Feb 032013
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Although we’re using RTM to manage our action items, still Evernote will be a daily-used source for lists and notes we’ll reference throughout the day. All the daily & weekly summary lists as well as goal-oriented notes, I keep in a stack at the top of other other stacks called !GTD. Maybe someday I’ll think of a prettier name, but for now, this communicates what it’s about.

Keeping a seperate list for routine daily and weekly chores seems counterintuitive until you realize that the daily list is really just a reminder of the daily habits you are trying to build. Your actual to-do list contains non-routine tasks.

Based on the suggestion of this book, I pulled my daily routines into a seperate list and now find it much easier to get both done.

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Feb 022013

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. To use them, you'll first have to turn them on by going to “Settings” and selecting “Keyboard shortcuts on” in the General tab. Then, these keys will perform these actions:
 c – compose new email
 / – moves your cursor to the search bar so you can search your archives
 n – moves to select the next message (hit to open it)
 p – moves to select the previous message (hit to open it)
 u – returns you to your inbox from viewing an open email
 e – archives the email you are viewing or have selected
 r – reply
 f – forward

For more keyboard shortcuts, see Google's official list.

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There were a couple of Gmail shortcuts I had not used before that seem very useful. The ‘r’ and ‘f’ are too obvious and are going to be so useful. I have always used ‘j’ and ‘k’ for next & previous but ‘n’ and ‘p’ are more easily remembered for most folk. The other shortcut I see using a lot is the ‘/’ since I am always filtering my mail looking for something.

Thanks Mystie!

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Feb 012013
[Organization] is never complete. It is like swimming. You are either treading water or slowly sinking; progress is getting yourself back to the surface before you drown, not arriving at a destination. However, treading water at least becomes easier the longer you do it. At first it takes concentration and focus and energy simply to stay afloat, but eventually you get into better shape and can breathe evenly again. However, you never get so good at it that you can stop. Stop, and gravity and entropy will immediately begin pulling you down again.
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How many times has my to-do list has completely overwhelmed me? Too many times to count. I am not sure which is worse, not getting things done because there is too much to do or because you don’t remember what needs to be done.

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Jan 292013

conceal carry Where can you legally carry a pistol/handgun, loaded or unloaded, concealed or not while in Washington State? Even though the title of the following RCW (Revised Code of Washington) is “Carrying Firearms”, it only deals with handguns not all firearms and primarily with respect to conceal carry on the person and handguns in vehicles.

RCW 9.41.050 – Carrying firearms

(1)(a) Except in the person’s place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol (CPL).

Of the 3 rules in this section this one probably needs no explanation. Stated simply, you cannot conceal a weapon on your person unless you have a conceal carry license or you are at your ‘abode or fixed place of business.’ Only thing I have not seen spelled out is if a motorhome or camping trailer would be considered an ‘abode’ either while parked or moving but since I have my conceal pistol license, I don’t have to worry about that question.

The other thing of note is that it does not specify that it is dealing with the concealment of loaded pistols and therefore having an unloaded pistol concealed on your person would be just as illegal. The exception to this is noted below, without a license you can ‘conceal’ a handgun in an ‘opaque container’ or ‘secure wrapper’.

(2)(a) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and:
   (i) The pistol is on the licensee’s person,
   (ii) the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or
   (iii) the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

I have seen quite a bit of discussion on this rule. Most of the confusion is because people don’t read it correctly, thinking there is an ‘and’ between (i) and (ii) instead of the implied ‘or’. First off, the only hassle-free way you may possess a loaded firearm in a vehicle is if you have a concealed pistol license. An exception to this, noted below, is if you are engaging in or on your way to an ‘outdoor activity’. Rule 3 below will deal with persons without a conceal carry permit. So, with a conceal permit, part (i) says that if the loaded handgun is on your person then you are fine. Part (ii) says the loaded handgun can be anywhere in the car as long as the licensee is also be in the car. This means the pistol does not have to be out of sight or concealed. It can be on the seat, in the glove box, or anywhere you choose to place it as long as you are in the vehicle. Part (iii) is the only other possible situation, if the licensee leaves the vehicle, the loaded pistol can be left in the vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the pistol is not visible from outside the vehicle.

(3)(a) A person at least eighteen years of age who is in possession of an unloaded pistol shall not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

Finally, if you don’t have a concealed pistol license, then to have a handgun in the vehicle it must be unloaded and you must be at least 18 years old. If you are going to leave the handgun in an unattended vehicle, the vehicle must be locked and the unloaded handgun must be concealed from view.

So, Washington may be an ‘open carry’ state, but when you get in your car, the handgun can no longer be loaded if you do not have a concealed pistol license. I find it interesting that the definition of ‘loaded’ (RCW 9.41.010 does not specify any significant physical separation of the ammo from the handgun. If the magazine has been removed and the handgun does not have a round in the chamber the handgun is considered unloaded even if both the handgun and the ammo are in the same carrying case or glove box.

The next RCW lists exceptions to the above laws, two of which apply to us regular citizens.

RCW 9.41.060 – Exceptions to restrictions on carrying firearms.

The provisions of RCW 9.41.050 shall not apply to:

(8) Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;

This odd exception seems to be saying that a loaded pistol may be carried on the person or in the vehicle by anyone either engaging in any outdoor activity or on their way to or from such activity. In all the reading I have done I have not figured out how such a broad exception got written into the law.

(9) Any person while carrying a pistol unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure wrapper;

It must be remembered that this is an exception and not a ‘rule’. A pistol is not considered ‘concealed’ if it is in an opaque case such as a plastic box like you get when you buy your gun or in a secure wrapper which I have seen described as a backpack. In other words, you are allowed to carry a ‘concealed’ unloaded pistol using either of these two methods, since without this rule you could not carry a pistol out of a store without breaking law unless you carried it in plain sight. This rule has nothing to do with how the handgun must be stored in the car, otherwise it would have been put it RCW 9.41.050 and not here in the exceptions to that section.

In a future post we will look at specific places that you can and cannot carry a handgun in Washington State.

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Jan 292013

Lone Wolf.
Jodi Picoult.
Google Books

Lone Wolf first made it to #1 spot on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller List on March 18, 2012.

This audiobook is on a little “playaway” device checked out from the Mid-Columbia Library which I am listening to while I walk the dog each morning. It is the first time I have used one of these devices and might have to put up a post later about the experience.

Book Info

Lone Wolf
by Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Published: 10/23/2012
ISBN-10: 1439102759
ISBN-13: 978-1439102756
Started: 01/28/2013
Finished: 02/09/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: New York Times #1 Fiction Best Seller
Format: Playaway

Publisher Synopsis


On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

Author Info
I grew up on Long Island with my parents and my little brother, the product of a ridiculously happy childhood. My mom says I've been writing as long as she remembers - my first masterpiece was "The Lobster That Was Misunderstood," at age 5. I honed my writing skills beyond that, one hopes, before I headed off to Princeton, where I wanted to work with living, breathing authors in their creative writing program. Mary Morris was my teacher/mentor, and I really do believe I wouldn't be where I am today if not for her guidance and expertise. I had two short stories published in SEVENTEEN magazine when I was in college. However, when I graduated, a desire to not eat ramen noodles exclusively and to be able to pay my rent led me to take a job on Wall Street (not a great idea, since I can't even balance my checkbook). When the stock market crashed in 1987, I moved to Massachusetts and over the course of two years, worked at a textbook publishing company, taught creative writing at a private school, became an ad copywriter, got a master's in education at Harvard, got married, taught at a public school, and had a baby. My first novel was published shortly after my son was born, and I've always said that the reason I kept writing is because it's so much easier than teaching English.

In fourteen years, I've published thirteen novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale, Harvesting the Heart, Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Keeping Faith, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, Perfect Match, Second Glance, My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, and the upcoming The Tenth Circle, this March. Two of my books (Plain Truth and The Pact) were made into Lifetime TV movies; Keeping Faith will be another. My Sister's Keeper is in development at New Line Cinema to be a feature film. And there isn't a single day that I don't stop and marvel at the fact that when I go to work, I get to do what I love the most.

My husband Tim and I live in Hanover, NH with our three kids, a dog, a rabbit, and the occasional donkey or cow.

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Jan 282013

Though written for homemakers to be better organized, the organizational principles sketched out in this book are universal. I have taken a number of Mystie’s ideas and worked them into my current attempt to be more organized both at the office and at home.

If you have a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet and want to know how to organize your life using two simple digital tools, Remember the Milk & Evernote, this is a good how-to.

Book Info

Paperless Home Organization: A how-to guide to creating a digital homemaking binder
by Mystie Winckler
Published: 01/18/2013
ISBN-10: 0000000000
Started: 01/17/2013
Finished: 01/19/2013
Source: Author, my daughter, gave it to me.
Reason: Always looking for a way to (better) organize my life.
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Organize Your Life and Home

Never lose a list again!
Keep track of everything in one place!
Put your gadgets to good use!

Best of all, this book shows you how to get organized using only free, web-based applications that sync with free apps on both Apple and Android devices.

Your home management “binder” will be digital, will take up no extra space no matter how much you add to it, will work on every platform, and will require no further investment in apps or programs.
Take advantage of your smartphone or iPad! Put it to good use: organizing your life.

What the digital home management system lacks in crafty cuteness, it makes up for in accessibility and versatility. The digital version is actually the frugal option if you already have the tools. If you have a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop, why also keep heavy, clumsy paper binders?

So don’t let your gadgets go to waste; use them to make your life simpler.

Author Info

Mystie blogs at Simply Convivial, reflecting her desire to build more happiness, festivity, and fellowship into her home and family.

With nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys wrestling and digging and reading, a four-year-old-girl tagging alongside, a hefty two-year-old son opening every drawer he can, and a brand new second daughter, Mystie strives to maintain an orderly and harmonious home. Official homeschooling has begun, but it is the daily interaction, the relationships fostered, that are equally as integral to the children’s identity and development as their scholastic studies are. Academics provide a forge for character, just as life provides fodder for learning.

Mystie was raised to be a reader in a home full of books. At her father’s knee she learned the first step to any hobby or undertaking is to check out 5 books on the topic from the library — and read them. She now passes on that book dependence to the next generation, while maintaining it in her own life. Having read dozens of books on childrearing and education, and participating in online discussions on the topics, she is settling into her own hybrid of Charlotte Mason, classical education, and — much to her chagrin — Christian unschooling.

Mystie, the oldest of seven children, was homeschooled herself from birth through high school. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID at the age of 20. She and her husband, Matt, were married at 19, with no looking back and no regrets.

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Jan 252013

I have been reexamining and streamlining my workflow and will be linking to some of the good stuff I find. I have been using Remember the Milk (RTM) to manage my personal and work to-do list since 2009. It has worked pretty well but I am always willing to waste some time looking for a better way to get things done.

Getting Things Done

Pete Jakob’s Workflow

Pete Jakob has a great write-up about his Getting Things Done (GTD) workflow and the tools he uses to process the multitude of tasks that inundate us. The tools used are not near as important as the fact that you have a process that works and is dependable. In his first post, 7 Work Survival Tips for 2013, he has boiled down 7 things he learned while setting up his process:
  1. You’ve got to have a (trusted) system
  2. Processing and Doing are Not the Same
  3. Adieu to Due Dates
  4. Keep things Moving with Projects
  5. Get Yourself an Elephant
  6. Get Out of Your Inbox
  7. Get Ready for the weekend with a Weekly Review

In his follow-up post, Surviving 2013 – Part 2. The Tools!, Pete Jakob briefly discusses using Evernote as his Reference Store for things he may want to refer back to in the future and using Toodledo to handle his Workflow Management, allowing him to manage his day and ensure that things that come up get processed, or as I read elsewhere, triaged. He finishes up the article with 13 slides (image above is one of them) detailing his setup.

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Jan 242013
I shall watch further developments with interest. Fiat justitia ruat caelum.
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According to Wikipedia, this Latin maxim means “Let justice be done though the heavens fall,” the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences. The phrase seems to be rather recent, especially for Latin phrases, apparently dating from the 1600s. One common usage is by judges who have released those wrongly convicted knowing it would most probably cost them their position due to public opinion.

Not sure that the usage in the story was quite as momentous, it seems to be used more along the lines of “let the chips fall where they may.”

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Jan 242013

If the author is going to use ‘gaol’ in place of ‘jail’ then ‘durance’ is a good substitute for ‘prison time.’

Once away from Lambton, it was good to take deep breaths of cool fresh-smelling air, to be free of the unmistakable prison smell of bodies, food and cheap soap and the clank of turning keys, and it was with a surge of relief and a sense that he himself had escaped from durance that Darcy turned his horse’s head towards Pemberley.
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durance \DUR-uhn(t)s; DYUR-\ , noun:
  1. Imprisonment; confinement or restraint by or as if by force (usually used in the phrase “durance vile”).
  2. [Archaic] Endurance.
  Origin: Durance is from Middle English duraunce, “duration,” from Old French durance, from durer, “to last; to endure,” from Latin durare.
Source: Dictionary.com

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