Now

This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page suggestion and his Now Now Now movement. The purpose of this page is to share my current focus. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

Last updated on: March 17, 2024

Baking

I have been baking sourdough for more than 5 years now, and still enjoying it a lot. I’ve incorporated the process in my daily/weekly routine, baking every 2 or 3 days Hand work is 10 minutes or less. Yesterday, I baked my first Danish rye bread. Why have I not tried this before? It’s easy and the result is amazing. My go to book is still Emily Raffa’s Artisan Sourdough Made Simple. The recipes never fail me. At this point, I cannot imagine I ever stop baking my own bread.

Cultural

Great movies keep coming, as well as some other stuff, like the Matthew Wong exhibition in Van Gogh. I never heard of him, but I found his work very impressive and inspiring. Go see it if you get the chance. We also saw a beautiful opera: Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky. Amazing music (live orchestra), singers and dancers.

Work

Not much to mention, except for the fact that I’m trying to get involved on a more strategic level and teaching colleagues about User Experience (UX), since loads of people still see this as a visual type of design: “Can you tell me where this button should go?” I find that I don’t get enough time for research, since me and my team are mostly involved on a tactical/operational level. I don’t think my organisation is unique, but it means there’s still work to do.

Outdoors

We’re still enjoying walks and bird watching. It seems like we’re in a vacuüm of birds migration back to the North and the birds from the South not arriving yet. I remember from last year April there was an explosion of thrushers, warblers and other loudly singing birds. Looking forward to it again!

Travel

We’re planning to go to the US in September. Visiting friends as well as some cities and national parks around the Great Lakes, Chicago, New York. Also: bird watching! We want to travel by campervan and are looking for a European sized van, not the US RV’s. Last night we planned the first part of our itinerary. It will be hard to choose where to go and what to skip. There are too many interesting options!

Garden

The chillies are growing steadily. In the meantime, they got company from tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, onions and some flowers like sweet peas. Yesterday, the water in our garden house was reconnected after being shut down from November on, due to possible frost. It’s nice to be able to flush the toilet again and clean the summer house from dust.
We’ve been focusing on repaving the terrace and paths, which was long overdue. Not the most interesting garden work, but the results are very satisfying.

Reading

I’ve had little focus on reading fiction for the past weeks, but that’s okay. The book I’m reading now, Tremor by Teju Cole, is beautifully written, but very slow and contemplating. So I need more focus to get through this one instead of a page turner. 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.

Photography

Less photography the past months, though it helps to identify far away birds, so there’s still a benefit. I’ll pick up studying and practicing again definitely. I guess I have too many hobbies!

Health

End of winter was hard, and it’s weird how, at least when I speak for myself, one tends to sabotage themselves. Instead of practicing mindfulness, eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep and exercise, I tend to eat too many sugars and binge on my iPad on the couch. For a week now, I turned back to focusing on healthier food habits outside my main meals, using an intermittent fasting method that worked well before. I am back to doing yoga 2-3 times a week, don’t snack or drink befor 11 am and after 7 pm, except for tea or water. And I’m practicing some mindfulness. Down Dog for yoga and Meditation from the same company are my go to apps I definitely recommend. I also like Fastic for guidance on fasting.

I already feel better and more energized, so it’s not much effort to keep the habit.