Week 475

The week of Oct 12, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020

Little to report…

Monday: Exercise session with Johnny. Put the last coat of varnish on side tables.

Tuesday: Body corporate trustee meeting.

Wednesday: Exercise session with Johnny. Finished the side tables. We’re enjoying the Netflix series Ratchet.

Thursday: Got a new headset delivered via Takealot. Visited my garage. Sue made her really good tom yum soup. We’re watching a lot of Vikings.

Friday: Unsatisfactory work day. Didn’t achieve much despite being busy. Pleasant evening in the garden chilling.

Saturday: Lazy morning. A little time in the garage pottering around. We picked up mom and brought her for lunch at ours. I varnished the spice racks.

Sunday: A very busy day. Second coat of varnish. Made two flower pots from concrete. I did fairly well at predicting the amount of sand and cement. Sue and I went to Hart nursery to get some concrete planters which we then laid. I vacuumed the house.

My work week was divided into: New development 70%; Bug fixing 30%.

Podcasts listened to this week: A Readers Community

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Week 474

The week of Oct 5, 2020 – Oct 11, 2020

Successful week…

Monday: A busy work day. First day of a new sprint and the relevant meetings. Exercise with Johnny. Visited my flat to collected some smart work clothes. We then drove to Sea Point promenade to watch the sunset. Nice dinner, early-ish to bed.

Tuesday: Sue woke up in the middle of the night with an excruciating stitch in her side. It eventually wore off. Day spent at the office. Bought some nice fresh fish and chips on the way home. Listened to a podcast as well.

Wednesday: Finished reading Limitations by Scott Turow. Eventually sorted out my tax return and submitted it. Advertised my mountain bike for sale.

Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller #7)Limitations by Scott Turow
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Turow’s earlier Presumed Innocentwas fantastic. Limitations unfortunately has a rather unsubstantial and forgettable plot.

Thursday: Body corporate AGM via Zoom. I chaired the meeting, and was reelected trustee chairman. Chicken stir-fry.

Friday: After one evening from advertising my bike on bikehub I got it sold at midday. Was an easy sale via bikehub. Tinky and Anthony came round. First socialising at home. They stayed quite late.

Saturday: A very busy but successful DIY and woodworking day. Finished the construction of the side tables, sanded and first coat of varnish. Also made some cuts and preliminary work on the spice racks, a sharpening jig and mom’s plant raisers.

Sunday: Another busy day. Second coat of varnish on the side tables, visited Helga for the first time in ages. We had a lovely catch up and then I helped her install drawer handles. Visited mom. Attempted to find video stream of the Eiffel F1 grand Prix which wasn’t on DStv. Eventually found a Dutch commentary version on YouTube. A little gardening, video catch-up with Rob and Marion. Dinner at CTFM with Claire and Chris.

My work week was divided into: New development 35%; Bug fixing 20%; Building install 20%; Meetings/meeting preparation 8%; Research / planning 8%; Support 5%; Testing 5%.

Podcasts listened to this week: Beyond the Grid

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Week 473

The week of Sep 28, 2020 – Oct 4, 2020

Italics description…

Monday: First day after a long weekend. Exercise session with Johnny. Online grocery orders. Vikings.

Tuesday: Susan and I did video catch-ups first with mom, then with Rob and Marian.

Wednesday: Exercise session with Johnny, feeling good about getting fit again.

Thursday: A very cold day, but we made a nice fire. Watched TV.

Friday: End of sprint day. Susan’s not feeling well today. Two days after a day of relatively high exertion for her.

Saturday: A pretty good day. A woodworking morning. Spent on making angled legs for a low coffee table, the cutting of parts for spice racks and the start of a sharpening jig. Then for the first time since march that mom, Susan and I had lunch together. Susan first took mom to the nursery. I’m lucky to have her.

Sunday: Morning spent experimenting with making flower pots from concrete. Nice cheese and crackers lunch in the garden. We did some gardening then catch-up with her folks.

My work week was divided into: New development 40%; Testing 20%; Other 20%; Meetings/meeting preparation 20%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 472

The week of Sep 21, 2020 – Sep 27, 2020

Weekend away at Good Hope Farm…

Monday: Exercise session with Johnny. Published multiple of these blog posts.

Tuesday: Lunchtime hot meal, one of the benefits of working from home. Susan is going through a stage of feeling strong and I’m very happy for her. We watched Vikings.

Wednesday: Exercise session with Johnny and the first time using my homemade concrete dumbbells. The extra weight resistance really makes a difference to the workout.

Thursday: Public holiday Heritage Day. We drove to Robertson and met up with the Susan’s ladies group at Four Cousins Trading Room for lunch. First time since March that I’d been in a restaurant. Then we drove in convoy to Good Hope Farm and got settled in to the cabin. Burgers for supper.

Friday: Went for a morning walk to the nearby waterfall with some of the ladies. Picturesque scenery and topography. Breakfast, then a little walk with Sue. Coffee chat. Afternoon snooze. Cold and rainy weather led to us all moving across to the Lavender Cottage for drinks, games and a braai.

Saturday: Our turn at breakfast and dinner duty. Between which we relaxed and I did some walking around while Susan slept.

Sunday: Slept in. Breakfast, packing up, saying goodbyes, then we hit the road. Susan picked a little fynbos on the way out the farm. The drive back to Cape Town was pretty easy. Watched the last part of the Formula 1 GP. Leisurely TV watching.

My work week was divided into: New development 30%; Building install 20%; Holiday 20%; Leave 20%; Other 10%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 471

The week of Sep 14, 2020 – Sep 20, 2020

Working from home will become permanent…

Monday: Exercise session with Johnny. Still not feeling strong. Worked late. Watched TV with roast chicken.

Tuesday: Our experiment with time tracking software DeskTime has thankfully been shelved. I’m intrigued about it for own use and my own productivity point of view. But I don’t want from an employer/employee point of view. We walked around the neighbourhood which was nice. Susan has given herself an editing deadline.

Wednesday: Exercise with Johnny.

Thursday: Huge news at work is that the temporary work-from-home situation is going to be permanent. Nice pasta supper. Susan and I chatted about me moving in permanently. The lcokdown period has been a good test that it should be easy.

Friday: Lunchtime run/jog/walk around Harfield. An unsatisfactory work day. It’s nice to see Susan getting motivated on gardening. Lazy evening. Early to bed, tired.

Saturday: Mica visit to buy some cement for my homemade dumbbell experiment. Score shop and Lansdowne Boards visit. Visited mom and we had a good chat. Gardening with Sue. We walked to Ken and Di to collect keys. Watched Vikings.

Sunday: Collected a new fold-up table that Sue bought through Facebook. Set it up as a new temporary office table. Second attempt at completing the cement dumbbells. This time I used a 1:1 mix, probably overkill. Susan is getting her editing motivation back.

My work week was divided into: New development 80%; Bug fixing 20%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 470

The week of Sep 7, 2020 – Sep 13, 2020

Feeling good…

Monday: Exercise session with Johnny. Nice evening, don’t remember why, but it was nice. Watched TV.

Tuesday: Online meetings. Admin. Looks like my work day time tracking will be monitored. We made good progress on the cat castle.

Wednesday: We dropped off a birthday present for Brenda. The cat castle Is looking good. Finished reading I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes. Watched A Million Ways to Die in the West. Pretty good.

I Am PilgrimI Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s gripping, easy to read and I enjoyed it. I fully agree with other reviews that there’s pro-US social commentary throughout, but not distractingly so.

Thursday: We went for a drive to see the sunset from Fresnaye. Nice to be out and about midweek. Chicken stir-fry and TV watching.

Friday: Takealot delivery. Made the second half of the two concrete dumbbells, but I’m not confident I got the right sand/cement ratio.

Saturday: Nice weather, early indication of summer coming. I did a little work in my garage including washing and lubricating my mountain bike ready to advertise for selling. We went for frozen yoghurt in Rondebosch.

Sunday: Rainy weather again. Did some DIY, mainly gluing various things that are broken. Visited mom. Watched the F1 grand Prix. Nice phone catch-up with Robert. Then weekly catch-up with Rob and Marion. We watched Terminator, entirely forgettable.

My work week was divided into: New development 60%; Meetings/meeting preparation 30%; Bug fixing 10%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 469

The week of Aug 31, 2020 – Sep 6, 2020

Spring is here, but so is load-shedding…

Monday: First day of spring and Susan’s garden is showing some new growth. I, on the other hand don’t feel strong and couldn’t perform well with today’s exercise with Johnny.

Tuesday: I took a midday walk to my flat and back. Collected mom’s car and we dropped it off. The central locking system has been disabled and hopefully the battery issue is thereby resolved. 

Wednesday: Exercise session with Johnny using my new yoga mats which Susan so kindly bought for me.

Thursday: Little to report. I attempted to do my tax return but it was incorrectly prepopulated and I couldn’t complete it. We checked in with Loki’s owner who gave us the good news that he’s fine and will be back roaming the neighbourhood soon.

Friday: End of sprint day. Interesting meeting, I think I’ll be back in the office come January. Nice weather. We did some gardening. Watched TV.

Saturday: Load shedding is back.

Saturday: A good morning in my garage, finished the box build. Susan’s loves it. Fashioned a triangular shaped temporary screwdriver from a nail. I did a little DIY. An unexpected power outage.

Sunday: Made a start on making concrete dumbbells. Visited mom. Watched the F1 Grand Prix. WhatsApp video call with Rob and Marian.

My work week was divided into: New development 60%; Meetings/meeting preparation 20%; Bug fixing 10%; Office IT, network admin 10%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 468

The week of Aug 24, 2020 – Aug 30, 2020

Susan’s birthday weekend…

Monday: Ordered a birthday present for Sue on Takealot. Exercise with Johnny. We went for a walk around the neighborhood.

Tuesday: Busy work day. Frustrating last minute bug fix before a release.

Wednesday: Frustrating day spent at the office and fixing network problems. Still managed an exercise session with Johnny.

Thursday: Lunch time outing to collect mom’s car which continues to drain the battery. Took it to Claremont Fitment Centre. We dropped in at Sally’s on the way.

Friday: Waiting for a call from the fitment centre that never came. End of a long week. WhatsApp video catch-up with Susan’s folks.

Saturday: Susan’s birthday. She liked my (first) gift of a knife sharpener. Tinky and Anthony came round to drop off a gift. We stood around the table maintaining a social distance. We then went to Stodels in Bellville for my second gift of plants. A very cold morning. We came home and planted them. Then we watched TV. 

Sunday: I went for a run around the neighborhood before putting the final coat of varnish on the box. Watched Formula 1. Catching up with Susan’s folks via WhatsApp is becoming a Sunday evening routine. Supper then Vikings.

My work week was divided into: Building install 47%; Office IT, network admin 37%; Documentation 10%; Meetings/meeting preparation 7%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 467

The week of Aug 17, 2020 – Aug 23, 2020

We’re missing Loki…

Monday: A frustrating day with online deliveries going wrong and happening all at the same time as exercise with Johnny and rain. Chilled evening. We made a start on decorating the cardboard cat castle, even though Loki cat hasn’t returned for a few days.

Tuesday: Load shedding is back. We played rummy. Caught up with mom by video chat.

Wednesday: An unexpected electricity outage necessitated me working at the office. This was the first almost full day there since March.

Thursday: A walk around the neighborhood. We made yet another nice soup, this time sweet potato and leak. Coconut milk added an extra level of flavour.

Friday: Overnight toothache. Managed to get a dentist appointment and Dr. Roussouw hopefully has sorted it out.

Saturday: A busy day. First some varnishing in my garage. Then a quick visit with mom. A pizza for lunch (shop bought but with extra ingredients added to it), then Susan and I did some gardening. We watched TV. Started the series Biohackers.

Sunday: We cleaned and tidied the house. I put on another coat of varnish. Susan made an oxtail stew. We caught up with Susan’s folks by WhatsApp. Watched TV. A very good weekend.

My work week was divided into: Bug fixing 50%; New development 40%; Building install 10%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 466

The week of Aug 10, 2020 – Aug 16, 2020

Kalk Bay …

Monday: Public holiday. We took a drive to Kalk Bay and browsed through a couple of shops. This was really nice. It’s the first time since the start of lock down that we’ve done something like this.

Tuesday: Work. Video catch-up with mom. Susan’s really not feeling good. We made a very nice korma curry using a mix of spices prepackaged from Rosmead Spar. Started watch the series Vikings.

Wednesday: Exercise session with Johnny. Susan still not feeling well. We had a video catch-up with her mom.

Thursday: A morning at the office, doing server related stuff and waiting for the generator service guy.

Friday: Load shedding in the morning forced me to skip midday exercise session with Johnny. Made a soup. Watched TV.

Saturday: Quite a busy day. We visited the UK Emporium shop to buy tinned rice pudding for mom. Then a quick stop at my garage to collect a few things. I sharpened Susan’s hatchet and chopped some firewood. We watched the F1 qualifying, then some TV, then Cyril’s latest speech.

Sunday: A spent a chilled morning at my flat and in my garage just pottering around. A difficult decision to make on moving in with Susan.

My work week consisted of: Building install 30%; Bug fixing 20%; Holiday 20%; Testing 10%; Office IT, network admin 10%; Meetings/meeting preparation 10%.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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