This weeks ‘weeknotes’ is being posted a bit later than usual. I was supposed to write it on the train up to Manchester on Sunday evening, but I still can’t get used to working on a laptop on the train.

Since returning my phone for repair and being reset to factory settings (I knew this was going to happen) I lost the podcasts I had subscribed to and the progress - I assumed it would have been backed up - but it wasn’t. I’ve now signed up for an account with the Podcast Republic app I use, so this won’t happen again and am back to listening to podcasts on my long commutes to Manchester.

Work

This week was the first full week in Manchester and on the project - which means I took part in a long user mapping session and my first retrospective and show & tell of this project.

I spent most of my time that week, when not in meetings, rebuilding a prototype that was made in the Alpha stage of this project using the GOVUK Prototype kit - it was originally done in PHP.

The developers on the team have been helping me a lot with things like ‘git rebase’ and also learning to be a good collaborator - so I’ve been learning about how to do better commit messages.

Freelance

This week I spent some more time on my current freelance project, getting near the end of this e-commerce website. So there are some tidy up changes I’ve been working on.

Things like showing a ‘no-product-image’ when the product doesn’t have an image, styling the Pay with card (stripe) button and form, re-coded the static ‘basket’ page, so it uses the same code as the non-static version of the basket page.

Personal

Got to spend some time working on the garden this weekend, spent time with my children and I put together a new trampoline, also had to cut down a tree - its been almost horizontal since we moved here five years ago and we were told, its a splitting willow, so it needed to be cut down or it will fall.

It’s been fine all these years, but because the trampoline was going under it, I couldn’t risk it. But my chainsaw is still out of action, so I had to use a hand saw and cut it down about half way up - my son loved shouting timer as we pulled the tree down!

Watching

Finished re-watching The Office (US) this week - loved re-watching this again. I was a bit lost with what to replace it with, but have gone back to watching Straight Off the Boat - started watching it a long while ago, I just realised it is now on the 5th season.

Listening

Continued listening to Syntax, Build Your SaaS and Being Freelance - also started listening to Doing It For The Kids and Shop Talk.

I never know whether to start listening to an existing podcast from the beginning or just start with the latest podcast - with Shop Talk, theirs currently 356 podcasts to catch up on!

Reading

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