Month: June 2022

Lifes complicated but fun

I know quite a few people have been asking me why I haven’t posted anything on here for quite a while but currently life’s complicated but fun.

Lots and lots of things have been going on in my life recently, mainly work-related, which have taken me away from my home and social life, but I have been vastly enjoyable.

Since the start of the year, I’ve been in Rhyl, working in a holiday park for five out of the past seven months, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Not just the work that I’ve been doing but also the people I’ve been working with and the social aspect of working in a holiday park.

To start with there was a new development in the holiday park and this required running over 2 kilometres of cable to 25 locations which all needed terminating so that we could install Wi-Fi access points at each location. I’ve also put in fiber optic cable to link several areas of the holiday park together and this has required me to go and learn new skills to complete this part of the operation.

Learning how to terminate fiber optic cables has been a great asset to my skill set and it’s taken me to other locations throughout the UK to terminate fiber cables for other clients.

I also started a project which was quoted just before the start of COVID and this was to automate the entrance and exit barriers at the holiday park.

This has meant I’ve been micro project managing this job and organising ground workers to take the cabling installation to a traffic island, which will be home to automated barriers, automatic number plate recognition cameras, and intercoms. These will allow the automated entry and exit of vehicles just by driving up to the gates as the ANPR cameras read the vehicle’s number plates and open the gates accordingly.

Most of my previous skills have been pivotal in this project but it’s been a learning curve to put all of these skills together to make such a system work as there is cabling, network, access control, CCTV, and software skills required to make everything work.

I really have loved working with some of the people on this project. They’ve not only brought their skills but also that professionalism and I’ve learned quite a lot from these contractors on this job.

Socially I haven’t been out out anywhere other than the Galley Bar on the holiday park and to my bessies on the odd occasions. Because of the holiday park I have made some fantastic friends down in Rhyl and spent many an evening sat with these lovely people enjoying the welsh sunshine.

I also got involved in Macclesfield Pride and built the first website I’ve done in quite a long time.

I also started dating again but realized the pool I now swim in is small and full of sharks so I’m treading carefully and taking things slowly. Too slow for some of my past dates, so I’ve been friend-zoning lots of people recently.

Overall I’m fucking loving my life and happy.

Best way to switch on Internet Explorer Compatibility mode in Microsoft Edge

This is the best way to switch on Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Microsoft Edge or at the very least the most functional way to use compatibility mode.

As some of us morn the passing of IE11, especially those of us who work in the CCTV field, where lots of DVR’s and NVR’s require plugins to display live video and playback video.

Thankfully, Microsoft has now put in place a way of circumventing this by using Microsoft Edge and letting you put the browser into compatibility mode.

 

Set up Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Edge

To do this they need to set up compatibility mode. To do this do the following:

  1. Go to settings and more which are the three little dots in the top corner of the browser, thus.

2. Once in settings, type “compatibility” into the search box as shown below and then select allow from the drop down box indicated

3. Restart Microsoft Edge and then go back into settings

4. Click on the Appearance option in the left menu and then scroll down to select which buttons to show on the toolbar:

 

 

This will add a new button to the toolbar shown thus:

 

If you wish to use compatibility mode for any of your websites now, all you need do is click the Compatibility Mode button and Microsoft Edge will run this website in Compatibility mode.

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is my Weight gain because of my HRT

This is a tough one to write as I initially struggled to admit that the weight gain on HRT was the reason, I was getting fat again and blamed it on lack of exercise and good living for the few pounds I’ve gained since Christmas.

However, since Christmas my hormone dose has increased again as my Estrogen level was slightly lower than what it should have been. Due to hormone supply shortages I’ve also had to change from quick absorbing gel to slow-release patches. I actually find these to be a pain in the backside, because you stick them on your backside!

So, at Christmas I was 16 stone. Yes, I know that’s a lot already but 3 years ago I was over 22 stone!

I’ve gone up a bit to 18 stone 2 and after starving myself for the past month my weight hasn’t moved.

Its almost like my body has said “Nah, fuck you. You’re staying fat!”

And then in February my Doctors must have actually looked at the information i’ve been providing them because they called me to discuss my blood pressure and weight but as usual, no help, just here’s some pills!

My lifestyle has sucked a bit over the past few months as I haven’t had a solid base and have been away a lot and when I am at home, I’m not really at home as I’m out a lot. I really dislike where I live and need to move closer to my social life and work life.

I’m not walking as much either recently.

Chante (my dog) is fast approaching fifteen years old and she has really slowed down over the past few months and struggles to walk a long way these days. What would have taken 10 miles when she was younger now takes a miles and she stops running around and sniffing everything and walks by my side. 2 – 3 miles and she’s panting heavily. (breaks my heart).

So I’m not burning the calories.

Diet is working and I am losing weight slowly but also being unhappy doesn’t help but don’t know where to start with my thoughts on that at the moment!

The hormones aren’t helping with my weight gain, and from speaking to others in the same boat, they have had similar problems with weight gain.

I have an online meeting booked with my care provider in the next few weeks and one of the questions I’ve raised is my weight gain. Let’s see what they say.

No point asking my doctors as their only interested in prescribing pills and potions.

Wheres Mikki?

Quite a few people have been asking me “Where’s Mikki?” and why I haven’t posted anything on my site or social media for quite a while.

Lots and lots of things have been going on in my life recently, mainly work-related, which have taken me away from my home and social life but have also been vastly enjoyable.

Since the start of the year, I’ve been in Rhyl, working at a holiday park for 4 out of the past 6 months, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

Not just the work that I’ve been doing but also the people I’ve been working with.

To start with, the park has a new development, and this has required running over two kilometers of cable to twenty-five locations which all needed terminating so that we can install Wi-Fi access points at each of these locations.

I’ve also put in fiber optic cable to link several areas of the holiday park together and this has required me to go and learn new skills to complete this part of the operation.

I also started a project which we quoted for just before the start of COVID and this was to automate the entrance and exit barriers at the park.

This has meant I’ve been project managing this job and helping organize ground workers to undertake the installation of a traffic island, which is now home to two automated barriers, automatic number plate recognition cameras, and intercoms.

This will allow the residents of the park to enter just by driving up to the gates, putting in a pin code, or by speaking to reception/security.

Most of my previous skills have been pivotal in this project but it’s been a learning curve to put all these skills together to make such a system work.

I really have loved working with some of the people on this. They’ve not only brought an element of fun to work but also their professionalism.

Now everything is done and working I’m quite rightly immensely proud of this project and look forward to phase 2 of the project which is to automate other entrances around the holiday park.

Here are a few photos of what I’ve been doing.

Personally, I’ve been dealing with trying to keep up with my social life and dating life.

I’ve been dating recently and its proving to be a major head fuck as everyone I’ve been out with over the past 6 months has got enough baggage to fill the Albert hall and when I’ve sorted all my shit out its hard to deal with someone who is either still dealing with their ex, dealing with the emotional damage from their ex or they have tendencies I find undesirable or unwanted in a mate.

I’ve missed my friends in Manchester as well recently and need a night out, but you know I’ll be at Pride in August so prepare yourselves for that. Karaoke Queen at the ready!

A few new friends have come into my life and despite only knowing them for 4 months they are fantastic people and despite their fame and fortune are incredibly down to earth and I’ve sent many a day sat just chewing the fat like we’ve known each other for years.

Speaking of knowing folk for years, I love spending time with the Pendle crew, and again it’s a joy to catch up with my besties now and again.

I’ve also recently bought another car, a convertible Mercedes and despite the price of fuel being higher than the moon We’ve done over 6,000 miles together since I picked her up in March, 90% of that mileage is with the roof down. I’ve missed having a convertible for the past 4 years and this car just makes my heart sing as its a peach of a car. I’ve got a great tan because of the mileage i’ve done and the weather we’ve had.

Life is good but it could be a bit better so let us see what the next 6 months bring.

Hopefully, a few weeks away in Spain, Italy or Japan. Who knows?!

Friend zone

I really enjoy the company of other people, but recently I friend zone everyone for a number of reasons.

First of all, my own sanity!

I don’t think I can stand to have my heart broken again and because I’m an oddity people want to chat with me, date me and sleep with me.

The latter is mainly men but its women and couples as well. I realise that sounds conceited but its true.

After the last few relationships, friend zoning is also needed because in those relationships what happens in private and in public are two different matters.

I’ve been out with a few people whom in private would be all over me but in public wouldn’t even hold my hand as we walked down the street together, even in Manchester’s Village!!

 

Friend zoned in public

When I asked my girlfriend’s/boyfriends about this, I’m dumped or dropped into their friend zone with comments such as “You’re paranoid” or the classic “because!”. Because of what?

 

Secondly, I come across sometimes as quite guarded because of events in my past but, all I’m doing is protecting myself.

I am an extremely outgoing person and wear my heart on my sleeve and on occasions I might come across as overly friendly and this is usually when I meet someone, especially if I have a good relationship with them. However, I usually fuck it up because I friend zone them as I’d rather sit and chat that anything else. I’ve fucked up friendships because we took things to the next level and it ruined things!

Thirdly, on the flips side, I’ll also friend zone anyone who fucks with my emotions.

It’s hard enough to put myself into a frame of mind to start a new friendship or relationship and taking the piss is a sure fire way for me to ignore you.

I’m also getting too old for games.

I get treated like a fucking idiot sometimes and I’m actually very intelligent!

And don’t get me started on chasing people.

Fourthly, to some people relationships are a game. Really, too old for that as well.

Be honest, tell me your intentions and let’s crack on!

If you’ve got something to say, say it, and if you expect me to say something and I do, don’t be put out by what I say.

For me to say something however you’d have to be bloody special for me to put you anywhere else but the friend zone.

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