My second post in a series of articles about James and my adoption journey is our experience of the first day of “prep group training.” You can read part 1 here.
This series of posts is an insight into the world of adoption from the viewpoint of a same-sex, male couple. I decided to publish our story for a number of reasons: 1) because I’m a private individual and rather than talk to people, sometimes it’s easier to put it into writing. 2) to help others who are thinking about going through the process, and 3) so we have something written down to show our future children how they came into our lives.
This is the first in hopefully a number of posts charting our journey.
After I finish work on a Friday, I like to reflect on the week that’s been. Whether it’s in the car on the way home, or with a glass of wine later in the evening, I think about what we* did well, what we could do better – and what was just a complete disaster.
This week has been a rollercoaster at complete opposites of the scale.
Earlier this month, myself and James went to see Take That play the opening night of their Wonderland tour in Birmingham, and I learnt an important lesson when posting to social media.
It was a a great gig and I took lots of photos for my gallery. Like most people, I used the power of social media to quickly share the joy and the buzz I felt.
A reported 19 concert-goers attending an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester have been killed following an explosion in a foyer area within the arena.
Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as terrorism.
I was lucky enough to have received tickets for the opening night of Take That’s Wonderland 2017 live tour.
The boys played the Genting Arena in Birmingham and were supported by 90s girl group, All Saints.
It’s rare for commercial software developers, such as myself, to get
to use the software we write. We rely on our users to report problems or
suggest new features for the applications we develop.
It’s also difficult to try out new technologies or methodologies without having a “real” application to build or experiment on.
Therefore when I read about a PHP development framework (Laravel) that looked so interesting I just had to try it out, I came up with the idea of an application...
When you have worked with the same technology day-in, day-out for almost 15 years, it’s easy to miss some of the “under-the-radar” changes that are made without any fan-fare. This, for me, is one of those in C#.
My hosting company, Memset Ltd., have advised me they will be
performing important maintenance work on their Miniserver platform.
This maintenance is to apply critical security patches to the Linux
kernel of the physical servers that host the virtual servers like mine
– that power this website.
The Walt Disney World resort announced on Twitter
earlier today that it will be closing all theme parks, water parks,
golf courses, Disney Springs and the ESPN sports complex for hurricane
The closure comes as President Obama declared a state of emergency in
28 Florida counties. Local Governments ordered coastal counties to
evacuate, and advised residents in other counties to be off the streets
by 6pm this evening.