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June Mojo Check

It's hard to believe how fast the months are flying by this year. I swear it was only March the other day...

Physical Health

  1. Exercise 3 times weekly

    Our workplace has started a walking challenge using Walker Tracker, which has netted us all free pedometers. So now I get great feedback about how (badly) I'm doing day to day. But it helps get me moving at least a little bit, which helps. The weather's been too awful to walk outside much during the day, so it's probably time to add the stairs that I keep putting off.

  2. Weight: 175 pounds

    Moving slower on this than I want to, but I'm now regularly at 185 instead of 186, so I'll claim some progress there. It feels like a good benchmark, psychologically. More than ten down, only ten to go!

  3. Floss daily

    My winning streak paid dividends this week at my dental checkup. It's still unbroken since March, so I'm pretty happy about this.

  4. Fix my sleep cycle

    This is still a mess. Maybe time to start a separate "winning streak" calendar for sleep.

Mental Health: Professional, Nerd, and Hobby Goals

  1. Speak at PyCon -- done!

  2. Catch up on photo uploads

    I'm current on everything except Disney Cruise stuff from last fall; the blocker there seems to be fixing the dates and locations in the scans that I ended up needing to do to fix problems with the initial film processing. I've at least created a smart album to help winnow down the upload selections, so maybe that'll all start to happen soon.

  3. Restart From Python Import Podcast

    No recording in April or May, and nothing yet scheduled for June. This seems to be falling apart as we all have more pressing or interesting distractions. Meh.

  4. Figure out what my job is

    I think I more or less have this covered, at least for now. Whew!

  5. Read Clean Code -- done!

    If you haven't, you should.

  6. Read at least one book per month

    I just finished The Making of the Empire Strikes Back today. It was long, but thoroughly excellent. But I should probably find something lighter or faster to read so that I can start catching up. I'm excited to dig into Doug Hellmann's The Python Standard Library by Example, but at over 1200 pages, I don't think it qualifies as anything close to "light"--heck, the THUMP it makes when I set it on my desk is downright intimidating!

  7. Blog twice monthly

    This no longer seems to be an issue; it's interesting to see how much it's become dominated by the photography posts over the past couple of months. Not sure that's a bad thing, just... different.


  1. Attend Clepy six times

    Finally made it to a meeting last month; but I haven't heard what the plan is for June, so who knows if I'll go tomorrow or not.

  2. Monthly game night

    Hasn't happened in the sense I was planning on, but I did spend an evening with friends playing Rock Band and Portal 2, so at least I've done something social and gamey.

  3. Monthly photo walk

    Almost derailed, but managed to get on track at the very end of may with a walk around Ohio City. I got in an additional walk last weekend at the zoo with my family, and Chris and I are scheduled to go shooting next weekend, so I'm feeling pretty good on this front.


  1. New camera body

    After lots of waffling, I splurged on a Canon 60D and an upgrade to my walkabout lens--replacing my five-year-old, non-stabilized Tamron 18-200 with Canon's 18-200 IS lens. The stabilization is a huge win, allowing an extra couple of stops of flexibility, and the lens seems to be a lot sharper than its predecessor, so I'm really pleased. Overall I'm loving everything about the 60D, and am pleasantly surprised by how much I'm enjoying shooting some limited amounts of video with it.

  2. Fireplace

    Nada. Deferring even thinking about this for now.

  3. Computers

    Need to figure out when our next "Old Computer Round-Up" is so that I can put a deadline on wiping the old machines that need to leave.

  4. Mailbox

    The replacement is in and rock-solid. My house-based self-image is now doing a lot better.

  5. Mattress

    Nada. Hopefully sometime this summer. We'll see.

  6. Budget

    Zilch, but Liz is done with her big exam, and we've talked about needing to do this, so I think we have a good chance of sorting this out soon.

Minor progress overall, with a few breakthroughs, but I need to figure out if I'm really motivated to make the podcast happen or not; I'm getting tired of flogging the "hey, let's record" message and getting nowhere with it.

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