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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

"Double Vaxed" Doesn't Mean "Unmasked"

Quote Card : "Double Vaxed" Doesn't Mean "Unmasked"

I live in an area where EVERYONE is encouraged to go for their Covid vaccine, regardless of age due to the high number of cases. There is also a drive to bring forward the second vaccination for those who are eligible and I'm MASSIVELY in favour of this.

However, scrolling through social media, I am seeing some "Millennials" or "Gen Y" aged people saying that now they are "vaxed" they are going to ditch their mask. I've also seen so-called "influencers" posting videos of them tossing a mask over their shoulder whilst dressed, ready to go "out out".

I'm not going to start spouting off about who, why, how, etc but (1) the vaccine works with your immune system to fight the virus if exposed and (2) masks will block respiratory droplets when talking, both of which help SLOW the spread of Covid-19. Anyone sharing on social media can influence someone else so people prepared to share their own "message" need to GET IT RIGHT! 

I'm NOT going to get into a conversation about whether you *should* get vaccinated or whether we are being fed certain information by the media. I've done my own research and I'm happy with what I've read, the actions that I have taken and am going to continue to take.


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