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December Mojo Check

Well, since I didn't manage to do any other blogging in November, I might as well do this one so that it happens, right?

Physical Health

  1. Exercise 3 times weekly

    We've been holed up in a remote part of the AG campus for the last month to focus on getting some awesome stuff done before Christmas. It's about a quarter mile walk to the main building, which means any time we need to run back over there, we're looking at a minimum half mile walk; rather than annoying, I find this invigorating.

    I'm also considering walking in next weekend's "Running of the Santas", but I may just show up with the camera to take pictures instead.

  2. Weight: 175 pounds

    Stalled at 185. Still. Meh. At least it's not going the other way.

    On the plus side, I've noticed that I'm a little trimmer around the middle, which is kind of a nice surprise.

  3. Floss daily

    Mostly back on track, but disrupted by the past week of bad fever and cold.

  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 yes, the shift off of daylight savings really threw me.

Mental Health: Professional, Nerd, and Hobby Goals

  1. Speak at PyCon -- done!

  2. Catch up on photo uploads

    Still haven't uploaded the summer vacation photos, but I'm keeping tabs on rating and reviewing things, and I just posted a set that I shot last night at Westlake City Hall that was a ton of fun.

  3. Restart From Python Import Podcast

    Still no joy here. Everyone's busy.

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

    And actively working with my boss to continue to grow and refine the position I'm in. This is good.

  5. Read Clean Code -- done!

  6. Read at least one book per month

    I think I'm giving up on this at this point.

  7. Blog twice monthly

    Nope, not quite. I've got some thoughts brewing, but really have to make sure I prioritize my time. Blogging takes a back seat to the urgent work things and CodeMash talk prep that must happen.


  1. Attend Clepy six times

    I don't even think there was a meeting in November for me to miss. Kind of sad about that, actually.

  2. Monthly game night

    Finished multiplayer Portal 2. Woohoo!

    The lunchtime Dungeons and Dragons group continues; we seem to have settled into a good, once-a-week rhythm that keeps us all hungry for more.

  3. Monthly photo walk

    Didn't manage to get a real walk on the schedule (again, sigh), but did a nighttime shoot at the German school's St. Martin's lantern parade, as well as some extensive shooting at Lego Kids Fest, as well as St. Nicholas' visit to the German school on Saturday, so I'm feeling photographically fulfilled. I miss the companionship and the distance of the walk, though.


  1. New camera body -- done.

  2. Fireplace

    Nope. Not in 2011. Other priorities.

  3. Computers

    Nope. Old junky ones still sitting around.

  4. Mailbox -- done.

  5. Mattress -- done.

  6. Budget -- almost there.

    On the plus side, we're in striking distance of paying off our home equity debt, last year's washer/dryer purchase is almost done, and Liz's iMac is almost paid for, so good things are about to happen on the cash flow front.

I feel kind of lame for not being able to hit the "twice a month" blogging target, but that's how it goes, I guess, when priorities have to shift for the holidays. I'm half tempted to post our end-of-year letter, but that feels a little bit like cheating.

The mojo? I guess it's all right. I didn't nail everything, but I did get good progress, and good results, on a lot of things. I've spoken before a crowd of over 1400 people. I've launched a personal project. I'm gaming socially. I'm growing as a photographer as well as a professional software wrangler. I've lost some weight. I've made my home a better place. I've made my dentist complain about being bored by my checkups. I've pushed to actually read a few things that I otherwise would have never gotten to. I'm loving my job. And I've got some things to keep working on--heck, I wouldn't want to get bored either, right?

All in all, I don't think that's too shabby.

So--as 2011 winds down--how's your mojo doing?

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