A little trivial

Last year we started going occasionally to a local pub quiz. It’s an excuse to go out and see friends during the week, and get some trivia while we’re at it. (We are also avid Jeopardy watchers.)

Last night, we won! We even did some quick global surface area calculations to win a tie-breaker question about the size of the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure I contributed much (my knowledge overlaps a lot with the other folks we play with) but I had a good time.

Before going to the quiz, we also looked up the etymology of the word trivia. Did you know that the root of trivia is the Latin trivium? It referred to the three subjects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric that formed the basis of a classical education. So it turns out that trivia is far from trivial! 😉

Stopping to watch the birds

During a walk last weekend, I stopped after noticing a flock of little birds looking for food near the edge of the water. It was calming to take a few minutes to just stand and watch them.

Today, I spotted another flock in a different place on the water’s edge. The tide was going out — much more quickly than I’d expected — and I captured it in this time lapse video. Apologies for the shakiness; it was hard to stay steady with the gusts of wind.

A beautiful singer

I won’t admit how many times I have listened to this song in the past week. I discovered Dimash Kudaibergen after falling down a Youtube rabbit hole, and his singing blows me away:

A themed trip

My team at work is called Platform 9¾ (we have a Harry Potter theme in our division) so of course during our team’s meetup in London we had to visit King’s Cross Station:

Living in the whole world

Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors—home, car, gym, office, shops—disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

Cooking as a hobby

When cooking is not just a daily necessity for survival, but an activity you actually enjoy, you can end up days like this one. Cooking chipotle tofu for lunch (with fresh guacamole!), having soup and salad with locally made sausages for dinner, and a just-because pear tarte tatin for dessert. Noms!

Cloud-watching

I just might have developed an interest in time-lapse videos. I was standing outside when I noticed a small break in the clouds where the blue sky was peeking through. ⛅️ As I stood there, I saw the clouds moving by — and suddenly that tiny blue patch was a huge swath of blue. So I whipped out my phone and tried out the time-lapse feature for a minute or so:

The result was a very short video but a huge smile on my face. What better excuse to stand in the fresh air under a beautiful sky than this?