Well, it’s been far too long. As Gretchen Rubin likes to say, the days are long, but the years are short. Saturday nights have been relatively uneventful however, so it’s the perfect time for reflection.
I don’t know when I got over my fear of looking stupid. I went to a hackathon today, and although it would have taken me days to code the programs that they put together in the hours we had, I stuck around. I wanted to see the final project, I wanted to see the sausage made and see it through to the end. If anything it inspired me to spend more time coding again, so I can get better. Once this degree is over. Let’s get to December and get one goal done at a time.
What surprises me more is that people are flustered by my inability to care about looking stupid. I have no problem throwing out bad ideas publicly, even if they are bad, because they are part of the process. We need to get through the crap ideas to get to the good ones. People may remember the silly ideas, but the end product is the most important. Who cares if the process is bumpy? You learn along the way, people riff off each other, and the diamond in the rough will emerge.
So who cares if you fall seven times? You’re getting up eight.
Listening to: http://antwon.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-earth
So here we are again. First off, Blogs, I love you, but please stop with the end of year re-posts of all your other posts. Please do something different.
Now that that’s out of my system, I would rather discuss a typical NYE in Chez Boucher.
- Working. Yes, I really enjoy working on NYE. Since many people take the holiday, it’s usually quiet, and it’s a great time to wrap up projects and set up for next year. Since our hosting skills are deferred to next week for the pre-Kickoff party, we don’t make a huge deal out of the holiday.
- Reflection. This is a must-do for me. Since I’m awful at journaling free-hand, I need a prompt. The best one I know is Leonie Dawson’s workbook, which I’ve bought for the third year in a row. Warning: the workbook is reaaaaally girly (watercolors and Goddess talk) and I’ve since unsubscribed to her blog since it got super-salesy in this past year, but the yearly workbook is worth the $10 as it’s super comprehensive. It forces me to get granular with my goals.
- Something fun. Although I will miss watching the annual Monarchs Baby Race, we’re going to the Palace Theatre instead. I’m excited to do something different.
- CNN. Because I can’t get enough of Anderson Cooper, mostly.
I’m ready for an amazing 2013. I’m putting it out there now, and I can’t wait for it to begin.
Since we had an unusually warm winter spring has come sooner than expected, which means I’m running on the road sooner than expected. I’ve had just the running app to test out since then that I must admit is pretty cool. It’s called Zombies, Run! and is available in the app store. They’re currently working on an android version now. This app started out as a kickstarter, but I got in on the pre-order after I read a blog post about it.
Now, I’m not a huge zombie fan, but I love the idea of the gamification of running. Sure, many apps out there try to get you to get your friends to join and compete against each other, but that’s putting it back on me to talk their app up. What I love about this is that I can get started right away, no cajoling required.
I wish I had read the deeper instructions beforehand or had this piece included in the tutorial, but most missions are 20-30 minutes long. I didn’t know this going in and realized that I was way beyond my turn-back point in my run. Not a bad thing, but I would love to set a midpoint time that tells me to head on back. I hear they’re working on audio cues for time, so I’m happy to hear this should be resolved soon.
Also good to know is that if you have the GPS enabled, you can take part in zombie chases, which are basically sprints up to 1 min against a pack of zombies. The faster the beeping, the closer they are, so it’s a great way to get an interval in there.
Basically the gist of the run is story -> song -> story, repeat. The quality of the story voices is great. It’s got a Jericho-ish feeling to it (no, I haven’t seen Walking Dead yet, although I’ve already been told I need to), but I really wish the quality of the voice while the music is playing (the one that tells me I’ve picked up an item) was better. No matter how far I turn up the volume it doesn’t seem to improve. I’m sure that’s also on the way – Runkeeper made great improvements on their voice in their later revs, I’m sure they can do the same.
When you get home, you can allocate the supplies you picked up into different areas of the compound and build it up. I’m interested to see where this goes. They’ve also slated improvements such as RunKeeper integration, celebrity voices, and other fun things, but I have to say at first blush this app is pretty great. I’ll spend anything to keep my running habit up!
The other half of painting the upstairs includes finishing the bedroom. After finishing the loft, my painting resources (aka, my husband) would not be available to help for quite a while. So sometimes, you just have to do it yourself.
This is what I like to call sprint-painting. This occurred over a weekend where I didn’t have anything scheduled and my husband was scheduled for most of the weekend. Here’s how it went down:
Friday 10pm: Wash the layer of dust off, sleep in the middle of the room.
Sprint 3 – Saturday 11am: Shuffle stuff around and paint the other half while the first half dries. Head out and find lunch.
Sprint 4 – Saturday 3pm: Shuffle stuff back and paint the 2nd coat.
Sprint 5 – Saturday 8pm: Have your husband call and ask, “you painted? really?”