They say that hindsight is 2020. So what can I take from this last year?
I did the first few Advent of Code challenges, right up to the point where... my week off work ended and I had to go back into the office and found I had no spare time anymore and things weren't as easy as all that. Yeah.
But I decided to do it in Python. I haven't used Python professionally for about 5 years, and am so rusty you'd need a tetanus shot to look at the repo I made.
Now I feel like I could maybe look for work in a Python team again, or at least start going to the local meet-ups in the new year. Maybe that'll be one of my resolutions.
This comes mostly from the same place as the previous point, but I'd slipped into the routine of going home and switching off as completely as possible. I like that I'm not someone who takes work home with me all the time.
I've always been in a little awe of people who prepare their meals in advance. It seems like a very grown-up thing to do, and I'm only in my 40s, so...
I've started making soups and stews and things in a slow cooker and freezing them and feeding myself a proper lunch in the office at least a couple of days a week.
My office has started encouraging us to take a day from home every week or so, and I'm doing that, with more enthusiasm each time. It's taken me a while to get things set up, and I've tried a few approaches like using my work laptop or using my gaming PC and a remote shell or using a mini PC I keep under the sofa as a dev box... some combination of these seems to be working out for me.
I get an even better lunch this way. A lot of my personal happiness centres around lunch.
There's a command in Vim that opens all buffers (
ball) in their own windows. It splits horizontally by default, but you can override that with the prefix
I love this. It sounds so sporty. It makes me smile every time I type it, and I type it in full even though I could shorten it or map it. The power of vertical ball cannot be contained.
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