31st October 2017

A month off work II

What would you do with a month off work II

6.   Kids Movies

I’m not a big movie buff but since having kids I’ve loved getting back in to Disney movies.  A few of my favourites include Lion King, Jungle Book, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and Little Mermaid; all of which I have now watched multiple times with my two boys.  I’ve actually enjoyed watching some of the newer animated movies which I was dubious about.

My favourite which I have possibly watched 20 times with my eldest son is Zootropolis.  It’s a great story of an animal world where carnivores and herbivores live in harmony only for an unlikely villain to start tranquilising carnivores to make them predators again.  A cute and ambitious rabbit working with a sly fox working as detectives try to crack the case…

Other surprisingly enjoyable new movies (mostly Pixar) include Cars, Planes, Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Trolls, Monster’s University and sadly Frozen!  I have also enjoyed reigniting my love of the Toy Story movies.

7.   Gadgets

I’m a slave to Apple – Macbook, iMac, phone, ipads, watch… and whilst I was off I decided to upgrade my phone.  I went bigger this time with the iPhone 7 plus.  Although at first it seemed massive I quickly got used to it and it is certainly the best phone I have ever owned.  I dabbled with Android a couple of years ago but we didn’t get along and I quickly gave up.

Whilst off I treated myself to an Amazon Kindle and Echo.  I’m not a great reader as I generally only last a couple of pages before falling asleep but at least the Kindle saves your page and the backlight is great because I’m always up later than the wife.  I never quite managed to set up Echo and Alexa’s voice recognition, something that frustrates Becky, maybe one day I’ll get around to it.

8.   Home Improvements

I’m terrible at DIY but I am a bit of a dreamer when it comes to Grand Designs and home improvements.  We have a beautiful family home and lovely big garden and one day I hope to do a big redesign like we did successfully on a smaller scale at our last house.

We don’t have the money to do anything major at the moment having only moved in last year but whilst off I managed to organise an extension of the lawn in the garden and some minor alterations in the house.  I’m not sure Becky was fully onboard with any of it but she played along and was happy with the results.

One day I will have my big grand design project… I watched a fair bit of Grand Designs, Homes Under the Hammer and Garden Rescue for inspiration.  I am probably on the 100th iteration of a new floorplan for our house but I will have to wait years to do it all properly!

And it will definitely be years before Becky let’s us all live in a building site for months!

9.   Physical Recovery

I was determined to get fit quick.  I was very excited about cracking on with physio and exercises to strengthen my knee.  It was even better when I could go to the gym and start a few more physical exercises.  I was really looking forward to getting back in the swimming pool and at some point getting back on a bike!

I am a strong believer in how much exercise is linked to moods with the endorphins and adrenaline release giving a great buzz.  I was staying remarkably positive in the first few weeks but I knew that if I went weeks without exercise this would eventually wear me down.

10.   Blogging & Building a Website

A couple of weeks after the accident I came up with the blog idea and from that point I spent 80% and more of my time, 24/7, on it for the next few weeks.  I think I drove everyone crazy talking about it but I really enjoyed learning about blogging, building a website and social media.  For me it was as much about learning as it was about doing it, I found a lot of it fascinating and much of it is remarkably simple, although you may disagree!

I have a lot of people to thank for their time and support but most of all I have to thank Dave Lincoln, who put up with a lot of nonsense in the early days to help me build a very respectable website… more on this in later blogs.


I was feeling very lucky, despite the circumstances that I could spend some quality time doing things that I enjoyed.  One thing for sure is that it was going to be expensive being off work!

So, what would you do with a month off work?!

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