Sarnie?

Hi, It’s been an odd week this time around. The gentle and persistent clicking of the work/life balance ratchet turning a little too far. I’m not complaining, more noticing that I seem to be working longer than I probably should. Again, I don’t say this as a ooo, aren’t I a good employee, but more about noticing how easy it is to slip into the habit of I’ll just get this done… and then it’s closer to 6.30pm than it should be. I think I’ll need to keep an eye on this. Not just for the sake of my own wellbeing, but Mrs J’s too. There’s also a risk that should I be encouraged back into the office, that productivity […]

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Xmas do, Oh Xmas do…

Hi, With missing the opportunity to be fancy last month – thank you sneezy cold 😋 – I was feeling the need of some time in prettier garb. I think as I put in the comments for Wednesday – and your experience may be different – I think there’s an external view that for part timers like me, it’s just clothes. You know, you throw them on, along with the slap, and that’s some box ticked or pleasure centre tickled. It isn’t. 🙂 I would also add, as a left leaning apologist liberal 😉 that if dressing floats your boat, you’ll get no judgement from me. Personally, the time spent in my other clothing validates me. That while I’m mostly […]

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The pond, the rock, and the ripples

Hi, Given the slight wobble a few days ago, I’ve been attempting to try a bit more self care this week. That’s despite two rather serious issues at work around security. I’ll not say any more as part of what I do is keeping secrets: perhaps true organisationally and at the individual level too. However, the impact of such emergencies can be the ringing of the proverbial fire bell and it’s all hands on deck to sort it. With the stress levels rising, I’ve been mindful of advice from the Ever Lovely Mrs J, as well as that from those of you who commented or emailed in. Namely trying to take regular breaks, enjoy the moment while outside, and indulge […]

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Recharged

Hi, Ah, the joys of a week off. While it’s gone by rather quickly, it’s been great to leave the work laptop switched off, ditch the sofa home office routine, and get out into Autumn. The Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had the pleasure of birth each others company and a few new routes on our dog walks. That and occasional stops for coffee. Mrs J had some good news from the medical folk recently, so we feel the are heading in the right direction. I guess you have be thankful for what goes right 🙂 We’ve changed our food box – I know, so middle class 😉 – to be veggie for Mrs J’s health and that’s […]

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Once more to the wardrobe, dear friends, once more!

Hi, Today has been a day of no meetings and given some of the back to back runs of late, this cool down period to ease into the weekend is rather lovely. Not that I’ve done nothing, I should add. Part of my role is to be creative with technology, so thinking space to explore and test is valuable. Such creative work can also help me get into the zone. That moment where you’re involved in creating something new and deep into it. I used to find the same with baking or painting miniatures for tabletop gaming. Yes, I’m aware that the G in TG stands for geek in my case 😉 However, such work is also a good distraction […]

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See through

Hi, The other day I was talking with Susie – as much as you can in an email 🙂 – and the topic of being recognised came up. Not from a passing point of view, but on being seen for your other identity. Thinking on this later, I did wonder if I might be from the same planet as Clark Kent. I mean, we both have secret identities, an extra pair of knickers helps keep your tights up, and we’ve have had to get changed in inconvenient locales. 🙂 I don’t have his physique and the laser vision would certainly be handy for summer BBQs. All that aside, when I go through the process of getting changed, even though the […]

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