Mid-February Checkin

tl;dr: On track.

Back in January, I wrote about my New Years’ Resolutions. I’m now 45 days in, and things are going pretty well.

  • Health and Finance: A dry January. Dry January has turned into dry February. Beyond idle thoughts “What should I do right now? In the old days, I’d pour myself a drink” and ten tough seconds (someone opened a delicious-smelling bottle of wine), I haven’t missed alcohol at all.
  • Health: Track my weight and other metrics. Done. I’m weighing in on my smart scale twice a week. I have a blood pressure cuff now; I haven’t been using it very regularly though. All metrics are headed in the right direction.
  • Health: Find sustainable fitness habits. Going great. I’ve bought a fancy treadmill and started using it, along with the exercise bike I bought in August 2020 and haven’t used until now. I’m working out at least 5 days a week for an hour or more. I also signed up for the Austin Capitol 10K in April, although I expect to walk a lot of it.
  • Travel: Haven’t yet booked an Alaska cruise, but it’s still on the back burner. I did book a near-repeat of the Christmas cruise for me and the kids over Spring break, and I’ve made some progress on bigger travel plans.
  • Finance: Spend more intentionally. Between the treadmill and the cruise, I’ve spent a lot of money so far in 2022, but for the most part it doesn’t feel wasted. The stock market hasn’t been doing too well, so I’m not feeling super-duper secure here.
  • Life: Produce more. I haven’t done a ton of this, beyond blogging and working on tools. I’m trying Hello Fresh, which has been educational and interesting– I’ve not really cooked anything remotely fancy before. I’ve also made some progress on delayed and on-going house projects though.

Sadly, work has not been going great, but everything else in life seems to be considerably better than a few months ago.

Published by ericlaw

Impatient optimist. Dad. Author/speaker. Created Fiddler & SlickRun. PM @ Microsoft 2001-2012, and 2018-2022, working on Office, IE, and Edge. Now a SWE on Microsoft Defender Web Protection. My words are my own, I do not speak for any other entity.

4 thoughts on “Mid-February Checkin

    1. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post, and a much longer one. I suppose the easiest way to phrase it is that it’s currently challenging to find opportunities to do the things I’m best at.

  1. I had to revert back to delivery / problem analysis and fixing stuff at work, having given up my Enterprise Architect role. I’m enjoying life again. Perhaps you could re-invent the fantastic Fiddler Tool as something integrated into Chrome and Edge??

    You are the dude when it comes to understanding Internet technologies. I’m sure you’re a whole lot more than that within yourself but for some of you are Mr. Internet :-)

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