Quick Update

Trying a bit of a new format with the photos…

  • Week of 11-17 April.
  • Health week 2/3. – 7kg transformation so far – aiming for 9kg in 3 weeks.
  • Monday, podcast walk to the office, two new people started working at Octotel, gym, killer abs, spinning class, swim, phone chat with Mia, cooked a healthy dinner, we booked our stretch tent for AfrikaBurn (just in time Joe, JITJ).
  • Tuesday, early morning walk up the hill to try and find a wireless dish, office, wayleave meeting with the city – could have turned out a bit better, quick visit to the Audi garage – seems some child (no idea who this could have been) stuck a marble in one of the back seat vents and it’s making a weird noise, made a rather unique spreadsheet, lunch time Instagram walk, aimless sunset podcast walk to Clifton, Wouter cooked his signature temperature probe perfection ribeye + broccoli + avo dish.
  • I made it to Sept 2015 on the TimF show. 100th shows I’ve listened to.
  • “Practice discomfort.”

  • I gained about 80 Instagram followers this week – never realised it was this popular.
  • Wednesday, gym – benched 90kg again – cold shower, office, lomad and chia day, figured out a diagram with Michael, left the office after dark, swim, cold shower, phone chat with Mia.
  • When you stick around the office pretty late – lie on your back and do 20 deep breaths, and squats – and then have a 5min nap. Works well to get motivated again.
  • Breathe! Wim Hof interview TimF show 7 Sept 2015. 40x deep breaths in the morning while relaxed.
  • The Wim Hof method.
  • When you don’t fear discomfort, you can be relaxed. Being comfortable is not the same as being happy.
  • “Are you high? – no, I’m just relaxed.” — chat at our recent braai.

  • Thursday, swim – how the gym gives back (inside reference – for the more seasoned blog readers, on that point, it seems ERnst does not read my blog anymore), three cold showers, office, took a nice walk with David around Century City, meeting with the Mobinomics guys, left the office pretty late, catch up chat with Wouter.
  • Try three cold showers and steam bath sessions – 20 deep breaths while in the cold shower. Really makes you feel alive. Practice discomfort.
  • Build the things you want to see in the world.
  • Keep looking for luck.
  • Meditate, hang, journal, put coconut oil in your tea… quick summary of the TimF morning.
  • “Be useful.” — Scott Adams

  • “Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Love is metaphysical gravity.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Friday, TiTea, gym, office, lomad day, watched three of Mia’s hockey games – Mia scored two goals, catch up with JD, sunset Fleetwood Mac appreciation drive back to Cape Town – good chats, stopped at my storage unit and loaded all my AfrikaBurn gear in about 5 min – still nicely packed and at the top of the pile, Mia and I browsed Giovanni’s for a shopping list from Wouter and Mia taste tested all the different types of olives, Wouter cooked this Itallian crumbed chicken tomato and mozzarella creation and we had a bottle of Moreson Chardonnay, good catch up Facetime Audio chat with Jacques for maybe 2 hours – technology is kinda cool – 10,000km away and we can still be brothers, good chats about business, relationships, health, family and teenagers.
  • “You’ve got people who are making plans with a clear focus, in a world which no longer supports a clear path to anything.” — Scott Adams

  • “Fail in a way you learn something.” — Scott Adams

  • “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Winston S. Churchill… Jacques likes this quote.

  • I think, maybe the biggest thing I fear is the day Mia and I don’t get along as well as we do now – because now, we are like peas in a pod. Ok, maybe more like Sith master and apprentice – which is why I’m pondering this. Always two there are. I’m pretty sure I can work this out. It’s a game right? It’s been played for many generations. I just have play 80% better than the legacy. No problem. I can do this. I’m an optimist.
  • Can I just say, thank goodness I switched to a useful touch typing setup a long time ago.
  • One of the (hot) moms at Mia’s school walked up to me an said: get off your phone – why do I always see you at the gym on your laptop?… well, firstly – ok, ok – I’m not going to reason my way out of this – it was lame to be on my phone while Mia is playing hockey and I drove all the way to be there – but Paul needed something. Sorry. This is just after I explained the concept of karma to Mia. Maybe this is some form of karma.
  • Saturday, breakfast with Mia at Jarryds – the fritatta is great, we found Mia two gumguards for the hockey season (because I know she’s going to lose at least one), catch up with Dan while Mia did some Dvorak touch typing training – I got her to read the DVzine – I think it’s important to tell kids WHY before you get them to learn anything – ask why three times (she actually uses this trick on me from time to time), we moulded the two gum guards with some hot water, Myog, little geek and I watched Eddie the Eagle at the Waterfront VIP cinemas – epic movie – go see it (really) – great seats for a Saturday movie chill – really sucks you in, a burger at Gibsons – the gorgonzola burger is nothing short of spectacular, a stroll around the Waterfront, a lady of leisure tea at Melissas, 11h sleep.
  • For some reason I was suddenly interested in activity trackers and geeked out on some research. The Polar A360 and A300 seem nice. I’m most interested in the sleep tracking and optimal waking up features. In the end – I guess we just need to see if the next Apple watch is waterproof.
  • Seems Mia likes comics – Wouter gave her the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novel to read, and she loved it.
  • Smart interesting people. I keep coming back to this. If you have read this far, and you are not a robot, I’d like to really emphasise this point. Find the smart interesting people around you.
  • Sunday, tea, gourmet fruit salad, backups and hockey photo processing, dropped Mia off in Obs, a glass of wine at Tammy’s, good pizza and tiramisu at Da Vinci’s, catch up with Wouter and Pieter – and re-packing some AfrikaBurn essentials, blogging.
  • Maybe I should just learn to make tiramisu. I keep finding okay versions – but nothing special. I can maybe add it to my list of things I actually care about. It’s a short list, on most days.
  • A little bit of drama as I dropped Mia off – she was very sad not to go to AfrikaBurn. I tried. I really tried. So, after about 7 weeks of trying to convince Naulene to let Mia go to AfrikaBurn – and many, many emails later – today she suddenly agrees to let Mia go (and miss school). Why now? Honestly. Everything has already been planned. Face-palm.
  • Mia is now 155cm, 46kg.
  • Just remember, in an Interstellar kinda way, everything has already happened.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.