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Weekly review: Week ending February 12, 2016

With W- recovering from a bad cough and my sleep quality going a bit downhill due to other reasons, it’s been mostly about maintenance mode this week. I got a little bit of coding done for both my consulting client and a personal project, but nothing spectacular. I’ve been taking it pretty easy instead: reading e-books, checking out games that friends have recommended, and just generally keeping the house going. On the plus side, the ease of putting together a roast vegetable salad means I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables lately. Yay!

2016-02-13a Week ending 2016-02-12 -- index card #journal #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.5h – 15%)
    • Earn (12.4h – 46% of Business)
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (12.6h – 47% of Business)
      • Drawing (8.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.3h)
    • Connect (1.6h – 5% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.6h – 2%)
    • ☑ Renew pet licence for Neko
    • ☑ Reflect on prickly thoughts
    • ☑ Call mom
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.9h – 4%)
    • Emacs (1.1h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • ☑ Check other window manager for freezing
    • Writing (2.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (13.2h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (34.2h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.4h – 9%)
  • Sleep (67.1h – 39% – average of 9.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 5, 2016

I walked a lot this week – an average of two hours a day, exploring different destinations. It was a bit tiring, but it was good to get out in the sun. =) It was surprisingly warm when I was out by the Stockyards; practically shirt weather.

Lots of cooking this week. Now that our freezer’s mostly full, I’ve been focusing on exploring new recipes. Of the different things I tried this week, I like the roast vegetable salad the most. Nothing fancy, just assorted vegetables roasted and tossed together, but I enjoyed eating it.

More tidying and more preparing. Some sewing, too. I sewed an extra-large pouch, and that was a good opportunity to learn how to add a zipper pull to continuous zipper tape. Now that I know how to do that, I’m tempted to keep a few yards of zipper tape and a small thing of zipper pulls. So handy.

W- bought Final Fantasy 9 during the recent Playstation Network sale, so now we’re playing that. At first I wanted to see how far I could get without a walkthrough. It’s the sort of game that can be much harder if you miss certain items or options, though, so we’re back to referring to the walkthrough regularly.

Some more consulting, too. Transitioning more tasks, updating some neat data visualizations I’d almost forgotten about… Things are going well. =)

2016-02-06a Week ending 2016-02-05 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (18.1h – 10%)
    • Earn (9.2h – 51% of Business)
      • ☑ Prepare invoice
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 46% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.2h)
    • Connect (0.5h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.0h – 4%)
    • ☑ Fix up room
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.4h – 5%)
    • Emacs (1.3h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (2.6h)
    • Writing (5.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.8h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (35.0h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.7h – 9%)
  • Sleep (69.9h – 41% – average of 10.0 per day)

Monthly review: January 2016

January was mostly about planning, people, and preparations. I re-read my blog posts and reviewed my sketches as part of my annual review process. It was great to see the overall patterns from 2015, and from the past ten years that I’ve been here. =)

We had W-‘s family over for a holiday dinner, and we cooked lots of food. Unfortunately, our source for pork belly closed soon afterwards, so we’ve been checking out different places to find a new favourite.

I’ve been gradually transitioning my consulting tasks over to the team. They’re doing wonderfully, and will probably do even more awesome things than I can pull off. =D I’ve also been building little tools for myself, like a web-based interface that lets me use the tablet to review my sketches. Some sewing, some decluttering, some freezer cooking… Everything’s pretty much ready for the next step.

Let’s see how February goes!

2016-02-02c January 2015 -- index card #monthly #review output

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Time

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Weekly review: Week ending January 29, 2016

Another week of preparation. I’ve been gradually turning over more and more of my consulting work to the team, and they’re doing a wonderful job. =) So excited! I hope I’ll be able to check back in with them afterwards to see where they take all of this.

This week’s freezer-filling frenzy was all about lumpia. There are 130 spring rolls in the freezer at the moment. I still have some filling and a package of 50 wrappers in the fridge, so I’ll see how many of those I can fit. Not much freezer space left, though!

Helped J- review for her physics final exam. It was a little frustrating when some of our answers didn’t line up with the answers provided on the review sheet. This is the last physics course she needs to take with this teacher, though, so we’re not stressing out too much about it.

More long walks this week, since I’ve been making that a priority – an average of almost 8k steps a day, with slightly over an hour a day of walking at about 2.6mph (according to the pedometer app I have on my phone). I usually go to the library to drop off and pick up items, and then the supermarket to pick up whatever supplies we need. Nice to get out, and layers keep me warm despite winter.

Next week: more walking, maybe some sewing… We’ll see! =)

2016-01-30a Week ending 2016-01-29 -- index card #journal #weekly

output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (15.8h – 9%)
    • Earn (8.1h – 51% of Business)
      • ☐ [#A] Do monthly data dump
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (7.1h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.1h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.6h – 4% of Business)
  • Relationships (11.0h – 6%)
    • ☑ Coordinate lasagna drop-off for Ewan and Jen
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.6h – 3%)
    • Emacs (2.4h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (1.1h)
    • Writing (0.7h)
    • ☑ Buy toner for printer
  • Discretionary – Play (12.0h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (24.6h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (27.9h – 16%)
  • Sleep (70.2h – 41% – average of 10.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 22, 2016

It’s been a good week of transitions and following up. The new members of the team at my main consulting client are doing an awesome job at the things I used to do, yay!

The Asian grocery store near us has closed, so we’ve been looking for a different source for pork belly. There are a few promising candidates. More freezer preparation, too. This week: tonkatsu!

Minor panic over something I ordered not being the right size, but fortunately we were able to swap it for something that was. Yay return policies!

I’ve been going for more walks. I’ve loaded up my Kindle with fiction and developer references, and that seems to be a good fit for the cold. Lots of drawing, too, now that I’ve gotten my old-sketch review process sorted out. =)

Next week: more prep work, maybe some sewing…

2016-01-23a Week ending 2016-01-22 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (25.2h – 15%)
    • Earn (9.4h – 37% of Business)
      • ☑ Document scraping
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (15.3h – 60% of Business)
      • Drawing (12.7h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • ☑ Issue T4
    • Connect (0.5h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.4h – 4%)
    • ☑ Clear out old medications
    • ☑ Greet my dad happy birthday
    • ☑ Coordinate lasagna drop-off for Ewan and Jen
    • ☑ Look for a new source for pork belly
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.4h – 7%)
    • Emacs (3.6h – 2% of all)
      • ☑ Host 2016-01-16 Emacs Hangout
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (1.1h)
      • ☑ Check on snaps
    • Writing (6.3h)
    • ☑ Work on sketch browser
    • ☑ Call TD to change dividends to cash
    • ☑ Rebalance RRSP
    • ☑ Clear out bonds in locked RRSP
    • ☑ Figure out how to get the Org Mode Manual onto my Kindle
  • Discretionary – Play (11.5h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (30.9h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (13.8h – 8%)
  • Sleep (64.8h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 15, 2016

This week was about preparation. I’ve been gradually winding up my consulting-related projects, and I’m delighted that the team’s well-prepared to do all sorts of awesomeness.

We’ve been thinking about our household routines and the organization of our things, too. More decluttering, more organizing… things are slowly becoming smoother. This is good.

I stocked the freezer with lots of lasagna and brainstormed other things that would be good to make in bulk. I thought about our backup plans for cooking, too. We like home-cooked meals a lot, and there are a number of recipes we’re comfortable throwing together with little time or energy. We’re not too keen on delivery or take-out, although they’ll do in a pinch.

More sewing, and more wrapping up of old projects or loose scraps. I’ve run into a small supply-chain problem: the snaps I ordered haven’t arrived yet. Might have been delayed due to the holidays, or might have gotten lost in the shuffle. I’ve contacted the eBay seller, and I’ll look into other sources too. Ah well! No big deal. Fortunately, I’ve been working on projects roughly in order of priority, and everything is optional anyway.

More fiddling with tech. I flipped through a few e-books on the tablet since I can check out books from the library on it. It’s okay, although my Kindle is a little easier to hold. I’ve tried out a few games, too, so we’ll see how that goes. Setting up FlickFolio to shuffle through my sketchbook has been a good way to nudge me to reflect on previous thoughts and draw updates.

Oh, and I’ve filed the business paperwork I needed for my personal tax return. (Keener!) Now all I have to do is wait for the tax slips from banks, which will probably come in March. At least my part is out of the way!

2016-01-17a Week ending 2016-01-15 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (27.0h – 16%)
    • Earn (17.0h – 62% of Business)
      • ☑ Check on work
      • ☑ Sort out scraping
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.1h – 29% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.9h)
      • Paperwork (0.9h)
    • Connect (2.0h – 7% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.0h – 5%)
    • ☑ Set up bathroom
    • ☑ Pick up clothes, give lasagna
    • ☑ Research lighting
    • ☑ Send a note to the Hattoris
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.8h – 8%)
    • Emacs (0.9h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Announce Hangout
      • ☑ Host 2016-01-16 Emacs Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Writing (6.2h)
    • Sewing (2.5h)
    • ☑ Check out Value Village sale
    • ☑ Explore Flickr apps for the Android tablet
  • Discretionary – Play (10.2h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (24.9h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (15.2h – 9%)
  • Sleep (68.0h – 40% – average of 9.7 per day)