Started keeping track of what I was doing at 20:15 (8:15 PM) every day for the last few months after reading Kitt Hodson’s Pastry Box article from Jan 1, 2015. Which was about how a year earlier she read Erica Douglass’s article about writing down what she did at 11:11 AM and 20:14 (8:14 PM) everyday.
I thought this was a great idea to see if I could find any patterns in my nights. So far I tend to watch TV Monday, Thursday, and Sunday nights when I’m home. Also on the weekends I tend to be leaving or coming back from dinner, sometimes even eating dinner.
Below I was going list all the things I have been up to for the past month at 8:15 PM, but realized it was going to be over 6,500 words so will be posting February, March, and April entries over the next week or so. Some days I didn’t enter the information into my phone (SimpleNote application) until later that day or the next day because I was spending time with others and didn’t think it polite to stop right then to write what was happening. On those occasions I made mental note and did it later. Sometimes you will see “ENTERED – YYYY/MM/DD” after a date that notes when I entered the information.
Jan 1 – N/A – Hadn’t started yet.
Jan 2 – Writing bills, rent check, and fixing checkbox alignment CSS.
Jan 3 – Watching Edward Lee in the third season of “Mind of a Chef” (video) on DVD. While he is talking to Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, and I’m eating cured meat and cheese sandwich on a great baguette.
Jan 4 – Again watching the second season of “Mind of a Chef” on DVD with Sean Brock (video). While he is talking with Edward Lee about making Korean BBQ and using Carolina Gold rice, and I’m eating cured meat sandwich on a great baguette.
Jan 5 – Watching “2 Broke Girls” and then it’s time for dinner before doing work on the INPUT field outline examples pages. This TV watching thing needs to change sooner than later.
Jan 6 – Updating WordPress: plugins, themes, etc. and looking through spam comments to see if and are good, along with looking at my draft folder to see if anything is ready to post.
Jan 7 – Working on making two different text versions of an organization chart one using a definition list (DL) and the other using heading structure to convey who and what groups fall under what. Going to convert work example to be Geeks Love Wine related example.
Jan 8 – Watching “The Big Bang Theory” and starting to outline the FOCUS on INPUT blog post, along with one about a possible better way to display an organizational chart with text.
Jan 9 – Watching American Pickers and Dinners, Drive-ins, and Dives while waiting to go to District Taco for fish tacos closer to 9 PM.
Jan 10 – Watching the beginning of the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks NFC Divisional football game.
Jan 11 – Taking a break from working on responsive TABLE example, while also doing laundry.
Jan 12 – Working on making fixes to the responsive TABLE example, so the footer doesn’t end up showing a horizontal scroll bar while listening to the Stick Mob’s “Drive West All Night”.
Jan 13 – ENTERED 2015/01/14 – Was attending WordPress DC and listening to Anthony D Paul on “How to Create a Website Using WordPress on Your Cellphone”.
Jan 14 – Purchased CSUN tickets and now checking the weather for a trip to Cleveland for a long weekend and then booking the hotel for now at least.
Jan 15 – Looking at plane tickets from DCA to SFO and then SAN to DCA, while updating my responsive TABLE example to use other data than work dataset data that I first made it with.
Jan 16 – ENTERED 2015/01/16 – Driving to Cleveland, OH, to go see the Ferran Adria “Creativity” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland Heights, OH.
Jan 17 – Watching Barrett-Jackson car auction while waiting for the Mythbuster’s “Indiana Jones Special” in Cleveland, OH. Drove from DC to Somerset, PA, with a side trip to see Kathy and Nicolas Chugh at his swim meet in Canton, OH, next to Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jan 18 – Ordered a few of Ferran Adria book ( add book names ) after attending Ferran Adria’s “Notes on Creativity” at Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. After spending three hours at Cleveland Museum of Art. Had dinner at Eric Meyer’s house.
Jan 19 – Relaxing by watching 2 Broke Girls after driving home from Cleveland that took over eight hours instead of the six I expected it too.
Jan 20 – Watched TV while getting rid of slight headache and queasy feeling after having to wear broken glasses all day. Glasses frame broke yesterday and got an older pair as a backup pair so current lenses would fit into them until I can get newer ones, along with the new prescription.
Jan 21 – Starting to read “A Day at elBulli” to see what Ferran Adria’s creative thought process, along with he and his staff go through in a day to serve dinner to about 50 people.
Jan 22 – ENTERED 2015/01/23 – Was driving to Taco Bamba to have tripe, tongue, and el pastor tacos before meeting the Deque group at their hotel in Dulles.
Jan 23 – ENTERED 2015/01/24 – Was having dinner with Glenda “the Good Witch” Sims (Twitter), along with fellow Deque employees Dian and Jeneen and then Sam at Hyatt Dulles. We headed up to Glenda’s room for wine and more conversation once dinner was done.
Jan 25 – Watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards after a day at the movies watching “The Imitation Game” and “Birdman”.
Jan 24 – Again reading “A Day at elBulli” by Ferran Adria about their process of creating dishes and how learning a technique for one thing can help when creating something else later on. This afternoon went to Sugar Shack on their grand opening day to try their donuts which are great from the one I have eaten so far, plus had Pho at Pho 75 with extra noodles for dinner.
Jan 26 – Watching “Trip 2015” on Travel Channel, which I’m guessing is a big ad for each of the companies being shown. Then during ads need to update nephews soccer website with requested changes. Loads of fun at work with meetings and PDF reviews.
Jan 27 – Started the first draft/outline of my “Healthier ME” blog post (never finished), which I’m currently explaining last year’s theme. Next need to explain why I’m looking to improve my health. I’m listening to “The Stick Mobs” who are from the DC area. It’s getting difficult since I had no breakfast and a small lunch. Need dinner soon. I’m thinking South China takeout.
Jan 28 – ENTERED 2015/01/29 – Looking at the AT&T accessibility jobs and decided not to apply, since not sure what I want to do for work. Am I going to do more coding or UX?
Jan 29 – Talking with the Army .MILers old and new at Refresh DC (Twitter) after listening to Megan Zlock talk about the differences between the CMS Craft and WordPress.
Jan 30 – Sitting in Pho 75 with Sam and Eric ordering a small round eye and fatty brisket with extra noodles. A day spent using JAWS on two PowerPoints and entered 20+ issues into GitLab.
Jan 31 – Laying on my bed listening to Hot Jazz Saturday on NPR while reading twitter after a long day of shopping with Sam. We went to Sam’s, Wegmans, Super H Mart, and Banh Mi DC Sandwich.
After re-reading these entries, I have notice how much I have done over these few months. Some of it productive and other times recharging the batteries. I also at some point in my writing down of events started adding in how the day went, what happened, what I planned to do later, and I was thinking.
In the future, I plan to post this information once a month at the beginning of the following month.
Hopefully, this has been helpful to you and gets you to keep track of what you do a particular time of the day, along with a short daily diary.
If you want to meet up to do something exciting at 8:15 PM some evening, please leave a comment. Or a suggestion of something that is not part of my ordinary life you think I should do.