This has been a week of taking a step back and looking at what’s going on, because what’s going on… well, it could be better. My mood has been on the low end of things for the last few weeks, and I’m going to try make some adjustments this week to see if they make any difference. I’m a morning person, yet lately I’ve been lying in bed until later than my normal and getting up right before breakfast and stand up (which is at 10am). It’s great that my team works 10-18, but it would make more sense for me to wake up at 7:30 and do the things I like doing less. such as exercising. I’ve been on a couple of morning (brisk) walks this week and I felt a lot better aftewards, so I’m going to try to do this every day this week, even if they are shorter walks. If raining, I will do some yoga instead, nothing too straining.
The piano fever of last week died out and now there’s only work and happiness after completing every new challenge. After trying out different things, I have decided to go for Alfred’s Piano Adventures (Level 1), accompanied by Youtube recordings of every music sheet in the book. It’s a slow process of learning to use the two hands on the piano, learning how to keep up with the tempo, etc., and it can be frustrating at times, but it’s also rewarding once I manage to play it all in one go. I’m recording myself from time to time, but not sure if I want to share that here yet.
At work, I’m going to start working on documenting my process better. It was all go, go, go in the beginning, but now we’re at a point where I have the time to document and be more careful, so I have searched for a Notion template to start doing that.
Content-wise, not much has changed as the piano takes up a lot of my time and I’m not reading as much.
- We are still watching Money heist.
- I’m still reading I contain multitudes by Ed Yong and The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili. Both of these are very long, so I don’t expect to finish either of them until end of February. We’ll see.
- We arrived in Madrid on Thursday 10th – we’re working from home from my partner’s childhood home!
- I sadly had to leave my ukulele behind, but luckily on of my sisters-in-law lend me her guitar. I’d never played a guitar before, so I’m unsurprisingly terrible at it. At the moment I’m just working on transitioning between four chords fast enough that it sounds like a song.
- We celebrated a few birthdays on Saturday and several people in the family came over for lunch and board games – it was super fun!
- Travelling in the times of Coronavirus is a little bit odd – we took an evening flight and there were only two other flights scheduled that night, which is so strange!
Still reading (and very much enjoying):
- This week hasn’t felt that productive in terms of things outside work. I have been focusing a lot on design work for Poplar Studio, which has left deflated after 7pm and with no much time for reading. I have also felt more tired than usual and more lethargic, which might be a seasonal thing for me (as it is for many others), so I sleep longer hours and haven’t been reading in the mornings.
- Ukulele-wise, I have been playing A million dreams, which is a beautiful song I adore.
- We watched Billy Wilder’s Double indemnity, which in my view was not as amazing as I thought it’d be, and we also watched Spanish director Javier Fesser’s Historias Lamentables, which was very funny.
And, finally, you wouldn’t believe it: I’m still reading the same really long books!