A fresh start


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...

Moving house in a broken rental market


My life in housing went something like this: Live with my parentsLive at University in dormsRent a room from a friendLive with my parent-in-lawsLive with my parentsRent a 2 bed houseRent another, cheaper, 2 bed houseRent a studio apartmentRent a room in a house shareLive with my parentsRent another room in a house shareLive with my brother-in-lawLive with my parentsRent a friend’s apartment...

Stepping back into time


I recently finished reading Oliver Burkeman’s book Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It*. It is a book that has hit a certain zeitgeist, I came across it on two separate reading lists, not to mention James Todd Rubin wrote an entire blog post about it. What’s interesting is that I that I read this book shortly after reading Sinclair’s Lifespan: Why We Age, And Why We...

Today I got stabbed: the wonder of vaccines


Today I got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The whole thing was extremely efficient. I am expecting to feel a few side-effects later, but it’s worth it to know that I have vastly reduced my chances of being hospitalised with Covid-19, as well as generally reduced my chances of catching it and passing it on. It did occur to me that, in many ways, I got to experience the peak of human...

The ‘unprecedented’ year+


I’m back! I realise nobody is following along with this blog anymore — unless you subscribed to it in an RSS reader, in which case, hello! Me, on a recent wander. Hello. It’s been a strange year (and it isn’t over). Words like ‘unprecedented’ got thrown around a lot at the start, but in all truth it wasn’t really unprecedented. People have been predicting...

Weekly Reflections #6


Goodness, but life is busy! Trying to balance all the different elements is quite a trick. Somehow we must: Work a job to earn money and, perhaps, if we’re lucky, to experience some kind of fulfilment.Carry out all the maintenance tasks of life, such as laundry, cooking, shopping, washing up, gardening and so forth.Spend time with the people we love and that are important to us; support our...

Weekly Reflections #4


Oof, it’s been a while. But that’s life. It always gets in the way of my best intentions somehow. But the important thing is to pick back up where you left off and keep going. In no particular order: I went on holiday. I got to see manatees and thunderstorms and dolphins. The world is wide, deep and full of beautiful, exciting and strange things. Lightning I finished Absalom, Absalom...

Weekly Reflections #3


In no particular order: Less than one week until I am in the USA! How exciting. I’m going to get to see mangrove forests and alligators and ALL SORTS.I am currently making this black bean and chicken soup with leftover roast chicken. It’s so easy. And I always feel properly domesticated when I use leftover ingredients in other meals.I joined my local library! Finally! I’ve only...

Weekly Reflections #2


In no particular order: I freaking love Final Fantasy 7 and I am so stoked for the remake. But do I buy a PS4? Or do I hope the PS5 comes out before the game? Because it seems pretty clear that future parts will be for the PS5, right? Yeesh, gaming is so confusing.I had some leftover cookies going stale, so I turned them into cookie crumbs and mixed them with peanut butter and then melted some...

The lure of the blank slate


I am sitting at my small desk, looking out the window at a cloudless blue sky. The heat wave has faded a little around the edges, leaving a breezy 22° summer day behind. And I am musing on this blog, on writing, on money, on new beginnings. Blogs have evolved over the past decade or so that I’ve been online. What began as a literal diary, handwritten in HTML files, has become a cottage...

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