Today was the first day I missed a class. Honestly, it’s because I was unwise with my sleep schedule. I bought a couple books yesterday and read one of them cover-to-cover and read about half the other. Both are fiction. And I stayed up until after 3am doing so. I got up in the morning anyway, and when I discovered that Justice had already left for class by bus, and didn’t need a ride from me, I decided to go back to bed. I didn’t really consciously think about it but I didn’t set another alarm so I slept in until 11am – and missed my class from 10:30 to 11:20. Honestly, it’s not a hard class, but I really can’t miss them regularly because I need to keep up with the concepts and terminology. I’m still a bit ahead of the class in reading the textbook so there’s that.
So given how late I woke up, I decided to ask Melanie to go to lunch with me. We had a very nice date. We talked a bit about work (almost inevitable), but mostly just enjoyed our food and company at a great little place called “Which is Wich” downtown London. The “Wahn Mi” is an excellent choice if you find yourself there. After lunch, I came home and spent a bit of time on the phone with a colleague. There are some “adjustment pains” that are partly related to me being on sabbatical. I’m not going to go into any detail here, but suffice it to say that I believe it is part of the maturation of BERTEIG that various large and small crises will be dealt with. One of the things about BERTEIG is that there is no individual positional authority in the organization. The “management” structure is that the three Partners, myself, Melanie and Travis, must make significant decisions as a group (usually unanimously) in order for them to be valid. This includes hiring, firing, major changes to people’s roles or other structural aspects of the business, strategy, business goals, large spending decisions, etc. It’s an experiment in governance that is based in part on the Baha’i principle of consultation. The key concepts include that consultation is about searching for truth, that consultation results in united action,, ideas are not owned by individuals, and that conflicting ideas (not conflicting people) leads to truth.
After my colleague’s phone call, I basically just continued to read my new novel for much of the day until dinner time. After dinner, Verity, Haifa and I went to the Baha’i community gathering in our neighbourhood. Haifa brought along her dog Katara who is being trained to be a service dog. She (Katara) did very well in her first social setting. She was mostly calm, obedient, and quiet. It wasn’t perfect – she’s a puppy and she had a small pee accident – but everyone at the gathering enjoyed her presence.
After the gathering, Verity started to feel quite anxious about her homework project. She and I spent about two hours working on it together. She made some good progress and I think she feels much better about it. She and three others have to create a public service announcement for the London Arts Council. Verity is tasked with writing the script for the PSA. So we talked about slogans and other ideas that she could take back to her group tomorrow. I love being home to help the kids out.
At 11pm I sent Verity to bed and I got on the elliptical. I’m trying to get significant (30+ min) of exercise every day. I miss a day here and there, but with biking to school, walking the dog, swimming or the elliptical, I’m doing a pretty good job of getting the activity in. Yesterday, I took my racing bicycle in to get it tuned up. I hope to use it a bit before the fall weather gets too cold. It’s much easier to ride on than my mountain bike, and I can go waaaay faster! The only problem is that the handlebars are really low so I’m bent over quite far… and my big stomach gets in the way!!! It’s very uncomfortable and provides some motivation to lose some weight. So that’s something that I’m officially working on. The exercise is part of it. The next part of it is to restrict the hours when I eat to a 8 hour range (e.g. noon to 8pm) to do a mild form of intermittent fasting. After a week of that, I plan to start adding more vegetables and fruit to my diet. Currently, I eat very little greens. It’s probably not healthy. I eat a bit more fruit, but still it’s only a few times a week, not every day. Eventually, I’ll try putting limits on some of the more unhealthy things I eat (sugar mostly). I don’t expect to make rapid changes, but I want to get from my current weight (about 233lbs) down to under 190lbs, and then keep it there. I also have an intermediate goal. I hope to be about 215 by mid-December when we go on our family vacation to Panama.