Week 68: City Boys

A week of new office chairs, golfing in Bank, juggling roles at work, Love is Blind, building a new app, and a nice walk in the countryside.

Posted on by Rowan Manning.
Tagged with WorkTVWalkingLove is Blind

  • A new desk chair and a messy desk

    My new office chair arrived! Instead of just sucking up buying one myself, I spoke to occupational health at work and they were excellent. They quickly assessed that the dining chair I was using was the cause of some back problems and approved me expensing a chair 🎉 so far it’s a huge improvement and having a headrest is really encouraging me to sit properly.

  • Please excuse the messy desk and also the terrible cropping in the photo of my chair. I was scared by this thread on Twitter and had to crop my bank card out of it.

  • On Thursday I went to Puttshack in Bank with a group of friends. The actual golfing was fun! I enjoyed nerding out about how the technology works, it’s really slick, and I came second (after Jenn, who smashed everyone). What wasn’t fun was being surrounded by drunk city boys 😬 probs the only downside to our office’s proximity to the city.

  • I’ve had my first couple of challenges juggling my current role vs my previous role at work. While I’m working directly in a team, I’m supposed to be dropping most of my Principal Engineer responsibilities but:

    1. I got more involved than I probably should have in some tech strategy stuff. My excuse is that I spent a bunch of time last year helping to define this piece of work and I have a bunch of useful context.

    2. I maybe gave too much thought to the upcoming promotion round while pointing Alex to the right docs etc – I ran the last two rounds and it’s difficult not to have it in the back of my mind.

  • In my day-to-day work, I’ve had my first chance in a while to put together a new app. Our Platforms team has been doing an excellent job of improving our tooling and everything is going pretty smoothly.

  • No spoilers, but Love is Blind season 2 is wild. At least on a par with Season 1. I can’t believe I have to wait for the next part of the series 😬 If you’ve watched up to episode 5 then let me know, I need more people to talk to about this.

  • On Saturday we went on a nice long walk near Beaconsfield and stopped off for food, I feel a bit unfit at the moment and need to start walking more. I keep meaning to start Couch to 5K, but so far haven’t managed to prize myself away from the couch.