First CrossFit Competition 

Today I participated in our gyms annual CrossFit competition. 

It was really hard. Yeah, really hard. But it was fun too. 

We were on teams of four, two guys and two girls. And I agreed to be on a RX team, which is basically signing up for pain 😜

Here were the four events. 

Event 1 – B17: Flying Fortress

This is a Bombers CrossFit special. I’ve done the workout twice in a scaled fashion, never the RX. 

The workout was five rounds of 17 back squats at 135 lbs and a 400 meter run. 

The tricky part was that we had to all squat in formation at the same time.  The first few rows were okay, but rounds 3, 4, and 5 destroyed my legs. 

Event 2 – Skills Competition

In this round there were four max effort events that each team mate had to do one of the following moves:

  • Max rep muscle ups
  • Max deadlift
  • Max standing high jump
  • Max L Sit hold

I was drafted to do the standing high jump. And even though it was 30+ minutes after the first event, my legs hadn’t recovered. 

I ended up getting 21 inches which was just short of 10 feet in the air. If I could have a step to approach, I’m sure I could have gotten 25+ inches. 

Event 3 – Three Legged Race

This was a partner workout of back-to-back-to-back girl workouts: 

  • Karen (150 wall balls)
  • Annie (50-40-30-20-10 double unders and sit ups)
  • Fran (21-15-9 thrusters and pull ups)

We had a pretty good strategy and I had a super human partner. 

I did 30 wall balls, then Travis did 90, then I finished it off with 30 more and Karen was finished. 

I moved straight to Annie and did 50 double unders and 50 sit ups. Travis did the next two rounds of 40 and 30 and I completed the last rounds of 20 and 10. 

Finally Travis did the hard pars of Fran, 21 thrusters, 21 pull ups and 15 thrusters. Then I did the rest of 15 pull ups and 9 thrusters and 9 pull ups. 

We got second in this workout and we were all exhausted by the end of it. 

Event 4 – The Obstacle Course

This was a goofy short event where we had to pull a sled with 180 lbs on it and maneuver around obstacles and twice pick the sled up and carry it over an obstacle.

The twist on this one was we had to all for be touching the whole time. 

Since we had super strong Travis, he picked the sled up himself and we got first on this one. 

Overall it was a fun, yet exhausting day. I am not looking forward to seeing how my legs feel the next few days!

10 Years!

Today we celebrated our ten year anniversary. 

Usually we would have liked to celebrate with a trip to somewhere with a beach, but with little man only being 4 months old, figured we’d postpone a trip until next year. 

So our every-five-year-picture-in-a-picture was a boring shot in our backyard. 


And as a tradition, I didn’t buy any gifts or a card (as cards are an expensive waste of someone else’s words) but wrote a poem in Melody’s book of cards. 

Happy 10 Year Anniversary!

Did you know that we’ve been married for 521 weeks / 315 million seconds?

Time for a poem to celebrate 🙂

Ten years ago it was a day

straight from heaven

We got to celebrate with our

friends in 2007

Nine years ago we 

adjusted to married life,

we lived on a college campus

as husband and wife

Eight years ago we 

bought something new

a new car for us

that definitely wasn’t blue

Seven years ago we

moved to the city

that place in Galena

sure was pretty

Six years ago we

moved out ‘west’

so far I can say

I like this house best

Five years ago we

took a trip to paradise

the hiking and the beaches

certainly were nice

Four years ago we

went to Spain and more

lugged suitcases around

and wished to stay on the first floor 

Three years ago we

got ready for baby one

before kids, remember

how much we could get done?

Two years ago we 

had fun with our first baby

oh that time was a delight,

but she was such a crybaby

One year ago we

were in Spain on a fun trip

we explored a lot on planes,

trains, busses but not a ship

Now it’s time to 

celebrate year number ten

I can believe how much

has happened since then

Junk stores, blogs, and 

speaking gigs oh my

I’m excited to see the other

things that will make the years pass by

Thank you for being 

on this journey with me

maybe on our 20th

we can spend it in Hawaii

Transmit 5 Released —

Transmit is my favorite utility for FTP and connecting to other cloud accounts and today Transmit 5 make things so much nicer!

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Death by Shuttle Run

It’s one of my favorite CrossFit workouts and today I was the fastest 😃

In the first minute, you run one shuttle run length. The next minute you do two, then three and so on. 

I finished round 15 as time expired and got 9 of the round of 16. 

Community Weekend

We’ve been saying for awhile that we need to form relationships with people who live near us and this weekend we got an opportunity to do that. 

On Saturday morning, my wife hosted a group of moms who came over, with their kids and let the kids roam free in our backyard. 

Then, in the evening, we hosted a block party for our whole street. I’m ashamed to say, we met some of neighbors for the very first time, even though we’ve lived here for nearly seven years. 

Of the 21 houses on our cul-de-sac, we had seven families stop in throughout the evening. It was a lot of fun and we will have to do it again. 

We are going to be intentional about getting to know more of our neighborhood and spend at least part of a weekend each month hosting neighbors at our house.   

Learn Spanish with Memrise

I’ve been using Duolingo for about the last two years trying to up my Spanish fluency. 

Yesterday I downloaded Memrise (again, as I’ve used it before) to my phone again to give me a new challenge. 

This app seems to focus on listening, which is usually the hardest part about learning a language, able to hear was a fast native tongue says. 

I haven’t outgrown the free plan yet, so it’s free to try 🙂

Email Free

I checked my personal email for the first time since Saturday this evening. 

My inbox was full with nearly 200 messages, but nothing was urgent and only needed to send a few replies. Plus I was able to process them all in about 30 minutes. 

I’m going to start checking my inbox only a few times per week and see how that goes 🙂

How often do you check email?

Deep Work

Since returning back to work from paternity leave, I’ve found it hard to concentrate for long periods of time. It seems like there is so much going and my mind goes in a zillion directions.  

Today, I started reading Deep Work by Cal Newport in hopes of learning some techniques to exercise my brain muscles so I can concentrate better. 

I’ll report back when I’m finished reading 😁

Boys Pic

Just got home from Nashville and too tired to write a post about our weekend trip. 

Here’s a shot of me and the little guy at brunch. 

(He wasn’t this smiley the whole 5+ hours home, but we only had to make one stop!)

Donut Cheat Day

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I had completely cut out all forms of sugar and grains/gluten. 

I didn’t have a plan to stop or cheat on my plan but when in Nashville this weekend we found a great bakery that had paleo donuts. By definition a paleo donut fits into my criteria for food and I was excited to have a treat. 

Their was some miscommunication between me and the donut lady and only one of the donuts we got was paleo (the smallest one in the box). 

So I ended up having a cheat day and boy was it a good one. I had a S’more one that had chocolate icing and marshmallow filling. 

Back on track tomorrow 🙂

Lunch at Table 33

We took advantage of our babysitter staying until 4pm today and went for a late lunch without the kids. 

We found a new restaurant called Table 33. Their menu was loaded with great gluten free options, like my chicken and waffles with home made sriracha sauce I had, yum!

That’s Not What I Asked

Today on our way to Grandma’s house, we made a quick stop in Whole Foods for some yummy snacks and a potty break. 

Since it was raining out, I asked her to get in the car and take her rain coat off so I could buckle her while in the car and not get soaked. 

And then, this happened:

Typical Breakfast

During my paternity leave, usually made breakfast for myself everyday. I’ve really enjoyed having a hearty breakfast, especially if I go to 5am CrossFit. 

Here’s what my breakfast has looked like durin the last week (minus the potatoes)

I start by sautéing some eggs, then add some veggies from a salad mix from Trader Joe’s. Next I add some butter and spinach and any other vegetable we have in the fridge. 

Then I add either 3 or 4 eggs and topped with some Mozzarella cheese. 

The waffle is a grain free waffle made primarily of cashews and are amazing. 

I have been avoiding grains, anything that isn’t a whole food, and sugar (and substitutes like honey or maple syrup) for the last 6.5 weeks. 

It was tough at first constantly craving sugar, but now I’m trying to see how long I can keep the streak going. 

I’m starting to see some great improvements at the gym and I’m down about 8 pounds of fat in that time (says my smart scale). 

Bonus Day with the Kids

On my first day back to work today, our baby sitter shows up with a 100+ degree fever. 

Not wanting to risk our kids to get sick, I sent her home and we found a friend to come and play Barbies for a few hours with our daughter, while I tried to work with our 3 month old son. 

I was able to be about 80% focused while he slept (since I kept glancing at the video monitor) and about 50% focused while he was awake. 

Luckily I had gotten up at 4am to start working, so I was able to get five hours of “catch up and see what’s happened since I left on paternity leave”

Still fun to hang out with this smiley boy:

Back to Work

Today is my last day of my 12-week paternity Automattic generously gives new parents. 

These last few weeks have been awesome but I’m thrilled to be going back for several reasons. 

Adult conversations 

On Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I have been watching the kids from 6:45a until about 5:00p. Typically during this time, it was me and the kids. Conversations revolved around Barbies and her play kitchen. 

I Miss WordPress

On average over the last three I’ve spent about 60 minutes on the computer. I had to find nuggets of time to record my weekly podcast. 

Goals and Projects

I’ve had to postpone my goals and project and few things were checked off my to do list (mainly because of the lack of computer time). I found that instead of doing household projects at the end of the day, I’d try to catch up on my email or other small computer tasks. 

By going back to work, my goal is to finish everything computer related before dinner time, then work on home projects after the kids are asleep. 

Sure I’m going to miss all the fun mornings walking to the park, playing Candyland at lunch and all the other joys of being a stay at home dad. 

Thankfully, I get to work from home and our kids will be here with our nanny, so I can be active in their lives each day. 

It’s a joy to be a dad and send time with these kiddos:

Chat with a Spanish Bot

Duolingo now has a feature to chat with a bot. I think it’s more fun than just answering quiz questions. Plus it’s more real to have to answer in a dialogue fashion. 

Maybe it will help me become fluent in Spanish 😜

So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

Great thoughts on what skills and abilities are needed as a Happiness Engineer by one of my colleagues.

Sandy McFadden

Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people to join me in my last post, I thought I would put together my thoughts and some resources which I can point people to or they can hopefully find through searching online as well.

I’m going to go a bit further and not only talk about what you need to do to get the job, but what I think you need to be successful in the Happiness Engineer role at Automattic. Please note that there are a lot of points here and you don’t have to be an expert in all of them to apply, but having a good understanding…

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Broken RCA Jack

Unloading the car the other day, I broke off an RCA cable for the auxiliary input.

After a bit of searching Google, I found the method to fix it and it worked like a charm.

I love the internet 🙂