Lapping up the Loch Lomond luxury
I must admit that I have never written my column in such amazing surroundings. My partner, Laura, turned 30 on Tuesday and we have taken the celebrations up to Loch Lomond for a two-night stay at Cameron House.
Laura was getting a wee bit excited when I told her that the Scotland squad usually stay here during their get-togethers. I could have sworn she actually said that she was looking forward to meeting some real footballers!
Unfortunately, we have missed out this time as they are staying in St Andrews, but at least I'm confident enough now that Laura will remain a Third Division Wag for a little longer.
Staying with the national team and there has been plenty of opinion as to whether the timing of the squad gathering could have been better managed.
I've been speaking to some people that are none too happy about it. Unsurprisingly, the majority are Old Firm supporters.
It's not only the punters that are up in arms either.
Andy Goram is the latest to question the timing, just days before a match that could go a long way to deciding the SPL title.
Quite honestly, Goram said that had he been in the position of the current Rangers and Celtic players, he would have pulled out of the squad.
As Goram is long retired he won't attract the same level of criticism that a current international might have but I'm sure he can expect a few e-mails as the main subject in various press hotlines.
As for my take on the situation - I don't think any squad gathering should be seen as bad timing.
Like everyone else, I want a successful national team and the more we can get these players together as a group the better.
The Scotland coaching staff will look after the players and will be mindful of the important games they are all due to take part in this weekend.
Back to matters closer to home now.
I had hoped to make a first-team comeback in the weekend draw with Stenhousemuir but I picked up an injury in a recent reserve game, which resulted in me missing out.
That sums up the way things are going for me at the minute and I expect the injury to keep me out for at least another week.
I suppose that's what happens to us 30-year-olds when we start one game every two months.
I watched the match on Saturday and although I didn't speak to the manager or the players after the game I expect that they were all disappointed.
After a bit of a scrappy start we began to take control of the first half and certainly deserved our half-time lead thanks to John Macbeth's first goal for the club on his full debut.
I fully expected us to go on and win the game but unfortunately we started the second half poorly and lost an early goal. From then on the game had a draw written all over it and 1-1 was just about the correct result.
Looking on the bright side of things, it was another point gained against a team looking to win automatic promotion.
That's us now achieved three wins and a draw against the top five teams in our most recent fixtures which is not bad going.
The chairman said in his pre-match notes at the weekend that the month of February could very well dictate which end of the table we end up fighting at towards the end of the season - and he might not be far wrong.
The next three fixtures see us facing Berwick Rangers, Albion Rovers and Forfar - all teams that are bunched in with us in the league table.
Win more points from these three fixtures than we lose and we could very well be looking at those promotion spots.