Now You See Me by Pamela L. Todd

Now You See Me by Pamela L. Todd

My wife‘s second published book is now available to purchase as an eBook via early download over at her publishers website. If you prefer to have a paper version, you are in luck as it will be available to buy in print format on 21st November 2014 at Totally Bound, and will be available via Amazon as eBook on the 21st too.

“Powerful, chilling, engaging and provocative! Now You See Me was brilliantly written and had me anxiously turning the pages all the way to the end.”

Read what others are saying about it on Good Reads.

Standing Desk: Day 5

Day 5, the last day of the week. A morning standing again, seems to be a lot of mornings this week standing (4 out of the 5), just the way the week played out with Holidays and work, etc.

Standing this morning was again very much a norm. I tried again with not wearing anything foot wear to see if I got sore feet again, turns out I did, but I managed to get through without putting anything on my feet, maybe not a wise decision.

All in all I think the first week of trying a standing desk has gone very well. A few questions/ anwsers to which I had for myself before deciding to try the standing desk.

Was it as I expected?

Not 100%, but I felt quite comfortable in the position, and was happy to do my daily tasks as normal, it felt a little strange at times.

Bad Bits?

Not many. One thing I began to notice more towards the end of the week as I get into the stride of working standing up was the movement of my monitor when typing lots. It was starting to shake/wobble, I have put this down to the set up. (Would love to try a better standing solution to see if that suffers the same).

As said a few times already this week, the sore feet was a bad bit. I’ll need to see how this goes over time.

Overall, I felt it has been a good week, and am looking forward to more time at the standing desk, not sure if I could manage a full day standing (maybe a day with a few meetings), but I think over the coming months I’ll have a try to see what it’s like. I would recommend anyone who is considering trying the standing desk thing to give it a try (you can build one for under £30), you may surprise yourself, or you may just hate it. For now I am still sat in the middle of hate it/love it. What I do love tho is having the ability to be able to switch, and the switch is not too trouble some. You do need a bit of room to store the contraption tho.

Standing Desk: Day 4

After yesterdays afternoon of standing, I left my desk in the standing mode and started the day of standing, I had the afternoon off. With standing all afternoon yesterday I was looking forward to standing again this morning, with it being a fresh day, and a meeting scheduled for first thing it was a rather quick morning with just a couple of hours standing in total, which was a breeze, looking forward to standing again in the morning.

Standing Desk: Day 3

Day 3 of standing desk was an afternoon stint, as per other days I’ve been building up the standing desk working. As the afternoon stint is slightly longer at the office (well depends when you take your lunch). It turned out to be the middle of the week when I did the afternoon standing. It’s only about an hour longer at the most but I was worried that extra hour might be a little too much and I would start to slouch and get tired.

It turns out I was right to be slightly worried, towards the end of the day I could tell I was getting tired, and knew I had been standing for the past few hours. In the other stints of standing earlier in the week the few hours were broken up with meetings and other various items, whereas this afternoon’s stint I was stood at my desk for the majority of it (give or take a couple of trips to kettle).

Looking forward to doing another afternoon standing to see how it goes second time around.

Standing Desk: Day 2

After spending yesterday morning standing, and working from home in afternoon, this meant I would start day 2 working in the standing position. After yesterday’s finding that shoes helped with the standing I started of the day wearing shoes and that seemed better.

The afternoon I switched out from standing to sitting, and sitting felt very different. I noticed that my sitting position had changed, but for the better. I felt my sitting position was better, it did take a little adjustment to get back used to sitting.

Tomorrow I plan to sit for the morning, and then switch to standing after lunch. Lunch is around 12:30, and lasts an hour, this giving me a four hour stint in the afternoon, and after eating so I am intrigued how the afternoon stint will be compared to a morning.

Standing Desk: Day 1

So far so good on the standing desk front, as it’s a Monday I usually do the morning in the office and then the afternoon at home to collect my son, so I thought today would be a great day to start experiment, hoping to ease in to it and see how it goes.

Initial thoughts from doing the morning standing up, it’s different. Have not found it uncomfortable yet, but regular trips to the kettle to fill up on tea helps stretch the leg. One thing I noticed, but this may due to the floor in our office, is that I had to put my slippers on (yes I have slippers at the office, they are for the winter time) due to my feet not getting much support. Not sure if a standing desk mat would help. Maybe over time the feet will get used to it.

Here to day 2. Will be starting the morning off standing again…

Standing desk for under £30 – without Ikea

The past few weeks I’ve been looking more into getting a standing desk, and this week I am going to be giving the standing desk a good work out.

There a tons of resources and stand/sit desk setups out there, but unless you have tons of money to experiment with them all it’s hard to work out which solutions would be best, so rather then spend a small fortune I’ve made my own, so I can validate if a standing desk is going to worth all the expense. If you Google Standing desks, you will find a host of results of DIY articles, or articles showing people who have made their own. I came across the following article “A standing desk for $22“, while I don’t live near an Ikea, I decided to see if I could make something very similar.

And…. I managed it, all from local stores, (well big chain stores, but all bought locally)

I bought the following:

With my gear bought and my drill in hand, I measured up the items, and built myself a standing desk, and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself, see for yourself: (Updates to follow on how I get on with the set up.)

Standing Desk

Cabin Fever: The sizzling secrets of a Virgin air hostess…

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Cabin Fever: The sizzling secrets of a Virgin air hostess… by Mandy Smith – I came across this book while I was scrolling through the biography section on the Amazon Kindle books section. I do my fair share of travelling, and quiet a few trips over the Atlantic, and was curious about this book when it came up in the list. I read the product description, and one of the quotes was:

Mandy Smith spent twelve years strutting down the aisles as one of Richard Branson’s sexy and sassy flight attendants. In Cabin Fever she tells the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air.

Without reading much else about the book apart from the product description I decided to purchase it and give it a read. I don’t like to read reviews on a book before buying in case it puts me off. I like to start the book without having other peoples views in my mind, and based on the quote above I thought the book would be an interesting read to find out some of the things that go on in the air that are not known about.

But, this book is not quite as I expected, this book is more “Secret diary of a call girl” style rather than “tales of life in the air”, while there are some stories about things going on in the air, more of the book is about what goes on off the plane.

The book is a nice easy read and does have stories about strange thing in the air, but more aimed at the life of Mandy and what goes on after the plane has landed.

My Daily Journal

Daily Journal - Start of Month View

For my birthday this year I asked for a Notebook, among other things. But I was really looking forward to getting a new notebook as I was itching to get started on using a paper based markup system for keeping up with things, and adding more order to my already order systems. I already had a notebook I used near daily at work for keep notes, tasks, etc. But after seeing the Paper Based Markup System post over at The Cramped, I realised I was not alone on have various items to keep notes, tasks, etc.

The next month start after my birthday I had decided that I would open up my new notebook and stick to a routine of my own version of some of the system’s show in the different system on the post Paper Based Markup System seen on The Cramped.

This was three months ago, and I have been using it on a near daily basis, for tracking tasks needed done this month, week, day. Taking meeting notes, and general notes. So here is how I am using a paper based markup

  • I have a contents page that lists the Months and the page numbers of start and end pages for the month.

Months

  • At the start of each month I have two pages with are two facing pages (notebook opens flat – blank left and right page) where I put the month day list on the left, and my months task list on the right
  • On the left page I use the list of days to block out important items, trips, travel, big deadlines, holidays, etc
  • On the right page is a list of things I wish to achieve this month. Each month I check last months items and bring them forward if not complete.

Days

  • During the month the pages can vary depending on the day, and what’s happening during the day(s).
  • Most days I use a new page to write down my todo list for the day. I start each day with the full date of the day (Tuesday 23rd September 2014). Then I write out my list of items in order I wish to tackle them.
    • Rather than use bullet points I use squares this allows me to tick them off,
    • highlight meetings with a clock icon and put the time in square brackets.
    • You exclamation marks to show important items, that are urgent, or need done ASAP.

Meetings

For meetings I start with a blank page and have:

  • Full date (Monday 29th September 2014) in the top left
  • On the right I have the time of the meeting (including the timezone) and a clock icon (so when browsing through my notebook I can easily distinguish the meeting notes apart from a normal page)
  • Below those two items, I have the the meeting title/agenda
  • Then a list of attendees, for any attendees that don’t show I put a line through their name

After the above is on the page I will start to take notes using the same ideas as my day pages, using square next to items that I know need done, clock icon next to items that have time related parts, and then at the bottom any follow up items, or additional planned meeting related to the current one.

Over the past few months, I have managed to keep a consistent output, and have tweaked my style as I go along, I am sure I’ll tweak it a little more over time as I think of different ways to document items.