Earlier this year, I had very briefly crossed paths with two people before, but only because they recognized my name from Twitter. We chatted a bit online after that, and just this past week, we finally met up in person again, on purpose this time. It was a great evening of drinks and dessert and chatting about shared interests.
My requirement for this is to stay somewhere local but away from my own home, so that I have a clear demarcation between my regular life and my staycation. A single night in a nearby hotel would qualify, but is not the only way to fulfill this.
I've never done this in person yet, but I've emailed public comment a few times now, so I think my words are already part of the official record. One of these days I'll find a meeting that's held in the evening and carve time out of my week to attend.
I went to a really good book club discussion about Nickel and Dimed and Winners Take All. I didn't love either book that much on my own, but I got a lot out of the social experience, and I gained a greater appreciation for what other people liked about each book.
I decided that securing it with a nyonya belt wasn't cheating because that's how people actually do wear these things. Armed with that tool, I wore a sarong out in public three times (!) in the past week!
I can't do fancy trick knots or anything, but I've gotten the hang of enough fundamentals that I can fasten stuff around the house, tie shoelaces and sashes neatly, and other things like that. I think this counts as complete.
I did this with a teammate and decided to count it, since the important part of my goal was to confront my anxiety around pairing, not to spend time with a friend. It went really well!
I was more nervous during the first part of our experiment back in December, when I was navigating and my teammate was pairing. I was also frustrated that we had some mundane technical issues that got in the way of my planned task. I had more fun with driving this week while my teammate navigated. I got to practice reading Python and Java, which I haven't done much in a while, and I was able to contribute during our back-and-forth conversation about what might be causing the bug. It was also productive: we fixed a longstanding issue that numerous customers had reported.
I think that I originally wrote this for something larger like an N-year college reunion, but I'm going to give myself credit for a team reunion lunch anyway because I actually had a hand in organizing it.
I tried out a bunch of knots using static diagrams last weekend. Now that I've gone through those steps *really* slowly, I'm having an easier time following YouTube videos, although I still have to pause and check a lot.
I'm getting the hang of a bowline knot thanks to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9NqGd7464U
I'm practicing using some spare clean shoelaces for now, but I should buy some twine to see if I can make the sort of carrying-sling thing that stores use to make handles for boxes.
I attended a ballot debate yesterday! That was a good step toward being more informed and procrastinating less. However, the point of organizing a party is to draw in more of my friends who aren't always up to date in politics, so I am not counting this task as done yet.