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November, 2009

  1. Travails of Being a Homeowner

    November 25, 2009 by Daniel

    Having picked up the keys this week there’s quite a bit of work to be done before we move in our things. We’re stripping back the kitchen, redecorating the lounge and haven’t even begun on the upstairs.
    It’s going to be a long process I think.
    One of the first hurdles is the fact that the lino has been taken from the kitchen. Now we were expecting to have no white goods in there, the cooker a mild shock but to be expected, but the lino – why? So we’ll go an buy some tonight after measuring up, Kate’s painting the room today and i’ll hopefully lay it tomorrow morning with Tony.
    Other things? Well I can’t find where the TV aerial is. I can see it on the roof but I can’t find any sign of aerial points in the house. Not a huge problem as Sky is getting installed next week but a minor niggle as I think it needs to be done anyways.
    BT are also coming next week but it’s an agonising wait becuase I’m not so bothered about having a phone line, more that I have to wait for that to order broadband (you do don’t you? I’m not going crazy? I’m new at this).

    Last night we had some quotes for double glazing which is another story in itself. My main quick tip is buy local.


  2. Keys!

    November 24, 2009 by Daniel

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    Yesterday we picked up the keys to our new house, we are now officially home owners!
    A very exciting day yesterday after a jam packed weekend of transporting various furniture and belongings in a large van from Salford Van Hire around the country. We got the call from the estate agent about 1 o’clock and then went to get some lunch from Tesco and sat on the floor in our living room to eat it.
    Later on in the evening after a trip to B&Q it was dawning on us the amount of work needed to be done and it’s going to be hectic for a while I think.


  3. Twilight

    November 20, 2009 by Daniel

    Saw New Moon last night (midnight showing). There’s going to be lots said elsewhere on it so I won’t even try. I did enjoy it, especially the bit where the Thom Yorke track came on – worth seeing the film just for that.


  4. Trip Planning

    November 20, 2009 by Daniel

    I don’t know but I assume other people do this, plan a dream trip away. Kate and I want to go to America and there’s so much we want to see there it might take many trips (which is OK). But you have to start somewhere and while Kate was out last night I was watching some documentary about high speed trains (I have no idea why but it was on). It gave me an extra idea for the fly-drive trip we want to do to Boston and Washington.


  5. Manchester

    November 20, 2009 by Daniel


    View Places I have lived in Manchester in a larger map

    September just gone I have been living in Manchester for six years. Unbelievably i’ve spent over 3 in my current place.


  6. November 20, 2009 by Daniel

    Despite good things happening at the moment I still feel oddly melancholy and down.
    I feel like I’m swimming against the tide and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m helpless, without power or control and it’s scary. I can’t even drive home any more without shouting at another driver and I struggle to concentrate on things.
    I worry about money often but it’s not only that this time.
    I don’t think I need to relax or something because I’m not really doing anything. Perhaps I’m getting fed up of doing nothing and need to do something but I don’t really want to do anything. Just sit and watch TV.
    I can’t get excited about anything any more. I look forward only to things being not as frustrating as they were.
    Is anybody looking out for me? Does anyone actually care?

    I just heard this and it sounds pretty much how I feel. Although I don’t really miss anyone.
    Missing on the Motorway (Shadow vs Everything But The Girl) by Tiger Mendoza
    To re-iterate I have a loving wife and I know that, I love her too.

    Update:
    I’m feeling better today. Better to have talked about it and I will do something about it when I have the time (more about why I have little time soon).


  7. Bookmarks for November 5th through November 18th

    November 18, 2009 by Daniel

    Links for November 5th through November 18th:


  8. That time of year again

    November 13, 2009 by Daniel

    Observant Santa from Manchester Confidential on Vimeo.


  9. Biffy Clyro

    November 9, 2009 by Daniel

    Absolutely sublime gig from them yet again, this time at the Apollo.

    Looking forward to getting my copy of their new album.


  10. Fireworks Night

    November 5, 2009 by Daniel

    Andrew Martin: Money to burn |Comment is free | The Guardian.

    One of my favourite nights of the year, Guy Fawkes night is here. I’m going to Heaton Park tonight (weather permitting) and hopefully will take some pictures to post up here.


    I’ll probably expand on why I like Fireworks night so much then as well.