Notes and tablet

One by Wacom drawing tablet and Post-It notes

What excitement at Saunders HQ this afternoon when a sloppy delivery driver left a parcel at my front door and walked off, having the ordacity to mark the delivery as “Handed to resident”.

Inside the parcel: 2,000 yellow Post-it® notes and a One by Wacom drawing tablet.

The latter is for a writing/art project that I have coming up this quarter. In the meantime, I’ll use it mostly with Microsoft Whiteboard when going over maths homework with Reuben and Joshua.

Riding into the dawn

Looking southeast across flodded fields towards Crail and the sunrise

In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear stresses that we don’t rise to the level of our goals, instead we fall to the level of our systems. If we establish the right habits, then even on our worst days that should still help us to reach our goals.

For years, I would get up before dawn and head out on my bike around 05:30. It always set me up well for the day. I felt that I had achieved something. It energised me. It got my body and mind moving before breakfast.

I am trying to aim for that daily routine again. This morning I rose at a lazy 06:40, tidied away the laundry for my children arriving this afternoon and then headed out into the darkness on my bike.

It felt good to be out in the chill air, watching the sun rise.

Today, I took delivery of some new, very reflective cycling overshoes from Proviz. My feet are going to be warm and dry from now on.

Here is to more bike rides in the winter darkness.

Walk

This year, I need to walk more, I need to cycle more, I need to move more and leave the car at home, especially for short journeys.

At lunchtime today, I took a walk to the high street to buy some stamps at the mobile post office; it only comes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a couple of hours.

It was good to get out of the house, breathe in some fresh air and admire how muddy my usual walking loop had become after so much rain. The local fields are drenched and flooded in places.

Here is to more walking in 2024.

Happy New Year 2024

Sitting at my table enjoying the peace and quiet

Over the last few weeks, I have been pondering what I need to focus on in 2024. It came to me the other day: I need to both slow down and move more.

I love working from home, but I now live a mostly sedentary life which has been terrible for my health. I need to move more.

Despite my sedentary lifestyle, I try to pack as much into each day as I can—I am always busy… too busy. I need more space in my life, more rest, more peace and quiet.

I enjoyed a moment this morning just sitting in silence at my table, looking out my window to the blue sky and sunshine. It was nice to just ‘be’.

In the early afternoon, I went for my first bike ride of the year. Just 25 minutes, but enough to get me moving and feel the sun on my face and the biting cold wind tear through my clothing, chilling me to the bone.

A good start to the year.

Desktop clock

I like to have a large desktop clock on my PC.

I use the Desktop Clock gadget for 8GadgetPack (which enables the use of Windows 8 gadgets to Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and 11).

But I can’t have one on my work laptop as they the company IT policy is to lock down installations to only their pre-approved list of applications.

But I can open a website…

And modern browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge allow the installation of webpages as apps.

So, I have written my own clock script that I can install as a Chrome or Edge app on my work laptop and resize the window to the bottom right of my screen. You can find the code on my GitHub.

It’s so pretty…

https://www.garethjmsaunders.co.uk/clock/