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Weekly review: Week ending October 2, 2015

My tiny corporation’s fiscal year ended this week. I did a dry run of corporate tax preparation so that there won’t be any surprises when I file. Reconciled bank statements, corrected transactions, compensated for the exchange rate, followed up on stuff… Looks like it’s all ready to go once the final statements come in.

In terms of sewing, this week I focused on learning more about patterns. I used tmtp to write Python scripts that drafted basic shirt patterns, but I still need to sew muslins to test whether the patterns make sense. (Some of the pieces look a little weird…) It’s been a slow week because things still feel pretty theoretical, but maybe I’ll spend next week knocking out a few small sewing projects so I have more of that feeling of accomplishment.

Also, I got to chat with cool people about Emacs and life. =) Thanks to Bill Z. for reaching out!

2015-10-03a Week ending 2015-10-02 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (16.2h – 9%)
    • Earn (11.7h – 71% of Business)
      • File September invoice
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (4.6h – 28% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.1h)
      • Paperwork (4.4h)
        • Enter transactions into Quickbooks
        • Doublecheck tax installments
        • Do Paypal USD conversion
        • Credit back personal amount for telephone expenses
        • Sort out GST/HST Payable account
        • Fix depreciation
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.7h – 3%)
    • Meet Bill Z
  • Discretionary – Productive (21.6h – 12%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Renew livinganawesomelife.com
    • Sewing (17.1h)
    • Writing (4.6h)
      • Try creating a Python pattern
      • Pattern-making: Generating SVGs for sewing with Python and tmtp
  • Discretionary – Play (15.3h – 9%)
  • Personal routines (30.5h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (15.2h – 9%)
  • Sleep (63.4h – 37% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 25, 2015

This was an excellent week for making things and for getting things done.

We spent Saturday reorganizing the pantry and freezer, throwing out things that had long since expired. We dedicated an eye-level area for snacks and things that weren’t too far past their expiration date, and we’ve been making excellent progress going through these. The new system seems to be working well.

Two sewing milestones! I modified a pattern to add a zipper and a gathered section, and that worked out nicely. I also sewed my first buttoned shirt. It looks recognizably shirt-like, hooray! I want to make a few comfy flannel shirts, but a wide-ranging search of fabric stores didn’t turn up the kind of flannel I was looking for. Oh well, I’ll just keep looking. In the meantime, I’ve added quite a few yards to my stash. I look forward to sewing my way through them. I’m also curious about generating SVG patterns based on measurements, especially if I can use them (with a little modification) for laser cutting.

A couple of new things for cooking, too. We’ve settled into a bubble tea / ginataan routine at home, both nice afternoon treats. I learned how to make tapioca pearls from scratch, too. I made corned beef steamed buns using a bun mix from the Asian supermarket. The dough needs a little work, but the filling was perfect. Yum.

Motivated by a podcast session on Friday with Daniel Gopar (we talked about the Emacs community), I finally got around to splitting up the Emacs Conf 2015 videos into individual talks and assembling them into a playlist.

Whee! Next week: Paperwork, sewing, and hanging out with people…

2015-09-28a Week ending 2015-09-25 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (11.3h – 6%)
    • Earn (5.6h – 49% of Business)
    • Build (5.4h – 47% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.4h – 3% of Business)
  • Relationships (0.0h – 0%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (24.3h – 14%)
    • Emacs (6.2h – 3% of all)
      • Process Emacsconf videos
      • Announce Emacs Hangout
    • Check out open source tools for patternmaking
    • Sewing (14.6h)
      • Make buttoned shirt
    • Writing (1.6h)
  • Discretionary – Play (13.9h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (31.0h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (22.2h – 13%)
  • Sleep (65.1h – 39% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 18, 2015

Baking season! The days have been a bit cool recently, so I made biscotti and quiche. It feels great to get back into the swing of making food. Can’t let W- have all the fun. =) Still eating small portions, but getting more energy back.

Lots of sewing this week. I followed a tutorial for drafting a simple peasant top, and it turned out wonderfully. For the fabric, I used a cotton bedsheet that I picked up from the thrift store because I liked the colour and the feel of the fabric. I added a phone-sized cat-shaped pocket just because I could. Whee! I think I’ll spend some time writing up notes on the patterns and tutorials I’ve tried out so far, and then use those lessons learned to revise my plans for learning more. I want to modify my basic top pattern to include a front closure. I’ll probably pick up some embroidery floss, too, so I can look into embellishing some things for gifts.

Extra consulting on Tuesday. It was nice to spend some time improving prototypes and getting things ready for the next phase.

Oh, and lots of paperwork for the business! The end of my fiscal year is coming up, so I crunched the numbers to see whether it makes sense to file my health expenses through the business (I set up a PHSP for that) or keep them for my tax return. The PHSP won this year, so I assembled all my paperwork, cross-referenced and double-checked all my claims, and sent the package off. It’s nice to be comfortable with this kind of number-crunching. I’ll be doing my own corporate tax return, too. It should be pretty similar to last year’s tax return. The Canada Revenue Agency’s actually quite nice to talk to whenever I need clarification.

I reached another personal milestone and now my mornings are now slightly more pleasant. Hooray!

Next week: More sewing, more long walks, more everything. =)

2015-09-20e Week ending 2015-09-18 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (15.4h – 9%)
    • Earn (12.7h – 82% of Business)
    • Build (2.7h – 17% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.7h)
      • Paperwork (2.0h)
        • Comparison-shop for TurboTax
        • Check health expenses tradeoff for FY2014-2015
        • Buy TurboTax Business Incorporated
        • Round up the receipts for the PHSP
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.4h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.1h – 7%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Process Emacsconf videos
    • Sewing (13.1h)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (21.6h – 12%)
  • Personal routines (27.8h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (13.8h – 8%)
  • Sleep (72.8h – 43% – average of 10.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 11, 2015

More sewing. I’m becoming pretty comfortable with the idea that I can make things that are as good as the things I find in store (at least the basic things that I’ve been eyeing for starters).

We spent some time in Borderlands 2 farming for a specific item called The Bee. It really does change the game, even after the modification.

Lots of walking this week, despite the cooler weather and the return of the major bleahs. Yoga, too, and catching up with friends. Still, slowly, slowly…

2015-09-12b Week ending 2015-09-11 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (14.2h – 8%)
    • Earn (8.2h – 57% of Business)
    • Build (6.0h – 42% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.8h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (20.1h – 11%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.0h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (40.2h – 23%)
  • Unpaid work (3.4h – 2%)
  • Sleep (74.3h – 44% – average of 10.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 4, 2015

That was a great week for getting things sorted out around the house. The basement laundry room and bathroom are now in order. Just in time, too, since the upstairs bathroom was out of commission for a few days because of bathtub reglazing. Everything worked out.

Having a washing machine handy again means being able to preshrink fabric and sew them into interesting things, hooray! I did a ton of sewing, and I’m looking forward to doing even more.

Still feeling under the weather. Lots of sleep, a little exercise, and and low expectations (basically, just sewing and a bit of consulting) are keeping me sane.

Also, the Emacs conference was awesome! I think the other organizers are still processing the videos, so they videos aren’t up yet. But soon!

2015-09-12a Week ending 2015-09-04 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (21.5h – 12%)
    • Earn (13.6h – 63% of Business)
    • Build (4.6h – 21% of Business)
      • Drawing (4.6h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (3.3h – 15% of Business)
  • Relationships (17.4h – 10%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (29.3h – 17%)
    • Emacs (17.1h – 10% of all)
    • Sewing (11.0h)
    • Writing (1.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (5.2h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (27.4h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (4.1h – 2%)
  • Sleep (63.0h – 37% – average of 9.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending August 28, 2015

Hypothesis: Time slept is positively correlated with feelings of accomplishment, instead of being negatively correlated as I might expect. When I think I’ve done a lot, I’m often surprised to find I slept quite a fair bit, too. (Conversely: when I’m surprised by how much the review tells me I’ve done, oddly, I’m usually also surprised by how average my sleep has been.)

Well, this week was a special case: more physical activity than usual, thanks to tiling, and lots of social interaction as well. So yeah, more sleep makes total sense.

Hmm. A fun way to test this hypothesis is to do the sorts of things that make me feel accomplished and awesome, and sleep as I need or want to. It’s not a rigorous test, but it’s hard to see a downside to this plan. =) Maybe they’re not really correlated at all, and it’s just my brain trying to see patterns.

2015-09-03a Week ending 2015-08-28 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (11.3h – 6%)
    • Earn (9.9h – 87% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (1.4h – 12% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (19.0h – 11%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • Emacs (4.6h – 2% of all)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (20.2h – 12%)
  • Personal routines (28.2h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (5.0h – 2%)
  • Sleep (69.0h – 41% – average of 9.9 per day)