Weeknotes #70: saga continues

Week includes blood donation, media highlights, and weekend trip.

Week commencing Monday, 20 May 2024

The photo captures a tranquil sunset over Gosport's waterfront. The sky is painted with soft hues of orange, yellow, and blue as the sun descends towards the horizon, casting a golden reflection on the water's surface. In the distance, silhouettes of buildings, cranes, and masts of boats can be seen against the bright sky.
Tranquil sunset on the Solent

Quantified Self

  • This week: Stand 7/7; Exercise 4/7 and Move 6/7. (81%). Morning walks: 0/4 (days in the office don’t count). Office days 1/5. Total steps: 60,984


  • Interesting new project on the agenda at work this week, but it feels like a tight timeframe. Let’s see.
  • The washing machine saga continues. This week’s engineer didn’t even open the machine before declaring a different part was needed. Booked for next week. By the weekend, my complaint had resulted in some compensation, but the machine remains unusable.
  • Related, the call centre I spoke to told me, no, I could not speak with a supervisor because the person I was talking to was “perfectly trained to help me”. I believe she had heard my, “but you’re not” response before.
  • I gave blood again on Wednesday. I hadn’t thought the pain in my shoulder would stop me, but the staff were wonderful, checking that the “giving” position wouldn’t hurt me.
  • Related, the nurse and I both agreed that a shoehorn was an amazing invention.
  • Relatedly, related. Can you get orange-flavoured Club biscuits anywhere other than blood donation centres?
  • Friday night train not as busy as expected. The ferry, on the other hand, was much busier. A sunny weekend on the Isle of Wight.
  • The drinks and snacks at the place with the award-winning chef were nice, but not stocking Island produce because it’s ”everywhere” was, in my book, poor form.


  • We’re going to see Heathers, The Musical in a few weeks. I hadn’t watched the movie before, so we did. It’s dark and very 80s. You wouldn’t get away with some of that today.
  • Previously, I wasn’t liking this series of Doctor Who. This week, 73 Yards was a masterpiece.
  • Andy Burnham, on James O’Brien’s Full Disclosure podcast was a great listen.