πŸ“š Finished reading Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

πŸ“š Finished reading Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Today we set out to find what was over the saddle we could see while hiking last weekend. Expecting to find more hills, I was pleasantly surprised to find this view only 1.5 miles up the trail. πŸ₯Ύ

My best buddy for 14 ½ years πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸˆ I love watching her soak up the sun every day after not having sunny window for the past two years

Nice walk with the pupper, found some public land with trails that allow dogs πŸ₯ΎπŸ• πŸ“ Yucca Valley, California

Since we moved into the new house, I’ve been sleeping really well for 8+ hours nearly every night. But this is a new record πŸ’€

What’s changed? Humidifier, blackout curtains, and a cold room with warm blankets.

News of progress on a vaccine and Biden’s COVID task force prepping for mass distribution gives me hope that I will see my parents next year. It’s been really hard being away from my family for so long, as I’m sure many others are feeling too.

Submitted my final assignment for my final course in the Predictive Analytics program from UC Irvine! I enjoyed the coursework and am grateful for my company’s generous tuition reimbursement policy.

Relief & gratitude are the words of the day πŸ’™

Another sunny afternoon truce πŸˆπŸ•ŠπŸ•

Sunny afternoon truce πŸˆπŸ•ŠπŸ•

Moved into a house that is significantly larger and +1 garage space from our old apartment, and I still am wondering how we got so much stuff 😩 I see a donation drop-off and a few very full trash bins in my future.

First hike in the new neighborhood! Trying to make the most of living next to a National Park πŸ₯Ύ πŸ“ West Loop Trail, Joshua Tree NP πŸ“· iPhone SE

Our movers come today to drop off our shipment, bringing to a close our 4-week time spent between a guest room, hotel, and empty house. I’m looking forward to sitting on a couch and cooking with good pans again.

Little shadow cat following me around this big empty house πŸˆπŸ’•

Finished reading Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson πŸ“š a fun YA novel

We bought a house! Finally closed yesterday, bringing us one big step closer to being done moving.

Finished reading Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert πŸ“š

Finished reading Ancillary Justice by Anne LeckieπŸ“š my 37th book of this year and 21st Hugo Winner out of 75.

I’m becoming a desert person 🏜 but this whole 4% humidity thing does not agree with me.

Settled into a hotel until we close on our new house. The pets are making themselves right at home! πŸ“· iPhone SE πŸ“ Twentynine Palms, California πŸˆπŸ•

Finished reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher πŸ“š

Finished reading Normal People by Sally Rooney πŸ“š looking forward to watching the series on Hulu

Finished reading The Stand by Stephen King πŸ“š

Goals Check In: August 2020

August was another challenging month with long work hours, poor balance, and the stress of an upcoming move.

πŸ’° Financial Wellbeing

Save, Save, Save Savings on track this month!
Spend Less Specifically in the categories Restaurants and Mindless Online Purchases. The delivery bill was a bit high this month, around $300, but a good chunk of that was from a big sushi dinner for my “quaranteam” (husband, cousin, her husband). I also bought some clothes online for a wicked good deal, but nothing mindless and I didn’t even treat myself to anything this month!

πŸ§ πŸ“š Personal Development

Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices I completed three books, bringing my total to 32.
  • Endymion by Dan Simmons
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon
  • The Waste Lands by Stephen King
Explore New Ideas This was a bit of a fail this month.
Improve Photography Skills Chipping away at the Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography on Udemy.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20 My current course focuses on data understanding and visualization using KNIME and ggplot2. I prevously took a course in R Programming, but the experience using ggplot2 has stuck a lot better in my mind.

🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity

Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature This month I went on a long hike and spent some time by the apartment pool. Not as much actual “nature” as I would like, but anything outside these walls is better than than nothing.
Do Yoga 15x/Month I did yoga 7 times in August. Still working towards a consistent practice.
Home Exercise Routine I worked out 0 times in August beyond the hike and yoga. Aiming to get back on track after the move.
5,000 Steps/Day August average: 3,717 (+16 month on month). I was pretty sedentary again this month and spent way too many hours in front of my computer. How do people actually do 10,000 steps?! I do notice that days I run errands it is much easier to get to 5k.

πŸ’»πŸ€³ Digital Life

Reduce Social Media Use My Facebook stayed deactivated through August, and I don’t see any reason to turn it back on. I did end up re-activating Instagram with (1) a seriously trimmed following list and (2) a renewed commitment to meaninfully engage with my friends beyond just likes and (3) most stories muted. The result is that I can easily get through my whole feed each day in around 20 minutes and see only friends’ posts. This makes me feel in control of my experience instead of being force fed what is algorithmically most engaging.