Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


2018

April


Another Notch

Weights and scales and charts and numbers are all well and good, but it’s the new hole I punched in my belt today that’s the visceral sign of losing weight. I’ve used each notch at one time or another.

Five Years Slimmer

I’m a skinnnnnnnnny bitch now! On the other hand, today’s breakfast was two soluble Panadol, a croissant, a cup of black coffee, and two-thirds of a Dairy Milk. I try.

The Western Way

In December I hiked the Western Way in Galway between Maam Cross and Oughterard. Timing from my phone and FitBit: 00:42:50 + 04:41:38 = 05:24:28 The part of the Way I hiked was 26 kilometres of spectacular rugged Connemara scenery-bogs, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers all in a breath of one another. Being out on […]

My Fortress of Cozy Solitude

It’s a bit of a fail when I have to work from home, but when I do its the cosiest place to be.

Mgarr and Fort Chambray

The town of Mgarr on the southeast coast of Gozo hosts the ferry terminal that’s the main point of access to the island. As Wikipedia will tell you, Mgarr has pubs and restaurants and churches and buses and homes and people. The town shelters a harbour of crystal-clear blue Mediterranean water, and that offers spectacular […]

Mindfulness

I am here, now. Mark now is Mark now. Mark then was Mark then. I’m not him. Last year has gone and next year will come. Everything in its own time. Tomorrow is tomorrow, yesterday is yesterday. Breathe in now, breathe out here. Here is here, there is there. Now is now. Here, now breathe […]

Nicely (and Recursively) Stringify a Hash’s Keys and Values

Works in Ruby on Rails versions >= 4 and in Ruby 2.5. This has really annoyed the shit out of me. I want to stringify keys and values individually, not turn an entire hash or array into a string. def deep_stringify(object) case object when Hash object.transform_keys(&:to_s).transform_values { |val| deep_stringify val } when Array object.map { […]

The Kids, April 2018

More awesome than yours, now and forever.

Running Satisfaction

This has been the high point of my week: a perfect run on a gorgeous spring afternoon.

Food and Journal

Takens at The Grapes wine bar in Victoria, Gozo.

Mgarr ix-Xini Gorge, Gozo

Mgarr ix-Xini is a gorge on the south side of Gozo that terminates at a beautiful sheltered beach. Gozo is…compact. Towns and villages are concentrated onto high ground inland. Almost the entire coast of the island is one big trail because of this, which allowed me to go on remarkable walks along clifftops. The gorge […]

The Mgarr ix-Xini Coast, Gozo

The sea as the gorge.

The (Former) Azure Window and Dwerja Bay, Gozo

Azure Window. Lots to say about here that I’ll fill in later.

Xlendi and Wardija Point Cliffs

Content to follow.

Xlendi Run

On my first day in Gozo I ran from Victoria to Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs and then back to town by way of Xlendi. This wasn’t my greatest run as far as they go because I didn’t realise the trail Strava said exists was a literal clifftop goat trail; I wound up having to cut across […]