2024 Week 5

AKA “Restarting these weekly things after a 2 and a half year hiatus to see if it a) sticks and/or b) is worth doing”.

I’ve been pretty inactive here on the old blogstead, aside from keeping up with daily photos12. One of the things I keep trying to get into is a meaningful reflective practice. That butts up against what I want to reflect on, if/where it might be appropriate to store/share it, and does it even matter. I think it does, and I’m going to try to reflect on what I can here in the /reflections thing. I have no idea how regularly I’ll be doing this. Maybe every week. Maybe occasionally. Maybe it’ll go dormant for another 2 and a half years. Who knows.


This is serving as my once-every-few-years kick in the nuts to think more seriously about work and balance and what I want to get out of life while I can still do that3. I’m having to take a step back and seriously think about when I want to retire, and some of the options are coming up way more quickly than it feels should be possible. I don’t feel old enough to be looking at that yet…

It’s also my once-every-few-years reminder to tell people that I love and/or respect that I love and/or respect them, before I can’t do that.

I went downtown to the protest against the latest round of shittiness from our Premier, this time aimed at “protecting parental rights” by enforcing birth names and pronouns in schools, and making it much more difficult for youth to access gender affirmation before puberty causes irreversible changes to their bodies. Over 1,000 people joined the protest in front of city hall. It was beautiful. I was happy and proud to stand with them.

trans rights are human rights

⚙️ Work

  • I had my second meeting with a leadership coach, as I work on thinking through how to approach leading our team through some institutional changes coming up (the changes aren’t bad or scary, but they’ll mean I need to level-up in order to properly serve the team). I have lots of homework and noodling before our next meeting in a couple of weeks.
  • Collaborated to prepare a survey that we’ll use to gather feedback from the UCalgary community on their needs/experiences with TI programming.
  • I moderated the Q&A session for a webinar hosted by the Canadian Bar Association on “AI Use in Law Student Papers”. Lorelei and Tyson shared some of their work in our team in the TI, and we had 2 panelists from UAlberta (Faith Majekolagbe and Chris Samuel) and 1 from legal practice (Jo-Anne Yau).
  • I spent some time setting up some views for a List in our team Teams site, to track/share/plan the work across LTDT. The super-formally-named “Stuff ’n Thingz” list. It’s shaping up nicely.

📚 Reading

I’m making more of an effort to work through my shockingly-high pile of books to read. It turned into my “things I’ll read this summer” pile, and now it’s February of the following year. Yikes. And I need to slow down a bit on buying new books until I’ve whittled away at it a bit more. I’ll be tracking this through Obsidian, with a handy-dandy dataview table on my dashboard.

2024, so far…

Book author type genre published started
Lead It Like Lasso Marnie Stockman & Nick Coniglio book nonfiction 2023 January 30, 2024
Tomorrowmind Kellerman & Seliam book nonfiction 2023 January 14, 2024
emergent strategy adrienne marie brown book nonfiction 2017 January 11, 2024

This week:

  • Tomorrowmind by Seligman and Kellerman. Some good ideas in there, but sandwiched between endless clever mnemonic acronyms and numbered lists and cherry-picked research findings overgeneralized into nuggets of truthiness…
  • Lead It Like Lasso by Stockman & Coniglio. It’s basically an excuse for 2 people who just sold a company for a gajillion dollars to spend some time shoe-horning some Lasso fanboy/girling into a book that they know will sell because of the unauthorized tie-in. I don’t think an entire book examining fictional characters as examples for anything is that useful, but there are some interesting bits. It looks like I might I be Keeley? Relationships before tasks. I did finally get the difference/importance of Vision vs. Purpose and things clicked into place both with my leadership coaching and with the LTDT team planning work.

🍿 Watching

  • Binge-watched all 3 seasons of Slow Horses. The first season takes a bit to build, but holy crap does it just keep rolling. Can’t wait for seasons 4 and 5. AppleTV+ is putting out some amazing stuff. (See also Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, For All Mankind, The Morning Show, Foundation, Invasion, Severance, Shrinking, Silo, Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest, Loot, etc etc etc.)
  • Loudermilk. I haven’t laughed that hard at a show in a long time. Not loving that it just goes poof after season 3 because its network went poof.
  • Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation - a TED thing from 7 years ago. We’re going to be discussing it at our next TI Supervisors Network meeting.

🧺 Other

  • Changed my Terminal font to Topaz, and now it’s chock full of Amiga-y goodness. Better.
  • Registered for Bow Cycle Club, and hoping to actually get out on some rides with BCC this season. I got out for one club ride. One. In 2023 because my back knocked me off the bike for 5 months. Not fun. 2024 will surely be better.
  • Had more warranty work done on the new vehicle. Apparently an AC harness was crimped in the factory or something. Hooray for warranties!

🗓️ Focus for next week

  1. taken daily, but not necessarily posted right away… But the growing page of photos from 2024 is shaping up nicely. ↩︎

  2. there’s a separate RSS feed for the daily photos, so they don’t swamp the relatively-inactive main RSS feed… ↩︎

  3. Before the cancer comes back for me too. ↩︎

  4. the provocative and problematic Dr. Strangelove-inspired title aside, there are some good ideas shared in the article. ↩︎

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