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Social butterfly that I am1, I’m taking a break from Facebook2. It’s day three and… I feel quite a bit less stressed. I’m not sure the root cause is yet, I have theories about habit and unexpected-terrible-news-when-I’m-looking-to-catch-up-with-friends, but I’m going to keep the¬†hiatus up for the time being.

EDIT: Following up, I’m enjoying the unFacebook/ privacy feeling so much I’ve grabbed a Greasemonkey script to delete my Facebook activity that’s over 30 days old. You can download your timeline first, which I’d recommend, but still – knowing that your years of harvestable, private data is removed from mining? Delightful.

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I’m making an effort this year to eat lunch not at my work desk. I work in IT, with the computer on my desk connected to the ever-full-shiny Internet, so eating at the desk seemed OK. I don’t think it was. Outside has air for a start.

I take a bag to work every day, take nothing out of it, and take it home at the end of the day. I take the bag to work because it’s work and I don’t have a briefcase, but aren’t I supposed to take a bag in to work in case I need to take something home… that I can’t just email myself. Yes, it’s a tad silly. BUT, every day I took in my “ideas” book I got from Italy. A lovely leather book full of mostly blank pages. So, I took that out, grabbed my lunch, and sat outside for half an hour eating and planning the next program I wanted to build. And it felt good to not be seated at my desk having lunch staring at the screen as if it was work. I was out, it was sunny, I was writing and enjoying it. So I’m going to try and do that more often. I suggest those of you who eat lunch at their desks try this too, maybe for a week. I may be old (definitely old-fashioned or at least old-fetishising (steampulp!)) but it’s worth a try.

Hoping to get some kid-free time to try writing code for fun again. We’ll see how that goes.

We’ve also got a celebration of a project finally finishing at work – and they’ve promised me a Steampunk-dress-up themed event. I’m going to take all my spare waistcoats in for those who don’t have accoutrements. Remind me to post pictures.