Journal
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I write short journal entries about everything and nothing, unedited and raw. They're collected here.

I was sad to hear that leukemia got the better of Alex Mills, a staple in the WordPress community, and a nice guy on the few occasions I’ve interacted with him online. He’s been very open with his cancer, and so too with his decision to spend his last time at home. It’s heartbreaking, as these things tend to be. The comments on his post are mostly love from fellow community members, but also a fair share of people telling Alex to try this or that. I can’t help but feel that this is belittling, although most of those commenters are just trying to be helpful.

Thanks for all you did, Alex. You will be missed, I’m sure.

There’s a loud argument outside of my window. A man is arguing with a woman. Motorist and parking attendant, and you can probably guess who’s in the right, and who’s in the wrong in this particular situation. It’s fascinating, because what kind of argument is it if you park your car on a street where there is no parking on Tuesday mornings? There’s a sign, the proof’s there. I wouldn’t have argued about it – well, I wouldn’t have parked there in the first place – I’d just nod, take the ticket, and move my car. But he won, not the argument, but he got off without a ticket, so I guess the joke’s on me then. Be an asshole, save money. This Tuesday morning leaves me with a somewhat sour taste in my mouth. Prove me wrong, world.

Project OK is 40% done. Well, the first draft is. I’m going to finish it this week, then let it sit for a while before revising it. Project OK is the kind of thing that I can use to kickstart my brain for longer writing sessions. Much like these journal entries was actually, although they almost never coincide with my long-form writing anymore. I should probably do something about that.

Have a great week, and remember: Mondays are good for you. After all, them arriving beats the alternative.

Sunday mornings are usually for reading, but my day’s already screwed up. Fitful sleep with the weirdest dreams, so much in fact that I couldn’t stay in bed, so I was up early. Somewhere in all that, I got this idea for a (small) project, so since I already screwed up my day, I might as well give it a shot. Much like another project I’ve hinted about, the one outside of my comfort zone, this is something I haven’t done before. Unlike said other project, which is nearing its end actually, this one won’t be particularly extensive or take up a lot of time. I’ll give it an hour and see how it feels. If I do end up doing it, I’ll refer to it as Project OK. Okay?

And yes, I had a Dry Martini yesterday too, so here’s another photo of the best martini glass in the world.

It’s a sunny day in Stockholm, and I awoke somewhat energized. Coffee, reading, and nice music helped start my morning. Some days are easier than others, aren’t they?

I’ve got a lot of things to do today, including a work call this afternoon – no rest for the wicked. Looking forward to it all, actually. Better dive into it before that changes then, right?

Enjoy your Saturday, and remember: Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. Yeah, that might be the worst advice ever…

Slow starter today, everyone’s working from home, so I’ve been taking it easy. Going to run some errands, preferably before the sun sets, and write.

There are 32 todos on today’s list, so I guess I should get cracking on those too, even if it is to trim it down to something more manageable before I start. You really shouldn’t have 32 todos, that’s setting yourself up for failure. I’ve been neglecting my lists recently, remedying that is obviously a todo on my list, too.

Enjoy your Friday, friends.

A short meeting became a long one, which is fine because it was quite enjoyable. Sometimes it’s less than fine though, meetings should be focused, but this one evolved into something else. There has to be room for that too.

Today is all about meetings. I try to keep meetings short and on point, and I group them whenever possible. Meetings are disruptive, yet sometimes necessary. First one is already done, it went well, and I’m getting ready to pack up for the next. Going to walk there, it’s a sunny day in Stockholm today, might as well enjoy it.

Between meetings, I tend to focus on smaller todos, correspondence, and things that can be ticked off in less than 10 minutes. That way, meeting days don’t leave me with the (completely unfair) feeling of not having done anything. That’s always a good thing.

I’m all over the place today. So many things to tick off on the todo list. My brain’s struggling, because I didn’t get enough sleep last night, and the caffeine just won’t kick in.

But hey, the sun’s shining, probably because it’s my dear friend, and partner in crimeHelena’s birthday today. So happy birthday, darling! Many happy returns.

The darker the mood, the less inclined I am to write these entries. At first I thought it was because I didn’t want to share how I was feeling, but then I figured out that it’s a matter of not wanting to add to an already bleak world. This is especially true online, there’s so much negativity, so many unnecessarily harsh words, and of course the utter evilness that, while in vast minority, taints everything. So I’ll just hide behind “it’s Monday, leave me alone”, and hope for a spark of light along the way.