It’s 2016, and I’m dusting off the ‘blog again.
Sure, I might not be able to keep up with writing here, but I’ve got to try — it’s something I actually kind of enjoy, after all, and being able to go back and revisit my thoughts from a year ago (or ten!) is illuminating in the least.
This is a year for enjoyment, I think: I’ve been giving too much focus, if not time (what parent has time, after all), to my work, and feeling guilty at both ends when I don’t give enough to EITHER my projects or my family — let alone carving out that tiny bit of personal space required to recharge, reflect, write, meditate, be alone, be myself. And while I have given up the late nights and energy drinks, mostly, I’m still finding it hard to say “it can wait until Monday” … and to be happy with that decision.
Ah, beautiful, delicate irony. I becomes apparent that I spoke too soon when I confessed to feeling satisfied for the first time in years — within hours of my last post, our landlords called to tell us they’re selling our home.
A quick note to remind you all how to find the Apple-specific characters on Yosemite.
First, bring up the character viewer by going to System Preferences > Keyboard and ticking “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar”, then clicking the new menu bar icon (next to the clock) and “Show Character Viewer”.
Now you want to select “Technical Symbols” in the left-hand pane. If it’s not visible, click the “gear” dropdown above the left-hand pane and “Customize list”:
I have caved and reinstalled the Facebook app on my phone. Stand by for effusive outpourings of my soul, the trivial minutiae of where/when/what-for I eat my lunch, and pictures of latte art. Also kittens.
It doesn’t take much: one smarmy bus driver and my mood has taken a dive.
Transport NSW (I think it is) is rolling out a new NFC ticketing system called Opal, very similar by all accounts to Myki in Melbourne (but not compatible, right?). It’s been hyped and advertised for a couple of months, with the promise that “some paper tickets will not be available after September 1st”.
Dutifully, I bought an Opal card before my last bus trip, only to find that it’s only usable on certain trips – and so far none of my buses are included.