A month of holidays, annual performance reviews, STEMettes, wax anniversary, minimal sides, a new TECH session and back to the cinema.


  • Reflected on the first 5 months back in the role, realising quite a few rewarding achievements along the way
  • Organised and participated in two STEMettes Outbox takeover days, engaging and encouraging young girls/non-binary into Tech
  • Facilitated 4 speedback sessions to encourage more faster-feedback on personal improvements (blog post draft currently in peer review)
  • All the EOY reviews with my 12 direct reports, facilitated by a new Powerpoint template covering day job, objectives, “being ASOS” (values and behaviours) and feedback
  • One trip to Birmingham, one to London
  • Gave Lightning Talk on making a podcast in an hour with Pinecast
  • Made some Lightning Talk stickers on Stickermule
  • Reviewed Manager Readme on GitHub following internal interest
  • Identify and engaged with internal social champions to grow our Tech brand awareness
  • Realised only 1 engineer across 3 teams I support is a fellow parent.


  • Wrapped up 2 week family holiday in East Devon
  • Long weekend back at Rhodian Sun in Rhodes, short but sweet
  • Outdoor middle-aged rave at Classic Ibiza in Hatfield (a delayed anniversary night out)
  • Made a scented candle with Red Fox Candles for our 16th (wax) anniversary
  • Grabbed some tickets to George Ezra’s Finsbury Park performance next July
  • Celebrated Princess’ 9th in style with a Glastonbury-inspired garden party
  • Stopped leg stretch therapy following a long break and no noticeable pain
  • 5 local 30minute runs, building up to a couple 6km efforts around Cracks Hill
  • Set a daily habit for 3×20 reps of 10kg dumbbells


  • Continued weekly #FinesseFriday for House Finesse despite decline in downloads
  • Added transactions sheet to Crypto Folio and included Revolut portfolio of Ethereum
  • Review monthly outgoings in my custom Google Sheet for entertainment and hobbies
  • On The Side coffee roulette with Ed Clews
  • Started booking in guests for Make Life Work Season 6 – TBA on 6 Sep
  • Queried the Apple Podcast SQLite database for recently listened episodes


  • Replaced the dead Epson printer with a WiFi-enabled HP including Smart Ink – it’s liberating being able to print straight from our phones
  • Discovered fixtur.es as another source for football calendars including EFL
  • Found an RSS feed of Untappd user activities under My Account for syndicating my beer consumption On The Side
  • Setup Coinbase Wallet, now accepting Bitcoin 🪙
  • Setup music corner with the mixer in my office for more vinyl & bass enjoyment
  • Started selling unused clothes on Vinted, 3 shirts snapped up in 24 hours
  • Placed some Anker wireless chargers around the house following Mrs J’s upgrade to iPhone 11


  • The Office US on Prime
  • Daniel Terhorst-North on Supermanagers podcast
  • Lad Hood on BBC
  • Mary Kills People on All4
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Prime
  • A Quite Place Part II on Prime
  • Black Widow at Cineworld
  • Free Guy at Showcase
  • The Arachnid by Kishore Tipirneni
  • The Lost Colony by AG Riddle
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • Broadcast by Liam Brown
  • Glitterbox Jams Vol 4 on vinyl
  • Inner City – Good Life 7” on vinyl