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A non-exhaustive collection of things I enjoy in a non-random order: #boardgames, #CitiesSkylines, #cycling, #history, #knitting, #maps, #maths, #narrowboats, #programming, #reading, #science, #sewing, #walking.

It seems the about page can handily double as a personal search console in some clients. So, am also currently interested in #AppleWatch #beeminder #HomeAutomation #ObsidianMD #stenography #swiftUI

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@3goodthings

🛜 The internet is working at the new house even though it’s not supposed to be yet.

🐱 The cat seems very happy, it feels like she’s rolling her eyes at us for having done that thing where you rearrange all the items you own into a box with a different shape yet again. She’s seen it all before.

📦 Also there are boxes, which always helps. The cat likes them empty and I like their contents being put away. Win/win.

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at the end of a long day of moving stuff @3goodthings

🛌 Home is where the bed & the cat are, so I guess we’ve moved house today (we have 2+ months left to actually clear the old house out).

🚐 Hire van was returned on time and intact and my deposit returned.

🪟I managed to get the old Venetian blind put back up in the bedroom window after decorating so we won’t get woken at the crack of dawn (hopefully!)

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Such a busy week moving house that I’ve been missing my @3goodthings

🪫 I finally found the right place to dispose of the enormous stash of dead batteries that have been in my car for months.

🚐 I eventually figured out how to put my hired van into reverse.

🐈 The cat had vanished when we got back to the old house but she turned up on the garden seat in the rain; since there are hardly any seats left inside the house this makes sense.

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Yesterday I felt I was on a different planet to almost everyone else for most of the day. But that were on my planet were:

🆘 My family, who had a long text chat when my dad’s watch decided to send out emergency notifications to us all. Including my dad who was absolutely fine at all times.

🧩 My board game group, where the games distract my brain so I can enjoy the company too.

😽The cat, who just drags me over to her own nice calm sleepy planet.

@3goodthings

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I’m trying to stave off overwhelm at the moment but thinking of always makes me feel better. @3goodthings

🧹 My kitchen floor is clean for a change.

🔑 The keys I thought were lost turned up when I picked up everything from the bedroom floor.

🌒 Im enjoying seeing all the eclipse photos.

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🌸 It was sunny and warm enough to sit in the garden with my book and my coffee this morning, not for long, but it's the first time I've done that this year.

✂️ The bedroom wallpaper came off much easier than the stuff in the living room, plus there was a lot less of it.

🚗 The learner driver teen hadn't driven for six months but coped admirably with chauffeuring me home on a dark rainy evening.

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💪I’ve finally got all the wallpaper stripped in our new living room.

👨🏻‍🎨 My partner already has the first half of the room painted.

😃 And the paint colour that he picked and I was repeatedly “it’s fine” on is actually great! Glad I trusted his judgement.

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⏰ I forgot the clocks had changed until I was up and out riding my bike.

🌄 The morning light was fabulous and I would have missed it if I’d noticed the time change earlier.

👨‍🍳 The cooker clock is now right again!

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Yesterday’s @3goodthings

🌧️ The map said it was a 37 minute walk and the weather forecast said it would rain in 29 minutes; we stayed dry and the rain started just as we arrived.

🌈 Earlier in the day there was a glorious rainbow.

🪑 Thinking it was standing room only in the bar but then finding a hidden away free table.

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🗡️After being reluctant to start on it I’m actually enjoying the meditative aspect of stripping wallpaper. (That emoji is the best I could do for a wallpaper stripping tool.)

🏊🏻‍♀️ A quiet pool meant I didn’t have any awkward slow down or attempt to overtake decision moments.

🍰 Stopping to fuel ourselves with cake before starting on the wallpaper stripping was a good idea.

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🔩 The past-me who stuck a “kitchen table” label inside a bag of nuts and bolts was my favourite version of myself this afternoon. (The past-me that then hid them in the bottom of another bag didn’t get quite so much love.)

🛋️ Walked into a sofa shop and we both liked the same one straight away. Not ordered it yet but it was quite promising.

🎲 Enjoyed a game of Tapestry this evening (came last but it was fun).

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🔑 Got the keys to our new house. Which means I can stop worrying that we’re caught up in a scam where estate agents & solicitors take all our money now. (Well, they still have all our money but we do seem to have a house at the end of it!)

📦 Took a couple of car loads of random junk over to the new house but there is no great hurry to move everything. Planning a chilled out move this time.

😴 Didn’t mean to nap but it happened & was good.

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🤗 Caught up with my parents and my teen.

💬The weird rambling interconnected conversations we had.

🛌 I’m really looking forward to sleeping tonight.

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Today’s @3goodthings

🌈Little rainbows on the page of my book, cast by the lamp light passing through my wine glass.

🌬️ The washing did dry on the line in the end.

👖 Clothes shopping went well, picked up more than I went for so can probably avoid shops for a good long time now!

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📖 When I finally sorted the bug out I realised the documentation was correct and I was presuming it said something it didn’t. The docs being accurate are a good thing though.

🌅I thought it was the equinox, actually it was Wednesday, but that just means more daylight.

🍫 Unexpected KitKat in my bag (I knew the provenance though!)

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🏡 We exchanged contracts to buy our new home.

📦 But we still have the rental house for a while so there is no mad panic to actually move and time to sort some issues and arrange things.

🧥 It was my turn to leave my jacket in a cafe today (partner & I seem to be on a forgetfulness rota) & it was there to pick up when I went back.

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🥇 I play board games for fun and not just to win, but it’s nice to come home with 2 victories from 2 games occasionally all the same.

🌸Blossom is appearing on trees all over the place.

🐾 I’m struggling to type this because the cat has decided my hand needs cleaning.

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from a weekend of board gaming @3goodthings

🙋All the people who volunteer to help out and make cons work.

😁 The delight of watching people learn new things as they move from initial uncertainty through to grinning enjoyment.

😲The fact that even though I’ve worn my throat out talking and I’m tired, I’m not completely mentally exhausted from being social.

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🐈I woke up too early but the cat lay down on top of me so I couldn’t move without disturbing her so I had no choice but to fall asleep again.

🧍🏻‍♀️I rearranged things just enough that my sit/stand desk can do standing mode again, somehow I always get it trapped.

🛏️ There will be clean sheets on my bed very shortly…

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🏫The teen is safely back on campus in the UK after a horribly messy delayed journey back from France.
🇫🇷 Apart from the journey the trip was reportedly great and I’m proud of them for going.
🏅I feel like I’ve levelled up to “parent of adult” this week and though it’s been stressful watching them travelling from afar I wouldn’t swap back to parenting a toddler all the same.

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💎Stained glass transom windows lit up at night are lovely little jewels on evening walks.

👵🏻 👴🏻 Met up with the in-laws (actually outlaws I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️) for coffee and they seemed very well.

🚦No one got hurt when a car zoomed through a red light at a pedestrian crossing. (I really don’t like the “bad thing happened but it was ok” that often seems like toxic gratitude but I was very glad we all just looked at each other and boggled.)

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🌼 Bright yellow splashes of daffodils keep appearing.

🎲 Realising it’s just a week to go until Airecon, my favourite board game con.

🔴Beetroot is such a bizarre vegetable and I have a lot of affection for it, if feeling affectionate towards vegetables isn’t actually completely bizarre in itself, which it might be.

@3goodthings

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🚶🏻‍♀️ My afternoon walk was much longer than I meant it to be but that was all good.

🥛 I remembered to go and fetch milk for morning.

🌌 Which meant I also got an evening walk and since the sky was clear I said hello to Orion.

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👃 Hung some washing out to dry on the line for the first time this year, they didn’t get properly dry but they smell of fresh air which is great.

🍪 Biscuit supply is restocked.

📉Analysing some finances and finding the situation is brighter than I thought.

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👩🏻‍💻The problem I’d been stuck on since Thursday turned out to have a ridiculously simple solution in the end.

😋Veggie sausage rolls.

🎧 Noise cancelling headphones.

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☀️ Fabulous morning sunshine that totally changed my mood.

🎶 Suddenly realising the acoustic singing group I could hear were singing Take On Me, which was my favourite song in 1985, and reflecting on how “it’s no better to be safe than sorry” is a sentiment I gradually understood over the years.

🚲 Hitting the 5000 mile mark on my ebike.

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📱 I was able to sort out the teen’s phone from afar and keep them online when the international roaming didn’t kick in automatically as the network said it should do.

🏡 The teen has now arrived at their friend’s house.

🧶 I got my crochet going and I like it so far.

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🧶 I found my box of crochet hooks (and knitting needles) whilst looking for my partner’s lost reading glasses.

👓 His glasses were eventually located at the coffee shop we went to this morning.

🚂 The teen is off on their first big travel adventure alone and I am both enjoying living vicariously through them and absolutely terrified that something will go wrong. Very pleased they are happy to text me their progress all the time though.

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@penpencilbrush @3goodthings Yup! I was happy. Though his reaction when I found what I had been looking for rather than what he had lost was hilarious!

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📆 It was a leap day! These should really be some kind of special festival.

🧶 I couldn’t find my crochet hooks so I bought a new set since my ragtag collection never contains the right size anyway.

🚶🏻‍♀️Having the time (and inclination) to take a long walk.

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📚 The array of recurring characters at the library who have now been cast as our own private soap opera. (And yes, we’re there so often we’re probably part of the cast of odd people who hang out in the library now too.)

🧁 The vegan carrot & pistachio cake in the library cafe.

😻Last week the cat was moving gingerly like she was hurt but she is racing about again now and all seems good.

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🌅 A rosy gold sunset lighting up red brick walls.

🎂 The teen’s birthday cake that was supposed to be delivered on Friday finally actually got delivered and seems to be going down well despite the delay.

🍦 I found more fancy ice cream cones left in the cupboard after I was told there were none.

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🧹 Cleaned out the vacuum cleaner so it actually holds onto the bits it has sucked up rather than sporadically dumping them out again.

👣 My carpets are now a lot nicer underfoot as a result.

☀️ Got a good dose of morning sunshine even if my fingers have frozen off.

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🪻Crocuses are appearing!

🇨🇦 I’ve run out of real maple syrup but that just makes me realise how lovely it was and I need more.

📖 I didn’t even realise the new Mary Russell book had been released until I spotted it on the new additions shelf at the library. Yay!

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🛏️ Not having to leap out of bed on a Monday morning.

❎ People who make 404 pages that are thematic and fun to happen upon.

🧽 I got all the muddy footprints off the kitchen floor last night so they won’t annoy me when I get up today.

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👩🏻‍💻This morning work-me figured out how to get data from where it was to where I want it.

🕸️This afternoon I sorted out the weird dependency loop that my personal website had got itself into and got the underlying software upgraded.

🎲 This evening I retaught myself a board game I’d entirely forgotten in order to teach other people to play it soon.

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🧥 Got a new cycling jacket - just what I wanted (fancier in fact) for 40% of its full price. I avoid deliberately looking for sales but it’s nice when you come across one at the right time.

🍝 Freshly ground black pepper.

🌌The peace and quiet after noisy people leave.

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☀️ The sun came out for the ride home from the coffee shop.

🛎️ Found a shop that had lots of bicycle bells in stock and dinged them all to figure out which one I liked best. Now I have a working bell again. Ding!

✂️ Got the fabric cut out for a new sweatshirt.

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🧵 I won a game of bobbin chicken. Aced it with about 5cm left at the end of the seam.

👩🏻‍💻Found a quick fix for something that seemed intractable yesterday.

👶 Jelly babies.

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👩🏻‍💻I thought I’d made a huge screw up in some production code yesterday but quickly realised it was just a line of debugging left in and sorted it out.

🛌 I keep sleeping all the way through the night.

💭The weird sensation of waking up and realising that the strange stuff you were just in the middle of was your brain making cocktails with random bits of your life. Partly good, partly sad, but I think dreaming is a good thing all the same.

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from yesterday @3goodthings

📃I got a new shredder to replace the old overworked one and can get back to document decimation again. I even bought oil too in order to maybe not kill this shredder.

☁️ The rain finally stopped just before I went out on my bike.

🧹Brushing my hair at the perfect clean and dry moment.

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about yesterday. @3goodthings

🌬️Having the option to pick a more sheltered bike path when the one along the river was super windy.
🐦 Magpies swooping around me on the bike path at dusk.
📱The Merlin app that identifies birds from their calls which meant I was sure they were magpies even though they were just flashes of black & white.

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that I started writing last night… @3goodthings

🛒 I didn’t throw myself to the floor in the supermarket and have a toddler tantrum (but thinking about it was kind of therapeutic!)

🍻 Good game of Brass Birmingham this evening, a good pub board game as there are mini beer barrels on the board.

🍽️ I fell asleep before getting to the third good thing but morning-me thinks it’s good that evening-me did the washing up already.

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🚲 Took a long Sunday morning bike ride to a coffee shop for the first time in ages.

😴 My afternoon nap was a better sleep than I’ve had on many nights (though actually I’ve been sleeping pretty well generally lately.)

🐱 The endless entertainment value of a cat who never catches on that the strange cat outside the glass patio doors after dark is her own reflection.

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⚖️I’ve made a good job of the work/life balance thing this week.

🚮Went through a kitchen cupboard and disposed of all the horribly out of date foods.

🗑️We eventually managed to locate our wheelie bin that had migrated rather a long way down the street while being emptied.

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@3goodthings is always a more valuable exercise on the tedious rubbish days.

☁️I left the house and got some fresh air while there was still some daylight left.

☕️ We have a new coffee machine and the first cups from it have been pretty good.

📄I got one lot of legal paperwork sorted for myself and helped someone else with their financial paperwork.

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👅 The amazing time travelling ability of taste buds - fresh mint sends me straight to the sandpit at the end of my grandparents’ garden.

🧀 Scraping the crispy baked on cheese off the lasagne dish.

🚲 Cycling on frosty ground which makes me feel like some kind of balancing champion.

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Yesterday's from a day where a zillion tiny things seemed to be going wrong @3goodthings

🗃️ I kept the small things in their boxes, ie didn't let them build up to be a bigger thing and have everything turn into a bad day.

❄️ It snowed a bit and I very much appreciated no longer living up a hill where it was easy to get snowed in.

🎲 I got my first board game of the year played!

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