Annette Walker

Entrepreneur, maker, learner, programmer, sailor, mom

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What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)


Spring is here and the daffodils are up. Yay!

Active and Outside Time*  I went for a walk on the beach four times last week. Another "yay!" I've had a hard time doing more than two days a week through the coldest, wettest winter since 1961 here in the Pacific Northwest, USA.

In my Maker Time**   I was excited to receive my promotional hoodie from Amazon yesterday (publish a skill by x date, fill out the form, we'll send you a hoodie). In February I developed an Amazon Alexa Skill that got published. I did it to learn about voice UX and NodeJS. In a gamification way, I'm enjoying wearing something that says "Amazon Alexa /developer."  Will work for hoodies ...

I'm picking my next dev project. I have a number of ideas*** and think I'll do a Raspberry Pi project I've been kicking around that is quite timely and useful.

Now reading "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller and "Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life" by Helen Czerski

This update made March 24, 2017.


*Active and Outside Time -- Fresh air and exercise clear my head and help my mind wander. When I heard author Nassim Taleb say on a James Altucher podcast that he personally works at being more antifragile (he's the author of the book "Antifragile") by walking on uneven surfaces, I gained a new perspective on the value of walking on local rocky beaches rather than the road. An a-ah! moment that made the circuits in my brain light up. I absolutely love getting a completely new way to apply a concept.

** Maker Time -- Learning and creating something at the same time makes me happy. Some software, some physical, some both.

  1. I block out time for making things and coding. I get up early to take advantage of a quiet house where I'm the only one moving about. I make coffee and get to it. It's my "me" time. Moms don't get to pick and choose the "when," but they get to pick and choose the "what."
  2. I joined a local maker space where the people and projects continue to amaze me. I joined so I could learn 3D printing but there's so much more. I get to be around people who are into so many varied things and know more than I do. And I get to see some interesting work and fun projects underway.

*** Ideas -- I make a list of 10 things every day most days. I got this from James Altucher. I highly recommend it.