A close-up of a hand holding a pink JBL portable Bluetooth speaker.

It was what I’d call a pretty regular week. Meaning I had some work, some worries, some fun. Not as much free time as I had gotten used to, so this edition of thingsThisWeek feels kinda rushed to me.

  • πŸ‡ Friday found me still working, waking up in the Algarve, shooting a couple more vineyards before calling it a day, and driving all the way back home. If felt really nice, being able to shoot these with time, not rushing things. Also sweet to do it with a new colleague, daughter of someone who used to work at the paper. We have dozens of friends in common, of course, it’s odd our paths never crossed before.

  • πŸ₯° Missed the little one so much while I was away though, and she felt even worse. Cried when she got to school, telling the teacher I wasn’t home, and couldn’t take her to school. I had to take a selfie, and send it over. It’s not easy being away. In a couple of weeks we’re doomed, when movieStar travels to the islands. We’re trying not to overthink it, but it will not be pretty. It will be a rough month for all of us, the election is upon us, there’s a month to go, and I’ll probably spend that on the road.

  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Weekend and Monday kinda glued together, with the trip to the in-laws, and mother-in-law’s birthday on Monday. We drove to Cascais for the celebration, right after picking tinyMovieStar from ballet. The dinner was at a nice restaurant in Cascais, at the marina, and involved a lot of meat, and a generous amount of beer as well.

  • ✊🏼 The remaining days went by, pretty much unnoticed, until Thursday came along and I had to drive to SetΓΊbal for some portraits. Basic, very basic, ones, but a good chance to meet my favorite group of politicians again. Had some issues with the strobes, but managed in the end. Soon we’ll be on the campaign trail again. I like that.

  • πŸ‘΅πŸΌ The Grannies adventure has finally reached a satisfactory ending, with the help of a friend who spotted a returned item on Amazon. This week was big for tinyMovieStar, as she also got her second ever haircut. We had to drive to a ghastly mall, but that’s where they have the carousel hairdresser. She loved it. We won’t complain when that happens.

  • πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» Signed up for another social network, because why not? I’m not even going to use it, but like to know what the kids are up to these days. Daftsocial, and felt kinda slow when I tried it. Probably the result of many people signing up after it was shared everywhere. One thing that bothers me with this one: it does not work in mobile as well as it does on the laptop. Photos turn up in black and white on the iPhone, and show their full color version when you hover. Hover does not work on the iPhone. Sad.

  • πŸ“Ί Criminal Record, still amazing. Tried Masters of the Air, but it felt SO fake, so badly acted, so poorly shot, so over the top, it looked like they were joking. And The Crown. Boy, oh boy, did I cry with this one. Episode 7 of this last season did it, it destroyed me.

  • πŸ’– There is another post on Boo!, Marrakesh loveProject. Hope you enjoy this one as well. Next one is being written, we’re going back to Asia. Care to guess the country? I’m having a ball with this site!

  • 🧻 Working on a decent blogroll. Still a lot to do.

  • 🌐 Arc Mobile for IOS is out. Liking it. A few more updates, and it will be even better. Not ready to replace Safari as default, not yet. Not for me.

  • πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Kagi is back for me. Took me long enough, but it’s on for a year. No turning back this time.

  • βš™οΈ Installed Upptime, an uptime monitor that runs on GitHub. A repository, a GitHub Pages site, and some GitHub Actions. Another one of those easy puzzles I like to play with. Easy to install, probably useful to some. Unnecessary to me at this point (updown and Tinylytics are great), but good enough to kill a few minutes, and find out how these work. You can see it working here.