▨ Jamie McHale

March 2024

Family days, JS Meetups

March was a lot better than February for sleep. Jack seems to have settled down into a nice routine, and particularly with the clock change, we have a much better start to the day. Again this month we’ve tried to do more at the weekend. I’ve been to Holyrood ParkRun a couple of times, once with Jack and once by myself. That, plus a few morning runs per week are really helping on the exercise front.

Running buggy at ParkRun

We had another successful month with EdinburghJS and GlasgowJS. We moved to the downstairs room at FanDuel. Although slightly smaller, it has a nice atmosphere for talks. We heard from Frances Maxwell on React Native with Expo and Patty O’Callaghan on Tensorflow.js, and then from Peter “Fuzzy” Singh on Astro and Daniel Roe on Nuxt.

Daniel Roe at EdinburghJS
Patty at GlasgowJS
Frances at GlasgowJS
Peter at EdinburghJS

Keep an eye out for details of the April and May meetups in both cities. May will be a “Community Showcase” evening, so a big chance to get involved and take a five minute speaking slot.

H and I took a trip over to Glasgow to hang with Gordon and Amy one weekend. We ate out at Lobo on the south side. It was great! A strong selection of small plates, and plenty for vegans. My personal fave was the baked cod and chorizo.

Front door at lobo

Aside from that, it’s been fairly chilled. Swimming and soft play with Jack, walks in the Meadows and checking out the new “Margot” cafe, which has taken the place of Costello on Bruntsfield Links.

Margot Cafe

This month I have not finished any books, but made progress through The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson and We Are Free to Change the World: Hannah Arendt’s Lessons in Love and Disobedience by Lyndsey Stonebridge.

That’s all for this month - see you at the end of April!