Last updated on: February 4, 2024
Energy has been fairly good, considering the time of year. Reading more and more about people with Long Covid, I am starting to realize that part of my energy issues are a result from catching it in 2020. Even though I can function fairly well, I need to be mindful about what activities to spend my time on. I also started a training to regain my ability to smell in a normal way.
Lots of great movies are on display lately. We saw The Old Oak by Ken Loach, The Holdovers by Alexander Payne and Sur l’Adamant by Nicolas Philibert. We’re currently looking forward to go and see Poor Things by Yorgos Lanthimos.
We just spent a few days in Malmö, Sweden (more on this further on) and saw a great exhibition by Moki Cherry.
This year has started off with a better focus. My main job is to improve the dashboard for employers who have to register files and fill out forms for sick or pregnant employees. It’s a great challenge, since there’s such a diversity in users. It has been long overdue since this dashboard got some TLC. Currently, I’m trying to understand how it is built and how it works. I’m also doing desk research, digging into old research and web data, learning about the user’s needs.
I’m also organising an accessibility workshop for the design team in April, looking forward to that!
Winter has been rainy and cloudy, but we try to go out as much as possible. I started a tiny project inspired by some friends that is called ‘De groene jaarlijst’: The green year list. You write down all bird species you come across in a carbon friendly way. For me this means walking and using my (electrical) bike. Without being too fanatical, I already noted 43 species around town.
We just came back from Malmö, Sweden. Jacob’s daughter is living there and she just gave birth to the most adorable baby boy. It was special in many ways. This location will probably be on our agenda more often now, since we do want to see him again before he’s grown up!
Still too much rain, but I started sowing chillies indoors, as usual in January. The window sills will get crowded over the next few weeks. I also want to make the balcony greener, so there’s a new challenge there, to make sure plants don’t scorch or dry out.
I’ve had a great start with some nice books this year. Didn’t meet last year’s challenge of 35 books, but I don’t care. I’m now reading a book I’ve had on my list for a while: Dependencies by Tove Ditlevsen. I really enjoy her style, although her life wasn’t something to be jealous of…
In case you’re interested in the full picture of what I’m reading now, or have been reading, you can check out my Storygraph account.
I’m learning more and more about the camera I use now, a Nikon Coolpix P950 bridge camera. Even though I’ve been taking photo’s since I was 16, a lot of knowledge has disappeared. I know this camera has its limitations, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to spend thousands of Euro’s on a full frame mirrorless camera at the moment. I see it as a challenge to get the most out of this camera for now.