Monday, no school run for a change, rainy podcast flaneuring around the golf course, home office, salads for supper at Col’caccios with Mia, Pinotage rooibos tea.
Installed Zero fasting tracker app, after Tyler suggested it, pretty cool. Did not think fasting needed an app, but it’s kinda useful.
Tuesday, school run, I was interviewed for a food science PhD research project on food labels – interesting, home office, some sysadmin tasks.
After the food labels discussion, I think people often get stuck in small things when the high impact things seem boring. Sleep enough, move/walk, manage stress, eat less, eat clean, have a regular fasting routine. This is useful to know: My nutritional framework – restrict eating by time, volume and type.
“I live the way I type; fast, with a lot of mistakes.” — July 2011
Wednesday, up early, school run, Boschendal breakfast, fetched my new set of Airpods Pro, Strolla, played with that Sony RX10 camera at Orms – pretty cool, extended wine tasting at Anthonij Rupert Wyne – go check it out, random mid-week braai at home with Mia and some Moreson Pinotage, blue face masks with Mia.
Still pondering the RX10 mark4. Seems like a really good option, but it’s been around since 2017, so due for a refresh.
I seem to use about 8GB of data via my car wifi per month. Mostly Spotify I think, podcast downloads, and hour long Facetime conversations with Jacques and Dirk while driving around – bashing socialism never gets old. Voice/phone services are pretty much free now. Also tested receiving good old SIP calls, works well.
AirPods Pro mini-review: noise cancelling works well, I think I prefer the double-tap feature of the earlier Airpods, but the squeeze thing is not bad. They seem to work well for podcasts and audio books, 97% of the reason I bought them. You still can’t change the volume without using your phone or watch.
I started listening to Zero to One again. He really goes on and on about finding monopoly business models. To be honest, I kinda enjoy audio books, but this must be the Nth trial account, can’t get myself to pay for a monthly service when there are so many good podcasts around.
Thursday, school run, home office, meeting at Lanzerac with Dirk and Gys, wine tasting – Lanzerac make an _epic_ Chardonnay, a swim and a nap at the pool, watched Rushmore again – with Mia this time – the books about ocean exploring, aquarium and fish tank scenes really point at the later movie.
Oh gaawd, yes, I’m now the kind of person than naps next to the pool.
Friday, up early – because my UPS started beeping at 4am, joy, deep nerding on server hardware shopping, Mia had the day off, so we went on a Cape Town outing, lunch at Magica Roma in Pinelands, dentist visit, Stellenbosch, pool time and braai with Jacques and family – and some Moreson bubbly.
Mia keeps her zero dental issues track record – winning at parenting.
Saturday, steak for breakfast, home exec day while watching The Lorax again, device upgrades and backups, researched Mellanox NICs, sunset walk with Mia, watched Spider-Man (2002).
Monday, braai meat for breakfast, school run, home office and home exec tasks and lots of tea making, fetched Mia from water polo, loadshedding – so we had supper at Grappa Pappa at Wilderer – pretty good.
The things you own end up owning you, and there are always more manuals to read and ongoing backups, upgrades, and in my case fully nerding out on the optimal configuration.
Tuesday, school run, breakfast at Boschendal – nice spot to tinker while waiting for traffic to pass, meeting in Century City, worked at the clubhouse, nap, fetched Mia, took Mia shopping for a valentines day school outfit.
What seems to work, on the desire topic, is to plan things to look forward to, delay gratification. As an experiment I’m planning a monthly lunch with friends well in advance, and two or three other things.
Wednesday, school run, Boschendal, Strolla, Paarl Mall, set up my old Apple Watch for Mia.
“When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic — what defines a human being — is to work with others.” — Marcus Aurelius
Remember why you started.
Thursday, school run, did some online camera window shopping – mostly looked at the Sony RX10 mk4, watched Mia’s swimmming gala in Stellenbosch, we had an early supper on the way back at Die Werf at Boschendal – nice place – very peaceful – good meal, time well spent.
Friday, Mia managed to break the house key off in the front door, so I went on a mission to find a locksmith, Schoon cafe, Paarl, haircut – found a new barber – great hair cut – I suspect he’s from Albania (Wag the Dog), took Mia’s phone and keys to Rushmore, I had plans to go to Cape Town for the A-Ha concert, but I ended up staying home – lunch and wine tasting at Moreson, went for a nap at 18:00, woke up at 0:00, oops, watched Oblivion again – underrated movie – I actually like Tom Cruise.
Delaying decisions and sleeping on them can be good, but this can get out of hand. Procrastination is an emotional response.
I really suck at personal admin tasks. My new theory: if you don’t have an office, there is no real delineation between personal and work items, so there is always something stuck in the queue before I make time for personal admin. It’s maybe not a very good theory, meh. I think I need a calm naggy voice in my life. Calm nagging is underrated. A-student to manage B-student.
Saturday, tea, home exec tasks, backups, loadshedding, so I went for a swim at the clubhouse, wow GSM really dies when there is loadshedding, watched L.A. Confidential again with a very pleasant Malbec – rad movie – Russel Crowe character is great, caught up on some long overdue blogging – or at least started the process – had 6 posts in the pipeline.
I kinda like Paarl. We even have the Taal Monument.
Monday, school run, Franschhoek town visit, home office, fetched Mia, early supper at La Paris Deli – nice place, sunset flaneuring around the golf course, we processed some items on Mia’s todo list, in bed by 22:00 – because of loadshedding – and then woke up because I forgot the lights on – arghh.
Twitter: two dump trucks on fire slowly backing into each other.
Tuesday, school run, house hunting in Franschhoek, Cape Town meeting, breakfast for supper with Mia in Franschhoek, sunset walk, finished watching Chinatown, watched I Am Your Father – good doccie – David Prowse becomes Vader 35 years later.
Wednesday, school run, home office, we went house hunting in Pearl Valley and Val De Vie, extended sunset walk.
Thursday, school run, brunch with Dirk at the clubhouse – tinkering with a few ideas, house hunting, quick wine tasting at Solms Delta – they have a sparkling shiraz, fetched Mia from swimming, Col’caccios, in bed early because of loadshedding.
Friday, school run, tea at Lanzerac with Gys, Waterfront, car wash, found a new hoodie, could not avoid the L’Occitane shop, late lunch at Ginja, Sea Point, catch up with Wouter, drinks at Vixi for Kieran’s birthday, followed by Village Idiot with Pierre and Stefan, followed by a bit of a house party.
Saturday, workshop and lunch at The Stack – cool venue, tea shopping at Enmasse, braai in Sea Point with Wouter, Audrey and some dutch fiends, time well spent.
Sunday, backups, packing, clubhouse swim and braai for Jacques’ birthday – with a tasty Solms Delta Grenache, time well spent, happy birthday Jacques!
“When he’s sober he’s Spock, when he’s not sober he’s Kirk.” — Jacques
“I’m like Judge Dread – no Jury needed when I’m involved.” — Jacques
Fokofpolisiekar’s music seems more relevant today than in late 2000s. Brand Suid Afrika.
This full time parenting business does involve some admin. Extra email and calendar management. Driving around, attending events. Extra things to plan and prepare for.
Week of antihistamine. High pollen count in the valley.
Sleep tracking project update: Results are fairly consistent, but lower than expected, usually about 7.5 hours of sleep, weekends can reach 10h. I added two silent alarms to wake her up more gracefully. Exploring meditation apps to get her to fall asleep quicker. She’s resisting the evening podcast listening plan. Also got a digital blood pressure monitor and started feeding her an iron supplement drink after an indecent of lightheadedness.
Wednesday, school run, tea with Jacques, Volvo visit – got sunglass holders and a sun curtain – see below, Sea Point apartment, Strolla, Waterfront – fetched a green iPhone 11 Max, watched Mia’s water polo, braai with Mia, iPhone backups and migrations.
Time invested in device configs adds up. Mission to do from scratch. Medical info, backups, three screens of apps to check etc.
Navy is the new black. I simplified my wardrobe. Pic below.
Thursday, up before sunrise, restored Mia’s iPhone backup to my old phone (with Finder not iTunes), steak for breakfast, school run, home office, watched Mia’s swimming gala in Paarl, awards evening at Rushmore – oh gaaawd sitting an a hot school hall for 2 hours is not my idea of a good time.
My reluctant transition to USB-C seems to have begun.
Truth peddling is dangerous business.
Friday, watched Mia’s inter-house swimming gala, followed by the inter-house water polo, nap, braai at home with Paul – and a great Eikendal red.
Mia was 2nd in a few swimming races and her water polo team won.
iPhone 11 Pro Max mini review: I was worried I was not going to like the bigger size, but so far I like it. Can’t fault it, fast, great screen, good battery life, wide angle camera works well – claims to be 13mm equivalent – impressive. If you notice the square photo mode is missing from the camera app, you can adjust this and also use 16:9 mode. Btw. the new Swiftkey app with haptic feedback is pretty groovy, and works well for Afrikaans. 64G model has more than enough storage for my needs – I don’t keep photos on a phone for more than a week.
Saturday, Bridge House Mile swim at Boschendal with Mia, Anton and Anton – Mia beat me, watched Rushmore again – 2nd best movie ever, nap, clubhouse pool with Jacques and family followed by a braai, time well spent.
Note to self, do more open water swimming. Maybe try rope in a few friends.
Sunday, lady grey tea, played home exec and did laundry etc, Mia went on a theatre club outing, so I went wine tasting with Paul at Glen Carlou, lunch at Cosecha with Paul, Adrian and Al – great food, nap, fetched Mia, sunset walk with a Campari, watched Chinatown (1974) – mostly because Edward Norton could not stop talking about it in his interview about Motherless Brooklyn.
“I’m on my way to the Start Wars cantina bar.” — Adrian, about the personalities at Van Hunks
Note to self: visit Cosecha for brunch soon.
Check out the Wes Anderson playlist(s) on Spotify.
Wednesday, the usual fruit salads, school run, avoided some traffic by visiting Jacques, Volvo Cape Town visit – to get the sunroof tinted, Wellness Warehouse, Strolla, Waterfront – to get Mia a new (rose gold) toothbrush, fetched Mia from water polo.
New toothbrush mini-review: I’ve been an Oral-B fan for many years. Having an electric toothbrush is simply a good idea. I recently switched to Philips Sonicare, for Mia and me. I was a bit sceptical the first few days, and to be honest the sonic vibration was a bit strange, but you get used to it quickly. I’m sold. Much cleaner smoother feel. Mia agrees.
Thursday, school run, worked at home, wine tasting and a lunch with Nikki at De Meye, Plaisir de Merle, La Motte, fetched Mia from swimming, nap, braai with Mia – time well spent.
Plaisir de Merle seems to translate to: Pleasure of Blackbird. I used to like their Chardonnay – hmm, not so sure anymore.
We eat too much.
“All countries have their mafia, our mafia has a country.” — Wouter
Friday, school run, home office, Mia and I went food shopping in Franschhoek, Boschendal Night Market, Italian Night at Babylonstoren – excellent food, time well spent.
The Portal: “Trump knows the liberal mind is automated. As soon as you break through one of its shibboleths, it has an automated non thinking reflexive reaction. He can map that, and then he can say, ok I’ll do something that will cause the reflexive reaction, but I will put something in place which is totally different so that when you have that reflexive reaction, you will be shown to be an NPC.” — Eric Weinstein, The Portal 17, with Anna Khachiyan.
GenX is just getting started. In terms of influence.
Saturday, lunch at Arkeste with Stefan, Pierre and Cici – and Chamonix 2016 Chardonnay, followed by an afternoon at the clubhouse pool followed by a braai at home, time well spent.
Sunday, Mia and I took a road trip to Rawsonville, brunch at Ou Meul at Du Toitskloof Wines, quick visit to Goudini Spa, drove back via R101 to Paarl – skipped the tunnel – very pretty route, Paarl Mall, watched Lucy, sunset walk, watched The Big Short again – rad movie, last minute Bridge House Mile entries.
“The truth is like poetry — and most people fucking hate poetry.” — The Big Short
Monday, I made Mia some breakfast, school run, Wifi and French Earl Grey at Schoon in Franschhoek, checked out the Franschhoek Health Club, Agrimark visit – to get a Leatherman Wave+, went for a tour of Workshop 17 in Paarl – pretty cool, my first visit to Paarl Mall – interesting place – everybody speaks Afrikaans which is kinda cool, found some camp chairs on special, lunch with Jacques at the clubhouse – he brought me some golf clubs – turns out it’s free to use the driving range, watched Mia’s inter-house field events athletics – she won the shot put event, swim and sunset walk with Mia.
I kinda lost my car in the Paarl Mall parking area, had to flash the lights and use the horn a few times – via the mobile app – security guard gave me a funny look.
We met our neighbour at the athletics – also a single dad with the children living with him. Seems to be a thing.
Franschhoek is hot. 29 DegC at 9am.
Tuesday, school run, fairly productive day of working from home, gym, fetched Mia from swimming, Paarl Mall food shopping, installed a bunch of apps and eBook textbooks on Mia’s iPad while watching a Fleetwood Mac documentary.
Wednesday, school run, Volvo Cape Town to get some accessories fitted, Polestar software upgrade, Strolla, Octotel office to fetch my Airon chair, lilo shopping, fetched Mia, clubhouse pool session with Jacques and family followed by a braai at home, time well sent.
Thursday, school run, worked at Schoon, explored Franschhoek, quick visit to the bowling club, got a data SIM for my car – car has 3 SIMs now, Wolfkop shopping, fetched Mia from swimming, caprese and carpaccio at Col’caccios, a stroll around Franschhoek.
Data-only SIMs packages are very cheap compared to voice SIM data deals. 50GB/m for R299. Useful for downloading podcasts.
Vodacom data SIM does not work as well as I imaged, the idea is to just use that for music streaming – listen to any song on the internet at any time, but it often just buffers when not near the major city/town areas. Vodacom data network is not that great around the winelands.
Real men are capitalists.
Friday, road trip to Citrusdal, Wolfchops, somehow I managed to get a medium size cut on the top of my head from walking under a tree at around sunset, medics, fun evening with Pierre, Michael, Wouter.
“What’s for you will not pass you by.” — Moloko
Saturday, Wolfkop, we made bloody marys for breakfast with Pierre, Stefan and Faure – I somehow forgot some items at home, so I had one tshirt, and no lilo. Pierre lost his car keys. Not my best Wolfkop.
Sunday, great breakfast at the Citrusdal hotel with Pierre and Faure, podcast and Bodzin road trip to Franschhoek, watched The Loft.
This post is very late. I took a month break from blog updates. Maybe I wanted to check that I still want to write these weekly updates. New decade etc. I think I’m going to stop posting these to Facebook. The format still works well enough, I think – ten photos and a few bullet points.
Monday, up early, fetched Mia from Somerset West, breakfast at Fred and Max, XC90 test drive, Somerset Mall – school items shopping with Mia, iPad option browsing, tea with Dirk, Access Park with Mia – New Balance shop, sushi at 1890, Waterfront – 20k steps of shopping with a teenager – getting ready for high school is hard work.
Sad to say, but Sea Point’s general feeling of safety, number of people sleeping on the streets, and levels of cleanliness have all been going in the wrong direction over the last 6 months.
Tuesday, up early, iPad buying for Mia, coconut breakfast at the whitest place in Africa, stationary shopping at the Gardens Centre, Waterfront, I found a Tumi laptop bag on special (my Tumi wallet has lasted ten years so far), I got a Forrest Gump haircut – according to Mia, found a bag for Mia’s new iPad, Japanese salads at Willoughby’s, packing, we moved to Franschhoek – Mia played Exitlude as we left Sea Point – see below, sunset walk and supper at the Pearl Valley clubhouse.
Mia is living with me from now on. Less drama. End of a decade of BS. I feel like a need a medal.
Stefan commented about babies being hard work when we were at Scarborough recently. “I’m just going to adopt a teenager.”
Be the person you needed when you were younger.
Mia introduced me to the concept of toner this week – learning about skin care.
iPad Pro mini-review: fast, pencil2 works really well, almost a laptop if you add the folding keyboard. Can’t fault it.
Wednesday, up early, omellettes at the clubhouse, orientation day at Rushmore – I think Mia will be happy at the new school, book shopping and optometrist visit in Stellenbosch, got a bluetooth label printer – fun toy, sunset flaneuring around the golf course with Mia.
We visited the optometrist to get Mia a new pair of spectacles. I figured I’d ask about the sports use case, so she ended up also getting contact lenses. Mia was super impressed with the contact lenses.
“It looks like the world has finally finished downloading.” — Mia, about contact lenses.
Tony Hsieh: just answer yesterday’s emails.
Chunk your projects by day, don’t sprinkle small units over many days. Slow multi tasking.
Recently, I really like Inari (sushi).
Thursday, Mia’s first day of high school, pretty easy school run – no traffic, managed to be productive again – for about an hour, until loadshedding – fibre offline and mobile data slows to being useless – joy, so I went to go find a UPS, another Volvo test drive, lunch with Dirk in Somerset Mall, sunset walk and supper with Mia.
I gave Mia a sleep tracker. Fitbit Charge 3. How to get teenagers to go to bed earlier. Pretty cool little device.
Friday, I made breakfast, school run, matcha latte to kill some time waiting for traffic, Cape Town visit, biltong shopping, bought some tea, fetched Mia’s new spectacles in Stellenbosch, quick wine tasting at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, fetched Mia from school, we took a drive all the way across Pleasantville to the Olympic length pool at The Yard – it’s a long drive – they obviously forgot to install a monorail system, sunset flaneuring around the golf course, supper and italian kisses, Vodacom fibre went down, so I went to bed early.
I’ve been avoiding coffee. Enmasse Earl Grey is great.
“I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear… a gentleman will walk but never run.”
Electricity, mobile internet, fibre internet – choose two, sometimes only one. (Assuming you have a UPS)
I uninstalled Slack everywhere – I realised I don’t need it anymore, and it always sucked.
Saturday, I fetched my new car – close to the most nerdy car you can buy, snoek braai at Anton’s, Anton experienced semi-autonomous driving (level 2 autonomy), picturesque late afternoon drive home, braai with Mia – sirloin steaks with oven roasted broccoli and asparagus (the usual), time well spent.
I discovered the Volvo Apple Watch app because the car let me know that I forgot to lock it.
Try Naked Insurance. Pretty cool experience. Much better than my experience with Outsurance over the phone this week.
Volvo XC60 mini review: self parking, semi-autonomous driving, app to start aircon from anywhere, apple watch integration, wifi hotspot in the car with data SIM, HUD, 360deg parking camera, cool software / UX, the future is here. I get around 6.5l/100km. Zero buyer’s remorse.