J’ai adoré le hammam [fr]

Quand je vais aux bains thermaux, ce que j’aime le plus c’est le “hammam”. Chaud mais pas trop, plein de vapeur, juste comme il faut. Mais je n’étais jamais allée dans un “vrai” hammam. Aujourd’hui, c’est chose faite. Avec une amie, on est allées ce matin au hammam “Le charme de l’Orient” à Pully.

C’était super, et j’ai bien envie d’y retourner et d’y entrainer toutes mes copines (vous êtes prévenues!).

Comme j’avais un poil d’anxiété “saut dans l’inconnu” par rapport à me rendre dans un hammam la première fois, j’ai décidé de mettre par écrit ce que j’aurais aimé pouvoir lire avant d’y aller. Je précise que tout s’est bien passé, justement, et qu’il n’y avait pas de raison de s’inquiéter! Mais l’inconnu me fait toujours un peu peur.

D’abord, on appelle pour réserver (se pointer comme ça peut se faire, mais risque de se faire refouler à la porte s’il n’y a pas de place). C’est comme le coiffeur ou l’esthéticienne, on prend rendez-vous. On peut y aller seule ou en groupe (je recommande de prendre des copines avec).

A l’entrée, on met des chaussons sur ses chaussures, et on va aux vestiaires. Un casier, un peignoir, des pantoufles, un ligne et un petit slip en papier par personne. On peut donc ranger ses affaire en sécurité, et il n’y a rien besoin d’amener de spécial. Je recommande d’ôter colliers, montre, bracelets, boucles d’oreilles.

On nous mène ensuite dans la salle pleine de vapeur. Petite douche (avec le slip en papier et sans savon), la dame nous enduit le corps de je-ne-sais-quoi (debout), et on va s’installer sur le petit linge préparé à notre intention sur le banc, les pieds dans une bassine d’eau chaude.

Une citronnade à la main, mon amie et moi papotons, papotons, papotons, pendant que la salle se remplit progressivement de plus en plus de vapeur. On finit par ne plus rien y voir! La vapeur diminue ensuite, on touche le fond de la citronnade, et la dame revient pour le gommage.

Ça c’est le bout qui m’inquiétait un peu et me semblait très “l’inconnu”. L’idée, c’est qu’après avoir bien gogé dans la vapeur, on va ôter les cellules mortes à coups de gant de crin. L’idée me faisait frémir un peu. Mais en fait, c’est surtout un massage assez vigoureux et très agréable, certes avec gant de crin, mais ça craint pas autant (il fallait que je la place) que dans mon imagination. Ma peau de blonde fragile a survécu, ça n’a pas fait mal, rien.

Il faut savoir qu’on se fait masser sous toutes les coutures, y compris les fesses, l’intérieur des cuisses, les seins, sous les bras, bref, la totale. Mais c’était vraiment le “clou” de la séance, pour moi. Elle fait le visage aussi, mais doucement, et de nouveau, ma peau a supporté, la vôtre n’a rien à craindre.

Après avoir laissé la moitié de son épiderme sur la table de massage, on se douche (shampooing et gel douche à disposition), on remet son peignoir et ses pantoufles, on sort de la vapeur et on va larver sur les canapés (prévus pour s’y allonger!) avec une petite théière de thé marocain.

Ça aussi c’est super: quand on va quelque part pour un massage, généralement, une fois la séance finie, on se rhabille et on sort. Là, on peut continuer à végéter et papoter, à choix. Je me suis en fait endormie!

Mon amie a ensuite fait une épilation. Moi je suis restée à ne rien faire, ce dont j’avais bien besoin. C’était vraiment une très bonne expérience, et je vais y retourner 🙂

 

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Apple Photos to Lightroom Classic CC: Step 2 [en]

[fr] Le suite de mes misères pour revenir à Lightroom après mon passage dans Apple Photos...

Here’s where I left things in March:

  • I had a catalog of my exported Apple Photos
  • I was hoping to merge them into my Lightroom master catalog.

One little problem: importing from catalog didn’t recognize any of the photos in the temporary catalog full of photos from Apple as duplicates of those already in the master catalog. So my bright idea of using this system to update the metadata of photos in the master catalog came crashing to the ground.

I figure it has something to do with the hash Lightroom uses to identify photos. Anyway… off to find another idea.

My next hope had to do with using the Syncomatic plugin to sync metadata between files with similar names or capture times. A little scary to run on the whole catalog, and I haven’t managed to get it working predictably enough to trust it. Might still come, thought?

So I ended up looking at Photosweeper and LR/Transporter. There was my solution, though it was tedious, and the result is not perfect.

Here’s a bunch of thing I did, best I remember.

I used Photosweeper to weed out duplicates from my Apple Photos. I tried various settings and experimented quite a bit. This also allowed me to get rid of “Edited in Apple Photos” photos which were so close to the original photos it wasn’t worth importing a duplicate bloated JPG just for fun.

LR/Transporter allows you to import metadata to a photo based on a filename or a capture date.

That meant that if I could export a list of keywords of my Apple Photos (with LR/Transporter) and import it onto photos that were already in the catalog, matching the keywords to files with the same name, I could avoid importing duplicate files and having to hunt them down afterwards.

I would have to find a way, however, to flag the photos in the Apple Photos folders from which I had extracted and imported the metadata — because those that remained, “non-duplicates”, would need to be moved to the main folder. Thankfully, LR/Transporter flags photos that have last been modified by it. So once I had imported the keywords from Apple Photos, I had only to:

  • use the metadata filter on my master folders to select all photos that had just been modified by LR/Transporter
  • export a list of those filenames
  • edit it in Google Sheets and add a “delete” flag column
  • import that metadata back to the Apple Photos folders, matching the delete flag column on the “job identifier” field (for example)
  • select those photos through a filter or smart collection and delete them

I did this on the Apple “original” photos I had in my collection.

You’ll not that it’s totally uninteresting to go through this exercise with Apple Photos that don’t have keywords. As I had previously keyworded all apple photos to identify if they were master photos, edited photos, master photo of an edited version, HDR, panorama, etc, I couldn’t easily filter out photos with no “real” keywords. I started out by replacing all those “status” keywords by flags in the “job identifier” field. For exemple

  • I selected all apple edited photos
  • added “apple edited” in the job identifier field
  • removed the “apple edited” keyword
  • used the “job identifier” filter to display those photos again
  • now I could see which ones had no keywords
  • selected those and gave them a slightly different job identifier, etc.

So when doing the LR/Tranporter export above, I was able to select only the photos that actually had keywords to work with.

What about those that had a different name? I used a similar process, counting on the capture time. Her’s what I did, year by year (to avoid having unending tables to open in Google Sheets — max 10k photos, roughly).

  • I selected a year of photos with keywords both in the “master” and “Apple Photos” folders
  • I exported them with LR/Transporter. Fields: size, filename, path, keywords, capture time
  • I opened the CSV in Google Sheets and added four columns to help me “sort” them and generate for the correct file in each matching pair either the updated list of keywords or a delete flag (see example spreadsheet here)
  • I replaced the path for all the files in the Apple Photos part of my directory structure with “apple” for readability’s sake (useful when scanning to check things)
  • Ordered the photos by capture date (with Apple folder photos first, so sort them A-Z by that column first) to let the formulas do their magic
  • Duplicate the sheet, then copy-“paste special” (values only) the columns containing the formulas
  • I went through the list checking that the formulas worked correctly (this is where filename and size come in handy, as well as conditional formatting in the spreadsheet to create a visual pattern that is easy to scan for anomalies), corrected manually when necessary
  • Once that was done, used some A-Z sorting to delete the lines of all the photos that did not match anything
  • Duplicated the sheet once more (trying to be safe) and removed all unnecessary columns
  • Duplicated it one last time so I could have to clean “export” sheets: one to update the keywords, one to set the delete flags
  • Import the “keywords” metadata sheet onto the photos in the master folder
  • Import the delete flags metadata sheet onto the apple photos folder photos.

Once I had done that for each year, it meant that all the Apple Photo original photos with keywords had been processed to see if they had a “twin” already in my Lightroom photos, and keywords imported accordingly (and source file removed).

I then was able to import the remaining Apple Photos files into my main folders, knowing there should be no obvious “same time” or “same name” duplicates — except of course for edited photos. (For that, I deleted them from the main catalog and imported/moved them using the standard “import”, so that they would sit in the right monthly folders.)

The saga continues, as my reduced list (12k from 20k!) of Apple Photos is now integrated with my main catalog, but there are still duplicates in there.

Ideally, I’d get syncomatic to work how I want it to, sync keywords, then use Find Duplicates 2 to delete duplicates. But that’s not going well for the moment.

In addition to this, somewhere in the process a pile of my photos have lost their capture date, or seen their capture date replaced by “today’s” date (the day I was obviously doing whatever caused them to lose their capture date). So I have about 2k badly dated (or undated) photos I need to find a solution for. Many of my videos seem not to be read correctly by Lightroom anymore, and have metadata/date issues. My catalog is also sprouting metadata conflicts, and Lightroom very helpfully (not) asks you whether you want to import metadata from the file or write Lightroom metadata to the file without showing you what the conflict is made of. Not much chance of troubleshooting what is going on in there.

So, what’s left to do?

  1. Identify duplicates with FD2 and figure out a way to be systematic about which versions I keep (I’m doing a test on a month of photos to see how it goes). The key seems to be smart collections, and using color labels like I remember doing in March: for example, color all the “most edited” duplicates identified by the plugin green, then go and look at the full list and figure out if that is a good criteria or not.
    But for that to work I need Syncomatic to work, or to mess around with LR/Transporter again, because many of these duplicates do not have synced keywords. *sigh*
  2. See what’s going on with those videos. Not too sure where to start, but I was pointed to this, and need to dig into it. Reminder, there are three problems: systematic metadata being flagged as up-to-date though in a smart collection it’s indicated as changed; mess-ups with capture times; unreadable videos.
  3. Look at the photos with a bad capture date (or none) and see what I can salvage. One idea is to find a back up of my master catalog before all this mess started happening, use LR/Transporter to match those “lost” photos to their “ancestors” in the old vers of the catalog, and use a process similar to the one described above to fix their capture times. But I’d still like to know what created this situation so I can avoid it in future.

    I’m not sure how understandable all this is, these are mainly notes for myself for when I pick this up again, but if it’s useful for you, all the better! Feel free to ask questions if certain parts are unclear and you would like explanations.

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LR/Transporter: Renaming Files With Excess Whitespace in Lightroom CC Classic [en]

I’ve spent a large chunk of my leisurely holiday in Pune trying to continue my “return to Lightroom“. Amongst the various problems I’ve had to solve, one of them was that many of the filenames in my library had one or two leading spaces. How, why? I don’t know. But it creates problems when you want to match files by filenames to weed out duplicates (with Photosweeper for example).

Here’s how I did things, using a plugin called LR/Transporter, and messing with .csv files. Warning: don’t do this if you don’t understand what you’re doing — you can really mess things up!

Adapted from my post on the Lightroom Queen forum:

  1. I sorted my whole catalog by file name so that those with the leading spaces would be listed first, and selected them.
  2. I used LR Transporter to export File name + file name base to a file
  3. I edited this file in Numbers (Excel messed up the encoding, some of my file names have accented characters in them, Google Sheets removed the leading whitespace)
  4. Copied the column containing the base file name to another table, did a search and replace for two spaces to remove them
  5. Trickier: what about one leading whitespace? Some of my filenames have spaces in them, so I can’t just “remove spaces”. I used the “concatenate” function to add a second leading whitespace to those files, then did another search and replace for two spaces, then copied the formula results back onto the original cells.
  6. I now have a two-column spreadsheet with the filenames (whitespace included) in the first column, and the second column has the base filename with leading whitespace stripped off.
  7. I export as CSV after having removed extra columns and empty cells
  8. In Lightroom, I go back to my selected photos, and Import metadata with LR Transporter: I map the “file base name” field to a metadata field that I don’t use, but that can be used as an “ingredient” in a file renaming preset. I chose “Instructions”.
  9. After import, these files should all have their future filename base listed in the “Instructions” field.
  10. Rename the files, composing the new name with the metadata field that has been used to store the whitespace-stripped base filename (in my example, “Instructions”)
  11. After that, just empty the “Instructions” metadata field if you wish!

Hope this might come in handy to someone!

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Ralentir [fr]

[en] About slowing down after a few intense months of work.

Depuis fin juin, j’ai mis les bouchées doubles. Et le site est en ligne. Mais moi, j’ai besoin de ralentir. Je cours-cours-cours, comme je l’ai fait tout l’été, moins quelques semaines début juillet où j’ai levé le pied un peu car mon cerveau avait frisé la surchauffe. La ligne d’arrivée est franchie mais je me sens emportée par mon élan.

Des fois, je me souviens d’un conseil qu’il m’avait donné: marcher lentement. Bouger lentement. Moi qui ne vais nulle part ou presque sans courir, qui fais tout le plus vite possible, qui enchaîne pour ne pas perdre de temps.

En fait, je sais prendre le temps. Mais parfois j’oublie, quand je suis lancée, à quel point c’est important. Là, ça fait une dizaine de jours que je suis en décélération. Enfin, que j’essaie. Ça marche, parfois, parfois pas. Comme tout à l’heure quand je suis rentrée avec mes courses et que je sentais l’urgence de vite-vite les sortir de la voiture les amener à l’appart les ranger–

Ben non en fait. Pas besoin. Je peux trainer.

Comme tant de choses c’est une question de regard et de perspective. De la prise de conscience nécessaire, alors que je suis engluée dans le moment présent, que l’urgence c’est moi qui la crée, que je peux en fait ralenter mon pas, monter les escaliers un à un, respirer, ou même m’asseoir un moment sans rien faire.

C’est dur, de ne rien faire. Vous avez essayé? Pas de méditer, non, ça c’est déjà faire quelque chose. Juste de ne rien faire. J’ai vite la bougeotte quand je tente ça. Oh là là, il faut faire ci, il faut faire ça, et si je faisais truc, ah, je sais, je vais arroser les plantes, je me lève–stop, non, je reste assise et je continue cet extraordinairement difficile exercice de ne rien faire.

Dans deux semaines, si tout va bien, je suis dans l’avion pour l’Inde. Je n’ai pas acheté mon billet, encore. Demain. Mais sinon, ma journée n’est pas trop pleine. Je dis pas trop, parce qu’une journée de week-end vide, comme j’aimerais en avoir, juste là maintenant on n’y est pas encore.

Mais ça vient.

Je ralentis.

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Moving From Apple Photos to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC [en]

God have mercy on me. A few months ago I decided I was coming back to Lightroom. Now is the time to actually move my stuff out of Apple Photos and into Lightroom. It’s not so much emptying Apple Photos that concerns me as transferring albums, favorites, and editing over to Lightroom.

I had foreseen the headache, and so I am documenting what I’m doing here first of all for myself (because I might end up abandoning halfway through, as usual, and picking up six months later, having forgotten everything), and also for other poor souls out there who might be in the same situation.

First, the easy part: exporting from Apple Photos.

  1. One thing I wanted to “export” was my albums. I went through each album I wanted to keep, selected all the photos in it, displayed information and added a keyword like “my cats album” to all the photos. Kludgy and a little tedious, but does the trick.
  2. When viewing photos Apple lets you display “only edited” photos. This allowed me to export both the edited photo and the unmodified original for photos I had edited in Apple Photos. I then exported the unmodified originals of photographs I hadn’t touched in Apple Photos separately.
  3. I exported these photos into three separate folders, without any subfolders: “Apple edited”, “Apple originals”, “Apple unedited”. I renamed the edited photos to avoid file name conflicts later on, but left the originals/unedited file names untouched, in the hope it would help Lightroom detect duplicates/updated photos later on.
  4. For the original files, I told Apple Photos to write IPTC to XMP. This works great for RAW files (Lightroom grabs the metadata from the XMP sidecar) but not for JPG originals (who are not supposed to have a sidecar). After fumbling around I found my solution: a simple command-line command for exiftools. The person posting had pretty much the same problem as I did, and I just used the solution offered as-is. It throws some errors (when XMP files don’t have anything interesting in them, I think) but works fine.

Now for the real fun: importing into Lightroom.

  1. For this, I used a temporary working catalog, rather than mess up my master catalog directly. I made the working catalog by exporting some photos as a catalog from the master catalog, and then removing those photos from the temporary catalog (not the files though, beware!)
  2. I started with the edited photos, followed by their original files. I moved them into a month-based folder structure parallel to the one I use for my main library (in a folder called “Apple import”). Upon importing, I gave each batch a keyword to be able to figure out who was who later on (“appleedited” and “master of apple edited”).
  3. I ran Find Duplicates 2 on those photos and it turned out quite a pile of them. Not that surprising. I decided to have a look, and saw that there were indeed a lot of “edited” photos that were so close to the original (or unimportant) that I wasn’t going to bother importing a bloated redundant JPG of those “edits”.
  4. I proceeded to cull those “duplicates”. I started out by giving all those photos a keyword to recognise them later (see how I abuse keywords?). I then rejected all the “mess” (screenshots, photos of bank statements…) that comes with exporting photos from your phone.
  5. I then went painstakingly (but as efficiently as possible) through the unflagged photos and used a label to identify those where I was indeed going to keep both the edited version and the master. I could have skipped this but I figure less bloat is better.
  6. Amongst the unflagged and unlabeled photos with the “duplicate” keyword, I filtered for those with “edited” in the file name (remember how I renamed the edited photos upon export from Apple Photos? handy; I could also have used the keyword I attributed the edited versions upon export, come to think of it. Oh well.) I rejected all those edited photos I decided not to keep.
  7. Similarly, I selected the originals for those photos and changed their keyword to indicate they were not a master photo for an edited version anymore. I also removed the duplicate tag and then cleaned up my mess of coloured labels.
  8. I am not deleting any rejected photos until I get everybody back into my master catalog. Hopefully this will clean up a bit of the “smartphone mess”…or not.
  9. I then proceeded to import the photos from Apple Photos which hadn’t been edited. Just 20k of them. It was loooooong.

Now… how to merge all this back into the master catalog without losing any information and without multiplying photos excessively… I’m not sure I have the solution, and I’m going to err on the side of not losing data. I can always hunt for duplicates later.

I picked a year where I had only a couple of hundred Apple photos, and exported a working catalog from the Apple import catalog for only that year. I then imported those photos into my master catalog, without moving the files. To my dismay Lightroom didn’t recognize any as duplicates or updated files. After looking at things manually it’s clear there are duplicates and I was very wise to not try and move the files to their right place in the catalog yet (filenames are identical!)

I set Find Duplicates loose on all the photos for that year. As I’ve previously cleaned up my whole catalog of duplicates, and marked “fake duplicates” with a keyword that allows me to filter them out, I end up with a shortlist of duplicates between my newly imported photos and those that were already in the master catalog. The “edited” photos in the duplicates are not much of a problem, as they are strictly speaking “fake duplicates”. The master photographs are more of a problem: I’d like to retain the keywords from the new photo and whatever keywords/ratings were on the old photo. I can do that by manually synchronising metadata, but it’s super tedious.

For the time being I’ll just mark those duplicates “appledupes” until I can figure out what to do with them.

Next in line:

  • moving those photos into the “final” folders (will involve renaming the Apple photos)
  • trying a year with more photos.

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Sleep With Me Podcast [en]

It’s 11pm. It’s 30 degrees on my windowsill. The cat is dripping off the couch like a Dali watch. I slept all afternoon, because of a short night, and woke up at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow I take my car and go to work. It feels a little unreal, because it’s so hot that Switzerland is turning into a tropical country, and I’m thinking of installing a ceiling fan, and mosquito nets, because even though mosquitoes aren’t a problem now, in a few years they will.

Caught in a mildly dystopian SF short story.

There is a warm breeze that sometimes makes it onto the balcony where I’m writing. Sometimes. Tonight I will sleep with the fan on.

On Wednesday morning I will flee to the chalet, where it’s 10 degrees cooler. I will work from up there. I will sleep. The cats won’t like the commute but I know they’ll appreciate the temperature change too.

The other day I was listening to the episode The Shipping Forecast on the 99% invisible podcast. I like this podcast because it’s super interesting, and also because (paradoxical, I know), I use it to go to sleep when I have a hard time falling asleep. I’m not alone (listen to the episode). It’s a bit annoying because I end up having to relisten to episodes I fell asleep to, but it works really well.

Seems many enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the shipping forecast. Roman Mars does a reading at the end of his episode, and indeed, I was almost asleep by the end. On this episode, he introduced us to Sleep With Me, a podcast designed on purpose to help people go to sleep. I’ve used it a few times and it’s wonderful. I can’t make head or tail of what Drew is talking about, but it works great. The added bonus is that I don’t feel bad about falling asleep in the middle of the story, as that’s what it’s designed for! From a storytelling point of view I’m fascinated by how meandering the narration is. All over the place, just like your brain when it wanders off before pulling the curtains for the night.

If you have trouble going to sleep, whether because of the heat or thoughts running around in your head, I definitely recommend trying it.

 

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En chemin [fr]

Bec dans le bitume
Petite vie à plumes
Se termine, comme ça
Sans raison
A plumes, à poils
Et d’hommes, aussi
Ces vies qui passent
Trépassent
Petite vie courte
Sur la route
Et nous les chanceux
Qui n’avons pas eu “pas de chance”
Témoins endoloris
De la vie
Qui s’éteint
Qui n’est plus
Rien.

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Heat [en]

We’re under a heat wave. Definitely under, not riding it. Submerged.

It’s too hot. Too hot outside, too hot inside. Hotter than it has been in decades — more than a century.

It’s not going to be getting any better. In a few years I’ll probably have ceiling fans. Or portable AC.

For the time being I’m getting by with normal fans, and being smart about opening and closing windows, and keeping blinds down. As soon as the air outside is warmer than inside, I keep everything airtight. And no sun shines inside.

It’s a bit dreary. And it makes it hard to do things like work.

I’ve seen worse heat. In India. But India has ceiling fans, high ceilings, and AC in many places.

My building absorbs heat and keeps radiating it inside during the night. It’s not so much the air as the walls that are the issue.

So, in India. The pace of life is different. It is heat-compatible. Trying to live a Swiss life with nasty heat isn’t fun at all.

My feet are soaking in a tub of water as I write, and it’s 9.30pm. I used that trick to work this afternoon — thanks to Gabriel who mentioned it on Facebook when I complained about struggling to work in the heat.

This afternoon, it was 34.5 in the shade on my balcony. 30 inside. 28 downstairs at eclau, at my desk. 30 in the conference room.

Quintus is suffering. He lies down on his side, vacant stare, spread out like a tropical cat. He’s taken to flopping down in various places (good thing he’s the blind one or I’d be stepping on him), including the bathroom rug. I try not to worry.

I plan to escape to the mountains a little next week. To work. I’m at this stage in my project that I can’t take time off, though I’d really like to right now. I actually have a lot of work to do. This heat isn’t helping. So I’m planning on heading to the chalet to work. Not the way I’d want to be heading to the chalet. But I need to escape from here.

I remember doing that last year already (not to work).

This is not going to be getting better. We will have scorching hot summers and freezing winters. Dry spells and flooding rain. It’s more comfortable to think we can do something about it by buying carbon offset or foregoing a car. But the truth is that impact will come from policy level. So… if you want to make a difference, become one of those people who make the rules or vote on them. That’s how to operate change.

It’s actually cooler in Pune right now than it is in Lausanne. How ironic.

Tonight I will sleep with everything open. Blinds and windows. I will not sleep well. I will dream of AC or a ceiling fan. I will wonder about the mosquitoes buzzing around, and mosquito nets. I will imagine that before I die, my experience living in a tropical country will serve me again — in a very different part of the world.

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Don’t read if you can’t cry now [en]

No, not this post. But it’s a warning I’ve used twice in the last hour. I keep reading stuff that makes me cry. Because there’s that kind of stuff around, like my friend who just lost her dog, or this piece on the ugly truth behind kill shelters (tl;dr: people who let their pets reproduce, buy rather than adopting, and discard them when they become inconvenient). Cats who die in the diabetic cat group I manage.

Yeah, animal stuff, because the human stuff is worse and right now I can’t take it.

I’m spreading myself thin, too thin, the not enough butter on too much bread thing. A lot to do at work, a lot to do out of work, and a slippery slope I keep crawling back up and sliding back down where I struggle to set aside time and space and peace to recuperate.

I’m doing OK, though. A minor (minor? major?) crisis landed on my lap on Monday, and I didn’t disintegrate. So, I’m still winning against the slippery slope. But I know I have to be careful. Very careful. And I am being careful. I’m taking active measures to slow down, give myself “default mode” time, curb compulsive behaviours. But it’s not easy.

And all around me everybody seems overworked, stretched too thin, running after time and bandwidth. Is it worth trying to resist, or is this just how life is?

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Lecture d’été: Ma belle-mère s’appelle Rex [fr]

Pour ces journées caniculaires à ne pas mettre un chat sur le balcon, Sir Quintus vous recommande vivement la lecture de Ma belle-mère s’appelle Rex (aussi: amazon, fnac, page facebook — il est bien sûr dispo en kindle).

Un vétérinaire convaincu que sa belle-mère (un brin problématique, la belle-mère) s’est réincarnée dans le berger allemand que sa femme a adopté pour se remettre du décès de celle-ci. Est-ce qu’il débloque sous le coup du stress, le pauvre véto, ou bien est-ce que l’auteur (véto lui-même) veut véritablement nous embarquer dans une aventure surnaturelle? Vous le saurez en lisant le livre!

C’est une histoire pour les gens qui aiment les animaux, vous l’aurez bien compris, drôle et légère, idéale pour cette période où l’on désire se distraire sans se prendre la tête ou faire un grand huit émotionnel. Une lecture d’été 🙂

Et si les animaux c’était pas votre truc… pensez aux gens de votre entourage!

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