Saturday, 31 October 2020

The last few weeks of work - Lockdown Stage 12

 Well here we are., This now has the been a month of working, well as of 2 days before this post. With things just happening one after the other, it was time to catch up on the ins and outs. Even though most have been work, its still to keep this going, since well this year since March it's mostly been blank for special events in real life-wise. Well especially as we've passed events like Goose Fair and soon to be a change of Bonfire Night being cancelled, this year has gotten pretty well......fucked for outside my life. 

We begin with well having to get bits and pieces organised as well. It was also a time of seeing finley bringing in mice and all that jazz

But we then come across another midnight release which was for Fifa 21 and then that was ending up a dupe but even then, the actual niceness of the sky at night was worth it. 

The shops near at night 

Running up hills 

The shining moon and the stars in the sky

But as that weekend of a second Sunday opening, it was starting to get sone notice and well also the start to realise that I've not been very good for other thing and also missing out on events minus work well due to work, but it was also finally time to get some productivity while the internet was lacking. Which well was to film a review for the Monitor  Which eventually was for the shop and to use for dual screens. 

Now that monitor luckily was the same size as the Acer I bought a while back since well the old Acer I reviewed back 5 years ago was sold over 1 month ago. 

The Asus Monitor

The PS4 works on it 

The maibenben works nicely. 

Both the Acer and the Asus together 

But alas things we have to catch up on and make sure that it works out in the end, since this year was actually a way to realise things had to change and well they did since some people really showed true colours and in some other timeline, I could be chasing non-existent people, okay sure in the past weeks I've probably chatted to some people I have a feeling they don't exist and well I'm glad I really changed course with a new direction. Sometimes I reflect on this when I was #dogwalkingwithomracer. 

A dogwalking in the dimpsy of dusk 

Then it was leading to back to cycling for work on the Mondays and well the weather was sadly not being as kind as during the first time, so wet cycling for all, which soon I was to realise not all was what it seemed, but 2 visits every Monday was pretty classic of me. But planning on things to get was always important. 

The mist and the view of the forest

Now then it was back to work and then the surge of getting things organised such as the Broadband since Vispa has been okay BUT sometimes communications don't work and well it causes delays, so the time of the internet would be from the 21st. But eventually, it was also time for a special event which well Goose Fair was cancelled. 

Which that day became a day in the life, which well it was a casual one and made some nice things happen which well it just made me happy and well felt like life was sort of back to normal. But alas we find out later things don't go back to normal. 

The sun as it shines on the road normally packed with crowds 

The monitor and the mouse 

Cupcakes for lunch from a friend of mine 

As the lunch ended and also work to be done and then a visit, it was time to walk across the viaduct as I ran my way home, 

Views from the Town 

More Views

As I walked and watched up with most and reflected on the past few months, to really realised how lucky I managed to get with things and how some people in my life have been amazing. But alas it was time to go home and eat before we decide to then resume to working reality. With the late nights, the food choices I could add were feeling endless and well I did have some nice meals to add in as well, especially on how nice it was to add different powders to the soup. 

The soup and extras 

As the days went on, work was getting busy, new layouts to change and also extra jobs and then it was coming to longer evenings again. Which means more running around and having to catch up on questions overnight with the second job. But it was also good since it was moving to the final weekend without internet in work and also with one customer changing Xbox hard drives, it felt right I started to upgrade as well, especially with crash 4 and even legion to be out soon. But before that was probably the final Chinese of that month. 

The Chinese for that night

Copying from a spare drive to a PS4. 

But then on the second to the final weekend of a Sunday, it was surprising of well some sales which surprised me and also starting to get a bit of Minecraft, Like I will shit you not, these past few weeks have been a most plan with exploring Minecraft and I can get the appeal of why it's cool, I mean mouse and keyboard feel much smoother to me so I can expect maybe some videos in the future but probably not. 

Now it was soon time to realise that things can go wrong, like ordering an item and them not turning up and then even ordering and them delivering 15 minutes before I got to the shop. It ended up arriving, but then it came to another problem, since when it was meant to arrive, I was meant to cycle and drop it and well just as I got down the hill, the tyre went out, So then it was a massively long run, on the driest Monday of them. 

The Run from Amazfit, proving how the Bip S can really go 

Running on Roads 


From the 1st to the second

Which then luckily it was a case of a drive back to Tavi and then time for the next stage, which in this case was then to pick up some flowers for one of my best real-life friends former customer who sadly had to move into a care home the week before, which for her things went bad very soon after I told her a lot of truths in my life and it just felt like a chain effect which may be the pandemic did not help. 

The flowers for £12 from one of the local florists 

More of the flowers 

But then it was really the day before the internet and customer demand was getting high so knuckling down was the time, well since the day after was finally the internet, with the most decent Openreach chap and well he got me open up and running as well as the WD-9970 router was the one they send me but I used some open box one in work. But that means CCTV was up and now I can really be a product and make sure to get things going, but well, minus the phone (VOIP and phones not being picked up is a nightmare for sure ). But then it was soon time to be able to catch up with some nice food after a late visit and most of watching Crash 4 playthroughs too. 

The casserole with some extra curry sauce 

 Which then it was time to eventually start to be productive, in terms of the second job, and well that was off to maybe not the best starts, having to understand the rave system and also it was soon time to really think about finalising the accounts which were only a week away, not from deadlines but completing more than  I expected. 

But that is not without sacrifice with not talking to important friends.  since one called me by accident when she was ready to go out then we were meant to catch up and I still need to. But well something else happened, well I got the guts to try to reach out for voices notes like I used to with someone special and well it really was buzzing when I got some back, it was feeling a lot more togetherness and well which well maybe this year has been a lot of change because of her and well I feel better for it. Which one day I'll tell the truth of it all, but maybe its close to me realising that its closer to something then i really never would have expected. We have to work on it but I think maybe next year is looking to be a lot of new things and stories to explore.

But cough about that, more work and also the introduction with Christmas tree pretzels were amazing, well the flavour Lidl have had before but let's be real, shaped pretzels, But that was a new craving compared to The Onion and Chive potato sticks. 

The Sour cream and chive pretzels 

Then well times come and go, more cute voice notes and also more times to open for the midnight release and well its time for Watch Dogs Legion, which is sort of suited to what the events of the UK might be following. But well it was yet another midnight release in work. 

The lunch on that day

Blurred running at night

The store 

This was actually a bit better since I did sell a day one release that day of it, but well sadly not much else but some jobs cleared and some not, but then it was getting some extra security sorted and also it was odd how noticing over the past few weeks I had about 10 people without masks on without making a scene of it or me calling them out else you get that reputation of overcaring and cause loss of customers. But it was also a time to use the Lidl Plus app again to get a good deal on food and well more running around at night. 

At least the CCTV works 

Lidl again 

More deals 

But then it was finally there weekend of half term and well Halloween. Which actually was off to a good start since of another pair of jeans ripped it was a massive hole in this one, but elastic bands from a few deliveries helped me keep cover when working. Especially when security arrived and a time to get that set up too. 

 security to set up, 80 of them 
The trousers 

Then it was finally the supposed last days of deals or so I thought, but soon plans were emerging of a lockdown and well it was bound to happen but it also meant the last days counted. So deals will be done for the next 4 days. but it also made me a bit guilt feeling due to some of the reasons I got the shop going was for released next month but sadly that's going to be an online affair I've got to sort out. So in the next few days, its time to prepare for another lockdown. 

See you in 2 weeks