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November Mojo Check


Getting this one in early to make sure it happens...

Physical Health

  1. Exercise 3 times weekly

    Finding it too easy to get caught up in work and skipping the daily walk break. Still finding more motivation to stay up late reading, surfing, writing, coding, or gaming than in waking up and running on the elliptical. Meh.

  2. Weight: 175 pounds

    Stalled at 185. Still. Meh.

  3. Floss daily

    Alas, my eight-month winning streak has been broken, thanks to my laziness in the face of needing to open the annoying packaging on a new bottle of mouth wash. It turns out that mise en place is critical to success!

  4. Fix my sleep cycle

    Better. Not perfect. In bed before 1 AM most nights, and sometimes even by midnight. Up until 2 (or beyond) at least once a week, though. And any time the kiddo is up in the night, it seems to throw me off for the next few days.

    Of course we just shifted off of Daylight Savings Time, and that never does good things to me, so... Bleah.

Mental Health: Professional, Nerd, and Hobby Goals

  1. Speak at PyCon -- done!

  2. Catch up on photo uploads

    Finished uploading photos from last November's Disney Cruise. Finally got around to uploading photos of the Jim Gill and Cathy Miller gig that I shot over the summer. I've reviewed the first couple thousand shots from our summer vacations, so I'm starting to make progress climbing out of this hole.

  3. Restart From Python Import Podcast

    For giggles, I submitted the idea of recording an episode live before an audience at PyCon 2012. We'll see what happens.

    Everyone involved seems to be too busy/have other things that are more pressing/more interesting. I suppose this is probably true for me too, or else we'd have a whole bunch more episodes this year than we do.

  4. Figure out what my job is -- done.

  5. Read Clean Code -- done!

  6. Read at least one book per month

    I owe Doug Hellmann a review of his book. It's no excuse, but I've managed to put a couple more chapters down, so I think I may review it without having read the whole thing; I normally don't like to do that, but the book's format lends itself to that.

    Hopefully once I get unjammed on the review this will move a little more. I think the biggest problem here is that I have enough creativity-based things that need doing (photography, blogging, presentation prep, coding projects, etc.) that I don't have a lot of cycles left over for consuming content. I guess what I'm really looking for here is the right balance.

  7. Blog twice monthly

    Back on track. For now.


  1. Attend Clepy six times

    Technically impossible for calendary year 2011 as I've only attended twice this year... But that's twice more than I had been attending, so that's something. Hopefully November's meeting will be exciting enough to draw me away from the glorious adventures of work.

  2. Monthly game night

    Yeah, scheduling grown-ups totally sucks. When did it get so hard to Do Stuff With People?

    I am going to count the tabletop RPG group for this goal, though. The camaraderie is there, the fun is there, and the feel and sound of dice being rolled is so very, very full of win. We're playing through the venerable classic, The Keep on the Borderlands, adapting it slightly to fit the first edition AD&D rules. And it's freaking awesome.

    I did get a video game night in a couple weeks ago... I finally got around to getting a mic stand, so we can now combine guitar and vocals on Rock Band (harder than it sounds, but totally awesome). And we're almost at the end of the multiplayer section of Portal 2 (which is just tremendously fun).

  3. Monthly photo walk

    Didn't photowalk in October, but instead shot photos for the German school's fall fundraiser, so I'm giving myself a pass here.

    Nobody tweeted at me and @codeshaman about getting a walk on the calendar, so I'm going to level some blame at you, too, Internet. I'm not mad... Just disappointed.


  1. New camera body -- done.

  2. Fireplace

    Still deferring. But it may be time to move it off the back-burner.

  3. Computers

    I should just obliterate the things and then there won't be a need to stress about getting them wiped in time for any particular deadline. Clearly... no progress yet.

  4. Mailbox -- done.

  5. Mattress -- done.

  6. Budget -- almost there.

It seems like there's a lot of "meh" in mojo-land this month; a lot of items have stalled, and the backsliding on the health things bothers me.

On the other hand, some kind of switch inside the kiddo seems to have flipped, and now she's going through a major "I love hanging out with Daddy" phase that I'm thoroughly enjoying. She's really into having me share "Daddy music" with her, and ever since she tagged along on the Guitar Center trip to pick up that mic stand, she's been excited about wanting to learn to play the guitar. Of course, it helps that the Mini Squier comes in pink.

I've not heard back on my PyCon talk proposals, but I did have one of my CodeMash talks accepted, so I'll be spending the next two months prepping (and stressing out about) that. And in theory I'm on the hook to make some label art for Rassilon's Emphatic Spittle... What did I say last month about overcommitment?

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