Saturday, 27 August 2016

I am watching Age of Ultron and writing my to do list

There are films that you can just watch and watch and watch. This is one of those, as is Guardians of the Galaxy. If my comic book heroes are right, then there should be a cross over Infinity Wars movie around 2018. Looking forward to it.

My comic book heroes have both been in the wars recently. Between A levels and GCSEs we have had a tense few months. Made tenser by a couple of good results being tempered by a couple of rogue results. It's all worked out in the end, though.

This hero 

scored an A in his English A level, while managing to get a U for Religious Studies. Seriously, DP? It's not like we didn't take you to church every weeks for most of your formative years.... We asked for a re-mark and it was still a U. Either he will end up as the Pope, or more likely he'll start a cult and make a shed load of money.
The results weren't important except to decide which University he went to. ABB and he was off to Liverpool, anything else and it was Salford. We were hoping for Liverpool (cheaper to live at home, easy to get to....) but wishing for Salford (the course suited DP much better) Be careful what you wish for. We've had a week now, and we are happy with the results. I'm a great fatalist; what happens happens for a reason, and this is the right result for him.

This Genius

did well in his GCSEs. Certainly better than his 'started late and brought the dog' approach to revision merited. I think he really only started trying in February, and only for Maths and Physics. He got an A in Maths, which he needed to study the A level, His C in Chemistry wasn't enough for THAT A level, so he's doing Maths, Physics A level and a BTec in engineering with a view to engineering at University. I'm not letting him take his eye off the ball from now until the exams, so expect a good few whining posts about teenage boys and bad work attitudes. Or about how a good swift kick up the jacksie can galvanise a lad to achieve his full potential.

And the to do list is done. At only 1 side of A4 it isn't my longest, but it needs to be done. And I need to get started. Have a good weekend, and I'll be back in a quiet moment at work!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

So, farewell to Rio....

Has anybody else been addicted to the Olympics? I remember when I was a student and the Olympics were in Seoul that I adjusted my body clock and got up to watch the events I most liked. Back then I loved the Decathlon (Daley Thompson <3), the showjumping and the 1,500m. I don't remember being as enamoured of the cycling, the Triathlon and the shooting. I watched what was on BBC and made do with just a shout out for events that, in all honesty, would be the ones I'd love to take part in like the pistol shooting or air rifle. And the trap shooting I love now!

But then, thinking back, the coverage wasn't as wall to wall and available as it now is. This time if I had a random event that I fastened onto and wanted to watch, the BBC sport app made that possible. Trap shooting? No probs; you could watch Tim Kneale (how I love that we share a surname!) slog it out with Steven Scott online, or watch the highlights on your phone, or any one of a dozen ways to find out how we were doing.

 I know I've made use of the website in quiet moments here at work, when there are no phone calls, no post and no visitors and an earphone doesn't look out of place on a receptionist. And the office can be so quiet when it's just me.

OK; I'll answer that question you want to know; am I enjoying work? Yes, oh yes, I am loving it. It has made me rethink things for the future. I know that in 6 months time, for instance, I will be using the online case management system we have to take some of the secretarial work that Peter has been doing for himself onto my shoulders. I know that we are building an online presence on Facebook and Twitter and that I am responsible for that. I love faffing with the website, and trying to boost the SEO. It suits me. Sad as it seems, I am still not missing school and the fact that I have spent what would have been 6 glorious relaxed, lazy weeks of summer at a desk, writing or planning or learning and I don't begrudge that is both amazing and wonderful. My one regret is that this year while we are getting established I haven't been able to spend the time with the children as I usually do, for days out or picnics in the park. I know they are young adults and need me less, but I liked just hanging with them.

I have favours to ask; you know we have a firm website Peter Kneale Solicitor ? Well, it has links to our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well. If you are a tech-person, would you mind clicking over and liking the pages? The more likes and shares we get, the better our online presence and the bigger our online presence, the more work we get....

Our Twitter feed is; @KnealeSolicitor

and Facebook is Peter Kneale Solicitor

Just click and like or follow. I post about 3 times a day max, usually a blog link, or a bit of useful or interesting information. And on Twitter we like a lot of tweets and re-tweet some as well. Oh, and if you have a business that needs boosting, let me know. I'm a great believer in you scratch my back and I'll massage yours!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Sunny Day in Liverpool

I hope you are all having a lovely day today? Somehow when the sun shines everything feels a little bit better. The warmth of the sun isn't the hot, burning heat of June or July. I swear I can feel a breath of Autumn coming on, even though today is supposed to be the hottest day this week.
At the very least, I got my copy of September's Country Homes and Interiors last week and I've been luxuriating in the colours and patterns of the season. I'm looking forward to apple pies, a proper stew when the weather grows colder and the smell of decaying leaves when they start to fall.

Last year at around this time I was busy making my Autumn Ripple blanket, as you can read if you click on its name. I still love all the colours I used, and how they worked together. It sits with my pile of blankets in the corner at home and when the nip in the air moves in and before we turn on the heating it will be my knee warmer of choice.

And I made a cushion to match as I told you in this Wednesday Wind Up (must start posting those again) although I notice I have been very remiss in not posting a picture either of the cushion as a WIP or a completed article.

I've been on a bit of a making drought since I went to the workshop in April; I was busy with school, getting the office ready and just all those lifey things that stop you from doing stuff. I have a list of things I want to do, which I'll share with you one day, and a list of wool that I have to use up before Peter realises that the large plastic box at the bottom of the bed is actually full of wool and not, as I have persuaded him, sheets. I still had bits of wool left over from my autumn blanket and the rain last week made me feel drizzly so I started a round cushion especially to decorate it with leaves and have my own autumn cushion wreath to use in the house.

I'm using Attic 24's Flat Circle pattern in treble stitch, because it grows quickly. I have peculiarly done the backing first and I'm doing the front side now. The back is a stripey pattern of Stylecraft Special DK Sage and Spice, both very beautiful autumnal shades. The front is a centre of denim, with a border of sage and both sides are bordered with a couple of rows of teal. I'm in the office now, but tonight I'll take a couple of shots and upload to this post just to explain.  The front is deliberately plain so that I can applique some crocheted leaves on in a wreath pattern. I've used a variety of patterns to make beech leaves, sycamore leaves and oak leaves in a mix of gold, saffron, claret and pomegranate. I've enjoyed making the bits, and hopefully tonight (when Mr Mr is out) I can finish the front and start the sewing on. I will post the finished article, I promise!

Monday, 8 August 2016

And I'm back in the room.

Where do the days go? Forget the days... the weeks fly by and before I know it, I've missed months of blogging and I'm reading and playing catch up on all your posts and drowned in a sea of bloggy friendship misses.

I'm back in the room and (hopefully) here for a loooooooong while. When did I last post? Oh my goodness, June 5th!!! 2 months ago! I was still working at school and still looking ahead to finishing and I haven't told you everything that is happening in my life and oh my goodness it has been fun and... stop!

Go and get a cuppa. This might take some time.

So, my life at the moment. I am working with this man (just kidding!) who is just the best husband a gal could have. He's training me up into the dark side of the force and showing me how to manipulate people (well, insurance companies at least) to pay out for injuries.

This is where I work. It's an office, and there's not a lot you can do to make an office different except to be Google when Different gets kind of samey samey after a while. We have an elegant, refined office, with settees and tea canisters and computers and everything that makes an office an office.

I designed it and painted it and moved the furniture in and make the tea and do the photocopying and do anything and everything that needs to be done. And very often I get all the work I HAVE to do done by, oh, say 3pm. Then the rest of the time is mine. Like now. I am writing this sat on my office chair. I'm happy to be here.

We get people through the door as well. We need at least 3 a week with reasonable claims to make the place pay. Last week we only had 2, but one had 3 cases so that makes up for the shortfall. And I am the social media person who spends hours in the morning on Twitter and Facebook and the blog; that's the firm blog not mine, obs.

We had an interesting discussion about what my name/title should be. Am I the receptionist, the legal secretary, the office manager, the office junior, the cleaner, the caretaker, the IT consultant, the social media consultant or what???? Since I am, actually, all of those things the title Office Ninja suits me best. I creep around, do what has to be done and creep off again. If you see me then I'm not doing my job properly!

I'm still tutoring, but I haven't anybody lined up for October, by which time we should know if this is going to work or we are on a hiding to nothing. If Peter Kneale Solicitor is a go, then I am quite happy to be an Office Girl and not teach again.

The firm has an active online presence, natch. Somebody left me next to a computer and said "We need to get out there, but it can't cost anything." Challenge me, why don't you? So I have a favour to ask. A MASSIVE favour, but I know you'll do it, because bloggers are all awesome.
Could you please find Peter Kneale Solicitor on Facebook and Twitter and like the pages or follow us? You can share as well if you're feeling kind, but just the like is good. And if any of you are feeling uber generous, you could link back to the firm page at  Google like lots of links with white hat optimisation, and every one helps.

I will tell you about my last days in school and the presents I got another time. You will be back, won't you?
And if you miss me and want to connect better, then find me on Facebook where I am Jo Kneale, on Twitter where I am @AngelKneale and on instagram where I am angeljem5.