Aug 5 - Aug 11

The photo (above) is one I took during this morning’s “hike” around Capitol Park. there were so many pretty trees and flowers; it was such a nice walk. Feel free to download/save it for your desktop or wallpaper.

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one | walk like an egyptian

Each morning, Monday through Friday, we have woken up at 6 AM and walked for at least 30 minutes. We wanted to make sure that we fit in time to exercise but added benefits include 1) closing our exercise ring on the Apple Watch first thing, so we don’t worry about doing so for the rest of the day, 2) morning walk helps to wake and energize us for the rest of the day, 3) sunrises are pretty and pair well with the cool morning air, and 4) 30-minutes for my wife and I to just talk to each other, no screens or distractions.

It’s becoming one of my favorite things to do.

We also completed the first 60 Within 60 hike (which I wrote about in last week’s newsletter). It’s called the Capitol Park Loop, and we essentially wandered around Capitol Park for a couple hours. I constantly joked with Michelle that this was more of a walk than a hike. Then I demonstrated the difference the between a walk (steps on the concrete paths) versus a hike (steps on unpaved areas). Trust me, it was hilarious.

two | hazy shade of winter

This week, I had to do some labs. The nurse working the lab station made me feel like I was inconveniencing her by well, being there? She was very short in her instructions and didn’t once make eye contact. I was worried that I did something wrong. I thanked her on my way out but she didn’t say anything; she just walked away. I’m sure that I had just caught her at a bad moment/day. It was a good reminder of how much an interaction can mean to someone.

three | in your room

Our (master) bedroom won’t cool down. At least, it won’t without us having to turn on the air conditioner. It’s the only room in the entire house that won’t cool down. I think it’s the layout of the house, paired with the direction the front and back face (the bedroom is in the back). We have tried opening various window combinations to try to get a wind tunnel through there. Nope. So I bought another fan to compliment the ceiling fan. Hoping this works. Our electric bill was too high this past month.

four | hero takes a fall

I lost 8.4 pounds this week. It’s a start. I’m very much looking forward to losing more. Like I alluded to (last week), some health news knocked me on my ass. Here’s to standing up.

five | manic monday

I’m dreading this coming week. There will be a lot of UAT (User Acceptance Testing) before we launch a new registration portal (at the end of the month). Our users, not unlike any other software’s users, want every feature implemented in their personally specific way and they want it immediately. And they use UAT as a way to submit new requirement requests (instead of pass/fail feedback on the existing software).

I also have a final project due (school). I’m about 35% of the way there. It’s just making sure I ration the time (and mental energy) to complete it.

Recently Read

Why We Fell for Clean Eating - This is an interesting look at the trend. It doesn’t surprise me that some took it so far that they made themselves sick. It doesn’t surprise me that marketing departments tried to capitalize on it. It does surprise me that (royal) we keep falling for these things.

Research Reveals a Surprising Solution for Anxiety - Basically, treat yourself better. My anxiety has increased a lot over the past couple of years and it correlates to my loss of confidence in myself. Be kind to yourselves, please.

Monday Zen: Is That So? - I really liked this post from Empty Your Cup, one of the daily newsletters I subscribe to.

Recently Watched

Nothing new to report here. We’ve been working our way through reruns of “Parks and Recreation” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on Netflix.

For me, “Parks and Recreation” is one of those shows that just got better the further it went though, the Tom character is really annoying for the entire series.

My wife likes the Wesley Crusher character, in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, whereas I (very much) do not. I also seem to have blocked out how Data (character) heavy this series was.

Recently Listened

I let our Apple Music subscription end, this week. It definitely had some perks but, I just couldn’t get over paying a monthly charge for it. Chalk it up to being an “older” generation or whatever else. I just prefer buying specific songs and albums over subscribing to a library. And I miss physical media (CDs, cassettes, DVDs, etc.).

In rotation, this week: The Black Crows, Led Zeppelin, and Japanese Breakfast.

[Podcast] Reply All: INVCEL - This is a replay of one of their most popular episodes. It still remains one of the creepiest things that I have ever heard, learning how toxic online male communities can be.

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