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Another week down

Week after week looks largely the same right now and this one has gone by very very quickly. I think I may have been ill as I was getting huge sugar cravings, felt very tired, had a mildly sore throat and my heart rate was up a bit. 

That said, there have been interesting things to note. I've had a sort-of promotion at work and become tech lead for our team. This is not a change of role, just a thing done within the team that looks good on annual reviews and helps make the case for taking roles at a higher level. But it's meant a lot more co-ordinating and leadership sort of work than just the day to day. I've taken over as the person doing it before is tied up too much with homeschooling and has reduced his hours. I'm thankful that I work at a place where this sort of thing is acceptable. 

I've started a new game this evening with some people online, it's Call of Cthulhu inspired and I'm enjoying it a lot more than the attempts to play D&D online recently. 

I've learned to make sourdough bread with guidance and tutorials from a colleague. 

I finally got out on my bike for the first time in months — the reasonable weather or forecasts of such have not been coinciding with time I had available. Hopefully the increasing light in the daytime will let this become an after work activity sometime soon, or the weather will be kinder at weekends.

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Waste and waist

I've been musing on what a "waste of time" is this weekend. I've got a bunch of things I could be doing such as reading or drawing where at the end I can feel accomplished because I either gain knowledge or a story, or I have something to show for it. If what I have to show for drawing isn't very good, that's fine, it's work on the road to getting better. But I didn't do those things this weekend, I listened to podcasts (which to be fair, did catch me up on a backlog), whilst playing The Sims 4. And wound up feeling a bit guilty for not being productive. Which is silly. Why is it a waste of time if it amused me for a while and let me relax? But I can't shake the feeling, and it's increased by it eating time so quickly. I make my little goals for the imaginary people and set about helping them to achieve them and before I know it two hours have vanished. 

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America

America seems a whole lot less dangerous today and much as I dreaded what might happen in protest, nothing did. I'm not ready to breathe a sigh of relief just yet though, there are still cultists out there.

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Toy camera and vaccines

I bought a cheap silly camera the other day. It's very firmly aimed at kids, but it's a marvelous little device that, once you get the hang of the controls, prints pictures instantly to till roll. The quality is low, they're only black and white, but they're such fun. The picture is also stored on a micro SD so you can make better prints later. I think this is going to be a great toy to take out and about when we're allowed to see people again.

On that note, I read last night that WHO are admonishing the richer countries for prioritising their own people ahead of poor countries in plans for vaccine use. I struggled for a while with my own reaction of "But I want it soon, I want everyone local to me to have it so this can all be over. Am I bad person for wanting that?" And probably I am, because the sensible thing is to give it to everyone who it's likely to affect worst. 

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Logging

I can now jog for 12 minutes without stopping. This isn't a lot, but it's an improvement. 

My weight steadily increased since I changed jobs in late 2017 and was quite ridiculous by this time last year. I started working on it and lost a stone. Then my birthday came and I relaxed my own calories/exercise restrictions and never really re-implemented them until I realised how much progress I'd lost by the end of December, so I've set myself new exercise goals which are working well.

I've decided to come back to LJ. It fell out of favour for being bought by Russians but I miss it. The community that was once here is probably lost, but as a record of self Facebook has never been up to the job. So I'm going to try updating more here and see what happens.