A rather fine month, overall, making slow and solid progress on a couple of fronts.

Highlights of the month:

  • Brief trip to the UK to see family, including a fine Guy Fawkes night
  • Enjoying the Brompton
  • Some good evenings out, drinking a cocktail and chatting
  • Fine Raoul Dufy show in Rome
  • A silent auction, at which The Squeeze sold a painting
  • Finally moved in on the sore neck with a great massage and new exercises
  • Marmalade
  • A huge challah for Thanksgiving, which was well received
  • Resumed Vaviblog


More bedtime, as befits the winter. Podcasts down a bit, thanks to traveling and busyness.


  • Walking with sticks: 1
  • Reading: 17
  • Steps (avge): 8517
  • Podcasts: 26 (All of them logged)
  • In bed/asleep 8:15/7:25
  • 7 Minutes: 8
  • Weight (avge): 88.3
  • Naps: 10


  • Walking with sticks: 3
  • Reading: 13
  • Steps (avge): 9177
  • Podcasts: 33 (All of them logged)
  • In bed/asleep 8:12/7:04
  • 7 Minutes: 7
  • Weight (avge): 87.6
  • Naps: 16


An interesting topic this month, in unexpected ways. The Italian tax system being what it is, midway through the month, when I paid my final installment, I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t have a clue what was going on, so I arranged a meeting with a Man Who Knows. At the end of that, I had accepted that I really don’t need to work for money. If I want to, because the work is particularly interesting, fine. But there is no necessity. And that immediately triggered me, on the last day of the month, to plunge into a project that I’ve talked endlessly about — and done nothing about — since 2015. It’s almost as if a barrier were lifted. Will it last? I think it will, although there will be nothing to show for it until January at the earliest. I’m tempted, aping the marvellous Phil Gyford, to refer to it as $project if I decide to chart my journey.

Even before that, though, the lack of paid work, rather than being a source of distress, was a source of joy as it allowed me to devote time not only to the podcast but also to work on my current Python project slowly, incrementally and with more effort actually to understand.

Hours logged per month

Graph of total hours worked each month since January 2018

Percent of logged hours

Percentage of hours logged for Admin and Podcasts

Previous years are on an archive page.


Six posts, one of which (gasp!) was a somewhat skimpy Photo post.


I have nothing to complain, whine or even protest mildly about. That’s a good thing, right?

Final remarks

A good month, and given that December will undoutedly be short on content, one that presages a change in gear for 2023.


Here’s the table

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Month Total Daily Admin % ETP % Other %
11 102.0 4.5 38 33 29
10 116.50 5.0 40 28 32
09 106.33 4.1 35 41 34
08 134.02 4.28 37 22 41
07 52.8 1.70 39 34 27
06 73.25 2.44 20 36 44
05 97.1 3.13 44 21 35
04 143.2 5.11 49 29 22
03 77.1 2.48 46 21 33
02 128.5 4.62 51 27 22
2022-01 153.9 4.96 45 22 33

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