(last edited on February 15, 2023 at 12:26 pm)
Thursday started at 5AM, having woken up after only a few hours of sleep because I was excited about a couple ideas related to GHDR goals. Since I had been fasting at that point for 32 hours, I was also ready to have breakfast at the nearby Midfield Cafe at our local regional airport. While it was a great breakfast, the combination of food overload and lack of sleep knocked me out for most of the day! Lesson learned…no more giant breakfasts! I’m amazed at how little food it takes to get through the day, and am more inclined to not eat as much in the future because I felt disgusting all day.
So, the rest of Thursday was one of those “bit of this, bit of that” days. I did some review of my GHDR goals, tweaked a few projects from previous days in the smallest of ways, and did a bit of billable work. Not as seemingly productive as the rest of the week, but I think it was productive ENOUGH. Learning to be satisfied with less (which applies to breakfasts too) is a state of mind I aspire to.
This was the first time I had a chance to look over the week’s Groundhog Day Tracker progress and compare it to my updated ETT form. A few observations:
I’m not included contract work related points on this sheet, so I feel like I’m cheating myself a bit here. Maybe I should allow for it, giving a Github commit 5 points for a small feature fix and 10 points for a major feature.
The use of the ETT sheets, even the redesigned one, is still taking a bit of getting used to…something is **slowing me down in its use. It may be the way the black-and-white version tends to become a muddy blur without additional adjustments. Usually the black-and-white version is more than just converting colors into gray tints, including subtle restyling of line elements and type weights to give the page more “pop” than a lazy conversion has.
I’m also finding that I’m not that keen on using the ETT sheets this way, because I’m not that interested in tracking the time anyway. This has me thinking again about splitting the GHDR Tracker into two sheets, one with the poster reference, and the other purely a tracking journal for the week.
The feeling of accomplishment, despite these minor nits about the experience so far, is very high. I think this is coming from the DAILY PROGRESS on a goal, and knowing in my heart that it is legitimate progress. Everything that gets scored with a point directly supports the job, though the result may be many steps away.
The pacing may be too tiring, which is why I’m letting today’s post stay small.
At the end of the day, I scored 5 points total, which is a weekly low. That’s OK. Tomorrow maybe I can start the other project.
A New Frame (and More!)
After breakfast I stopped by A.C. Moore, a crafts store in the area, to look for 18×24 inch frames for my ghdr poster. 18×24 is a good size. The 24×36 inch print I had made is nice, but it’s a bit too big for my space. I spent about 30 minutes looking for 18×24 frames that didn’t suck. Thanksfully, I noticed that some of the more expensive wooden frames were discounted by 50%, which put them in the 20-ish dollar price range I had set for myself. It’s a nice frame!
In podcasting gear news, I also got in some cheap foam windscreens to replace the pop filters on the microphones. This makes the microphones easier to deploy, and the pop filters aren’t constantly moving and falling over.
So, not a huge day, but a few tiny wins in the poster and podcasting gear departments. Because I’m making progress overall, I’m not feeling too bad about the lack of huge milestone progress, but seeing this reflected in my point score is motivating feedback to do more tomorrow. I’m exhausted now, and am going to turn in early. Tomorrow might be a long work day, so I’ll have to play it by ear regarding other projects.
About this Article Series
For my 2016 Groundhog Day Resolutions, I'm challenging myself to make something goal-related every day from February 2nd through December 12. All the related posts (and more!) are gathered on the Challenge Page.
Your breakfast adventures made me remember a similar experience of mine; I was experimenting ways to lose weight, and I tried fasting for a weekend. It is one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life, at some point I was totally immobilized in front of the TV with my bottle of water, fantasizing in a pornographic way about all the kinds of food I was going to stuff myself with on Monday… which I did first thing in the morning. I lost a lot of weight and recovered it almost immediately. The funny thing is, the indigestion cramps I got after the food orgy felt very similar to the hunger cramps of the previous day! Extremes are bad, I guess? And why does our relation with food has to be so complicated? :)
Big breakfasts aren’t bad in themselves. (I could last all day on a B&B Scottish breakfast when I was travelling as an impoverished student in the UK.) From what you say, I suspect the problem was a big breakfast (including more difficult-to-digest fatty foods) after 32 hours of fasting. Those who fast regularly, e.g. for religious reasons, often emphasise the importance of coming out of (and going into) a fast with a light meal that’s mostly vegetables and grains.