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Each Friday as part of this blog I share a few things that I have loved during the previous week. It might be a book, a film, a podcast or something less tangible like a behaviour or a feeling. This week’s post includes the gaming app Word Up, House of Cards and working together.

Word Up. I don’t tend to play many games or apps but I have been slowly drawn into this one and now find myself addicted. The game, like most good games, is quite simple. You are presented with a grid of letters and by tracing your finger over the letters you need to form the word or words that are the answer. It’s amazing how quite quickly your mind tunes into the patterns and starts to spot words. But, every once in a while you get stuck on a particular puzzle. The most frustrating thing is when you have been agonising over a puzzle for a fifteen minutes and your ten year old Son, pops his head around the door, looks at the puzzle for all of three seconds and shouts out the answer!

House of Cards. I have written previously about the Netflix series House of Cards and in particular the lead character Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Season 4 didn’t disappoint with double crossing, intrigue and the feeling, by the end of the season, that the net was finally drawing in on Frank. I found myself in a real quandary where I wanted to binge-watch the episodes to find out what happened next but then didn’t want to watch so that I didn’t get to the end. In the end, I gave in to temptation and watched the final few episodes  in a row. Roll on March 2017 for Season 5!

Working Together. I am training for a marathon at the moment and as part of my preparations I did a 20 mile race over quite a hilly course. I had done a training run of 20 miles the previous week and managed to cover the distance in just over 2 hours 40 minutes so thought that in a race situation I could get closer to 2 hours 30 minutes. Once the race started I found myself running next to someone who seemed to be going at the same pace as me and a after a quick conversation I realised we were both looking for the same time. We then ran alongside each other for the rest of the race, we didn’t really communicate it but there were times when each of us was struggling to keep up the pace and having someone there to drag you along was invaluable. The experience did make me think about how we assign tasks in the workplace and the incredible value of working together. In the end we ended beating our shared target time by about 3 minutes which has given me lots of confidence for my first marathon in just over three weeks’ time!