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Weeknotes #202 — Sparkly windows

It felt good to be back to work this week. My two working days were spent at home due to the rail strikes; given how miserable the weather was and how many people were still off on holiday, I was very glad not to have ventured in. Lots of the team were shaking off the cobwebs, but everyone seems ready to get stuck in. I’m determined that we’re going to get lots of great things done this year.

This was a week in which I:

  • Brought my in-flight work up-to-date on our Kanban board.
  • Coordinated a submission for one of our regional governance committees.
  • Walked through the material I created before the Christmas break for our Digital Literacy initiative.
  • Ran our weekly team meeting where the whole team got to answer the question of ‘what’s on your mind?’
  • Had a high-level discussion on ChatGPT, and our team’s role in understanding and explaining how this type of technology might be used within a work context.
  • Generated and published the first set of random coffees for the year.
  • Attended a number of important school governor meetings ahead of the start of the spring term.
  • Had my mum and dad over for lunch for the first time in ages. It was so lovely to see them again so soon after Christmas.
  • Finished the project to re-rip my entire CD collection to a lossless format. I now have 276GB of high-quality music on my NAS drive to listen to. I’ve been playing with Plex as a way to stream it to wherever I happen to be, and I’m very impressed.
  • Continued my unbroken record of exercising every day so far this year. I feel like I am getting stronger with my indoor bike training, which is reflected in the TrainerRoad AI telling me to change my FTP from 171 to 177 and now to 181 within the space of a month. I don’t know how accurate those numbers are in terms of watts, as my indoor trainer’s resistance switch stopped working a few years ago, but I guess it’s all relative. The workouts are now really challenging, but feel great when they are done. I recently found the Training Stress dashboard in the system, which shows me I have been pushing a bit more recently. It’s bound to drop off when I go back into London for work a few times a week, but it can’t be helped.

  • Gave my home office a complete spring clean, something that was long overdue. I also spent some hours cleaning the insides of all of our windows in our house. They all look sparkly and lovely again.
  • Started listening to some of the new music that I bought or was given over Christmas. The John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band box set is absolutely stunning, and I am so glad that I finally bought a copy. It sounds incredible. CDs are still brilliant.

Next week: Saying goodbye to an old childhood friend.

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