Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 63 of 365 - October in Review

October started off poorly but ended with a few high spots. I am positioned to make real progress against my goals during November.
1. Lifting - My strength and conditioning is coming back from when I was sick. I estimate I will be pushing into new territory by the end of the month. I did well fitting my workouts in even when extremely busy.

2. Eat on $4 a day - During October I gained a more accurate picture of what it means to eat on $4 a day. Based on my analysis of my typical meals, hitting this while getting enough protein and produce is going to be very hard.

I did make more foundational progress. Flax oil is part of my standard morning breakfast, as is a vitamin when I remember. Sesame oil is going great in my stir fry. The pizza stone and cast iron skillet were both total wins.

My attempt at deep dish pizza was a total fail. My initial reaction was to put the deep dish on hold, but I have trouble with accepting failure. I ordered a 6.5" skillet so I can practice with less than a third of the ingredients I wasted on the 12" pizza. One other set back was Aldi discontinuing their guacamole.

This goal has received a lot of attention in the last two months. I'll probably get the deep dish pizza dialed in and put a little more into my analysis, but I do not expect any serious progress during November.
3. Become competitive at pool - This goal will remain on hold for November. The unexpected demand on my time that appeared in September is still present. It is more predictable now, but something has to be replaced by it, and pool is the victim.

4. Maintain my home - Not a good month here. The refinance fell through. Before I could get my rate locked, rates went up. I am watching for them to cycle back down. My heat broke. After a repair visit and $133, I learned where my circuit breaker is... I did not make time for any other repair efforts.

It is possible we will get the fireplace setup in November. If rates come back down, we will lock in for the refinance. The house is due for another housekeeper visit. The deck's going to be waiting until next year.

5. Excel as a quality engineer - I made a substantial time investment in training this month. It will take some time for the results to show, but I consider October a strong win here.

We have another developer coming on staff during November, so adapting to the additional load will be a big part of my focus this month. I also expect to get started going through books on agile testing and lean software development.

October was a rewarding month. I am mostly over being sick and positioned well for progress against my goals during November.