401. Four Hundred Days

Four-hundred one days remaining in my “1000 Days” Project.

My, how the first six-hundred days have flown!

My, how little I have accomplished!

My, how many times I have forgotten about this blog, which was intended to be a productivity tool.

I guess the only tool here is me.

Anyway, I did the math. Four-hundred one days remaining.

604. 100 Days of Awesome

I’m starting a new “self-improvement” and “productivity” project.

Yesterday I wrapped up a “365” photo project on the Flickr photo sharing site, “365 Productive Days.” The results of those 365 days were not as impressive as I had intended. I have decided to carry on with a new version, with an intent to be more diligent in my effort and more effective with my time. Rather than focus on an entire year, or on the 1000 days that is the subject of this blog, I am starting a shorter, and I’m hoping more intense, project: 100 Days of Awesome. I’m numbering the days in reverse order, as sort of a countdown.

Since it’s a countdown, I suppose I should call this new project “100 Days To Awesome.”

But I’m impatient. I don’t want to wait 100 days. I want my awesome now!

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606. Slow Going

Retrofitting: Making It Up As I Go

I’m attempting to retro-fit what amounts to an external wall around the studio yurt bathroom extension. I will fill the wall cavity with insulation. I hope this will reduce or eliminate the problem we are having with frozen water lines.

I’ve learned a lot, through trial and error… with an emphasis on error… about cold weather winterization. Bottom line: even too much insulation is not enough when the temperatures drop to single digits or below zero (that is, -12˙C or below, if you’re so inclined). The vacation rental yurt bathroom extension was not constructed to endure extended sub-freezing temperatures, and it was definitely not designed to withstand single-digit or sub-zero temperatures.

That’s what we get for hiring a handyman from Hawaii to build it for us.

607. Cold Walls

Rainy and snowy today. Finally got outside to work on the insulated outer walls I’m trying to add to the studio yurt. Made progress, but didn’t get it done.

I have so many topics I would like to write about in more detail, but by the evening my energy and enthusiasm have waned.

608. No More NaNo

I just deleted my NaNoWriMo.org account. I have participated in National Novel Writing Month for over ten years. Each year I donate at least a few dollars (usually twenty, and as high as fifty) to support the event, because it’s fun and because it seems selfish to take part for free. In more than ten years of participating, I have never once completed the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word challenge. Still, being a “contributor” puts me in a more exclusive group than mere completers. Fewer than 8% of NaNo participants actually contribute financially to the operation, even though about 15%, on average, complete the 50,000 word challenge each year.

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609. Frozen

Water supply line to the studio yurt is frozen despite the heat tape. Like, whaaaa?

Posting this from the iPad using the WordPress app. Posting from the iPad is not conducive to lengthy or thoughtful posts.

So yeah, this is all you get.

610. Didn’t Finish ‘Cuz I Didn’t Start

I had a list of things to do today, but I didn’t finish anything on the list because I didn’t start anything on the list. I didn’t start anything else, for that matter.

And here I am making a cursory post of little value containing little thought, exposition, or introspection merely for the sake of making a post.

Tomorrow I shall make a better list, and then do things from that list.

And then write a better post about doing things from that list.

Meanwhile, go read Joel Runyon: Build a Stronger Mindset

TIMEX Expedition Field Watch
T49874
It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Can you say the same about yourself?

611. Insulation

The water supply lines in the studio yurt keep freezing, so I keep adding insulation to the outside walls.

Were I going to do it again, I would direct the water lines differently. At least now I have a better idea of how to factor in cold weather when I tackle another plumbing project.

Cutting Styrofoam Insulation Panels
Using a Hand Saw

612. Roadrunner Trail

Drove down to Kanab, Utah, about an hour south of here, to get out of the snow. Didn’t quite get out of the snow, but hiked for an hour or so on the Roadrunner Trail on the outskirts of town, then continued south to Fredonia, across the state line in Arizona, to pick up a couple of lottery tickets. You can’t win if you don’t play!

Roadrunner Trailhead
Kanab, Utah USA