Week 339

The week of Mar 5, 2018 – Mar 11, 2018

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Monday: On leave for a couple days. Visit to CityBoards to get edging on the wood for the cabinet drawers. Telkom fault reporting frustrations. Met Mike who did the compliance certificate. Woodworking on the cabinet build, garage tidying. Diskem visit

Tuesday: Second day of leave, some woodworking and tidying to clear the decks. Lunch with mom at Cafe Magnifico. Took mom to sign the transfer documents. Watched movie Fracture.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Quick visit to mom’s to drop off some medication as she’d caught a cold.

Thursday: Tired, quiet evening. Watched the pilot of Orange is the New Black. Finished reading Change Agent by Daniel Suarez.
Change AgentChange Agent by Daniel Suarez
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found it to be a rather loose story forced fit around interesting technology.

Friday: Collected the title deed of my home having closed the home loan. First time that I own property that the bank doesn’t have a say in. Grocery shopping, watched a couple episodes of OITNB.

Saturday: A very busy day. Hardware store, key cutting, collected wood, bought rimpie. Helped mom sell a few things to her painter. Took things to the dump, got Chinese takeaway. Woodworking on the cabinets until quite late. More TV series watching.

Sunday: Slept well for a change. Another busy day. Rearranging furniture. Cleaned the bar fridge ready for sale. Woodworking on the middle bookcase. Happy that I’ve finished the custom furniture build. Repaired the rimpie chair. Disappointment with the for-sale price list determined by MovingOn. Chores. Watched an episode of The Walking Dead.

My (short) work week was divided into 66% refactoring and 33% bug fixing.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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Week 338

The week of Feb 26, 2018 – Mar 4, 2018

Feeling the pressure of mom’s imminent move…

Monday: Skipped gym and instead got to Gelmar to buy supplies for moms bookcase and cabinet build. Planned a cutting list for some custom cabinets in my kitchen to give it a more refined look if I am to sell it. But building them will be a challenge without a workshop. Discovered that my vehicle license has expired.

Tuesday: Ordered my vehicle license through a cool service where someone will go collect it for me. Worked beautifully. Money well spent. More planning and dimensioning for upcoming weekend woodworking. Feeling the pressure.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Evening at mom’s to help with move preparation. It’s all getting a bit too much for her. Quick beer and takeaway at Thai World.

Thursday: Poker with the boys, I came second. My poker year is starting off well, two second places in a row.

Friday: DVD collection at Loot, after work drinks with colleagues. A de-stress evening.

Saturday: Mom’s birthday, took her for breakfast at Fairview. A successful woodworking day spent on mom’s cabinets.

Sunday: More woodworking, feeling the pressure of needing to be out of the workshop in a month. Watched No Country for Old Men.

My work week was 100% refactoring.

Podcasts listened to this week: no podcasts, but listening to an Audible podcast series The Dark Web.

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Week 337

The week of Feb 19, 2018 – Mar 25, 2018

Busy with mom’s sale and move…

Monday: Squash with Dawie. Final coat of varnish on the garage shelves. Pricing mom’s house contents.

Tuesday: An eventful day regarding the house sale. Buyer got the bond. Mom had successful CPOA interview. Electrical Clearance certificate quote came back less than we’d feared.

Body corporate trustees meeting. Dinner with David at Cape Town Fish Market.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Delivery of bottled water at work was impressive. I bought 20 bottles. Library visit. Beer and pizza at the Perseverance Tavern to avoid traffic.

Thursday: Played bowls for the first time. Brian and Di needed a stand in. I’m not a natural. Was fun to be in a sports club environment again.

Friday: Dinner with Greig and Nicky, Si and Paula. AFter 20+ years Si has resigned from his job. Wow! Uber’ed there and back. Didn’t sleep well.

Saturday: A good Woodworking day. Built the majority of the two bookcases for mom’s new custom furniture. Early night.

Sunday: Slept ok, but not great. Finished the bookcases. Helped Greig taper trim some chipboard boards. Lunch with mom at Mountain View Farm. Really good chicken burger. Experimental with the sliding door runner mechanism for next weekend project.

My work week was divided: 80% refactoring and 20% bug fixing.

Podcasts listened to this week: WoodTalk #426; NPR What It Takes; Audible podcast: The Butterfly Effect.

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Week 336

The week of Feb 12, 2018 – Mar 18, 2018

Late post, very distracted…

Monday: Gym session. Worked on a price list for moms furniture to be sold. Advertised a few ad-hoc items on Gumtree and OLX.

Tuesday: Unsuccessful library visit because it was closed for stock taking. Avoided traffic by going to the waterfront instead. Grocery shopping, and a quick beer at Ferryman’s.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Visit to mom’s to help with various things related to the sale.

Thursday: Assembled my garage shelving.

Friday: Wrangled the shelving into place. Quick trip to mom’s to collect brackets. Got to see the wood delivered for her cabinets.

Saturday: A productive day. Early start to install the garage shelving and brackets. Body corporate work. Fixed mom’s guttering. Woodworking on the false front study trolley. Walk with Barbs and Helga in Sea Point. Dinner with Helga at Manga. Enjoyed the Poke bowl.

Sunday: First coat of varnish on the garage shelving. Grocery shopping. Installed the repaired gutter at mom’s. Lunch at Pinelands Cattle Barrel. Helped mom clear out one wardrobe. Second coat of varnish on the shelving.

My work week was divided into: 40% testing and documentation, 40% new work, 20% refactoring.

Podcasts listened to this week: The Inside Line F1, Making It #155, CppCast. BBC A Good Read.

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Week 335

The week of Feb 5, 2018 – Feb 11, 2018

Helping to sell the family home of 50 years…

Monday: Woke up tired after a busy weekend. Ordered plywood from Chip Base for some garage shelving. Put the second coat of varnish on the bookcase. Watched movie V for Vendetta.

Tuesday: Hardware shop visit. Last coat of varnish on the bookcase. Finished reading After Dark by Haruki Murakami.
After DarkAfter Dark by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I know I’m not supposed to read Murakami for the plot, but still I found it dull with not much happening.


Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Admin for mom’s life rights purchase, including paying of the deposit. Evening spent helping her clear out the contents of another piece of furniture. Met the neighbor son, bizarre that only happens when we’re both selling.

Thursday: Collected the plywood order, transporting it was quite an ordeal. Quiz night with Barbs and Paul. We came third and won some chocolate.

Friday: Finished the bookcase project. Watched sone old Friends episodes.

Saturday: Placed the order for the wood for mom’s new bookcases and cabinets. Collected laundry. Met with the estate agent who presented a good offer on mom’s house. Lunch with mom at Casa Bella at the casino. We accepted the offer and I helped her sign the contract. A momentous occasion. A little woodworking on the false-front study trolley.

Sunday: Didn’t sleep well. Awake in the middle of the night watching some trashy movie. Helped mom with various move related chores, tidying and organisation This will be normal for the next couple of months.

My work week was divided into: 40% new work, 40% bug fixing, 20% refactoring.

Podcasts listened to this week: NPR What It Takes, Tim Ferriss, TED Radio Hour.

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Week 334

The week of Jan 29, 2018 – Feb 4, 2018

Ramping up for mom’s big move…

Monday: Gym: super circuit. Wasted the evening doing pretty much nothing, but needed a relaxing evening. Watched a couple of old Friends episodes.

Tuesday: Mom has signed a mandate to sell her house. Major news. Went over there to help tidy up after the painting she had done.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Grocery shopping, over to mom’s to fill in her retirement village application forms.

Thursday: Made the application on mom’s behalf for entry to Pinelands Grove. Poker with the boys. Amazingly I came second.

Friday: I’m lagging behind on my exercising, but I’ve got too much on the go at the moment. Spent the evening with SketchUp plans and cutting list for the cabinets I need to build.

Saturday: Early start. Hardware shop and Rare Woods FebFest before 9. These are for the last few projects of mine while I still have a workshop. Met mom’s estate agent and assisted with the photographing. Lunch at Angus Grill, table view. Woodwork afternoon finishing the bookcase.

Sunday: Grocery shopping. Completed the sanding of the bookcase. Helped mom tidy and clear out two chests of drawers. First coat of varnish on the bookcase. Chores. Planning garage shelving to store what I keep from the workshop.

My work week was divided into: 80% refactoring, 20% bug fixing.

Podcasts listened to this week: NPR What It Takes.

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Week 333

The week of Jan 22, 2018 – Jan 28, 2018


Monday: Body corporate work. Coursera work

Tuesday: Coursera work. Mind overwrought on mom and property concerns. Thinking of selling my flat and buying her house.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Gave up on the Coursera course. The indecision and uncertainty around my mother selling and moving to a retirement village is weighing a lot on my mind. It does impact on me as well. I want the best for her.

Thursday: Beers with Greig at Jake’s in the Village. Good catching up with him again. Didn’t sleep well, overwrought.

Friday: Moved furniture in preparation for weekend painting. Nice stuff at Gelmar shop.

Saturday: Picked up Andy the painter from the station. Got him setup to paint my lounge. Haircut, woodwork. Back to see how Andy was progressing. He’d done amazingly well, but horrifyingly had used previous water to washed the roller and paint tray. Quick catch up with Helga and offloaded to her what’s on my mind. A very good woodworking day, made excellent progress on the bookcase. Rearranged my lounge. Watched Pulp Fiction, good fun.

Sunday: Grocery shopping. Hardware store. A little woodworking. Went back to Pinelands Grove where mom signed an OTP. A momentous decision for her. Helped her clear space for painting.

Podcasts listened to this week: Dot Net Rocks; TED Radio Hour; Making It; Tim Ferriss.

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Week 332

The week of Jan 15, 2018 – Jan 21, 2018

Retirement village and old age home visiting…

Monday: Gym: super circuit. Signed up for the next Coursera course and made a start on it.

Tuesday: Thinking about perhaps selling my flat and buying mom’s house. Coursera work. YouTube watching.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Coursera work.

Thursday: Completed the Coursera assignment. Finished reading The Golden House by Salmon Rushdie.
The Golden HouseThe Golden House by Salman Rushdie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Too wordy, allegorical and intellectual for me. I got bored and skimmed the last few chapters just to make it stop.

Friday: After work beers with colleagues. Watched movie Ex Machina. Didn’t make an impression on me.

Saturday: Didn’t sleep well. Was awake between 2am and 5. Watched YouTube in that time. Took mom to see two CPOA facilities. Lunch at Cafe Magnifico. A good woodworking afternoon. Dinner with Paul, barbs and Heidi at the new Jakes on the Common in Noordhoek. Noisy and bad lighting, nice ravioli starter, average butter chicken main. Tired.

Sunday: Woke earlier than I’d like to have. A walk around Harfield. Woodworking, takeaway lunch with mom. A second visit to Pinelands Grove. Painted stencil lettering on some buckets for body corporate purposes. Chores.

My work week was divided into: 100% refactoring.

Podcasts listened to this week: NPR’s How I Built This; BBC Books & Authors; NPR’s What It Takes; The Inside Lane; 

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Week 331

The week of Jan 8, 2018 – Jan 14, 2018

Back to work…

Monday: First day back at work. Unsuccessful gym attempt – I’d left my clothes at home. Visit to the plastics warehouse for body corporate water saving research. Collected poker stuff from Paula. Admin.

Tuesday: Podcast walk around Tokai park. Signed up for a Linode instance. Plan to reinstate the rsync backup I used to have in place. Body corporate trustees meeting.

Wednesday: Gym session with Johnny. Grocery shopping, Admin, scanning documents, tinkering with my new Linode instance. Finished watching Better Call Saul season 2.

Thursday: Burger takeaway. Poker with the boys. I was first out. My poker year starts off like last year ended: dismal.

Friday: Tinkered with a daily rsync backup to the Linode instance. Working nicely. YouTube and reading.

Saturday: Morning gym session. Unsuccessful body corporate chores. Chores for mom. Woodwork. Planning a bookcase build. Went to the Labia to watch Brad’s Status.

Sunday: Viewing at Pinelands Grove with mom and estate agent. Lunch at Casa Bella at the casino. Woodwork. Walk with Helga and Barbs on Sea Point promenade. Chores, YouTube, retirement village research and reading.

My work week was divided into: 90% refactoring, 10% support

Podcasts listened to this week: NPR What it Takes; BBC Books & Authors; NPR How I Built This; Making It; CppCast.

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Week 330

The week of Jan 1, 2018 – Jan 7, 2018

Last week of leave…

Monday: New Year’s Day. A decent amount of woodworking, and tidied the garage. Painted my kitchen window aperture. Watched a couple episodes of Better Call Saul.

Tuesday: Book Lounge visit. DIY painting and geyser cupboard dismantling. Sold my Dartboard and cabinet. Grocery shopping and library visit for mom. Packed for Joburg trip. Watched an episode of Better Call Saul.

Wednesday: Uber’ed to the airport. Flight to Joburg. Steph collected me and we discussed her legal issues.

Thursday: Sandton for the meeting with the advocate. Tough for Steph, confrontational and emotional, but the advocate did well to stay impartial. First time I’d seen her ex in many years. Took about three hours and then they settled. Uber’ed home and a couple of Amstel’s to wind down. Dinner at a nice sushi restaurant in Bedfordview.

Friday: Morning spent catching up with Steph under easier conditions. Flight back to Cape town. Library visit, grocery shopping, pizza takeaway. Binge watched Better Call Saul.

Saturday: Chores to help mom, taking stuff to the dunno to tidy the garage. Binge watched Better Call Saul.

Sunday: Last day of leave. Lunch with mom at Monkey Valley resort. Drive back via Chapman’s Peak. Ironing and other normal chores, ready for back to work. Binge watched Better Call Saul.

Podcasts listened to this week: <none>

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