November 01, 2019
I took a break from working on ProjectPoll for the fall. Enjoyed hacking on my game builder and doing non-businessy things instead.
I’ll get back to it! Stepping back was valuable — I have a clearer idea of what I want it to be someday.
In September, I worked quite a bit more on my React card game-making tool (https://github.com/tc4mpbell/react-gamemaker). Refactored/split up components to a saner structure, moved state to Redux, added a polygon tool, etc. There are some bugs outstanding, but a bit more “polish”.
Some ideas on what to do next:
We drove up to New Hampshire at the beginning of October for a long weekend (Friday-Monday). Visited old friends, conversed enthusiastically about life, community, theology, work, and whatever else came to mind.
The kids did great on the 10 hour drive. They read and drew and listened to audiobooks. I think Imogen’s on her 3rd time through the full Harry Potter series, a choice of which I strongly approve.
I want to do more traveling. We’ve made some tradeoffs/optimizations that make it easy (renting, homeschooling), and the kids seem the right age to enjoy and remember it.
Life only speeds up. This is fine, I’m quite enjoying it, but it does feel like the “default” activities, the ones we’re already involved in and committed to, will happily expand to fill all the time, if allowed. If I want to pursue new goals or make new habits, will need to be done purposefully.
Todo: Skeptically evaluate our default activities. Are they still serving us well? Do the same with anything new we add. It’s easy to accrete commitment, harder to disentangle.