Weeknotes #82 — Mathon

I spent Monday ‘at work’ to hand over the various in-progress technical projects to our CTO for the coming week, and then took the rest of the week off. I hadn’t had a break since Christmas and it was good to have a few days to think about other things. While I was away, the team worked with our on-site partner in São Paulo to establish our ‘minimum viable office’ of SD-WAN sockets, a server, a switch and some wireless access points. If staff return to the office they will now be able to seamlessly connect and get things done.

A week in which I…

  • Took some time to catch up with a few school governance items. The government guidance for the full opening of schools in September took around 90 minutes to read, but it was good to go through this ahead of reviewing our own school’s risk assessment for reopening. The staff continue to do amazing work. Things will be very different when children go back, but it will be good to have some degree of normality again. I really hope it lasts.
  • Spent two nights away at a rented house in Mathon, near Malvern in Herefordshire. We were there with my wife’s parents and one of her brothers to celebrate my father-in-law’s 80th birthday. My wife had picked the house as there was enough space inside for us to keep physically apart, with different lounges, kitchens and toilets to go with the many bedrooms. It was lovely to see and spend time with everyone, but I still found being inside very uncomfortable — mask on, sitting away from everyone. The first night was great as we all sat outside and ate home-made pizzas cooked in our new oven, but it rained for most of the second day which really limited what we could do.

  • Took a wander up British Camp in the rain for a couple of hours and marvelled at the views. It always amazes me how little vertical distance you need to cover in order for the climate to change. As we started our walk down, a strange fog covered the area which muffled the sounds we were making.

  • Carried on with running in place of being on my bike. Unfortunately I forgot to take my heart rate monitor away with me, so my efforts don’t show up in my training log on Strava. Only three or four weeks before I get my bike fixed so that I can start training on the turbo again.
  • Missed out on Album Club #114 as we were away, but I caught up with Idlewild’s 100 Broken Windows in my own time. I used to read about the band in NME back in the day, but never listened to them, so this was a new experience for me.
  • Caught up with my personal and governor emails, getting my backlog down from around 1,000 to about 50 in a few hours. I now need to do the work contained in those remaining 50.
  • Swept out the gutter on our garden studio and set up a GutterGrid system which will hopefully mean that I don’t need to do it again.

Next week: Back to the race against our deadline to get our Beijing ‘minimum viable office’ up and running, and completing the first phase of our unstructured data migration project. Plus the first day of secondary school for our youngest boy.

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