26.06.2023 | Monday Thoughts

Just another manic Monday? Not really, but for some reason it seemed to have been a bit exhausting, even though I was working from home. I didn’t sleep all that well last night though AND was out and about early, because – as mentioned yesterday – I went for a swim this morning. The local pool opens from 7-8 for a reduced entrance fee for people who just want to do laps. Many many years ago I used that offer quite a bit for a summer or two. Since then not so much. The whole venue has been refurbished in the last few years so it was all new to me. Which always makes me a bit self-conscious.

I showed up at 7.00 with about a dozen of mostly senior people who seem to do that regularly. The “sport pool” only has four 25-m lanes left and it felt a bit crowed, so I only did about eight 0r ten (I forgot to count and it seems a hassle to track it via my Garmin). Anyway, I’m glad I went. On the way out I noticed a few people doing their laps in the “not sport” pool. The laps are the same length so maybe I’ll do that next time. Although next time I’ll probably try out a pool on my way to work (on Wednesday).

I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep or that my body wasn’t used to that kind of physical exercise (I clearly notice a few sore muscles I didn’t even think I had before), but I was knackered most of the day. Coffee, lots of coffee helped.

The morning was a regular Monday: catching up with mails from Friday (when I was out of office for a networking event). Picking up unfinished tasks. Planning for the week. Interspersed with early lunch (basically late breakfast) break. Putting in a load of laundry. Rushing to get the laundry out of the machine and hung up before the weekly team meeting (via video call).

After the team meeting it’s time to start or if it’s done quickly just do a few new tasks which have been assigned during the meeting. And then it’s already early afternoon. Using some down time at work to set up my new Kindle and started reading the book during my coffee breaks. Of which there were a few as explained above.

And that’s where my notes for the day end. I did work – on bits and pieces – till around 17:00 and then called it a day.

Once again I spent too much time on Instagram doing the “Last / Now / Next” (book) reel. Just because I wanted do. But I should squash that impulse in the future, because it always takes me so long and I don’t know if that is time well spent. Probably not. In the evening I also almost finished a book video for TikTok, but it turned kind of passive-aggressive and bitchy and that’s not who I want to be. Or at least that’s not a part of me I want to have stuck on the internet forever. Yes I know I could just delete it after, but what’s the point.

All I’m saying about it: Copy-editing, guys. It’s not that hard. Or to be more precise: dogs should not switch names from one page to the next. Twice within a few chapters. Different dogs though, which doesn’t make it any better.

It’s been a less sweltering heat around here today: Hallelujah! It’s also been extraordinarily windy; at least that’s what I thought from the sounds of the bushes and trees outside my window which were almost a bit worrisome at times. Nothing happened though and I’m probably just overcautious. Overtired? Maybe…

There is a lot of news (in Germany, Russia, globally) I sometimes feel I should share my position on some things. But I admit I’m often speechless for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I feel like I can’t be bothered and that’s not a good sign either, is it?

I can’t share any cute animal video so here is a photo from a beach, which is basically the 2nd best thing, right?

Beach Ameland

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