Really encouraging morning at church seeing three of the youth get baptised, followed by an afternoon hanging out with my fellow youth leaders planning the a future youth weekend away. ∞
Trying to limit myself to only having two books on the go at any one time this year. One fiction and one non‐fiction. Part of that will mean deciding to stop reading a book if I’m not enjoying it or getting anything from it. ∞
How good would it be if we could attach Shortcuts to notification types? For example, if I have a shortcut that makes it easier for me to add purchases to YNAB, I could attach it as an action to Apple Pay notifications so that with one touch the shortcut could take the value and vendor, fill in the right fields and let me categorise the transaction. It would be so useful. ∞
On a somewhat related note, I have two draws of DVDs that I never use. I feel like I should get them on to some storage and make them easier to watch, but not sure if it’s worth the effort or cost. ∞
Had a productive yet restful Saturday, managed to sort out a load of paperwork and do a grocery shop. Lots of my flat feels pretty organised now, but I still have a few black holes that become dumping zones. Those need to be sorted and reviewed. ∞
Had to reset my Apple ID password, now things aren’t syncing in iMessage. Not a good experience. ∞
Took the church youth out bowling this evening, great fun had by all as far as I could tell. Got my best score in a while so I’m pretty pleased! ∞
Over the last year I’ve been using YNAB to help manage my finances. It wasn’t all plain sailing, I had to start fresh on it a couple of times, but it certainly helped me steward my money more wisely. Going into 2018 I had one big goal: get rid of my credit card debt. On 31st December I made the final payment and for the first time in a long time I head in to a new year debt free. As I setup some new categories in YNAB this afternoon, it was incredible how freeing it is not having something there nagging at you. ∞
My Apple TV seems to have gained some new flyover screen savers, some particularly interesting ones of London and a great one flying over Italy at night. ∞
Nothing quite like a good old fashioned wet shave to relax yourself before bed. Haven’t used my safety razor for a good few months, opting for the speedier electric shaver out of laziness, definitely need to correct that this year. ∞
Really enjoyed using my iPad so much over the Christmas holiday. Left my Mac at home so I wasn’t tempted to work so all I had was my iPad to do anything substantial on, it really is getting very capable, a few holes still to fill though. ∞
Directed by Michael Schwarz. With Michael Pollan. In Defense of Food tackles a question more and more people around the world have been asking: What should I eat to be healthy? Based on award‐winning journalist Michael Pollan’s best‐selling book, the program explores how the modern diet has been making us sick and what we can do to change it.
Rewatched In Defense of Food this morning, about 9 months after I first watched it. I forgot how interesting it is and how simple the advice is, advice which when you think about it makes sense. I know that when I think about the types of food I’ve eaten in the latter part of this year, and then think about Michael Pollan’s mantra of ”Eat food, not too much, mostly Plants” I can see the benefits of avoiding the middle of the supermarket. ∞
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, ESV)
Great reminder in church this morning of who Jesus is and why He came. Grateful for a fun day celebrating with my parents remembering such an important message. ∞
Finally finished work for Christmas, looking forward to a week off and a chance to unwind 🍻 ∞
Finally got all the presents wrapped.
Nothing like a little snooze on the sofa when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. Not such a big fan of sleeping on your hands and them being numb when you wake up, it’s like having rubber gloves for hands. ∞
Finally got some Christmas cards written. Tomorrow starts the big wrap, after I’ve bought the remaining four presents. ∞
Finished a lovely weekend celebrating my Mum’s birthday with a delicious meal out.