It wasn’t a great start to the weekend yesterday after my beloved Manchester United were beaten by Leicester 4-2. The fans sometimes sing “Ole’s at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel” about our current manager. I think now though we’re slowly realising that maybe he isn’t a great driver after all as the bus keeps crashing and it doesn’t feel so good to be honest. It reminds me of that scene in Austin Powers where he’s trying to steer the car out of a tight space and keeps getting stuck:
I do still love Ole though and hope he sorts his driving out. Seatbelts & helmets on in the mean time. 😣
To be fair to him he’s not the worst driver I’ve seen lately either. That award might have to go to my wife Raashi. She managed to scrape the side of her car (third car this exact same thing has happened to) on the side of our house. We have a narrow driveway & when parking at the back of the house you have to just be careful you don’t turn too acutely or this happens:
Three times, three different cars. Thankfully we’re moving out soon! (I’ve got a great Ring camera CCTV recording of the moment Raashi gets out and realises what’s happened ((again)) but let’s just say the 1 word used wasn’t exactly family friendly so I could’t upload it 😆🤦🏻♂️)
Speaking of moving out we’ve got plenty of packing to be getting on with. I really didn’t realise how much stuff we have and how little it takes to fill a box! This morning I’ve just found a 2 CD pack of Daniel O’Donnell’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ album. I’m not sure that’s going to make the cut into the moving boxes so if anyone fancies it let me know!
Busy week ahead at work too. Our new dentist Lydia is settling in well and hopefully now our waiting times will come down soon. We’re actually also looking for a new dental therapist as most of our patients will know the appointments with Rebecca for scaling and polishing are months ahead at the moment. So if there are any dental therapists reading this who would be interested please get in touch – friendly team, nice practice, lovely patients and free staff parking at your own risk ☺️.
I spent Friday and Saturday this week at the UK & Ireland ITI (International team for Implantology) annual conference in Edinburgh. It meant staying over on the Friday night in Edinburgh which was great fun as there was also a party with a live band on at the National Museum of Scotland.
It was great to actually go to in person events like that again as opposed to ‘zooming’ them from home. It’s good to see people/colleagues that I’ve not seen in so long – plus there’s always free food at these things to make the most of. (Oh and yes its good to learn new things too of-course – the main reason for going!) 😆
It was a good end to a very busy week at work as we welcomed two new nurses (Megan and Caitlin) and a new dentist (Lydia) to our expanding team. They seem to have settled in really well already. We had a work night out last weekend to welcome everyone so you can imagine at my age I’m now hoping for quiet weekends until Christmas after the double header. 😴
We’re just back from Jurassic park (I don’t know the real name but it was a park with dinosaurs) with the kids this afternoon – at Cunigar loop in Rutherglen. Older kids loved it, youngest actually thought the dinosaurs were real and wanted to eat him so I had to carry him the whole way round – he’s not the lightest either! Word of advice if you’re planning on going, bring the welly boots – we got ourselves absolutely covered in muck! To make matters worse Ronan’s nappy had started to leak through too so muck wasn’t my only concern. Soaking, tired, cold & Covered in muck and pee. Not a bad Sunday but not my favourite either – I’m hopeful that a Chinese takeaway later on will save it!
Now that Lydia’s joined the team we’re hopeful our waiting lists will come down, so give us a call if you’re in need of an appointment or if your on the waiting list already we’ll be in touch ASAP.
It was nice to bump into Gary Oldman yesterday at the Manchester United game! I forgot his name initially and simply went ‘there’s that actor fella’ – thankfully my dad remembered and he was nice enough to get a photo with us. My dad and I got ourselves some season tickets at Old Trafford for this year so it was great to get down for Ronaldo’s returning debut. All week I was so excited about it, literally counting down the sleeps – it felt like Christmas and I was 7 years old again! Ronaldo didn’t disappoint either, 2 more goals to add to his ridiculous tally. He’s only 134 goals off Wayne Rooney’s Man United record now, I thought he had an outside chance of beating that yesterday but I was happy to settle for the brace.
After the game I was at a friends wedding in Liverpool too so it was a great day. There might have been some terrible dancing on display though after the beers all day at the game. Hopefully theres no video evidence. 🙈
Looking forward to getting back home (currently driving back) to see the kids – fingers crossed they all just want to lie on the sofa and watch TV and eat crisps 🤞🏼….Wishful thinking perhaps!
Busy week at work this week coming and our new dentist Lydia is starting in a couple of weeks too. She popped in to say hello to the team last week – she’s lovely so I’m sure our patients & staff will all get on well with her. Another Irish girl too, just to confirm in advance though she is NOT my daughter, as some patients thought our dentist Laura was. 😳
With her starting we’re hopeful this will bring our appointment waiting times down and the same with our new patient list. Just to confirm to all we are still taking new patients on at the moment. The NHS waiting list is around 12 months or there is availability to be seen sooner privately. These waiting times will hopefully come down drastically now though once Lydia starts.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a good week all,
This week my oldest daughter started school so it was exciting and emotional for us as parents to wave her off, thankfully she absolutely loved her first two days. She’s always been very clever so a PhD by the end of primary school wouldn’t surprise me but maybe I’m a little biased ☺️!
Football starting back this week was a great bonus too, my own team won 5-1 and are currently top of the league so in my opinion we should just ‘stop the count’ already.
When Raashi’s out and I have the kids myself I tend to call it ‘babysitting’ although she assures me that as they are my kids it’s actually called parenting. I may have bribed Sienna into watching the game with me with ice cream & chocolate while I was ‘parenting’ on Saturday! 🤗
My own ice cream and chocolate days might have to be scaled back though as I recently started getting back to exercise with a personal trainer – one of my patients actually (Matthew at Elation fitness). It’s been great so far and the gym facilities are brilliant. He took it easy on me for week 1 but week 2 was a different story, I’ve been walking around like John Wayne all week! Last night we had a Chinese takeaway but I’m sure Matthew will be glad to know that I followed the Kevin bridges diet advice and abstained from the ‘lid’ on my filled prawn crackers. All good for week 3 now 💪🏼
Our computers are getting upgraded at work tomorrow and Tuesday so unfortunately we can’t make any new appointments on those days unless it’s an emergency. Thank you to all of our patients in advance for your patience on that front! We’re upgrading our 3D cone beam scanner later this year too so if any dentists are reading this and want a very good value second hand one please get in touch! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, in fact a few friends have said to me ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it.’ This is a fair point but the issues is I like to think of myself as an Alex Ferguson type manager, never afraid to ship some big players out at the right time to invest in the squad with some younger up and coming prospects. 😜
In summary, an excellent 3D cone beam scanner is available to a new dental practice in this transfer window for the new season starting. It’s a very experienced player and has been integral as part of a trophy winning team for many years. Available at a smashing price with arguably its prime years still ahead. Will do really well in another league (practice) for many years to come. A bit like Beckham when he went to Madrid. ☺️
Really enjoyed being at a friends wedding in Ireland at the start of this week. I may have shed a wee tear on my own wedding day and I do get the occasional reminder about it from my friends so I was hoping to gain a partner on that front. I actually had a bet on with the groom but to my surprise and disappointment he held strong. He even gave me a wee grin/glance during the ceremony as if to say ‘that’s my bet up now.’
I see now in this photo how he must have managed it, the old ‘eyes closed at everything’ technique ...classic!
It’s been so nice lately weather wise so I’m glad they had a lovely day for their wedding. Glasgow has been abnormally great for these past few weeks too. Part of me is thinking ‘is this climate change?’ and the other part is just thinking ‘….taps aff 😎’
I have an english friend who mixed that phrase up recently. She went for ‘taps off‘. I had to explain to her the difference between ‘taps off’, ‘taps aff’ and ‘tops off’:
As you can see the tap is off, the tap is aff, and finally England had a good run but they couldn’t quite top it off.
With all the great weather we’re lucky we have air con in place in the waiting room and surgeries as it’s been absolutely essential lately. Especially with the extra PPE we’re all wearing at the moment. A lot of our anxious patients usually get a bit hot/clammy in the waiting room too so it’s a nice change for them to come in to the dentist to actually cool down instead!
We’ve got another few weeks of nice weather left apparently so im looking forward to making the most of it. Remember it’s taps oan in the waiting room please.
Well it’s Euro final day and I’m really looking forward to the game later. I must admit I really like this English team and their manager, but I just can’t quite bring myself to support them tonight. I’m sorry to my English friends, patients (and wife!) but Forza Italia all the way!!!
I’m not an ‘anybody but England’ supporter at all…..I studied Italian up to A level at school in Belfast and while I was at Uni I spent one of my summers working in Rome for a couple of months, mainly trying to keep up the language skills. The apartment I stayed in at the time was on the street directly outside St Peters/The Vatican, right above a bakery where we’d get fresh Italian bread every morning. Incidentally the job I landed was on a bar crawl where I was paid to drink. As an Irish man it doesn’t get much better than that so I did have second thoughts about actually returning to finish my degree! I’m sure you can imagine coming home after a ‘tough nights work’ the smell of the bread being made was to die for 🤤
I reluctantly came home in the end and I now keep up my Italian with lessons online every week so it’s safe to say I’ve got a bit of an affection towards Italy!
It’s been a bit strange seeing the crowds for the football then still having restrictions on wedding numbers etc so it’s good to see some of those restrictions being lifted now that more of us are vaccinated. At work we’re still limited in terms of the numbers of patients we are able to see at the moment, which is why our appointments are booked so far in advance. Thankfully we have a new dentist starting in the next couple of months to help us out on that front though. She’s lovely so I’m looking forward to introducing her to our staff and patients. Watch this space!
In the mean time take care all and enjoy the game tonight if you’re watching it..
I had a great time at the Scotland game during the week with one of our dentists Kamal and his twin brother Kishan. It was such a good atmosphere for just 12k lucky supporters. Shame about the result but Croatia had an absolutely world class player in Luka Modric, who stole the show. The guy sitting next to us had his own thoughts on Modric though and kept shouting about him the whole game. “HE’S NOT THAT GOOD!…. JUST STOP MODRIC….I’D PUT HIM IN THE STANDS – IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT”.
I did admire his self confidence and passion but the Scottish players on the pitch were half his age and weight and couldn’t get anywhere near the former winner of ‘Worlds Best Footballer,’ so I’m not so sure it would have been ‘as simple as that.’ 😆 . To be fair to the guy at least he didn’t have ‘COVID , 19’ on the back of his Scotland top which I did see at one of the games. Just no. 🤦🏻♂️
It was a shame to see Wales go out yesterday too, only England left now from the home nations but I think the Italians, French and Belgians will have something to say about ‘football coming home’.
Looking forward to next week for the Costa del Glasgow weather we’re expecting. No need for a flight, two PCR tests and two weeks of quarantining to get some sun 😎. Would be nice to have a bbq but finding gas is near impossible at the minute so it’ll have to be a cook inside eat outside job. I’ll actually have to source a wee table and chairs for the staff at work too so we can have lunch outside when it’s nice. Although with the waiting times to order that type stuff we may as well plan for eating outside in Summer 2022.
By that time hopefully ‘Covid-19’ is gone from all football tops and gone in general too 🤞🏼
Busy week at work next week but please call us if you need an appointment – it’s as simple as that.
Enjoying some “R&R” up at Crieff Hydro this weekend with the family. It’s been good fun so far and the kids are loving it, making the most of the swimming pool, play park and pony rides. With us all staying in the same room though I think Raashi and I will need some proper R&R once we get back to Glasgow! We used to be sun lounging all day kind of people on holiday. Sadly those days are gone now. An ideal 5* holiday destination for me would now be a week in bed to be honest. No flights, luggage, queuing or quarantining required – bliss.
I’m excited for Scotland’s first game at the Euro’s on Monday, it’s a shame that neither of the Ireland’s made it but having lived in Glasgow for 15 years now I like to consider myself part Scottish anyway. Especially as my Irish accent is nearly fully gone and I’m now left only with the Graeme McDowell version. (For those who don’t know Graeme – he’s an Irish golfer but his accent is now more American/Irish/Dutch/I don’t know what). It’s bad form of him to pass me his accent and not even an ounce of his golfing ability too. 🙄
It was very difficult/distressing to watch the scenes at the Euro’s yesterday with Christian Ericksen, the Danish player who collapsed and needed CPR on the pitch. I was so delighted to see he has stabilised now in hospital, hoping he goes on to make a full recovery and enjoys his Extra Time brought about by the amazing medical staff at the stadium 👏🏼❤️. We have one of the defibillator machines in our practice too, fingers crossed we never have to use it, but it’s good to know these are now cropping up in more and more places like shopping centres etc just incase they are ever needed. Incidentally they were invented by a Professor from N.Ireland, Frank Pantridge. Well done, Prof! 🙌🏼 What we lack in football we make up for in medical inventions, golf and dodgy accents.
I’m excited to get back to work next week after being off on Medical leave after a recent op. All went well and I’m ready to get back to it. We’re also doing our best to get a lot of our regular check up reminders sent back out at the moment however please call us if you haven’t heard and would like to book in as we can actually do them again now. Looking forward to seeing my patients again and catching up with you all.
I’ve enjoyed a week of being pampered at home as I begin my recovery from a recent operation. Unfortunately our patients will know I’ll be off work on medical leave for another few weeks, but I’m feeling good and I’m in great hands at home. Raashi isn’t letting me do much at all, including putting on my own socks sometimes – which is absolutely great ☺️. I can get them on myself no bother but I might milk that one for another wee while (now that I’ve written this though it might be game over on that front!) She’s obviously got her hands full so it’s been so helpful having my own mum and Raashi’s mum around to help out with the kids too.
I’m also hoping to get back to Belfast in the next couple of weeks to take the sofa dwelling sessions international. Haven’t been back in a long time because of the pandemic so I’m really looking forward to having my favourite Belfast Delicacy – a Tayto cheese & onion crisp sandwich. 😋 A slice of ham can be added to that if you’re wanting to go for the Michelin star.
I’ve completed Netflix and Amazon prime video over the past couple of weeks so if anyone has any viewing suggestions out-with those I’m all ears. It’s a shame ‘Line of Duty’ is over. I was disappointed with the ending along with everyone else it seems. I’m probably more disappointed that it’s over though, hopefully big Ted doesn’t actually retire and run’s for PM next, I think he’d have a great chance of being gaffer of the UK. I can just imagine him listening to other politicians then shaking his head in disappointment and saying ‘mother of god.’
Work’s been really busy in my absence and our other dentists Laura, Kamal Mr Chan & Raashi along with all the team are working flat out at the moment. I’m looking forward to getting back to it in a few weeks to help them out and see my patients again.
In the mean time take care all and have a good week,
Really enjoyed the sunshine yesterday afternoon, even if it wasn’t quite warm enough for ‘taps aff’ yet. In fact I actually spent a lot of time putting an extra tap back on when the sun went behind the clouds. Still nice though, especially now that we’re allowed other people in the back garden again too.
We had a wee play date for the kids but unfortunately our daughter Sienna (2) chipped her front tooth on her toy garden table after Raashi and I spent Friday afternoon fixing it as well:
I actually had my own teeth fixed this week too, by our dentist Laura. My lowers were really crowded and overlapping so it was great to get my Invisalign treatment finished off on Thursday:
I’m all top teeth and gum when I smile but those lowers still always bothered me. She’s actually put some composite bonding on one of them too just to make them the same height, I’m not even sure which one it is to be honest and it’s my mouth and I’m a dentist! 🤷🏻♂️. Top class work Laura thank you!👌🏼
We’re also looking for another dentist at the moment as our waiting list is now at 6 months for new NHS patients so any dentists reading this and interested please give us a shout asap! firstname.lastname@example.org (practice manager)
Really looking forward to bent coppers tonight at 9pm on BBC1. I’ve got a horrible feeling one of the main characters is going to die or be ‘H’. (carefully worded so as not to spoil anything there incase there’s somehow anyone left on the planet who hasn’t seen ‘Line of Duty’.)
I absolutely love it – Mother of God, great show.
Take care all and have a good week, not long now until the pubs and restaurants open 🍻