Happy Monday (4th January 2021)

And just like that, 2020 is in the past. I don’t know about you, but despite being a good year in many ways by the time it was truly over I was pretty fed up with it. And now that we’re on January 4th, it’s time to get life back on track both after 2020 and the indulgent lazy December as I had it. This is not going to be a ‘new year new you’ kind of a post, or kind of a year for that matter, but as we get moving there are some lighter and heavier things in my life.

What I’ve been reading – I have failed in my desire to finish a whole bunch of ‘started’ books in time for the end of 2020. Instead, I am still working my way through some serious tomes. One of them is ‘How not to die’ by Gene Stone and Michael Greger M.D.If the title sounds alarming…well, maybe you should read it too. It’s a rather compelling read for making lifestyle changes in order to prevent the preventable health conditions. Side by side I am re-reading ‘Freakonomics’ and enjoying it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time some years ago.

Best thing I discovered recently – Walking in cold weather can be pleasant. Shocker, right? I’ve had some issues with my ruined knees stopping me from much other exercise. So now I go walking a lot more instead of doing anything else difficult or painful and there is a lot to be said for walking when the weather is chilly. This, in my part of the world, translates to 0-5 Celsius degrees. Just over the freezing temperature. And why would it be pleasant you might ask? Two reasons – you don’t sweat because you don’t really get hot easily in this temperature AND you’re alone in the streets because most people don’t want to stick their head out of their house when it’s chilly. So if you too want to walk around in peace and quiet, cold day is your day.

What’s been on my mind – I am starting a new job today. Actually, as you are reading this, I am in a remote orientation session.. Yes, that’s true, and I cannot believe I am not only starting a new job but also I am back to working full time after good few months of having long weekends and December of barely working at all. Whatever have I gotten myself into exactly? The other thing on my mind is the Covid-19 vaccine. Because there is some dodgy news coming from the UK government about potentially mixing the doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca ones. At this rate we’re getting Sputnik and Sinopharm added to the mix too and nobody will know what the heck is happening. Lastly, I am thinking about the Brexit deal. While it seems to have achieved some of the ‘promises’ around taking back the control of the boarders and jurisdiction away from the EU, in terms of actual trade it does not cover services, the BIGGEST sector in the UK, adequately. So a PR win, but not really a win. Also, the PM’s dad is applying for French citizenship, funny like that.

What I’ve been watching – aside from enjoying plants related content on YT I dove deep into what Netflix has on offer. Are you ready? First, ‘Death to 2020’. Hilarious, many should be offended, especially soccer mums. And Trump supporters. And Biden supporters. And conspiracy theorists. Go watch it, it’s pretty funny. Second, ‘Bridgerton’. There are many hot people having sexy time in this show. The plot is a typical, slightly naive Jane Austen style English aristocracy gossip-romance-honour thingy with stubborn men and resourceful women. Nice, light watch for after your children go to bed. Third, I re-watched ‘ The minimalists’ and while I enjoyed it the first time, it’s pretty boring second time round. The energy of the main characters just does not carry for me.

Quote of the week – “… then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.” I never watched Breaking Bad, but this one seems particularly good for the start of a year that comes after 2020. Good luck out there friends!

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