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Category: Self Improvement

  • On habits

    Last week, I tried to inculcate some small habits. Every morning when I woke up, I’d rub my legs with the endlessly uncomfortable Stick, to reduce knots in my muscles. When I went to the shower, I’d do ten squats to strengthen my legs, and after breakfast, I’d speak some Spanish to our daughter.

  • Better habits

    Today I signed up for Tinyhabits, which is intended to inculcate better habit formation. "Habits" often has negative connotations, but if you can train yourself to do good things without having to concentrate on them, you can drive consistent gains over the long term. Every additional slight improvement you make to yourself gradually results in […]

  • Spanish practices

    Today we did conjugation of irregular verbs in our Spanish lesson, along with reflexive verbs. Reflexive verbs are things like llamarse, which in first person singular becomes me llamo (I am called); until today I hadn’t cottoned on to reflexive verbs having infinitives that weren’t things like ver or comer or salir; reflexive verbs all […]

  • Let me eat cake

    It rained for most of the day in Singapore, a constant downpour with occasional thundery outbursts, from lunchtime, till we were driven by a very Christian taxidriver to a shopping mall to buy our daughter’s first neoprene outfit, and then lapsing into persistent drizzle at the end of the afternoon. December is forecasted to be […]

  • Hair, here?

    In theory, a barber should enjoy job security, as long as everybody doesn’t go bald there will always be hair to cut. But since most people don’t think cutting hair can be especially hard, and because there are lots of people looking for a way to make money, it’s not as easy a life as […]

  • Sexy Spanish Words and Sleep Deprivation

    I’ve been failing to exercise this week, which may be because of that 12 kilometre run last Sunday, the ruination of my knees and mind for a few days. I’ve been dragging myself out of bed, feeling just as tired as when I went to sleep, and although I’ve been able to jam a few […]

  • Spanish Tenses

    Tonight I tried to do some work on my Spanish verb conjugations, and bathe the baby. I didn’t quite get to the giddy heights of declaiming "Nosotros hablamos español" while washing our child’s hair, but the baby is marginally cleaner, and I think I’ve got the different versions of the present tense for regular Spanish […]

  • The Ineffectual Samaritan

    Last night we made a rookie parenting error, by not going to sleep ourselves when our baby did. That meant the three of us didn’t all settle down to bed until 1am, and Felicity was ready to go again at 4. Until men figure out how to lactate, we’re always going to feel slightly superfluous […]

  • Sweat, rain, etc

    I awoke at 5:30 this morning, in the middle of a rainstorm. Singapore is very organised, so if it rains in the morning then it seldom rains again that day, but frankly I’d have preferred not to miss out on any of that lovely sleep that I’d been hankering for. The rain wouldn’t let up […]

  • How to manage your staff

    Thanks, Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord.