Goals and victories review (Nov 09)


(Recreation and fitness)

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


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


  • Organize shed done
  • Repair house exterior progress


  • Reduce debt y y n n y n n y? 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
  • Green belt white tip
  • Brown belt
  • Completed HAPPEX-III data taking
  • Painted walls and baseboard moldings of study
  • Driveway paved
  • Electric work mostly done
  • Planted, mulched, and caged 7 fruit trees
  • Performed on ukulele for a (family) audience
  • Brown belt blue tip

Quoting myself again, “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.”

I am giving myself credit for “Repair house exterior” progress, even though there are at least three good reasons not to. First, paving the driveway is “repairing the house exterior” only in the sense that it’s work on something exterior to the house; it’s not what I had in mind in January. Second, I didn’t actually do much of anything. The contractors did the labor and Heather did most of the work lining up the contractor. And third, we probably shouldn’t have done it while Heather was still in the orientation period at her job.

Which brings us to the financial goal… forget it. With any luck Heather will get another job before too long, but in the meantime our income is too low.

We did also get some work done on the house interior (electric), and expanded the orchard and got it set for winter, and I played uke for others for the first time in a family post-Thanksgiving singalong, and as of the 30th (squeaking it in there) I have a blue tip on my karate belt.

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