D and I went to visit a local garden store this afternoon. It is their open-door day to celebrate the completion of a new store section. We got a free pot of white chrysanthemums. Nice… another one to my ever growing collection. We ate some cake, drank some juice, bought something and was out of there in a bit. It is a good way to lure in customers. There shall be more people tomorrow. Friday afternoons are mainly for retired people.
For the past week, I have to deal with a bit of clean up and simplification for my family members. Let’s just say that I like fast-moving efficient people. I simply would not have so many grey hairs today if I have had these people around me in the days when I have loads of administrative responsibilities.
I graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree in finance in the mid-90s. And then a few years later, I completed an associate degree in graphic design. At different intervals of my life, I have preferred one to the other and have intermingled both skills. These days, I am more into the finance world and is putting my creative side at rest.
This morning, I am doing what I have done for my mother over 15 years ago. I am helping her claim money that is rightfully due to her. I do this with the help of today’s technology, my detailed documentation, and a healthy dash of polite demands.
After years of crossing paths with all sorts of people, I do know how to say ‘please pay up’ very nicely.
I just read a substantially long article on the subject of Post-Work. The following statement caught my attention and my brain went on overdrive…
Graeber: “I do think there is a fear of freedom – a fear among the powerful that people might find something better to do than create profits for capitalism.”
D and I have invited his parents over for Christmas Eve dinner. And with only two more days to go, we decided that it would be best to do our grocery shopping today. The Christmas crowd is still tolerable and the shelves are fully stocked. Strategies, gotta have ’em in order to torpedo our way through life.
Today, I reschedule my daily computer time. From now on I will only turn on my computer in the mid afternoon. This new adaptation means freeing up about two hours of daylight after lunch. Time for me to read, and to do non-computer related activities. I will adapt to this new schedule swiftly and perform my trio-continental tasks efficiently and effectively.
This is the 4th time D and I attended the e-commerce conference at Kortrijk Xpo. Not much has changed in this year’s event when compared to the ones in past years. We saw the same businesses manning the 20 or so conference stands. Similar freebies – consisting mainly of stationery items – were given out to the conference goers. The talks regarding technology, trends, and the future of e-commerce within the Benelux sounded the same to me.
The only exception was the keynote speech which took place in the beginning of the conference. The speaker is from London, spoke in English, and told of things beyond the Belgian borders.
Other than that, everything has remained the same, including the free sandwiches and drinks.
I will be selling a few things on the second-hand market – 2dehands. These include gadgets (new and old) which I never plan to use anymore, books read ages ago and no longer be re-read, a few pair of shoes maybe and miscellaneous unloved items which someone else can cherish and make use of.
The extra cash will be a nice motivational nudge towards my objective of simplification and de-cluttering.
I have been working on closing a no longer necessary bank account since June this year. Today, I received the confirmation of closure. Why so long, you ask? You see, I was dealing with this matter remotely and had to adhere to Sabahan time and mode. Phew… at least it is over now. Financial simplification is the way to go.
D and I went to the first edition of Foreplay in Ghent. The theme of the conference is “Technology in the city of people”. My main reason of going to this all day conference was to listen to Aral Balkan, someone whom D follows on Twitter. The conference was interesting and I did learn a few new things here and there. I cannot help but think that it would have been even more inspiring if I still live in Ghent.
The event was free. And so was breakfast, lunch, and the after conference network reception. And because this is Ghent, we were served insect appetizers (along with your typical boring non-insect kind). All this food and we can wash them down with a choice of red wine, white wine or the infamous beer “From Sewer to Brewer“. Yep, I ate insects and drank the piss beer! Ha!