Winter in this part of Europe is gray and dull. I miss the -40ºC, ice & snow covered, long winters of Québec, even if my nails freeze off. Days are slowly growing longer…

Things I’m working on

I posted an online ad to advertise my Spanish-teaching services and I have a new client; not for language lessons but for interpretation. The thing is rather private but I won’t go into details but it’s basically a French family that is seeking medical advice in Cuba, and it’s wildly different from anything I have done before. It is obviously not a charity but that doesn’t mean it is incredibly rewarding. I will also start a new teaching job 30 minutes away by train this February and thus my spare time will be greatly reduced.

Haven’t heard anything about the Peninsular reveal and I’m getting anxious about it. It also means I haven’t done anything meaningful design-wise and I just need to focus.

Things I’ve enjoyed

Oxenfree is a quirky little game I got for Switch this week and the myriad of dialogue options either make me regret what I had just said or just entice me to go back and play it all over again. My love for point-and-click adventures brought me to it, along with the several good reviews I have so far read.

Doom is making me frustrated not at its difficulty or gory, ridiculous setting which is so unlike the games I have played most of my life but because of my sheer, reckless inability to coordinate. The game is making me decide at lightning speed and I’m just not that dexterous with those controls. That doesn’t mean it is a lot of fun.

I found The Visual Display of Quantitative Information for my Radiographista newsletter and it’s one of the best design reads I have found in years and a great companion for us who love and make infographics.

Things I’m struggling with

I basically struggle with adult life and recent anxiety attacks are proof of it. This subReddit on the matter puts some perspective on it but doesn’t change the fact that I still need help.

Things I’ve learnt

We may be too clean for own good; that’s what the hygiene hypothesis talks about. Maybe it is due to the fact that we take too many sanitary precautions that we have so many cases of asthma, allergies and other immune diseases.

Things I’m listening to

Nintendo released the second episode of their only official podcast.

Adventures in Design is a fantastic, long-running podcast with great ideas to keep your creative juices flowing.