January, 2015 - cushtie.com

Month: January 2015

  • Shattered

    This morning I woke up, utterly exhausted, only to find it was 4:30 and I should go back to sleep again. When my alarm went off at 6 and I peeled myself off the sofa again, I was still quite knackered, but I managed to get up and faff around for only twenty minutes before […]

  • Counting down to the weekend

    Tonight my wife went out for drinks, while I spent three hours downloading Lightroom to install on my Surface. La Serpiente Aquatica Negra was very cooperative in this process, going to sleep without a murmur before eight o’clock and remaining silent ever since. I lay on the sofa, feeling bloated: my wife had ordered two […]

  • Spanish practices

    I had a Spanish lesson tonight, catching up for a lesson I missed last year. Language classes in the evening are challenging enough after a day at work, but doing two in three days, along with a hard track session and a spinning class at lunchtime, completely wrecks you.

  • The longest 35 minutes

    This evening was muggy; it had rained in Chinatown, but Singapore’s incredibly local weather meant that the track by the Botanic Gardens hadn’t seen a spot of rain. It was still oppressively humid. Or perhaps that was all the heat trapped by my burgeoning beard. Tonight was the last session of our four week cycle: […]

  • Fighting against the sleep

    This morning reveille was at six a.m., when our daughter decided it was time to get up and start yelling. Since I was up and had nothing else to do, I went off for a half-hour run, after which I helped prep the child, before we all went out for the best eggs in town […]

  • Microsoft Wireless Display Adaptor

    While in the States, I bought some new toys for myself, including a Microsoft Wireless Display Adaptor. That’s a long and imposing name for what could be more easily called a Magic Invisible Monitor Cable. But then Microsoft have never been famous for catchy marketing.

  • Slipping between time zones

    I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been through Narita. Tonight, because of the delay leaving JFK, there was only an hour between arriving at the gate and when my onward flight to Singapore was scheduled to depart. I rushed through security and down to the gate, only to find the departure had been […]

  • In charge but not in control

    The first thing I did this morning was to return to the gym and get back on the treadmill. It was a horrible experience. I’d had less than six hours sleep and my body was in ruins from all the cheese I’d forced it to digest overnight. My legs, my head, my heart: none of […]

  • Running in the basement

    Today I actually made it to the hotel gym. It seems to be an unwritten law of travel for me that no matter what good intentions and however many sets of training gear I pack, I spend all my time sat at desks avoiding exercise. But today I managed to get up early enough to […]

  • Not making the most of the Big Apple

    Rather disappointingly, there was no snow on the streets of New York this morning. I think one flake of snow landed on me today (or perhaps it was a flake of some other, dirty, substance) but it was still bitterly cold. I walked to the office, had another 8 hours of meetings, then went back […]