On my way to Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup.
We left the hotel at 5:15am and started our journey towards Atlanta. Melody was able to get our flight changed to be a day earlier, but we had to drive to the airport.
The journey should take about 6.5 hours, but with all of the evacuees heading out at the same time, we got there in 11.5 hours. We ended up taking alternative routes the whole way there so we didn’t get stuck in gridlocked traffic.
We also stopped four times for gas/bathrooms.
The weirdest thing I did today was sell at blender on Craigslist at my daughter’s swimming lessons.
I even had to plug it in in front of other parents to demo that it worked 😂
I woke up to an email from Delta letting me know they upgraded the first leg of my journey home to first class.
I’m pretending that they think I’m extra special and will get upgraded on every flight from now on. 😂
I barely use social media, but I’m hearing all kinds of things about this upcoming eclipse on Monday.
- Overheard someone at church say that their school is taking a calamity day on Monday due to the eclipse
- Our babysitter mentioned using a cereal box to make the viewing lens
- Someone in Dayton bought all of the eclipse glasses from Kroger stores and is selling them out of random parking lots around the city
- I’ve read an article about how people regret looking directly at the sun at one of the eclipses in the 1970s and now I’m paranoid that when I see a fuzzy spot in my eye I’ve somehow sunburnt my eye
- My wife is telling me that my plan of using a welding helmet is not safe enough to look directly at the sun
- What takes the cake is that my Nest Thermostat wanted to know if I wanted to participate in Eclipse Rush Hour to save energy
Maybe it will be cloudy on Monday and all this hype will be for naught.
I’ve been working this month on a few CrossFit goals and I’m making good progress on handstand pushups.
Push Ups – been working on these sporadically. Probably could get 30 straight (in one set only)
Handstand push ups – I got six unbroken today, which is well on my way to my goal of 10 straight
Handstand walk – blah. This one is hard. I have a hard time committing to the handstand and usually fall back on my feet.
Muscle Ups – I did a ring MU with a four pound medicine ball between my feet, so I’m definitely getting stronger. Tomorrow’s WOD had 5-4-3-2-1 of muscle ups and I’m going to try to go unbroken.
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I’ve been following the hundred push-ups challenge, in attempts it be able to do more of them.
So far, I’m halfway thru week 4 and doing well!
I have gotten pretty decent at most CrossFit moves, but I’m focusing on four in particular in August to get better.
- Push Ups. This is one of the easiest to work on and I always feel dead after about 20 in a WOD. I’d like to be able to get 50 straight by the end of the month
- Handstand Push Ups. Goal: 10 unbroken kipping
- Handstand walk. I’m pretty terrible at this now. Would love to be able to walk 20 feet by the end of the month
- Muscle ups. 10 unbroken bar muscle ups. My current best is 4, so bit of a work to do
My plan is to stay after class a bit each day to work on a skill.
Each month I have a reminder to write down a summary of what happened during the month, and each month, I snooze it until next month. But not today 🙂
Lots went on in July. Here’s some of the highlights.
- First full* month back to work after paternity leave. *I didn’t actually work the full month and had plenty of days off.
- I grew some gigantic zucchini
- Ate donuts and travelled to Nashville for the weekend
- Started checking my email less, and when I do check it, plow thru all the messages
- Started working on my Spanish with the Memrise app
- Hosted a block party at our house to meet some of the neighbors we’ve never talked to in the seven years we’ve lived at our house
- Celebrated 10 years of marriage
- Competed in my first ever CrossFit competiton and was sore for a good 5 days
- Started to up my programming skills by using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. It’s almost like a game and super fun
- Our son turned 4 months, began rolling and nearly has two bottom teeth
In July I read two fiction books and parts of several non-fiction books. I completed:
- Camino Island by John Grisham
- No Middle Name: short stories about Jack Reacher by Lee Child
I’m still working thru Tim Ferris’ Tools of the Titans and Deep Work by Cal Newport. Let’s see if I can finish these up by the end of the month.
Found with workout that will be great for traveling.
*Complete each exercise 25 and repeat circuit 4 times for 1000 reps:
- Mountain Climbers
- Body Squats
- Left Side Lunges
- Right Side Lunges
- Body Weight Dips
- Jumping Jacks
- Plank Shoulder Taps
Could be a fun weekend project for an upcoming WordCamp talk.
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I tried out Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app on my iPad today and I’m surprised at how fun it is.
It’s a bit sluggish on my iPad Mini 2, but still worth playing.
I’m now learning how to write functions to make the little creature move, collect gems and toggle switches.
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