The first update / 29.2017

Let’s do this thing where I write an update every week, and see how long I last.

Three reasons:

– I’d like to document my life better. When my memory starts to fade, I’d like my life to definitely not disappear.
– I’m not a good communicator with people I care about. I don’t call or text often, or share much on social media. I think I might be a mystery.
– I run a business, and I think I’ll learn from myself better if I’m recording things.

Welcome to update # 1, which I’m calling 29.2017. Bonus points for whoever knows where that comes from (and yes, I’ll tell you at the end of this post). There a bit of catch-up here, so bear with me.

Here we go, in order of occurrence, sort of.

Preface: still living in south Edmonton, still don’t have a dog, still paying attention to the little things, and still often showing up late, despite good intentions.

I am now engaged.

On June 10 Travis asked me to marry him, after having spent the day together completing City Chase Edmonton, an adventure race similar to The Amazing Race, but Edmonton-specific. We make an amazing team (in the race, yes, but also in life). This deserves a whole write up, and I might get to that one day, but for now this will suffice. I am incredibly happy.

Also, check this out:

Enduro Race Winners 2017

Truthfully, I think we placed 6th here and not 4th, but that’s still very exciting. Enduro = complete as many challenges as you can and still make it back within the 6 hour time limit. As you can see, we only had 5 minutes to spare!

We bought a tent.

And it didn’t even take us that long to pick one out. In comparison to other things we’ve looked at, not in comparison to the average couple (if you know us personally, you’ll understand).

We also bought a sleeping pad. You know, those 1.5inch thick memory foam + air filled things that seem like they would be terribly uncomfortable, but you suck it up because you need to pack light? Well, we bought one. As a test, on our first trip out with our tent, we took with us this one new sleeping pad, along with a single air mattress. Then we took turns sleeping on the sleeping pad.

Conclusion: the sleeping pad was actually more comfortable than the air mattress (granted, turns out the air mattress couldn’t keep air inside, so when you woke up only 1/4 of the air was left). Nonetheless, I think the sleeping pad would have been more comfortable even if the air mattress kept its air. So, based on the test-run success, we will be buying another before we head out camping again. Next step, new sleeping bag.

This is the tent.

This is the sleeping pad.

Business is doing well.

In case you didn’t know, I started a web design and development company a few years back with my best friend, Aurooba. It’s called Wanderoak, and things are going well. I work from my home, which is currently a two bedroom apartment, with one of the bedrooms being my office, but also functio as our guest room and library.

I can’t say working from home is always marvellous. There’s nobody else here during the day and I don’t often need to venture out and about. This results in a few things happening:

1: I don’t get enough steps in a day. When I was in university, I walked to the LRT station, walked between classes, walked home. Many days, I’d hit my step goal as I was on my way home, with no extra thought or effort required. Working from home means I don’t automatically get those steps; I have to consciously make an effort to get them, which doesn’t always happen, especially when I’m having a busy day. Which leads me to:

2: I’m at work all the time. When I say this, what I mean is there is no separation between work and the rest of my life—it’s all jumbled together. When I’m at work, I’m also at home. And when I’m at home, I’m also at work.

3: I am not always able to motivate myself. In general, I like to think I’m pretty good at motivating myself to get things done. I can get going, even when it’s beautiful outside, and I can focus even with a lot going on around me. However, sometimes I get caught up doing things around home, reading a book, or researching the latest thing (currently this is vehicles).

Despite these things, I love the flexibility of running my own business. It’s one of the reasons I started doing it, and 9/10 days I wake up excited to get to work.

When I say it’s going well, I mean that we are busy, and we’ve been steadily growing. As far as starting a business goes, this makes me proud!

I’m teaching a workshop in Calgary.

It’s called Use WordPress like a Pro. People use WordPress to manage the content on their websites, but if it’s never been explained well to you, it can be very overwhelming, confusing, and cause you to end up not updating your website at all (which isn’t good for anyone). Aurooba and I use WordPress every day at Wanderoak, so we decided to do something about that. it’s our first workshop, so whatever happens, we’re going to learn a ton! I am both excited + nervous (the same combination of feelings I get for almost any new adventure).

The workshop is on Aug 12 in Calgary. If you know someone who would find it useful, I’d be very grateful if you shared this page with them.

Use WordPress like a Pro

There you have it. My life update.

Now something that’ll seem random:

A hyphen (-) vs. an n-dash (–) vs. an m-dash (—).

Just what you were hoping to learn today, right? Probably not, this is more for my own benefit. I’ve been surrounded my book editing for the past few months.

Hyphen: Used to connect two or more words (like twenty-five, state-of-the-art, mid-july). Just type the key and you’ve got it.

N-dash: Used to show a span of numbers, time, amount (1999–2017, 10–15 shirts, 4:00–8:00 pm). No spaces around it. On a Mac, type [option]+[dash].

M-dash: Used to break a section out of a sentence, or tack on a finishing piece to a sentence. (I am obviously not currently versed in sentence structure terms. Forgive me.) On a Mac, type [option]+[shift]+[dash]. This is the one that seems to have various applications, and gets used in a less concrete way than the others. Some people put space around, but from what I understand, it’s always supposed to be closed up. Correct me if I am wrong. Here’s an example from an article I wrote for Wanderoak:

“This is essentially the personality of Wanderoak. It’s bits of Aurooba and bits of me, and bits of the people we’re striving to be, all smashed together—it’s better and stronger than we are individually.”

[Edit]: Since looking at this post, it has come to my attention that the hyphen and the n-dash look exactly the same in the font I’m using on my website. This is rather disappointing, but means you’ll have to imagine that the n-dash’s length is in between that of the hyphen and that of the m-dash. Or, just Google it.

Why 29.2017?

Because this is the 29th week of the year. That is all.


Happy middle of 2017! 😃