About 18 months ago, my wife suggested our family take a weekly Pilates class with a local instructor. The intention was to do something together as a family, something fun and beneficial all around. Whilst I agreed, if I am honest, I was sceptical. I was very happy with the family and togetherness part, that was great. What I was sceptical of was the value of Pilates as an exercise discipline. However, I try not to pre-judge things in life, and as such the four of us were soon attending weekly Pilates sessions.
There is a chain of coffee shops in Shanghai (maybe all of China?) called SPR Coffee. I really like the slogan that they use on their paper cups – “No Full Stops In Quality”. It reminds me that, no matter how high your quality is now, or how good your processes and practices are that help achieve and ensure good quality, there is always something more you can do.
I’ve recently moved all of my domains to a new hosting provider, and in the process I have updated this blog to use WordPress. Instead of migrating everything from the old blog, I am going to publish some of the older content here, but not much. Largely, this will be a new writing adventure.
I love well kept lawns. Seeing a lush green lawn, freshly cut, with stripes that look like they were measured out with a set square and ready for the cup final at Wembley is a beautiful thing. The grass in my back garden has never looked like that. I am beginning to wonder if it ever will. But we’ll keep trying.
I am generally pretty scared of heights. Not all heights – flying doesn’t worry me, I was surprisingly OK with a hot-air balloon ride, and I can overcome the fear in order to ride large roller-coasters. I am not so good if you put me near the edge of a high cliff, on the roof of a building, or up a ladder.
Recently though, I have seen a number of online videos showing something that truly scares me – crane climbing. And by “scares me” I mean “cannot watch the screen without looking away A LOT scares me”, or “makes my insides go ice cold and makes me feel physically sick watching scares me”.
My last two blog entries covered the first 15 days of a 30-Day Primal Challenge. I had fully intended for there to be a third entry that summed everything up on the 30th day, as if reaching that point would be some magical revelation. I assumed I’d have a nice tidy conclusion to the challenge; the results from my 30 day experiment, if you will.
As I have mentioned in a couple of older posts, in the past couple of years I have become very active and lost quite a lot of weight. Initially, a lot of running and cycling helped me lose about 30lbs, and then a switch about a year ago to more of a gym and cardio mix helped me build some strength. However, with neither approach have I managed to lose the excess body fat I am carrying. Despite being lighter overall, I still have about 25% body fat. I’d really like that to be lower, perhaps closer to the 15-18% range.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending a fun few hours on a photography field trip with my friend Daniel and his son Liam. We set out from Daniel’s house at 6am and drove (via a coffee house!) two hours North of Seattle to the Nooksack River, near Deming. Daniel regularly takes trips to this area, mostly to photograph the eagles. Continue reading
I was looking through some back issues of Director magazine today, and stumbled across an article that was written in March 2008 entitled Terminal 5 Comes Alive. It is an interesting read that discusses the leadership approach taken when BAA built Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport. Continue reading