Saturday, January 20, 2018

Q&A: Grudge

January 20 - Are you holding a grudge? About?

2014 - Not sure, but I am a little frustrated by our situation. Is that a grudge? - entered April 14

2015 - I don't think so? I have some disappointment but not a grudge.

2016 - No, not anymore. - entered March 20

2017 - I'm kind of an Anti-"Trump Supporter" - entered January 22

2018 - After consulting, I’d say someone at work who I’ve tried for a long time to partner with unsuccessfully.

It’s very windy as I enter today's Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal. Still, much nicer weather in L.A. today compared to Seattle yesterday.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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TWOCENTS.LIFEHACKER.COM -- Here's How Donald Trump Is Shrinking Your Paycheck

Q&A: Food

January 19 - List three foods you ate today.

2014 - Breakfast: Birthday cake and coffee; Lunch: Bierocks, German Potato Salad, Salad with homemade green goddess dressing; Dinner: Chicken Broccoli Potato Soup and Birthday Cake. - entered February 2

2015 - Life cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios, Mallow Oats (store brand) - a cereal kinda day - entered January 20

2016 - So far, just oatmeal and coffee. Thinking about having some cereal. - entered February 13

2017 - Coffee, oatmeal, doughnuts - entered January 22

2018 - Today (1/20) - Coffee and a Luna Bar, but yesterday (1/19): airline food - entered January 20

When Cameron was in Egypt’s land, Let my Cameron go. Sure, it has nothing to do with this, but it came to mind this morning for some reason as I was entering today’s entry from the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Q&A: Peaceful

January 18 - What was peaceful about today?

2014 - Seahawks trounced Denver in the Super Bowl. - entered February 2

2015 - Certainly not the nail biter conference championship game again Green Bay. But - Super Bowl, baby!

2016 - Ben didn't scratch me at all today - he had a really good day.

2017 - Commute was uneventful.

2018 - It's been a quiet day at work so far.

Congrats, you're reading today's entry from my Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal - do you feel special?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Q&A: Clothes

January 17 - What's the oldest thing you're wearing today?

2014 - My "Mickey" t-shirt from probably 1998 or 1999 when I needed a new shirt on the way to a CLU-PLU game and the only place I could find was a Club Disney in Calabasas. - entered February 1

2015 - This Hawaiian shirt and these jeans are both pretty old.

2016 - Probably my shorts. - entered January 18

2017 - Not sure... my shorts or my socks?

2018 - Guessing socks or underwear. Shoes, jeans and dress shirt are probably newer. - entered January 18

Yep, this is another entry from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal - I bet you're not surprised at this point.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Q&A: Money

January 16 - Do you owe someone money? Does someone owe you?

2014 - I can't think of any. But I do need to finish my taxes (refund) and pay my property taxes. - entered Feb. 17

2015 - Not really, but we did just place an order for Girl Scout Cookies. - entered January 17

2016 - I think Rachel owes us $25. We owe credit card companies more than $25. - entered January 18

2017 - I can't think of any. - Entered January 17

2018 - Yes, we owe Ellie some money.

This is from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal, new insights about me daily. You’re welcome.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Q&A: Lunch

January 15 - On a scale of one to ten, how was your lunch today?

2014 - Eight. It was Hawaiian Haystacks (or Burmese Stacky-Uppies) but we had to do portion control. Boo. - entered April 6

2015 - Eight - Ritz crackers and microwaved clam chowder. Nothing special, but tasty and eaten while taking an actual break.

2016 - Nine - Kalua Pig w/ rice and corn - Just Lori and I. - entered January 18

2017 - Seven - Peanut Butter Mighty Muffin

2018 - Eight - Chips and Salsa, Steamed Veggies. Not entirely bad for me. - entered January 16.

Welcome to the next day of the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Q&A: Placement

January 14 - Are you a leader or follower?

2014 - Leader.... Though follower is definitely easier. - entered April 13

2015 - Leader - but knowing how and when to follow is also a good skill to have. - entered January 15

2016 - Leader - entered January 15

2017 - Leader - entered January 16

2018 - Leader, though sometimes following is easier. - Januar 16

Thanks for following along as we work our way through the Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Laundry Folder: Not a Bad Thing

Someone posted a video similar to this one of a this device which, as you can see, folds laundry.

The comments were things like "#lazy" and "First World Problems!"

It was frustrating. Here was a group of smart people (most people who used LinkedIn for social media seem to be pretty thoughtful usually) immediately thinking of how it wasn't relevant to them and declaring the product to be a bad idea and why we're in trouble in the prosperous countries because we can't even fold our own clothes.

I immediately thought of laundromats that offer "fluff-and-fold" service - you drop off laundry and they wash, dry and fold it and you pick it up later as well as hotels that will clean your clothes for you. This device in those settings may save some time and offer a consistent output. They might also prevent repetitive stress injuries. Why sell one to a household when you can sell 10, 100, 1000 at a time to a company?

I also thought about combining it with a conveyor belt or a bin that you can dump a lot of laundry into, or a bigger end receptacle where you can put a basket so all the clean laundry is folded and in a basket.

In looking for the video again, I discovered a few things... there's a company in Japan that made one a few years ago where you could dump in a whole basket. It took five hours to fold the load. And Panasonic had a device at CES that took up a whole wall. One part was a dresser. You take something out and wear it, then you throw it into another bin on the device and it washes, folds and puts it back in the dresser. It looked like something out of the Jetsons.

And I also learned that they actually are targeting households:

Lori also suggests that people probably derided the dishwasher in the early days, too.

Besides being a convenience, it's another reminder that the robots are coming for the jobs. But it's not something we should fear.

Q&A: Travel

January 13 - Where do you want to travel next?

2014 - I'd like to go to Hawaii or Miami. - entered March 10

2015 - Hawaii, Miami, London, Dublin.

2016 - Hawaii, Miami, London, Dublin, New York. But it will be L.A. again. - entered January 15

2017 - Those 5 but it will be Bellevue - entered January 16

2018 - Still those 5, but next will either be Bellevue or Anaheim.

Welcome to today's entry from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal, a great little book that helps you capture memories over a period of years in a fun way.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Q&A: Accessory

January 12 - What's your favorite accessory?

2014 - Is the iPhone an accessory? I'd say my Fischer Space Pen which I'm ironically not using at the moment. - entered February 28

2015 - Probably my Samsung Galaxy S5 which is pretty cool, though rubbish as a phone. - entered January 13

2016 - Still my S5. Though I also like my Fitbit. - entered January 15

2017 - My Samsung Galaxy S5. My old, slow, frustrating S5.

2018 - Either my Samsung Galaxy S7 or my Fitbit.

Another entry in Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Q&A: Lost

January 11 - Today you lost ______

2014 - Hope for any future with this organization. (Note: it came back two days later) - entered March 25

2015 - Track of time. Holy cow. Alarm in 6 hours! Good night!

2016 - Nothing - entered January 15

2017 - Sleep

2018 - For a moment today, I think I thought I was in control of everything. And then I wasn't.

Now on year 5 of Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Q&A: Inspired

January 10 - Write down something that inspired you today.

2014 - The rain. It was wonderful and made me feel nostalgic. - entered February 10

2015 - The sense of calm. It's been a busy week.

2016 - I'm inspired (motivated) to find some checks I've misplaced.

2017 - I'm inspired by the new year. A good time for some changes. - accidentally entered January 6

2018 - My employer made it very clear that they value and appreciate me. - entered January 11

This is the latest the gift I received in 2014 — Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Q&A: Typical

January 9 - Was today typical? Why or why not?

2014 - Mostly typical. Typical stuff happened. Boring. Which is fine. - entered April 8

2015 - I hope it wasn't typical. I got out of the office way too late and it was way too busy.

2016 - So far, pretty typical - church. Though we watched a video because the pastor was sick. - entered January 10

2017 - I guess... a work day, tired, poor sleep.

2018 - So much not. But can't talk about it yet. - entered January 11

This is the latest from my Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal that I got in 2014 as a gift.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Q&A: Earworm

January 8 - What song is stuck in your head?

2014 - "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" Even though I have not heard the full song, just the "fake censored" one and haven't seen the movie. - entered March 10

2015 - Surprisingly, none comes to mind. I haven't listed to much music lately, just audio books.

2016 - Something from Wiggles or Storybots, no doubt.

2017 - Probably something from Storybots - accidentally entered January 6.

2018 - Big Brown Boogieing Bear from Storybots (I do listen to grown-up music, honest!)
Hey, look, it's today's entry in Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal, a look back at the past few years.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Q&A: Lucky

January 7 - You are lucky; how so or not so?

2014 - I probably get away with more than I should. - entered April 7

2015 - I just am, in the sense that there's so much I have to feel fortunate about. - entered January 8

2016 - Have an awesome family. - entered January 8

2017 - Yeah, really cool family I love a lot.

2018 - Wonderful family, very nice neighborhood/house, great church, the beautiful L.A. weather, and lots to look forward to in 2018.
In 2014, I received Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal as a gift. Now on my fifth year, time to look back.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Q&A: Tough

January 6 - Today was tough because __________.

2014 - Sleep was poor last night (power outage). Also, snacked a lot. Did not stay on my diet. - entered February 16

2015 - So busy at work. - entered January 8

2016 - So much to do for move. Quiet at work. - entered January 8

2017 - I was sleepy and a little restless.

2018 - Ben got a little aggressive in the afternoon.

What's this? I received Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal (a gift in 2014) and have been enjoying filling it out.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Q&A: Restaurant

January 5 - What was the last restaurant you went to?

2014 - Menchies or The Ram with Lori for date night. - entered February 1

2015 - McDonalds. Ben, Rachel and I went for fries last Sunday after church. - entered accidentally on January 4

2016 - Wetzel's Pretzels. Yep.

2017 - Sunmoon Garden. Chinese food for take-out for New Years.

2018 - We had Gourmet 88 delivered for New Years.

From Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal (a gift I received in 2014). A really great way to capture how a particular thought or activity changes over time.

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LIFEHACKER.COM -- How You Can Study Snowflakes

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Q&A: Best

January 4 - The best part of today?

2014 - Celebrating my birthday with my family (I received this book for my birthday) - entered Feb. 1

2015 - Sleeping in, waking up with Lori (instead of early, by myself) - entered Jan. 5

2016 - Feeling like I was actually contributing to our move plan.

2017 - I was happy to come into the house. Commute was really long.

2018 - Driving around L.A. in the daytime, participating in some great discussions. - entered January 5

From Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal (a gift I received in 2014). A really great way to capture how a particular thought or activity changes over 5 years.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Q&A: Reading

January 3 - What are you reading right now?

2014 - "Understanding Your Child's Sensory Signals." Just finished "Takedown Twenty" and "W is for Wasted" - entered Feb. 1

2015 - "Amnesia Moon" by Jonathan Lethern. Trippy post-apocalyptic, probably benefits from audio book.

2016 - "Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne. YA dystopia (I think). Interesting but not well-written. - entered Jan. 4

2017 - "The Annihilation Score" by Charles Stross (Laundry Files, Book 6)

2018 - "Glass Sword" (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard and "The Power of Moments" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, "The Secret Lives of Color" by Kassia St. Clair. (And continue to slowly re-re-read "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek)

These questions come from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal which I received as a gift in 2014. It’s been interesting to see how things have changed in that time.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Q&A: Change

January 2 - Can people change?

2014 - A little. But I think they have to move and sever a lot of ties. That gets harder to do with social media. - entered Feburary 16

2015 - Yes, but it has to be a daily effort and you have to be aware of triggers that can tempt you to abandon the change. - entered January 3

2016 - Yes, but most don't want to, despite what they say - entered January 4

2017 - Yes, though many would deny needing to change.

2018 - I hope so.

These questions come from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal, a gift I received a few years ago. It's a great way to capture small thoughts and memories and see how things change over the years. (This is an Amazon affiliate link, if you buy it, you help support my coffee habit.)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Q&A: Mission

January 1 - What is your mission?

2014 - Simplicity, Serenity, Serendipity (to get there, I need focus) - entered Feb. 16

2015 - Confidence

2016 - Move

2017 - To stay in control. This year, to stay ahead of the game.

2018 - Simplicity

These questions come from Q&A A Day: 5 Year Journal which I received for my birthday in 2014. It's a great way to capture small thoughts and memories and see how things change over the years. (This is an Amazon affiliate link, if you buy it, you help support my coffee habit.)