So.. I have access again, not sure why I keep losing access to the blog from the office but there you are I have it back again for the moment so I will get this down before I lose it again 😉
Looks like this may be my last trip out here, although the weather is not playing by the rules at the moment and I could end up back for a short trip in May.. We shall see.
Been offered the chance to climb to the top of a tower and take some pictures if i get out there, that would be nice as only time I went to the top was during my training back in 2003-2004 in Wales.. So a lot has changed since then, they are a lot bigger and a damn sight higher.. They also all mostly have lifts now too! So no massive climbs!
Anyway I'm doing the final paperwork at the moment for the hand over of the last cables then I shall be on my way.. Been a lot of ups and downs with this contract but overall I think it has been a positive experience, although I would have to think about it if offered something else in Germany 😉
Right guess I should head to the next meeting and make myself a pain the in bum 🙂
I guess I should have known that saying I'm nearly finished would have a negative impact on the proceedings lol.. Well seems that the weather has decided to put it's size tens saftey boots right in the middle of the table and do a tap dance. Bad weather for a week from now by the looks of it.
In other news the work load is starting to drop off and I'm finding myself with less and less to do.. I'm trying to leave as little as possible for my Back to back but I think I might have to leave him something! lol..
Just over another week until I finish.. Well that is the hope anyway.. I haven't booked any flights or car hire yet so I hope it does end then 😉
In other news.. Hmmm.. Not a lot to add, I guess that's the trouble with working long hours away from home, you really don't have much to say!.. I have to do some washing tonight, is that worth mentioning? Or the fact that Angel has had the washing machine at home bugger up?
Well when back will be packing up a load of the gear I have an I will have to think about either dumping or selling some of the stuff I never use.. Who needs Megadrive's and Master System's when they never use them?
Right back to it.. Ok.. Maybe not right back to it but I feel the need for a cup of tea coming on right about now. 🙂
And it's back.. I have been unable to access the blog from within the network for sometime now, I have had a work around which is to use a VPN but that has made things harder so I have steered clear for the time being. Today however it seems to be working so for a change I thought I would post up from the office 🙂
It's nice and sunny here in North Germany at the moment and this is most likely my last shift here too.. So on the 26th I will be driving back from Germany for probably the last time. Seems strange to think I have been here on and off since June last year. I have become "that bloke" in the corner that is always joking about something, still I have also done a fair bit of work and hope that at times I have helped with some experiences from previous roles/projects.
Normally about now I'm starting to freak out looking for the next role, but for a change I'm not going to get worked up. Mainly because it won't help, so what's the point?
In other news ordered something to be delivered here from Amazon (Hermes are delivering it so it is possible it may never arrive) and will be sending a Guitar back to the UK packaged up with a load of T-Shirts etc.
Not really a lot else to add, not long now..
So up bright and early this morning.. Find the last two chickens dead and then jump in the car for the airport. Sucks that the chickens are dead but not a lot you can do, we knew this would happen at some time. Didn't expect them killed by a fox though, that's what it looks like at the moment anyway, poor old Angel found them this morning.. Drives you nuts to think about the things you do to keep them and then that happens.. 🙁
Anyway Angel almost got killed on the way back from the airport as a van was on the wrong side of the road.. Think the next trip (if there is one) I will bring Van and leave it in the car park.. Less hassle.. Should have done it this time really.. 🙁
Anyway landed picked up car and headed to the apartment.. Been here a little bit and starting to wish I had got the later flight so I could have a bit more time at home.. After all turns out I didn't need to get here early anyway!
So this is a long trip for me 16 days.. But with luck it could well be my last one.. yey!
So now the process begins on looking for the next role and trying to work out if it will be worth while going to. I have ruled out a fair few on the basis of having to work through a certain agency so that makes the job a little harder but we shall see. I would rather work for an honest agency and get a lot less. Harsh but true.
Well soon back to work again, only a short trip home this time. Managed to do a fair bit though. Fixed the radiator in the spare room, ripped the wooden boarding off the chimney breast and replaced with plaster board and then plastered it up before filing all the holes with filler. Then angel painted the walls, again (sorry), and we popped down the road to buy some carpet for the room.
I built a shoddy walk around the oil tank, fixed a PC, moved all the stuff sons the bedrooms twice, once just isn't enough you know, fitted a fly screen to the window.. And now I'm done..
Started to work out on the tread mill again, and will start the rowing machine with the weights one I'm back next.
Got the sister in law down this weekend, so that's it for the diy and anything else to be honest.
Have to print it boarding pass and car hire tomorrow and that's me done.. Back to work Sunday 🙁
Got back yesterday, in the afternoon I ripped off a load of bad covering over the chimney breast.. Then we popped out picked up some plasterboard and stuck that up... Ended up needing another piece so popped out and grabbed that.. Then finished sticking it all up.
Also stuck the radiator back on the wall.. Lots of sticking and stucking.
This morning plastered the boarding and sanded it this afternoon.. Looks, ok, ish.. But hey them the breaks.
Ordered some carpet so the room should be finished end of this week.
So here I sit, again, waiting for a bus to shuttle me to a plane.. I have managed to work out ways to minimise the agony of security and check in.. But still.. Wtf..
Guy sitting opposite me in departures has just burped loudly.. Kids crying, multiple people coughing and the constant murmur of chatter. Bit like waiting in the longest supermarket queue going, only without the feeling of relief you get, once to win through the checkout..
Set off nice and early this morning to catch this flight, nearly team out of fuel as the garage wasn't open so limited at slow speed for 40km pulling into another deserted one, but this time armed with card payment machines...
Staying to think this day is doomed to failure. Right best go and stand in another queue like a Muppet.
Watched a lot of Revision 2016 last night.. Opps.. Anyway thought it was pretty good (Vote EvilBot 2016!!). 😉 Will try and make it to the next one I think as looked awesome, shame it was so far away otherwise I might have been tempted to drive there.
Wonder if Rich would have been interested.. Hmm.. Probably not as he has grown up a bit, unlike me lol.
Sitting here listening so Scenesat again, makes a change from Slayradio (my default choice these days), think it might be streaming some shizz from revision still.. Who knows? Noticed they were on Twitch yesterday too, and I managed to catch the C64 and Amiga demos last night (opps late one)...
Played a little bit of Destiny too last night, had some chilli from the night before and thought long and hard about what I'm going to do after this contract.
Angel seems to have cracked on with the spare room over the last week or so, which means I have a little bit of work left to do in that room and of course the hard standing for the container 🙂
Be nice to get the crap out of the garage and house into storage, before we plan what I hope will be our last move for a long time. Aberdeen way is calling and I can't see any prospects further south to hold us here. Would be nice to go further south but there is nothing we can afford and the money is frankly crap for any type of work down south these days.. So.. What to do..
Well seems my little comment about being unable to find the Easter egg to my Boss Thursday has resulted in everyone getting an Easter bunny...
You see sometimes I do have a positive impression on people 😉
Played a bit of Destiny again last night and have to say sometimes it can be a rather annoying game with no real feeling you are achieving anything.. Then at times it feels fluid and great to play.. I just wish they could get the grind/fluidity more balanced.. Maybe that is just me though?
Keep thinking that when I was a Kid I never had stuff to do.. now I have so much I get confused working out what to spend my time on! Oh well feeling more and more like Summer now.. Well over here anyway 😉
Anyway back to the Grind 😉
So it's the Easter weekend and lots of people who work normal jobs Monday to Friday are taking advantage of the extra time at home with family and friends.. Alas I work the life of a contractor (spit) which means I work when I am needed to, this time it means I'm working through Easter. Frankly in many ways working as a contractor suits me more, I don't like shopping in crowded places so when I go out, once home, I tend to do so during the week with the weekend a DIY or chill time. Of course this is a bit of a pain for people who want to come and visit as I can never be sure I'm going to be home. But you can't have everything.
Anyway I'm away for Easter.. looking at new jobs too, my role will be ending soon so I need to keep my eyes open for the next role. Ironically there seems to be something going on down south.. Running out of Newhaven is Rampion which would be nice to get on, however the last year has seen a lot of people out of work which has pushed rates low and also means some people will accept those rates as nothing else is out there. Can't help that and frankly I think I'm better off waiting giving some of these a chance to get work, although you have to wonder why they were out of work if they were so great?
Regardless I am not in a hurry for the next role but as a contractor you have to look, I have also already ruled out a couple of options that have been presented, mainly due to conflicts with either people on the projects or the company doing the hiring.
Ironically I have had no luck trying to convert back to an employee, crazy as it seems I am being pigeon holed, what more surreal is that I'm now finding myself doing a more project management type role to boot.. Not that I'm complaining but it is unexpected.
So what else.. Oh been playing Xbox 360 here, yes brought it back again, and plan on going offshore this week to see the "lay of the land" as it were.
Angel is at home decorating the crap out of the spare room.
Oh and I have been asked to book hotel rooms for people.. What The Hell!?"!?!?
Want a nice picture... how about this one?
Sea Challenger seen from Godewind 1 Offshore Substation.