Quick Update

Things to look forward to…

Boschendal
  • Week of 10-16 Feb.
  • This post, is not late.
  • 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.
  • Desire Is a Contract You Make to Be Unhappy. Happiness is returning to a state where nothing is missing.
  • 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.
  • Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time
  • 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.
  • Scott Adams, on winners vs losers.
  • Sunday, I had the best intentions for an Equinox Funday, but that never happened, blogging, nap, swim, sunset podcast walk, long phone chat with Jacques.
  • “The most urgent public debate of the 2020s: How do we get back to the future?

    The fifties, the sixties, the seventies, and the eighties all had distinctive by-the-decade styles in design, clothing, music, and art – from the nineties to now feels like one big remix.

    Now the old family structure has been smashed, religion is in decline, patriotism is passé, and the cultural marketplace is fragmented.

    Because there is no longer a healthy dominant culture, would-be rebels have nothing to resist. So they playact the battles of a previous age.” — Back to the Future

  • Tune of the week: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Let Her Dance by Bobby Fuller Four

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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