Friday, December 19, 2014

Hello World - Baby Wearn is here =D

Look what we made!!
Britton Chester Wearn was born - 9:30pm, 15th Dec - 3.5kg (or 7lb 11oz in old money)
With the imminent arrival of our first born we just thought having people donate to guess when he would arrive would be nice, and a fun way to raise a little bit of money for an excellent cause, Birmingham's Children's Hospital. (Guess were made via Just giving page)

And the winner is: Dannielle (of Uber Angel Cupcakes) - who gets a cake by me for a change, and a copy of Pistol Pete Wearn's new EP - which is out in Jan

We raised an impressive £65, way above our target of £50 - and I've been informed that Wesleyan Assurance will match it as BCH is their charity of the year =D

Thank you to everyone who donated / guessed, and all of the hundreds of well wishes and congratulations sent our way, here's to an excellent Christmas and a very exciting 2015!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

2014 Christmas Decorations

Yeah for Christmas! Every year we add more souvenirs and decorations, I love the stories and memories that come with unpacking them ever year. New inclusions this year include gold T-Rex Skeleton from the Field museum shop in Chicago O'Hare Airport - the product of a 4 hour wait in Terminal 5.

Catalan Pooping Logs, Tiny Matchbox Nativity and German cheer leading Angel & Santa
Pretty Christmas Pyramid

The 'tasteful' Christmas tree
The Less Tasteful Christmas Tree

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Guess When Baby Wearn will arrive!!

With the imminent arrival of our first born we just thought it would be nice, and a fun way to raise a little bit of money for an excellent cause.

(Updated 10th Dec)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our beloved cocktail bar is up for sale

It's been all change furniture wise in the Wearn household - I've got a smart new desk, the last goldfish has finally died (RIP, umm, fish) so we're taking a break from fish keeping for a little while - and moving some bits and pieces around to make way for inevitably more stuff. We're also being sensible grown ups and putting the 1950/60's bar up for sale (booze not included)

It's a restoration project we just don't quite have the time or money for and I really hope it goes to a good home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Debt Free Miss Williams (Part 2)

I left uni after my MA with sizable amount of debt - about £13K from the MA and the cost of living in the glorious city that is Liverpool and £10-11K from the BSc. I have no issue with that, I wouldn't be where I am now without it, it's all good.

The MA loan (a now non existent service called a Professional Studies Loan that evil HSBC provided) was a little bit more pressing since they kept phoning me and that was cleared in April 2012 - and now in August 2014 I've paid off my Student Loan from the SLC - Hoorah!! (in fact I've overpayed by £18 - so I'll be claiming that back and buying something exciting)

So, I suppose that's not bad really - I scraped 3 C's & a D' at A-Level, I graduated from Staffs with the 2:2 BSc (Hons) in Interactive Entertainment Technology in 2004 an a Pass in MA in Digital Games from Liverpool John Moores in 2005 (I'm a diligent and enthusiastic, if not an astounding student) and it's only taken a decade or so to clear it all. Usually I would turn to a bottle of fizz at this moment, but I can't so this will do nicely instead.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Does 3 of something equal a collection?

Somehow we've become come the kind of people that collect birdhouses - it's not been a conscious thing, or agreed upon, but we now own 3 - no birds to speak of in them, but there's the recycled metal one, the white weatherboard one and this one:

Which is due for a paint job before it joins the others outside to look like this:
To celebrate quite frankly one of the oddest attractions we've ever visited.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Busy Times, but Celebrations too

I'm very aware I have posted anything up here since March - I'm not really sure how it's now the middle of July, and where that time's gone. I imagine most of it has been consumed by work.

So here's some highlights from the last few months:

April - Presented a paper at FDG 2014 (on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico)

May - Spent a week in Poland's 8th largest city - Bydgoszcz - talking about Gamification

June - Spent a week in Minorca on an actual holiday, with my husband, not on a work trip going to visit things like light houses, forts and neolithic structures.

July - had the very loveliest of birthday parties, surrounded by lots of friends, some of which are talented enough to make cakes that look as amazing as this birthday cake - which I'm off to have another slice of before I sit down to some Minecrafting.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Born in the Borderlands / Live at the Vaults

It's been a crazy few weeks - awesome but crazy. Last night we celebrated the launch of .44Pistol's 2nd album, Live at the Vaults - recorded as the Market Vaults reopened last year. That in it's self was a crazy, busy night, and last night was even more so, because last night we also premièred the music video for Born in the Borderlands we worked on, and shot, at the Market Vaults, a couple of weekends ago.

Link to buy the Album
The Amazing Music video

and you can get a sense of last night's energy and craziness here:

I'm a very proud wife this morning and we really have the most amazing community of friends in Stafford, we're lucky to live amongst such great and wonderful people.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thoughts and Things from London

I've been in the big smoke for Wild Rumpus #5 - It was as awesome as you'd imagine but this post isn't about that.

If I'm London I'm often there at slightly strange times, or with a lot of till to kill before a train. To get cheap tickets there and back this last weekend was no exception. I was also on my own, Pete being busy - although I did drag Olly along since he's now a native to London. Anyway, some observations from my 9 miles of walking around the place being distracted by blue plaques...

(in no particular order)

Isn't it slightly odd the the British Library has a bookshop? You'll be glad to know they do sell book shaped rubbers with the British library on them. I'd have been heart broken if they hadn't capitalised on that bit of merchandise.

I'm pretty sure Joseph Gramaldi's grave is the most depressing grave, in the most depressing park in London, although if he spent his last years alone and as an alcoholic, oddly fitting.

The house where a young Charles Dickens lived is now a button shop. This seems very Dickensian somehow. Charles Dickens also has a lot of plaques to his name.

I'm willing to bet a higher proportion of architects  have blue plaques then any other profession.

Finding cool Sherlock Holmes merchandise is harder then you might think, who chooses the street signs they make vinyl stickers of? Is there a survey somewhere? Why does more then one company print ones of Camden town, but none of Baker Street??

What I really wanted was a sticker of this faux-blue plaque on the outside of the Sherlock Holmes museum.

It seems odd that Madam Tussauds doesn't have a gift shop you can easily access. By then Madam Tussauds is an odd concept anyway. I'd really rather have a museum about Madame Tussauds / Tussauds family, but seeing wax works of famous people have never appealed. Does the Madame Tussauds gift shop sell candles?

I know Sunday trading laws are silly at the best of time, to have so many big department stores, or Oxford Street shops  general not opening until 11:30 / 12 just seems a bit lazy - even if they do stay open till 6. I've never noticed this anywhere else, or any other big cities, what makes London so different?

If nothing else, this confirms that I shouldn't be allowed to spend too much time on my own.