I am not sure whether it fits under this goal, but in a certain way it does.
For the first time in my working life, I excused myself from a major important process while it is still going on. It’s a complicated process with a lot of difficult actors and I got quite a bit of status out of it. On the other hand, the process has many similarities to an abusive relationship, with one of the main actors putting me down (majorly and publicly) and then telling me how great I am from one day to the next.
So, I have decided to drop the whole thing and wrote my boss that I am now longer available to deal with this process and that I think it should be taken over by someone else. In a sense it feels like giving up – I wasn’t strong enough to cope with it, I am weak so I ran away from it. On the other hand, I think I need to protect myself from abusive behaviour (no one else does it, even though they are quite aware) and there is nothing to gain here. So maybe I giving up is the right choice, a strong choice.
Whether it is weak or strong, it is taking my life in my own hands, which means taking responsibility for how I live and how I feel. This was not what I originally meant with this goal, but maybe it fits. 15 months ago
A Rizzoli and Isles novel. The story was ok, the actual crime story not so interesting, the background of Chinatown and chinese spirituality was colorful. 15 months ago
I am trying out the task function in outlook in the hope that it will help me organize the tons of emails and they dont get stuck in the mailbox forever. Today this went well I finished all but two tasks of todays long list. 15 months ago
With trackers, Deon Meyers brings back a lot of familiar characters to new stories. It is actually four different stories – all of them well written and interesting. The only thing I was missing was that they all tie together somehow. This tigh-in is very, very thin except for a few coincidences and that leaves the story hanging a bit. A similar approach was taken to “Devil’s Peak”, but there all stories really had a common ending and it was brilliant. 15 months ago
Honestly, I think it doesn’t matter much what you eat. The key is eating normally, eating until you are full and eating for the right reason – the reason being you are hungry and you need to refuel.
I used to eat for a lot of other reasons – feeling lonely, bored, stressed, feeling like I couldn’t get through the day or couldn’t handle something without a boost, to reward myself for something etc.
Now I eat for the right reason and it has never been so easy. It can be fruit, grains, milk – all that makes you feel good about eating it. 15 months ago
Something I read today in a book stuck with me:
“How many of the average 22,000 days of our lives do we remember, date and day? Maybe ten or twelve, birthdays, weddings and death, a few of the First times..The traces of the others wear away, so that s life reaaly only consists of a month of specially commemorate days and a host of dateless recollections. But we must live so that we leave tracks everyday.” 15 months ago
I have been thinking about this for a while and a friend/colleague suggested it. I have a tough time dealing with conflicts. If I can, I try to avoid them, while it also deeply frustrates me that I don’t have my say. I just spend a week with 4 old men (and one young on his way there) and I want to find a way to get my points across even in situations like this. So nextg week when I am home I am planning to find a coach and see if s/he can assist me. 15 months ago
I have to travel a lot for work and if I get lucky I am able to mix in a bit of a vacation as well. It can be stressful too, but overall it is one of the best jobs ever. 15 months ago
Going to Latin America and speaking spanish is always a treat. Lima in August though is a bit tough to like. It’s cold and grey day after day. Not a ray of sun to be seen. The food however is great and I can’t wait to get to dinner tonight. It’s also great that is has gotten safe to walk around without any problem. I wish there was time to go to Cuzco, but I guess that just means that I will have to come back another time. 15 months ago
I loved the writing. I liked the words, the phrases and the two different narrators and I liked parts of the story…. others seemed a bit cliché and just didn’t work for me. But still a recommendable book. 17 months ago
What a lovely place. I had a great time, perfect weather (despite the rainy season), fabulous food and surprisingly funny people. Good discussions, too. 17 months ago
This one has been going suprisingly well… suddenly the things were flying out of my mailbox. Still some minor headaches that are rotting in there, but it really is only a handful and some scary ones are already out. 18 months ago
I still like this goal even though I haven’t made much progress. I think I should be able to do the basics I am supposed to or want to do. It can’t be that hard to put stuff away after I use it, keep a tidy appartment, eat veggies and fruit, drink water etc. No rocket science there. So why, why, why don’t I manage? Partly it is a question of priorities, partly of laziness … maybe something else I can’t put my finger on.
Anyway, I really think I should try harder. 18 months ago
An interesting book that is well written. Yes, there are some logical holes to it, but that doesn’t matter that much in the end. At times I thought the plot could move a bit faster, but overall it was a good read. 18 months ago
Ok, I don’t think I am going to become a professional artist anytime soon :-) It was fun to try something new, but I think I am done… not just with the goal, but with painting .. at least for now 22 months ago
Another one of my Paris books and it was clear from the cover and the back that this was going to be a silly book – and no surprise it is. It’s a silly little story about Jacqueline Bouvier having been a spy in Paris in the 50s and solving some big mystery. Anyway, I didn’t have high expectations and those were met… but it does play in Paris and describes it wonderfully. 22 months ago
The latest Harry Bosch novel and I am glad that Michael Connelly returned to him. However, the book tries to deal with two story lines /cases at once and since they are completely unrelated I think it doesn’t work really well. One of them drags on for a long time without any real development, but has a nice twist at the end and the other one is too straightforward and has no suspense or surprise. So overall, nice but not great. 22 months ago
I bought this on a trip to Paris so I thought I buy something that will keep me remembering Paris. It did, so maybe this was the good part about the book. The rest… not so much. The main characters is one of those guys that you just want to kick the whole time to get some sense into him. And the ending was just… silly maybe or maybe this just not the kind of book I like. 22 months ago
The first book by Colin Cotterill I read that isn’t part of the Dr. Siri series, but it has same interesting, funny look at life and the same charming characters. I read it lying on the beach in the Carribean and it’s the perfect beach book. 22 months ago
This was something that I felt I had to do and I am glad I did. I left it hanging a while ago and I was glad I could somehow tie up this loose end. I had a go time after all and I can leave this behind now. 22 months ago
Much better than expected. I had heard all these horror stories about crime and I obviously can’t deny that it is a huge problem, but I was positively suprised about it not being such an constant topic as in some other countries. Plus the food is great, I had the most lovely colleagues and it was a great trip. 22 months ago
I could have done months ago, but couldn’t be bothered. Hm… 22 months ago