In an effort to be less reliant on my iPhone, and to improve my morning routine by not having my phone wake up, I’ve bought myself an alarm clock. It’ll sit on the drawers opposite my bed so I’ll have to get up to turn it off. The best thing about it? No glowing.

I told Alexa to speak less, not my Echo just makes a noise when I tell it to change my light setting. It’s exactly how it should be, I wish there was a way to make Siri behave the same way in my iPhone/iPad.

Saw my second NFL game in London last night, the first time the Seahawks have been in the UK so the first time I’ve seen them. What a show! Great atmosphere, even up in the sticks where we were sat. #GoHawks #nfluk

Winter is coming. Leaving for work in the dark. I don’t like it.

Thinking about participating in Movember again this year, did it a couple of years ago and with today being Mental Health Awareness day it’s brought it back on my radar.

Autumn has well and truly arrived in Cheltenham this week, it’s one of my favourite times of the year. Halloween is the only thing the ruins it, but the crisp sunny mornings, Football, the NFL, and scarves more then make up for it.

Had a good birthday week, although could’ve done without the mega busy Saturday shift in the coffee shop.

Finished the celebrations last night with a good evening out to see Rivers & Robots live. Big fan of their new album, and pleased they played some of the older tracks as well.

Ah man, all these macOS app updates are making me want to update to Mojave as soon as it’s available but I don’t want to break anything. #darkmode

Had a good weekend catching up with some friends, meeting their friends, going to their church, walking, drinking coffee, eating good food, and having deep discussions late in to the night. A good weekend all round.

Great win for Forest tonight. Hopefully they can push on from there, played really well, solid at the back, and actually took some chances. #nffc ⚽️

Afternoon naps. 👍🏻

Made some improvements to the sidebar of the blog, added in an hcard powered by the Indieweb plugin. It adds a little something that was missing, a brief and easily accessible about me portion along with an avatar to put a face to my name.

Had a trip into the unknown this afternoon, my parents attic. Lot’s of boxes now in the garage to sort, one trip to the tip, and now chilling out watching the football and playing with my blog.

Went for a walk in the evening sun last Sunday, took the opportunity to take some more photos as I went. Since I stopped using Instagram I’ve noticed I’ve stopped taking as many photos, trying to change that.

Wool (Silo, No. 1) by Hugh Howey
WOOL is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

Author: Hugh Howey
Book published: 2012
Finished on: 09/08/2108
Rating: ★★★★☆

It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did I found it becoming more and more engaging. An enjoyable read.

Instapaper Returns to the EU

I’ve been an Instapaper user since it launched so I’m delighted to see it return to the EU now that it is an independent company once again.

When it disappeared from the EU when GDPR hit, I tried to find a way of replacing it first with Pinboard then with Safari Reading List. Neither of which really stuck, so despite the slight concern over why they couldn’t hit the GDPR deadline, I’m back using it and we’ll see if I start using as regularly again.

Decided to do a meat free Monday today in an effort to eat more vegetables. Made basil pesto to serve with tagliatelle, French beans, and potatoes. Added too much garlic to the pesto, so I’d avoid my breath for the next few hours… 😷

What’s the best way to handle locations from Sunlit on a WordPress blog?

The Championship kicked off today, I made it a long to Forest’s first game of the season for the first time in years. Of course it helped that it was in only 45 minutes down the road in Bristol and that Tim and I got renew rivalries once again.

With all the tension of the game I only took these two photos. I really need to start taking more pictures.

It finished up 1–1, Forest looked very strong in the second half so I’m hopefully all the early season optimism that’s building up will actually have something to stand on this season.

Ashton Gate Stadium.