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Watching Twitter Die

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The past few days I have been refreshing twitter almost non-stop. It’s the same morbid fascination as you have towards a car accident. Elon’s approach to ‘management’ is fun to watch from a distance — and must be deeply frustrating to go through. As a millennial, I have survived the death or slow collapse of many a social site. I started socialising way-back-when...

On being 38

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Last year I wrote a post about this time called the Unprecedented Year. Hard to believe it’s been another year! On the personal front, I accomplished a lot. I moved to the North West. I quit my job, and spent three months in the USA with family. And then I started a new job. I also became more active within the Green Party, attempting to put my advice about how to deal with climate anxiety...

Join the dance

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It’s been a busy few weeks. I completed week three at my new job, and moved out of ‘induction’ mode and into ‘do real work’ mode. Due to the commute, I bought an electric bike and have been adjusting to the wonderful world of cycling. Recently I took a course with Bike Right to gain confidence in managing junctions and roundabouts as a cyclist–I would...

Weekly Reflections #7

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It’s been an interesting week. I’m counting down until I start my new job (only one week of freedom left!) and trying to make the most of my time off. On Tuesday I collected my new e-bike. The New Job has a commute that’s a little tricky by public transport and too far to walk. Since I am committed to staying car free, for financial and environmental reasons, I decided to bite...

The End of a sabbatical

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I have a single weekend left in the USA. These three months have passed quickly and strangely. There were difficult personal things to deal with, as my husband dealt with the sickness and then death of his father. And I was burned out from two long years of stress, anxiety, bad news. There is no doubt that I was exhausted. When I first arrived I felt like I couldn’t get enough sleep, I...

Slow travel: give the universe a chance to smile

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We have started our journey. I am a big proponent of slow travel. If I can take a boat or train instead of an aeroplane, I will. This is partly about the environment, of course, but it’s also to take the stress out of travel. What good is a holiday if the day before and the day after are spent stewing in stress? When I have to take an aeroplane–such as on this journey–I take my...

The Convenience Factor

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I am getting my booster shot today. In my previous city, I only had to walk 15 minutes or so down the road to reach the vaccination site. In my new city, I have to travel for around an hour. A lot of scratching my head over Google Maps eventually yielded a 20 minute walk, a train journey, and another 30 minute walk as being the most efficient route. I did briefly flirt with the idea of using an...

A life reboot

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I started a new (temporary) job this week. My first day I went into the office, which meant I got to enjoy something I haven’t done in a long time: commute. I am lucky enough to be able to commute by train, but of course, commuting by public transport in December has a (chilly) downside. Luckily, warm clothing and waterproofs can go a long way! November has felt like a full life reboot. I...

Pause and breathe

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And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country I am happier than I’ve been in a while. This is particularly impressive considering I am in the last throes of moving house, and my entire life is in boxes right now. Of course, last year...

A fresh start

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A little over a month ago I wrote that I was looking to move house. At the time, I was deep in the vagaries of the rental market, racing to try and get to decent properties before they were snatched out from underneath me. I’m happy to say that P and I were, in the end, successful. Our new house is a 2 bedroom end terrace, recently refurbished to a high standard. As a result, we are...

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