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Cinco de Mojo

Another month has passed since my last check-in, so let's see how I'm doing...

Physical Health

  1. Exercise 3 times weekly

    The daily walk break has become pretty irregular over the past couple of weeks as Chris's work stress level has ratcheted up. We need to add stairs to the walk (or outdoors now that the weather is occasionally decent). But I also need to start doing something independent as well if I'm really going to do this for real.

  2. Weight: 175 pounds

    Stalled around 186, largely due to the poor results above.

  3. Floss daily

    I'm on a winning streak since March; I think I've got this one licked. Vigilance, of course, is key.

  4. Fix my sleep cycle

    I still seem to stay up until I hit the wall (and sometimes even beyond), but where that wall is seems to be in a bit of flux. Disappointed by my lack of change here.

Mental Health: Professional, Nerd, and Hobby Goals

  1. Speak at PyCon -- done!

  2. Catch up on photo uploads

    Slowly making some progress here. The next big obstacle is the backlog of Disney cruise photos.

  3. Restart From Python Import Podcast

    We failed to record in April, so we need to schedule something this month. Need to. Need, need, need to.

  4. Figure out what my job is

    This seems to actually be happening, albeit in a somewhat organic and not always planned way--but that's probably okay since it's working out well enough.

  5. Read Clean Code

    Turns out there was less of this left to finish than I thought there was. Done! I can't recommend it enough--I can already tell that it's one of those "formative experiences" that will shape my approach to programming for the rest of my life. If I had a time machine, I'd send this back to the me of 1995 and save myself a lot of hard lessons.

  6. Read at least one book per month

    I need to double down on The Making of the Empire Strikes Back and then find some lighter/faster reading that I can catch up with. And maybe play Dragon Age a little less.

  7. Blog twice monthly

    Five posts in April. This is a new record for the resurrected blog (discounting the daily posts from last November's Disney cruise). Woot.

  8. Launch at least one personal code project

    Done! Of course, I've racked up at least three other things that I want to start, as well as having a number of features that I want to add to How Old Is My Kid. Frankly, I'm ready for a Thunderbolt port in the back of my head so that I can just dream all these other things into existence without them having to come out of my fingers.


  1. Attend Clepy six times

    Total fail so far--three missed opportunities. I'm totally going next week, though, and I did attend the first of the Cleveland Mobile Monday meetups in April...

  2. Monthly game night

    Total scheduling fail continues. Amid Liz's travel schedule and all the other things going on, this just isn't getting prioritized. Maybe in May...?

  3. Monthly photo walk

    Kind of back on track. Chris and I got in a good [three-mile walk in downtown Cleveland(/2011/04/24/april-photo-walk-downtown-cleveland/) last month. Hopefully we can make something happen in May.


  1. Car

    I got 46.2 mpg on my drive home tonight. Loving the TDI. Still, I really dislike having a car payment again.

  2. New camera body

    Keeping my eyes out for any sales as we get close to Memorial Day or Father's Day--I'm thinking about a Canon T2i or T3i, but might be convinced to do something else... I like the 7D but in fairness to my wife (and random strangers who I might have to hand the camera to and say "take our picture, please!") I feel like the automatic/cheater modes are really useful (or at least polite).

  3. Fireplace

    No progress. Probably won't be any until Autumn.

  4. Computers

    Nope, still haven't wiped the old computers. Missed our "Old Computer Round-Up". Sigh.

  5. Mailbox

    The wind and weather over the past couple weeks have pretty much killed the old mailbox. The good news is that a replacement is lined up and will be properly, professionally installed soon--maybe even tomorrow if the weather holds up long enough!

  6. Mattress

    No progress. Sigh.

  7. Budget

    No progress. Probably won't be any until after Liz's exam in June. Sigh.

Doing okay, I suppose, and starting to crack a couple of the long-standing issues like the mailbox, but I'd like to be doing better. Harrumph.

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