A visual status report

I'm not a big fan of blogging about life things. In my latest attempt to get back into a habit of updating this site, it's not a direction I want to go in. Bottom line: my life isn't very interesting compared to most. I'm an introvert who lives alone. Not exactly rich subject matter.

However. Since it's been a long time since the last substantive update, and some things have changed in my life, and I may — may — have a couple of readers who don't know this stuff, I think — just this once — it's worth putting all the personal stuff into one post. I'll try to keep the words to a minimum.

Status Report, 32nd year since birth

Since last summer I've been living in a two bedroom flat in this building:


which has a history a lot longer than mine:


I took this photo through my living room window:

Sandiacre sunset

It's a pretty awesome place. I found it by accident when I miskeyed the parameters to a Rightmove search. I was viewing it three hours later, and I signed the contract the next day. I think that may be the luckiest thing that's ever happened to me.

I still work full time doing things like this:

Screen shot 2010-05-08 at 16.42.15

some days in the office and some days at home, but my commute to work, instead of an hour twenty of this:

310 - YJ07 VSE

is now (come rain or shine) thirty minutes of this:

St. Giles, Sandiacre

I'm still with the same employer, though we've moved to new locations twice. The original premises, where I worked for three years, now look like this (thanks to Asda):


Living alone I'm learning a lot about cooking:

Stir-Fried Beef with Snap Peas and Red Pepper

and I try to walk as much as I can:

New avatar, full size

but I do sit on my backside a lot too and play games:


and do crosswords, and watch movies, and surf the web.

I'm on here:

where I try to post stuff like this:


and I'm on here:

where I try to post stuff like this:

Trent Valley

Squirrel staredown

and, as I mentioned, I plan to post more on here again:


but if you look for me on here:

you'll be unsuccessful.

So, yeah. Life's pretty good, all in all. I'm not sure why I thought you would want to know all this, but there it is; now let us not speak of this again.


Pff. Not boring. I read it and found it interesting. (Although - sorry - I can't remember who you are or why you have been lurking silent in my RSS reader for the last year!) Do you cycle along the canal? The building your flat is in does look really interesting indeed.

I agree with the previous poster, it's not boring. You really should learn to ride a bike with canals like that though, I'm envious :)

I'm still seething with envy over your beautiful flat.

Stay lucky :)

Alex, I'm not sure, but I think we might have met on the LibriVox forums? (Ah, here comes that surge of guilt again for not recording anything in years.) I know I've been following you on Twitter for a while, but the origin story is lost somewhere in the mists of time...

I'd love to cycle along the canal but I'm one of the gajillionth of one per cent of people who never learned! I'd like to do something about that someday, but I'm not sure what.