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May 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm by Angela

Wow, Little Z, when I decided to start your development log with an update covering the first 3 months in one entry, I was sure it would be ages until I actually had to sit and write it. Yet here we are – you are three months old. Three. Months. Where on earth did that time go? And yet I cannot imagine not seeing your smiling little face everyday now. Whilst I was never one to say our family was missing something without you, it is definitely whole now you are here. We all love you to bits and I was more than happy to be toppled from Little H’s ‘Best Friend’ podium knowing you were taking the top spot.


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December 3, 2016 at 6:35 am by Angela

It’s been over 10 months now since I went back to work after my maternity leave ended. 10 months! Longer than I was pregnant with Little H. Only 3 months short of how long I was off work. By the time Christmas Day arrives, it will have been over two years since I bid everyone farewell and hobbled off to prepare myself for becoming a mum. In January my baby will turn 2! I’ll be honest, I’m in a state of disbelief about the whole thing. I’m in denial that this amount of time has passed already. It feels to be racing by.


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September 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm by Angela

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

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August 9, 2016 at 11:35 am by Angela

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. (Like last month, there are actually 11 because I couldn’t choose which one to get rid of.) Enjoy!

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July 30, 2016 at 9:40 am by Angela

So many bloggers I follow do monthly updates on what their kids are doing. When I read them, I always reflect back to what H was doing at that same age. It has made me regret not capturing her achievements here; Since my blog is first and foremost a place for me to record life, it would be nice to have something to re-read in the years to come. Embracing the motto “Better late than never.” I’ve decided to start capturing her monthly development / quirks / amusing tales as she turns 18 months old.


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November 13, 2015 at 4:35 pm by Angela

I bought a copy of November’s Marie Claire the other day for a bit of light reading. It happened to be the edition which included their bi-annual Marie Claire @ Work feature and it had a few articles on the topic of ‘tech’ at work. Working in that area I was obviously interested but the first article I found really rubbed me up the wrong way. It was a feature on Sophia Amoruso who founded Nasty Gal clothing; The headline was “How I made it in Tech.”. My problem: she founded a successful business which makes use of tech but she doesn’t actually work in tech!


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October 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm by Angela

I think it’s human nature to be competitive and to compare yourself against others. I know that I thrive on competition – sometimes with others, usually with myself; I continually need to have goals and targets to meet or to better. I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve struggled not having the clear goals a working environment brings during my maternity leave year. As the year has progressed and H has developed and grown, it would be incredibly easy to latch on to her ‘development milestones’ and use those to fuel my need for continual progression. But I’m going against my natural inclinations and trying to not do this because I don’t want to become a goal-driven parent.

Rowing – my competitive outlet for years!

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January 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Angela

I’m sure people who know me will laugh when I say that I am generally quite a patient person. But in all seriousness when I have a plan / a schedule / an approach then I will happily wait until the appropriate time comes. However, when I don’t know what’s going on then I get a bit on-edge and my patience does dwindle a bit. I find myself in that position right now because Mini Watling could arrive at any time…but I have no idea when.

I have been trying to keep busy: having friends over, cooking meals for the freezer, baking tasty things for Sam and I to eat now, re-watching my ‘Friends‘ box set (including sending ‘Friends’ trivia questions to Carol over WhatsApp!). I’ve also managed to finish and deploy the code changes which I started last March! As someone who definitely doesn’t cope well with not being busy (as much as I complain when I am!), I think I’m managing it quite well. I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll look back at this amount of free time with longing. There is never a happy medium with these things!

June 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Angela

…and then I had to figure out how to use jQuery mobile collapsable menus and it all became too much. It have been putting off finishing off my mobile website because I knew the blog aspect, integrating with WordPress, was going to be more effort than the rest of the site. I have been putting it off for so long, almost 4 months have passed since I first put some of my mobile code live.

Today I decided to spend some time on it and most of the mobile site theme is done, with the exception of the ‘sidebar’ menu. The plugin I currently have (which has ads, that motivated me to build a mobile site in the first place) has a nice dynamic menu which expands and collapses without re-loading – something I would like to replicate. It’s a jQuery function being used but I’m not quite sure which one. So I did a bit of searching and found a function which looks promising. However, I have never used jQuery before…ever…after all my years of having a website. After several hours of tweaking pages and style sheets today, the thought of trying to work out how to do this was just beyond me. So, the end result is getting close, but still needs some more work. Whilst I cannot be bothered to build a proof of concept, I think I might have to relent later in the week!

June 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Angela

I have been an iPhone user for years. However, since Sam got an android phone last year and I got an android tablet earlier this year, I have been learning to enjoy android a lot more. I have no plans to jump ship to an android phone just yet (I don’t change phones until my contract ends, which is not for some time) but I have felt for sometime that iOS is lagging behind Android and, dare I say it, Windows 7 (in some ways).

Today, iOS7 was previewed and announced for the autumn. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting or hoping for – just that I, perhaps unfairly, wanted to be impressed. From what I have seen, I am looking forward to Apple’s release later this year. There is a typical Apple film explaining iOS7, along with some supporting ‘blurb‘ and videos on their website. The overall design looks fresh and clean. iOS has always had quite a dark look-and-feel; What Apple have done is almost reverse the colour pallet: where it was black, it’s not white and translucent; where it was shadowed and ‘3D-ed’, it is now flat and sharp. It has also completely re-visited how users interact with their phones. When iOS came out, it was leading edge. But people have grown accustomed to smart phones and their demands and expectations have evolved. Some of the features I am most anticipating though are:

  • Notification Centre on lock screen
  • Control Centre on the swipe-up for quick turn on/off of bluetooth etc
  • Safari tabs having a nice visual scroll

Of course, I completely agree with some of the comments made in and on this TechCrunch article. There is very little that Apple are presenting which hasn’t been done somewhere else. A lot of the features they are singing about, including the look-and-feel, have been done across other devices. However, I suppose the key is that Apple has brought all of the best bits from other phones / operating systems and combined them. If they have done it well, as Apple typically do, then it should be a pretty nifty OS. So, yes, as much as you can be about a phone operating system, I am a excited!

Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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