Achievement Unlocked: April 2018

I’m starting to get that feeling where I’m a little bored of writing these monthly recaps. Half of it comes from the fact that I forget and get lazy because a monthly recap is not something I feel super passionate about. The other half is that I forget what happens in a month, but that’s something I am trying to do better at.

My friend and my new manager at work, Chris, encouraged me to write down the things I learn about JavaScript as I go along, not only because I’m bound to forget them, but because it will be easier to look back and see a collection of my learnings and see my progress. It can be hard visualising progress when you’re in the thick of it. That said, I’ve also tried to do better at writing daily notes not only about learnings, but happenings.

I use a loose form of bullet journalling – loose as in I have daily to-dos and I do the “daily log”, and include events and tasks, and I migrate tasks forward, but I don’t schedule anything or do a future log or any kind of planning. Pretty bullshit way to do it if you ask me. 😆 Over the past two weeks I have attempted to write more “notes” in my daily log. I think it will be more handy when I look back over my notebook.

I keep two notebooks as well, which is a bit redundant. I use one at work and one at home. It distinctly separates what tasks I have at work or that I want to do in my break at work, and the work I do at home. I don’t know if this is beneficial though. I think that for me personally, as someone who strongly believes in leaving work at work unless absolutely necessary, it works – but I feel like there are things I learn at work that should be in my “personal” journal.

All that waffle aside, though, I bought a new dot grid notebook to use for slightly stricter bullet journalling and it’s on it’s way. I got the CIAK Mate soft cover notebook in navy. I’m picky about my notebooks – I prefer soft to hardcover, and I like them to lie flat. I dislike elastic bands and I don’t like notebooks too thick either. This one, at 128 pages, is not as thin as I’d like, but it’s tolerable considering what’s on offer on the Larrypost website I purchased it from. I chose navy because I have been loving it as a new “neutral” colour for clothes and accessories. It surprisingly goes well with a lot of other colours! A bit like dark blue jeans. 😉 I had wanted to buy the same notebook in another colour but I figured I’d see how this one goes first.

Achievement Unlocked: April 2018

OK, onto this month’s review. I hope to actually post my May review on time. 🤣

Just before writing this, I was:

We purchased tickets to visit Alcatraz on our trip to San Francisco in July. Tick!

This past month, I achieved:

  • I completed a first aid course.
  • I went to the Google Women Techmaker’s Summit.
  • I have been trying to catch up on reading blogs and I am at 95 unread posts now – I had started at 600+ a couple of months ago. I think that in April I managed to catch up a lot.
  • Nick and I celebrated six months of marriage at The Grounds, our wedding venue.
  • We saw comedians Ross Noble and James Veitch, live, and they made us laugh a lot. 😆
  • Nick and I went to Melbourne for a few days. We had a lot of good food! 🤤

This past month, I learned:

  • I learned a lot in the first aid course about how to correctly administer first aid. A lot of people think they know how to save someone’s life or stop someone from bleeding or even treat a wound, but you’d be surprised that the correct and advised way to do it is probably not what you think.
  • I understood how to do a few things in JavaScript, including passing a function inside an onClick attribute, and filtering and mapping through data… quite a few things that went over my head at first but that I came to understand.
  • I struggled with a task at work but in the end I was able to complete it. I had been working on it for almost five weeks… I felt really down sometimes because it was very challenging and so out of my comfort zone. But in the end I realised that I could explain the entire scope of the feature without stumbling over my words. Six months ago I would have said something like, “this function I wrote touches this thing here and then asks it to do something based on something in this file somewhere up here…” So knowing I have confidence in explaining the workings of that task makes me happy. 🙂
  • I really dislike rayon/spandex blends used in clothing because the material feels cheap, crinkles easily, and doesn’t last long, and that I should double check anything I purchase to make sure it isn’t made of this. I think this was more of a reminder than something I actually learned though.

This past month, I got bored of:

Eating cereal for breakfast at home.

But that’s OK, because I enjoyed:

Having a protein shake and then eating some hot vegetables and eggs at work. (Yeah, we have chefs – I think most of my readers know that. ☺)

Today, something that made me happy was:

Drinking BeforeYouSpeak coffee. I enjoy the taste and it gives me energy without me crashing. I used it as a pre-workout for the gym today.

Today, something I could have done better was:

I didn’t really give myself enough time to visit the Salmon and Bear restaurant after going to the gym, because by the time I left for the gym the restaurant was about to close. I had really wanted a poke bowl. ☹️ I didn’t time that well.

Tomorrow, I’m going to:

Work from home. I have been working from home this whole week because of my injured leg. I’m not quite ready to face rush hour on public transport and I feel like the office space is going to overwhelm me a bit after the accident down the stairs. 😬 Hopefully have a quiet night in. As I usually do every Friday, haha.

In May, I’m looking forward to:

Well, right now, given that I injured my leg last week, I am really looking forward to it healing and hopefully by the end of the month. 😩

In May, I’m going to make the positive change of:

I want to try to give myself a more relaxing morning and not dive into technology so eagerly. I want to take the time to stretch, walk around, wash my face and wake myself up, hydrate (drink water)…

One thing on my to-do list is:

Amusingly enough there is nothing that ready needs doing that I have written in my notebook. “Write a blog post” was the last thing on it for today, but maybe I will have some things that need doing tomorrow. I do have to write a review blog post for a phone case I received, so there’s that. 🙂

One happy photo from this past month is:

We got a photo with James Veitch! I’m very grateful that he stuck around to meet everyone afterwards.

Two men and a woman, smiling. The man in the middle has his arms around the other two. In the background is decorative bunting reading “ha ha ha”.

If I had to write a book or record a film about this past month, I would call it:

Live Learn Laugh

After I post this, I’m going to:

Get ready for bed. 😆 This seems to be my regular response for this prompt.

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I feel like my bullet journal is more a record to be looked back on rather than really planning for the future too. And a rather spotty record too since sometimes I forget to fill it out. Which rather defeats the purpose, but when I’ve carried forward the same task for like literally a year…. clearly I don’t know how to use the thing lol. I don’t know, I guess it’s just not for me and on some level, I’ve already given up on it. But I persist in some vain hope that it’ll help me sort my life out in some grandiose way… perhaps… one day….

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I like how you already connected with Chris on a whole different level where you have his URL linked here, haha. It’s great that he is encouraging you to learn more. I can totally relate to you about having notebooks. I prefer to keep personal and professional separate so it makes sense to have two.

Congrats on finishing the first aid class! Oh man, 600+ posts are way too much. You’ve been too MIA lol.

It’s always good to challenge yourself a bit because you learn something new and maybe pick up a new perspective on something. Hopefully you don’t apply too much pressure on your leg because it needs some rest to heal up! Have a great month :).

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I feel the same about monthly recaps. I’m often not excited about writing them, but at the same time, I’m glad that I do because it’s nice to look back on them later. I usually don’t remember what happens month-to-month, so they’re nice reminders! I think that’s a good idea to write things you learn along the way. It can be hard to see progress sometimes, but I imagine that helps.

That’s nifty that you did a first aid course! It’s something I’ve been considering because it seems so useful. That’s one of my fears that the knowledge I have might not actually be helpful if a situation happens. Also, congrats on completing the challenging task at work!

I feel like rayon/spandex blends vary a lot! I buy a lot of rayon and spandex blends for cosplay, and some are definitely thinner than others, while others feel very sturdy. I guess it depends on the percentage and what it’s mixed with.

I hope your leg heals soon! I just read your previous entry on it, and that sounds like it was very painful. I’m glad it wasn’t broken or seriously injured though. Have a good May!

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Damn Georgie. You have done more in the last month and I did in the last three years. I don’t have enough material to do a yearly recap, let alone a monthly recap. Mine would just be “Wrote a blog post three weeks ago… and, um…I watched 15 minutes of Teen Wolf.”

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I struggle to stick to any monthly/bi-monthly blog segments, because I find that the schedule just makes me not want to do it. It kind of makes it feel more like work, if you get what I mean, which is why I’ve strayed away from regular segments on my blog this year. I was finding my monthly life catch-up posts particularly boring, as I just felt as though I was repeating myself over and over (even though I probably wasn’t really). Hopefully you start enjoying doing these again because it’s a really great format and I love reading them!

As for forgetting what’s happened in the month, I’m the same. I usually end up looking back through my social media accounts to see what events I posted about, which sometimes helps, but if I’ve hardly done anything where I’ve taken photos it gets difficult. I think jotting things down is a great idea and it’ll be lovely to read through the memories in later life.

Sounds like you’ve done a lot of cool things in April! Congrats on completing the first aid course. I learned a little bit about first aid in college and I actually found it really interesting. Don’t know how it’d be in a real life situation though. Hope you enjoyed doing it!

Congrats on catching up on blog posts. I’ve seen the amazing amount of comments you left me and it’s really motivated me to catch up with the blogosphere. I’m working my way back through all the posts I’ve missed of yours!

Also, just to check, do you have a block on commenting on posts more than six months/a year old, because I tried to comment on one and it didn’t go through? Thought I better check in case I’m doing something wrong!

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