Notes – 2017-08-15

Quick break from work to move and clear my head:

  • Currently shredding – old line of credit statements from 2008 for an account that’s been closed for years.
  • Currently trying to exercise – 20 seconds of intense running in place as often as I think of it, in between normal day to day stuff like getting up for a glass of water or something.
  • Currently trying to eat – less – we purchased a sourdough starter recently and I’ve been making bread from it every couple of days since I have to feed it anyway. So eating less is not going very well but I am doing my best to moderate my bread eating.

Game changing Gmail trick

I am sure everyone else already figured this out but I just clued into a neat trick I can use in Gmail to stay a little more organized.

I have a label in Gmail, #TODO, that I file tasks into. I have also used a Gmail lab to have email with this label display in my inbox in its own section (I will try to add details on this when I’m not on mobile).

This is all great but it means that if I want to add notes to a TODO item I need to reply to myself and follow the thread to get all my info on something. This had prevented me from really committing to this as a full task management solution. I have just been parking email here that has a task I need to do. I have document with other tasks and project notes. I’d rather have this all in one place.

I had kind of given up on this idea until tonight when, out of the blue, I thought “what would happen if I added the #TODO label to a draft email?” I tried it and there it was in my email inbox in the#TODO label section (obvious in retrospect)! 

Now I can simply edit that document as I go without the artificial construct of an email thread. This also works perfectly in the Gmail app.

Pretty happy about this feature!

A Small Dog

We are currently looking after a small dog for relatives who are getting married and needed to go away for a bit (honeymoon, etc). It’s three weeks.


  • I get out for more walks. His little legs need to be exercised or his aging body ends up peeing in the house.
  • My son is helping to get him into and out of his kennel and it is one of his first “chores”. He loves it.
  • The dog is gentle with people and is often good company for our full time dog.
  • Can be hilarious. He has giant eyes and lays down with his legs splayed out behind him.


  • Gassy. So very, very gassy. It is probably his food but we can’t change it for such a short time. There will be the sound of an air brake or compressed air tool and then, bam, it hits you. I can’t describe the smell.
  • Noisy. Eating? Obsessively licking his paws? Sleeping? Walking around? He breathes like he has a constant nasal obstruction. It is pretty gross sounding.
  • Annoying. Our dog is constantly being molested by this dog from about 6pm until 8pm. The rest of the time it is fine. But those 2 hours? Chaos. Running around the house, jumping on furniture, shifting rugs, barking outside, chaos.
  • Extra work. As a poop machine, his job is to poop several times a day and my job is to clean it. As an indoor peeing machine, his job is to try to not pee outside and my job is to take him on multiple walks each day presenting various objects that are so tempting to pee on that he can’t help himself. This takes place right before or after things where I would rather not be outside right away (bed, arriving home from errands, eating lunch, etc).

Anyway, we’re over halfway through and I like the little guy despite all this. He’s noisily licking his paws under my desk right now (where he spends most of the day) and I’m waiting for the next wave of stench to emerge.