Work have been offering free health checks including height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
At the end we were provided with heart risk scores, a 10 year risk and a 2 year risk1.
My 10 year figure was 2.3%2
and my initial reaction was ...
Last night we had friends staying over with the aim of playing some board games together.
It was a really pleasant evening catching up, though with all the chatting, it didn't leave as much time for games as we had wished.
Stoic and Mindfulness Resilience Training (SMRT) is a free online course organised by the Modern Stoicism team.
It combines the ancient philosophy of Stoicism with practices from modern psychotherapy.
I found it very useful last year and have signed up again this year.
In the past week my youngest son has learned to walk.
He has been standing unaided for a few months now but last week he first managed to shift his weight from side to side enough to let himself take a few steps.
Over the week he has become more ...
Since the survey has been shared with IChemE members, there have been a over 70 responses, the vast majority of which have been very supportive.
There seems to be a great deal of interest for such an event, mixing both a technical aspect and social setting.
It was also ...
To celebrate a family member's significant birthday, we have just enjoyed a lovely weekend away.
I have been trying to work out exactly what makes going on holiday such a nice experience.
I mean objectively, why do we look forward to spending lots of money to stay in someone ...
In one of my previous jobs, I did not particularly get on with one of my supervisors.
This is not that surprising and to be honest, it would probably be surprising if I had gotten on with every supervisor I have encountered.
This particular supervisor was not my direct line ...
I got to attend a pensions workshop provided by my work today.
The presenter confirmed that for people my age, the state pension is probably a mirage.
They may say that I can retire and collect the state pension at 68, that will definitely keep getting moved and possibly removed ...
I have now attended tree InstMC dinners, and I have yet to have truly enjoyed any of the after dinner comedians.
Sure every one managed to get at least one laugh out of me, but at the end of the half hour, I don't think I have had one ...
Last night's InstMC dinner raised funds on behalf of the Scottish Cot Death Trust and included a personal speech by one of the trustees.
The speech was very emotional and stirred some of my earliest memories.
I had intended to write this post last year but found it too ...
I will be attending the InstMC Dinner tonight, as the guest of Honeywell.
This will be an evening of free drinks and dinner and a good chance to have fun
with other folk from industry.
It will be the first time I have had a drink in a while.
It looks like most of the Falkirk area has been taken offline last night at about 7pm.
Grangemouth refinery was out, along with lots of ATMs and fuel stations but most
importantly, my house and therefore home server was taken out.
During the Process Hazard Analysis that we are currently carrying out, there have been a number of occasions when we are referencing procedures and other documents to check how we are currently managing the various hazards.
It is always a bit worrying when you see that the document in question ...
When writing yesterday's post I remembered my own introduction to experiments at school.
I loved science and I loved finding stuff out.
What I didn't love was getting things wrong and I could not understand why they forced us to make a guess about what would happen before ...
On Friday, I was handed a "science kit" as I collected my 3 year old from nursery.
It looks like all the kids get handed it at some point and asked to do some of the experiments and write something in the book about the experience.
At the start of the year, I hacked together a small spreadsheet that did many things that a spreadsheet is not meant to do.
It was meant as a proof of concept however is started adding more and more to it.
I had a few goes at tidying up the ...
On Friday evening, I changed the script that I use to update the site.
The new script is much more efficient and faster,
however it caused the RSS feed to be modified in such a way that my feed reader
thought that every article was a new article and reimported ...
When out at the shops today, I tried to find a new jacket to replace my current one.
My main issue with my current jacket is that it is water resistant but it doesn't hold up to heavy rain.
It is also not particularly warm if I am standing ...
I have spent most of my day trying to convert some graphics for a up coming project.
We have been provided a method of manually converting the graphics but it takes around 5 minutes per graphic and we have hundreds.
So rather than simply using the manual method, I have ...
For a few months now I have been having problems with some of the programs on my work laptop.
Today I was given a 'new' laptop with a fresh install.
I said 'new' with scare quotes because I think that the laptop is the same age as the old one ...
Today we went to a farm for pumpkin picking.
I had envisioned going into a field where the pumpkins were being grown and picking them fresh from the stock.
Of course this wouldn't have worked with the number of participants.
Instead you picked your pumpkin from a whole field ...
Today has been a day of DIY, mostly painting in the downstairs toilet.
This was a good opportunity to catch up on podcasts and I spent most of the time catching up with the DisasterCast back catalogue.
I don't have much to add except that I found it an ...