WI quiz night. We won!
Roast pork made into tortillas tonight.
Hostages on TV and finding a new programme to watch.
Watching my hyacinths growing daily.
Sashenka on my Kindle. I'm enjoying this book a lot.
Monday, 20 January 2014
Sunday, 19 January 2014
No, don't laugh. Listen to this story.
It was about a year and a half ago that Mr Angel Jem read this book, The Litigators, by John Grisham. I love JG, I read a lot of JG for the same reason I watch a lot of courtroom dramas and sit on a Sunday watching football. Mr AJ likes them, so there's a lot of it about and it's well worth sharing an interest together (and, no, he CANNOT crochet, although his Mum used to dressmake and he has a lot of respect for useful crafts.)
The role of the book is crucial in our story. The hero, David Zinc, has it all; a good job in a big firm, a big BIG firm. But it takes all his time and he is working for the firm. So one day he walks out. Just goes, sets off, gets well drunk in a bar and wanders off to a very dubious part of town where he meanders into a 'boutique' (meaning small) law firm and asks for a job.
We were in London. Seriously. Staying for a week in Harrow, walking around and feeling trapped in a corporate career that was not as fulfilling as we wanted. I was on supply, and poor Mr was thinking about his bosses and doing a Yosser. (What did you say? You're too young to remember Yosser Hughes? Go see the You Tube clip of him AT ONCE!) He kept saying," I could do that. I could run my own company. I could be my own boss."
And the book was the last straw. I read it after him, with a funny tickly feeling in my stomach, thinking all the while, "Yes, he could. Mr AJ could really do something like this; a small firm, a really small firm. He could work from home..."
But the money keeps you in the office. The fear keeps you from voicing the idea out loud. The worry (that dreaded 'what if???') keeps you from a leap of faith, much like some women are forever saying, "It's not the right time.", "I need to earn more money before I have a baby." "It's too much of a lifestyle change."
And the weeks passed by, with the two of us circling a thorny issue; was it the right thing to do? What would it mean? Who is going to say anything first? It was just like I remember the thorny issue of when should we start trying; can you really mark out a right time?
In the end it was a flash argument. A heated Kitchen discussion. And the fateful words, "Well, WHY DON'T YOU JUST START UP YOUR OWN FIRM THEN AND STOP COMPLAINING????"
And then the pregnant pause; the two of us looking at each other and thinking it was a possibility. That was just before Christmas 2012. And we began to whisper about it to each other. If we started our company, we could do this, if we worked from home we could do this... if you are home full time then I can work full time when the Princess goes to Secondary school.
So we read up everything we could; we found books on running your own firm, setting up a legal practice, being a free range human. We started writing down what it would cost, what we needed to keep us for a year, what we could do without and what we wanted to keep. And then, we sat down one day and said yes. YES LET'S.
To Be Continued.....
This is the first part of the story of how Mr A J and I set up our new firm, Peter Kneale Solicitors. Mr AJ is the lawyer, I'm just the IT technician. If you read this blog, even if you only lurk, please go to our website and if you feel happy to, link back to us. Even just a share on Facebook is useful in promoting a small firm.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Football on Sky. I love watching it with Mr AJ who gets real enjoyment from it.
Cheap hyacinths at Morrisons. January isn't January without them.
Brisket beef that takes 5 hours to cook. And Yorkshire pudding.
Closing the curtains at dusk after a cold sharp day.
A new crochet magazine with interesting reading and a cute free gift.
What I spent
Magazines 2× 4.99
Mini chocolate 2× 42p
Half an hour in the house free from people, work and that little nagging voice saying "You should do the washing."
Just let me be!!
I never realised how much I would miss just being at home, not doing, not making, not having the endless list of work (house or otherwise) and how much worse that would get when Mr was at home working full time and I was out til 2pm, leaving a bare 60 minutes when I could sensibly hope to have time just to be before children came home.
And how much time a new business takes! It is all-encompassing, like a baby, like an elderly relative, it sucks time up and spits out little in return. Don't get me wrong, like a baby or my aged P's I love it, I really do, I love knowing that the website is mine and the IT skills I use and expand daily are well worth it, adding to my CV and meaning I feel more confident and able to say yes to opportunities that beckon me on.
But I still need to be the sole practitioner in my abode.
In my house.
In my home.
Morrisons came through for me big style today, with their hyacinths at £1.25 for 3 bulbs just peeping through. I coordinated with just white, in the absence of any sweet smelling blues. And I treated myself to a basket of magazines. You can see my new year resolutions are clearly expressed in the choice: to look after my body, get fit, make something and be happy with the simple things in life. It's my nurturing budget for the month gone at once, but worth it. I can avoid the shops and get on with creating stuff.
Funnily enough, Simply Crochet had the patterns I needed to get started. I will get my cotton yarn out and get covers made for my tins. I'm thinking of covering some tuna tins just to have pots of goodness for my hyacinths, but that'll wait.
I drank a cup of warm chocolate, with cream and marshmallows.
I read a whole magazine from cover to cover.
I ate a mini bar of chocolate.
And I relaxed.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Kindle meaning I can read Robert Harris' new novel, An Officer and Spy about the Dreyfuss Affair in France.
Laptops meaning I spent about 2 hours trying to get a site web for Mr Angel Jem's website.
Galaxy Tab meaning I can post on Blogger even now while my laptop recharges.
My Family meaning all of the above are only tools to enhance my life with Mr AJ, DP, JW and the Princess.
4.48 on a wrap from McDonald's for lunch
9.30 on fish for tea and a small custard pie that had my name on.
Monday, 6 January 2014
Going back to school after a holiday knowing that I was going BACK to the same school.
Baked camembert for lunch thus combining a treat for the first day with finishing off some stuff from Christmas.
Watching Dead Poets Society with DP and wishing I could have had or been a teacher like Mr Keating.
Teaching someone to multiply decimals and watching him get it.
Money spent today.
9.50 on Doritos for lunch, chorizo and peas for tea.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Mr Angel Jem's new business and the fact he keeps pushing me past my comfort zone.
A quiet Sunday afternoon with the FA cup and the last of the Christmas tin of Roses,
Planning ahead for the week; menu planned, work planned and social life, such as it is, planned.
Playing Filofax. New diary, new year.
Cottage pie for tea. I still have to make this; a quiet half hour in the kitchen and something warm and rib sticking for tea!
Nothing today. No books, no magazines, nothing.
Friday, 3 January 2014
- Watching Death Comes to Pemberley with Mr Angel Jem and then today with my eldest and youngest.
- Having a lovely chicken and chorizo paella to make for candlelit supper for just me and Mr AJ tonight.
- Watching the rain on the windowpane outside as I sit inside.
- Rippling along with MY blanket
- Pear cider nicely chilled
Thursday, 2 January 2014
- Messing on the computer to draw up a poster for Attendance Tigers at school
- Sharing chips with curry sauce with my three children
- A Virgin TiVo box that means I can watch Sherlock again (and again and again)
- Having Nordic slippers that keep my feet warm
- The final day of Christmas lights. I'm de-Noelling tomorrow
Please read and enjoy;
Being able to sort out the firm's IT so far
Sherlock.... how did he survive? My favourite is the bungee jump.
Having a footie mad husband who comes in from a game and expects me to have ordered flyers without him. Duh?
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
But I do dearly love a haul of gifts that will brighten my winter and take me through to May when I can add to it with my birthday. I like a variety of gifts; I very rarely get a BIG present, generally I don't do perfume, I'm not a big Label lover and anything I need electronically I will save for and buy when I need it.
So, what did Santa bring me this year?
Rachel Khoo's new book. I loved My Little Paris Kitchen TV series and book a couple of years ago, so I jumped at the chance to get this book for Christmas. I love the recipes but even more I love the photos of a life lived partying in France.
It's very like the quilt of annual pictures that flood the blogosphere at this time. Attic 24, Little Tin Bird who managed three very pictureful posts, and Domesticali among the rest.
My favourite picture from the book is this wintery scene with a red hat and red skirt standing out against the black coat as well as the white snow. I always read books with covers like this; the flash of red is what grabs me.
Eiffel Tower. I need to bake a gingerbread Eiffel Tower. How do I explain that to my husband? "Well, you know that bit in Close Encounters with Devil's Tower, Wyoming..."
I saw Pacific Rim with my boys and was the only 40+ woman in the cinema. Don't know why; it was fun. And Downton of course was my Christmas Day highlight watched on Boxing Day as we were home too late to keep the kids up.
Actually, if I get to watch any of this series again it will be a pleasant surprise and probably as snowy as in Rachel Khoo's photo above.
Zatchels. I bought it for myself in March when they had a half price sale and I kept it until now. Who said I have no patience?
new purse. I love the bird pattern from Cath Kidston and this was my big present at Christmas. Love it. Love it.
And my most treasured present of all actually came via email. DP, aged 15, wrote me a story. I love it. Please call by tomorrow to read it!
I celebrated New Year last night with the most important people in my life. Just me, Mr Angel Jem, DP, JW and the Princess. She is 11 now and can stay up till Midnight better than I can!
And the ticking clock made me think. This year is about keeping it simple. I have work for me, work for Mr Angel Jem, my children, my parents and my husband. That's in no particular order, of course. I will see my friends regularly, I will blog when I can or probably when I need a supportive comment, I will keep the house just good enough and everything else can go hang for a year.
Keep my life simple, laugh a lot and work on my IT t shirt collection.
Hope you all have a brilliant year ahead, full of love and challenges. Roll on 2014!