Goals and victories review (Sep 09)


(Recreation and fitness)

  • Blue belt done
  • Green belt done
  • Brown belt progress
  • Climb an Adirondack high peak done x 2
  • Complete my electronics project (the WSG)


  • Rewrite polarimeter software 
  • Complete next experiment (HAPPEX-III) progress


  • Organize shed done
  • Repair house exterior


  • Reduce debt y y n n y n n y? n – – – / N
    (y(n) means we did (did not) meet my specific debt reduction goal in the given month; final Y(N) means we have (have not) met my goal cumulatively in the months so far)


  • Purple belt second tip
  • Blue belt
  • Rewrote Compton polarimeter decoder software
  • Blue belt first tip
  • Recovered from pneumonia
  • Performed at Gilbertsville, Syracuse May Day, Cortland May Day, Oneida Plant a Row for the Hungry garden, Sudz tour in CT/MA, Saugerties Garlic Festival
  • Got rid of Stairway to Nowhere and much other trash and yard waste
  • Blue belt second tip
  • Green belt
  • Replaced basement door
  • Cleared brush growth near Bilco door
  • Polarization measurement with new electron detector
  • Finished removal of concrete hazard to navigation
  • Green belt first tip
  • Climbed two Adirondack high peaks
  • Organized shed
  • Run Coordinator for our experiment
  • Started learning to play ukulele
  • Green belt red and blue tips
  • Semi successful polarization analysis for incoming data

September not much more goalish than August. Out of town at the beginning, recovering from out of town, busy with data analysis, blah blah, excuse excuse.

Quoting myself, “Once again, higher priorities have put the electron detector software rewrite on hold. Priorities like actually taking data, and getting the photon detector analysis working.”

And again, “Not much work done on the house. Study is still half painted.” Though I’ve done a little prep work on the other half.

A little confusion in our financial planning made this a not too good month for the credit card debt. Which is, I should add, down substantially since the start of the year, just not as far down as I would have liked. We’re going to try to do better at keeping track of upcoming expenses.

Some victories, though. Getting a decent start on learning a new instrument probably the top one.


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