I mapped a few simple walking routes in and around the Intel Jones Farm campus. Imagine my surprise to find the routes have nice distances of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 miles.
Now I have more exercise options. ;-)
Community is where you make it
I wanted to do a longer bike ride today (I failed last week) so I mapped this one out before I left. According to Google, this ride is a hair over 26 miles.
This ride took me by Intel’s Oregon campuses. Intel’s Oregon site is its largest because it includes all of these campuses.
The bike ride was wonderful! Under 70Â°F, no wind, and clouds blocking the direct sun. A perfect day to ride.
Now that I have New Year’s Resolutions, I’m preparing to keep them. First on the list is making the list trackable. Thanks to Joe’s Goals, I have a simple, online (oops; there goes goal #1) site to record my progress.
Less time online. Last week I had limited Internet access. My RSS feeder got backed up. Rather than attempt to read all the posts I missed, I deleted each feed that made me groan in the slightest. Blogs that post 20+ times a day? Gone! Saved me time today and every day from now on. I will continue to consolidate my political feeds. They seem to be the worst offenders.
Learn Linux. Putting the Asus Eee PC on my Christmas list (and actually getting it :)) is preparation enough.
Practice guitar more. I am organizing my guitar books, amp, pedal, etc., to eliminate the setup time. Now, I can just pick up the guitar and play/practice. The Crossroads DVD I got for Christmas is inspiration to continue practicing.
Exercise more, drink less caffeine, drink more water. The key here is in the writing of the resolution. Note the “more” and “less.” Success in these is virtually guaranteed. ;)
Well, that’s it for now. Gonna get offline and go practice the guitar.
I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions. But as the management tip I read recently says, “How can you tell if your team’s failing if you don’t set any goals?” So, in that spirit, here goes. I resolve to:
Well, that should be enough failure for one year. Achieving even a portion of this list will be improvement.
What about you? What do you resolve to do?
Even though I’m not in school, this feels more like New Year’s Day than January 1. The change in routine makes everything seem new. It’s a good time to change, to improve. Although I’m not one to write New Year’s resolutions, I take advantage of this time to (re)start good habits. I have just a couple this year: exercise more often and drink less caffeine. My gym bag is packed and in the car and a nice, pretty new water bottle is sitting next to me on my desk. Now all I have to do is follow through.
How about you? Do you make start of school resolutions?
Having cast off for sabbatical eight weeks ago, today was time to plug back into the docking station.
Alpha mail. Thankfully, only 500 e-mails were waiting in my inbox and most could be discarded without reading more than the subject line. After accepting a few meeting requests and placing a few phone calls to ensure the other e-mails had been handled in my absence, I was able to get my inbox down to less than ten e-mails by end of day. That’s the result of having great coverage. Thanks, guys!
Breaking rules. Waiting on my desk was a bookstore gift certificate in recognition of some work I did immediately before sabbatical. During lunch, I bought First, Break all the Rules. After all, work bought me the book; I thought I’d return the favor by getting something that just might improve my on-the-job performance. Coincidentally, this morning I completed an organizational health survey. Upon starting the book, I recognized the twelve core questions. Maybe I’m not the first to have read this book.
Wireless mouse. Going through my drawers, I discovered mouse droppings. Wait — that didn’t come out right. My top desk drawer contained shredded paper napkins and mouse poop. That’s not good; I didn’t even have food there. Not that I suspect my coworkers, but I locked my drawers before sabbatical. Fortunately, the drawer held nothing of value and now the trash can does. Welcome back! I’m tempted to try a trap.
Beat by the Street. I looked up my employer’s stock. Great — there’s a definite improvement that coincided with my departure. Don’t tell upper management…
Staying on sabbatical. As part of my sabbatical, I took a political fast. Normally a political junky, I abstained from talk radio, political blogs, and political commentary. Amazingly enough, the world continued to spin without me. I’m considering continuing the fast or at least maintaining a slim political diet. My heart will thank me, I’m sure. I’ll have more time to do the other things I enjoy. Speaking of which…
Going nowhere not so fast. After a full, fun day at work I exercised today. Just the treadmill tonight, but my board short tan’s going to look pretty funny when I swim laps again.
Yup, I’m back. Good to see you all again. :-)