sitrep 2018-04-11

I am going to set up my blog to auto-generate using a cron job. This means I can just create a blog file anywhere (phone, laptop, vps, etc) and save it then Hexo will re-gen my blog periodically. It is conceivable that this will result in partially completed entries showing up since I use auto-save in every editor except Emacs on the VPS.

If it works this blog post should update and display this line at 15:15.

sitrep 2018-04-10

Home from vacation. Only lost a few pounds of progress. So I balanced staying on track with enjoying myself a little on vacation. Back at it tomorrow!

sitrep 2018-04-08

Second last day of vacation.

After several nights of nostalgia (literally, since I was sleeping poorly on a bad mattress in my childhood bedroom) my wife and son came back from visiting her family and we all moved into an AirBNB that has comfortable beds. Nirvana.

Re: low carb - although we are trying to be good we couldn’t resist meeting friends for sushi. It was awesome but I got too full. From now on I’m going to view carbs like I view alcohol: OK to have a little from time to time, maybe have a little too much a couple times a year, and generally abstain. I almost never drink so I guess that works for me. It’s good to have a useful frame of reference since carbs are “normal” and associated with having a good meal in the same way that we’ve normalized booze and associate drinking with having fun.

sitrep 2018-04-06

  • So it begins: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1741-2552/aaaed7/meta - when this thing can do VR, please sign me up.
  • health - not really following my eating plan and it shows, weight loss has stopped even though I only “cheated” a little. Back on track today. Note: ate a donair, I’m in Halifax, what are your gonna do?
  • writing - almost have an index card for each of the phase 1 aspects of the Hero’s Journey outline as presented on the Wikipedia page. I am doing one a day… it is really interesting to me how this limited engagement with a story is working much better than if I were to stare at a blank page. Once all the cards are done I will go through them and fill in the blanks with other cards, slowly building it up. At some point it will turn into a single document, I suppose.
  • life - got to see my oldest friends for a bit last night, I always look forward to that and enjoy it… they are like family and I regret not being able to hang out with them more but whenever we get together it’s a good time.

sitrep 2018-04-04

You win some, you lose some. Last night I lost to lasagna.

Getting back on track today.

Been having fun with the “one index card per step of the Hero’s Journey” method of writing. I did one card for “beginning, middle, end” and then am going into the steps between those main sections of the Hero’s Journey and creating a card for each (“Call To adventure”, “Refusal Of The Call”). Once these are done I will fill in a card for the places between these creating scene details, dialog snippets, and other building blocks. These can then be shuffled around a bit. Eventually, I will transcribe all of those cards into a linear document and begin editing (if this works).

sitrep 2018-04-02

Health - successfully navigated Easter while actually losing weight. I am being a little less strict during my visit but trying to also get more activity in (and by less strict I mean “only a little”).

Sleep - I miss our bed at home. I am sleeping in the bed I had from ages 6 to probably 14, I guess? Same mattress.

Writing - trying to “write a story with index cards” by creating big blocks and ideas (story points, scenes, phrases, etc) as index cards and then running through them. Just a fun project while I have some extra time to myself in the evenings.

sitrep 2018-03-31

Air travel today. Highlights included a guy watching Spaceballs on his laptop, my son yelling out about how stinky the plane was, a single passeger applauding the landing like a maniac, and waiting in a McDonald’s drive thru line for 20 minutes with an hangry toddler only to be told they “ran out of salad a couple hours ago, actually”. Got salad somewhere else, kept it low carb all day.

sitrep 2018-03-30

Sitting in a McDonald’s Playland while my son very slowly eats fries. I successfully beat a lifetime of fast food addiction by ordering a Ceasar salad with chicken. I opted for breaded, should have gotten grilled, but I’m still well under my carbs for the day and don’t feel like I “missed out”. Yay.

sitrep 2018-03-29

I weigh myself every night right before bed. Tonight I was down into the next “10s”. That’s incredible. And I’m never hungry. I am more low carb than keto but this feels sustainable.

At some point today I wrote something on an index card that I’m going to carry with me and think about for the next few days: “every time I make progress with fitness or diet I derail when I go on vacation or there’s a holiday period”. Ok, that’s not what I wrote but it’s close.

I’m going to be staying with my folks for a week or so. My wife and son won’t be with us. I’ll be driving by a McDonald’s a few times a day. There will be delicious homemade bread in the kitchen. This could be tough. I’ll just do the best I can.

Time for sleep.

sitrep 2018-03-28

Many thoughts have been going through my head.

  1. Weight loss via low carb - so easy… Why have I not been doing this for years? Yesterday I was in a rush and ended up getting a Carl’s Jr. burger for lunch. Wrapped in lettuce. It was delicious and had 7g net carbs. And no fries. And didn’t feel gross afterward. Anyway, on week two of low carb (not quite Keto here) and feeling great. No real bread cravings. I mean, yeah, I want that stuff but I can hold off for a bit. I am sure I will eat some of it when I visit my folks for a week, soon.

  2. Index card system task - still the best system I have found yet. Just have to get one card done a day. And keep doing that. I picked up an old army surplus index card drawer (from a giant card catalog cabinet, I guess) that I have on my desk as a card dock now. It is much easier to use than the “close to the right size” box I was using before as the sides grip the cards a bit so you can file through it and wedge them into a given position, etc. It also has regularly spaced divider slots for organizing sections. There are two metal dividers with it but I can make more with cardboard or whatever. This is mostly just a historical file plus a set of new, blank cards so two dividers is plenty for now.

  3. Getting ready to travel this week - I need to pack soon and am interested in trying some new products out to organize my suitcase. I love the time I spend living out of a suitcase (something freeing about your life just being supported by this one bag, hard to explain, makes me feel young again) but also can’t wait to get home whenever I leave (the life we have built is better than any wandering mystic fictional character aspirations I might have).

  4. Mason Jars - great in the fridge, can be covered with saran wrap, easier to store and clean than mismatched plastic containers (double as drinking glasses!), label with painters tape, use vertical space better in the fridge, etc.