4 April 2014

April is already a busy month

April is less than a week old and already it's been a busy month.

Tuesday evening (1st April) I was at an evening of Scout Leader training. The modules covered the Scouting fundamentals and working with other adults. It was a great night and actually learned things, which is always important when designing a training course I understand.

Tonight the family is making a visit to Pets at Home (there are other pet supply stores....) to get the things we need for tomorrow. Last Saturday we visited the Ard Jerkyll, which is home of the Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and applied to adopt 2 cats, Whisky and Vino. Tomorrow they come home.

Sunday I'm in training again, First Aid and I've already have 5 things booked over the next two weeks, before Scouts start up again after the Easter break (2 weeks).

It's OK, I have lots of time to rest when I retire....one day.

1 April 2014

Another New Start

I'm re-discovering this blog tonight.

While glancing over past entries I've realised that I've restarted this blog far too many times. I have decided that I need to make a more purposeful effort to do it right this time and to do it regularly. That said there has not been a HUGE number of changes in my life since my last entry.

Not to suggest that nothing has happened, but...

  • I'm in the same job I was to start in my last entry
  • I still run The Scout Association - Isle of Man website at manxscouts.com
What has changed is:
  • I've gone from just doing the website, but am now the Media Development Manager for TSA - IOM
  • I am now the Scout Leader for 5th Douglas. The Troop was with out an SL recently and offered to take over as SL.
I was an Assistant Leader back in Canada for Cubs and then Scouts, but when I moved to the Isle of Man almost 20 years ago I didn't get involved with Scouting here. After a few weeks as SL I regret waiting so long. So I'm trying to complete my Leader training (to earn my Wood Badge, for those who know what I mean). Things are completely different when I was a Scout ASL back in Canada, so it's all new to me. I'll know what I'm doing soon enough (I hope....).

I'll make an effort to write here 2 or 3 times a week. Fingers crossed.

26 June 2011

New Beginnings

Tomorrow I start my new job (“Yea for me”). It’s a company I was already familiar to me, which is also a new experience. I’m both excited and nervous; excited about new challenges, but nervous about new challenges (I hope that clarifies it). I’m hope to blog about the new job as it progresses.

At the same time as starting a new job I’ve also taken on a new project. The website of the Isle of Man Scout Association is currently down and without a webmaster. My son is in the 5th Douglas Scouts and I volunteered to take over the site (seemed like a good idea at the time <smile>. It looks like I’m not going to be in it alone though, there’s another volunteer. More details as the site is developed. 

27 August 2010

“The time has come,” the walrus said

In just 15 minutes I off to the train station to start the journey to the Isle of Man. Furniture is already there, wife’s there, sons’ are there. I’m the only one left.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

More from the IOM.

24 August 2010

Moving day is nigh

Not just nigh, the removal guys are working around me. Family is already en route to the Isle of Man and I'm here watching them load the van. I finish work Friday afternoon and am on the boat Friday night. It's all go, go, go.

Post more tonight on how it went when I'm home alone (not Home Alone as in the movie of course...).

5 July 2010

Things are progressing…I think

I can’t believe that I’m moving to the Isle of Man in 2 months…need to start packing. I’ve given notice at work (my replacement started today) and to the landlord, so I guess it’s too late to change our mind now.

After going thru Internet withdrawal for 4 months I’ve been spend far too much time on the computer, but that’s par for the course for me (I can read the report card now “Must try harder”). I’ve spent a little time on the format for the blog (still needs work I think, but needs entries more).

Just a quick note today, post soon (promise).

24 June 2010

“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

As said by Willy Wonka.

Firstly, I have broadband (finally). It’s taken a while, but I’m back up and running.

Unfortunately it’s just in time for me to say, “I’m moving at the end of the summer.” This is the bigger move though, back to the Isle of Man. Family reasons has convinced us that it’s time we moved back to the IOM and the end of August is the best time for us. This means packing (again) and deciding what is worth taking with us (and thus paying to have it moved) and what I should say “I haven’t unpacked this box in 5 years, do I really need to move it again?” (you know the drill).

This means that I don’t think I’m going to hit all my gaming goals this year, but my immediate priorities have changed.