Wednesday, April 04, 2018

2018 Plans Status Check

With the first quarter of 2018 complete, how am I doing on my 2018 plans?

  • Consume more new content: I read a 1900 page fantasy trilogy last month and have restarted my long stale Netflix queue (currently watching Colony, Season Two) so I award myself a passing grade here.

  • Get back on the treadmill: I'm failing at treadmill time for two reasons -- (1) given the choice between exercising my body or my brain, I always choose my brain, and (2) when I'm on the treadmill in the early morning, I feel like I'll wake the baby up (directly upstairs) if I run too hard. However, I'm still walking with Maia every single day and my pants still fall off of my hips without a belt, so the lack of cardio isn't awful, just bad.

  • Learn to play the soprano recorder: I know 5 notes (G through D) and can play several songs from memory, but have not made as much progress as I could. If there were rewards like Book It pizzas, I would be more motivated. Passing grade, regardless, because I went to public school.

  • Try new things in cooking: The cool cooking book that Rebecca bought me has sat in the kitchen so long that it's faded into the background. I need to pick it back up again. Fail.

  • Don't work more than necessary: I'm doing great on this!

  • Maintain programming skills: I have not gotten back into programming yet. Instead, I went even further back to refresh my math skills in the areas vital to data science -- linear algebra, calculus, and statistics. I took all of these classes in undergrad for my math minor, but cared so little about them that I learned just enough to pass tests and then forgot it all. Last month, I started a self-study course in linear algebra and am making steady progress through Chapter Two right now. Passing grade!

What have you been doing with your life?

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