2021 Week 13

The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are lighter, and I’m looking forward to a few days of properly warm weather – or “Hot Week”, as some have branded it.

I’m also overly excited about the fact that I can book some outdoor exercise classes. Apple Fitness+ has been pretty good, but home workouts have been nowhere near as intense as ‘proper’ workouts. My scales would agree. Hopefully the decent weather holds out.

Mother’s Day, my mum’s birthday and Easter happen in pretty quick succession, and usually I make it back to Manchester for a long weekend. It’s weird not having been back for so long. I’ve been bad at booking any time off work this year: next Tuesday is my first day off of 2021. I think I keep holding out for taking time off when there are more things to do. We’re taking a week off mid-April too – hopefully we can escape London and find an Airbnb somewhere to take it easy for a few days.

I am, unusually for me, juggling two (tech) books at the moment: The Go Programming Language and An Elegant Puzzle. Both are great so far. I reminded myself that I should probably read a Go book when I learned that the iteration order of a map is random. I find it much easier to switch between non-fiction books, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve actually felt like I want to read work-related books outside of work. I think that’s a good thing?

I went on a walk to Abney Park Cemetery today. Would recommend. I’d never been before, which is unusual given the fact that I’ve exhausted pretty much every park in a three mile radius of my place in the past twelve months. Also stopped by Runa’s Coffee, and would also recommend – it’s tucked away: keep an eye out for the 🏳️‍⚧️ flag.

I was sad to hear that Jessica Walter died this week. Lucille Bluth is perhaps my favourite character in a comedy show ever: this clip of (some of) her best bits made me want to watch Arrested Development all over again. But not season five: never season five.