Well, it's been a very long time since I last posted on this, but as most of you know what's happened in the last year I'll save you the details. Suffice it to say that Laura and I are no longer together, nor am I living in Edinburgh. I've gone back to my (in spirit anyway) roots here in Cambridge, and am living in a lovely big house in Girton with Ebony and John Linford (and others this summer). Bhoy had to go back to the Dogs Trust; they were great about finding him another home; neither Laura nor I could look after him properly independantly for obvious reasons.
I now have an office here in Cambridge as well; working from home eventually got too much for me, and I'm very grateful to have it - I still work from home occasionally but having the option makes so much difference. In other work news we've really started working hard on the third year implementation with our biggest client, which not only is keeping me busy, it's enabling Spiralinks to really push forward with the new software release and sales. I only hope that we have enough need for a resource here - having someone to work with will really help my moral and productivity! Having Adam, who newly joined us in California has already made a difference, so things are really looking up!
Had a lovely weekend - finally finished sorting the house, installing the dishwasher, etc. - tiring but necessary and very satisfying. Yesterday went up to Norfolk to the beach with Joy - via California (look it up!) - we ended up on Winterton beach, which despite being very near the nasty Great Yarmouth, was surpisingly devoid of irritating English beach-goers (elitist, me? Nah!). The last couple of weeks have made me realise what friendships are about; I've got some wonderful people around me and life is really very good at the moment.
I'd better get on with work - hierarchies, managers, locations and products are tedious and screw with my head, but at least it's challenging!