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April 5, 2013

Kabouters, canals and colds

Filed under: Holiday — Duane @ 7:42 pm

Or as Caitlin would say k k k k k (the sound that each word starts with).
This week we have done a few different things and this post will share some of our experiences.

Shock horror – there are even some pictures in this post!


April 4, 2013

Holland and the weather

Filed under: Holiday — Duane @ 12:58 am

We are currently having issues with Agnes’ Flickr account, thus the reason for the continued lack of photos. We have been taking photos and will share them as soon as we can. In this post I will lambast the current Dutch weather.


April 1, 2013

Easter/My Birthday

Filed under: Holiday — Duane @ 11:30 pm

We arrived in Holland on Good Friday and spent the day settling in. Saturday was spent in Zaandam, doing some shopping and getting ready for Easter. Sunday was both Easter Sunday and my birthday. Had a great day.


March 31, 2013

Travel from Brisbane to Amsterdam

Filed under: Holiday, Home Stuff — Duane @ 4:24 am

Well that was interesting and our stress about thinking how the flights would be with kids was mainly for nothing. No pictures to post at this point, just boring text to read. Read on for more of our adventures to date.


March 3, 2013

Testing, testing … is this thing on?

Filed under: Home Stuff — Duane @ 8:27 pm

Just testing this out to see if all is working. Shall be using the site more with the impending holidays and informing family and friends of the trip and uploading photos.

January 17, 2012

Wow it’s been awhile …

Filed under: Home Stuff — Duane @ 3:46 pm

Like the title says it’s been a long time since posts. Unsure if this will be the start of blogging once more. I just wanted to comment that I approved some old comments and looked at the stats – I still get between 20 and 40 hits a day! And I am not posting anything!

Virtually all of the hits are in regard to my Microsoft Office tips and tricks, especially the MS Project articles. Funny thing is – I don’t train or use MS Project anymore and haven’t touched the program in about 3 years. What do I do now? A bit of mix of things – Aurion training, report writing, business analysis, and showing colleagues how to improve their skills with MS Office, especially OneNote. At the moment I am building an Access database for logging incidents received within the team and updating Consistency Report criteria.

Kids are doing well – Emma and Caitlin are 3.5 and starting pre-Prep this year. Lucas is 19 months old and starting his temper tantrums when he is told no. He is a lot healthier now since he has had his tonsils out, but he will more than likely have asthma due to the bronchilitis bouts he had in the first 12 months.

September 26, 2010

Life with Lucas

Filed under: Fatherhood, Home Stuff — Duane @ 7:47 pm

Wow, it has been well over a year since the last post. And a lot has changed in that time – new job, Emma and Caitlin are now 2 and well into the toddler stage, nearly finished up uni, and of course the birth of our son Lucas. How could I possibly forget that? Life couldnt be more different when dealing with 3 kids under the age of 3.


April 26, 2009

The week of hospitals

Filed under: Fatherhood, Home Stuff — Duane @ 7:58 pm

Yes it has been awhile since posts, March was a bad month with the girls continually sick, and us continually tired and grumpy because of the sickness. At the end of March, April looked promising and indeed it has been a good month – except for the last week. I drove to the local hospital 6 times within the space of one week – and only one visit a day.


February 21, 2009

It’s been awhile …

Filed under: Fatherhood, Home Stuff — Duane @ 8:21 pm

And where has the time gone? Sorry it’s been quite awhile ‘tween updates but time to blog has been extremely limited, not to say the desire to shout out. So what have we been up to? This, that and the usual.

Workwise, things are winding into normality with the bulk of the training now completed. This does not mean that things are slowing down, pace is still roughly the same. There are manuals to be updated, things to organise with the training that will now occur, systems and processes to set up, trial and update. Not to mention that I still need to learn the ins and the outs of what the whole system can do. We still have two of the contract trainers onboard and in some areas they know significantly more than I do. The good thing is though,  that with the bulk of the training now out of the way, I can attempt to go back to the gym during lunch break. Plus with the time it seems I will be arriving at work in the mornings, I might do a cardio session in the morning, thus focus on weights during lunch.


January 11, 2009

It’s the New Year, time to declutter your ‘puter and get organised!

Filed under: Productivity — Duane @ 7:33 am

It’s the beginning of a new year, and what better way to start it off than to organise your life. Ok … that might be a bit too ambitious, but you can organise your life by starting somewhere. And what better way than organising something that you use every day – your connection to the ‘net, storage of pics, music, vids, documents, etc – the simple computer. So let’s look at ways you can organise the files on your ‘puter so that you can easily find them when you wish/need them. Note you will need a couple of hours or up to a day (shock horror, perhaps more than a day?) depending upon the amount of files you have. 


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