Work archive

From the early days as an IT Technician to my first web developer role, going self-employed for the first time, managing a team of developers and going back and forth to office work. The entire history of my work roles and all the pros and cons of working for myself can be found in here.


In Parenting, Work

Cherie Blair, the wife of ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, has pissed a lot of mums off this week by criticising stay at home mums (SAHMs); apparently they’re all “yummy mummies” who’ve married rich men so they don’t have to go to work. It’s making women… read full entry →


In Work

I am now officially off work until err… roughly this time next year. Thank you, UK government, for giving us generous paid maternity leave.

What a bloody morning

In Parenting, Work

Had only been in work 5 minutes when Karl calls to say that Isabel has been sick and nursery want us to pick her up. Spend 20 minutes trying to get hold of a) my boss, b) a client I was supposed to meeting at… read full entry →

Follow up: February’s Move to WordPress (Again)

In Work

In February, I made the decision to move back to WordPress after over two years of using my own blog system / Habari. It was a combination of lack of time to keep things secure (compared to WordPress which has single-click upgrade) and the need… read full entry →

Ironbridge Photography Project

In Links, Work

I have the privilege of living in the most beautiful county in the UK: Shropshire. (Not that I’m biased or anything.) This is highlighted in the towns surrounding my own; Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and the like. Steeped in history, full of landmarks like The Iron Bridge…… read full entry →

WFLW: Tuna Pasta Salad

In Recipe, Work

A cheap and cheerful classic that’s really quick to make. Today’s leftovers from last night contain pre-cooked cold pasta, tinned tuna, tinned sweetcorn (Green Giant Niblets are awesome straight from the tin), and some chopped steamed asparagus and courgette that needed using up. Eaten with… read full entry →

More WordPress Goodies

In Geek, PHP, Work

I’ve been getting about a bit lately — no sarcastic comments please — so thought I’d share the results of my hard work. More WordPress stuff: Developing bespoke WordPress plugins for a work client — this one was a bit odd to write as I’m… read full entry →

WFLW: Cheapo Beef Chilli

In Recipe, Work

A few years ago I blogged asking you guys for lunch ideas and you duly supplied. I’ve decided to return the favour by doing a new blog series: “what’s for lunch Wednesdays”. Each Wednesday (or, when I remember) I’ll tell you what I’ve got for… read full entry →

What happened to January?

In Interwebs, Parenting, Work

It only feels like 5 minutes ago I was getting myself all in a panic about how Isabel would settle at nursery, but apparently it’s well over a month. Oops. Neglecting my blog, much? Isabel settled into nursery quicker than I imagined she would. She’s… read full entry →

Unexpected Feelings, Work, etc

In Interwebs, Work

Today I returned to work. Walking out of the door this morning was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my entire life; I felt like I was abandoning my daughter. Of course, I wasn’t… and she enjoyed her day with her Nannies… read full entry →

Day 1 of Week Off

In Misc, Work

Have this week off — my first since Christmas — and guess what I did? Nothing. Nothing at all. I played a couple hours of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and read Equal Rites (Pratchett) again but otherwise did nothing to tackle my backlog of e-mail, the… read full entry →

I’m a Woman, Actually

In Personal, Work

I’ve thought about writing this entry several times over the past few years. Each time, I decided against it because I’m aware that there are plenty of women out there who have it far worse than I do. Women who have to work for minimum… read full entry →