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April 1, 2019

Not great at posting these on time. Apparently my week ends on Monday...

Work Stuff:

  • Wrapped up the POC phase for my current project and I'm happy with how it went overall. Will be a little bit of an opportunity to reset, but rolling into the main build phase soon. Have some new hands on deck as well, which is exciting.
  • I'm also spending some time getting prepped for DrupalCon by way of a couple of related and somewhat under wraps projects. One is something physical that I designed (kind of), which I haven't done in quite a while. It should arrive just in time for me to bring along to Seattle. The second thing less surprisingly is a website.
  • The DrupalCon related website I'm working on is a Gatsby project. After what I've learned over the past year or so, starting a Gatsby project from scratch feels really efficient, fun, and comfortable. I've even got automated deployments going. The one thing that has proven tricky has been getting Storybook working with some of the things I'm doing in Gatsby. The Gatsby docs got me most of the way there, but then I had to track this issue down in order to get Storybook working with Gatsby's static query component. Even after all of that, I'm still running into some issues with the way I'm using CSS Modules.
  • Speaking of CSS Modules, I attended a great webinar on CSS Modules and other CSS-in-JS solutions from Amazee Labs and John Albin.

Personal Stuff:

  • Colin and I have been playing through Yoshi's Crafted World. We're enjoying it thus far - not very challenging, but fun, relaxing, and very creative. Some of the co-op mechanics are kind of rage inducing though - you'll find yourself jumping on your partner's back or swallowing them unintentionally at just the wrong time.
  • Got tipped off that I received a shout out in my old college comedy pal Jon Gabrus' podcast High and Mighty during the Cheap Beer episode. As you can imagine, it's related to some big time college shenanigans.

Weeknotes 2

March 25, 2019

Posting these weeknotes late. Thankfully the only rule about this weeknotes thing is that there are no rules.

MidCamp:

MidCamp (the Midwest Drupal Camp) resulted in a week that was both all consuming and extremely gratifying.

Everything Else:

Weeknotes 1

March 17, 2019

Stumbled across a collection of weeknote posts on Jeremy Keith’s website. Lately it has been difficult finding the time to post on my website (I'm hoping to rebuild it soon,) so this seems like a great way to keep something going in the meantime.

Work Stuff:

  • Had meeting this week where we shared overviews of recent projects. Always inspiring and great to work with so many people doing cool things outside of the Drupal bubble that I sometimes live in.
  • Been doing a lot of prep for MidCamp. I’ve been helping out with organizing the event, and I’m doing a training along with two sessions (originally one, but I’m filing in for a cancellation.) It’s stressful, but I love the camp so I’m happy to endure the PowerPoint burnout. I’m excited for the talks, and it is been fun dusting off my old analytics hat for the training.
  • Project wise, I’ve been digging into Drupal Commerce for the first time. Taking a bit to wrap my head around it, but I’m liking it thus far.
  • Received some positive recognition at work for my efforts over the last year. Helps put some extra gas in the tank during what is going to be a busy couple of weeks.
  • Got a nice shout of from Ryan at Hook 42 in their Florida Drupal Camp wrap up.
  • My office now has an Nintendo 64 with the original Smash Brothers. This is big news.

Personal Stuff:

  • Found out that Colin did really well on some advanced placement testing. He’ll destroy us all soon.
  • I’m really itching for some warmer weather. Forced myself to run outside this weekend even though it was still a little cold - well worth it once I warmed up. Also really looking forward to getting back to outdoor barbecue.

Stuff I'm Into:

I made it through my first weeknote!

Intentional Home Improvements

January 3, 2019

New Year's resolution time!

Things felt a little different heading into 2019. I usually have a pretty good handle on what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, along with a formal resolution. But this year, nothing. Initially that seemed terrifying, but the more I think about it, that openness and lack of expectation is an exciting resolution in and of itself.

Standing in my now mostly finished kitchen I also came up with another late breaking resolution. 2019 is going to be the year of intentional home improvements. Rather than letting a flood force me into it, I'm going to try to proactively decorate, improve and declutter. It is pleasantly (mostly) non-technical, and I can tackle it in tiny chunks throughout the year.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive 2019 full of dry kitchens.

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2018

I'm enjoying my traditional holiday illness this year. Without fail, once reach holiday break my defenses shut down and I catch a cold (or worse.) I'm thinking next year I'm going to take the week before Christmas off and just live in one of those plastic bubbles.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.