Three Good Things
On 2022-07-30 as part of a process of self-esteem and positive
self-talk, I started posting a list of three good things that had
happened to me every day on Mastodon. I've found this a lovely
practice. It has already started to evolve to only include good
I personally had an impact on, in an effort to centre my
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Had a phone chat with a lovely person, I love talking on the
phone. So underrated.
Reading some Borges, who I've discovered is a silly weirdo
who writes funny stories. Why did no-one tell me this? This
often happens with authors I perceive as "hard" — Moby
Dick was the same, just a fun book about a silly gay whaler.
Had a pretty good day at work, mostly calls and
organisational metawork but still very important.
In The Dream House
today — brilliant and utterly devastating. I also
started Fictions, I haven't read Borges before and
I'm loving his style. Good book day today.
Went to get laser hair removal, and had a lovely walk home
afterwards. The city looks so lovely in this weather. I love
this time of year.
Called to arrange my first counselling session, very
I had a very productive morning, did some house and food
shopping then meditated. Lovely morning walking weather.
I had a really nice lunch, roasted vegetables with kombucha
tofu sausage. Have a lot of left-over veggies in the fridge
I went for a really gorgeous autumnal walk and took some
cool photos of my old church. Lento 10/10 camera app.
I got Tetris Effect on sale and played a bit of that
— very cool, fun sound design.
I went for a walk and found a little cafe that I might go to
I did some meditation, which turned into a nap. Today was
really difficult, but I am trying to allow myself space and
time to recover.
I am feeling really ill today, but put my physical health
above obligations and stayed in tonight. Not gonna pretend
I'm not disappointed but it was the right thing to do.
Got a new City PB, I'm still having so much fun with
Work was really good today, we wrapped up a big section.
Time for something new
Despite the stressful start, work was really good today. I
got some interesting little bits of coding done and
delivered some value.
Had breakfast and coffee with a lovely person. Starting the
day with people you really care for is such a pleasant
Went out for a work meal at a really good Spanish place,
everyone was lovely to be around. Just a good day all round.
Super productive day at work, I got those two pieces
finished up and handing in. Also had some good conversations
about the next things I'm working on.
Lovely evening with a lovely person, we made dinner together
and watched TV. I have a very social week so it was nice to
just chill out. We also had a good talk and I was honest
with myself and them.
Did some more self-care-type tasks: body stuff, tidying.
Things that improve my mood long-term but that I don't enjoy
doing in the moment.
Got a new any% PB, I'm having such a fun time just working
on little bits of the game.
Had a really productive day at work, completing two pieces
that needed doing. I feel very skilled at the moment.
Did some self-care tasks, including things I always skip and
always help my mood.
Made some tentative plans to see lovely people this week.
Started playing the Arphimigon D-Sides, super fun and
challenging. I'm going to work my way through those.
Due to national holiday I ended up shopping somewhere I
don't normally, and I got a baguette which was actually
really delicious! Had a great lunch and dinner.
Took the day to rest and recuperate, something I should try
harder to prioritise more. But I guess "prioritisation" goes
against the point of "rest", huh?
I've been really getting back into running
Celeste recently — got a new PB on City and
spent some time working on Chapter 6 & 7 any% routes. I
think I'm making progress!
Chatted to some friends on messaging apps for a bit. Today
was a very "inside" day, which isn't my favourite, but it
turned out pretty good.
Got a 44:54 today, sub-45 achieved! What next?! Who knows?!
I fixed the flush in my bathroom, always feels rewarding to
do house maintenance. Something to remember.
- Made a really nice broth for lunch.
I decided to go for a sub-45 in
Celeste any%, and got a new PB of 45:43 on my second
serious run. I've completely got this.
Made plans to go on holiday in October — and to see a
lot of people next week!
I had a sinus headache today, so trying be kind to myself.
Ate good food, wrapped up warm, and rested. Making a
conscious effort not to shame myself for resting and
recovering. On the plus side — I got a cold, it's
Had breakfast with a person, coffee and chill times in the
morning. Great start to the day.
I started learning the spike jump and double wall bounce in
4A — wow, spike jumps are easy! I always thought they
were way outside my skillset!
I bought a really cute fancy jumpsuit for a work do next
week. I'm not the most "trad fancy clothing", but it's nice
to dress fancy sometimes!
Had dinner & a chill night in with a lovely person —
we made broth and dumplings and watched
My in-person counselling was signed off by the insurer, so
I'll hopefully be starting that soon!
I learnt 2 new skips in Celeste: a spike jump in 5B
that I probably won't use in runs, and another spike jump in
7A that I definitely will!
- I had a nice oat milk chocolate bar at lunch.
My work have sorted out a laptop for me, it's taken them a
while but that should make my workflow a lot easier.
Had a really fun evening, got dinner with a lovely person,
met some of her friends and went to a stand-up gig.
Got a lot of work done, including some stuff that I don't
think anyone else would've looked at yet. Hopefully has
I "did self-care": meditated, went for a run, and did my
stretches. I had a good lunch, too. Trying to make time for
I'm going to eat some pizza and watch videos, just relax
Had a nice relaxed late breakfast — cooked vegan
breakfast with coffee and lemonade.
I had a phone call with one of my friends, it was good to
just chat and catch up.
Went round for dinner and boardgames with someone, really
lovely evening after a pretty busy weekend.
We got donuts and coffee for breakfast and hung out with
Went to a street food market and got arepas and sushi
— odd combo, but both really tasty.
Went to two parties: a housewarming/birthday that was so
lovely and chill and welcoming, and a birthday at a cool
metal bar where I did some dancing!
Good day at work - long but all positive. Got some stuff
- Went out for dinner and had a delicious thali.
Went mudlarking with a lovely person — we found some
bones and pottery fragments.
Met a bunch of people from my project in person, and went
for coffee with the person I work most closely with —
everyone is so nice.
Spoke to my medical insurer about in-person counselling,
which they've signed off on. Hopefully a positive step for
my mental wellbeing, despite how much the initial call shook
I went to my self-defense class, which was really fun
— we did a takedown and lots of punching!
Had a positive but taxing conversation last night that led to me
not getting much sleep, so today I've been focusing on self-care
Got a couple of cheap USB thumbsticks and loaded them up
with files to share with friends and loved ones.
I've had a stiff back for a couple of days, so I took time
to do stretches and that's really eased it off — maybe
something I should do more often?
Read a couple of zines/essays on anarchism and polyamory,
Polyamory and Queer Anarchism
is a good theoretical primer to go with the emotion and
Nordgren. I've been loving the Anarchist Library recently!
Good day at work today, got some positive feedback on what
I've done so far. Lots of calls though so I'm pretty tired!
I went to the post office to pick up coffee for this month
— excited to try a cup tomorrow.
The first three months of prints from
Ritual Dust's print club
arrived today! They're each absolutely gorgeous, I hope they
inspire me to find beauty in my day.
I got the grade back for the second data visualisation, and
Had a moment where I was feeling quite low, but I spoke to a
friend and it really helped.
Read a bunch of cool pamphlets and zines, including
Towards the queerest insurrection.
Got brunch with one of the lovely people in my life and had
a super pleasant chill morning.
Went to the anarchist bookshop and picked up a ton of cool
Had a fun evening at a queer housewarming/BBQ with the other
lovely person I'm seeing, met loads of cool people.
the latest Jacob Geller video, super interesting — it reminded me of conversations
I had about therapy, productivity and work with a friend.
I took time to do some chores: prepped some lunch for
tomorrow, tidied and dusted, and wiped down the kitchen.
I'm going on a date tonight, we're seeing
Three Thousand Years of Longing.
Played some more Thumper and got to the last stage
— this and Celeste are the perfect combination
for me: high difficulty, lovely gamefeel and quick feedback.
I got the first piece of actual work done for my project!
- I finalised my weekend plans with lovely people!
I was honestly very dysphoric this morning. So I tried hard to
be kind to myself today, and I feel like I did a good job.
I had a delicious lunch, went for a walk, and bought some
cursed chewing gum (raspberry and vanilla flavour).
I opted for more old-school tech today: neon pink F91-W over
a smartwatch, and my iPod for music. It did really well!
Couple of minor memory problems but nothing a reboot
I went to my queer self-defense class and got a drink with
them after — everyone is so lovely and fun.
I got a really pleasant big day planner, which hopefully
should help me function a bit better day-to-day.
Played some more Thumper, finished level 6 which has
some really tough sections at the end.
Made some time to read after work — I've started
The Tao of Pooh
as part of my intermittent Le Guin-inspired Taoism reading.
First day of my new project at work — had loads of
intro calls with people and went through some handover, it
went really well!
I went to a farm for lunch and said hi to all the animals.
carrarium speedrunning Celeste all cassettes
at Flame Fatale, which was a super fun run —
resisting the urge to learn a new category!
Went for a ride on my bike and chilled in the park for a
- Went round to my friend's house and made pizza!
Started playing Thumper which is fantastic, tough and
immersive in like the real meaning of the word.
Went out for breakfast with the family before I got the
train home, had lots of coffee and some OJ.
Hung out with my baby nephew for a bit and ate some carrot
Listened to music on the train home — the new Muse
album, some Slayer and Bimbocore by Scene Queen.
- Had pancakes for breakfast with someone lovely.
- Went out for dinner for my mum's birthday, Thai food.
Hung out and played Mario Kart with my sister and her
husband, saw my little nephew.
- Had a great day at work.
- Lovely date, very chill night in 🙂
I fell over on a run and got a juicy bruise, but a couple
lovely people came over and checked I was okay.
Ate really well today, lots of fruit and fresh foods, and I
had tofu fried rice for dinner.
Really productive day at work, I got the first assignment
for my Python course submitted.
Chatted some toki pona today and started expanding that part
of the site (including a
Had a good day at work, got a lot done in the morning then
had some intro calls for my new project.
Went and had dinner with a friend who I haven't seen in a
while, which was lovely.
- Made plans with someone lovely to go swimming 🙂
- Had a lovely date, went out for dinner then saw NOPE.
Started the next module on my Python course, which dives
into data visualisation (and ethics!!!)
Re-downloaded Discord and wrote some toki pona for the first
time in a while.
Did some yoga this morning - my back is almost back to
- Got out pens and paper to do some drawing.
Organised some social and date nights for the rest of the
I went for a walk through parks and churchyards, saw some
anti-fascist art and interesting buildings.
I did some yoga to ease my back off and re-centre myself, it
really helped. I should do it more often.
I had a coffee and a read, starting the Tao Te Ching and the
Air issue of Cunning Folk zine.
I went for a walk to ease my back off and picked up some
cool zines from an independent bookshop.
- Started watching Revolutionary Girl Utena 🌹
The weather was really nice today, it's finally started to
I finished the final assignment for my Python course and got
started on something else.
Listened to some really good music including the new
Mountain Goats album, think I may need to revive the shortly
lived music zine.
I did some stretches for my back and made a lot of time to
Had a super productive work day, got lots of required stuff
done and some more Python learning.
Played some badminton and met up with friends (and tweaked
my back 😭)
One of my family members had some minor surgery and it went
well, just wonderful news!
Had a lovely date, we ate dinner, plantain and vegan BBQ,
and went to see Bullet Train.
Work was long but good, I got a lot done and learnt some new
- My hair looked good!
- Did week 2 of the Python course — sea legs, got.
Met a couple of the other newbies and had a chat. It was
really nice, what I missed out with online induction.
- I went for a walk and had a good lunch.
Tough mental health day, but called a friend: talking to her
helped take my mind off things.
I did the first week(!) of a Python data science course to
get my sea legs again.
- Made a really nice dinner.
Reached out to someone to tell him I got a lot from an
article he wrote.
Picked up my medication, which is lucky because I just ran
- Logged in and did a bit of the CBT course.
Bought some gorgeous art and had a chat with one of the
artists about demons 🎨
Went out for breakfast, pancakes with some coffee and OJ 🍊
- Messaged some people and started making social plans 🙂
Print by (link to instagram)
Little White Ear.
Made quesadillas, they turned out really well considering
I've never made them before! 🌶️
Played some Terraforming Mars and got my ass absolutely
handed to me 😂
- Did a bit of work on the website 🖥️
Went for my laser appointment, it's going well and the tech
was really lovely 🙂
- Nice busy day at work 💻
Got Syncthing working, backing up my photos out of the
Google environment 👍
Had a really nice breakfast with fresh strawberries and
strong coffee 🍓
- Spoke to my sister on the phone 🙂
Took some time out of my day to do yoga, which was very
Got a lot of the rote mandatory training done so hopefully
the rest of my week will be more interesting 🙂
- Went to a life-drawing class with a lovely person 🎨
I ate really good vegan food, peanut butter vegetable curry
and a burger with rosemary fries 🍔
First day at my new job, I got started on all my induction
tasks and met my new manager 🙂
- Went for a walk in the evening before the sun set 🌇
- I cooked a good dinner, roasted veg and spicy tempeh 🥕
Started moving my website over to handwritten HTML,
including a journal page to hold my Three Good Things 💻
- Finished my lemon painting 🖌
- Saw a friend and got delicious food together 🍔
I dialed in the new coffee and had a couple of espressos -
really tasty with a strong strawberry smell 🍓
I moved my website over to using Atkinson Hyperlegible,
which I really like the look of and is allegedly very
- Started an acrylic painting of my lemon bowl 🍋
I ordered coffee from a local roaster that I believe to be a
more ethical bunch, and it arrived today! Can't wait to try
Did some impromptu testing of the NHS gender identity
clinic's self-referral page and submitted a bug report for
dead links 😂
Made plans with friends and dates for the next week, and
updated my diary and calendar too 📆
Went to the library to return some books, and got out "The
Word for World is Forest" by Ursula K. Le Guin 📖
Had a friendly and helpful chat with my mental health
supporter about the CBT app I'll use 🧠
Got the IT kit from the job I start on Monday, as well as a
snazzy little backpack. Someone on the team reached out too!
- I'm feeling even better than yesterday, on the mend 👍
Made some plans with a lovely person for when I'm well ☺️
Had a lovely call with my parents. I wasn't able to see them
recently so it was nice to just chat
I watched some of the Alex Jones trial, the parents'
testimony was deeply moving. I'm glad they get to hold him
I feel way better today, still not 100% definitely but
moving in the right direction 🤒
Had a cathartic sob listening to She/Her/Hers,
Planet of Weeds. Beautiful sad track about the fear and dread of losing
everything beautiful in the world 🌳
I'm feeling really run down, but people have sent
get-well-soon messages 🥰
I started The Haunting of Bly Manor which is excellent 🏳️🌈
I checked in with my friend who's moved, I really miss them
- I have a lovely date ☺️
I figured out why my water pressure wasn't great and fixed
it, then had a shower 🚿
- I wore an outfit that made me feel hot 🔥
Breakfast and coffee with a lovely person, deeply pleasant
start to the day ☕
I bought a fruit bowl and filled it with lemons to put in my
- I opened a really nice orange wine🍷