• My lead at work does this weekly notes thingy that I found to be neat. I’m afraid of being a zombie and cruise through my short alive-time, so I’m going to be more intentional and reflective with with what I’m doing in my life.

  • I spoke about working at Shopify at the RubyConf 2020 job fair. It was a fun (and nerve-wrecking) experience. I got to chat with a bunch of folks after the talk. I also felt really glad that the organizers at worked invited me for this opportunity.

  • Since I am off bodybuilding prep and now on maintenance calories, I noticed I have an improved capacity to feel emotions. Throughout my prep, my emotions were sort of dulled down. For example, I didn’t feel as nervous about public speaking back then as I do now. I guess back then, my body would much rather focus on the next meal, or y’know, staying alive.

  • I had meetings with some colleague-friends. Since we all work remotely now, I appreciate any extra dose of socialization I can get. I feel much better chatting and connecting with friends 1:1 or in a smaller group.

  • I had a meeting with a close friend at work where she expressed her trust towards me, among other wholesome stuff. It made me grateful that we work together. Also, great mentors are underrated. I’ve worked with amazing mentors and they’ve inspired me a ton.

  • I finally finished reading When Pigs Fly by Jane Killion. It’s a book about training dogs that are traditionally hard to train. Dogs are bred for certain qualities and some dogs such as hounds and terriers, are bred to be independent thinkers (as opposed to be biddable). These type of breeds tend to be harder to train and deemed unintelligent by some. It turns out that they are just as intelligent, but in a different way. I learnt a bunch of cool stuff about dog training.

  • Following my interest in dog training, I bought a clicker and started clicker training my parents’ 6-year-old Malthese-Terrier mix. He’s pretty old and comes with some behavioural problems from not being trained early on during puppyhood. (He’s also very spoiled.) But I had a really fun time training him with the basics and he seems to be getting concepts faster than I would expect.

  • I listened to Keaton Henson’s new album, Monument, and it was as mellow and smoothing as I expected it to be. The tone of Monument seems happier than his previous work, which I’ll gladly attribute to his improved mental health. There’s also a song romanticizing Ontario, which makes me happy because Ontario deserves all the freakin’ love.

  • We trained 7 times this week. My current training cycle is 6 days on and 1 day rest. Where I live, gyms will be operating at a reducing capacity starting Monday. Sadly, it’s fully booked for the week. We decided to train on Sunday despite it being a rest day, just to have (yet another) last hurrah. I will be switching back to the at-home program my coach wrote for me the first time lockdowns happened. I am worried that it will affect my off-season gains but at the very least I will maintain the muscle mass. It’s crucial that my protein intake is high and I still train with a high level of intensity.

  • I really want to try a new hobby, but I am having trouble thinking of what I’d like to do outside the gym and work. I could get into gaming again, but I’m hesitant to open that can of worms. I find that gaming isn’t a hobby unless I am streaming or playing competitively to improve. I am afraid of touching anything remotely for-fun because I’ll feel like I am wasting my time. Do hobbies have to be productive? Can I have a pointless hobby without actually imploding? Can I get something out of doing nothing?