WWWP5k: The Worldwide WordPress 5k

I ran the WWWP5k this morning and there’s still time for you to sign up! Wait, how does that work?

Any time between Monday, September 19th to Sunday, September 25th, travel a 5k anyway you’d like. Walk along the beach. Run on your treadmill. Jog with your dog. Hike in the woods.

Once you’ve done your 5k, post about it on your WordPress site, tag the post with wwwp5k, and publish it for the world to see. Need a WordPress site? Start one for free on WordPress.com.

Since Automattic is currently gathered in Whistler, BC, Canada for our annual Grand Meetup I had the pleasure of running with about 100 of my colleagues near our hotels. It was a rainy and wet, but not as cold as you’d think! Having not run once since my last 5k in May it wasn’t exactly my best performance but I did enjoy the outing.

To encourage Automatticians to join in this mornings run, we’re making a donation to Soles4Souls for every participant here at our Grand Meetup. How could I pass that up? Totally worth getting up early.

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Twenty-Nine

Happy birthday. My life is a blessed one. It feels tough at times, but they are the problems that many would gladly accept for the promises they bring.

Being a father is hard and it wears you down like no other venture. Our child is lovely and I’m happy to play my part in raising her. Who cares about my years when hers are there to count.

We bought a house, moving for the first time since Ber and I first lived together in 2013. It’s been stressful, but everytime I walk from room to room I feel like we’ve found a home where we can lay down roots. “A good move,” as they say.

This time last year I weighed 35 pounds more than I do right now and I stressed every night due to the state of my health. I still expect more from myself, but I know I’ve made great strides in fitness. I’m better prepared to find a path that suits the life I want to live. Finding a ‘normal’ in a new endeavor often takes the shape of failing in a lot of new, not-normal ways.

Most importantly I’m thankful for the opportunities I have everyday. Everywhere I turn there is so much potential for time well spent. I only wish I could live up to that potential more often. To be the husband I can be, the best father, the best happiness engineer. There are a lot of people out there I can help and I hope to find better ways of helping.

My focuses for the next year:

  • Strength (I’ve established a firmer base of fitness. I can now establish some true goals.)
  • Consistency (My good days are pretty damn good. I could use fewer bad days.)
  • Simplicity (Happiness is a measure of your aims. Making those aims simpler tends to make you happier.)

Thanks to everyone who’s there for me. You’re noticed and appreciated. You make my life better and I hope I can do the same for you.

Past birthdays: 28

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Instant Subscribe: Atomic Game Theory

Atomic Game Theory is a YouTube show hosted by Richard Malena.  Malena uses conflict theory and math to explain interesting choices in designer board games. There are only three episodes so far, but they cover some great games: Dominion, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Lords of Waterdeep.

Richard is a pleasant host and the writing displays clear, educational thinking. Something tells me Richard is the guy that reads the rulebook in its entirety then teaches his gaming group how to play the day-of. I’m that guy in my circle of friends so I grok you, Richard. Also, it’s produced by Angela Webber. Yes, that Angela Webber. She’s great too.

(Hat tip to Geek & Sundry)