Wednesday, February 28, 2007

So here we are, my last full day in New York for a while and it is a nice warm day. Things went quite well at work and I didn't leave too many loose ends for the other guys. My agent has called an end to phase 2 of trying to find a publisher for my childrens book, it it now time for phase 3. You just have to keep plugging away.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Overcast and rainy today. I did a lot of communicating with europe when I got home from work. Lots of people are checking my schedule with me, I have quite a full plate. Some FA Cup replays,Man U beat Reading 3-2, WBA lost to Middlesborough on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The winners play each other in the 1/4 finals.

Monday, February 26, 2007

So we had about 2 " of snow overnight which was less than they thought, it also stayed quite warm
allowing it to start melting quickly. My friend Utpal came back from his trip and we managed to get a run in this afternoon. I talked with one of my cousins in eastern europe this morning and he says, that they relly did not have a winter and there are flowers everywhere.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

A very quiet morning, cool but with sunshine. It may literally be the quiet before the storm, as they say there is a big snow storm coming this evening. The first major trophy in English football has been decided, with Chelsea beating Arsenal 2-1 in the Carling ( League ) Cup. Oh yeah, I talked with my sister yesterday on the phone.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

What a difference a day makes, it easily feels about 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. I also feel a lot better after a good nights sleep, that was about 30 minutes longer than usual. I also took a short nap in the middle of the morning. I listened to the Ireland v England six nations game where Ireland crushed England 43-13. In the Championship My Wolves won 1-0 against Leeds and are now only goal difference away from the play-offs, 4 points away from automatic promotion with the last 1/4 of the season at hand.

Friday, February 23, 2007

I will be glad when winter is finally over, It seems as though fighting the weather all week and trying to keep running everyday, takes it's toll. When I get to the end of the week I always seem to be a little tired and weery. Though I know that all the hard work I put in now will pay off in the spring, when I can run freely. Of course the odd nap here and there helps. The strong winds of earlier in the winter have returned, though the temp's are warmer than they were before which makes it a little better.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Not a lot to say, there was heavy rain during my walk home this afternoon, it could have been snow! This time next week I will be on a flight to europe.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

It hit 50 degrees f today though very briefly. Liverpool beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League which will make my niece very happy. Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw with Porto in their game. I kind of have a new favourite TV show " Heroes ", well I've watched 2 episodes and it looks pretty good.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

OK a big day in football ( soccer ), in the Champions League; Man U 1-0 Lille, PSV 1-0 Arsenal, Celtic 0-0 Milan. In the Championship Wolves 1-0 Ipswich, WBA 1-0 Leeds. Yes it was finally a warm day temp's reaching around 44 f (6 c ), the snow and ice of course is melting.

Monday, February 19, 2007

It's Presidents day here in the US, celebrating the birthdays of Presidents Lincoln and Washington.
So it is a pretty quiet day. I finally sat down and did my taxes, so they are done for another year. It's possible that this is the last cold day this winter for me, the temperatures will be going up into the 40's f from tomorrow. Everyone is saying it's too late now to get really cold.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Kung Hei Fat Choi, yes it's Chinese new year, here in New York it's a very nice day for it. I ran early this morning before 7, about the same as last week, but when I turnd back for home I noticed that I felt a little heavy. So it was a bit of a slog to get back. Afterwards though I did feel quite relaxed.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

This is my 550 th post since I started this blog. Things have finally started to warm up and the snow is begining to get a llitlle more manageable. It's Saturday so the was football in the UK. my nephew's team WBA managed a 2-2 draw at Middlesboro' in the FA Cup 5th round. My team Wolves beat Burnley 2-1 in the Championship and moved up to 8th in the table. In about 12 days time I will be going on one of my trips to Eastern Europe, mainly Bulgaria and Bosnia, so I am making lots of plans at the moment.

Friday, February 16, 2007

maybe it's because it's friday but my head was feeling kind of stuffy this morning. Slogging back and forth in my heavy boots, because of the snow and ice is making my legs sore. The 2 guys to the left are Dilly and Dally, the 2 characters in my childrens books, cute aren't they. Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

It's the day after the snow storm, I could hear the snow crisp beneath my feet as I walked to work this morning. Though the temperature never got higher than 25 f ( -3 c ), there was bright sunshine in the afternoon and so we had some snow melting.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It seems that the weather people got one right, well almost. Yes we did get 2"-3" ( 5-7.5 cm ) of snow, yes freezing rain, but no it did not change to heavy rain, because it didn't get as warm as they said it would. here in New York life pretty much went on, just a little slower than usual. There was even some blue sky as I went for my run after coming home from work.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I do like the odd nap now and then and according to an article I just read it is good for you. A Greek study of 23000 men in their 50's, apparently shows that if you take a 30 minute nap 3 times a week. Itreduces the risk of heart failure by 37%. They say it is helpful if you can find a couch or a sofa and take a nap around mid-day while at work. Well who knew!

Monday, February 12, 2007

The start of the morning was a little gloomy and overcast, but it brightened up by late morning and the temerature has climbed 5 or 6 degrees above freezing. It is that time of year when I have to prepare my taxes, this usually doesn't take me too long. I like to get them in well before the April 15 ( this year 17th ) deadline.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

What a beauty this morning was. When I looked out of the window I could see bright sunshine, the sky a beautiful eggshell blue. I pulled on warm running clothes and my shoes and I was out the door. Of course it was cold out there, but that was almost lost in how nice the day was. It's funny because when I first woke up I didn't feel so good, but the day outside inspired me and I had a nice run and then enjoyed my breakfast.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I slept in an extra hour this morning, well it is the weekend. Wolves beat preston 1-0, Preston were 2nd in the Championship. Now WBA ( my nephews team ) have moved into 2nd place. In Rugby Union England just managed to beat Italy and Scotland beat Wales. It is still cold here but the temp' climbed above freezing again, a little bit easier to run .

Friday, February 09, 2007

I can't believe that it's the weekend, still cold though the temperature did get above freezing this afternoon . The whole week has been a stuggle against cold. we have a problem with the heating at work and of course it's been cold outside. Here we are though in the second week of february and hardly any snow at all this winter.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Once again I was feeling pretty tired by the end of the day, the cold weather really takes it out of you. So this time I took a nap first and then went for my run. The run was good I felt very fresh, stopped in at one of local restaurants to get a take away for dinner on the way home.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The England team played a friendly against Spain today and lost 1-0. The game was discribed as being a bit of a lack lustre performance by England. With all the great players in England, they do not seem able to put together a very convincing show of skills these days. I am not sure if it is the cold but as soon as I get home I go for a run, then take a short nap in the early evening.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

my sniffles and sneezes have returned after about a week away. The fact that the temperature only climbed up to 26 f ( -4 c ) doesn't really help much. I did however have a nice run this afternoon even if it was cold. A good nights sleep will help.

Monday, February 05, 2007

I have noticed an interesting weather phenomenon the last 3 days. After the sun goes down the temerature rises 1 or 2 degrees and no matter what the temp' is when I wake up, it always goes down 1 or 2 degrees just before the sun comes up. Also I spend part of my evening writing my blog and when I get a chance to read I am reading someone else's diary ( Micheal Palin's book ). Well it's interesting to me!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Another cold morning ( 21 f -6 c ), went out well dressed in layers of clothing for my run. I enjoyed it. You know it is amazing that even when it is so cold you can still work up a sweat. My Ecuadorean friend who lives just around the corner, invited me for breakfast. he had also been out for a run this morning. here in the US it is superbowl weekend , today is the game , but I have decided not to watch it ( too much hype ). I am sure I will hear everything about it tomorrow.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Today was a very crisp day, the temperature ranged from 28 f to 25 f ( 2 c to 3 c ). There was broght sunshine once it came up, but the sky and everything looked sharp. I listened to the England v Scotland Six Nations game on the BBC, on my computer, England won 42-20. My Wolves managed a 2-2 draw with Plymouth and remain in 10th place in the Championship. I had an idea to but a cheap video camera, I had seen in a store that was going out of business. They had sold out by the time a I got there, oh! well.

Friday, February 02, 2007

This post is mainly for my sister. I recieved some messages last night and today about one of my cousins from Serbia. He is about 14 years old and has had kidney problems for some time. He and his mother have now gone to a special Humanitarian hospital in Torina Italy, that offers care to children from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia. I am told that he will be there maybe for 4 to 6 months waiting for a donor, at which time he will recieve a new kidney. The people of his village and some surounding ones collected money to send him. I wish him luck and hope to see well soon. His name is Vlado.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I had a pretty good day at work and a nice run this afternoon. My agent contacted me to say that 2 publishers passed on my childrens book, I still have 8 more to hear from though so we will see. Oh! the south american climber by the way, I managed to get some tubers,so I'll see how they do in the spring.