The Cleveland Cavaliers looked impressive in the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals.
Tonight, the blew a 20+ point lead.
The Cleveland Cavaliers looked impressive in the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals.
Tonight, the blew a 20+ point lead.
I’m quite certain that was April was the fastest month in history, well it seemed like it to us anyways.
Here’s what happened this month:
The title is twofold.
Yes, the NCAA March Madness tournament starts today. And the remaining parts of March could be quite crazy with the birth of our son.
As the tournament starts, it reminds me when I was in college a handful of friends drove down from Ohio Northern to watch the opening round game. It was worth the $5 cost of admission to be at the game and one year, ESPN even captured us on camera rooting for LeHigh University as they came back from a commercial break.
Here are some pictures from the tournament game in 2005.
In 2017, one of my goals is to become a better developer.
I spend a lot of time troubleshooting with customers for my day job at Automattic, but I don’t have the skills to fix any code.
While I’ve called myself a developer in the past, I’m more of a tinkerer type of developer. I can take someone’s code and modify it to work as I need, but my skills are highly lacking when it comes writing code from scratch.
This will change in 2017.
I found a group of aspiring developers who are challenging each other to spend 100 days of an hour each day working on their coding skills.
I started Day 1 today as I’m pretty sure I’ll only get to 80ish days before being interrupted by the birth of Baby Hartzler.
My plan is to wrap up a lot of the outstanding projects I’ve been putting off for awhile, like some new features to YourWebsiteEngineer.com and work on my plugin in the WordPress Repository As Heard On
The new home of my blog is Dustin.blog.
I plan on using this to post updates from me, rather than on Facebook and Twitter.
I wiped my phone clean back in November and the only social account I added back was Instagram. And with my busy life taking care of a two year old and prepping for a baby, I find it’s nice to have the extra time that I used to spend on social media.
Blogging will give me a chance to test our product at WordPress.com and work on my writing skills.
Get your fancy new .blog address at https://get.blog
I’ve been having some major battery issues with my iPhone 6s. Today, with only a few minutes of use, I was down to 12% charge by noon.
I finally made time on my schedule to do what the Apple Genius suggested; factory reset my phone.
After loading my “critical” apps, like DuoLingo and Elevate, which I have more than a year daily use streak, to my iPad, I backed up all the contents to my Mac and completely wiped the phone.
I’m heading to bed with 90%, let’s see if it can last all night.
Last week at CrossFit, we had a workout that had four different moves and each move had 100 reps. The moves were box jumps, pushups, situps, and lunges. For me, the pushups were the by far the hardest.
Since this a move that I can work on at home, I found the 100 Pushup Challenge. Over the next few weeks (and while travelling next week), I’m going work on getting strong enough to do 100 consecutive pushups.
After doing the initial assessment, I was able to skip to week 3 to start the program. The last two rounds of 13 and 17 were tough! I’m excited to see how I progress thru July.
Over the next few days, we are heading back to the US after being abroad for more than six weeks.
We’ve been in Valencia for the majority of the time and we’ve taken a few excursions which Melody has eloquently documented on our family travel blog.
Today, I’m in Austria, set to fly home after volunteering at WordCamp Europe.
Tomorrow, we take a train from Valencia to Madrid. This seems to be the easiest way to get back to Madrid in time for our flight home.
On Tuesday, we’ll start the long journey of flying across the Atlantic Ocean, going thru customs and immigration in Atlanta before arriving back in Dayton.
We’ve had a ton of fun and created a lot of memories, but I’ll be glad to be home!
We’ve been in Spain more than three weeks now and while a lot of our daily lives are the same (Melody and I are still working during the day), but my morning view is much nicer.
In order to fit all of my work in, I’ve been getting up around 5am each day and get to watch the sunrise around the church bell tower.
A few more weeks of adventures before we head back to Ohio 🙂
In 2015, I set a goal of clearing out my personal inbox every day. I was able to keep this going for more than 4 months, until travel season started and I couldn’t find the energy or time to fully clear out my inbox from May on.
I had the goal of repeating the same habit in 2016, but I was sick the during the first two weeks of the year and that didn’t happen.
Yesterday, I was finally able to respond to and create to-do items for all my messages.
My goal is to keep it up and for my inbox to not rule (or ruin) my life.
My inbox is empty and signing off for the day. What a great feeling 🙂
I like listening to Christmas music (in December only). This by far is my favorite Christmas album.
Our 21 month old daughter was able to pick out all the letters in her name. She hasn’t quite mastered placing them in the right order yet.
Today I spent time going thru the Git Course on Codecademy.
Git is a way to version control your code as well as giving you the ability to easily share your code with your team.
I’ve been using Git as a version control system for my own personal projects, but never with a team.
In 2016, I want to help our developers out and write more code, so they don’t have to 🙂
Today a few of my coworkers got together to work and hang out in person.
We worked together at the Greene in Dayton and enjoyed dinner together.
I love that since we don’t see each other regularly that Automattic paid for our dinner tonight and encouraged us to see our local coworkers.
For my father-in-law’s birthday, we gave him a coupon to see the zoo lights with his granddaugther (and her parents too 🙂 ).
We went this evening because it was almost 70 degrees today. By getting there at 4pm, we were able to beat the traffic and see some of the animals.
Kenley was a big fan of both the elephants and the giraffes. So also really enjoyed the lights.
I took advantage of the 70 degree weather and cleaned out our car in preparation for our upcoming holiday travel.
A few weeks ago, we found that our company, Automattic, was going to purchase all of us FitBits to track our physical activity.
I opted for the FitBit One because I didn’t need another thing on my wrist, since I already wear my Apple Watch.
This tiny device fits in my pocket and will track my steps when I walk while walking on my treadmill desk.
I’m glad it arrived before we travelled to New Orleans because I recorded a record amount of steps yesterday:
This morning, I worked from a coffee shop in Yellow Springs before my chiropractor appointment called Dino’s.
Dino’s Cappuccinos is a small local coffee shop and this is the first time I worked from here. Side benefit: they accept payments via the Apple Watch 🙂
I walked up to the counter to ask for the wifi password and they said “The signal is down” before I even asked.
They said, yes, the password for the Internet is thesignalisdown.
I’m going to start publishing a monthly recap at the end of each month detailing my habits, projects, and tinkerings. Inspired by my coworker Jeremey (I’m mimicking his format).
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted last, I guess I got a bit lazy after my consecutive streak ended. It’s time to start the streak again.
November was the first month since March that I didn’t travel at all during the month. Most of those months were short trips, but I’ve still traveled a fair bit in 2015.
Inbox Zero. I maintained inbox zero daily for the first few months of 2015, but let this habit slip as well. My goal is to completely empty my inbox at least Monday-Friday (goal of 20 times in the month).
A few weeks ago, after I returned home from the Financial Bloggers conference, I was interested in finding a crossfit box close to my house.
I’m happy to say that I found Bombers Crossfit which is less than 10 minutes from my house.
I’ve always been a big fan of working out in my basement and have went thru the P90x, T25 and other workouts numerous times in the past few years. Even though they are good short workouts, they can get boring really quick to do the same workouts over and over.
In the two weeks of crossfit, each training has been different and I’m totally digging the variety.
Another benefit of working out with others is the ability to be challenged and pushed by people completing the same workout. It’s much easier to run a little faster or jump a little higher when someone is just ahead of you.
Today’s workout had a name of Kelly. I’ve been told that the women named workouts are some of the most grueling. And this one did not disappoint. Kelly consists of 5 Rounds for time of:
That means, that after running 400m, then we had to jump on a 24 inch box 30 times then do 30 squats with throwing a 20 pound ball to the ceiling. This workout had a cap of 35 minutes, which means, on average, you had 7 minutes to finish.
With just over 2 minutes to go, all I had to do was the wall-ball shots. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to finish and planned on doing as many as I could. That’s until Amy came over and did the squats with me (mind you, she already completed her 150 wall-ball shots).
She helped me get thru three rounds of 10 and I had thirteen seconds to spare. It was definitely one of the hardest workouts I had to do and wouldn’t have completed with out Amy pushing me and the others cheering me on.
Hopefully I can walk tomorrow 🙂
Someone helped us make homemade pizza today:
Kenley had her 18 month wellness visit today and she passed all the 18 month milestones (when she was 15 months) and she passed 9 out of 10 of the two year milestones today.
The only one that she missed was “does she have the ability to dress and undress herself?”
Today ends my 30 day challenge that I set at the beginning of September to post everyday on my blog. And I’m happy to say that I successfully completed the challenge 🙂
Here’s a few thoughts from the past few weeks:
I’m going to continue the streak thru October and see if I can post interesting things for 31 more days. Luckily I have a couple of work trips coming up that will help me to have something interesting to post about.
Time for shiny new things 🙂
We took family photos tonight and someone got distracted by the ahh-plane 🙂
I’m currently reading the revised edition of Getting Things Done by David Allen.
This will be my third time reading the book, with the first two reads being the older version where he referenced palm pilots multiple times 🙂
One of the big takeaways I see I need to improve on is making each task on my to do list small so I can make progress on my goals.
I started breaking down one of my bigger projects today and while it looks much more intimidating with all the extra tasks, I think it will be easier to complete the small tasks.
Every other Monday night, I get together on an online hangout with four other guys from around the world.
We know each others businesses and hobbies inside and out and we help to keep each other focused on the most important tasks we should be doing.
Each time we meet, we start out celebrating our wins (more sales, more podcast downloads, awesome opportunities, etc.) and then have two 20 minute hotseats.
The hot seat rotates between the five of us and we each get twenty minutes to ask for specific advice on something we are struggling with.
I can honestly say that I’ve accomplished much more this year with the encouragement of my mastermind friends than I could have by myself.
If you need motivation to Get Stuff Done, then I’d highly recommend finding a friend or two that can help you to stay accountable and actually accomplish some of your goals.
I had a blast at the Financial Blogger’s Conference in Charlotte this weekend.
It was awesome to see a few of my “online” friends and make new friends.
Even though I enjoy traveling, I was excited to get home to my cute, pigtailed little girl.
I’ve always wanted to try a Crossfit workout, but there hasn’t been a workout box (fancy crossfit term for gym) close to my house.
The Reebok Crossfit of Uptown Charlotte is right across the street from my hotel, so I decided to check it out this morning.
They were super accommodating and modified the workout for a few of us who is new. Here’s what I did:
I loved the feeling of pushing against myself to complete the workout and the encouragement of others this morning. It also was good to have someone watching my form to make sure I was doing everything correctly.
I’m definitely going to be investigating my options for Crossfit in Dayton.
Thanks to Ryan Rhoten for recording this short video of my from the Financial Bloggers Conference in Charlotte, NC.
This week, I became a Woo Ninja.
What does that actually mean?
I expect to be fully challenged and learn a lot about the different WooThemes and the eLearning plugin Sensei. Supporting these users will be my new daily routine.
I love the fact that Automattic gives us the flexibility to voluntarily rotate to different teams so we don’t get burnt out with the daily grind of the same types of support requests day after day.
When it’s your one and a half birthday, it’s okay to eat 3 mini apple popsicles.
This week I caught up on reading some of my free magazines I get by cashing in my airline miles.