Weekly Wrap 501: A quiet new year with bushfire smoke and a random spider

Monday 30 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020 saw a relatively quiet start to the new year that included quite a bit of gin, and way too much bushfire smoke — though there were no direct threats to me from the fires.

The constantly smoky air was tiring, though, so I didn’t get much done. I have plenty of sympathy for anyone caught in areas with worse air quality, or with any kind of respiratory vulnerability — as well as those who’ve lost family or homes, of course.

And the fires continue.

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The Week Ahead

This week will see my determined effort to get back to work for 2020, though I don’t have anything specific locked in yet. Email and planning on Monday and Tuesday, I guess, and I’ll play it by ear after that.

The only thing on the calendar is a dinner party down on Sydney on Saturday, and the start of a week of cat-sitting on Sunday.

Further Ahead

A few events have been locked in. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets if it’s outside the Sydney region.

[Photo: Huntsman spider, photographed on 27 November 2019. Not from this week, obviously, but this same spider ran across my arm while I was sleeping last night, and is currently sitting high on the wall above my bed.]