Month: August 2008

I may have to get a Wii…

…because Iron Chef: Supreme Cuisine is coming out for Nintendo DS and Wii. The trailer is hilarious!

Okay, I’m not really going to get a Wii (that would require owning a TV, first), but maybe my niece and nephew will get a copy (or maybe I’ll get them a copy, if it’s out by Christmas) so that I can go over and play…

August Groundhog Day Resolutions Review

So my inner groundhog is having a hard time getting up and at ’em these days. In between being a full-time mom and attempting to work at home, personal goals have gone by the wayside (and all those moms out there nod sagely). For this resolution review day, he didn’t want to even show his face. (And if you’ve ever wondered what Mr. Groundhog’s bottom end looked like, you’re getting a chance now!)

Let me post my previous goals so that we can all laugh at them:

  1. Working at least 15 hours a week (averaging out to 3 hours each workday)
  2. Having a daily routine:
    • During Steven’s first morning nap:
      • Devotional time
      • Putting away dishes
      • Making bed
      • Personal care: Exercise, getting dressed, brush teeth, etc.
      • Housework (may be sacrificed on exercise days)
      • Blogging (may be postponed on exercise days)
    • Next two naps: Working
    • Before bed:
      • Straighten up one room
      • Clear sink of dishes
  3. Walking/running at least 3 times a week, building up on the amount of time I can run. Should be up to 15 minutes by next review day if I increase 3 minutes each week.

In actuality, I have been working quite a bit, getting housework done, blogging, and having semi-regular devotional times and showers. I’m just not doing them with any kind of purposeful routine or in any kind of mind-like-water state. They just sort of happen when they need to happen, which I guess is okay with me.

And walking/running has not been happening at all, but Steve and I have started taking turns swimming laps at the community pool at the end of our street while the other one holds the baby. We’ve been able to do this two or three times a week.

I’m thinking I may need to retire my Groundhog Day resolution participation for the next couple months. Perhaps I’ll pick it back up again next year!

Tracking sleep with Google Spreadsheets

I started a paper sleep log for Steven this week, but then I got kind of geeky and made a Google spreadsheet with color-coded cells to see more visually what his sleep patterns are like.

You can view the spreadsheet here: Steven’s sleep

I’ve only used Google’s spreadsheets for pretty basic stuff, so I learned two new things as I was making this:

  • How to add more columns
  • How to automatically color-code cells

To add more columns, you highlight x number of columns and then right-click in the column header grey area. A new option appears to add x columns to the right or left of your selection. This wasn’t very intuitive for me – I had to run a Google search to find out how to do this.

Automatically color-coding cells is pretty cool, though. Select all of your cells, then click the button for cell colors and you’ll see a checkbox for “Change with rules.”

When you check the box, a dialog box comes up that allows you to define rules. I used punctuation to represent different states:

  • period (.) – sleeping
  • hyphen (-) – awake in crib
  • comma (,) – crying in crib

By defining the text and background colors to be the same, the cell just ends up looking all colored, as you can see in the spreadsheet:

This makes it really easy to edit the spreadsheet and enter data. Instead of highlighting cells each time and changing the background color of the cell, you can just type the symbol and the spreadsheet automatically changes the color for you. Pretty nifty!

Other random notes about the spreadsheet:

  • I chose to let blank cells represent when Steven is awake, and used other symbols to represent feeding times (either “normal” feedings with an exclamation point (!) or “unsuccessful feedings” – lots of crying and fussing – with a slash (/).
  • After adding lots of cells to represent 15-minute increments, I merged the cells together in one row for the time headers.

Can you think of other applications for using the color code feature to track stuff?