Progress so far

Time to check my progress so far this year since New Years Day:

Still a vegetarian after 3 months.

January Steps: 348988

February Steps: 306344

March Steps: 413875

Total steps so far this year = 1,069207

I’m now on week 12 of 14 of my 14 week 10K running program and haven’t missed a day yet.

Started my new job/career as a Senior IT Technician in January, still loving it and they haven’t sacked me yet so hopefully this is a good sign.

What target to set myself next?

Gakken World Eye & Raspberry Pi

Gakken WorldEye connected to a Raspberry Pi running a program to display a huge blinking eye.
Adafruit provide a nice tutorial on connecting the Gakken to a raspberry pi running their eyes script.
I took a brand new Raspberry Pi 3 and went here  to download the latest copy of Raspbian Stretch Lite operating system.
I then flashed the image onto a new 64GB Micro SD card
 using etcher.io.
This version of Raspbian is command line only so once the initial boot up takes place, you need to configure the wireless network access:
Once the file opens, you need to edit the contents to match the screenprint below:
Press CTRL-X and then Y to save and and exit. Then run the following command to have the file read and try to connect to your Wifi.
Now we have Internet access we can download the software to make the eye work:
At the command prompt, type the following:
  1. cd
  2. curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/adafruit/Raspberry-Pi-Installer-Scripts/master/pi-eyes.sh >pi-eyes.sh
  3. sudo bash pieyes.sh

Finally, connect the Raspberry Pi HDMI output to the input on the Gakken Worldeye and run the setup. This took about 10 minutes to complete.

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New Year, New Job and Resolutions

December the 31st 2018 was my last day employed as an IT Lecturer after 19 years. As of the 2nd January 2019, I started my new role as a Senior IT Engineer at the College, looking after the systems, hardware and software over three sites at Windsor, Langley and Strodes.

Just to make things more interesting, I have also decided to go vegetarian. Not sure how I’m going to do with this one. I have strong reasons for wanting to go vegetarian but I’m already a fussy eater, so choosing meals without any meat is going to be a challenge.

I’ve set myself some reasonable resolutions around health & fitness. My daily minimum steps is 10,000. I calculated that on most work days I’m lucky if I clock up 5000 steps, so since the New year I have been taking steps (pun intended) to increase this:

Taking stairs rather than lifts.

Taking the long way to get anywhere at work.

Walks at lunchtime

Walks after work.

Usually I would look to walk to work which generated 12,000 steps each way but I’m not sure if the nature of my new job role will allow that as I need the flexibility to drive between sites when needed.

Time to review this at the end of the month. Currently at 3 days with no meat eaten and around 45,000 steps in 4 days since the 31st December. 3 days in new job – still got job so far.

 

Guiness World Record

At work today, one of my colleagues suggested I try to beat the World Record for eating Ferrero Rocher which currently stands at 9 in one minute.

She lined up 10 chocolates for me and started the clock. Sadly, after one minute I could only manage 6. Still, I enjoyed trying and will attempt the record again in the New Year with some new strategies.

BBQ Summer 2018

The end of another summer holiday from teaching and it was time for the annual gettogether. BBQ in our garden.

It took a while to get ready. New turf as the old grass was ruined. Take down old shed and build new one. Repairs to decking etc etc, clean pond and count fish (60).

We don’t have a huge garden so it was a bit of a squeeze at times. It was great to spend some time with family, friends and work colleagues. Two of them are the leaving the country shortly and so it will be a while before I see them again.

 

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Mindy having a little lie down before the BBQ begins

 

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The quiet before the storm. Setting up the BBQ

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George and Ruth with their Pavlova. Yummy!

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Anita showing her manners -wonder if her parents see these pictures?

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