Games, Glorious Games!

Well, it has been a long time since my last post.

I think it is for a variety of reasons, chiefly being the fact that I am now well and truly back into my games and spend time on them when I should be writing.

I have definitely turned into a steam addict and my game collection grows by the week (though now Tracey has given me an allowance each fortnight!).

Lately, I have been mainly playing Crusader Kings II (where I am trying my hardest to become the King of Ireland [unsuccessfully] as YouTube recommends to new players), X2:The Threat (I am making my annual attempt at an X:Marathon where I start with X:Beyond the Frontier and progress through X:Tension, X2:The Threat, X3:Reunion and X3:Terran Conflict building my empire before finally getting my hands on X3: Albion Prelude and finally X:Rebirth if my PC can handle it).

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The End of an Era

Well, that is college over for now until we start the Computer Programming course in September (when we get around to enrolling anyway!).  We came so close to finishing our final MS Access test but due to some unexpected issues, we had to come in the week after to finish it.  It was a sad goodbye to our tutor Nina, as we have been with her for two ITQ courses now and sadly Totton College currently do not offer the ITQ3 which we would gladly have enrolled on and had her teach us for level one, two and three!.

I would have had this post out earlier but, there were some computer issues which needed a careful application of Smart Defrag, Ccleaner and Malware Bytes to sort out first.

If your computer is running slow, chances are it either needs defragging or has malware (or even both!) I didn’t have any malware, but did need a defrag.  I can strongly recommend these three programs to help keep your PC in top shape.

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Totton College Taxi Drama

We had an interesting phone call the other day from our tutor Nina at Totton College.

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English: Totton College Totton College from the Calmore Road entrance. Formerly Totton Grammar School which opened in 1955, the College was opened in 1969. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her and another member of staff, Kirsty had been talking and felt bad that we walked home the week before (and pushing that wheelchair from the college home was very tiring!) and had arranged for a Taxi to pick us up and drop us home for the last few weeks of our ITQ course!.

I was lost for words! I had no idea the college could even offer such a service, and the fact that these two members of staff thought about it and made it happen for us to make our travelling to and from college a hell of a lot easier just blew me away!.

We took a risk and decided not to take the wheelchair as Tracey would only need to walk around the college, but as it turned out we had underestimated the stairs and realised that next week we would be taking the chair anyway!.

It was such a strange feeling sitting in a taxi to and from college like royalty where we are used to walking and it made us both feel a little lazy but my goodness wasn’t it easier and a lot quicker! we usually don’t get home until gone 2200 but we were home a little after 2100.

So if you are reading this Totton college:

Thank you from us both! you have made us both smile and really made it a lot easier for us to complete our course! we look forward to studying with you again in September! (though Tracey will be more mobile by then hopefully!).

Well, time for me to do a spot of Python before going back to modding my Bethesda games (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas) and I will shortly get a post up telling all about this new exciting hobby!.

 

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Totton College Open Evening

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Tutoring Center (Photo credit: Tulane Public Relations)

We went into Totton College on Wednesday in an effort to complete the Microsoft Access

module of our ITQ level 2.

Sadly, we didn’t quite finish it but we needed to wait around for an hour for the open evening to start.

Fortunately, there is a Costa selling student priced coffee which kept us busy until the Tutors began filing into the cafeteria and taking their places.

Thanks to the newly released prospectus advertising all manner of exciting courses, we had narrowed it down to a small list that we were interested in:

Computer Programming – This featured as a primary objective during my previous brainstorming session. It uses VB.Net but still should be useful to me.

Web Design – Only a leisure course but interesting, sadly the tutor wasn’t there to talk to.

Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Criminology – only short leisure courses but sound really interesting and could help me to decide if a career in Psychology is for me.

Hairdressing – One for Tracey, something she has wanted to do for years but due to Southampton City College‘s history with bullying and apathy has put her off studying there.

We spoke to all the relevant tutors in a roundabout way, being shunted between the front desk, and table to table.

Most people seem to have only had one or two courses in mind so we were definitely testing their skills!.

These courses also would be discounted if we are in receipt of certain benefits come the enrolment!.

It’s a shame they did not have any Health & Safety courses available as that is another primary objective discovered during my brainstorming session which would have come in helpful for my employment prospects.

There is always the ever present possibility of online courses too for many of the subjects I am interested in, though costs will vary between free and expensive.

Well, time to go back to Python and see how much I have forgotten!.

 

 

 

A Very Productive Day!…

Wow what a day.

Up early this morning for a hospital appointment (they said 0830 but also said I can expect to be there for at least four hours).

I came prepared with my kindle for the long wait and was promptly called in to see the nurse about a page in!.

She explained the procedure (an Endoscopy for the curious) in graphic detail then had me sit down in another waiting room where I assumed I would be spending the rest of the day.

Less than a chapter later, I was called in for the procedure, I wont go into detail but it was definitely one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life!.

I cannot praise the staff enough, they were extremely patient, kind and thorough, especially the nurse I had already met who was reassuring me throughout the procedure to keep me calm, if you are reading this thank you for being there!

After thanking the Doctor and Nurses (much to their surprise!) and making my way back to my wife in the waiting room with a numb throat, we made our way home which is a good half hour walk to burn off the numbing spray (and the fact I couldn’t have my morning coffee or breakfast and couldn’t eat or drink anything until at least 1015 made me even grumpier than usual!).

After getting home, I immediately downed a large coffee and a snack and felt miles better, then instead of going to sleep for a few hours (hooray for caffeine!) I decided to clean the kitchen and bathroom top to bottom while listening to a random playlist on my iPod.

With the kitchen and bathroom now sparkling, I downed more coffee to keep me alive and proceeded to do some tidying before finally succumbing to tiredness about an hour before we were due to leave for college (just like I knew I would!).

After a brief power nap, we threw on our trainers and headed out the door for college.

After initially getting lost in the newly redeveloped Totton College, and grabbing another coffee from the onsite Costa, we finally arrived at the right classroom and started eagerly working through the work books.

Three hours later we had a nice leisurely stroll home in the darkness and enjoyed the cool air until we arrived back home where I promptly devoured a bowl of cereal and a bottle of ice cold water (SO refreshing!!).

Now, I am writing this while waiting for my brother in law to arrive from Wales to look after our cat Milo for the weekend while we go to look after my parents dogs for the weekend!.

When we arrive tomorrow morning, I fully intend to do nothing for at least a few hours other than maybe catch up on some sleep!.

Roll on the weekend!! we have music, games and work to keep us busy!

College Days Revisited

I’m sat here watching the new series of Don’t Tell the Bride and looking forward to starting college again next week.

I’m not going full time as the course my wife and I are doing is only a few hours on a Wednesday at Totton college, but it is still the first time I have been back to college for a few years while I have been battling depression and trying to find work, so it is a big deal to turn that corner finally and start planning for the future again.

The course is an ITQ level 2 as we did the level 1 a few years back, it is an IT qualification in the use of Microsoft Office 2010 as I think I need to learn more about Office as it will come in helpful for my writing and for the possibility of employment in an office environment.  Also, it will vastly increase my knowledge of Office gained from judicious use of Google and YouTube!.

Plus, it makes a change from simply spending all day every day mindlessly job hunting without success or trying to wrap my head around the programming challenges I have set myself!.

The job centre needed to send some paperwork to us to prove entitlement for the bursary to enable us to do it for free – and they actually did! they sent the correct paperwork out with all the relevant details we needed.  Tracey phoned them to ask as I didn’t see the point, I knew they would screw it up just like they always do but this time the system worked!. Boy am I pleased to be wrong!.

So, we start Wednesday, I have an early hospital appointment the Thursday and Friday we are “house sitting” for my parents which is a nice little holiday for us somewhere else away from Southampton for the weekend! should sleep well then! maybe get a chance to catch up with my reading as I have been focussing on the computer recently so it would be nice to get back to The Dark Tower again!.

Wish me luck and take care!