up down up down

by the end of last week, i had significant cankles from standing most of my work day, so i’ve opted to start sitting a little more, maybe less than half of the time that i’m at my desk.

since our desks are motorized, i have to hold a button while it goes up and down and, while the down position is easy because it’s the lowest one, the standing position is more difficult. so, i made a marker on the wall to indicate when to stop going up. only the line is visible from my height at my keyboard at the place that it should be, so this will help speed up my transitions.

ugh! omg

there’s this guy at work, we’ll call him Sam, he’s so annoying with his smart comments and always making jokes and telling funny stories.

saw

i should spend lunch in the break room more often. today, i revealed to a few folks my fandom of the saw series of movies. i found out one guy walked out of the first movie before it even started getting good! he wasn’t having any of my explanation that it was worth sitting through. carey elwes!

i should probably rewatch those sometime soon. matt isn’t a fan, so it’ll have to be on his worknights.

finally using my degree

i’ve been designing screens for the past couple days at work. it’s been a while since i’ve pushed pixels around and it’s been a nice break from troubleshooting and coding. it’s nothing very complicated, but i still hope the client likes it; i’m not a super-designer, by any means.

the semi-annual shindig went well, albeit ending a little earlier than normal. i think it’s because we woke up at 8 in order to get everything done. in hindsight, we probably could have slept til 9.

my summer of mickey’s is over. though, i can still fill in if someone needs a shift covered. it’s nice to know i can score a handful of cash if the need arises.

feet

just finished my first bartending shift at the tavern; my feet are sore.

also, i’m supposed to be working on an estimate for a freelance gig.

idk how i went and got myself all busy.

cat’s outta the bag!

literally.

i revealed my “what’s in my bag?” post to a co-worker today. i also told another co-worker why my non-given name is spelled the way it is (because the domain was available!).

add that to the list of reasons i love my job. aside from being able to bike to work, i’m constantly challenged, i get to work with very smart folks, the projects are interesting and varied, and i get to work from home tomorrow because i want to.

i woke up with a smile this morning, thinking about how much better life is when you don’t dread your job. i even tried, for about 30 seconds, to come up with something i didn’t like. i couldn’t, so i stopped trying.

what’s in my bag

here’s what i submitted to the cool tools “what’s in your bag” series.
i carry a lot of items with me; some of my friends call me swiss-army-bekee because it’s likely that i have the resources or tools to help them in a pinch.
i’ve had my share of Timbuk2 bags, and have been using this one for a little over four years now, it’s their Classic Messenger – Small. it has all the right pockets and zippers and enough space for a big haul.

little bag

I’m not sure I can put into words why most of these things are useful as a lot of them are in case of an emergency or an immediate need that I haven’t had but am preparing for, but I’ll do my best, albeit sarcastically.

 

little bag contents

i’m also a web developer in the midwest who has recently had the good fortune to land a great job that i can bike to year-round. as you can imagine, nothing else is going to fit in that bag up there, so i bought a Classic Messenger – Large. when it arrived, i was sorely disappointed in the lack of internal pockets. so, i came up with the best solution i could, and that was to carry the Small bag inside of the Large when commuting to work!

big bag and contents

it seems crazy, i know, but i kind of am. so, inside this bag (aside from the other bag) is as follows:
  • Dog keyfob http://www.defensedevices.com/dog-defense-keychain.html. I bought this when I bought my house seven years ago, thinking I’d need it in the neighborhood on dog walks. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use it.
  • Gerber shard http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZK45IQ. This tops EDC lists all the time, but I have yet to have occasion to use it.
  • Nomad Key Charger http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IIYAIVG. Invaluable. I got so tired of untangling the white Apple cord to charge my phone at work. I’ve read reviews that the part that attaches to a keychain breaks easily, but I haven’t had that experience.
  • True Cash Stash http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002JUDJBG. It’s nice to know that I have $20 hidden with my keys, just in case.
  • Key ring kit http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057OIR2C. I’ve found these keyring attachments to be useful, both for easy removal of items (the Nomad charger, for one), but also to differentiate similar-looking keys from one another.
  • Timbuk2 bag rain cover http://www.timbuk2.com/messenger-bag-backpack-rain-cover/884.html?dwvar_884_size=7&dwvar_884_color=8004. Works great! Even though Timbuk2 bags are water resistant, sometimes I’m carrying a laptop in addition to my iPad and don’t want to chance anything getting wet.
  • Park Tool bike tools http://www.amazon.com/PARKTOOL-AWS-13-MICRO-HEX-WRENCH-RING/dp/B00NMUYYZM. I just got this because my local bike mechanic has it on his keys and I want to look cool.
  • emergency poncho (see explanation above)
  • Planet Bike 5-beamer
  • Planet Bike rear light
  • Arcteryx rain jacket (when weather dictates – not pictured)
  • Marmot rain pants (when weather dictates – not pictured)
  • Genuine Innovations tire repair wallet http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Innovations-Tire-Repair-Inflation/dp/B009ZMYQ18. I just bought this and haven’t had to use it.