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Skiing, August 2014: the journey is not the destination

Aside from having a memory that I twice successfully skied nearly half a lifetime ago, there were two things I’d been told about skiing that tempted me back. One is that it is somewhat easier to learn on carved skis, … Continue reading

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Snowboarding intermission: 2003, 2006, 2008

I suppose it’s just possible I have enough loyal fans to actually remember my snowboarding epics, but it’s unlikely. The distance between 1998 and 2003 doesn’t seem so long now of course, but at the time, it was about a … Continue reading

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Skiing round one: 1998

Me learning to ski a couple of weeks ago is a weirdly long story, beginning in 1998. In 1998, I was in the final year of high school, but because of my ludicrous and I now think in some ways … Continue reading

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July 2014

I took about a week to get over my jetlag from the USA, but it was really rather mild. I would just get on with my day, only as soon as the sun set, the day would be over. The … Continue reading

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USA, June 2014

Before I left for the US in June, Val asked me what other people were saying to me about my plan to go on an intercontinental business trip and bring a baby, and I said that I gathered that people … Continue reading

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Saturday 9 June 2014

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; 2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out … Continue reading

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Saturday 24 May 2014

May is a time of reminiscence for me, again. Two years ago, I was in the final days of preparing my PhD thesis. Last year, I was in the thick of first trimester pregnancy symptoms, wanting to sleep 16 hours … Continue reading

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Thursday 3 April 2014

When last we spoke, I was mourning the end of Andrew’s paternity leave, and thus our sabbatical of cryptic crosswords (him) and writing a fairly large amount of hobbyist computer code (me). That’s all long in the past now. He … Continue reading

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Saturday 22 February 2014

My first day alone with A, Thursday, we cluster-fed and puttered around the house. So far so good, so for the second day, Friday, with V at home as well, I thought it would be a really good idea to … Continue reading

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Tuesday 18 February 2014

I don’t really think of myself as a shopping kind of person but… apparently I should never be left alone in Ikea. We have a real storage issue at this place (typical of old terrace houses, there’s just nowhere to … Continue reading

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