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Friday
Oct122012

Friday Roundup for 12 October 2012

My “weekly” check-in of where I’m at.

Body and Mind

The good news is that (a) I’ve figured out how to reliably get eight hours of sleep, and (b) I’m about 10x better at everything when I do so. The not so good news is that after six weeks running 12-15 miles a week, I developed a slight bit of extensor tendonitis (aka “turf toe”) in my right foot. I’ve been resting it and doing some stretches to help prevent a recurrence, so I’m not feeling too bad about it

Friends and Family

Two good friends of ours are getting married today, and we were happy to wish them well at a dinner in their honor last night.

Creating

Last weekend’s Dying Kingdoms event was fantastic; I can hardly wait for the climax of the story arc at the end of this year. I also finished off two knitting projects and started on something brand new. Instant Karma is also rehearsing again after our September hiatus, and I’m looking forward to our two November shows.

Absorbing

The big highlight this week seeing Peter Gabriel in concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl — including the So album in its entirety. If you have a chance to catch this tour, do so.

Things I’ve read:

Professional

The Coaching Agile Teams course I attended last month continues to weave its way into my head on a nearly daily basis. Where it’s pointing me at now is research on the positivity/negativity ratio.

The Weekend

Tonight, meeting up with DK folks to eat German food and debrief last weekend’s game. Then it’s putting the house back in order after a weekend away. If I’m lucky, I’ll get a short recovery run in.

You?

Friday
Aug032012

Friday Roundup for 3 August 2012

My weekly check in of where I’m at.

 Body and Mind

I had forgotten that whenever I start to get back into a routine of regular exercise, the fourth week is the one where I suddenly become hungry all the time. This week kicked up to five days of running, but they’re all still light days, so I haven’t had any excuses not to do them. I haven’t been as good about tending to my (as Judd refers to it ) “sleep hygiene” and by Wednesday I was getting a little bleary-eyed. Last night was better, though, and it confirmed that if I want to be at my best, I need to get eight hours of sleep a majority of the nights of the week.

 Friends and Family

Between last Saturday’s tabletop game in Los Angeles and the Wednesday night debrief we hosted, I saw a ton of Dying Kingdoms’ folks this week. Now we’re up in Santa Clara for the West Coast Meeplefest, an annual gathering of sixty or so boardgamers we’ve been attending for about five years now. Most of the people here we see only once a year, and it’s good to be back.

 Create

Last weekend’s Dying Kingdoms game was a ton of fun, and I’m now very excited for the court game on Memorial Day Weekend. With the short work week, I ended up focusing on that more than my own projects, but I did get the fiction recording I’d been working on send of to the podcast editor. (I’ll let you know what it was when it airs.) Now I need to start digging in and preparing for the the Houses of the Blooded game I’m helping run at the convention at the end of the month. And next week my long-form improv team starts back up, now that Talia’s back from her honeymoon.

 Absorb

Things I’ve read:
* On Tackling Misconceptions
* The Limits of Control
* The Two Taxi Problem
* The Secret of Malcolm Gladwell’s Success
* Tips on How To Be More Creative by John Cleese
* 10 Charts About Sex
* Letter From a Birmingham Jail
* Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
* News Flash: No One Can Have It All

The soundtrack of the week: Not much.

 Professional

This week was all about staying the course, rather than trying to make big breakthroughs. Kevin was in town this week, and having him practice TDD with Ryan and Carol seemed to have turned out well. We’re taking August off from the book club (because they’ll be out for most of it), so I think we’ll do Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory’s Agile Testing in September. Time to get reading.

 The Weekend

Meeplefest today, tomorrow, and Sunday, with a trip to The Trappist on Saturday and meals with other Bay Area friends sprinkled in as well.

That’s my week and weekend. Yours?

Friday
Jul272012

Friday Roundup for 27 July 2012

My weekly check in of where I’m at.

 Body and Mind

Getting back into the running routine slowly is helping me focus on making time for it, without having to worry so much about pushing myself physically. That’s turning out to be a good combination, as trying to improve on both fronts simultaneously often doesn’t work for me. Next week kicks up to five days a week, so I’m hoping to carry my momentum through.

Sadly, this week hasn’t been as good for me on the “getting eight hours of sleep” front, but I have been doing a much better job of being aware of my mental energy and managing my expectations appropriately. 

 Friends and Family

Between Adam and Diana’s going-away party, Pint Night, both Dying Kingdoms and SCA fighter practices, and crashing Gwen’s knitting circle last night, it’s been pretty social week for me. Replace the going-away party with a trip to LA for a DK tabletop game and add a weekend of board gaming, and this coming week looks much the same.

 Create

Last Saturday’s Spontaneous Broadway show at the VIC was one of the most satisfying improv experiences I’ve ever been a part of. This weekend is a Dying Kingdoms tabletop game that’s at a critical point in the current story arc, so that’s been occupying a lot of my mind. Not much else has gotten done, though I did push out another Paulcast episode. I’ve got another fiction recording that I really should take care of on Sunday, so that should tide me over.

 Absorb

Things I’ve read:
*  What To Make of Finnegan’s Wake?
* I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar
* Castrating Daniel Tosh
* Rituals, Mechanisms, Habits, and Traditions To Ensure An Uncluttered Home
* Maximizing Shareholder Value: The Dumbest Idea in the World
* New Programming Jargon

Podcast episodes:
* Resilience Strategies For a Volatile World
* The Power of the Introvert In Your Office
* Purple Reign

The soundtrack of the week:
* Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club
* Original Broadway Cast, Camelot
* Octarium, Octarium

 Professional

This week’s book club was on the latter half of C++ Coding Standards, which started to get a little arcane even for me. Carol and Ryan summed up much of it as “if you’re tempted to be clever in this way, don’t.” It did point out which areas of the language are still unclear to us, and where we need to spend a little more study. We also spent a little time each day TDDing the Bowling Game, which really paid off today when we refactored the heck out of it at the end. Deliberate practice is your friend.

 The Weekend

Wine tasting and Olympics opening ceremony tonight, DK game tomorrow, and fighter practice on Sunday. 

That’s my week and weekend. Yours?

Friday
Jul202012

Friday Roundup for 20 July 2012

Judd has done these Friday posts for a while, and now I’m giving it a try.

 Body and Mind

My running plans were derailed this spring my some pain in my knee. It turned out to be nothing serious — tightness in my IT Band that I’ve been able to treat with some quality time on a foam roller — but it kept me away from my routine long enough that I’ve basically needed to start over. I’m on a schedule right now that’s a mixture of running and walking, but the key part is that it’s exactly the same time commitment for the first six weeks. This was week two of remembering that I need to carve out time to stay active, and thus far it’s going well. I’m also getting more sleep and cutting back on some of my plans, which is doing wonders for my stress level.

 Friends and Family

I had a great time visiting my parents, sister, and nephew over Fourth of July. Last weekend were two weddings. This week had several serendipitous encounters with friends. Tonight is a going-away party for two friends who are (unfortunately for us, but good for them) moving to Portland next week. It’s a whole kaleidoscope of human experience.

 Create

Gwen and I have been swapping hobbies: She’s teaching me to knit, and I’m helping her get starting playing Dying Kingdoms with me. Those two have consumed most of my time. Instant Karma is on hiatus this month (one the members being a central figure in one of last weekend’s weddings), and I’ve been trying to make to the VIC more often. Speaking of which: I’m on stage tomorrow.

 Absorb

I’ve been soaking up the backlog of podcasts and articles that have been stacking up recently.

Things I’ve read:
* The Quotable Darryl Sutter, 2012
* The Best Strategy For Reducing Stress
* Just Another Princess Movie
* Backsliding Can Help You Fine Tune Your Routines
* How To Become Creative — The Short Honest Truth
* How Leaders Become Self Aware

The soundtrack of the week:
* Beastie Boys, The Mix-Up
* Sting, Into The Labyrinth

 Professional

Ryan, Carol, and I have been doing two things at work that I’m excited about: a bi-weekly book club and daily code katas. The latter has really been helping us explore the nuances of TDD and get it in our fingers and heads. I’m also quite looking forward to the Coaching Agile Teams course that I’ll be attending in mid-September.

 The Weekend

Party tonight, VIC show tomorrow, VIC workshop and DK fighter practice on Sunday. Hoping to squeeze in some Tour de France watching and maybe an ad hoc beer tasting, but we’ll see.

That’s my week and weekend. Yours?

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