Archive for March, 2023

St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 20th, 2023 | Family & Parenting

364 days a year, Irish people complain about British people coming over and imposing their culture. But once a year, on the 17th of March, all of that goes out the window and every one parties in remembrance of Saint Patrick. Typically a parade is involved somewhere.

It was a traumatic day for Venla because she had an ice cream but the ice cream was too cold. Somehow she got through the experience though and we made it safely home. At least Fluffy had a good time.

Counselling diploma path

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 | News

Last year, Holbeck College launched its first diploma pathway for CBT, and later its mindfulness diploma path. Today, it is launching its counselling diploma path. These pathways enable students to combine the courses they are studying with an exam to work towards a higher level qualification.

Learn more about it on the Holbeck College website.


Sunday, March 12th, 2023 | Books

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America is a book by Scott Adams. In it, he makes the case that most of us make had decisions or fall into an array of thinking traps which he coins as “loserthink”. In the book, he looks at the lessons we can learn from studying psychology, engineering, history and science to escape our “mental prisons”.

It’s a solid popular psychology read with a lot of good stuff in there.

The Food of Sichuan

Saturday, March 11th, 2023 | Books, Food

I’ve been working my way through The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop. Elina bought it for me for Christmas. But probably the previous one and it has sat around waiting to be used for a while. Well worth the wait: there is some delicious recipes in it!

Gong bao chicken

Duck with cashews

Dry-tossed beef

Elina’s birthday

Sunday, March 5th, 2023 | Family & Parenting

We went to The Vanilla Pod for Elina’s birthday this year. It was busier than expected but they managed to seat us pretty quickly. Elina was a little disappointed that her potato salad actually had salad in it but otherwise very happy. The South Korean chicken was good, too. And they do slushies in a lot of different flavours.

Learn to Lift

Saturday, March 4th, 2023 | Sport

I recently finished a six-week Learn to Lift course. Despite being a strength and conditioning coach, we only do bodyweight in triathlon, so I didn’t know that much about getting the weights out in the gym. The course was really good: we covered squats, deadlifts and the bench press mostly using the barbell. Thanks Grace!