“This show is just a rollercoaster of emotion.” My boy describing the fantastic Emperor penguin edition of BBC Earth’s Dynasties.

“Do you wish to be buried or creamted?” I’m not sure what my lawyer means but being creamted sounds fun so I’m going with that.

“Nate was then found picking his way through some knitted afghan.” In response to my recent post about hermit crabs, a link to a great post from Troy DeArmitt.

Climbing high into a plum tree and descending with pockets full of plump red ripe fruit is one of my favourite summer activities.

Some other things I enjoyed in 2018:

My oldest boy coming to live with me
Stripey socks
My new bike
House hunting
Modesty Blaise comics
Homemade bone broth
Not having to fly on airplanes at all
Reading books
Making my first zine
Almond butter
Driving my new car

“Dad you make the best bacon and eggs EVER.” #winningatlife

One thing that struck me about Steve Jobs after reading the Walter Isaacson biography was the man’s emphasis on focus.

Jobs said knowing what not to do was as important as knowing what to do. At Apple strategy sessions he’d condense lists of ideas into a single list of the best ten, then cross out all but the top three. When he returned to helm the company in the late 90s and was faced with a bewildering array of substandard products, he axed most of them and told his teams to focus on creating just four.

During his final medical leave Jobs met with and advised Google co-founder Larry Page. “We talked a lot about focus,” Jobs said later. “Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up… What are the products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they are dragging you down.”

I’m not one for resolutions, but I’ve been kicking the last part of that statement around in my head these past few days. What are the things you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they are dragging you down.