I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

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.

Arrived in the office to this. Brilliant 👍🏻

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.

I’ve finally had the chance to go through and edit some of my photos from a family holiday back in September. It was the first holiday I’ve hand in a few years so I thought I’d share some of them here.

It was also a good excuse to try out the new iPad version of Darkroom. It worked pretty well, although there were a few bugs I hit when editing a number of photos in quick succession.

@manton @cheesemaker I can’t sign into my WordPress blog in Sunlit on my iPad, crashes each time I put my password in. Known bug?

Trying to decide whether to make any resolutions for the new year or if it’s time to try a different approach. I like the idea of a Rule for Life, might try and find a Saturday in January to spend sometime on it.

My Year in Books, 2018

For the past few years I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge setting myself the target of reading at least 25 books over the course of the year. This year I haven’t quite hit my goal, but I’ve still enjoyed a good year of reading. The books have mostly been fiction this year, with a couple of non-fiction books finding their way in. This is the first year I’ve managed to make some kind of a log of the books I’ve read on this blog which I wanted to round up in a single post for easy reference in the future.

Watched In Defense of Food (TV Movie 2015) from IMDb

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.

Christmas present from my Dad.

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.