Monday Misc

A very busy Monday. Some troubleshooting, and analyzing of technical problems, and contacting the responsible colleagues to fix them only to find that all the problems were occurring in obsolete content that could be deleted. What a waste of time! Why can’t people keep their stuff up-to-date, bright and shiny? I had other things to do, that didn’t get done because I had to waste time on stupid problems.

Then there was a good call about another content project, where I’m collaborating with a person on my team and with some other colleagues. That project is going well. It’s got momentum, we’re getting ahead, and we’ll be presenting the result (as a work in progress) to some external stakeholders on Thursday in the hope of getting some useful feedback. That should be fun, but I’ve got to do a number of updates until then and not much time.

Had some other regular meeting which just went as usual, that is, boring.

At night, after work, I took Curious Dog to a late session of our dog school. I didn’t initially feel like it, because my cold got worse during the day, but w did have a lovely time. We did dog crossing. It’s basically dog/human games that are supposed to engage both mind and body, and is also supposed to enhance the human/dog relationship. There were various game stations where CD and I both had to do something. We were two dog/Human teams — one team had to wait and watch the other (also supposed to teach patience and self-control — some dogs were super calm, but CD was totally excited). The other dog was a cute mini dog, not sure what kind, and the human was an older woman. We got along well (both of us not overly ambitious).

One station was a large circle with about 9 empty bowls around the circumference and a mat in the middle. This is what we had to do:

  • Both go into the middle, where CD had to sit on the mat.
  • I had to take CD outside the circle (on or off leash, but if I’d let him off leash, he’d have run to the other game stations and bothered the other teams).
  • We had to jog around the outside of the circle, with me dropping dog treats into the bowls, which CD wasn’t allowed to gobble up.
  • We then had to go back into the circle and CD had to sit on the mat again.
  • I had to go outside the circle and call CD to me (without him scarfing up the treats in the bowls).
  • Repeat (we had two minutes to get as many repetitions as we could, I think we managed two, or two and a half).

This one was one of CD’s and my better stations. CD was good when he concentrated, but he kept wanting to play with the other dogs and was mostly totally distracted. Part of the point of the exercise is, of course, for us to learn to ignore the distractions. It was great fun, but CD and I sure have room for improvement. It’s a pity that we can only do this once a month during my home office week. I think I’ll try to practice some of these games at home in our garden when we’ve got the fence up. But the distraction of the other dog/human teams will be missing. Better than nothing though, and we’ll enjoy it. Luckily, special equipment is not needed.

We got home quite late and so I only managed to meditate just before my bedtime, but it nonetheless went well. I also remembered to be mindful at different times during the day (though not, as I recall, when I was analyzing those stupid errors at work). Room for improvement, too, but it’s the journey that counts.

A good day.

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