What I am up to (part 1 of N)…

This is part “1 of N” simply because I don’t know how many of these I’ll end up with. You see, I’m up to quite a lot, actually. It all started a couple of months ago, when I lost my previous job (no one’s fault — just one of those things). Anyway, that got me thinking a lot about what I want Life version 3.0 (beta-1) to look like. In these first few months, I’ve determined to create a viable “meta-life”, meaning that I am working on things to get me the life that I want to have.

First up was a new job, and for this I decided against a regular 9-to-5 sort. I’ve had quite enough of that, thank you very much, and I’m well past the point where I can be happy with ten days of vacation per year and dealing with abusive HR departments. And so I’m now a happy member of the “gig economy”, working on a number of small projects that kinda-sorta add up to a job. No more stupid HR departments or having to ask permission to use the bathroom (yes, I really had to do this at a job once).

Second: learning. I’m teaching myself Android programming and that is going swimmingly. I do have a specific project in mind and will be sharing the details at some nebulous point in the future. Arduino is in there as well, and I am happy to report that I got the hang of that really quickly. I’m working on a couple of nicely complicated Arduino projects and, again, details to follow at some undetermined time.

And while we’re discussing learning, I’ve discovered EdX. Kid, meet candy store. Enough said on that one.

I’ve always thought that a good balance between mind, body, and soul is something to strive for. So in order to not neglect the other two, I’ve been hiking every day and will be trying to get to the gym at least a couple of times per week. On the last, it’s time for art! A couple of conversations have put it into my head that I’m well overdue in getting back to this one. I can no longer use the “no room” excuse (for a while, I was living in a storage shed and so that became more valid), so… it’s time.

More soon!