Bri Manning

Third Quarter Resolutions Update

September 4, 2018

It’s time for the quarterly update on my 2018 resolutions after a late second quarter update.

  1. Professional Development
    1. Update Type. Previously completed.
    2. Create a simple app with Flutter. No movement here, being outdoors between hiking, camping, and gardening have kept me busy.
    3. Write a blog post each quarter for the Rocket blog. Uh-oh. Looks like I’m behind on this one.
  2. Personal Development
    1. Continue reading a book a month with a stretch goal of 15 books this year. I’ve got a big one I’m going through now, but I’m up to 13 for the year:
      1. The Bee: A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich
      2. The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon by Jonathan Hickman
      3. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
      4. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
      5. The Weekend Garden Guide: Work-Saving Ways to a Beautiful Backyard by Susan A. Roth
      6. Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston
      7. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
      8. Attracting Backyard Wildlife: A Guide for Nature Lovers by William J. Merilees
      9. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
      10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
      11. Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman
      12. With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortalitly #3) by Piers Anthony
      13. Wielding a Red Sward (Incarnations of Immortality #4) by Piers Anthony
    2. Missy and I decided to do a monthly art club. I’ve started drawing D&D maps using hexagonal graph paper which has been interesting, though slow. Guess I need to stop worrying about every little thing and start putting something on paper.
  3. Fitness
    1. Ride my bike to work every day it’s reasonable to do so. This was continuing well until one ride about two weeks ago. I blew a tire on the ride home. It knew it was gone and it was totally flat by the time I could stop. That turned the 5 mile ride home into a 1.5 mile ride, 2.5 mile run with backpack, and 1 mile walk.
    2. Do the Crossfit workout of the day. Since the biking, running, and outdoor activities have kept me busy, I’ve taken it easy here. Once the garden turns, I’m sure I’ll be back in the basement doing these again.
    3. Run three times a week. I’ve continued this, but missed one week as my calves were starting to seize up. I decided to give them a rest. I’d rather miss one week than miss four because I pushed it.

While the summer has been busy, I’ve tried to keep up with most things. I feel like the fitness part has been most successful. I’m actually in sight of my 2017 goal of weighing under 220. My current weight is 227, down from the high of 243 at the beginning of the year and losing a half a pound a week for the last few months. Hopefully the end of summer doesn’t reverse that progress.