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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

August is gonna be a rough one

I've got a lot on my plate for August. Probably too much, but I'm going to make a run at it anyway. In addition to my 40-hour per-week contract, I'm going to try and finish off 1.0 of Spring Live and release the next version of AppFuse. Julie and I were talking last week and I estimated that I'd need about 100 hours outside of "work" to accomplish both of these tasks. That's 65 hour weeks, or 12.5 hour days. Yech...

I'm off to a bad start today since I was twidding with my monitor most of the day and only billed 4 hours to my client. Tonight I got a couple hours in on AppFuse, but only minor bug fixes - no major features. It's gonna be rough - if I seem short or don't post much you'll know why. If I did it right, I'd get up at 4 every day and be I'd have my time in + exercise by 6 p.m. every night.

We'll see how it goes - the baby is due September 3rd (a.k.a. Labor Day Weekend) and I'd like to be done with Spring Live 1.0 and AppFuse 1.6 before the little guy/girl comes out. I told Julie if she had it two weeks late it would work out awful nice for me! ;-)

Posted in General at Aug 02 2004, 10:45:24 PM MDT 6 Comments

LOL... and what did she say to your request to wait two weeks?? :)

Posted by mnickel on August 03, 2004 at 08:38 AM MDT #

She laughed and said she'd see what she could do. In reality, you know there's no way she wants to keep the baby in her any longer than she has to. Two weeks ago she was saying that she wasn't ready b/c she wasn't uncomfortable yet. That all changed this week and she's ready to be done with it.

Posted by Matt Raible on August 03, 2004 at 08:50 AM MDT #

heh heh. My wife is due 9/13 with our third baby, a girl this time. I read her your comment about waiting an additional two weeks. She hopes that Julie doesn't kill you :-) Its so funny.. I am in exactly the same boat as you. I have a number of big projects I am trying to wrap up before the baby comes.

Posted by John Townsend on August 03, 2004 at 09:02 AM MDT #

Yikes - wasn't it like a month ago that you said you didn't want to do this anymore? <p/>I don't mean to sound like a jerk here - for one thing, I really like reading through your blog, but this posts reminds me of the conversation I had last night with someone who claimed they were going to stop drinking. The first time, they didn't drink. The second, they had a beer. The next time, two beers. This time it was two beers and a shot. I said "I thought you stopped drinking" and they were like "It's only two beers and a shot - I'm not really drinking". <p/>Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy reading you blog - but if I were you, I would postphone Appfuse and probably blog less for the next month. Good luck.

Posted by Will Gayther on August 04, 2004 at 09:16 AM MDT #

Funny you should say something Will. I was thinking the same thing yesterday, especially after the passing of our builder. I think it's more important for me to stay healthy and happy than to get all this stuff done. I'm probably going to take more of a "it'll be done when it's good and ready" approach - much like successful open source projects do. No reason to sacrifice quality so I can goof of all next month. Of course, I'll do that anyway. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on August 04, 2004 at 09:23 AM MDT #

I used to be a jock. I played ice hockey in college, and my weekends were filled with sports -- playing, not watching. Even after college, we used to play tackle football every weekend without pads. (I'd probably be an amazing hacker if I had worn a helmet. :-)

Then I decided to get rich, so I sat down in front of a computer for a decade without moving my ass. I gained 20 pounds (which I consider to be less than I deserve to have gained) and four inches on my waist. I never got rich. I just got burned out.

I recently started running each night, and it has helped so much. It clears my head. It refreshes me. And this may sound hokey, but it makes me feel good about myself. I hated myself for squandering my great physical condition, and I feel so much better, now that I'm once again doing something positive about it. I think it's as much about living a more balanced life as it is about the actual results of the exercise.

Obsession is not healthy, and I found that it doesn't help you reach your goals any faster, either. In most cases, it probably hurts.

Once you finish AppFuse 1.6, feel free to take care of yourself. ;-P

Posted by Lee Grey on August 04, 2004 at 03:03 PM MDT #

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