At 2:15 on 18th October 2014 (15 minutes later than planned) Louise and I got married! The official photographers photo’s have arrived and we are really pleased with them. Look out for a longer post about the day soon! Until then here’s a slideshow of some of the best photos that the photographer put together for us. What a lot of SMILES!
Dad and little me, 1973/4.
Leslie Albert Platt
19/11/44 – 28/11/13
Will be missed but never forgotten. x
Last weekend we took a drive to Chipping Sodbury for a family BBQ at Louise’s parents, perfect weather and a lot of fun for the kids in the pool.
I used the ZOE photo feature on my HTC One phone to capture the pictures and this is the video it generated at the end of the day. The geek in me approves!
1 week ago Louise and I were boarding our flight home from Cape Verde, 1 week! It already seems a lot longer than that!
Louise and I had a great 7 days soaking up some winter sun, waking up to a view of a snowy Gatwick Airport from our (rather comfy!) Premier Inn window to relaxing on a beach watching the sun go down less than 12 hours later was a great feeling!
We stayed on the Island of Sal at the Melia Tortuga Beach resort (Upgraded to a 3 bed Villa for some unknown reason???) for one of the laziest weeks holiday I’ve ever experienced. Thankfully we did plan it to be lazy, days spent reading, sleeping, eating and drinking were just what we wanted after a busy Christmas period. We were a little adventurous for a few hours with a small 4×4 tour to see the Island, but to be honest Sal isn’t a destination that has much to reveal, it’s long sandy coastline and windy nature attracted both beach and watersports lovers.
We’re already thinking ahead to another winter sun break next year, it was perfect to escape the UK winter!
This week I found that I was unable to squeeze in any more coins into the Terramundi Pot my Sister kindly gifted me a some ago, so with some sadness it was time to crack it open…
A rocky start
As I documented back on 22nd April I managed to brick my fitbit within hours of opening the box, what I thought would be a harmless firmware upgrade killed the fitbit…
Within a few days it became obvious that the 2nd (Louise’s) Fitbit also had a problem, it was not registering the number of floors climbed, a quick email exchange with Fitbit support and they told me to try a reset and Firmware update…. GULP.
2nd Fitbit bricked
The Firmware update on the 2nd Fitbit also failed, resulting in a Fitbit that did power on but is not recognised when placed in it’s holder… it did sync wirelessly and still counted steps but did not register floors climbed still.
Great customer service
This is where my Fitbit experience improves (Thankfully!) On both occasions brand new Fitbits were sent to me within a few days without having to return either of the broken fitbits, along with the advice ‘Don’t attempt a Fitbit FW update unless absolutely necessary!’ In totally we were without fitbit for less than a week which whilst an annoyance was a good outcome I thought.
Now Louise and I have 2 fully working Fitbits and they are really good! It’s funny knowing that this little device in my pocket is there makes me a little more active than when it’s not! I take the stairs more often, I walk from the station more, I basically move more! That little competitive streak (that is very hidden in me!) rises and urges me to get a good step count for the day and maybe get a badge emailed to me! (A rewarding psychology makes all the difference!)
The Fitbit website and stats
The website is really good, the Fitbits sync up wirelessly when my Mac is on so there’s no need to remember to sync every few days. Below is a screen shot of the website and how I did last Saturday.
The Battery life for these little devices is amazing, we both go a whole week without charging the things, for a device this small and light I have no idea where the battery is!
Even with the difficult start I would recommend a Fitbit to people looking to measure their activity levels and hopefully push them on to doing a little more, the device is easy to use (If Apple made something like this… it would be just like this!) and very clever.
Time for bed said Zebedee
Analysing my sleep patterns is also interesting. I’ve learnt that I sleep like a log…. to be honest, I did not need any tech to tell me that! :)
- 2 FitBit’s purchased, one dead already! (marcusplatt.co.uk)
- fitbit, sleep and stairs (lilyreed.wordpress.com)
Well Louise and I are officially exhausted after a great day out in London. Lunch at Carluccios and Malaysian & Caribbean curry Street food for dinner, watching the London Symphony Orchestra rehearsing in Trafalgar square and lost a few hours in the British Museum. Of course we purposely got lost a few times as we do like to explore and find getting lost the best way!
- It’s the weekend, I fancy some time travel please! (marcusplatt.co.uk)
- My Favorite Places: The British Museum (joneekhoff.wordpress.com)