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New desk setup, with a Fully Jarvis desk and Ergotron monitor mount πŸ’ͺ Despite what you can see peeking out below, this is the most cable managed I've ever been, and I'm hoping the desk will remain this clear for at least a week πŸ˜…

A photo of a Jamie's desk setup in "home" mode. The desk is a Fully Jarvis sit-stand desk, with a dark bamboo top and black legs. Around the desk position is a set of surround sound speakers. There is a microphone arm in the left hand side corner of the desk, and a headphones stand in front of it. On the desk, there is a nebula themed large mouse-and-keyboard pad, on top of which is a WASD Keyboard v3 keyboard (in bright white, green, orange and light blue colours), and a Logtech MX Master mouse. There are two screens, using an Ergotron dual monitor mount. The left hand side screen is a Dell UltraSharp (4k) 27" USB-C Hub Monitor - U2722DE, and the right hand side screen is an Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor. Above the left hand side monitor is a Logitech C922 webcam. On both screens, the background image is a waterfall into a natural enclosed pool. Below the desk you can see an Ethernet switch on the right which unfortunately isn't yet cable tidied, as well as a USB hub that's also visible and not-yet-tidied, on the left. There is also a little bit of mess and some shelves on the right hand side of the image that couldn't be cropped out easily. A photo of a Jamie's desk setup in "work" mode. The desk is a Fully Jarvis sit-stand desk, with a dark bamboo top and black legs. Around the desk position is a set of surround sound speakers. There is a microphone arm in the left hand side corner of the desk, and a headphones stand in front of it. On the desk, there is a nebula themed large mouse-and-keyboard pad, on top of which is a WASD Keyboard v2 keyboard (in dark grey, black, red and light blue colours, where the blue keys are in the shape of the Arch Linux logo), a Logtech MX Master mouse, and a Deliveroo-issued M1 Macbook Pro. There are two screens, using an Ergotron dual monitor mount. The left hand side screen is a Dell UltraSharp (4k) 27" USB-C Hub Monitor - U2722DE, and the right hand side screen is an Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor. Above the left hand side monitor is a Logitech C922 webcam. On the left hand side screen, the background image is the same as the Macbook, indicating that it is connected to the laptop, and on the right, the image is a waterfall into a natural enclosed pool. Below the desk you can see an Ethernet switch on the right which unfortunately isn't yet cable tidied, as well as a USB hub that's also visible and not-yet-tidied, on the left. There is also a little bit of mess and some shelves on the right hand side of the image that couldn't be cropped out easily.

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So today #Cookie is at her induction day at Ruffles doggy day care, so naturally we're making the most of the time off with her by scouring their Instagram and watching the WhatsApp group they make for us to watch updates πŸ’œ

She seems to be having the best time, and it's so lovely to have the photos/videos to know she's getting on well!

Even #Morph is making the most of the time off by coming for his first snuggle on the new sofa!!

Cookie the puppy, sitting up on a black sofa, next to a chill blondy dog lying down. Cookie looks beside herself with happiness, smiling at the camera with her tongue out at a jaunty angle. She's stolen two tennis balls and has them sat underneath her Cookie the puppy sitting on a raised fake grass bed, next to Valentine the Dashund who is looking away from the camera. Cookie is beaming at the camera, with her mouth slightly open and her tongue slightly sticking out. Cookie the puppy sitting on a raised fake grass bed, next to Valentine the Dashund, with Cookie's right paw completely under Valentine. Valentine is mid yawn/lick and her tongue is half way up her face, and Cookie is turned towards her, with her easrs back in a very happy little time Morph the cat lying between Jamie's legs on a green blanket, on top of the new footstool, truffling on the blanket, which is the first time he's done it in the two months we've had Cookie!

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#Cookie is a little more obvious, as she keeps getting up and flopping back down in a slightly different position, enjoying the sun

Cookie flopped on her side, with one paw mid-scratch on the side of her face, stretched out and enjoying the sun

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#Cookie has decided we're sunning ourselves in the conservatory this afternoon. Luckily I have my laptop, cause I'm not allowed to move πŸ˜‚

A view of the side of Jamie's leg, with Cookie the dog lying pushed up against him, on her side asleep, in a cute Zeedog harness

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In case you're wondering how things are going, I just sat down to eat my breakfast like this

A bowl of cereal, with a fork instead of a spoon, resting on top of it by accident

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Not pictured is literally seconds before, #Cookie was trying to eat my cookie - I don't think she'd mind being a cannibal, but she doesn't understand chocolate is bad!

Cookie sleeping on a red blanket, and above, Jamie is holding a Lidl double chocolate cookie on a plate

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Today #Cookie has been a mix of very cute, doing some great training with Anna Dodson and having a bit of separation anxiety, but she's been getting better and settling more easily.

My favourite moment was Anna giving me a kiss, and Cookie seeing this and immediately wanting to get in on it too, by giving me a nice slobbery kiss of her own all over my face πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

She's been super cuddly too, and enjoyed one of many nice sofa naps earlier ☺

Being a dog owner isn't a walk in the park (pun intended) but it's been very rewarding so far πŸ₯°

Cookie, the dog, asleep on her back with her paws over her eyes and her belly exposed, lying on a red blanket

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#Morph has recently been enjoying being snuggled under the blanket, but often likes just enough room to peek out and keep an eye on me πŸ˜…

Black cat (Morph) wrapped up in a red blanket, with it mostly covering him, aside from a small portion of his face visible, with his nose, and one eye slightly open and looking at the camera

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Got my #ukgc22 swag bag this afternoon, which is jam packed full of tasty treats, stickers, and some pretty cool options for remote conference work, like cue cards and icebreaker cards!

The inside of a cardboard box that includes a top-down view of a bunch of swag in the bottom of the box The contents of the swag box laid out, with a dozen stickers, a few snacks, some icebreaker cards, the agenda for the event, cue cards such as "you're on mute"

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Finally gotten around to buying and building a #Lego #ApexLegends Brickheadz of Gas Daddy himself, which as a Caustic main is very exciting. Looking forward to having him protecting my desk with independent variables. Thanks to HarrisonBenedict1 and Richy_s on reddit for the kit!

A Lego Brickheadz figure of the Apex Legends character Caustic - Caustic is holding a vial that is radioactive green

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I thought I'd try something new with my hair after literally decades of the same haircut - I'm pretty chuffed with how it turned out. As nice as it's been to have Anna Dodson cutting my hair over the pandemic, it's been nice to get it professionally done!

Jamie smiling and slightly looking away from the camera so you can see his new haircut more appropriately - a short haircut combed over with an undercut, and a trimmed beard - while wearing a Hack the Holidays hackathon t-shirt

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Tonight Anna Dodson and I did our first roast in our new air fryer and it was very good. Much easier than in the oven, and very yum! Don't worry, the gravy came after, I wanted to check that everything was especially good first!

A beef roast with all the trimmings on a plate - marmalade carrots, with a bit of extra marmalade gravy sauce, roast potatoes, spring greens with olive oil and garlic, pigs in blankets, and roast beef that was very rare in the middle

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Really happy to see the Test For Coronavirus service now making notifications of tests optional - a sign of great #ServiceDesign following user feedback, and continually improving the service. Not only does it remind me something I've literally just done, but saves a lot of money for not sending notifications to people who don't need them. I appreciate that some folks may still want it, especially if you're testing for someone else, so it's great to get that level of control

A screenshot of the Test for Coronavirus service on Gov.UK which gives the user the option of receiving email and SMS notifications of a test being taken

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Yeah I appreciate what you're thinking, Google, but using "your Linux" as a way to refer to my new laptop definitely doesn't work. Pretty sure it only works for "your Mac"

Screenshot of an email from Google welcoming you to your new device, with an email titled "Jamie, take the next step on your Linux by confirming your Google Account settings"

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Not that I would forget about the wonderful team I left at #CapitalOne, the Purple Pandas, but my leaving gifts are going to remind me of them every day πŸ’œ And thanks to everyone who chipped in for them, it's very appreciated!

A selfie of Jamie smiling at the camera, wearing a face mask covered in little panda faces A painted pink-hued panda mug by Elizabeth Grant, and a vaccum bottle with the World Wildlife Fund panda logo on it The Purple Pandas team logo, a panda lying on in a puddle of purple paint that it has knocked over

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After a mishap with the boiler last night, #Morph is very happy that the heating is back on, and he can be extremely warm under a blanket, too!

Black cat (Morph) lying on a grey blanket, with a red blanket wrapped around him, his arm outstretched, and looking very content and sleepy

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We didn't realise that getting a security camera with a night setting may not be the best thing, as we didn't realise we'd be inviting a demon into our house instead of #Morph

Screenshot of security camera app with night vision setting showing black cat, Morph, who is looking at the camera with glowing white eyes, looking quite spooky

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Glad I'd not done Ring Fit this morning, cause taming this lawn was quite the workout πŸ˜…

A lawnmower sitting on a portion of the freshly mown lawn, showing a very stark contrast between the freshly mown grass, and the very tall grass that has not yet been mown A side-by-side photo of the freshly mown lawn, showing a very stark contrast between the freshly mown grass, and the very tall grass that has not yet been mown A side-by-side photo of the freshly mown lawn, showing a very stark contrast between the freshly mown grass, and the very tall grass that has not yet been mown, taken from a lower angle to show the height of the grass before mowing