It’s been a couple of months since my last post, with complete apathy taking hold and preventing me from sitting down and writing anything of note. Whilst there have been things happening; a garden remake and running a work-based trial taking me away from my normal day-to-day stuff in the office to name but a few, I really couldn’t be bothered to document these in my usual blogging fashion.
The garden remake came about following a decision to try to sort out an area adjacent the patio which had been left as the only part of the outdoors that Rio has access to grass; except that he’d dug it all up and we had been left with a mud bath, which he regularly brought indoors. Eventually the area had to be ‘electric fenced’ off, something we’d had to do before when we realised Rio was a digger. Anyway, last month we got around to getting someone to sort out the patch and replace a wonky fence too and now it looks much better.
At work I’ve been busy helping to rollout a trial way of working, with lots of conference calls and a bit of travelling, keeping me away from my normal duties. It also gave me time to develop a method of capturing real-time overtime claimed by engineers which looks like it might get adopted nationally if all goes well.
But the main topic I have been meaning to write about but scared to do so in case of jinxing the team was to capture my thoughts and hopes with my beloved Watford Football Club. At the start of this season I wrote about the anticipation of the new season and in February about my thoughts around the surprise performance of the team up to that point. Since then there has been highs and lows, culminating in a visit to Wembley on Monday when Watford played in the Championship Playoff Final against Crystal Palace. Getting there was quite a ride though; with the team so nearly achieving automatic promotion on the last day of the season, losing to Leicester in the first leg of the playoff semi-final and then securing a dramatic win at Vicarage Road to send them through to the £120 million final this week.
Obtaining tickets to the game was going to be difficult, but with both Matt and I having seen the team a couple of times this season we had sufficient buying evidence to secure four tickets. With the game a sell out it was promising to be a fantastic end to the season, with the favourites, Watford, looking to round off an amazing, albeit, surprising season with promotion to the top flight.
Alas it wasn’t to be, with the best team on the day, Crystal Palace, gaining the victory that ensured a healthy bank balance for the club for the next five years or so. I enjoyed the day out though; my first visit to the national stadium and despite the result am looking forward to next season, where hopefully the team will learn from the experience and be mentally stronger to go for outright promotion.