Lea: What are you smelling right now?
Shaun: Pine trees
Shaun collects and connects his memories with smells. He says it aloud, but I think we all do it.
Cool, humid hill air missed with diesel fumes
My strongest smell connection is a mix of cool & humid mountain air mixed with diesel fumes. That reminds me of the place I loved the most whole growing up – Shimla. Every time I walk past a delivery lorry spewing half burnt diesel fumes just after it has rained, I’m immediately flung to Shimla in the 90s.
There are more smells connected to memories, but this one is the strongest, and the most unique.
The whole team is working on a moderately big redesign. M & I are pairing on a spike to massively upgrade the technical implementation for a core part of the so, to support the design change.
Today, after we’d reached a significant milestone on our spike, I showed PAM the app as it works with the changes.
She. Loved. It!
She took it around the team showing the upgrade to everyone – other engineers, designers, PMs…Everyone. Everyone loved it, but the people who loved it the most were PAM and PN. I could hear PN cooing over it for a long time. They both couldn’t stop smiling. Remembering the joy on their faces has plastered a smile on mine. Made my day ☺️
I’ve wanted to watch the show for a while, but never got down to it.
On the train back today, I downloaded the book on the Kindle and started reading. It’s good.
A moment ago, I remembered that the serial is available on Now TV. Started watching the first episode.
The first scene was meh. It’s much better in the book. The second scene, the day time job, looked better. But I haven’t finished that scene in the book yet.
I’ve hit the pause. On the TV series.
I’ll finish the book, then come back for the TV series, then go back for the rest of the books.
Author’s words + my imagination Vs the actor and the director. I’m with the former, of course 🙂
Same street, different days.
I got to station in time for 7.09 fast train to Waterloo, which would place me in office by 8.05.
Due to issues with Southwestern Railways, most trains are cancelled. I’m now on the 7.32 slow train. This means I’ll be in office by 9 AM if there are no delays.
Whose time does this lost hour come out of?
Will I need to work an extra hour for the late arrival? Or does the firm, which has mandated coming to office today, lose an hour of work? Or do we not talk about it, and leave bitterness festering on one or both sides?
No one had these thoughts or conversations before the pandemic. Post pandemic inforced WFH, most humans appear to have reset expectations but most organisations still seem to be stuck in the pre pandemic expectations.