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It’s the last week of November! We’re inching closer to the end of the year, and soon it’ll be holiday season. I’m definitely excited for the season of cookies, gifts, and celebrations! That’s my drive to make the next few weeks count!
For the first time, I’m seriously considering my new year’s goals and my priorities for next year. In past years, with work, January basically meant start of “busy season” (a term us accountants have coined) – a time of year, where you basically live, eat, breathe at work. Many weekends are spent at work, many meals are shared with co-workers. It’s almost like a rite of passage for accountants, you can’t really say you were one until you’ve lived through busy season. And then by the time, I’d gotten up to breathe (maybe in March), I’d take stock of what I wanted to do over the next nine month!
This year is different, 2019 is a blank slate! I’ll keep you updated as to how I’m planning to make this year count! 2019 I’ll be ready for you!
In the meantime, per the usual, here’s an update of all that I’ve been up to!
Recipes I’ve tried this week
Apple Pie Pancakes: This week was mostly lacklustre food, except for these apple pie pancakes. It’s fall, and since pumpkins aren’t my thing, I resort to apples. I made some simple apple pie filling (apples, sugar, cinnamon) on the stove, and served it over the pancakes. It was divine! I wish we had more left over!
- S’mores macarons: I used the same recipe from Indulge with Mimi as I’ve shared before, but this time filled it with marshmallow fluff and chocolate ganache 🙂
Ramblings on media (books, documentaries, podcasts etc.) that left an impact on me this week.
- MOOC: Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential
I’ve been trying to engage in any online learning I can get my hands on! As a result I’ve started to take MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). I finished my first ever MOOC – called Mindshift! It’s offered by offered by McMaster University via Coursera.org. I found the course quite interesting, and was good first course to take. The course taught me about learning, memory, and how it can impact learning for a second career. Very relevant to me. I think I’ll do a separate post on the learnings from this and other MOOCs in the near future.
- Podcast: HBR After hours
I wrote about this podcast last week. This week I listened to a couple of episodes:
Grading The New York Times’ News Coverage: This one caught my attention, because they talked about how the media is responsible for disseminating information, but has it’s own bottom line to worry about. That balance has been tough to achieve in the US especially. I didn’t agree with their idea of journalistic responsibility, but they did mention that the onus then comes to the reader in determining what they think of the information. It’s definitely a hot topic that’s been talked about a lot lately so it’s worth a listen to hear their viewpoints.
Can Netflix Keep Winning? This was the other episode of this podcast I listened to, and it grabbed my attention because Netflix has always been used in business cases to illustrate staying ahead of the curve (compared to Blockbuster). The professors discussed their medium term view of where Netflix is going, with Disney, and other players starting their own streaming services. Does this mean that after cable’s death, we’ll just be resigned to buying lots of subscriptions?
- Book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is a lot different from Aziz Ansari’s style and persona that I’ve seen through his stand-up, Parks & Rec and Master of None. The book is a good insight into how technology has impacted romantic relationships. Having met my husband online, I didn’t find a lot of the theories to be new. It was nice for the information to be validated by statistics, or cause-effect explanations. I had expected a bit more humor in it. I think I would have enjoyed the book more maybe if I was single. It is an easy read, with some of graphs and pictures, which does help with getting through it. A solid average read!