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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-21

"yesterday"

Monthly free co-working day today, this time at CoTribe.

I didn't get to talk to people as much as I normally like to on these days because I had some urgent rental property work to sort out. However I still enjoyed getting out and seeing people; hopefully the other ten or so people attending also had a good ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-20

"yesterday"

Time

Lots and lots of time today on pre-sales consultancy proposals (and a call) - 6 hours. The call was scheduled at 1.5 hours, a further 1 hour was planned for preparing a quote, but the remaining 3.5 hours was unexpected proposal work that couldn't be delayed. That meant other very urgent rental property work got pushed ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-19

"yesterday"

An incredibly exciting day, mostly spent reading tenancy agreements to decide on the one I want to use!

Of course a new mini-Henry hoover also arrived in the house which a certain small person really was excited about.

Started the day with walking our biggest two to school, as fast as we (they) would go. Liz was feeling slightly ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-18

"yesterday"

Weekend

Far too much packed in! Oldest two children performing in two theatre shows and Liz chaperoning at one too.

The show we watched was great though (apparently the earlier one was almost as good too) and the children enjoyed performing. Auditions next week for another, larger theatre production!

Squeezed in a tiny bit of writing - working on a ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-14

"yesterday"

Landlord Investment Show

Up early and out sightly late, yes child and medicine related delays again. Got to London Olympia (a fantastically simple and all overground journey) only fifteen minutes after the landlord investment show networking event started.

Good hot chocolate. :-)

Early morning networking - had a few conversations, one really interesting, probably not business advancing though. Another extremely interesting ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-13

"yesterday"

Another "interesting" looking property for sale.

Time Today

Getting a bit of a theme - a late start due jointly to me and need to give antibiotics to a reluctant four year old.

Once started though, got through a bit of email clearing (total of about 1.5 hours across the day!).

Had a good call with an existing consultancy ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-12

"yesterday"

The future of parking?

Today

Yet another late (for work) start due to extra childcare and household drain issues (I really dislike climbing through foliage to check the outside drain).

Booked the car's MOT and ticked off a few rental property tasks, including booking an electrician visit.

A doctors visit, following up on my ear operation last year ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-08

"yesterday"

Networking breakfast - late thanks to my first bad experience with Uber. The driver couldn't get his app to recognise the pick-up (despite mine showing it had). He tried taking me back home thinking it might be geo-fenced but that didn't help. In the end he used Google Maps to navigate and took me to Reigate. Thankfully I ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-07

"yesterday"

Today

Today started with attending a school assembly. It was really good and even included a song from The Greatest Showman! A side benefit - I was quite pleased to see others there checking and replying to emails while I didn't need to. (I'd checked my email in the queue outside, nothing to respond to; and then spent ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-06

"yesterday"

Programming

ASD had a bytes vs str (Python) issue after base64 decoding an authorisation header. Easily fixed with a decode('utf-8') but setting a suitable header in the Django test client isn't directly covered in the docs so here's what I did:

r = self.client.get('/test_url', {
    'data1': 'test_string',
    'data2': '127.0.0.1',
}, HTTP_AUTHORIZATION=b'Basic ...
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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-05

"yesterday"

So much time taken trying to catch up on so much assorted stuff that I didn't deal with last week! Covering PaTMa emails, minor consultancy bug fixes, ASD support and some server adjustments. (~2.5 hours)

I wrote and sent out the latest Redhill Micropreneurs email (1 hour), covering the next micropreneurs social and an interesting ad-hoc event ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-04

"yesterday"

Weekend

While not managing to get nearly as much winding-down-from-holiday rest as I would have liked, we played a new family board game; this time Dragonology. It took us a while to get up to speed with the rules but once we were going it seemed to work well and we really enjoyed it. We did find that players ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-01

"yesterday"

Last day of our holiday in Norfolk. Everyone a bit sad to be packing up and taking everything out of the hotel room.

Trying to make the most of the (last) cooked breakfast probably wasn't a good idea (again)!

First stop for us this morning was Sheringham steam railway which has a great little play carriage, with a ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-05-31

"yesterday"

Work

Supposedly not too much work to do today/tonight. Seems to have taken nearly two hours still though. Mostly catching up on emails and fixing a couple of urgent consultancy customer issues.

Decided not to publish my next journal tonight; prioritising a few extra minutes of sleep instead.

Holiday

Morning visiting family, our big two having had a ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-05-30

"yesterday"

Squeezing in another (quick) bit of work after everyone else is in bed again.

Clearing the normal emails plus replying to a couple that can't really wait (also managed to get a couple of replies sent off while at the zoo today).

Holiday

Amazona Zoo in Cromer today - meeting family there.

Quite a small zoo, but with indoor ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-05-29

"yesterday"

Another fairly late start to work today, at just after 10pm.

Just time to catch up on email and finish pulling together a quote for some web scraping consultancy.

Also put my next journal post live, currently releasing about 2 weeks behind which is working well while I'm away. I'd expect to catch up more at ...

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