Sunday 29 July 2018

The tasso ham is a little spicy and salty…but once it’s cooked up with the Andouille sausage and other stuff to make red beans and rice it’s great!

HAVING not kicked the arse out it too much last night, I’m up early, showered and busy before anyone else surfaces.

After breakfast Matty heads off to Dundee. Margaret’s helping Mikey with a bunch of stuff – so I get on with some work in the office. Conscious I’ve been caught up in lots of non-music stuff, so keen to try and clear the decks a bit.

There’s some music uploads to do for my pal Rab and some web updates for another music web client.

I finish off the third script for a wee local project I’m working on then log into – a new project management tool that has just a  few days left of a free trial.

It looks pretty good, but it’s an expensive subscription even with the ;incentive discounts’ that keep popping up. We currently use Asana which is great, but the free version is a little limited. A similarly expensive subscription unlocks a similar feature set to those of but I find myself wondering if I actually need any of these features.

Anyway, the exercise sees me setting up  couple of projects/lists on to see how it fares –and updating all my lists in Asana.

This is probably all just something to avoid clearing my desk of all the accounts-related stuff!

A courier drops off my Amazon order of a replacement band for my Fitbit Alta…it bears no resemblance to what I ordered and is parcelled up to go back and a refund requested.

Back in the house I start making our red beans and rice. The tasso ham is ready and we slice some off to go in the dinner…we have a taste – it’s pretty spicy, and maybe a little salty, once it’s bubbled in the pot with the Andouille sausage and other ingredients for an hour or so we’ll see how it is.

And it turns out great 🙂

We finish up eating and take a walk along to see Betty and Joe, have a glass or two of red and a chat then home for an early-ish night.


Thursday 23 June 2016

I TACKLE the accounts head on. Takes me a while, but I get everything up to date. All that’s left to do is archive my 2015/16 papers with a printed summary and ditch the 2009/2010 stuff.

Next on the agenda is the PR/media stuff for my Almost Blue shows in Dundee next weekend (1, 2 & 3 July). The venues and details of my shows have changed a few times. The latest change came in last night. The organisers still haven’t announced the artists/venues/timetable so, with just a week to go, I can’t hold off sending out news releases any longer.

I know I’ll likely have another show on Friday 1, but I just have to go with the info we have… Saturday 2 July (6pm) at Clarks and Sunday 3 July (9pm) at Buskers. I write up a news release and fire it out.

After lunch the sun’s out. Margaret’s away with the car ’til later on so I decide to walk to the village to cast my vote to stay in Europe. I’m rather irritated that the single ‘remain’ sandwich board outside the polling station has been placed behind a wheelie bin and is largely out sight….mmmm…

While walking and listening to various marketing podcasts I take note of a collaboration-cum-project/task management app called Asana, so when I get home I have a quick look. I’ve been using – and singing the praises of – Trello for a while, but on first look, Asana seems a bit more up to the job. I open a (free) account and give it a whirl. Maybe worth switching from Trello…but we need to check it out a bit further…

Margaret gets a message from Almost Blue asking if I can do another show on the Friday (1 July) night…there’s some details we need to check out, but that should be OK. Pity it missed my news release tho’.

I’ve got some stuff to drop off for Barbara so we take a wander along and end up sitting outside and having a couple of pre-dinner drinks. I’ve still got dinner to make so we head back along the road, eat and chill…