Beanz Meanz, er, I’m not sure anymore…

24 08 2015

What on earth is going on?

I used to find solace in food.

Especially branded food.

There was a constant, a taste guarantee that other own label brands could not surpass.

From tomato sauce to tuna, some brands were just simply the best.

But my branded food world was turned upside down the other day by the power of just one word.

A word that causes panic amongst some, negativity amongst others and smugness in the rest.

This word?

Aldi.

My food snobbery was put to the test.

With an almost petulant attitude I succumbed to having Aldi beans on toast at home.

Wifey’s on a cost saving exercise.

I was brought up on Heinz baked beans.

It felt wholeheartedly wrong to betray them (does that make me a has-bean?).

I felt layers of comfort being peeled away as easily as an Aldi onion.

And the result?

Regrettably they were good.

In fact I preferred them.

So I’ll tell you what Beanz Meanz.

Beanz Meanz Aldi (and saving a ton of cash).





Fire and forget…

20 08 2015

What do emails and the AGM-114 Hellfire missile have in common?

Clue’s in the title of the blog.

I’m becoming increasingly annoyed at the attitude behind work emails.

Just because you hit send does not mean you don’t need to follow-up with the recipient.

Just because you hit send does not mean you can wash your hands of any further action until otherwise contacted.

Just because, well, just because.

What is it with people’s insistence on hiding behind emails?

I’ve worked with so many people who, rather than get off their behinds and walk 10 metres, would rather send an email.

I know what you’re thinking “Nah mate, it’s just that nobody wants to talk to you!”

Technology is meant to be an enabler not an inhibitor.

No wonder people’s social skills and ability to work with others face-to-face is sadly on the downturn.

Working relationships will never truly develop if people are either too lazy or scared to pick up a phone or meet in person.

And the potential view from the company?

Fire and forget.

He didn't give two monkeys what happened next.

He didn’t give two monkeys what happened next. Attribution: Photo: Graeme Main/MOD





My family is now complete…

14 08 2015

<edit: it’s been about 4 weeks, since I wrote this, trying to play catch up!>

As you may have noticed, I did not have a 38 week post update on our pregnancy.

I’m proud to say that on 25th June 2015 at 1710hrs, Logan Jago Mellor was born.

Mother and baby are both well.

Logan was two weeks early, weighing in at 6lbs 4ozs.

He may have been small but his presence was certainly felt.

The two weeks that followed will be looked back upon with fond memories.

It was two of the best and hardest weeks of my life.

Both my parents and Wifey’s parents were there to help look after JJ while we were in hospital.

After they left we had a week to ourselves letting it all sink in.

Wifey’s Mum stayed with us for a week to help out – a godsend.

I’ve finished my paternity leave and am back at work.

Gutted.

I miss my family like crazy but I’m sure routine will kick in again soon enough.

My Mum and Dad are now with us to help out.

Thank the maker for family.

Photos will follow.