’ve been hanging. More importantly, though — Shaun and I cracked out the cards and got to doing what is us. Mostly, skittle vodka and shithead. It’s important to do these sorts of things, to remember our roots, because life does sure like to try and topple […]

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A weekend making up for last

Last weekend’s post (deleted) touched vaguely upon the thought that one’s worth seems determined by one’s last act.  Following on from that, there are limits to where understanding can lead before it becomes what is received. But since this weekend has ended much better than the week it closed, I’m not going to dwell on […]

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A weekend in pjs

Well, near enough — other than the 6 hours I spent in work, but I was back by 8am so it barely counts.  Apparently, yesterday was valentines day — there’s no ‘apparently’ about it. It was. Completely forgot. Couldn’t give a shit. I heard on Capital a few days ago that people with my mindset […]

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A weekend of almost…

I tried my hand at making satay sauce and made a condiment. I put up a curtain pole and it’s only a bit crooked. I measured for curtains and should’ve done it with the pole up. But then it didn’t snow enough to make a snowman, so I drew a picture instead. Mine’s a bit […]

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A weekend searching for the kid’s marbles

Our problems began when the kid decided to count his marbles. He cracked open his head, scooped them all out, and lost a half-dozen when they rolled around the table.  A few dozen more were lost during a game of marbles.  Another handful scattered while testing out a Hot Wheels track.  A few vanished due […]

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A weekend with blinds

They arrived!!! A little battered and bruised, mind… But the blind people are sorting the damage and won’t be delivering them again through XPD unless they want them returned via their rectum. Alongside no longer having sheets as curtains, my spying game has upped a million-fold. In other news, I got repeatedly stung on the […]

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A delayed weekend of highlights

First off, my new habit has clearly not taken hold yet. Meant to be posting these on a Monday, but Monday’s seem to fail because I’m asleep when I used to post. So the big plan is to change this post to a Sunday, but it’s hard to remember to do things 24 hours earlier […]

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A weekend that ended better than it started

I went into the weekend with one of those heads that make you feel worthless and came out with a head worth its weight in gold. Even yesterday, with those bright lights like sunlight threatening to shine into my room, managed to keep my head worth every ounce. (The lights didn’t shine long — I […]

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A long weekend for a covid Christmas

Because we were strongly promised (maybe) 5 days off covid restrictions, which made absolutely no sense until I realised that covid has been working 24/7 for months, globally, so most likely had put in a holiday request, which had been approved, I set about making plans. Option A was a 3 to 4 night stay […]

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A weekend adjusting to a new sleep routine

Sunday was a 4am start, which, surprisingly, was doable. Monday was a 2am start, which, other than lying in bed staring at the clock at 0130, was surprisingly doable. Bed time, though, is 7pm. The only issue is, I’m so tired, I hardly know who I am. I’m a little vague on the days. This […]

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A weekend in a funny headspace

Not particularly hilarious, not bad nor good — hardly self-negative. For me, it was a struggle to keep a positive mind when everywhere I turned was showing up negative.  Last week had been a difficult week for the majority of the people I hold dear.  Their difficulties, while their own, remain my concern because I love […]

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A weekend, the first not self-isolating

FREEDOM!!! Oh, it’s been bliss.  It’s been the most beautiful weekend ever.  I enjoyed Saturday — finally got the book mountain on a bookcase! I enjoyed Sunday — the day to myself was like the good old days when I used to potter around solo… Of the difficulties this weekend, no Myles = the biggest. […]

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A weekend self-isolating 2

I went into the weekend without the ability to taste or smell and come out of it sniffing aromas and guessing what they are. Fun times. Almost as fun as looking out of the window at the builders queuing up to buy their sandwiches. Almost, not quite.

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A weekend self-isolating

B O R I N G Thankfully, I have now managed to get into the swing of this covid imprisonment — I’m no longer screaming up the walls. The most ‘can do’ instilling thing to happen this weekend was a call from Myles!! Best call ever! More, please!

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A weekend before a covid test

Due to the selfless dedication of one of Shaun’s colleagues who went into work with Covid-19 symptoms, last week ended on a high with jobs going out on time. For this week, their selflessness has given everyone the chance of a few days off. Shaun woke up on Saturday complaining of being hot. Sunday became […]

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A weekend much needed

I think, with how life and its troubles are self-seen, that it is important to remind ourselves (when able) of the easy joys we can find without looking.  It’s a quest to snatch — if we don’t take, we don’t have. Misery is free. A tiny snippet of joy is so easily missed. What would […]

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A weekend P-A-R-T-Y-ing

It was Myles’ 6th birthday this weekend. This meant one thing… And party us lads did! Friday was all about the decorating. 150 balloons tied down in lovely places and piled into the sheet tacked to the ceiling ready for the balloon drop. Next it was bunting, about a mile of the stuff — even […]

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A weekend under a spot light

The restaurant underneath is opening in a few weeks as a Thai Tapas & Sushi place. I know! Sounds exciting! To prepare for their opening night, they’ve turned the lights on to light up their sign. To me, too. Except, they don’t light up the sign. Apparently, this was the best place to put them. […]

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A weekend, the last with Bertie

The custom with a pet before having it put down is to spend its last few days before death doing fun things, having treats, and just generally enjoying the delights of life. This weekend, rail bridge repair work saw the A27 closed and my surrounding roads acquiring 30 min+ queues. So in the face of […]

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A weekend prehistoric

It’s taken us 3 attempts and hours of walking, but at long last we’ve found the prehistoric fern that’s been our motivation to go to Hundred Acre Wood! It’s a crazy looking fern. We turned ’round to the kid and said that there fern’s great-great-great-so-many-greats-grandparents got eaten by a Stegosaurus! In response, the kid complained […]

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A weekend hunting for my shaver

In the old flat, my shaver/trimmer/whatever — chin hair snipper — lived in a skull by the TV. Easy to find. Never need move, of course, as long as it wasn’t in use. A week last Thursday, I put said shaver in my brown carry-all, along with a few choice things that I wished to […]

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A weekend (the first) in my new home

My bed has changed walls almost as many nights as I’ve slept in this flat. I’m loving how the ground floor (a restaurant) is terraced but our abode is detached in nature, very free of neighbourly disturbance. There’s sufficient space between our bedrooms that we can independently listen to music and bother no-one. By my […]

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A weekend too hot

I’m not built for 30C+. I’m definitely not built for 30C+ and moving. Fortunately, us boys took time out of melting for paddle boarding. Those few cool hours were the best all weekend.

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