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Another late night for me. My project at work is pretty demanding, with very tight deadlines and quite a bit to do in each sprint. I’m trying to keep on top of it, but it does mean I’ve done a bit more “out of hours work” than I’d like. I still feel pretty positive — about work, life, kids, fun, motorcycles, health — so something is working for me. A low carb diet!
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More house-hunting today — I think we saw five places today (might’ve been more, as for a couple of them I stayed in the car with a sleeping Jules and let Dee scope it out on her own). Of those, we’ve applied for just one, a tiny place (really), but probably not any smaller than our current house, and nicer: 3BRs all on a single level, on-street parking and close enough to the city that we can still ride in.
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Finding a new house is proving difficult. We applied for a place on View Street, just a couple of blocks from our current place. Nice little three-bedroom, with a big enough yard, nice kitchen, good little deck outside — in short, perfect for our little clan. But by now you know where this is heading: we didn’t get it. Gutted, as well as baffled: we offered more than the asking price, were available to move in immediately (like: take our money, give us the keys) and even suggested we would do a long-lease (up to 24 months, by which time I’m really hoping we can start looking to buy our own).
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It’s 2016, and I’m dusting off the ‘blog again.

Sure, I might not be able to keep up with writing here, but I’ve got to try — it’s something I actually kind of enjoy, after all, and being able to go back and revisit my thoughts from a year ago (or ten!) is illuminating in the least.

This is a year for enjoyment, I think: I’ve been giving too much focus, if not time (what parent has time, after all), to my work, and feeling guilty at both ends when I don’t give enough to EITHER my projects or my family — let alone carving out that tiny bit of personal space required to recharge, reflect, write, meditate, be alone, be myself. And while I have given up the late nights and energy drinks, mostly, I’m still finding it hard to say “it can wait until Monday” … and to be happy with that decision.

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Last night I had a (free) trial class of “Northstar-style” jūjutsu at the local recreation centre. Fun, and I was drenched in sweat inside of five minutes!

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Ah, beautiful, delicate irony. I becomes apparent that I spoke too soon when I confessed to feeling satisfied for the first time in years — within hours of my last post, our landlords called to tell us they’re selling our home.

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Dee had a brilliant idea this morning: “We’re taking the day off,” she announced. “No swim-school, no yoga.”

Of course, she then qualified it with, “We’ll just clean the house.”

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A quick note to remind you all how to find the Apple-specific characters on Yosemite. First, bring up the character viewer by going to System Preferences > Keyboard and ticking “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar”, then clicking the new menu bar icon (next to the clock) and “Show Character Viewer”. Now you want to select “Technical Symbols” in the left-hand pane. If it’s not visible, click the “gear” dropdown above the left-hand pane and “Customize list”:
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This is fun: using Alfred to show or hide a Quake-like iTerm console, even if iTerm isn’t running.

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I have caved and reinstalled the Facebook app on my phone. Stand by for effusive outpourings of my soul, the trivial minutiae of where/when/what-for I eat my lunch, and pictures of latte art. Also kittens.

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