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March Mojo Madness

It's been a little over a month since I publicly declared my intent to accomplish some things in 2011, and I figure I'm slightly overdue for a checkup to see how my mojo's doing.

Physical Health

  1. Exercise 3 times weekly

    Chris and I have established a daily walk break, which we are mostly being good about sticking to, though less so as work pressures and schedules ebb and flow. But we're walking more often than not, so that's a start, and we'll be adding stairs soon. I need to make time for something more strenuous, though--at the very least so I'll have something more to report on Heia Heia.

  2. Weight: 175 pounds

    I'm under 190 again (woohoo!), thanks largely to the daily walks. Now to make sure I keep heading the right direction.

  3. Floss daily

    Not doing as well as I'd like, but I printed up a one-page, full-year calendar that I can mark every day to build and visually reinforce a "winning streak" that I will be innately motivated not to break. It's posted right next to my sink, so I see it at the right times. Where this approach failed me in the past was that I'd printed just a single month and quickly lost the winning streak motivation when I failed to get a replacement month printed and posted; switching to the full year should, I hope, correct this.

  4. Fix my sleep cycle

    Improving, but still not perfect. I'm rarely up until 3 any more, and even the 0200 bedtimes are increasingly infrequent. I'm still going past 1 AM more than I'd like, though.

Mental Health: Professional, Nerd, and Hobby Goals

  1. Speak at PyCon

    I'm in the process of fine-tuning my talk now, and in less than a week this goal will be behind me (woot!). I won't lie to you, Marge, I'm still going to be pretty stressed about it for the next couple of days.

  2. Catch up on photo uploads

    Stalled out due to work schedule, conference schedule, personal life, and PyCon prep. And Mass Effect. Meh.

  3. Restart From Python Import Podcast

    We recorded and released a new episode in January! Unfortunately due to scheduling and technical difficulties, our February session failed to happen, and we probably won't be recording until after PyCon. I hope, though, that this will give us a chance to compare and contrast our PyCon and CodeMash experiences. From there we can hopefully settle into either a bi-monthly or monthly cadence that has some predictability to it.

  4. Figure out what my job is

    Working on it a little bit. In my "copious spare time".

  5. Read Clean Code

    It's been living in my daughter's ballet bag so that I can read a chapter or two every week. I'm into the "Code Smells and Heuristics" chapter, so I feel good overall here.

  6. Read at least one book per month

    Between Clean Code and The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, I'm doing pretty good at making progress on books and modeling reading behaviors for my daughter, but I'm not doing so great on finishing things. Hopefully when I'm spending less of my evenings refactoring wiki documentation or tinkering on slides in Keynote I will have the mental energy to do better at this.

  7. Blog twice monthly

    Thrice in January, twice in February, and here's 50% of my self-imposed obligation for March. Check!

  8. Launch at least one personal code project

    I've got my smaller project in pretty good, nearly launchable state. My plan is to do some final spiffing up and then use the PyCon lightning talks to formally announce it to the world. Exciting!

    Chris and I continue to have high-level discussion about the larger project, which now has a private repository on Github, as well as a manifesto to describe its goals.


  1. Attend Clepy six times

    Scheduling continues to be a problem. I'm naught for two here.

  2. Monthly game night

    Have done a little bit of Rock Band but no non-videogame night yet. Admittedly I've been holding off until after PyCon so that I could attempt to focus on that.

  3. Monthly photo walk

    Scheduling difficulties prevented this from working out in February; hopefully I can get something on the calendar for post-PyCon.


  1. Car

    I suddenly found myself in the market for a new car in late January, when on a routine inspection, we discovered that my Jetta had three bent tires, a bent tie rod, and various other multi-hundred-dollar issues. All told, it would have basically been a respectable down payment worth of fixes. So, I traded it in and got a 2011 Golf TDI. It's a little tricky to find stations with diesel fuel, but I'm loving the mileage--I'm routinely getting close to 40 mpg in the city, and my best commute averaged just over 44 mpg.

    As a result, though, a lot of my other goals here have been derailed.

  2. New camera body

    Yeah, just bought a car. Not happening for a few months at least.

  3. Fireplace

    No progress.

  4. Computers

    Replaced Liz's laptop with a shiny new iMac about a week before all the car stuff hit. When it rains, it pours... I still need to wipe the old computers.

  5. Mailbox

    Really looking bad now, thanks to all the great winter weather (and consequent plowing) we've had this year. No progress yet, other than a profound sense that we have to do something once spring comes.

  6. Mattress

    No progress.

  7. Budget

    No progress. Going to need to now that I've added a car payment to the mix. After PyCon (yeah, that's the ticket).

I'm not completely satisfied with myself, but I'm encouraged to see some progress on a lot of fronts. In light of my work and conference schedule and my wife's MW travel schedule, I'm pretty happy that anything is happening at all. I think the public retrospective has been helpful too, so I plan to keep this up for a while and see how things go.

Now the question is, how's your mojo doing?

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