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The new normal

So, my daughter started her at her new school a little before the end of my vacation. Until today that has affected my morning routines as we have been commuting together. 

Mostly this has affected our morning schedule. We need to leave a bit earlier than what I have used to. I can't, well want to write in the train while she's there with me. It's nicer to spend time there with her, chatting and so on.

One thing at the time

There is so much to do it's tempting to try to do multiple things at once. Listening to music while reading or doing chores, reading the news while watching movies or shows and so on.

Why can't we focus on one thing at the time anymore? Why it feels we don't have time for everything and therefore need to do more than one thing at the time. 

And while we do those things, we don't concentrate on any of them. They just slip through and afterwards we have this false sense of accomplishment without a memory of what we just went through.

Too little, too much

I follow quite a few different news sources that generate a long list of topics to go through every day. It's a challenge to keep up with everything I'm interested in all the time.

As such, on a normal day, it can feel tedious to go through the whole list for the day. There are so many posts created daily on all those news sites, blogs, subreddits and other sites I get my news from. And at the end of the day, I probably end up reading through only a few of those articles and discussions plus a dozen or so quickly skimmed through.

American special days

There sure are a lot of different days when Americans celebrate thing or another. And being a prime example of a capitalistic nation they have commercialized every one of those. There is always a special sales going around during those days.

For us non-americans in these days of global economy it's a great thing. As those vendors selling in the internet don't care where the buyer actually lives. So we get all the benefit for those sales even if we don't celebrate the same things.

Is five minutes enough?

Is it possible to write two hundred words in five minutes. Well, technically yes. It should be possible to write twice or even triple that. But the real question is, is it possible to write a coherent post of two hundred words in five minutes.

I have only five minutes before the train arrives at its destination. Then I need to hop off the train and walk to the office. Next chance to write is sometime in the evening. So I'd rather spend this five minutes to write now instead of postponing it yet again until the evening.

Hot air balloon ride

I have thought that I have become rather good at self-reflection. But as it turns out, there is still a lot to learn about myself that I haven't yet realized.

I had another coaching session yesterday. It was a perfect point to reflect what's going on as my transformation between roles is nearly complete. During the session we discussed about what was my takeaways from the previous role, where I stand now and what are my plans for the future.

The other way around

I usually write in the morning when I'm going to the office for a day. Other days I postpone the writing until the evening just before bedtime. But for the last couple of days, I have been able to write in the morning even that I have stayed at home.

Today was my first day at work after vacation and I didn't write in the morning. At least I didn't leave it until evening either as I'm writing this now while on my way back home.

The second thing in the morning

There is the dilemma of writing in the morning. On the other hand, it might be hard to come up with a topic to write about straight out of bed. There isn't anything to write yet about the day and it might be hard to come up with anything creative at that time. The most prominent candidate in that case is to write about what happened the day before.

If you leave it until evening you probably have more ideas to write about. But then you are tired, anxious to just get it done so you can go to sleep. And then, it's again most likely about the day.

Escape artists

Yesterday our little group from traininglarp organizers went to another escape room. This time it was a real full size one and not just a demo room like last time. We wanted to see if we really are as good as the first try suggested when we beat the room record by quite a big margin. 

Quick decisions

It usually takes a long time to make a decision. Too long sometimes so that you actually end up deciding against doing it. You might also take too long to thing so the opportunity to do the thing might have already passed once you finally reach the decision.

The more you think the more negative things you might find against the decision. And that just makes it more unlikely to end up doing the thing. But if you don't think carefully, you might end up doing something that you shouldn't do. 

Proud, but sad

Out of the over 14 000 applicants, 180 swimmers only 77 made it through the Piscine period and was admitted to the Hive school. And my son was one of those few who made it. I'm so proud of him. I had no doubts he wouldn't get in. He really worked hard and gave his everything during the Piscine.

Vacation, the last few days

This part of my vacation has passed almost as fast as the first part. There were those couple of days before the trip. But those were mostly spent preparing and waiting for it. And now there is just this half a week left.

I was planning on not doing too much during my final days. But at the same time I was worried how can I pass the time without anything to do. There was this one event I knew was coming this weekend. But then other things started appearing into my schedule. Soon I had rest of the week full already.

Getting out of the city

This was my fourth time visiting Dublin. And like all the previous times,  didn't get out of the city this time either. Except on my way to and from the airport.

There is a lot to see outside Dublin. Many things I would really like to see. But there is never enough time to arrange a trip there. So far, every time I have been in Dublin has been because of some event.  And during those events, there is hardly enough time to go around and see some of the closer attractions. And there are many of those as well.

Time makes the difference

After a long day, the last day I thought of relaxing first watching a movie before writing. Then realized the movie would run until after ten o'clock local time. That wouldn't be too late normally. But here, we are two hours behind my normal timezone. So it would be past midnight already. Too late to keep my streak alive.

Sure, I could have just changed the timezone to keep up with the time difference and not to worry about it. But why bother. It's better to get this done anyway now. It's the last day anyway before returning back home and to the normal time.

Travel exhaustion

It's been three long days. Feeling a bit tired with all the walking around and spending most of the time on my feet. Surrounded by all the people.

And we are only halfway through. Still three days before getting back home. Feeling homesick already. There is still plenty of time not feeling the sorrow of this experience coming to an end.

It has been great none the less. Still plenty of time to enjoy our stay. It has also been enough already not feeling bad if we would miss out the rest. It has been all worth it.

A day in the city

It seems like a nice, sunny day outside. So a perfect day to take a moment off from the convention and head out to the city and do some sightseeing.

First stop will be the Marsh library. A nice little place I found accidentally last time I was here. After that we'll just see wherever we happen to end up. There are plenty of things to see, but nothing "must see" before we head towards the Trinity college and it's much bigger library where we have a reservation for a tour so we don't need to stand in yet another queue.

Worldcon, day 1

Yesterday was the first day of the Worldcon here in Dublin. It's nice to be both at the Worldcon and Dublin again. Maybe even more so about the Dublin itself. It's always nice to be here. As I have said before, it's one of my favourite places abroad.

Annoyingly safe

Our flight was delayed for over an hour due some check light going off during the pre-flight checks. And it wasn't even anything vital, just some trivial secondary system.

Sure, it was annoying just waiting there on a runaway while the technicians went through the systems trying to figure out what was wrong. But on the other hand it was assuring. It's a good thing all those security protocols are being followed and the plane won't leave the ground even if there is only one minor error light turning on.

Travel preparations

We have an early departure ahead of us tomorrow morning. There isn't much time in the morning so everything needs to be as ready as possible before going to sleep. 

I've got most everything packed up already. Packing most of the things is easy, despite the feeling I must have forgotten something. But preparing for the trip is no longer just about making sure you have everything you might need during the trip packed up and with you.