Good Days

I find myself driven to write when I’m feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or when some big event occurs, like Darwin walking. I’m actually sitting at my desk at work and just realized that today is a good day without being anything particularly special. Lots of little things contributed to my current good mood, so I thought I’d write them down to remember later.

  1. Darwin went to bed at 6:45 pm and didn’t wake up for good (3 or 4 sleep/cranky nurses overnight) until 6:45 am. I thank daylight savings time. She woke up in a good mood.
  2. My lovely wife made a crock pot pie that needs only be turned on this afternoon before we leave the house after lunch. It will be amazing and I’ve been thinking about it ever since she told me.
  3. Eating raw cloves of garlic appears to have staved off the worst of a cold I started getting three days ago. I can breathe!
  4. One of Darwin’s aunties came over yesterday afternoon to play with her and I was able to get a bunch of stuff we don’t use anymore put up on a free gifting economy site. Step one towards making our office usable: check! (Best part: gifting things to people who could really use them, like a single mom just starting out on her own)
  5. I have had a cup of coffee from work, which is akin to drinking caffeinated jet fuel. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  6. I’m reading about programming languages. Seriously. Nothing puts me in a better mood than focusing on code.
  7. Piggybacking off that one, Leah’s adviser/our midwife who is amazing has taken me up on my offer to design a website for the new birth center they’re working on in our area. So yeah. Wish me luck with that one! Codeacademy here I come!

On a slightly lower, but vitally important note, please remember to be kind to one another. I’ve seen some really hurtful words posted online recently, directed towards individuals who are vulnerable and asking for support, or looking for a place to vent and find common ground with difficulties. We can hold each other up, or we can tear each other down. I love that this blogging community is primarily the former. It is one of my deepest hopes that we can keep it that way.


9 thoughts on “Good Days

  1. My best friend SWEARS by the raw garlic cloves when feeling a sickness coming on. I’m going to do it the next time I feel myself getting sick.

    Work coffee is pretty gross in my office. But desperate times call for desperate measures!

    I haven’t seen any negative blog comments lately, but I do see a lot of sanctimonious attitudes.

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only crazy garlic eater ๐Ÿ˜€ a tip: if you chew a raw clove it’ll burn going down. Take it with something creamy, like coconut milk ice cream (or if you start eating dairy, yogurt is the best I’ve found). I didn’t the first time and hoooboy. It was painful for a while.
      Yeah, the code here is actually pretty good, just wicked strong!

      I was literally in tears last night reading a few comments. I wonder if sometimes people forget that their words have a whole lot of power.

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    • A former boss who was really into holistic medicine had a book that suggested snorting crushed garlic to relieve sinus pressure. She said it was the worst pain she ever experienced. Eating it sounds like a much better idea lol.

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  2. I had no idea garlic did that! I LOVE garlic. Oh, that’s a nifty trick to keep in the back pocket, thanks!

    The Queen is really interested in coding and I found a several free resources online – do you like Code Academy best?

    It makes me sad to hear comments are being thrown around in hurtful tones. This community can be so helpful and supportive. Why anyone would want to ruin that is beyond me. I’m pretty open to everyone’s opinions, but I’ve seen comments left before that’s caused an immediate unfollow from me. I’m not hear for that and I don’t support it. Thank you for speaking out on the importance of words.

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    • Garlic is AMAZING. I have two things that I hate more than anything: colds, and the hiccups. Garlic covers colds maybe 75% of the time. Drinking from the opposite side of a glass upside down covers the hiccups 95% of the time. Those are my best tried and true tips on how to get through life ๐Ÿ˜€

      I like Code Academy a lot for Python. The interface is slick and works well, and it’s nice to be reminded of syntax by using simple examples that work. My native language is C++ so it’s really good to have a resource like that. I’m going to try it for learning html and I’ll let you know how that goes.
      Yeah, I don’t handle hurtful stuff well and have taken to unfollowing the folks who make them as well. I was picked on enough as a kid that stuff like that can really just set me back for a while. I’m open to opinions, but insults and attacks are just not ok.


    • Hehe, nice! I have thought about taking more classes, but I’m primarily self-taught at this point. Python is amazing for fast, concise code, I agree. C++ is my native language so I have a special place in my heart for it (the code my master’s thesis is based on is written in C++), plus I feel like I have more control over a lot of what I’m doing, but it’s pretty clunky too.

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  3. I too read a hurtful comment and could actually not believe what I was reading. I was hurting for the person it was directed towards. We all need to take care of one another, not spit hurtful things. This big world does enough damage we should not contribute to that.
    So glad to read good things! And the crock pot is heaven sent (or scent..HA) in our home.

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  4. I read a something yesterday that just blew my mind. I think that you can always get your point across and be honest without being hurtful. A little tact never killed anyone. And I think language also plays a big role in the way that you make a post “sound” or feel. If you drop the F-bomb 20 times, i’m certain it will sound liek you’re basically an asshole. I’ve gotten a lot from this community, and it saddens me to think that people think that being “blunt and honest” without being kind and gentle at the same time is ok, even if what is said is something that may need to be heard.

    And garlic! YUCK!

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